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Google Earth’s third-party app support is going away, for now

Google Earth’s technology has led to some pretty cool third-party projects over the past six years, but you may not see many of those efforts for at least a little while. Google has announced that it’s retiring Earth’s app programming interface within a year. Any mapping software built using that kit will stop working on […]

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Blackhat trailer promises a hacking thriller, computer screens that beep

Question: What is the title of that movie that revolves around a hacker (or two) caught up in a huge scheme or conspiracy that has something to do with a gargantuan corporation and/or the government? Your choices are: A.) Young-Angelina Jolie starrer Hackers B.) Travolta, Berry and Jackman movie Swordfish C.) Chris Hemsworth’s new flick […]

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Hackers won’t release Sony workers’ personal info if they object

  Here’s an odd twist to the Sony Pictures hack: the attackers are becoming courteous… relatively speaking, of course. The Guardians of Peace are threatening to release yet more of the studio’s data as a “Christmas gift,” but they’re also offering to withhold personal information if employees ask to keep it out of the public […]

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The Big Picture: Telescope tech shines a rainbow on a train station

  To celebrate Amsterdam Central Station’s 125th anniversary, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has transformed one of its facades into a rainbow-colored wonder using telescope technology. Roosegaarde has partnered with University of Leiden astronomers to conjure up a projector that floods the station’s 45-meter arched roof with lights resembling a rainbow. These lights fit the semi-circular […]

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Spiders are the key to ultra-sensitive wearable devices

Spiders might creep you out, but don’t dismiss them too quickly — they may well be the ticket to a new wave of wearable sensors. South Korean researchers have built a devicethat picks up miniscule vibrations by using the principle behind a spider’s lyriform organs, which shake (and send nervous signals) in response to the […]

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Google Now is almost ready to control your Nest thermostat

Remember how Nest promised that you’d one day use Google Now to control your thermostat? That day is very nearly here. Droid-Life has discovered that the search tool is responding to temperature requests, and will show you a Google Now card when the thermostat is cooling or heating your home. However, you can’t actually use […]

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Project Loon works with France’s space agency to develop next-gen balloons

  Project Loon has come a long way since Google X started working on it in 2011: its balloons can now stay afloat for 100 days, for one, and it has recently gained a partner carrier in Australia’s Telstra. Now, France’s space agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), has revealed that it’s been collaborating with […]

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Unusual X-ray signals could reveal dark matter

Dark  matter remains one of the most mysterious elements of the universe, because it’s completely invisible to us. It neither emits nor absorbs light, so we can’t observe it directly — not even if we use our most powerful telescope. A team of researchers believe that they’ve come across important data that could change that, […]

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Facebook’s updated search tool leaves out Bing results

Facebook recently updated its Graph Search tool to make it easier to find friends’ old posts. According to Reuters, though, the company failed to announced another change: it has apparently stopped showing Bing results, as well. The social network launched Graph Search in 2013, giving people a quick way to scour the website for posts, […]

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Apple worked to block ‘100 percent’ of iTunes competitors from iPods

The federal antitrust case Apple’s fighting isn’t looking any more favorable for the hardware giant since we last reported on it. Former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified on Friday that he’d worked on a project to block “100 percent of non-iTunes clients” in addition to keeping any third-party software from interfering with iTunes, according toThe […]

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Chicago’s getting its own Uber-like app for ordering taxis

  It’s basically impossible to ignore the impact that the likes of Uber and Lyft have had on the taxicab industry, and Chicago’s given up trying. The city government has approved a package from the local cab-drivers union that, among other things, pushes for unified mobile dispatching apps. As proposed, it’d work a lot like the […]

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Netflix and Amazon’s video battle continues at the Golden Globe Awards

  Once upon a time awards shows had sources from a predictable list of sources, but now internet video has crashed the party. When the Golden Globe Awards are presented January 11th, Netflix will be up for seven while Amazon has snagged two nominations for its new show Transparent. The two are even going head […]

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Google’s new YouTube show reaches out to iOS developers

Despite the ongoing battle between Android and iOS, the truth is you’re likely loading up Google services on it either way. Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Drive — take your pick, asHomescreen.is shows (generated based on the most popular apps among @Engadget Twitter followers), they’re popular. Now Google has a new webseries devoted just to iOS developers (to […]

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T-Mobile’s Nexus 9 comes with LTE and a $600 price tag (update: AT&T too)

  The Nexus 9 didn’t completely knock our socks off, but HTC’s inaugural Lollipop tablet just got a little better… if you’re willing to pay a premium, anyway. T-Mobile’s now selling an LTE-enabled version of the tablet on its enthusiast-only Underground store for $600, or $25 a month for the next two years if smaller, […]

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Dropbox makes it easy for workmates to edit Office files

    In November, Dropbox users gained the ability to edit Office files from within inside the app, thanks to a partnership with Microsoft. Now, the company has launched its first set of Project Harmony tools so that groups of workmates can take advantage of that feature — but only if they’re Business users part […]

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Sony’s smart lock is yet another crowdfunding experiment

It’s probably fair to say that the Sony we once knew and loved is going away as the mega-corporation tries to reinvent itself. Part of that strategy is to go all-in onPlayStation, and another, it seems, is just to get members of the public to do its product testing for it. The company hid its […]

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