Porsche's first Super Bowl ad in 23 years is for the electric Taycan

There have been Super Bowl ads for electric cars before, but they’ve tended to treat EVs as novelties. BMW’s 2015 ad for the i3 was practically a crash course in EVs, while Audi’s 2019 spot was more to advertise electrification than the still-unavai…

Source: Engadget – Porsche’s first Super Bowl ad in 23 years is for the electric Taycan

Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to $85.2 million

Apple won’t have to pay WiLan as much as expected for alleged patent violations. A retrial jury has reduced the damages from WiLan’s lawsuit from the original $145.1 million (determined in 2018) down to slightly over $85.2 million. That’s still no…

Source: Engadget – Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to .2 million

Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to $85.2 million

Apple won’t have to pay WiLan as much as expected for alleged patent violations. A retrial jury has reduced the damages from WiLan’s lawsuit from the original $145.1 million (determined in 2018) down to slightly over $85.2 million. That’s still no…

Source: Engadget – Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to .2 million

Senator calls on Tesla to make Autopilot safety changes

Tesla’s Autopilot driving assist technology has come under fire over safety concerns, and now a US politician wants changes to put drivers’ minds at ease. Senator Ed Markey has issued recommendations for Autopilot changes after Tesla both answered q…

Source: Engadget – Senator calls on Tesla to make Autopilot safety changes

Recommended Reading: Facial recognition, police and privacy


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Clearview is a startup that developed a facial recognition system that matches a photo of a person to publicly available images. Those can be from Facebook…

Source: Engadget – Recommended Reading: Facial recognition, police and privacy

Four Netflix originals are coming to the Criterion Collection

There was a time when you probably wouldn’t even think of Netflix when discussing films that should be in The Criterion Collection. Now, the streaming giant has announced that four of its originals will be part of the film archive. The Irishman and M…

Source: Engadget – Four Netflix originals are coming to the Criterion Collection

Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S, Model X

Whether it’s Fortnite, the latest Google Maps app or a firmware update for your Tesla Model X, reverse-engineering software to find features that are included but not-yet-enabled is a common hobby for the impatient hackers among us. Today the first n…

Source: Engadget – Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S, Model X

Vine co-founder launches a new 6-second video app: Byte

In 2017 Twitter pulled the plug on Vine, and left a community of extremely-short-form-video creators without a platform. Since then TikTok has flourished, but it’s still not the same thing. Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann has been teasing a sequel since l…

Source: Engadget – Vine co-founder launches a new 6-second video app: Byte

US Space Force logo unveiled with a clear Star Trek influence

The president has been pushing to create a new military branch, dubbed Space Force, since 2018 and today tweeted out a logo for the department. The most noticeable part of the logo is right in the center, where a design that closely resembles Star Tr…

Source: Engadget – US Space Force logo unveiled with a clear Star Trek influence

YouTube will stream Blizzard's CoD and Overwatch leagues in 2020

Activision Blizzard’s next big esports bet, Call of Duty League, gets underway today. While the company worked with Twitch in the past on Overwatch League, that’s not where you’ll be able to watch its latest foray into top-level competitive gaming. Y…

Source: Engadget – YouTube will stream Blizzard’s CoD and Overwatch leagues in 2020

Grab a discounted Pixel 3a and get a $100 gift card at these US retailers

If you’re in the market for an affordable new phone, Amazon, Best Buy and B&H have gotten into something of small pricing war over Google’s excellent pair of Pixel 3a devices. Amazon and B&H are currently selling all three color variants of t…

Source: Engadget – Grab a discounted Pixel 3a and get a 0 gift card at these US retailers

Watch Google's upcoming AirDrop-style file sharing in action

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Fast Share, Google’s upcoming take on AirDrop. But based on a new hands-on video, it looks like you may soon be able to check out the file-sharing feature on your Android phone. Now known as Nearby S…

Source: Engadget – Watch Google’s upcoming AirDrop-style file sharing in action

Google vows to make Search 'better' after redesign backlash

Last week, Google upset desktop users when it changed the appearance of Search. The changes were relatively minor, showing companies’ favicons next to link previews, but critics argue that the changes cluttered an otherwise clean interface and made i…

Source: Engadget – Google vows to make Search ‘better’ after redesign backlash

More than 20 attorneys general are trying to ban 3D-printed guns

The fight over 3D-printed guns has gone back and forth for years. One side wins, the other appeals and so on. Now, 21 US attorneys general are banding together to renew the fight and sue the Trump administration. Their lawsuit, submitted Thursday, ch…

Source: Engadget – More than 20 attorneys general are trying to ban 3D-printed guns

A breath-sensing AR project helps visualize your impact on the world

What if you could see how your breath affected the world around you? A new immersive production premiering at the Sundance festival today hopes it will make you consider your impact on the environment. It’s called Breathe, and features animated glowi…

Source: Engadget – A breath-sensing AR project helps visualize your impact on the world

Fortnite Chapter 2's next season will start on February 20th

Epic Games has at last set a start date for Fortnite’s next season. It’s scheduled for February 20th, more than four months after Chapter 2 started, which makes the current season by far the longest in the battle royale’s history.

Source: Engadget – Fortnite Chapter 2’s next season will start on February 20th