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  • Amazon and the NFL team up to create a 'Digital Athlete' simulation (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 09:47 PM

    Amazon's AWS and the NFL plan to use AI and machine learning to protect players. The partners announced today that they'll co-develop a "Digital Athlete" platform, which will create a computer simulation model of an NFL player. Using the computer sim...

  • Wirecutter's best deals - Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth headphones drop to $200 (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 09:15 PM

    This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here.

  • Homeland Security doesn’t want Americans' airport face scans after all (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 08:44 PM

    Earlier this week, reports circulated that Homeland Security wanted to scan the faces of travelers, including US citizens, as they enter or leave the country. Naturally, critics raised concerns that the practice would violate citizens' privacy and th...

  • Qualcomm pushes for cheaper Snapdragon PCs with its 7c and 8c chips (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 08:30 PM

    Qualcomm began its effort to make Windows on Snapdragon machines with the Snapdragon 835 chipset. That was first designed to power smartphones, and the company later developed chipsets specifically for PCs, like the Snapdragon 850 and the 8cx. These...

  • Microsoft's redesigned Office mobile apps read text out loud (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 07:20 PM

    Microsoft just unveiled redesigned versions of its Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps. Designed with Microsoft's Fluent Design system, the changes are meant to "take mobile productivity to the next level," Microsoft wrote in a...

  • Qualcomm's new chipset promises better AR and VR anywhere (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 07:00 PM

    We still haven't gotten to the point where everyone and their mothers routinely strap on extended reality (or XR) headsets, but Qualcomm seems convinced that's what the future should look like. So far, the company's processors and components have wou...

  • 'NHL 20' adds Snoop Dogg as a commentator and playable character (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 06:50 PM

    EA has been letting loose a bit with NHL 20, having recently added the likes of Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowery, Minnesota Vikings' Adam Thielen and Pittsburgh Steelers' Juju Smith-Schuster -- none of whom are pro hockey players. Another big name you mi...

  • Apple explains why the iPhone 11 is always checking your location (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 06:20 PM

    Security researcher Brian Krebs recently raised eyebrows when he discovered that the iPhone 11 Pro (and by extension, the iPhone 11) is constantly checking for your location, even if you've disabled Location Services. Is Apple tracking your every mo...

  • It looks like ‘Bayonetta’ and ‘Vanquish’ 4K remasters are coming to Xbox One (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 06:11 PM

    It appears that Platinum Games will release current-gen remasters of Bayonetta and Vanquish, two of the studio's most popular games, early next year on Xbox One. This week, separate listings for the two titles, along with a bundle that includes both...

  • YouTube's Rewind 2019 video learns from last year's mistakes (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 06:00 PM

    Another year is drawing to a close, and that means it's time for YouTube Rewind, which looks back over the last twelve months to highlight the platform's most popular videos.

  • Apple may ditch the Lightning port on a 2021 iPhone (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 05:36 PM

    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is known for his frequently accurate Apple predictions based at least in part on supply channel connections... and if he's on the mark this time, he might raise some eyebrows. Kuo has claimed that the "highest-end" 2021 iPhone wi...

  • Google's powerful Recorder app now works on older Pixel phones (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 05:16 PM

    Over its last few Pixel cycles, Google has made a point of bringing some features of its most recent phone to other devices. This week, for instance, Pixel 4's live audio captioning tool expanded to Pixel 3 and 3a devices. Now, owners of older Pixel...

  • The best gifts for music lovers, from headphones to DJ gear (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 05:00 PM

    After months of thinking, curating, photographing, more thinking, we've come up with a holiday gift guide that covers all the bases (and budgets), from laptops and mobile devices, to toys, to the smart home, to book and media recommendations (only on...

  • DOJ charges two Russians with using malware to steal millions (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 04:42 PM

    Officials are offering a $5 million reward for information that leads to the capture of Maksim Yakubets of Moscow. Yakubets is one of two Russian nationals charged with cybercrimes that resulted in tens of millions in losses. The $5 million reward is...

  • Are the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT ideal GPUs for your gaming PC? (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 04:15 PM

    In the battle of graphics cards, AMD and NVIDIA have been duking it out for space in your custom-built gaming tower. With the release of the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT, AMD threw down two solid mid-range offerings showcasing its Navi architecture (no...

  • Regulators are the only ones who can save us from distracted drivers (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 04:00 PM

    I ride my trusty Vespa scooter all around San Francisco. In the Bay Area, it's more convenient for getting around than a car, and I can park almost anywhere. Riding on two wheels places you above most drivers and makes you hyperaware of others on the...

  • Save up to $200 on a Surface Pro 7 or Surface Laptop 3 at Amazon (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 03:41 PM

    If you missed the chance to pick up a discounted laptop or 2-in-1 during Black Friday, you now have another chance to do so. Amazon continues to offer steep price cuts on Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3, matching or exceeding its all-t...

  • The laws protecting our data are too weak (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 03:00 PM

    The latest in a long line of privacy scandals happened last week, after Google was found to have been pulling unredacted data from one of America's largest healthcare providers to use in one of its projects. Despite assurances that it won't use this...

  • GM and LG team up to build EV batteries in the US (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 02:33 PM

    In a call today with reporters, GM CEO Mary Barra announced that the company would be teaming up with LG Chem to supply battery cells for the automaker's upcoming electric vehicles including EV trucks. Overall, the company is expecting to have 20 EVs...

  • 'Rocket League' update removes loot boxes from the game (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 02:23 PM

    Finally, the trend for randomized loot boxes in games is dying as publishers move away from the unpopular mechanic. As announced in today's update notes, Rocket League has changed its approach to cosmetic items to be less chance-based.

  • Fake news can help you kill the world in 'Plague Inc.' (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 02:02 PM

    Strategy game Plague Inc. has been around for ages, but its makers are still working on ways to keep it relevant and interesting. The game, which sees players do their best to wipe out the world with infectious disease, was given an anti-vaxxer scena...

  • The FTC has reportedly opened a probe into Amazon's cloud business (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 01:29 PM

    The US Federal Trade Commission is expanding the scope of its Amazon probe to include its cloud business, according to Bloomberg. In addition to looking into the company's e-commerce business, investigators have reportedly started asking the software...

  • Researchers create lung 'blueprint' that could aid organ regeneration (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 01:02 PM

    Serious lung disease has a high rate of mortality, and the only curative treatment is a lung transplant. This is a complicated procedure that has other adverse health effects and oftentimes simply doesn't work, so for scientists in this field, organ...

  • The Morning After: Plex started streaming free movies and TV shows (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 12:49 PM

    Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. In some end-of-the-year housekeeping, BMW said it will stop charging drivers for CarPlay, Craigslist finally releases an iOS app and YouTube is revealing the top videos for 2019.

  • Apple reportedly spends big to bring Billie Eilish documentary to TV+ (www.engadget.com)

    12/05/2019 12:25 PM

    Apple loves Billie Eilish. It didn't only name her as Artist of the Year for the first Apple Music Awards, it also reportedly paid her $25 million for the right to stream a documentary following her life after she released her debut album, When We Al...

  • 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 ...