Gadget News and Reviews

You can still buy the HTC U11 for $599 ($50 off the regular price)

Last month, when HTC started taking pre-orders for its U11 flagship phone in the US, it offered customers the chance to get the handset for $50 off the regular price by using various promo codes. We assumed that this was a pre-order offer only, but we're happy to report that the HTC U11 can still be bought for $50 off - thus, you're paying $599 instead of $649 for it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:15

Moto Z Play gets soak test in Brazil for upcoming software update

Earlier this month, the Moto Z Play received Android 7.1.1 in overseas countries including Brazil. In the states, the update gave the Moto Z Play Droid the distinction of being the first Moto handset in the country to run on this Android build. That update included Android 7.1.1, the June 2017 Android Security Patch, video chatting app Duo, an update to v 2.0 of the Moto Mods platform, and some stability improvements.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:18

Munster: Apple Glasses will be bigger than the iPhone

As we get ready to celebrate tomorrow the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Apple iPhone, it is hard to believe that as big as the iPhone was in those early days, and remains through current times, there is a device that could actually be more popular, famous and innovative than Apple's iconic smartphone. And this isn't coming from the lunatic fringe either.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 13:33

Viber adds Chat Extensions for YouTube, Spotify, Booking, GIPHY, and more - get it all done within the chat

Viber is one of the world’s leading messaging apps and a great alternative to other established messengers like Skype. The latest update to the app sees its Chat Extensions feature completely revamped, letting you access the services of YouTube, Spotify,, VICE Media, GIPHY, Guggy, and Getty Images all within Viber, never having to leave a conversation.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 13:38

Token's smart ring autofills your passwords, badges you into work, makes payments, unlocks your car AND more

In a world filled with wearables of varied usefulness and
quality, among the mediocre and the redundant sometimes floats a device that
seems to actually make life easier for people of this age. One such device purported
to do so is the Token Ring, a smart ring with a bevy of useful features – none of

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:23

Moto Z2 appears on GFXBench, full of flagship-type specs

Originally, rumors seemed to indicate that there would be no sequel to the thinnest smartphone on the market, the Moto Z. Instead, the speculation was that Motorola would offer just two Moto Z models this year, a high-end Moto Z2 Force and a low to mid-range Moto Z2 Play. But no sooner was the latter unveiled by Motorola, then the Moto Z2 appeared on Geekbench.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:36

Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform for wearables and IoT

Chipset makes Qualcomm made quite a few announcements at MWC Shanghai earlier today, which revealed the upcoming availability of new platforms for smartphones, wearables and IoT (Internet of Things).

Since we've already reported about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, let's take a look at what the U.S. company has to offer for the wearable market.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:39

Oxenfree, the highly-acclaimed Stranger Things-like adventure game, arrives on Android

If you haven't heard about Oxenfree, then you surely aren't playing as many games as you should. Suffice to say that it's one of those indie gems that make a splash once in a while in the world of video games.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:57

Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ costs just $690 on eBay

The Galaxy S8+ is available in the United States for more than a month now, so its price remains the same at just about every major carrier in the country. Of course, T-Mobile is running a BOGO (buy one get one free) deal on the smartphone, and it's even cut the outright price of the phone from $850 to $780, but that's about all you get if you're looking for a bargain.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 16:22

Alcatel Pulsemix is a new, interesting $79 smartphone headed to Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless, one of AT&T's prepaid brands, today announced the upcoming release of the Alcatel Pulsemix, an affordable smartphone that will go on sale on July 21.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 16:35

Game streaming service Twitch launches new Android and iOS apps

Twitch is trying to lure as many mobile fans as possible to its game streaming service. The first step in achieving that is the release of a revamped Twitch app for Android and iOS platforms.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 16:40

Chinese tech giant LeEco can’t stop losing money

Chinese tech company LeEco has been busy over the past decade, producing everything from TVs to electric cars (or at least, trying to). But now, the conglomerate is in trouble: They are in a cash crunch and haven't been able to raise enough money to...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 11:41

Théoriz recreates the Holodeck with AR tech and projectors

If you had to list the most mind-blowing tech demos in recent memory, Microsoft's Hololens AR headset would need to be included, as would its projector-enhanced Illumiroom. A company called Théoriz from Lyon, France has married both of those t...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00

Xiaomi is bringing cinema tech to a living room projector

When it comes to home theater setups, high-quality projectors have traditionally been the pricier way to enjoy your movies. Now, however, Chinese tech company Xiaomi is hoping to change that with its new cinema-quality Mi Laser Projector. Priced at a...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:18

Tinder's new 'Gold' subscription shows your likes before you swipe

Tinder is introducing another subscription option, which comes with an exclusive perk to get existing premium members to fork out some extra cash. Tinder Gold gives you access to a new "Likes You" option that basically allows you to browse through al...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:42

LG's 77-inch Wallpaper TV is selling for the low, low price of $20k

LG's W-series "Picture-on-Wall" TVs wowed us at CES, but we knew the massive 65-inch and 77-inch hyperthin screens would cost a mint. Especially since last year's top-of-the-line G-series started at $5,000. Wonder no longer, screen aficionados: The l...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 13:01

Apple Music's latest personalized playlist helps you chill

Ever since Apple Music got its big redesign last year, you've had access to just two personalized playlists: a favorites mix and a new releases mix. Suffice it to say that this won't cover the bases if you want tunes that suit a specific mood. Howe...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 13:22

Apply now for Engadget’s $500,000 immersive art program

We're just two days away from the official deadline to apply for Engadget's unreal arts program for unreal times. But what is time, really?

In the spirit of breaking with convention, we've extended the deadline to apply for Engadget's Alternate Real...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 13:38

A lizard-inspired robot gripper may solve our space-junk problems

Space junk is a huge problem in orbit. Over 500,000 pieces of debris are currently orbiting the Earth at up to 17,500 miles per hour, and we haven't yet figured out how to clean it up. But engineers at Stanford may have made a breakthrough: They've d...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 14:00

Adidas' All Day fitness app hits iOS and Android devices

Exactly three months after announcing its All Day fitness app, Adidas is finally launching it in the US. The application, which is available for iOS and Android, focuses on serving up insights about different health aspects, such as mindset, movement...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 14:14

Bonaverde wants to be the Keurig of raw coffee

Many people take their coffee drinking seriously, but even those with a proper espresso machine at home won't roast their own beans. This delicate step is typically done on an industrial scale using specialist equipment, far from the end consumer. No...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 14:30

California may give EV buyers instant rebates

If you're worried about the federal tax credit for electric car purchases phasing out, you may want to pay attention to what California is proposing. The state is concerned about demand for EVs declining as the tax incentives disappear. As a result,...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 14:44

Revamped Twitch app streams live from your phone

As useful as the Twitch mobile app can be, it still falls short of what you're used to on the desktop, especially if you're a broadcaster. Would you believe that you have to switch apps just to stream live? Thankfully, it's shrinking that gap today....

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:00

US hit by cyberattack that targeted Ukraine and Russia

Yesterday, a number of Ukrainian and Russian companies and state agencies reported being hit by a cyberattack, the results of which ranged from flight delays at Boryspil airport to a shutdown of Chernobyl nuclear power plant's automatic radiation mon...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:14

Artistic AI paints portraits of people who aren't really there

Mike Tyka paints the portraits of people who don't exist. The subjects of his ephemeral artwork are not born from any brush. Rather, they are sculpted -- roughly -- from the digital imagination of his computer's neural network.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:31

DNC hires ex-Uber engineer as its chief technology officer

The Democratic National Committee has selected ex-Twitter VP Raffi Krikorian as its chief technology officer. Krikorian was until recently the senior director of engineering at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, but left the company in February.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:31

Canada says court order to pull Google results applies worldwide

In 2012, Canadian manufacturer Equustek asked Google to remove search results relating to a court case against Datalink, a distributor of the former company's network devices. While Google complied with the request, it only did so in Canada itself. T...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:46

Google Photos' AI-powered sharing is now available

Google is making good on its promise of AI-assisted photo sharing. A Google Photos upgrade arriving this week uses machine learning to suggest pictures based on both your own sharing habits, the people in the photos, and whether or not they're part o...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 16:02

Fox Sports brings its 'virtual suite' to Gold Cup VR broadcasts

Fox Sports is no stranger to VR. The network broadcasted Super Bowl 51 via a virtual suite of sorts, for instance. Now Fox is taking that further with the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer championship. The footie action starts July 8th with the USA vs. Panam...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 16:20

Telegram will register with Russia but won't share secure data

A few days ago, we reported that Russia's communications regulator demanded that messaging app Telegram hand over information, including decrypted user messages, or risk being banned from the country. Now, Reuters reports that Telegram has agreed to...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 16:36


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