NASA schedules the first Crew Dragon operational flight for Halloween

NASA and SpaceX have set a new launch date for Crew Dragon’s first crewed operational flight: October 31st. The SpaceX Crew-1 mission follows the company’s successful Demo—2 test flight, which flew astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. I…

Source: Engadget – NASA schedules the first Crew Dragon operational flight for Halloween

Hyundai's new studio hopes to develop a 'transformer-class' vehicle

At CES 2019 Hyundai showed off something straight out of a sci-fi movie: the Elevate Ultimate Mobility Vehicle. With each wheel attached to an extendable “leg” attached to each wheel, the concept could crawl over obstacles or pick up disabled passeng…

Source: Engadget – Hyundai’s new studio hopes to develop a ‘transformer-class’ vehicle

TCL rolls out new Roku Ready Alto sound bars with Dolby Atmos

If you’re looking for budget audio options beyond the Roku Streambar or Vizio’s soundbar lineup, TCL has unveiled several models for this fall that should pair well with its Roku-powered smart TVs. The Alto brand is expanding on last year’s lineup wi…

Source: Engadget – TCL rolls out new Roku Ready Alto sound bars with Dolby Atmos

Boston Dynamics' robot dog takes an 'evening stroll' in Canada

Last week a lot of people got their first taste of an in-the-wild encounter between organic human life and one of Boston Dynamics’ advanced robots. In Northern Ontario, Canada @bloodtear noticed the Spot robot walking down the street and had an encou…

Source: Engadget – Boston Dynamics’ robot dog takes an ‘evening stroll’ in Canada

Suspected ransomware attack hits one of the largest hospital networks in the US

One of the US’s largest healthcare providers has been hit by what looks like a highly coordinated ransomware attack (via NBC News). Over the weekend, hospitals in the US operated by Universal Health Services started to notice problems with their IT s…

Source: Engadget – Suspected ransomware attack hits one of the largest hospital networks in the US

Android 12 will make it easier to install apps from third-party stores

When Google releases Android 12 sometime next year, the company says it will make it easier for Android users to install new software through third-party app stores on their devices. Google said it’s making the change in response to developer feedbac…

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Billie Eilish documentary hits Apple TV+ and theaters in February

It’s been nine months since Apple acquired a feature-length documentary on Billie Eilish, and it has at last revealed when you’ll be able to watch the RJ Cutler-directed film. It will release Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry in theaters and…

Source: Engadget – Billie Eilish documentary hits Apple TV+ and theaters in February

Apple Watch SE review: An excellent starter smartwatch

Smartwatches have evolved since the first Apple Watch. Sort of. They still look largely the same, battery life is still an issue and, often, software is fairly limited. Yet, they’ve secured their place on many wrists by offering more fitness and heal…

Source: Engadget – Apple Watch SE review: An excellent starter smartwatch

Early Prime Day deal drops 3rd-gen Echo Dot to $20 (when you buy two)

Amazon announced that it’s annual Prime Day shopping event would be on October 13 and 14 this year, but we’re already starting to see Prime-exclusive deals available. One of them knocks the 3rd-generation Echo Dot to its lowest price ever — only $20…

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‘FarmVille’ is shutting down for good on December 31st

After 11 years, FarmVille is closing its gates for good. The game will shut down on December 31st, developer Zynga announced. While most people probably don’t think of FarmVille too often anymore, the game did attract millions of users, so this chang…

Source: Engadget – ‘FarmVille’ is shutting down for good on December 31st

Roku’s new $129 soundbar offers Dolby Audio and 4K streaming

A soundbar can be a good addition to your living room if you want to up the audio game of your movie nights. But in addition to being quite expensive, soundbars can be hard to buy if you don’t already know exactly what you’re looking for. Roku hopes…

Source: Engadget – Roku’s new 9 soundbar offers Dolby Audio and 4K streaming

'Yakuza: Like a Dragon' will be available on November 10th across platforms

Back in May, Microsoft revealed that the upcoming entry to the Yakuza franchise will be an Xbox Series X and Series S launch title. Now, Sega has officially confirmed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon is coming out on November 10th, the same day the next—ge…

Source: Engadget – ‘Yakuza: Like a Dragon’ will be available on November 10th across platforms

Roku's new Ultra player finally supports Dolby Vision

Rejoice, HDR fanatics: Roku is finally bringing Dolby Vision to its new $100 Ultra player. That’s something the home theater world has been clamoring for over the past few years, but the company seemingly ignored for its streaming video players. (Man…

Source: Engadget – Roku’s new Ultra player finally supports Dolby Vision

Dell updated its 13-inch XPS laptops with 11th-gen Intel CPUs

Dell is upgrading several of its XPS laptops with 11th-generation Intel processors. The refreshed XPS 13 2-in-1, XPS 13 and XPS 13 Developer Edition are the first Dell laptops to receive Intel’s Evo certification. That means they support fast chargin…

Source: Engadget – Dell updated its 13-inch XPS laptops with 11th-gen Intel CPUs

The Roku Channel is now available as a standalone Android and iOS app

There are a plethora of streaming TV services available today and you’ll have to pay up for most of them. But the Roku Channel has been one of the safe havens, providing free video content to those using Roku streaming devices and smart TVs. Now the…

Source: Engadget – The Roku Channel is now available as a standalone Android and iOS app

Roku is adding Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its 4K devices

Roku’s next major OS update is going to be a doozy: the company revealed today that it will support Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on select 4K players and TVs. You’ll be able to cast content from your iOS or Mac devices, just like with any other AirPla…

Source: Engadget – Roku is adding Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its 4K devices

The Morning After: Amazon Prime Day is happening next month

Yes, it’s still happening. Amazon will hold its annual shopping event on October 13th and 14th. Which means, like last year, the event will take place over 48 hours. Prime Day 2020 kicks off at 12AM PT on Tuesday and will end at midnight on Wednesday…

Source: Engadget – The Morning After: Amazon Prime Day is happening next month