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  • SpaceX’s reusable Falcon Heavy rocket can now carry US spy satellites into orbit
    by Jon Fingas on August 11, 2022 at 8:27 pm in Science, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Jon Fingas

    SpaceX may soon handle some of the US government’s highest-priority satellite missions. Bloombergreports the Space Force has certified SpaceX to launch top secret spy satellites using Falcon Heavy rockets equipped with reusable boosters. The move gives SpaceX more high-profile government missions, of course, but also promises to save federal money by reducing the costs of ferrying these satellites to orbit. The Space Force has already saved over $64 million for GPS missions by using reusable […]

  • ‘Metal Slug Tactics’ is delayed until 2023
    by Kris Holt on August 11, 2022 at 7:59 pm in site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Kris Holt

    Another day, another game delay. You’ll now have to wait until next year to get your hands on Metal Slug Tactics, according to publisher Dotemu and developer Leikir Studio. “Marco, Eri, Fio, and Tarma are tinkering away to make Metal Slug Tactics as explosive as possible on release, but the squad needs a bit more time in the shop to prepare for the battles ahead,” Dotemu wrote in a tweet spotted by IGN. “See you in 2023!”Dotemu announced the game just over a year ago, during Summer Game […]

  • IKEA will install Electrify America’s fast EV chargers at over 25 US stores
    by Jon Fingas on August 11, 2022 at 7:12 pm in Consumer Discretionary, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Jon Fingas

    You might not have to worry about charging your EV the next time you’re shopping for build-it-yourself furniture. IKEA has struck a deal to bring Electrify America’s fast chargers to more than 25 stores in the US. The rollout will bring over 200 individual chargers to shops in 18 states, including California, Florida, New York, Texas and Washington. They’ll offer charging speeds between 150kW and 350kW, and will serve both customers as well as IKEA’s fleet.The first chargers will be available […]

  • FEC says Google can let political campaigns dodge Gmail’s spam filters
    by Kris Holt on August 11, 2022 at 6:37 pm in Politics & Government, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Kris Holt

    The Federal Elections Commission has rubber stamped a proposal from Google that could make it easier for political campaigns to skirt email spam filters. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a Gmail pilot, agreeing with Google that the program wouldn’t run afoul of election rules, as The Washington Post reports.In June, Google asked the FEC to review a plan that would enable emails from “authorized candidate committees, political party committees and leadership political action committees […]

  • FTC kicks off efforts to regulate data security and surveillance tech
    by Jon Fingas on August 11, 2022 at 4:58 pm in Politics & Government, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Jon Fingas

    The Federal Trade Commission is officially starting its efforts to broadly regulate data security. The agency has published an early notice of proposed rulemaking that asks the public to comment on commercial surveillance and data gathering practices, such as camera monitoring or protections for sensitive info. Officials not only want to understand the harms and benefits of technologies, but gauge interest in rules that could require stricter safeguards (such as tougher encryption) and bans on […]

  • NBA 2K23’s Jordan Challenge revival is all about authenticity
    by Kris Holt on August 11, 2022 at 4:15 pm in Consumer Discretionary, National Basketball Association, Celebrities, Basketball, Sports & Recreation, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Kris Holt

    In NBA 2K23, 2K Sports is bringing the Jordan Challenge mode from NBA 2K11 back with some serious upgrades. The publisher has revealed more details about the game mode, which features 15 key moments from Michael Jordan’s career. It includes the 1982 NCAA National Championship, the “Flu Game” and (spoiler) Jordan’s game-winning shot at the 1998 NBA Finals.Developer Visual Concepts seems to have gone all out to make the mode (which it rebuilt from scratch) as authentic as possible. “Our team […]

  • The merged Google Meet app lets you host group Spotify and YouTube sessions
    by Jon Fingas on August 11, 2022 at 3:30 pm in site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Jon Fingas

    Google’s merger of Meet and Duo may be confusing, but it should deliver some useful upgrades in the bargain. The company has added a live sharing beta feature that lets users of the revamped Meet share Spotify and YouTube streams during chats. You can play games like Uno Mobile and Kahoot, too. The functionality will sound familiar if you’ve tried SharePlay, but you can’t use Spotify or YouTube with Apple’s media feature.The Meet upgrades include scheduled recurring meetings, virtual […]

  • Anker’s Eufy robot vacuums are up to 47 percent off at Amazon
    by Kris Holt on August 11, 2022 at 2:45 pm in Personal Finance – Lifestyle, Shopping, Technology & Electronics, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Kris Holt

    Some folks who are in the market for a robot vacuum might be looking beyond Roomba after it emerged Amazon is buying parent company iRobot. Anker’s budget brand Eufy has been around for a few years and is a solid option. Right now, many Eufy models are on sale for up to 47 percent off, including the RoboVac G30 Edge. That’s down from $340 to $180 on Amazon, the lowest price we’ve seen for it to date.Buy Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge at Amazon — $180Anker says the vacuum uses logical route planning to […]

  • Xiaomi beats Tesla to building a working robot
    by Richard Lai on August 11, 2022 at 2:35 pm in site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Richard Lai

    Forget about that crazy-thin foldable phone from earlier. Xiaomi just beat Tesla to unveiling a working humanoid robot prototype at a live event earlier today, and yes, it looks awfully familiar. The Xiaomi CyberOne is 177cm (5.8 feet) tall, weighs 52kg (115 pounds), is nicknamed “Metal Bro” and is also somehow given a zodiac sign, Leo. After a short walk to the middle of the stage, the CyberOne gave CEO Lei Jun a flower (for some reason), before it politely accepted a selfie with the man […]

  • Twitter will fight misinformation in US midterms with notification changes
    by Jon Fingas on August 11, 2022 at 2:29 pm in Politics & Government, Elections, Social & Online Media, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Jon Fingas

    Twitter is both reviving and improving its election misinformation strategy ahead of the 2022 US midterms. The social network has reactivated enforcement of its Civic Integrity Policy to prepare for the vote, and there are a handful of upgrades in store this year. To begin, it will avoid recommending misleading tweets through notifications — falsehoods might not spread as much as in the past. The company is considering this approach for “other surfaces,” too.You should also see redesigned […]

  • The best iPad accessories you can get right now
    by Valentina Palladino on August 11, 2022 at 1:30 pm in news, anker, otterbox, SanDisk, screenprotector, thebuyersguide, ixpand, HyperDrive, commerce, magickeyboard, RAVPower, Apple, iPadPro, Logitech, ipad, usb-c, ApplePencil, powerbank, gear, zagg, ElectronicEquipment,Instruments&Components, ElectronicsAccessories, OfficeElectronics, Technology&Electronics, Consumer Discretionary, Tablets, Technology & Electronics, Handheld & Connected Devices, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Valentina Palladino

    Accessories will be key whether you’re turning your new iPad into a laptop replacement or just trying to protect it against daily-life hazards. It’s tempting to turn to Apple’s own accessories — and in some cases, you should — but there’s a slew of alternatives that work just as well and are often more affordable. We tested out a bunch of cases, keyboards, styli and other miscellany to see which iPad accessories are worth buying.Otterbox Symmetry 360 caseValentina Palladino / […]

  • Meta starts testing default end-to-end encryption on Messenger
    by Mariella Moon on August 11, 2022 at 1:17 pm in site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Mariella Moon

    Meta has long been working on end-to-end encryption for its messaging products, but so far, only WhatsApp has switched on the privacy feature by default. In its latest update about its efforts, Meta said it will start testing default end-to-end encrypted chats for select users on Messenger. Those chosen to be part of the test will find that some of their most frequent chats have been automatically end-to-end encrypted. That means there’s no reason to start “Secret Conversations” with those […]

  • Apple reportedly wants podcast deals that can lead to TV shows
    by Jon Fingas on August 11, 2022 at 1:17 pm in site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Jon Fingas

    Apple is no stranger to basing TV shows on podcasts, but it now appears eager to snap up that content as quickly as possible. Bloombergsources claim Apple has signed a deal with Suave producer Futuro Studios that will fund podcasts in return for the first chance to turn any series into a TV+ movie or show. The tech company has also been negotiating comparable deals and spent as much as $10 million so far, according to the tipsters.Past adaptations have focused on already popular shows like […]

  • Bo’s e-scooter is beyond state of the art
    by Daniel Cooper on August 11, 2022 at 1:00 pm in Automotive Industry, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Daniel Cooper

    We’re living in an age of micromobility, where city dwellers are given more options to get around than ever before. Bike-sharing schemes, which quickly swelled to include e-scooters, are big deals in major areas where the commuting distances are just that bit too long to walk. But scooters have yet to achieve the same legitimacy as the bicycle with mainstream users. In part, this is because it’s still a relatively emerging technology, but also because the scooter has the whiff of a toy […]

  • Xiaomi’s second foldable phone is only 5.4mm thick in tablet mode
    by Richard Lai on August 11, 2022 at 12:44 pm in Technology & Electronics, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Richard Lai

    Merely a day after Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 launch, Xiaomi was quick to follow with a surprising punch. The Mix Fold 2 is the Chinese brand’s second foldable phone, featuring a surprising thickness of just 5.4mm when opened — barely enough to house a USB-C port — and 11.2mm thick when folded. While Huawei’s Mate Xs 2 is also 5.4mm thick when opened, bear in mind that it folds outwards instead and therefore lacks a secondary display, not to mention its 11.1mm-thick camera “column.”One of […]

  • Google Fiber is expanding again after years of inactivity
    by Mariella Moon on August 11, 2022 at 11:45 am in site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Mariella Moon

    Google Fiber’s expansion activities have always been deliberately slow, but there was a time when it was announcing new coverage areas on a more regular basis. Now, Dinni Jain, the Alphabet subsidiary’s CEO, has announced Fiber’s first expansion plans in years. The company has been working on connecting West Des Moines to its network, making Iowa its first new state in five years, and will soon start building infrastructure in Des Moines. In July, it announced that it’s building a network in […]

  • The Morning After: First impressions of Samsung’s newest foldable phones
    by Mat Smith on August 11, 2022 at 11:15 am in Consumer Discretionary, Personal Investing Ideas & Strategies, Technology & Electronics, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Mat Smith

    While leaks meant there weren’t many surprises, Samsung officially revealed the latest evolution of its foldable phones and smartwatches. With the company’s fourth-generation foldables, each increasingly offers something a little different. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 continues the spirit of the Galaxy Note series, with a new taskbar to better manage multi-window apps, Samsung’s best mobile cameras and a whole lot of screen. Oh, and it works with a stylus.Meanwhile, the clamshell Z Flip 4 makes […]

  • Moto’s Razr 2022 foldable gets the flagship processor it deserves
    by Steve Dent on August 11, 2022 at 8:59 am in Technology & Electronics, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Steve Dent

    Motorola’s last Razr was a nifty folding smartphone and $1,500 fashion statement, but the weak hardware kept it from flagship greatness. Now, the company has responded with the Razr 2022 that might live up to that promise and price, thanks to a true flagship-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, Engadget Chinese has reported. The Razr 2022 carries a new design along with the new chip, with the curved chin and top camera notch eliminated in favor of an all-screen design and punch-hole […]

  • The man who built his own ISP to avoid huge fees is expanding his service
    by Steve Dent on August 11, 2022 at 7:20 am in Professional Services, Internet & Networking Technology, Technology & Electronics, site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Steve Dent

    Given a choice between settling for pathetically slow internet speeds from AT&T or paying Comcast $50,000 to expand to his rural home, Michigan resident Jared Mauch chose option “C”: starting up his own fiber internet service provider. Now, he’s expanding his service from about 70 customers to nearly 600 thanks to funding aimed at expanding access to broadband internet, Ars Technica has reported. Last year, the US government’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds allocated $71 […]

  • Google’s Search AI now looks for general consensus to highlight more trustworthy results
    by Mariella Moon on August 11, 2022 at 4:01 am in site|engadget, provider_name|Engadget, region|US, language|en-US, author_name|Mariella Moon

    You know that highlighted piece of text at the very top of a Google search results page when you look up a piece of information? That’s called a “featured snippet,” and it’s meant to provide you with a quick answer to your query. Now, Google is making sure that the information it highlights is reliable and accurate by using its latest AI model, the Multitask Unified Model, so that Search can now look for consensus when deciding on a snippet to feature.Google’s Search AI can now check snippet […]