• What is the future of Puerto Rico’s energy grid?

    Delivering power to the inhabitants of a small island is a very different challenge to the sort found in other places. Resource poverty can mean that vital supplies need to be brought in, either by air or sea, purchased at a premium. The environment...

  • Nintendo's next Direct is all about 'Animal Crossing' on your phone

    Nintendo is ready to spill the beans about its upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game. On Wednesday at 11 PM Eastern / 8 PM Pacific, the company will hold one of its trademark Direct events where it'll spend 15 minutes talking about the upcoming life-s...

  • Microsoft’s Learning Tools for students heads to Word on iPad

    With its Learning Tools, Microsoft has developed a few ways to make it easier for students to get a better handle on reading and writing. One tool, for example, can read your words aloud and help you identify common grammatical issues. Another, calle...

  • Amazon's 'Pilot Season' returns November 10th

    It's that time of year again: Amazon is premiering its fall batch of series pilots on November 10th. And this season, the focus is definitely on the star power involved. The highlight is likely Sea Oak, the undead comedy starring Glenn Close -- she p...

  • Bringing a shipwreck back to life with photogrammetry

    A little over 76 years ago, the British merchant steam ship SS Thistlegorm was sunk by a WW II German bomber off the coast of Egypt, taking nine souls down with it. It has only been seen in detail by divers, but a new website from the University of N...

  • What we're buying: Instant Pot Ultra, Huel and Sleep Cycle

    This month is a (mostly) foodie edition of IRL. Nicole Lee sings the praises of the Instant Pot, while Daniel Cooper doesn't last long on the meal-replacement system, Huel. Tim Seppala, however, is just trying to get a good night's rest.

  • Apple and Samsung are headed back to court... again

    The case that never ends is going back to court. Back in 2012, Apple won a lawsuit against Samsung that sought damages for a handful of patent infringements involving smartphone functionality and design. At the time, Apple was awarded $1 billion, but...

  • The life of an elite 'Super Mario 64' speedrunner

    Allan Alvarez can complete the game Super Mario 64 faster than anyone in the world, which means that most days he gets out of bed around 4 PM. Afternoons consist of errands -- lately, finding a new apartment and office space with reliable internet f...

  • Kaspersky hopes independent review will restore trust in its software

    Security software firm Kaspersky has had a rough year. As a means of trying to fix its public image, the company will now submit the source code for its anti-virus software to independent third-parties for review, Reuters reports. That starts next ye...

  • Google and others back Internet of Things security push

    Rather than becoming ubiquitous in homes as expected, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become the butt of jokes, in part because of major security and privacy issues. UK mobile chip designer ARM -- which created the architecture used by Qualcomm, Sam...

  • ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is returning for a second season

    The experiment has been a success, because news has just dropped that CBS is renewing Star Trek: Discovery. The show, which was used as a tentpole to launch CBS' All Access streaming service, has been enough of a success to justify a second season of...

  • Patreon moves to restrict adult content on its crowdfunding site

    NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that enables people to receive subscription payments for the work that they do. It's a way of connecting individuals...

  • How Netflix keeps ‘Stranger Things’ lo-fi in a high-tech world

    Netflix is still surprised that Stranger Things, a science-fiction series starring five young kids, became a worldwide sensation immediately after it was released. Unlike some of its biggest hits, like House of Cards (which is based on a British seri...

  • France and China will study ocean-based climate change next year

    France and China, both key leaders of the Paris Climate Accord now that the US is leaving, have unveiled a new satellite to better predict storms and model climate change. The China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) includes two radars that can...

  • Dutch cyclists can ride over a 3D-printed bridge

    A town called Gemert in the Netherlands just became home to the first 3D-printed cycling bridge ever. It took its creators at Eindhoven University three months and 800 layers to complete the 26-foot-long bridge, but now it's open and ready to support...

  • Android is getting a feature that encrypts website name requests

    Google's efforts to push websites to use encrypted connections is paying off. Just days ago, the search giant revealed that HTTPS use on its own products is at 89 percent overall, up from just 50 percent at the beginning of 2014. (Not sure what we're...

  • Engadget UK giveaway: Win an iPhone 8 courtesy of Mobilefun.co.uk

    You lucky devils, you. No sooner have we shipped one iPhone 8 off to a lucky competition winner than we have another one up for grabs. This week, we're giving away a silver iPhone 8 (256GB) courtesy of our chums at Mobilefun.co.uk. Whether a prize or...

  • The Morning After: Monday, October 23rd 2017

    Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome back! We'll set our alarms for Stranger Things season two and iPhone X pre-orders (3 AM ET, Friday for both) and quickly recap news you may have missed over the weekend, like a new price point for Essent...

  • The US is getting a SNES-themed new 3DS XL too

    Turns out that SNES-themed 3DS XL isn't a Europe exclusive after all. As Twitter user @Wario64 (who else?) points out, the handheld is currently available for pre-order in the US for $199.99. It will ship a whole two weeks after the Europe release on...

  • 'Pay With Google' makes shopping on Android less of a hassle

    As promised, Google is streamlining online purchases made through Android devices by rolling out Pay with Google. The feature lets you use any of the credit or debit cards you've previously logged on the web titan's products (like Chrome, Android Pay...

  • EPA cancels scientists' climate change talk at the last minute

    If there were any lingering doubts that the Environmental Protection Agency under Scott Pruitt would suppress any mention of climate change by its scientists, they've just been erased. The agency has cancelled an October 23rd climate change talk in R...

  • Google looks into reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-in problems

    It's well-known that OLED displays can suffer from screen burn-in if objects regularly remain on screen for long periods -- that's why Samsung uses tricks like shifting the home button on newer phones. It's not supposed to crop up mere days after you...

  • Stephen Hawking makes his doctoral thesis available online

    Ever wondered how Stephen Hawking saw the universe as a doctoral candidate, when his theories about black holes were just coming into fruition? You don't have to hear about it second-hand -- you can now go straight to the source. The legendary cosm...

  • Google aims to share revenue with news publishers

    Google isn't kidding around when it says it wants to make amends with subscription-based news outlets. The search giant's head of news, Richard Gingras, told the Financial Times that the plan is to share revenues with publishers who take advantage o...

  • Essential cuts the price of its phone to $499

    It's no secret that the Essential Phone isn't a hot seller. Whether or not you believe the sales estimates, it's difficult to move large volumes of a $699 phone with limited carrier deals (in the US, only Sprint) and no brand recognition outside of s...