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Sailboat racers get a heads-up display to call their own

It’s not easy to track the progress of a racing sailboat — you don’t always have the free time (or free hands) to check a compass or run across the deck. Keeping tabs on a watercraft should be much less of a chore in the future, though, as Afterguard has released a heads-up display system for high-speed […]

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12 million people are already using Office for iPad

Microsoft’s version of Office for iPad has apparently been a rousing success. So much so, that the company’s taken to Twitter to boast that the productivity suite has topped 12 million downloads. In a week. As the Seattle Times points out, though, Redmond hasn’t said how many Office 365 subscriptions (which are required to create and edit documents) have been sold alongside the free, document-view-only downloads. We reached out […]

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Here’s another peek at Google’s build-your-own-smartphone project

Project Ara has only exploded in prominence since Google unloaded Motorola earlier this year, and now we’re getting yet another peek at the work in progress. The Phonebloks team just released a video showing off the progress Google and its partners have made on those modular smartphones, and things are coming along just as quick as you’d expect. […]

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Vine, now with messaging

Vine isn’t just about sharing six-second videos anymore. The Twitter-owned service has just launched a messaging feature that lets you reach out to friends through either videos or text messages. It’s not very sophisticated at this stage (there’s no true group chat, for instance), but you can send videos to anyone in your smartphone’s contacts, whether or not they’ve […]

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Unreal Engine 4.1 update adds SteamOS and Linux support, arrives later this month

Good news for gamers who’ve been eyeing Valve’s upcoming Steam Machines: Unreal Engine 4.1 will support the Linux-based SteamOS after a pending update. In a blog post today, Epic Games’ Mike Fricker announced that the source code now includes “initial support for running and packaging games for Linux and Steam OS.” This means that upcoming UE4 titles like Daylight […]

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Turkey finally lifts Twitter ban, but YouTube is still blocked

It’s official: Turkey’s Twitter ban has officially come to an end. The country’s high court ruled that the ban was unconstitutional just yesterday, and access to the service was finally restored this morning after two weeks of social silence. In case you hadn’t been following this odyssey, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan promised to “root out” the service after […]

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Digital Storm’s revamped gaming laptops boast extra-speedy NVIDIA graphics

  If you’ve been waiting for a gaming laptop that wrings the most performance out of NVIDIA’s new GeForce 800M graphics chips, you may want to check out Digital Storm’s freshly revamped laptop line. The Javelin, Lance, Krypton and Behemoth all carry fast dedicated video, ranging from the GeForce GTX 860M (in everything but the Behemoth) all the […]

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Google reportedly wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas

Many see Google Fiber as an attempt to disrupt the stagnant world of internet service providers, and it now sounds like Google wants to shake up the wireless industry, too. Sources for The Information claim that the search firm wants to offer mobile phone service in Fiber areas. It’s not yet clear how this would work, but Google reportedly told […]

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The first of Europe’s new Earth-monitoring satellites launches today

If the first step in fixing a problem is knowing about it, then Earth’s worry-list is about to get a lot longer. The European Space Agency is launching the first of six satellites designed to monitor the choppy environmental conditions down here on our fragile planet. Sentinel-1A will blast off later today, where it’ll track floodwaters, deforestation and other […]

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Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat through Google Street View

After touring the canals of Venice and braving the Polar Bear capital of the world, you can now visit the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia… virtually, that is. The armchair adventurer’s best friend, Google Street View, now touts around 90,000 panoramic images of the vast 12th century Khmer wonder. Google took photos of Angkor Wat’s glorious temples, sculptures […]

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Verizon slashes More Everything prices to keep pace with AT&T

Not to be caught cold by recent price cuts from AT&T, and to keep up with T-Mobile’s relentless UnCarrier marketing blitz, Verizon has slightly tweaked its More Everything plan to reward its more data-thirsty customers. As of now, subscribers to the company’s Edge early-upgrade program who sign up for 10GB or more of data can add additional smartphones to […]

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Samsung’s ChatON now lets you recall those embarrassing messages

In an effort to get owners of its smartphones to actually use ChatON, Samsung has thrown numerous features at the messaging app to see what sticks. For instance, it’s just gifted inveterate file sharers with 1GB media transfers and given FourSquare types the ability to divulge their position and route via Glympse. But it also came up with a feature […]

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Evernote’s Penultimate for iPad now behaves more like a real notebook

Penultimate is supposed to mimic a notebook on your iPad, so it only makes sense that the app’s interface should mirror the pen-and-paper experience as much as possible. Right? Evernote thinks so, as it has released a Penultimate update that gets closer to the real thing. You can swipe from off-screen to turn pages, and you can set […]

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Google clamps down on Android apps with deceptive ads

Google has issued revised rules for Google Play apps in its continuing effort to stay one step ahead of nefarious developers. This time, the primary target is apps with pop-up ads that spoof a system, service or app notification and trick you into clicking where you shouldn’t. It’s also cracking down on “promotion or install tactics” that cause downloads […]

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Switched On: Amazon’s Puzzling Prime Directive

Apple makes its money by selling devices. As such, it’s incentivized to have content — or at least the delivery of it — exclusive to its devices. For years, the company implemented DRM (digital rights management) on music sold through iTunes. It fought such restrictions, but nonetheless benefited from them. Even today it proclaims its leadership position […]

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Feedback Loop: The future of VR, remote controls and breakfast phones

Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There’s so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we highlight some of the […]

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