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Amazon Game Studios reportedly lays off dozens in shake-up

10:40 am PDT, June 15, 2019

Amazon Game Studios has quietly laid off dozens of employees on the last day of E3, one of the biggest video game conferences in the world, according to Kotaku. The company reportedly told affected employees that they only have 60 days to find new po...

Recommended Reading: Fighting deepfakes

9:30 am PDT, June 15, 2019

Top AI researchers race to detect 'deepfake' videos: 'We are outgunned' Drew Harwell, The Washington Post The 2016 US presidential election was plagued by fake news and election meddling across the internet. With the rise of so-called deepfake tec...

Hitting the Books: We won't colonize space without a Weyland-Yutani

8:00 am PDT, June 15, 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...

A brief history of cheating at video games

7:00 am PDT, June 15, 2019

For as long as we've played games, there have been players willing to break the rules in order to win. Whether it's rolling weighted dice, counting cards, or hip checking pinball machines, you can bet your bottom dollar that if there's a game of chan...

The Morning After: Going under the hood of Honda's adorable EV

5:45 am PDT, June 15, 2019

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Now that E3 2019 is over there's plenty of time to catch up on all of the gaming news revealed this week. Once you're through with that, we've got some info about an appealing electric car, and a look back at th...

Samsung's Galaxy Fold delay could extend through July?

1:19 am PDT, June 15, 2019

The strange case of Samsung's Galaxy Fold may drag on throughout the summer, according to a report in The Korea Herald. The outlet -- which reported in May that Samsung would reach a conclusion on the launch in a couple of days -- now says that accor...

NYT: Sprint, T-Mobile merger could get federal approval next week

7:03 pm PDT, June 14, 2019

Just days after AGs representing ten states filed suit to stop the combining of Sprint and T-Mobile, the New York Times reports the Justice Department is "moving closer" to approval. Doing so apparently hinges on an arrangement, previously reported,...

Verizon's fiber network connects NBA arenas for 1080p broadcasts

4:24 pm PDT, June 14, 2019

Verizon (Engadget's parent company) plans to connect all NBA arenas to a high-speed fiber network for better HD broadcast support. When the network is up and running in the second half of 2020, the league will be able to broadcast games from every te...

IK Multimedia’s $250 drum machine is available now

2:03 pm PDT, June 14, 2019

IK Multimedia's $250 drum machine, Uno Drum, is available starting today. The company announced the portable, battery-powered device last month, but we weren't sure when it would be available.

In 'John Wick Hex,' time is the most precious commodity

1:08 pm PDT, June 14, 2019

"John always double-taps." Mike Bithell, the creator of John Wick Hex, is showing off the game for the first time at E3 2019, in a mirrored room at the Hotel Figueroa that feels ripped right out of The Continental. In his game, every time a player...

The official 'Red Dead Redemption 2' soundtrack arrives July 12th

12:25 pm PDT, June 14, 2019

Several months after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar is ready to offer the soundtrack for its Western opus. The official album from Lakeshore Records will reach digital services on July 12th and includes its fair share of star power -...

Google Pay will no longer let UK users send money to friends

11:54 am PDT, June 14, 2019

If you use Google Pay to send money between your friends, you may soon be cut off from splitting the bill. The company informed users today via email that it will be killing off the Google Pay Send peer-to-peer money transfer feature in the UK. The c...

Lyft built a scooter for sharing that's tougher and more comfortable

11:21 am PDT, June 14, 2019

Lyft is the next big scooter sharing service to unveil a two-wheeler that's better at enduring real-world abuse. Its new model touts a "more durable build" that stands a greater chance of surviving the outdoors. Your ride should be less jarring, fo...

Fox Sports created a USWNT Snapchat AR lens for the World Cup

10:39 am PDT, June 14, 2019

The United States women's national soccer team laid down a clear statement of intent to their World Cup rivals after a record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand in their opening game. Alex Morgan grabbed the headlines by scoring five goals against the A...

Facebook will rank comments to make conversations more meaningful

10:18 am PDT, June 14, 2019

Facebook wants to make conversations on public posts more meaningful. Today, it will start ranking comments to promote those that are most relevant to users. It will give priority to comments that have interactions from the original poster, as well a...

'Empire of Sin' looks like a new-school 'Mob Rule'

10:11 am PDT, June 14, 2019

It's been 20 years since Mob Rule, the organized crime real-time strategy game. Despite a few efforts like Omerta - City of Gangsters, Gangsters 2: Vendetta and Gangland in the years since, there hasn't been a true successor in the Mafia-meets-strate...

Adobe trained AI to detect facial manipulation in Photoshop

9:38 am PDT, June 14, 2019

A team of Adobe and UC Berkeley researchers trained AI to detect facial manipulation in images edited with Adobe Photoshop. The researchers hope the tool will help restore trust in digital media at a time when deepfakes and fake faces are more common...

Facebook researchers are building virtual spaces to improve AI and AR

9:10 am PDT, June 14, 2019

Will virtual assistants be able to tell the difference between your living room and your kitchen? Or even help you find a missing book or set of keys? With embodied AI -- which relies on data from physical surroundings -- they soon might. Facebook ha...

The best cheap scanner

9:00 am PDT, June 14, 2019

By Ben Keough 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 cheap scanners. We've spen...

Spotify continues to expand its lineup of podcast exclusives

8:44 am PDT, June 14, 2019

Spotify has been on a tear as of late to build out the podcast side of its business, and it's adding another exclusive show to its lineup. The third season of sports-focused show Riggle's Picks, starring comedians Rob Riggle and Sarah Tiana, will onl...

Volvo Trucks’ autonomous vehicle is hauling goods in Sweden

8:16 am PDT, June 14, 2019

Volvo Trucks' autonomous vehicle Vera is ready to hit the road. In collaboration with ferry and logistics company DFDS, Vera will begin transporting goods between a logistics center and a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. The vehicle will haul shi...

Rivian will repurpose used EV batteries for solar power in Puerto Rico

7:37 am PDT, June 14, 2019

Rivian is known for pushing the boundaries of battery tech. Not only is the startup working on the first all-electric pickup for the US market, it's also planning "Rivian-to-Rivian" charging, which will allow its vehicles to charge each other, and it...

HDHomeRun for Roku gives cordcutters access to live TV

7:18 am PDT, June 14, 2019

HDHomeRun is giving cordcutters a new way to watch live TV through their Roku device. Its developer, Silicondust has released a Roku channel for the service called HDHomeRun OTA Live. At the moment, it's in its early beta stages and can only play ove...

'Doom Eternal' is guns, gore and sophistication

7:00 am PDT, June 14, 2019

The 2016 remake of Doom reinvigorated the series. It added new gameplay quirks and systems that rewarded your aggression as humanity's savior, the slayer. Depending on how you maneuvered and ended the lives of demons and other threats, you'd pick up...