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  • After Math: Quibi keeping it short in every sense of the word (www.engadget.com)

    10/25/2020 03:30 PM

    After a deluge of nonstop news for the past few months, we finally hit a bit of a lull last week with only a handful of crises happening each day. Like Quibi. After being valued at something like $1.75 billion even a few weeks ago, the short form str...

  • Samsung's influential chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78 (www.engadget.com)

    10/25/2020 03:12 PM

    The tech industry has lost one of its most important figures. Samsung has revealed that Chairman Lee Kun-hee died on October 25th at the age of 78 after spending the past six years in hospital following a heart attack. The company didn’t name his suc...

  • GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 10:35 PM

    You won’t find the source code for YouTube-DL, a popular tool that can be used to download videos from YouTube, and for some of its forks and copies on GitHub anymore. When you visit their pages, you’ll find a notice that says the “[r]epository [is]...

  • DoorDash teams up to open a restaurant in California (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 09:40 PM

    DoorDash is no stranger to offering help to restaurants, but now it’s taking a direct stake in their success. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (via The Verge) that DoorDash is investing in Burma Bites, a spin-off restaurant of Oakland’s Burma Supe...

  • Redbox's Free Live TV comes to Xbox One consoles (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 09:00 PM

    Want a free TV option on your console for those moments between gaming sessions? You now have another major choice. Redbox’s Free Live TV has arrived on consoles for the first time with an app for Xbox One systems. As before, you don’t have to sign i...

  • 'Gears 5' Xbox Series X update brings Dave Bautista to the story mode (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 08:26 PM

    The Xbox Series X and S update to Gears 5 won’t just make the game prettier — it’ll also put a familiar face in more places. The Coalition told IGN in an interview that the game will give you the option of swapping in Dave Bautista (or rather, his WW...

  • Google pulls popular Android apps that collected kids' device data (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 07:39 PM

    It’s not always easy for app creators to avoid violating kids’ privacy, and a few of those developers are learning this first-hand. TechCrunch reports that Google has removed Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay, Android apps with a...

  • 'Sekiro' GOTY Edition trailer offers a peek at fresh challenges (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 06:23 PM

    FromSoftware is eager to boast about the success of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice with a Game of the Year Edition, and it’s now clearer just what you’ll get when the new version arrives. The studio has posted a trailer for the GOTY Edition that shows wha...

  • HAL 9000 replica's crowdfunding project goes bust (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 05:18 PM

    Another high-profile crowdfunding project appears to have imploded, and supporters are paying the price. An Engadget reader and others who backed Master Replicas Group’s functional HAL 9000 prop on Indiegogo has receive a notice from the company indi...

  • This lightweight cordless vacuum is now 42 percent off (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 05:00 PM

    At the end-of-the-day, no one wants to vacuum voluntarily. Regardless, it needs to get done. That’s where the Jashen V18 350W Cordless Vacuum Cleaner comes into play—no more struggling with annoying cables or hard to maneuver machines. The Jashen fea...

  • Patreon is the next tech giant to crack down on QAnon (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 03:45 PM

    Patreon is joining the ranks of tech companies cracking down on QAnon. Bloomberg reports the crowdfunding site is banning accounts “dedicated” to promoting the discredited conspiracy theory, while others that have pushed some QAnon content (but aren’...

  • Hitting the Books: Widespread DNA testing could intensify American racism (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 03:00 PM

    In the modern digital media landscape, we are not the customers — or even the audience — we are the product. Every time we log on, our personal data including where we go, what we search for, who we interact with and what we buy is scraped, siphoned,...

  • Recommended Reading: The challenge of remastering 'Blade Runner' (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 02:00 PM

    Replicating Blade Runner: Why the adventure game classic is so tough to remasterWesley Yin-Poole, EurogamerNightdive Studios announced earlier this year that it planned to remaster the 1997 Blade Runner game for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Ninten...

  • The Morning After: Apple enters the 5G era with the iPhone 12 (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 01:42 PM

    New iPhones have arrived, so as you would expect, while we reviewed the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the team at iFixit pulled out their tools and pried them open. Inside, shockingly, they found phone parts, plus a few new magnets to support the MagS...

  • US judge stands firm in decision to block ban on WeChat (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 01:29 PM

    The judge who blocked the Commerce Department’s order to remove WeChat from US app stores was unmoved by the new evidence the government presented. Last month, US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler issued a preliminary injunction blocking the order that...

  • Facebook and Twitter CEOs will testify in Senate hearing after the election (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 07:06 AM

    Facebook’s and Twitter’s CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, have voluntarily agreed to attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on November 17th. According to the committee’s announcement, the social media bigwigs will be there to testify on t...

  • iPhone 12 teardown reveals how 5G has changed things (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 03:49 AM

    The first two models from Apple’s iPhone 12 have started shipping, and of course the folks at iFixit are busy taking them apart. As of this writing the detailed teardown is still incomplete, but they’ve exposed enough of the details to get a good loo...

  • Travis Scott joins the PlayStation team as a 'strategic creative partner' (www.engadget.com)

    10/24/2020 01:13 AM

    Travis Scott and his Cactus Jack brand have teamed up with everyone from Tesla to Fortnite to McDonalds, and today Sony announced he’s a “strategic creative partner” for PlayStation.What that means exactly is something we’ll have to wait to find out,...

  • A massive spam attack is ruining public 'Among Us' games (www.engadget.com)

    10/23/2020 10:37 PM

    Just days after US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played Among Us to an audience of more than 435,000 viewers, InnerSloth, the developer of the popular multiplayer title, is struggling to contain a spam attack that is affecting most of the g...

  • NASA works to secure the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample (www.engadget.com)

    10/23/2020 09:57 PM

    Earlier this week the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached out and took a small bite from the asteroid Bennu. Now the team behind the spacecraft reports they may have been a little too successful. Their goal was to grab at least 60 grams of its surface mate...

  • Senators push for investigation into CBP use of phone location data (www.engadget.com)

    10/23/2020 08:01 PM

    A group of Democratic lawmakers led by Senators Ron Wyden, Elizabeth Warren and Brian Schatz has called for an inspector general investigation into US Customs and Border Protection’s use of commercially-available location data to track American citiz...

  • Stitcher redesign brings cleaner look and new features to the podcast app (www.engadget.com)

    10/23/2020 06:13 PM

    Stitcher has revealed a new look for its podcast app, which boasts several useful features and upgrades. The service says the revamped web, iOS and Android app has better user control and navigation along with its more streamlined design.You'll be ab...

  • What we bought: Our favorite USB-C chargers (www.engadget.com)

    10/23/2020 06:00 PM

    The iPhone 12 is officially available today and it’s got us thinking about chargers. In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, Apple removed the power adapter (and earphones) from the box of its latest smartphones. You’ll only get a Lightnin...

  • Start a lucrative Shopify business with this $30 course (www.engadget.com)

    10/23/2020 05:55 PM

    You might be happily employed with a dream of starting a lucrative side hustle — or want to eventually leave your current role to start the shop of your dreams. While online stores have taken out some of the burden of starting a brick and mortar vent...

  • The remaster of the '90s ‘Blade Runner’ game has been delayed (www.engadget.com)

    10/23/2020 05:37 PM

    Fans of Westwood’s classic 1997 Blade Runner adventure game will have to wait to play its Enhanced Edition rerelease. The remaster had been slated to come out later this year, but it’s now delayed until at the earliest 2021. In an interview with Euro...

  • 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 ...