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Frustration over 'Splatoon 2' cheating leads to leaderboard hack

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 11:31am
Splatoon 2 has had a cheating problem for a while, with unscrupulous players quickly wiping out entire teams in what's supposed to be an accessible, kid-friendly shooter. And now, frustration over the cheating is reaching a fever pitch. Nintendo has...

After Math: Stage 4 capitalism

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:00am
It's been another fun-filled week of plebes like us being crushed under the heel of big business. Want to take a trip into orbit? You're gonna need to mortgage your house and your children's futures. Want to own the last decent MacBook Pro? Tough, Ap...

Irish Silk Road figure extradited to the US

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 8:29am
The US is continuing its quest to try Silk Road's foreign leaders. Irish resident Gary Davis (aka "Libertas") has been extradited to the US to face charges over his alleged involvement in the dark web outfit as an administrator. He faces charges of...

Ben Heck's Atari 800 handheld

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 7:00am
What are your favorite 8-bit computers from the '80s? Ben Heck's is the Atari 800, and what better thing to do as a final project than make it portable? That's right, it's time for a teardown. After pulling the Atari apart to reverse-engineer it,...

HTC hints at multi-room VR using Steam

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 2:59am
You may know that VR in large rooms is becoming a reality, but what about venturing between rooms? It might happen sooner than you think, albeit with a few caveats. HTC has shown off an experience that used a SteamVR beta, a Vive Pro and 16 base st...

Disney reduces the chances of CG hair disasters

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:11pm
Movie studios often want computer-generated hair to have a specific effect, whether it's a seductive toss or a careless flick that knocks something over. But there's a problem: most rough-cut simulations don't realistically simulate hair, leading to...

Lockheed Martin creates its largest 3D-printed space part to date

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 8:34pm
Lockheed Martin has just finished the final series of quality control tests for an enormous titanium dome meant to serve as caps for satellite fuel tanks. It's not just any ordinary dome, though: the enormous component measures four feet in diameter...

Tesla speeds up delivery times for new Model 3 orders

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 7:05pm
When Tesla opened up Model 3 orders to everyone, it was easy to be jaded when delivery would take at least three months. Wouldn't the situation only get worse? Apparently, just the opposite is true: Tesla has dramatically shortened delivery times for...

Honda will use electric bikes to test swappable batteries

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 5:34pm
Honda has teamed up with Panasonic to start testing the swappable rechargeable batteries it debuted at CES this year. The partners are bringing Honda's Mobile Power Packs to Indonesia, where they'll be used to power electric mobility products, partic...

Twitter bans Russia-linked accounts following indictments

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 4:02pm
The US' indictment of Russian officers over the DNC hacks is having an effect... at least, on Twitter. The social network has banned accounts for both DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 in response to the indictment. In a statement explaining the suspensions,...

Opener is the latest startup to reveal plans for a personal aircraft

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 2:28pm
The race to build a "flying car" has just become more crowded. This week, the Canadian company Opener revealed its new vehicle, called BlackFly. The one-person aircraft can travel up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 miles per hour. Because the operations...

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' beta tests begin August 3rd

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 1:01pm
You don't have too long to wait to see how Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fares as a multiplayer-only game. Activision and Treyarch have outlined the schedule for beta tests, and it's clear that some gamers will have better access than others. The first...

Recommended Reading: Microsoft bets big on a smaller Surface

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:30am
Surface Go is Microsoft's big bet on a tiny-computer future Lauren Goode, Wired Microsoft debuted its much-rumored smaller Surface device this week, hoping to tempt the Windows faithful with a compact $399 option. Wired has a detailed look at the...

Ask Engadget: What laptop specs should I look for if I use a monitor?

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:00am
The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac...

Even the World Cup couldn't escape the 'Fortnite' fever

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 8:30am
Now that England is out of the 2018 World Cup, there's one thing we're really going to miss about its team: The goal celebrations from midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard. While professional athletes creatively expressing themselves after scoring...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 7:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend! Before looking back at some highlights from the last few days, we'll go hands-on with Apple's new MacBook Pro and investigate the typo that might have taken down an alien.

Facebook hires top Google engineer to head its chip development

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 2:45am
Google snapped up a few Apple chip design talents over the past year to create its own processors, but now it has lost one of its own to another rival. According to Bloomberg, Facebook has hired Shahriar Rabii to head its silicon development efforts....

Did a single typo screw up the AI in 'Aliens: Colonial Marines'?

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:46pm
In case you need help selecting an old game to spend the weekend with, it might be a good time to revisit 2013's Aliens: Colonial Marines. In a one-star review written when it was released, Xav de Matos called out the game's AI as a problem and said:...