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  • Sony's first 5G phone may be a souped-up Xperia 1 (www.engadget.com)

    02/24/2020 01:40 AM

    Sony appears ready to leap into 5G smartphones, although you might not want to rush to the store if you have one of the company's recent handsets. XDA's Max Weinbach has shared what looks to be leaked images and specs for Sony's headline phones in 2...

  • 'Baldur's Gate 3' comes to Steam in 2020 as an Early Access game (www.engadget.com)

    02/24/2020 12:20 AM

    It took a while, but Larian Studios is narrowing down launch plans for Baldur's Gate 3. Hasbro (which controls Dungeons & Dragons owner Wizards of the Coast) has confirmed at the New York Toy Fair that the long-anticipated role-playing sequel wi...

  • Lyft buys a startup that runs ads on top of ridesharing cars (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 11:06 PM

    Lyft might have another way to generate revenue from trips. The company has acquired Halo Cars, a startup that lets drivers for app-based car services run taxi-style ads on top of their vehicles. A spokesperson for the ridesharing giant didn't outl...

  • Tomy's Dancy Beatz is a dancing disco ball you can choreograph (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 09:48 PM

    Tomy has unveiled a new dancing toy at the 2020 New York Toy Fair that shows shades of the Sony Rolly. It's called Dancy Beatz, and based on the video render the company has released, it will look like a disco ball with arms. The dancing robot will h...

  • 'Game of Thrones' duo will co-produce a Netflix series with Sandra Oh (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 08:33 PM

    It's now clear how Game of Thrones TV series co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss intend to kick off their huge Netflix deal. Netflix has announced The Chair, a six-episode "dramedy" executive produced by the pair as well as show star Sandra Oh,...

  • Flat Earth advocate dies after homemade rocket crashes (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 07:14 PM

    The saga of "Mad" Mike Hughes and his homebuilt rocket has come to a tragic end. The Flat Earth advocate died on February 22nd at the age of 64 when the chute for his steam-powered rocket detached shortly after launch, leading to a high-velocity cra...

  • The best GPS trackers for cats and dogs (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 06:00 PM

    By Nick Guy 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 GPS trackers for cats and dogs...

  • After Math: The rule of threes (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 04:00 PM

    While the Sonic movie was busy running rings around its box office competition last week, a mysterious triplicating pattern began to emerge across the internet among seemingly innocuous and unrelated events. Uber resumed operations in Columbia after...

  • KidKraft's Alexa-powered toy kitchen sizzles and tells dad jokes (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 02:00 PM

    Kids love to cook — or at least to pretend to. They enjoy emulating their parents, especially when it comes to making delicious things to eat. However, our kitchen routines have changed a lot thanks to voice control technology, which isn't easi...

  • Porsche opens Europe's most powerful EV charging park (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 09:54 AM

    Porsche just unveiled what might be your dream EV charging park -- if you happen to be swinging through eastern Germany, anyway. The automaker has opened Europe's most powerful fast-charging park in Leipzig, giving visitors a dozen 350kW stations to...

  • Ninja's Twitter account was hijacked (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 04:38 AM

    Tech giants and sports organizations aren't the only ones wrestling with high-profile Twitter account hijacks. An intruder compromised the account of well-known streamer Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) in mid-day on February 22nd, trying to use opportunit...

  • AI discovers antibiotic that kills even highly resistant bacteria (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 02:40 AM

    The use of AI to discover medicine appears to be paying off. MIT scientists have revealed that their AI discovered an antibiotic compound, halicin (named after 2001's HAL 9000), that can not only kill many forms of resistant bacteria but do so in a...

  • Netflix's first 'Transformers' teaser reveals a hopeless war (www.engadget.com)

    02/23/2020 01:09 AM

    Netflix has posted the first teaser trailer for its Transformers animated series, and it's now clear just how the service will take on the robots' origins. The clip for the first part of the War For Cybertron trilogy, Siege, portrays the Autobots fi...

  • Alphabet's Loon, telecoms unite to boost high-altitude internet (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 11:53 PM

    Alphabet's Loon just got a big boost from telecoms in its bid to provide high-altitude internet to the world. The company has partnered with several industry giants to form the HAPS Alliance, a group devoted to promoting the use of stratospheric veh...

  • Google's new terms of service will (hopefully) be easier to read (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 10:36 PM

    Terms of service still tend to read like legal alphabet soup, but Google thinks it can do better. It's notifying users of a TOS change on March 31st that, among other things, should remove some of the mystery. The internet giant said its new terms...

  • Spin Master's new NinjaBots are cute little killers (updated) (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 09:45 PM

    Do you remember the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon from the '80s? Shredder's minions were all featureless humanoid robots, which our heroes could could slice and dice without guilt. At this year's Toy Fair, Spin Master's new product answers...

  • Ford hopes you'll trade some privacy for discounted car insurance (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 08:31 PM

    Ford thinks it has a way to make car insurance more appealing: taking advantage of the data available from connected cars. It's teaming up with Nationwide to introduce its own take on usage-based insurance. If you have one of several 2020 Ford or L...

  • Bethesda games leave GeForce Now streaming service (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 07:10 PM

    Most Bethesda titles will no longer be part of NVIDIA's GeForce Now game streaming service. In a post on the NVIDIA forum, a staff member has announced that the platform has already started removing Bethesda Softworks titles from its library. They in...

  • Samsung temporarily shuts down phone factory following coronavirus case (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 05:56 PM

    Samsung's coronavirus problems extend beyond people steering clear of phone stores. The company has closed a phone factory in Gumi, South Korea until February 24th after confirming that a factory worker was infected with COVID-19. The company told...

  • Hitting the Books: A brief history of industrial espionage and corn (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 04:00 PM

    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...

  • 'Minecraft Earth' gets a bit more physical thanks to new NFC-enabled minis (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 03:00 PM

    When the mobile-based Minecraft Earth was announced last year, it immediately drew comparisons to Pokémon Go because of its use of augmented reality and location-based activities. But it was very different (as senior editor Jess Conditt will a...

  • The Morning After: Don't buy a Galaxy Z Flip (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 02:30 PM

    Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Last week Motorola's Razr made its big comeback, then there was a rotary cellphone DIY kit, and this week we learned that the old Tiger Electronics handheld games are returning in 2020. I haven't even mentioned...

  • Twitter suspends 70 accounts posting identical pro-Bloomberg content (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 09:57 AM

    Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign has been much shorter than his competitors and, so far, much louder. With a huge budget, it's paid for posts by social media influencers as well as standard advertisements. However, the LA Times reports that on...

  • Google fully explains why its apps aren't on new Huawei phones (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 03:03 AM

    Since last spring, the government's entity list ban against Huawei (and ZTE) has largely prevented US companies from working with them. Despite legal wrangling and trade negotiations between the two countries the ban is still in place, and in the cas...

  • WSJ: Comcast's NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire Vudu (www.engadget.com)

    02/22/2020 01:00 AM

    Comcast-owned media company NBCUniversal is in "advanced talks" to acquire Vudu from Walmart, according to The Wall Street Journal. We're just a couple of months away from the launch of NBCUniversal's new streaming platform called Peacock, so the com...

  • 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 ...