• Facebook lets you get rid of those annoying notification dots
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    Facebook lets you get rid of those annoying notification dots

    Facebook's red notification dots may feel like they exist more to keep you hooked than to keep you informed, but there's now a proper way to deal with them. The social network has confirmed that it's rolling out a Shortcut Bar Settings feature on iOS (coming to Android in the weeks ahead)

  • Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm
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    Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm

    As Xiaomi widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge. Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world's second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research

  • Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with 'mistakes happen' comment
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    Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with 'mistakes happen' comment

    Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's comments during an interview with Axios — and his subsequent apology — have done more than hand the company's critics more ammunition in the renewed #boycottUber campaign. During an interview, Khosrowshahi called the murder of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal

  • The next iPad Pro may arrive in early 2020 with 3D sensors
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    The next iPad Pro may arrive in early 2020 with 3D sensors

    You might have to wait a while for the next iPad Pro, although it might provide some clever features in the bargain. Bloomberg sources claim Apple is planning to release the new pro tablet "as early as" the first half of 2020, and that it would include both two cameras as well as a Face ID-like

  • The EU just approved a vaccine to prevent Ebola
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    The EU just approved a vaccine to prevent Ebola

    Today, the European Union granted an Ebola vaccine "conditional marketing authorization." The vaccine, developed by the pharmaceutical giant Merck, is known as Ervebo. It's the first human Ebola vaccine to be approved by the EU.

  • Adidas backpedals on robotic shoe production with Speedfactory closures
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    Adidas backpedals on robotic shoe production with Speedfactory closures

    An expensive experiment in global distribution has been abandoned by Adidas, which has announced that will close its robotic "Speedfactories" in Atlanta and Ansbach, Germany, within 6 months. The company sugar-coated the news with a promise to repurpose the technology used at its existing

  • Nike's FlyEase technology hits the field with Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin
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    Nike's FlyEase technology hits the field with Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin

    After developing FlyEase shoes based on Lebron and Jordan models, Nike has adapted its technology for zip-up basketball sneakers to a whole new sport: football. These unique cleats are made for a (so far) one-of-a-kind athlete -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Griffin is in his second season

  • D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity
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    D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity

    Thankfully, there are so many fun direct to consumer (D2C) categories — from bath salts to plants, to even organic fertilizer. A New York City-based VC firm once asked us, "there are so many products that are getting launched in the direct to consumer route. There are many reasons why a brand

  • 'Death Stranding' brings back appointment gaming
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    'Death Stranding' brings back appointment gaming

    Not so with Hideo Kojima's long-awaited Death Stranding, which, if you're going to play at all... you should probably play now. Being part of that vanguard of players who go in unsure of what to expect, learning by doing and sharing that information with others has a special feeling, not of

  • Chrome may shame slow-loading sites with 'speed badging'
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    Chrome may shame slow-loading sites with 'speed badging'

    While there are many, many worse things going on in the world than waiting far too long for a website to load, that's bound to tick off even the most patient of us. Google's not standing idly by, though, as it might start naming and shaming sites that take forever to display their contents in

  • Facebook machine learning aims to modify faces, hands and... outfits
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    Facebook machine learning aims to modify faces, hands and... outfits

    The latest research out of Facebook sets machine learning models to tasks that, to us, seem rather ordinary — but for a computer are still monstrously difficult. The research here was presented recently at the International Conference on Computer Vision, among a few dozen other papers from the company

  • Via now provides veterans with free rides in the DC area
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    Via now provides veterans with free rides in the DC area

    Veterans in the DC area can now book up to four free rides per month through the ride-sharing company Via. The new VetRides program could help veterans get to medical appointments, classes and job interviews.

  • 8BitDo turns the NES gamepad into a mouse
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    8BitDo turns the NES gamepad into a mouse

    Many moons ago, Swedish designer Daniel Jansson brought us a cute concept mouse that took cues from the classic NES console, featuring its iconic red circular buttons, black D-pad and grey body. There was nothing ergonomic about this peripheral, but that obviously wasn't the point. 11 years later

  • Facebook finally lets you banish nav bar tabs & red dots
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    Facebook finally lets you banish nav bar tabs & red dots

    Are those red notification dots on your Facebook home screen driving you crazy? Now you can control what appears in the Facebook app's navigation bar thanks to a new option called Shortcut Bar Settings. Over the weekend TechCrunch spotted the option to remove certain tabs like Marketplace, Watch

  • Google Chrome to identify and label slow websites
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    Google Chrome to identify and label slow websites

    Is it the web page that's slow or is it your network connection? In the future, Google's Chrome web browser may have an answer for you. Google announced today a plan to identify and label websites that typically load slowly by way of clear badging.

  • Google is reportedly gathering health data on millions of Americans
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    Google is reportedly gathering health data on millions of Americans

    Google is gathering detailed health record information from millions of Americans -- and it has not informed patients or doctors, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to WSJ, St. Louis-based Ascension, the second-largest health system in the US, is sharing lab results, diagnoses and hospitalization

  • Amazon lets you connect Fire TV and Echo devices to create a home theater
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    Amazon lets you connect Fire TV and Echo devices to create a home theater

    You can now connect your Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices to create an Alexa home theater system. By linking your devices to the same network and accounts, you can get wireless audio via your Echo devices when you're watching favorite shows and movies. Amazon announced the change late last week.

  • Apple removes Instagram stalking app Like Patrol from the App Store
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    Apple removes Instagram stalking app Like Patrol from the App Store

    Like Patrol -- an app that scrapes Instagram data to let users keep tabs on any Instagram account's interactions -- is in hot water. Instagram sent the app's developers a cease and desist notice last week for violating its terms of service, and on Saturday, Apple completely removed the service

  • Chrome web apps will soon tout desktop-like speed
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    Chrome web apps will soon tout desktop-like speed

    If web apps are going to truly replace native apps, they'll need the near-instantaneous responsiveness of desktop apps. That appears to be on the horizon, thankfully. Google is unveiling Chrome tools that will help web apps run as quickly as their native counterparts, not to mention make them more

  • WeWork may have found its new CEO: T-Mobile's John Legere
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    WeWork may have found its new CEO: T-Mobile's John Legere

    WeWork's series of trials and tribulations has been one of the biggest business stories of the last few months. Co-founder Adam Neumann exited as CEO in September, then SoftBank bought a majority stake in the troubled co-working company after WeWork's failed attempt at an IPO. WeWork might already

  • Twitter reveals how it plans to address deepfakes
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    Twitter reveals how it plans to address deepfakes

    Twitter said last month it was working on ways to better to handle deepfakes. It just released draft guidelines on how to address the problem and it's looking for the public to weigh in and help shape policies on what it describes as "synthetic and manipulated media."

  • Katamari creator's friend-making game 'Wattam' arrives December 17th
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    Katamari creator's friend-making game 'Wattam' arrives December 17th

    Ready to once again dive into the weird-but-welcoming mind of Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi? You won't have to wait too much longer. Funomena and Annapurna Interactive have finally nailed down a release date for the friendship-focused Wattam, and now expect to release it on PS4 and PC

  • Engadget's 2019 holiday gift guide is here!
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    Engadget's 2019 holiday gift guide is here!

    Somehow, it's November. Mid-November. Which means while you might just be gearing up to begin your holiday shopping, we're already done. At least, we're done shopping for you. After months of thinking, curating, photographing, more thinking, we've come up with a holiday gift guide that

  • ViacomCBS shakes up its content leadership teams following merger
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    ViacomCBS shakes up its content leadership teams following merger

    Following the merger of CBS and Viacom announced earlier this year, the combined company today confirmed its plans to restructure its content and digital leadership teams in order to streamline operations. Among the changes, which were first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, are the departures

  • Stingray-inspired spacecraft could eventually probe the atmosphere of Venus
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    Stingray-inspired spacecraft could eventually probe the atmosphere of Venus

    NASA's next Venus probe could be an atmosphere-skimming robotic stingray designed by the University of Buffalo. UB's CRASH Lab, which is the institution's Crashworthinesss for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids laboratory, has been selected by NASA to get early-stage funding as part of a