Blog

  • Facebook issues new recommendations for discussing racism in groups (www.engadget.com)

    06/07/2020 02:01 AM

    Facebook’s efforts to address a surge in social turmoil will extend beyond reviewing its policies. The company has posted recommendations (via The Verge) for group operators to help them address “race and social issues,” such as the Black Lives Matte...

  • Some iPhone 11 models display a green tint after unlocking (www.engadget.com)

    06/07/2020 12:10 AM

    A number of iPhone users are seeing a strange green tint on their devices’ displays for a few seconds after unlocking, and it’s still unclear what’s causing the phenomenon. Based on the complaints posted on Reddit and the MacRumors forum, the most af...

  • Apple Card may offer monthly installment plans for iPads and Macs (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 10:16 PM

    The Apple Card already has perks if you’re buying from Apple itself, but the company is apparently willing to further sweeten those incentives. Bloomberg sources say Apple is planning a Card feature that will let you buy “many” products (not just the...

  • TCL starts selling Android-powered TVs in the US (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 09:03 PM

    You no longer have to use Roku’s platform if you want a modern TCL TV in the US. TCL has started selling its Android TV-based 3-Series sets in the US through Best Buy. You can buy a 32-inch, 720p starter model for $130, or jump to a 40-inch 1080p scr...

  • IBM toolkit keeps data encrypted in iPhone and Mac apps while in use (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 07:45 PM

    It’s now more practical to keep data encrypted while you use it, provided you’re using an Apple device. IBM has released (via ZDNet) a toolkit that makes it easier to implement fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) in iOS and macOS apps. In theory, hack...

  • Riot Games will donate $1 million to support racial equality (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 06:32 PM

    Riot Games President Dylan Jadeja has published a letter revealing how the company intends to help combat racism and injustice. In it, Jadeja has announced that the developer is committing $1 million on efforts focusing on areas that the company beli...

  • SpaceX will answer Crew Dragon and Starlink questions on Reddit at 3PM ET (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 05:14 PM

    If you’ve wanted to learn more about SpaceX’s projects than you normally see in the news, now’s your chance. The company’s software team is holding a Reddit AMA session today starting at 3PM Eastern to answer questions on the software that guides Spa...

  • The first live 'Destiny 2' event kicks off at 1PM ET (updated) (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 03:57 PM

    Bungie is about to try a new strategy for keeping Destiny 2 fresh: holding Fortnite-style live events. The studio is promising (via PC Gamer) that humans will “take aim at the Almighty” (the massive Red Legion spaceship on a kamikaze mission against...

  • Hitting the books: The ancient technology behind astronaut ice cream (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 03:00 PM

    It’s been one week since astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley made history by successfully riding SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket up to the International Space Station. This calls for a celebration! And what orbital party would be complete without t...

  • The Morning After: Weber's SmokeFire grills are getting smarter (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 02:00 PM

    After another extremely regular week, it’s not really a surprise to be comforted by something familiar -- even if that something is a real-time strategy war game. EA I think my first Command & Conquer experience was on Sega Saturn, which quickly...

  • 'Command & Conquer Remastered' updates 90s RTS action for 4K monitors (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 11:50 AM

    25 years after Westwood Studios’ first Command & Conquer game kicked off the hit real-time strategy series, gamers can roll back the clock with the Remastered Collection. Now available on both EA’s Origin store and Steam for $20, it includes both...

  • Lenovo's 7-inch Google smart display is on sale for $80 at Best Buy (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 09:00 AM

    You’re in luck if you want an affordable, Google-powered smart screen but feel the Nest Hub is too basic for your tastes. Best Buy has discounted Lenovo’s Smart Display 7 to $80, or a good $20 off the usual price. That’s lower than Best Buy’s recent...

  • NASA orders Lunar Gateway's crew cabin from Northrop Grumman (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 07:37 AM

    NASA has ordered another piece of the Lunar Gateway, which will serve as a space station for astronauts and equipment heading to the Moon and Mars under the Artemis Program. The space agency has awarded Northrup Grumman a $187 million contract to des...

  • When the NBA returns it may use 'NBA 2K' for crowd noise (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 01:50 AM

    The NBA is moving toward restarting its season with 22 teams playing games at Disney World in Orlando, now that the NBA Player’s Association has approved further negotiations on the plan. One issue they’ll face is playing games without fans in the ar...

  • Zuckerberg says he will 'review' policies after employee backlash (www.engadget.com)

    06/06/2020 12:16 AM

    Mark Zuckerberg shared a seven-part plan following widespread criticism from employees over his handling of Donald Trump’s Facebook posts last week. The update comes after a week of increasingly vocal dissent from within the company. In the note, Zuc...

  • ‘Pokémon Go’ raid invites will let friends join your battle remotely (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 11:36 PM

    Pokémon Go creators recently announced that two of the game’s many planned updates will be available this summer: the ability to invite friends to raid battles, and a stickers feature for gifts. The raid battles feature is set to be released sometime...

  • EA Play and the Steam Game Festival have been pushed back one week (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 09:03 PM

    EA is postponing its summer game showcase. The digital version of EA Play was originally scheduled for June 11th at 7 PM ET. Instead, it’ll take place at the same time a week later on June 18th. pic.twitter.com/6NSTb4cxqE— Electronic Arts (@EA) Jun...

  • Instagram may require permission before embedding photos (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 08:21 PM

    How you use Instagram’s embedding feature may soon change significantly. In a statement to Ars Technica, Instagram said it doesn't give people who use its embed feature a copyright license to display the image they're embedding. "While our terms allo...

  • Telegram adds video editor and more creative tools (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 08:04 PM

    A robust Telegram update has added video editing to the messaging app, according to a recent blog post. Users can also add animated stickers to media, along with several other new features.The “most powerful photo editor to be implemented in a messag...

  • Valve is allowing racist bots to invade ‘Team Fortress 2’ (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 07:44 PM

    Content warning: This story contains images and descriptions of hate speech.For the past two months, Team Fortress 2 has been under attack by a horde of racist, homophobic, sexist, pornographic and generally bigoted robots. The bots appear in nearly...

  • The best deals we found this week: 16-inch MacBook Pro, PS Plus and more (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 07:30 PM

    June kicked off with a few good discounts on Apple products. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is $300 off at Amazon right now and the Apple Watch Series 3 costs only $180 at both Amazon and Walmart. Gamers will want to consider new deals on Sony’s PlayStation...

  • Atmospheric CO2 hits a record high while emissions drop (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 07:18 PM

    New data published by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached a record monthly high of 417 parts per million (ppm). This two ppm change since last May’s reading is in line with the ave...

  • The Trojan Horse in Trump’s anti-Twitter executive order (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 07:00 PM

    Approximately 100 years ago (May 28, 2020) the White House put social media websites in its (very crowded) crosshairs. This was in the form of an executive order to regulate what Mr. Trump believes to be online censorship, specifically calling Twitte...

  • Instacart takes steps to discourage 'tip baiting' (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 07:00 PM

    Instacart is responding to scrutiny over “tip baiting” by discouraging attempts to stiff shoppers. The grocery delivery service will now require that customers leave feedback if they remove tips entirely, and will reduce the tipping window from three...

  • Summer Games Done Quick will be an online-only event this year (www.engadget.com)

    06/05/2020 06:46 PM

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s edition of Summer Games Done Quick will be an online-only affair. The week-long charity speedrunning marathon had already been pushed back until August for coronavirus-related reasons, but organizers have con...

  • 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 ...