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  • 'Xbox Series S' console revealed by controller packaging (www.engadget.com)

    08/10/2020 07:15 AM

    Well before Microsoft revealed its next-gen Xbox Series X console, rumors had been bubbling of a second cheaper, possibly disc-less console code-named “Lockhart.” It looks like that device will be called the Xbox Series S, according to a controller p...

  • Your EV's electricity can pay for parking at Nissan's new exhibition (www.engadget.com)

    08/10/2020 01:48 AM

    If Nissan has its way, you might not need to pay for a parking spot if your electric car has some range to spare. Autoblog notes that the automaker has opened an exhibition space in Yokohama, the Pavilion, that lets you pay for parking by sending ele...

  • Code compiler pioneer Frances Allen dies at 88 (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 11:37 PM

    It’s a sad week for the computing industry. IBM reports (via the New York Times) that computing pioneer and company fellow Frances Allen died of Alzheimer’s on her birthday, August 4th, at the age of 88. She’s best known for making vital contribution...

  • Twitter test directly shows your tweet quote counts (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 10:05 PM

    Twitter is going one step further in its efforts to help you track quoted retweets. The social media site has confirmed to The Verge that it’s testing an approach placing these counts directly on tweets, and has renamed them from Retweets with Commen...

  • Amazon may turn dying JC Penney and Sears stores into warehouses (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 08:42 PM

    The department stores that anchor shopping malls have struggled to survive in the face of online shopping, but those spaces might find a new lease on life through their greatest foe. Wall Street Journal sources claim Amazon is in talks with mall owne...

  • Toshiba officially quits the laptop business (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 07:20 PM

    Toshiba is joining the ranks of Japanese tech giants that have bowed out of the PC industry. Gizmodo reports that Toshiba has quietly sold its remaining 19.9 percent stake in its Dynabook laptop brand to Sharp, officially exiting the laptop business,...

  • Grab a free Amazon Echo Show 5 when you buy an Echo Studio at Best Buy (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 06:02 PM

    Best Buy might be your ticket if you’re looking to get started on a smart home and want better sound than you usually get from smart speakers. The retailer is running a promo that gives Echo Studio buyers a free Echo Show 5 for the same $200 it norma...

  • Twitter is reportedly the latest to explore a deal with TikTok (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 04:48 PM

    TikTok’s list of suitors is extending significantly beyond Microsoft. Wall Street Journal sources say Twitter has held “preliminary talks” about a possible union with TikTok’s US business. It’s still very early, and might not move forward, but Twitte...

  • After Math: Big leaks, small savings and free Quibi (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 03:30 PM

    The first week of August has been an eventful one, what with Samsung unveiling its new lineup of Galaxy products and the President trying to strong arm the sale of a foreign company to US interests. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights. Engad...

  • Capital One fined $80 million over 2019 data breach (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 11:50 AM

    Capital One is facing a penalty for its giant 2019 data breach, although it might not be as serious as you’d expect. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) reports that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has fined Capital One $80 million...

  • Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot August 18th (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 04:37 AM

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, DARPA will no longer hold an in-person event for its third and final AlphaDogfight Trial that’s scheduled to take place from August 18th to the 20th. It’ll be held virtually instead, and both participants and viewers...

  • Microsoft's Surface Duo may launch with AT&T (www.engadget.com)

    08/09/2020 12:50 AM

    It hasn’t been clear just which carriers (if any) would offer Microsoft’s Surface Duo, but there might be a clearer idea. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has shared (via Windows Central) a batch of renders for the Surface Duo while claiming the dual-scr...

  • Facebook removes massive QAnon group over hate and harassment claims (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 10:46 PM

    Facebook just took down one of the larger targets in its crackdown on QAnon conspiracy theories. The social network told Reuters that it had removed Official Q/Qanon, a group with almost 200,000 members, after multiple posts reportedly violated polic...

  • Roland marks TR-808's 40th anniversary with a documentary and freebies (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 09:30 PM

    It’s the TR-808 drum machine’s 40th anniversary this year, and Roland is marking 808 Day (8/08, of course) with a flood of goodies to celebrate the legendary instrument. To begin with, there’s a mini documentary (with a convenient 8:08 running time)...

  • Qualcomm reportedly asks US to let it sell chips for Huawei phones (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 08:17 PM

    You might think Qualcomm would be happy with US trade bans limiting Huawei’s access to chips, but it appears to be arguing just the opposite. The Wall Street Journal said it had obtained a Qualcomm presentation lobbying the US government to remove re...

  • WarnerMedia shakes itself up to focus on HBO Max (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 07:01 PM

    WarnerMedia has gone through a management shakeup under new CEO Jason Kilar, and it’s part of his efforts to make HBO Max the company’s main priority. Kilar has announced the restructuring in an email to employees, telling them that it’s vital for Wa...

  • TikTok may sue White House over ban as soon as August 11th (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 05:44 PM

    TikTok might quickly make good on its promise to fight the White House’s threatened ban on its service. An NPR source claims TikTok will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration as soon as August 11th. The suit will contend that the executive...

  • Hackers defaced dozens of Reddit communities with pro-Trump messages (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 04:29 PM

    If your favorite Reddit community looked like a political billboard on August 7th, you can blame it on hackers. Both Motherboard and ZDNet report that hackers defaced dozens of subreddits with pro-Trump messages, including major subreddits like r/foo...

  • Hitting the Books: Why we'll never see the edge of the universe (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 03:00 PM

    Death comes for us all, even on the cosmological scale. Our universe started off with a bang, and a rather large one at that, but how it will end remains a mystery. Will entropic effects cause it to cool and sputter out like a guttering flame or will...

  • The best games on Google Play Pass (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 02:00 PM

    When Apple Arcade launched last year, Android users probably felt a bit left out. For only $5 a month subscribers were getting unlimited, ad-free access to over 100 games for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV — even a few exclusives. However, Android us...

  • The Morning After: Our readers reviewed Apple's AirPods Pro (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 01:20 PM

    As usual, this Saturday email includes highlights from Friday and the rest of the week, but one of my favorites came in late last night. To celebrate its socially-distanced QuakeCon event this weekend -- and encourage donations to several charities -...

  • Recommended Reading: The world of Lego interface panel design (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 01:00 PM

    The UX of Lego interface panelsGeorge Cave, designbycave.co.ukWhether it’s a spaceship, a cash register or a car instrument cluster, Lego interface panels play a relatively small role in the grand scheme of most builds. They offer finer details for a...

  • US Army and Navy unban Twitch commenter who criticized the military (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 08:40 AM

    The US Army and Navy have agreed to unban Jordan Uhl, the activist who linked to a Wikipedia page listing US military war crimes in their Twitch chats. After the incident, Uhl wrote an article criticizing the military for using Twitch to scout for po...

  • Snag 'Quake' for free this weekend in the Bethesda Launcher (updated) (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 03:58 AM

    Like so many events, QuakeCon 2020 is happening entirely online, but whether or not you’re participating, you can get a few treats this weekend. In the Bethesda Launcher you can get a free copy of the original Quake, while The Elder Scrolls Online is...

  • Fossil's Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches are about to get a major update (www.engadget.com)

    08/08/2020 01:02 AM

    The Wear OS-powered Gen 5 touchscreen smartwatches Fossil rolled out last year are about to get some upgrades. Their phone apps include avatars for contacts and quick access to key tools, as well as new battery modes that include custom profiles for...

  • Max Does Europe (maxburstein.com)

    12/31/2015 06:20 AM

    Hallå!

    You've made it to one of the longest blog posts I may ever write. So long that I'd consider it more of a short novel rather than a single blog post. If you're more of a picture person head over to http://imgur.com/a/seJ1P or my Facebook page for all the images from my trip (including ones not shown here). Alternatively, find me, buy me a beer and sit back and relax while I tell you the ...

  • Rendering 12,000 Image Albums at Imgur (maxburstein.com)

    09/14/2015 05:12 PM

    Today marks a great day for wallpaper enthusiasts everywhere. Today's the day a newly designed Imgur launches, and with it comes some great performance improvements. My favorite is our new way to load giant albums without ridiculous lag. To put this new algorithm to the test I'm going to compare the perceived load speed of this 12,000 image album to what was previously on the site.

    TL;DR

    • Utilized React.js more
    • Only render DOM elements that are in the ...

  • My Experience Making My First Android App (maxburstein.com)

    07/15/2014 04:23 AM

    Like too many people these days I tend to spend a lot of time on my phone. It's a tough habit to quit. So is playing DotA, my favorite game. Allow me to take you back over the past 3 weeks of getting to know Android development (I'll try to skip through some of the boring parts).

    The Start (3 weeks ago)

    With the largest e-sports tournament to date kicking off in a few weeks I saw an opportunity to corner ...

  • From 0 To 500 Users In 7 Days (maxburstein.com)

    03/17/2014 03:00 AM

    I recently launched an idea I had been thinking about for quite some time called Problem of the Day. If you haven't checked it out the basic run down is a new programming or logic puzzle every Monday through Friday. Most of the problems are meant to be solvable over breakfast, lunch, or whenever you have some free time.

    My goal for this post is to give you some ideas on what I did for my launch so that you can see ...

  • Problem of the Day (maxburstein.com)

    03/05/2014 05:35 PM

    I seem to be in to launching things on my birthday. I bought the domain for this site on my birthday and I started work on a site called Problem of the Day which just officially launched today. If you're in to logic puzzles and short programming problems check it out http://www.problemotd.com/.

    This site was the first time I needed to send out e-mails in mass quantities. I ended up going with Mandrill and couldn't be happier. If ...