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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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Apple’s online store now accepts PayPal, lets you spread the cost

Apple already provides a variety of ways to pay for Macs and iPhones, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with adding another alternative. Perhaps that’s why the company has decided to add PayPal to its online store in the US and the UK. While you’ll now be able to charge the cost of a new iPad […]

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Google shuts Russian office following Putin’s internet crackdown

Google will soon close its Russian engineering offices and relocate 50-odd employees, according to The Information. The search giant didn’t say why it made the move, but it may have been prompted by a recent crackdown on internet freedoms within the nation. Russia recently passed a law forcing bloggers to register with authorities, and is […]

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Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives that cost only $260

  Here’s something you can get for yourself these holidays : a 3.5-inch 8TB drive from Seagate that costs only $260 — we didn’t forget an extra number in that figure, promise. That’s a lot cheaper than HGST’s helium-filled 8TB disk drive, which is listed for $1,000 on newegg and just a bit more on Amazon. […]

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The Big Picture: a closer look at live rodent nerve cells

  What you’re looking at up above isn’t a crazy anaglyph 3D image. Well, at least not intentionally. It’s actually the result of a decade-old tagging method that researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Italy are now using in live mice. The method, called SNAP-tagging, uses proteins that latch onto specific chemical structures […]

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YouTube is testing a GIF sharing option

Click on the “share” button under any YouTube video, and you’ll get three simple options: Share (for a URL), Embed (for HTML code) and Email (take a guess), but Google’s video streaming site is about to get one more — animated GIF. YouTube hasn’t officially announced the new feature, but it seems to be testing […]

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