Alexa’s mood-matching music suggestions come to the UK

For Amazon Echo owners in the UK, the arrival of Music Unlimited provided the likes of Apple and Spotify with some music needed competition. The company immediately made it the default music service on the smart speaker, allowing users to instantly q…

Source: Engadget – Alexa’s mood-matching music suggestions come to the UK

EE is also suing Ofcom to mould 5G spectrum auction as it sees fit

It seems a couple of UK carriers would rather tie the impending 5G spectrum auction up in litigation than let any of their competitors get their own way. Following in the footsteps of Three, EE is launching its own legal challenge against Ofcom in an…

Source: Engadget – EE is also suing Ofcom to mould 5G spectrum auction as it sees fit

Blizzard's making 'Overwatch' competitive seasons short and sweet

By now, Overwatch gamers are accustomed to getting updates. Blizzard keeps spoiling us with new characters, modes, and events. They in turn keep the game fresh for returning players 14 months down the line. Judging by its latest announcement, the dev…

Source: Engadget – Blizzard’s making ‘Overwatch’ competitive seasons short and sweet

Amazon's latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes 'Madden 18' fans

Amazon’s well and truly got football fever. It seems securing the rights to select NFL games for Prime Video wasn’t enough, it’s now also got the hook-up for Madden 18. The latest instalment in the long-running sports franchise just dropped. And, Twi…

Source: Engadget – Amazon’s latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes ‘Madden 18’ fans

DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website

The Department of Justice has given up on getting the IPs of 1.3 million visitors to disruptj20.org, a website that helped organize protests of the president’s inauguration. it originally asked the website’s host, Dreamhost, for all visitors’ persona…

Source: Engadget – DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website

Walmart uses Google's AI shopping assistant to fight Amazon

Google’s Express delivery service has just gained another big player in addition to Target and Costco: Walmart. Soon, you’ll be able to buy items from the major retailer with your voice through Google Home or via the Google Express website or app and…

Source: Engadget – Walmart uses Google’s AI shopping assistant to fight Amazon

Sony owes Xperia owners a refund over faulty water resistance

When you buy a phone billed as water-resistant, you generally expect it to survive accidental dunks. Some Sony phone owners have a very different story, though — their supposedly resistant phones took water damage that required an expensive fix. If…

Source: Engadget – Sony owes Xperia owners a refund over faulty water resistance

What's on TV: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Uncharted: The Lost Legacy'

We’re back! This week the big event doesn’t occur until Sunday night (unless it leaks early), when Game of Thrones wraps up its penultimate season with another super-sized episode clocking in at 79 minutes, 43 seconds. Until then we can check out Mad…

Source: Engadget – What’s on TV: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’

Super-powered bacteria can harness light for fuels and plastics

Researchers have been working on improving the photosynthetic process for some time — trying to use light to create energy but doing so in a way that’s much more efficient than chlorophyll. For plants, chlorophyll works well, but to use photosynthes…

Source: Engadget – Super-powered bacteria can harness light for fuels and plastics

Ubisoft's next ‘Anno’ game relives the age of trade and empire

The Anno RTS series focuses more on civilization-building than straight-up combat, and its later editions explored that premise centuries into the future. But the franchise’s next entry casts back a couple hundred years to the past when mankind’s map…

Source: Engadget – Ubisoft’s next ‘Anno’ game relives the age of trade and empire

Suppliers and retailers will use blockchain to keep food fresh

IBM has joined with a group of food supply companies and retailers to use the computing company’s blockchain tech to keep food fresh. Currently, it can take up to two weeks to track down the source of contaminated foodstuffs. But just like tracking c…

Source: Engadget – Suppliers and retailers will use blockchain to keep food fresh

Nope, 'Alto's Odyssey' isn't coming out this summer

It’s going to be a bit before we can play Alto’s Odyssey. The followup to the ridiculously relaxing snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure won’t be out any time soon, developer Built By Snowman writes. “The endless desert still awaits and it’s even vaste…

Source: Engadget – Nope, ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ isn’t coming out this summer

Crashplan drops its cloud backup service for home users

If you rely on Crashplan as a remote backup for your computer, you’re going to have to find an alternative in short order. Code42 is phasing out its Crashplan for Home service as it switches its focus to business users. The company has stopped offe…

Source: Engadget – Crashplan drops its cloud backup service for home users

Sony Music taps Dubset to monetize samples in remixed songs

It’s tough enough for artists to make sure they’re paid for every stream of their songs, but what about remixes? There is a system in place from Dubset called the MixBank Rights Management Platform, and it helps rights holders identify samples in son…

Source: Engadget – Sony Music taps Dubset to monetize samples in remixed songs