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Nintendo will replace a newly purchased Switch with newer model

6:30 pm PDT, August 16, 2019

Switch owners may be able to replace their consoles with the model that has better battery life if it's only been a month or less since they've purchased their device. According to some posts on Reddit, Nintendo of America has been telling customers...

YouTube is testing paid online hangs with influencers

3:06 pm PDT, August 16, 2019

Google is expertimenting with an events-focused crowdfunding service for YouTube creators, according to a recent report from Variety. The new effort, called Fundo, allows YouTubers to set up online meet and greet sessions and other events that fans c...

Judge orders Georgia to ditch 'vulnerable' voting machines by 2020

2:50 pm PDT, August 16, 2019

A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its old, "vulnerable" paperless voting machines by next year. US District Court Judge Amy Totenberg will allow the state to use the machines for special and municipal elections in November, accepting...

Air travelers entering US face long delays as CBP computers crash

2:25 pm PDT, August 16, 2019

Air travellers entering the US were delayed on Friday after a computer issue prevented customs officials from processing their immigration information. The CBP is reportedly investigating the problem but have yet to identify the cause.

Amazon sent 20 order confirmations to the wrong people

1:43 pm PDT, August 16, 2019

Twenty Amazon customers in the US had their order updates sent via email to the wrong person thanks to a "technical issue." Amazon confirmed the snafu after a report from TechCrunch exposed the issue. In addition to an individual's order, these email...

Blocks ends its modular smartwatch project after running out of money

12:34 pm PDT, August 16, 2019

Blocks' years-long quest to build a modular smartwatch has come to an unfortunate end. The company has revealed (including through a private Kickstarter post) that it's liquidating assets after running out of cash. The company had been looking for...

Google pulls 85 Android apps with particularly obnoxious adware

11:54 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Google has removed 85 apps from the Google Play store after security researchers at Trend Micro found a particularly annoying adware scheme hiding inside.The adware, called AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH, was embedded in fully functioning photography and gam...

24 hours with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

11:45 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Very early yesterday morning, I picked up a shiny new Galaxy Note 10+ (in that trippy Aura Glow finish, no less). We'll have our full review completed soon, but after 24 hours of fiddling with it, there are a few features and flourishes that are wort...

App allows citizen scientists to track monarch butterfly migration

11:34 am PDT, August 16, 2019

If you've ever pulled out your phone to take a picture of a butterfly, researchers want your help. A team from the University of Maine is using an app that lets citizens scientists along the East Coast take photos of monarch butterfly migration sites...

Moto’s 5G Mod is now compatible with the two-year-old Z2 Force

11:09 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Back when Motorola announced the Moto Z in 2016, one way the company tried to sell consumers on Moto Mods was to promise that they would extend the life of the phone. In a way, Motorola is delivering on that promise with a new update to its 5G Moto M...

Sticker sensor monitors your body using wireless power

10:43 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Wearable body sensors have a common problem: they need power and antennas, and all that equipment leads to bulky devices that influence your behavior. Stanford researchers, however, have developed a system that could be almost imperceptible. Their Bo...

A popular immigration bill is bad news for US esports

10:15 am PDT, August 16, 2019

"What makes me nervous is the fact that it just sailed through the House." Genie Doi is an immigration lawyer with Electronic Sports and Gaming Law, an esports-specific law firm in Los Angeles. She's talking about S.386, or the Fairness for High-Ski...

The best portable solar battery charger

10:00 am PDT, August 16, 2019

By Sarah Witman This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full guide to portable solar battery cha...

Epic added the hated mechs to 'Fortnite' so more players could win

9:28 am PDT, August 16, 2019

When Fortnite's Season X started two weeks ago, developer Epic Games introduced a new mechanic that significantly changed how matches play out. The two-player B.R.U.T.E. mechs caused uproar, with many players suggesting the machines are overpowered....

'Rocko's Modern Life' is a self-aware Netflix reboot with bite

9:15 am PDT, August 16, 2019

As far as boundary-pushing '90s Nickelodeon cartoons go, Rocko's Modern Life has aged the best. It punched way above the heads of the network's young audience when it aired, and it was far more grounded in real-world issues than the likes of Ren and...

Investigative thriller game 'Telling Lies' drops August 23rd

9:00 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Telling Lies, the spritual successor of indie darling Her Story, will officially be available for PC, Mac and iOS devices on August 23. Gamers excited to get their hands on the new title from developer Sam Barlow can pre-order the investigative thril...

The apps and software we recommend to students

8:25 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Please enjoy this guide to the best creative and productivity apps for students, just one part of our larger 2019 back-to-school guide. In addition to top picks in 11 categories -- everything from laptops to smartphones to gaming and dorm gear -- we...

What makes the Mac Mini a great computer?

8:00 am PDT, August 16, 2019

When Apple released a refreshed Mac Mini last year, it had been four years since the last iteration. The 2018 update kept the same sleek unibody but included significant spec boots like an eighth-gen Intel processor and a variety of ports (ethernet,...

Instagram is testing new Boomerang modes and Layouts in Stories

7:51 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Your Instagram Stories could soon be flooded by a greater variety of Boomerangs than ever before, according to Jane Manchun Wong. The app researcher found evidence that suggests Instagram is developing five new Boomerang modes. One called "Hold" adds...

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' fined $395,000 for using emergency alert tones

6:22 am PDT, August 16, 2019

The FCC has just demonstrated that it's not messing around with emergency alerts. The agency fined ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live $395,000 for using the real tones during a skit which mocked the idea of President Trump having access to the system. AMC's The...

Serious Bluetooth flaw leaves devices open to attack

6:01 am PDT, August 16, 2019

A group of researchers has discovered a critical Bluetooth vulnerability that leaves tons of wireless devices exposed to digital intrusions. The Bluetooth SIG, an organization that oversees the technology's standards, has issued a security notice for...

Microsoft isn’t working on a streaming-only Xbox right now

5:29 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Rumors may have pointed to Microsoft working on a cloud-centric Xbox console, but Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has confirmed that is not that the case. In an interview, the executive told Gamespot that his team is "not working on a streaming-only cons...

Motorola's latest cheap phone tries to double as an action camera

5:00 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Apart from its real-but-not-ready foldable, Motorola is best known these days for churning out respectable smartphones for people on a budget. Those devices — like those in the Moto G and E series — offer some of the best performance...

Bose 700 headphones review: The pursuit of perfection

5:00 am PDT, August 16, 2019

Bose once dominated the world of noise-canceling headphones. For years, the company's QuietComfort line was the industry standard, mostly due to it's best-in-class ANC (active noise cancellation). At the time, it was a game-changer for frequent flier...