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The best Alexa-enabled speakers you can buy that aren't made by Amazon

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. There are plenty of Alexa-based speakers out there, and that list is only growing, but they’re not all created equal, so we did the research to find the best Alexa speakers on the market. We think the Sonos One offers the best cross-section of Alexa intelligence and excellent sound quality. The Amazon Echo was a ground-breaking ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Business Insider, Engadget, Amazon Alexa, Pandora Spotify, Luckily Amazon, Kylie Joyner, Best Alexa, Cavalier Maverick Best Alexa, Sonos Beam Best


The FDA is considering blockchain to track prescription medications

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering adopting a blockchain-based solution to better track prescription medications, from creation to distribution, according to  Engadget . The goals of such a program would be to ensure that hospitals and pharmacies are receiving and dispensing authentic medication ...
Tags: Trends, Fda, Engadget, US Food and Drug Administration FDA, Business Insider Intelligence, Citizens Reserve, Eric Piscini


Mars One is Dead (slashdot)

The company that aimed to put humanity on the red planet has met an unfortunate, but wholly-expected end. Engadget reports: Mars One Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Mars One mission was declared bankrupt back in January, but wasn't reported until a keen-eyed Redditor found the listing. It was the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, previously the founder of green energy company Ampyx Power. Lansdorp's aim was to start a company that could colonize one of our nearest neighbors. Mar...
Tags: UK, News, Basel, Engadget, Bas Lansdorp, Lansdorp, Msmash, Ampyx Power Lansdorp, Ventures AG, Ventures PLC, Mars One Foundation, Engadget Bas Lansdorp


Mars One goes bankrupt as reality catches up to the doomed space scam

A grand mission to Mars that was always light on details has come to a decidedly terrestrial end. Mars One, a controversial space exploration project that made it as far as the “highly produced videos” stage of space colonization, has quietly filed for bankruptcy, according to a liquidation listing spotted by a Redditor on r/space. As the post explains, the private company that spearheaded the Mars One spectacle is actually made up of two parts, a not-for-profit called the Mars One Foundation...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Mit, Mars One, Mars, Spaceflight, Mars Mission, Engadget, Outer Space, Bas Lansdorp, Lansdorp, Mars One Foundation, nFin Innovative Finance AG, Mars One Ventures


Mars One is Dead

The company that aimed to put humanity on the red planet has met an unfortunate, but wholly-expected end. Engadget reports: Mars One Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Mars One mission was declared bankrupt back in January, but wasn't reported until a keen-eyed Redditor found the listing. It was the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, previously the founder of green energy company Ampyx Power. Lansdorp's aim was to start a company that could colonize one of our nearest neighbors. Mar...
Tags: UK, Tech, Basel, Engadget, Bas Lansdorp, Lansdorp, Ampyx Power Lansdorp, Ventures AG, Ventures PLC, Mars One Foundation, Engadget Bas Lansdorp


The best streaming sticks and boxes you can buy

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. A media streaming device can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface, 4K video streaming, voice control, and simple remote. The world is changing. Go...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mac, Trends, Walmart, Chromecast, Netflix, Roku, Pbs, Fire TV Stick, Hdr, Cnet, Alexa, Business Insider, Engadget


Samsung pulls the plug on ‘Supreme’ collaboration

When Samsung announced a collaboration with Supreme at an event back in December, it didn’t go over great. It wasn’t that people weren’t excited about the potential of rocking a Supreme-branded Galaxy Note or whatever, so much as which Supreme the company had struck a deal with. You see, there’s Supreme, the U.S.-based streetwear company beloved by hypebeasts everywhere, and then there’s “Supreme.” Or, in this case, Supreme Italia. There are all sorts of intellectual property-related reasons ...
Tags: Mobile, China, Samsung, Tech, Samsung Electronics, Weibo, Engadget, Supreme, Supreme Italia


Samsung Develops the First 1TB Storage Chips For Phones

Samsung has started mass producing what it says is the industry's first one terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) technology for smartphones. "It will give the company's mobile devices PC-like storage without the need for large-capacity microSD cards," Engadget reports. "It'll be incredibly useful if you use your phone to take tons of photos and HD videos -- Samsung says it's enough to store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD." From the report: "The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Engadget, Cheol Choi, Samsung Electronics As ZDNet


Google Cleans Up Gmail App With An All-White Redesign

While Gmail on the web was significantly redesigned last year, the app for Android and iOS stayed relatively unchanged, with the exception of an update last year that removed the bold colors in favor of an almost entirely white look. Engadget reports that a redesigned Gmail for mobile is starting to roll out today and it will be available to all Android and iOS users in the coming weeks. Engadget reports: Functionally, the new Gmail mobile app isn't wildly different than what came before. There'...
Tags: Google, Tech, Engadget


Google is using cameras to help Assistant — but not in the home (GOOGL, AAPL)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Google is preparing to introduce a new feature, Face Match, to the next version of its Android operating system that will allow Google Assistant to visually recognize who is addressing a phone, according to  Engadget . This capability — in part a response to Apple’s FaceID on the iPhone — would offer better and more ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Alexa, Engadget, Google Home, Voice Match, Google Home Hub, Face Match, Nest cameras another Alphabet


Former Bloomberg editor Josh Topolsky wants to make tech media less 'empty' with his new publication, Input

Josh Topolsky, the founder of The Outline, is creating a new technology-focused publication called Input. The announcement comes after The Outline was criticized for laying off its writing staff and relying on freelancers. Topolsky said he planned to use full-timers to staff Input as well as The Outline, though. One morning in late 2018, Josh Topolsky, the founder of the digital culture publication The Outline, was reading coverage of Apple's most recent event in September, along with other t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Power, Tim Cook, Bloomberg LP, Independent Media, Josh, Engadget, Bella Hadid, Columbia Journalism Review, Kara Swisher, Bloomberg Media, The Washington Post The New York Times


How to Sign Up for Vizio’s AirPlay Beta

Vizio At CES 2019, many TV manufacturers announced built-in Apple AirPlay for their TVs. Vizio promised many existing TVs going back to 2016 would receive these features, too. Now, you can join the beta and get AirPlay early. AirPlay will let you send content from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your Vizio TV. For example, you can stream videos from iTunes, play music from Apple Music, or even mirror your iPhone or Mac’s display on the TV. HomeKit support means you can use Siri to control the ...
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The Outline has been dogged by controversy, but founder Josh Topolsky wants to move beyond it with his new tech publication, Input

Josh Topolsky, founder of The Outline, is creating a new technology-focused publication called Input. The announcement comes after The Outline was criticized for laying off its writing staff and relying on freelancers.  Topolsky said he planned to use full-timers to staff Input as well as The Outline, though. One morning in late 2018, Josh Topolsky, founder of the digital culture publication The Outline, was reading coverage of Apple's most recent event in September, along with other tech sto...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, Cnn, Tim Cook, Bloomberg LP, Independent Media, The Outline, Engadget, Columbia Journalism Review, Kara Swisher, Bloomberg Media, The Washington Post The New York Times, Outline, Topolsky


Nearly Half of Game Developers Want To Unionize

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Unionization isn't a new idea for the game development industry, but it is a particularly hot and contentious topic right now. A handful of events in 2018 thrust the unionization conversation to the forefront, including Rockstar boss Dan Houser's comments about developers working 100-hour weeks to finish Red Dead Redemption 2, and the tragic implosion and bitter residue of Telltale Games. Groups like Game Workers Unite have been pounding the pav...
Tags: UK, Tech, Engadget, Dan Houser, Red Dead Redemption


Another port-free phone emerges

In the future everything will be a screen. Glasses, hats, shoes, windows. You’ll turn on the faucet and bath in screens. Sure, most of us have, at best, a love-hate relationship with the things, but we’ll probably never be able to quit them. The Apex 2019 is Chinese smartphone maker Vivo’s latest bid to go all-in on all-screen. In fact, the concept phone ditches the front-facing camera altogether, rather that the pop-up method the company has previous shown off. As I’ve noted, I wouldn’t be ...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Tech, Vivo, Meizu, Engadget


Verizon cuts jobs at media unit that includes Yahoo, AOL

Verizon is cutting hundreds of jobs from its media division which includes the former internet stars Yahoo and AOL, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The source said the cuts amounting to seven percent of the workforce are being made "to focus the business and realign teams" at the Verizon Media unit, which also includes news sites such as HuffPost, TechCrunch and Engadget. The exact number of cuts was not clear, but the Wall Street Journal said it would amount to around 800 po...
Tags: Verizon, News, Yahoo, Aol, Wall Street Journal, Engadget, Yahoo AOL, Verizon Media


Twitter is slow-rolling out a simpler web interface, some users get it first

“A new Twitter is coming,” tweeted Twitter today. “Some of you got an opt-in to try it now. Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know your thoughts!” It's simpler. No more three-column view. Two columns now. “It's thankfully about more than cosmetics, even if it doesn't have everything users might like,” writes Jon Fingas at Engadget. Snip: To begin with, some basic tasks are faster. Keyboard shortcuts help you navigate arou...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Business, Design, Technology, News, Social Media, Tech, Engadget, Picks, Jon Fingas


WIRTW #538 (the “drones” edition)

OSHA is now using camera-carrying drones to investigate outdoor workplaces. The good news? Use is intended to be limited to areas that are otherwise difficult and dangerous for OSHA inspectors to access. Plus, OSHA will not use them without an employer's consent. The bad news? Employers that withhold consent could face OSHA's ire and a search warrant. Plus, the program lacks any protections for things like scope of recording, employee privacy, or third-party access to the video. You can more abo...
Tags: Google, Law, United States, Connecticut, Hilton, Poland, SEC, Ohio, Huawei, Nlrb, Joe, Robin, Engadget, EEOC, Dave Buster, Eric Meyer


YouTube Finally Explicitly Bans Dangerous Pranks and Challenges After Bird Box Fiasco

YouTube has changed its policies in an attempt to cut down on potentially dangerous challenges and pranks, Engadget reported on Tuesday, updating its rules to explicitly ban them from the site.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Youtube, Social Media, Pranks, Engadget, Moderation, Bird Box, Bird Box Challenge


We join Audi live on Engadget's stage to talk the future of in-car entertainment

Filed under: Toys/Games,TV/Movies,CES,Audi Audi partnered with Disney on a new project.Continue reading We join Audi live on Engadget's stage to talk the future of in-car entertainment We join Audi live on Engadget's stage to talk the future of in-car entertainment originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Tags: Disney, Autos, Audi, Engadget, AUDI Audi, Holoride


Tidal Under Criminal Investigation In Norway Over 'Faked' Streams

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: High-fidelity music streaming service Tidal is under criminal investigation in Norway for allegedly inflating album streams for Beyonce's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. The alleged faking of streaming numbers was exposed last year by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv (DN), which said it had obtained a hard drive with the tampered data. Around 1.3 million accounts were supposedly used to lift the play counts of said albums by "...
Tags: Beyonce, Tech, Norway, Engadget, Tono, Dagens Naeringsliv DN, Okokrim


Tidal, Jay-Z's music streaming platform, is being investigated in Norway over allegations that it inflated streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums

Tidal, the music streaming platform owned by Jay-Z, is being investigated by Norwegian authorities for allegedly manipulating and inflating streaming play counts, according to Reuters. Although the official investigation was just launched, the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv has been investigating Tidal's numbers, and reported on the issue last year. The newspaper claimed that Tidal had over-reported the play counts for Beyonce's "Lemonade" and Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" by "se...
Tags: Beyonce, Microsoft, Jay Z, Trends, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Madonna, Coldplay, Norway, Tidal, Jay, Reuters, Engadget, Spotify Pandora YouTube, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dagens N


Norwegian authorities are investigating allegations that Tidal's streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums were inflated

Tidal, the music streaming platform owned by Jay-Z, is being investigated by Norwegian authorities for allegedly manipulating and inflating streaming play counts, according to Reuters. Although the official investigation was just launched, the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv has been investigating Tidal's numbers, and reported on the issue last year. The newspaper claimed that Tidal had over-reported the play counts for Beyonce's "Lemonade" and Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" by "se...
Tags: Beyonce, Microsoft, Jay Z, Trends, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Madonna, Coldplay, Norway, Tidal, Jay, Reuters, Engadget, Spotify Pandora YouTube, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dagens N


Huawei Fires Employee Arrested In Poland Over Alleged Spying

Chinese tech giant Huawei has fired Weijing Wang, an employee recently arrested in Poland over spying allegations despite security officials saying the espionage wasn't directly tied to the company. The staffer brought the company into "disrepute," according to a statement. Police also arrested a Polish citizen in connection to the case. Engadget reports: The incident comes at a particularly bad time for Huawei. On top of general distrust sparked by Western governments and intelligence agencies,...
Tags: China, Tech, European Union, Nato, Poland, Huawei, Engadget, Joachim Brudzinski, Weijing Wang, Wangzhou Meng


CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless


Mark Zuckerberg's Resolution Is To Talk About Tech's Place In Society

In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg challenged himself to create an AI assistant for his home and committed to learning Mandarin. This year he's planning to hold a number of public discussions about how technology plays a role in the future of society. Engadget reports: "I'm an engineer, and I used to just build out my ideas and hope they'd mostly speak for themselves," he wrote in a Facebook post. "But given the importance of what we do, that doesn't cut it anymore. So I'm going to put my...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Zuckerberg, Engadget


Twitter will begin testing ‘ice breakers’ to spark healthy conversation

Last year, Twitter touted a handful of features meant to spur conversation on the platform. Or, “increase the health of public conversation,” as CEO Jack Dorsey told Congress last year. At CES today, company representatives confirmed to Engadget that the features would roll out to certain users in the coming weeks as part of a public test. The first of these was a Facebook-like presence indicator that displays when users are online. Presumably, it’s easier to start a conversation with people who...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Congress, Social Media, Ces, Jack Dorsey, Engadget


Jack to the future for Huawei? P30 leak hints at the return of the headphone port

Huawei, currently the world’s second-largest smartphone company by sales, has won over users partly by loading its devices with a ton of new features, from wireless charging to top-class cameras and catchy cosmetic features like the colorful gradients on their shiny backsides. Now, a leaked image of its next flagship Android phone appears to reveal a surprising reverse course. According to Indian blog 91phones (and via Engadget) its next premium device, dubbed the P30, will feature a HEADPHONE J...
Tags: Apple, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Europe, China, US, Samsung, Tech, Barcelona, Sony, Jack, Huawei, Vegas, Headphone Jack, Engadget


These futuristic bathroom appliances have mood lighting you can adjust with Alexa or Google Assistant — you can even ask for your toilet seat to be warmed up

Kohler, known mainly for its kitchen and bath products, has introduced a new line of high-tech products for the bathroom and kitchen.  The Veil Lighted Collection, by Kohler Konnect, uses voice and hands-free technology to control the lighting in the company's first all-connect bathroom suite.  But it is pricey — the items start at $899. If you've ever wanted to dim the lights while you're relaxing in the bath using just your voice, now you can — well, if you can afford it. Kohler, the compan...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Netflix, Philips, Alexa, Engadget, Kohler, Numi, Kohler Konnect


These futuristic bathroom appliances have mood lighting you can adjust with Alexa or Google Assistant — you can even ask your toilet seat to warm up

Kohler, known mainly for its kitchen and bath products, has introduced a new line of high-tech products for the bathroom and kitchen.  The Veil Lighted Collection, by Kohler Konnect, uses voice and hands-free technology to control the lighting in the company's first all-connect bathroom suite.  But it is pricey — the items start at $899. If you've ever wanted to dim the lights while you're relaxing in the bath using just your voice, now you can — well, if you can afford it. Kohler, the compan...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Netflix, Philips, Alexa, Engadget, Kohler, Numi, Kohler Konnect