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MIT experts find a way to reduce video stream buffering on busy WiFi

9:00 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

Is there anything more annoying that trying to watch a video on a slow internet connection shared with a bunch of other users? Skips, endless buffering, and ugly pixelation can ruin the experience of watching a movie or TV show when everyone in your...

NASA selects proposals for smallsats built to study deep space

8:49 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

NASA is expanding plans to use small satellites (aka smallsats) to explore the Solar System. The agency has picked two proposals for smallsat technology that would improve observations in deep space, where they could help improve models that predict...

Twitter is displaying China-made ads attacking Hong Kong protesters

7:33 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

Twitter is finding itself at the heart of a heated political battle. Pinboard and other users have observed Twitter running ads from China's state-backed media outlet Xinhua attacking the Hong Kong protesters opposed to both a (since-suspended) extr...

'Rainbow Six: Siege' adds a 'Fortnite' style Battle Pass

6:14 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

Ubisoft can't resist the siren's call of introducing Fortnite-like Battle Passes in Rainbow Six: Siege. On top of unveiling the details of Year 4's third season (more on that in a bit), the company has outlined plans for Battle Passes in its tactical...

Three UK rolls out 5G home internet access in London

5:01 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

Yet another carrier is offering 5G in the UK -- although it's not on your phone. Three has launched 5G home broadband in parts of London, giving people "fibre-like speeds" (the carrier hasn't given specific numbers) without requiring a technician vi...

Sonos' portable smart speaker leaks in greater detail

3:40 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

There might not be much of a surprise left by the time Sonos unveils its first portable speaker. The crew at WinFuture has obtained pictures and details that appear to offer much clearer idea of how the hybrid smart speaker will work -- including wh...

Kevin Smith is making a 'He-Man' anime series for Netflix

2:20 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

Netflix is working with filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) to create a He-Man limited anime series entitled Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Smith, who'll serve as the project's showrunner and executive producer, has unveiled the new show a...

SpaceX Starman Roadster completes its first orbit around the Sun

12:34 pm PDT, August 18, 2019

Starman and his Tesla Roadster are now regular denizens of space. According to data from Where is Roadster, the cosmic driver has completed his first orbit around the Sun, taking 557 days since the first Falcon Heavy launch to circle our home star....

Ransomware attack in Texas targets local government agencies

11:03 am PDT, August 18, 2019

Ransomware attacks against local governments are still a clear problem, and Texas is discovering this first hand. The state has revealed that 23 government entities reported a ransomware attack on the morning of August 16th. Most of these were "sma...

Tesla's relaunched solar power efforts include $50 panel rentals

9:46 am PDT, August 18, 2019

Tesla has relaunched its troubled solar power efforts, and that now includes an option that might be more affordable for some homeowners. The company has debuted a Rent Solar program that lets residents in six states (Arizona, California, Connecticut...

After Math: Plead the fifth

8:30 am PDT, August 18, 2019

With Dave Chappelle coming back to Netflix for the one, two, three, four, fif time later this month, we're taking a look at all of this week's headlines that will make you want to plead against self-incrimination.

The best smart home sensors for Alexa

5:30 am PDT, August 18, 2019

By Jennifer Pattison Tuohy 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 smart home sens...

Runkeeper drops its Wear OS app due to a 'buggy experience'

11:18 pm PDT, August 17, 2019

Add Runkeeper to the list of companies dropping their smartwatch apps -- albeit not for the usual reasons. The developer is warning customers that it's scrapping its Wear OS app as of the 9.13 release. It's "just not able" to deliver the best exper...

Drako's GTE electric supercar will be a four-motor, 1,200HP monster

7:00 pm PDT, August 17, 2019

The new Tesla Roadster won't be the only wildly overpowered electric supercar arriving in the near future. Drako Motors (a startup created by Barracuda Networks co-founder Dean Drako) has unveiled the GTE, an electric sedan that's built to take on t...

'Travis Strikes Again' comes to PC and PS4 on October 17th

4:50 pm PDT, August 17, 2019

You won't have to own a Switch to play a modern take on the No More Heroes universe. Suda51's Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition is now slated to launch on PC (via Steam) and PS4 October 17th. The expanded title includes both the...

Nintendo says there is no Switch exchange program

3:21 pm PDT, August 17, 2019

You might not want to buy a first-generation Switch with the assumption Nintendo will replace it with a new model. A Nintendo spokesperson has flatly denied that swaps are available, telling The Verge that "we do not have a Nintendo Switch exchange p...

IKEA creates a business unit devoted to smart home tech

2:03 pm PDT, August 17, 2019

It's clear by now that IKEA is serious about smart home tech between its Sonos-powered speakers and connected lights, but the home furniture giant wants to formalize that commitment. It just established a full-fledged Home Smart business unit that,...

US will reportedly give Huawei another temporary reprieve

12:49 pm PDT, August 17, 2019

Huawei hasn't had any luck reversing the US trade ban despite promises of removing some restrictions. It might be a long while before the company is forced to cut all its ties, however. Reuters sources have claimed the Commerce Department is expect...

Beto O'Rourke wants to hold internet companies liable for hate speech

11:32 am PDT, August 17, 2019

If some politicians have their way, internet companies might be held responsible for hate that exists on their platform. Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has proposed amending the Communication Decency Act's Section 230, which protects internet...

The next Apple Watch may come in titanium and ceramic models

10:15 am PDT, August 17, 2019

Apple Watch Series 4 appeared to mark the death of the Edition line, but those luxurious models might be ready to come roaring back. iHelp BR said it has discovered animations in the watchOS 6 beta that reference not just the previously rumored retu...

Hitting the Books: How big tech might monopolize AI

9:00 am PDT, August 17, 2019

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Behind the wheel of VW’s electric dune buggy prototype

7:30 am PDT, August 17, 2019

Pebble Beach seems a bit too fancy for a dune buggy. But as I slowly roll down 17 Mile road behind the wheel of Volkswagen's latest electric concept car while trailing supercars, priceless vintage vehicles and RVs, folks alongside the road are ta...

The Morning After: The struggles of Formula 1's underdogs

7:00 am PDT, August 17, 2019

Welcome to your weekend. Work email is off and it's time to enjoy the summer weekend. Maybe that'll include a new pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose, maybe it'll include applying for some free money from Google. You could also get...

Ask Engadget: I'm a student trying to find my first job or internship

6:30 am PDT, August 17, 2019

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...

Korg Volca Modular synth review: As weird as it is affordable

5:00 am PDT, August 17, 2019

This review is a little different. Normally when Engadget reviews something, we're bringing years of experience and expertise to the table. But not here. The Volca Modular is a semimodular, West Coast-style synthesizer. And until I received this revi...