While Netflix is home to the lion’s share of Marvel TV shows, Hulu will soon get a slice of the action. Announced last year, Runaways is set to land on the streaming service next month. In the meantime, Hulu’s released the first trailer for the show to coincide with New York Comic Con.
For all those unfamiliar with the source material, Runaways follows a dysfunctional group of six teens who band together to fight their evil parents. Judging by the trailer, the show draws its influences from late-nineties genre fare, like The Craft and The Faculty. And, it comes from the creative team behind The O.C. and Gossip Girl, so you can also expect plenty of snappy dialogue, self-deprecating humor, and pop-culture references. The series is reportedly set within the Marvel cinematic universe, but tonally sits closer to the likes of Freeform’s upcoming Cloak and Dagger TV show, and ABC’s The Inhumans. So, don’t go expecting The Punisher to make a cameo.
Runaways stars newcomers Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta. You can catch the gang on Hulu in late-November.
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Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Beats?
After months of teases, trailers and short films, Blade Runner 2049 is now in theaters. FACT takes a look at the original film’s impact on music, including comments from electronic music legend Gary Numan on how he was influenced. There’s also a 12-minute documentary to accompany the written portion, and it’s well worth your time.
Amazon’s Big Content Shift Includes More Kids’ Shows About Science — and Science Fiction
It’s no secret that Amazon wants to step up its game when it comes to original TV, and a new focus on STEM and sci-fi for kids is a big part of the that push.
Will YouTube, Facebook, or Apple Be the Next Great TV Network?
It’s strange to think about Netflix, Hulu and Amazon being “old guard” when it comes to streaming, but three other big names have plans to take a piece of the online TV pie.
Remember when cell phone batteries would last for a week, and recharging wasn’t a nightly task? Our devices are now capable of so much more than just telephone calls — in your pocket, you have the entirety of the internet, a myriad of sensors, and tons of other capabilities. So is it any wonder that average battery life is now a day, maybe a day-and-a-half at most?
What do you do when you need to use your iPhone 8, but you’re worried about the battery life (you can read more about what we think in our iPhone 8 review)? Well, a power bank is a good idea. But they’re often bulky, inconvenient, and difficult to use on the move. Battery cases may be a better solution to your issue — attached to your phone already, they don’t need extra cables, or extra space. They just clip onto your phone, and they’re there for when you need the extra juice. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best iPhone 8 battery cases that we’ve found on the market today.
Since the iPhone 8 is almost the same size as the iPhone 7, most of the battery cases that we recommended in our iPhone 7 battery case round-up will work just as well.
Maxboost Atomic Power Case ($28)
- Capacity: 3,200mAh
- Output: N/A
- Size — 6 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches
- Weight — 141.8 grams (5 oz)
With a battery that adds over 18 hours of extra talk time and a protective rubberized two-piece body, Maxboost‘s Atomic Power case is a simple way to get the additional battery power you need. A 3,200mAh battery is a respectable size, being midrange in terms of capacity. Regardless, thanks to the iPhone’s relatively low battery size and battery efficiency, this case adds over 100 percent extra to the existing battery capability. The two-piece construction is easy to attach and remove, with the top of the case coming away to slide the phone into the lower section, and it also contains a series of LEDs to show you the battery level of the case. But be warned — although the Atomic Power has sync-through technology, allowing you to connect your iPhone to your computer through the case, it uses a MicroUSB connection to charge, and doesn’t support the Lightning Apple Earpods. So if you can’t live without your music, it might be time to invest in a good set of Bluetooth earphones.
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Boicar Extended Battery Case ($29)
- Capacity: 2,800mAh
- Output: 1.0A
- Size — 5.61 x 2.83 x 0.46 inches
- Weight — 68 grams (2.3 oz)
A touch more expensive than the Maxboost case above, Boicar’s extended battery case is also a touch smaller in battery capacity, weighing in at 2,800mAh — but don’t let that put you off, since that’s still equal to 11 hours of extra talk time. It’s also half as heavy as the fairly hefty Atomic Power, at a lightweight 68g. It’s got a much smaller footprint, too, only adding 0.18 inches to the iPhone 8’s overall thickness, and it even manages to avoid the ugly chin that many battery cases add to the bottom of the iPhone. It’s something of a looker relative to other battery cases, with the smooth blue style also available in understated black or stylish rose gold. Like the Atomic Power, the Boicar allows you to sync your iPhone 8 to your computer through the connection at the bottom, but doesn’t allow for Lightning earphones to be connected — though it does take a Lightning connection to charge, handy since you’re likely to already have a Lightning charger around. It also has LED lights to indicate charge level, and is a good buy for the money if you’re looking for a battery case with a touch of style.
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Temdan Waterproof Metal Battery Case ($90)
- Capacity: 3,000mAh
- Output: 1.0A
- Size — 5.3 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches
- Weight — 119 grams (4.2 oz)
Temdan‘s case is more than a touch dearer than the other offerings on this list — in fact, it’s the most expensive of the lot by a large margin. But it’s worth the price. While the battery capacity is only 3,000mAh (about 16 hours talk time) and pretty average, where this case shines is the extra qualities that it bestows. With an IP68 rating, Temdan’s fully sealed case has a higher rating than the iPhone 8 itself, lending extra protection to an already well protected phone. It’s also pretty rugged, and the metal frame should protect your iPhone 8 from some pretty serious bangs and shocks. As a clincher, it also comes with an in-built adapter for the 3.5mm jack, letting you use your old headphones in place of Lightning earphones — which is good, since Lightning headphones won’t work with this case. The built-in screen protector also allows for Touch ID use, and the case contains all the ports and openings you’d expect for full use of your device, as well as rubber plugs for protection. However, this case does use Micro USB for charging, so beware if you’re running low on that venerable cable. That aside, Temdan has done a fine job of making a battery case that should appeal to anyone who needs their iPhone 8 to survive while out hiking, kayaking, or any other extreme pastime.
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Baseus Plaid Extended Charger Case ($33)
- Capacity: 5,000mAh
- Output: 1.5A
- Size — 5.59 × 2.76 × 0.64 inches
- Weight — 116 grams (4.1 oz)
Another stylish option, and the second-largest battery on the list, Baseus‘s Plaid case comes with a huge 5,000mAh battery that adds 20 hours of extra call time onto the iPhone 8’s lifespan. This case also forgoes the ugly chin of most battery cases, instead choosing to extend the back by a significant amount. Whether or not this will be to your taste is entirely subjective, and anyone looking for a slimmer addition to their phone should probably avoid this case. Despite that, the Plaid is a good-looking case, with an attractive check design on the rear, and a series of LED lights to indicate charge level. Thankfully for Apple fans, the Plaid supports charging by Lightning cable, and syncing to computers through the case. However, like most, you won’t be using your Lightning earphones through this — this one is pretty much Bluetooth only. Finally, the Plaid comes with a metal back that allows it to connect to most magnetic mounts, but will likely interfere with wireless charging — so consider that a warning if you’re looking to wirelessly charge your iPhone 8. Otherwise, this is a solid battery case — but the stand-out feature has to be that large battery size.
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Peyou 5800mAh Portable Charging Case ($23)
- Capacity: 5,800mAh
- Output: 2.1A
- Size — 6.4 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
- Weight — 204 grams (7.2 oz)
Peyou‘s battery case has the largest capacity on this list, rocking in with 5,800mAh of extra power — but it makes you pay for it. At a whopping 204 grams in weight, it’s the heaviest case on this list by far, But if you’re a fan of the utility of this case, you’re probably not going to care too much about the extra weight. 2.1 amps of charging power means that it’ll charge up your iPhone 8 in next to no time, and the extra USB slot on the side of the case is also capable of a 2.1A output, giving you the ability to charge up a companion’s phone or tablet at the same time. It also charges through Lightning cables, so there’s no need for an extra Micro USB cable when it comes time to charge this bad boy — though you won’t be using your Lightning earphones with this case. The looks are likely to be a divisive point, though — it’s not a pretty case by any means, and whether you bite on this purchase will likely come down to whether you can bear looking at it. Still, it’s a good price for a ton of capacity. And if you’re not alone on your travels, the extra USB slot could save someone else’s phone as well.
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Looking for the best in protection for your iPhone 8 when you don’t need the extra juice? Check out our list of the best iPhone 8 cases and the best iPhone 8 screen protectors. And fill up your iPhone 8 with some of the best iPhone apps available at the moment.
These apps are made to let you get the most out of your new Huawei Watch 2!
Android Wear makes wearing a watch not only stylish again, but lets you access a variety of apps to enhance your day to day life. If you’ve just picked up a new Huawei Watch 2 or Watch 2 Classic and you’re trying to figure out which apps will be the first to get added, then feast your eyes on our suggestions.
We’ve put together five apps that will let you start to get some more out of your smartwatch, and we’ve combed through dozens of apps to find the best ones to get started with. Additionally, we aimed to find apps that you can use without having to constantly input anything on your phone.
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Strava Running and Cycling GPS
One of the big perks of an Android Wear device is being able to better track your workouts. Whether you’re training to run a marathon, or you prefer scenic bike rides, Strava is an excellent choice to log your workout.
You can track your distance, calories burned, and even the elevation of your activity through the app. You will need to set it up on your phone, but once you’ve done that your Huawei Watch 2 will record information when it senses activity.
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Ridesharing services have made getting a ride easier than ever, all from an app on your phone. Uber is also available right on your smartwatch, with some serious stand-alone capabilities.
You don’t have access to every feature that is available through your smartphone, but at the same time, you have access to everything that matters. You can order a ride, check driver progress, and see details on your incoming driver. That means that when you’re ready to head for home, all you need to do is tap a few things on your smartwatch.
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Life is complicated and full of little things that are easy to forget if you don’t write them down somewhere. From checking off items on your to-do list to adding new items, Google Keep helps to keep you a bit more organized.
From your watch, you’ll be able to check on your existing lists, check things off, and you can add a new item to a list by saying “Okay Google, take a note”. These functionalities mean that if you come across an errand that you don’t want to forget, it’s easy to jot it down for later.
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Music is a big part of life for a lot of us, and Spotify on Android Wear makes it easy to control your tunes without having to launch the app on your phone. You don’t get full access to all of the features of the Spotify app, but what you do get is pretty solid.
You’ll be able to control the volume of the music playing, see the details on the Artist and Song Title. You won’t be able to search all of Spotify for music, but you can access all of your saved Playlists, and browse through featured Spotify playlists. You can also launch these features on Android Wear using voice commands, which makes music for your workout easier to adjust while you’re midrun.
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Getting from place to place has changed dramatically over the years, namely because most people use an app for directions instead of a paper map to help them out. Navigating your way in a new city gets easier than ever, when you’ve got Google Maps on your Huawei Watch 2.
Maps on Android Wear lets you easily set where you want to navigate to, and the method of transportation as well. Once you start navigation on your watch, you’ll get turn by turn directions until you arrive at your destination. This means you no longer have to worry about asking for directions in an unfamiliar city, since you can access them right from your wrist.
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Do you have a favorite app?
There are dozens of great apps available for Android Wear out there, but these five apps are the ones we found were most important. Do you agree with our choices? Is there a different app that you think we should have included here today? Have you tried out any of these apps on your Huawei Watch 2? Let us know about it in the comments below!
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For the better part of two decades, starting in the mid ’90s, AIM (previously AOL Instant Messenger) was the way to communicate online. For a certain generation, which most of the Engadget staff happens to be a part of, it defined their youth. Those of us who experience high school and college in a world before Twitter, Facebook and, yes, Gmail, Instant Messenger was how we kept up with friends after class and well into the night. We made friends from across the globe, and a few of us even found love.
But around 2010 AIM’s popularity started to decline. Fast.
Now the OG of instant messaging apps is being put out to pasture. On December 15th AIM will finally shut down. But first the Engadget staff wanted to give it a proper send off.
The news of AIM’s demise initially brought on a moment of nostalgia and a twinge of sadness. But those feelings were quickly replaced with sheer relief that the embarrassing garbage I used to post as away messages would officially be wiped from the web. We all did it, but I still shudder remembering the truly awful lyrics I chose to post from bands I wanted to show off knowing because I thought they were super cool (they weren’t). And let’s not forget the remarkably uninspiring quotes that I felt meant something at the time.
The away message really captured who we were at the time or at least who we wanted to be, neither of which was great in most cases. And aside from the away message, there just isn’t really a better example of something that neatly and concisely depicts the often mortifying process of navigating through your teens. Maybe the senior yearbook quote, which was away message-level bad in my case.
This is truly the end of an era, but it happens to be an era marked by cringe-worthy teenage musings and humiliating posturing. So, farewell luvinsummer16, my one and only screenname, I’ll only miss you a little bit.
When my family graduated from AOL dial-up to DSL and got our own (Verizon!) emails around 2000, I was overjoyed to learn that AIM was a standalone client. AIM was a haven: While the AOL portal was sanitized and clunky, AIM was a simple and customizable communication platform where I started forming an online identity. I had a now-embarrassing Sega-inspired name — AlphaTails — and a profile box to fill with ~*feelings*~, song lyrics, janky HTML and links to my LiveJournal and Photobucket. All was well.
MySpace came around, but that was an asynchronous bulletin to posture and fiddle with my first passive online presence. AIM was the destination to regroup after school, to debrief the day’s drama one-on-one and conspire about crushes. It was personal and intimate. Behind the safe, new anonymity, everyone was exploring online, friends and strangers poured their hearts out. Amid piles of homework and overprotective parents, AIM was the frontier adults didn’t understand, and ergo the place for teenagers stuck at home to congregate.
Tech has removed so many obstacles to communication: There’s nothing like waiting up all night to see for your best friend or romantic interest and getting a thrill when the AIM’s “opening door” SFX announced their presence. Now, everyone is online, always, and accessible via miracle-thin computers in their pockets. When I loaded up AIM on my first internet-connected computer, a Bondi Blue iMac, I could no more imagine mobile internet chat than I could foresee my first messenger platform being left in the dust. Facebook became the new way to connect and, later, instantly chat — and with SMS flourishing and Gchat on the rise, I had no need for AIM. People moved on, and so did I.
I don’t remember my first AIM screenname, but it was probably either a reference to Dragonball Z or Sailor Moon, my first anime obsessions. I also went through several different screennames during the ’90s, as my family hopped between free trials on America Online, Prodigy and countless other early internet services. Eventually, I settled on “bokunotenken,” a reference to the anime series Rurouni Kenshin.
Once AIM launched as a separate app in 1997, it became more useful as a way to chat with people across the web, no matter their ISP. All of my school friends were there, but most importantly, so were my online friends. These were people I never met in person, but I still somehow ended up spending hours chatting with them about anime, video games and the ennui of being a ’90s kid. Looking back, it’s astounding how much those simple text messages meant to me.
When I headed to college in 2001, AIM was practically a requirement. Its iconic chime rang throughout the halls. And since cellphones weren’t nearly as ubiquitous back then, it was simply easier to get in touch with people over AIM. Away messages ended up functioning as a sort of proto-Twitter — a way to broadcast our moods and interests at a whim. While my school was home to an early social network, Planworld, AIM captured the pulse of campus conversation in real time. Things began to change when Facebook launched across colleges in 2004. And it turns out, that was something AIM would never be able to recover from.
I got on AIM in 2008, when I came to the US for a semester of college. It was my first taste of true independence, having spent all my life under the roof (and watchful eyes) of my parents. I was there with a group of Singaporean classmates, but I was eager to embrace American culture and joined the student radio station to branch out. There, I made lots of good friends, at least two of whom I now consider lifelong buddies. (Hi, DanaR and Cal Nash!)
AIM was instrumental in fostering many of my friendships then. Not only did we have a chatbot (called DJ3000) for the radio station to take requests, but I needed the messaging service to get to know my new friends (and let’s be real, crushes) better. In Singapore (and most of the rest of the world), MSN Messenger was a lot more common, so AIM became my little American silo that I clung on to even after I left the US in 2009.
That simple chat window on my laptop, my window to the American life I had left behind, is now closing. But that’s okay. Now that I work for AOL (er, Oath), I feel like I’ve danced through the doorway and can leave the window behind. Today, with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and the myriad services through which I talk to my friends, I no longer rely on one service and frankly I haven’t used AIM in years. I am a little bit sad that AIM will be going away, but all my memories associated with it will remain.
I met my wife on MySpace (laugh all you want), but it’s on AIM where our love really blossomed. We talked for well over a month — late at night, first thing in the morning and throughout the day — on Instant Messenger before we met physically. And it remained an important part of our relationship even after we started dating. In a time when your cellphone plan only came with a certain number of text messages, it was easy to rack up overages. But I could easily drop a note to her in AIM for when she got home from school or work, and vice versa. And no matter how tired I was, I always had time to chat with her when I heard that creaky door open.
Plus, I wasn’t exactly a social butterfly in my youth. Talking to people, especially new people and especially new girls, came about as naturally as unpowered flight. AIM allowed me to pause and think about what I wanted to say and generally pretend to be far more charming than I actually was. But it was also good practice; it helped me break out of my shell. I developed and maintained friendships with plenty of people primarily through AIM — whether that was because we travelled in different social circles or because they went away to school. AIM was like a training ground; it’s where I learned to interact with humans.
In the mid ’90s, AOL was initially the only way to get online in my hometown. The fine city of Tehachapi would eventually be dragged onto the information superhighway via its very own dial-up ISP, but until that happened, my friends and I would buy random magazines bundled with CDs promising “20 Free Hours” of AOL access to get online. Because we were basically scamming AOL for free access, we were constantly creating new accounts and screen names after our introductory hours had dried up. Nearly all of mine were references The Smiths or Morrissey. I was OurFrank, BoyRacer, xVauxhaul, VivaHate and long list of other slightly embarrassing online call signs. But I eventually settled on Strngwys, a handle I still use today. When AIM was spun out as its own app, it became a means of chatting with my first online friends who, like me, had dropped AOL’s walled-garden for a proper ISP. It also became a means of chatting with my long-time IRL friends without running up our phone bill.
As the new way to communicate flourished among my circle of friends it, like texting today, became more than a way to say hi. Breakups, problems with a job, financial difficulties, family drama were all shared from a keyboard instead of a phone. Through all that, my AIM list expanded.
When I got my first job writing online, the entire staff used it as a sort of early Slack but without corporate overlords checking our chat logs. We used it to chitchat and share story ideas. But it was also how we reacted to our boss’s sometimes-outlandish behavior. He’d say something ridiculous or insulting and the newsroom would erupt in a chorus of keyboard clatter.
I still have my AIM account linked to the Messages app on my Mac. It’s a sort of life history told in buddy lists — TMZ, Extra, Gizmodo, MacLife, and finally Wired. After that, everyone just stopped sending messages. AIM lost to texting, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and a plethora of other messaging apps. Sadly, the only AIM I’ve received in the past six months was this morning announcing its demise. I would say I’m sad to see it go, but I got a ton of DMs to reply to right now.
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More than 20 years ago, and under pressure to act quickly, I made a decision that would have a surprisingly far-reaching effect: I chose my AOL screen name. It wasn’t my first or fifth choice, and if I knew that years later people would constantly tweet at me instead of the Japanese airport they’re trying to reach I might have picked something else. But this is the name I chose, and for many of the friends I’ve made, it’s the first or only one they know.
That even includes my initial batch of Engadget coworkers, since, before IRC or Slack, we managed the site in a simple AIM chatroom. No other communication tool we’ve tried since has been quite as reliable, and it was way ahead of the pack on mobile access. Between my always-running desktop and a slew of yesteryear’s smartphones — Sidekick, PPC 6600, Helio Ocean — I went years without logging off.
Watching status updates from friends and colleagues around the world was my information dashboard long before Facebook or Twitter. And, seeing how the world has changed, I’m starting to miss it. With no algorithm or likes, the only options were irony or passive-aggressive notes about relationship drama, which if you think about it, is the way the internet should be.
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Back in college, AIM was the primary method of communication on campus. We had landlines in our rooms sure, but back then, cellphones were mostly for calls and texts. AOL Instant Messenger was free and easy, especially when you’re planted in front of your computer for hours at a time trying to get coursework done.
All the AIM stereotype were key parts of my experience: obscure screen names, away messages filled with emo lyrics and more. My most obscure screen name was probably endringwars — a shortened version of “The End of the Ring Wars,” an album from The Appleseed Cast.
The chat app was your lifeline to friends on campus at Campbell University, and it was unforgivable to forget to put up an away message if you stepped away from the keyboard for longer than a few minutes. AIM also helped my wife and I keep in touch one summer when we had just started dating. I’ve never been a huge fan of talking on the phone, so online chats were much better, and again, free of charge.
Sure, I haven’t used AIM in years. Well, not since the end of Engadget Distro (RIP). It’s amazing how something can be such a huge part of your life for several years and then it’s just not anymore. Who knows, maybe we’ll be fondly remembering 140 characters, open DMs and the addition of GIF support when Twitter fades out in another 10 years or so.
AIM was how I communicated with online friends after my parents decided to axe our home’s AOL subscription in 1999. In the decade-plus that followed, the chat app went from how I kept up with high school friends outside of school to how I talked to editors and colleagues while freelancing.
But a funny thing happened last winter. I upgraded from a MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro, and with the new machine the last vestige of my old online life disappeared. I’d long abandoned the official AIM client in favor of Pidgin on Windows and Adium on Mac, and when it came time to install my usual apps on my new hardware, I couldn’t remember the password for the screen name I’d used since my junior year of high school. At first losing my carefully organized buddy list of offline friends, PR contacts and fellow journalists bothered me, but I consoled myself with the knowledge that AIM was a relic of the pre-social-media era.
At this point, I’m Facebook friends with the people talked to most. Or I follow them on Twitter or have them in my Gchat list. If I really need to get a hold of someone these days, it isn’t all that difficult. Eight years ago I’d have been crushed by news of AIM’s demise. But now it just feels like a matter of course. That doesn’t mean I’m killing the line with my screen name from my email signature, though.
Goodbye, AIM. I’ll never forget all of your dark away messages, filled with broken-hearted Dashboard Confessional lyrics.
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.
Welcome to the weekend. The voice of a generation is going quiet, and Apple is about to deliver new emoji.
Won’t BRB this time.AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down on December 15th
AIM started out as the built-in chat application in America Online’s desktop client, but it took off after it was broken out as a separate application in 1997. The app and its iconic messaging sound were staples for anyone who spent too much time on the web in the ’90s and early ’00s. Now, Oath — the new Verizon company that includes AOL, Yahoo, and yes, Engadget — says it’s officially shutting down December 15th.
One step closer.FCC clears Project Loon to help provide wireless access in Puerto Rico
Remember Google’s project to deliver wireless connections from high-flying balloons? While it’s now a part of Google parent company Alphabet, it’s still in development and could be a good way to open up connections for people in Puerto Rico, where more than 80 percent of cell towers are still down. Now, the FCC has given it an experimental license to provide service, but a spokesperson says the next step is to integrate with a telco partner’s network.
From Detroit to Grand Rapids, a new economy is emerging.Michigan’s manufacturing past is fueling its tech future
Just after the turn of the century Michigan began what’s its “lost decade,” as the economy faltered, oil prices skyrocketed and the housing market crashed. For this story, Tim Seppala traveled the state finding people — like Rocket Fiber CEO Mark Hudson or Start Garden director Darel Ross II — who are working to turn that around.
Oh, and hedgehogs.Apple adds wizard, dinosaur and mermaid emoji in iOS 11.1
No, animated emoji aren’t here yet — those will arrive with the iPhone X — but pretty soon there will be some new options available on your iPhones and iPads.
Good to know.Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012
Hope you haven’t been sharing passwords.
In less than 15 minutes.Revisit Google’s Pixel 2 event
We’ve had a lot of news this week, and if you missed anything around Google’s event, we have all of the information conveniently able right here. And if you just want to catch the highlights, our supercut trims the filler to focus on what’s new and notable.
Need something new?‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ public betas are available this weekend
Whether you’re on PC, PS4 or Xbox One, you can give EA’s next big Star Wars game a try all weekend. You’re welcome.
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The amount of support shared between readers in the Engadget’s comment section is one of the most impressive parts of the Engadget community. There is terrific advice in the comment section, on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fact, our community’s knowledge and insight are a reason why many of you participate in the comments.
We truly value the time and detail you all spend in responding to questions from your fellow tech-obsessed commenters, which is why we’ve decided to bring back the much missed Ask Engadget column. We’re kicking things off with a question from an adult looking to dip their toes into a game intended for a younger age audience. Weigh in with your advice in the comments — and feel free to send your own questions along to firstname.lastname@example.org!
“I am an adult who wants to start playing Overwatch. How should I get into it without being an immediate burden on my team/getting berated by 12-year-olds?”
Hello, fellow adult. Why don’t we discuss this matter in my sitting room, over a nice glass of chardonnay? We can also talk about politics, our gluten sensitivities and how much we hate Mondays. Just like real grown-ups.
OK, that was a bit harsh — but I hope you see my point. Luckily for you, me and a ton of my friends, there’s no rule barring adults from playing Overwatch, so I hope age alone doesn’t prevent you from diving into what is truly a great game. However, there’s also no rule stopping 12-year-olds (or 56-year-olds) from calling you names when you switch from Mercy to Hanzo mid-round.
Your best bet is to just start playing! Seriously. Set aside whatever anxiety is holding you back and play. You’ll only be able to join casual matches at first, until you’ve leveled up enough to unlock the competitive mode. Plus, you can always practice against bots. By the time competitive mode unlocks, you should feel fairly comfortable with a handful of characters and eager to show off your mad skills. But, if you’re not ready for prime time, it’s perfectly fine to stick to Quick Play matches, where the stakes aren’t as high. As for the trolls, there’s an option to mute in-game chat. Done and done.
You’ll have good games and you’ll have bad games, just like everyone else. Even the obnoxious, 12-year-old Junkrat main on your team. Don’t let the fear of ridicule keep you from having a great time.
With its iPhone X debut and the introduction of Face ID, Apple has now tilted interest in the mobile industry away from under-display fingerprint recognition towards camera-based 3D sensing technologies as the ideal user authentication solution. That’s according to the latest research note from respected KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to the new note seen by MacRumors, inquiries by Android smartphone vendors into 3D-sensing technologies have at least tripled since Apple unveiled its TrueDepth camera and Face ID technology, which replaces traditional Touch ID fingerprint recognition in the iPhone X, set to launch in November.
While under-display optical fingerprint recognition is only a spec upgrade from capacitive solutions, 3D sensing embodies a revolutionary user experience and warrants a premium on gross margin. 3D sensing not only enables facial recognition in security applications and allows users to create fun expressions like Apple’s Animoji, on a more important level, it is a key factor in the development of AR. We therefore believe brand vendors are willing to spend more for related components.
Currently, the solutions available to Android phone vendors are said to be from Qualcomm and Himax, Orbbec, and Mantis Vision, with the more mature Qualcomm-Himax solutions attracting the most attention.
Kuo went on to say he believes the next two to three years will see shipments of 3D sensor-equipped Android devices to exceed those with under-display fingerprint recognition by a factor of two or three or more. This will be mainly due to 3D-sensing’s wider compatibility with LCD screens than under-display optical fingerprint recognition, which is exclusive to OLED panels, said Kuo.
The KGI analyst also believes Samsung’s continual dominance of the high-end OLED panel market over the next two to three years will mean shipments of under-display optical fingerprint recognition will remain significantly capped.
Regular MacRumors readers may recall that some reports claimed Apple struggled to implement under-display fingerprint recognition for its most advanced iPhone to date and instead opted for facial recognition as the exclusive authentication method as a result. In retrospect however, Kuo accurately contradicted that report shortly after it appeared, while well-connected Apple journalist John Gruber has also cast doubt on the assertion that Touch ID had been planned for iPhone X, claiming Apple had been “all-in” on replacing Touch ID with Face ID for over a year.
In an earlier report, Kuo said he believes it will take Apple’s Android competitors up to two and a half years to replicate the functionality and user experience of the TrueDepth Camera in the iPhone X. He has also previously said that should Apple’s TrueDepth camera prove to be popular with consumers, all of the company’s future iPhones are likely to adopt the feature.
Face ID will become available to the public starting on November 3, the official launch date for the iPhone X.
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The winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes in Science have been announced and, despite science writer Ed Yong’s thoughtful dismissal of this “absurd anachronistic way of recognizing scientific achievement,” they’re still a very big deal.
Awarded annually by the Nobel Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, and medicine have been given to some of science’s most accomplished individuals. Winning the award puts honorees in the company of giants like Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Niels Bohr.
Here’s a brief breakdown of the tremendous achievements of this year’s winners.
Caltech Prfessors Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne attend a press conference at California Institute of Technology after receiving the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Winners: Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne
Why they won: “For decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”
Over a century ago, Einstein had this wild idea that the collision of two immensely dense objects could create ripples in the very fabric of spacetime. He never saw these “gravitational waves.” No one had. But last year, physicists and astronomers at LIGO (a specially designed facility for detecting cosmic gravitational waves) and Virgo Scientific Collaboration announced what the Royal Swedish Academy now calls “a discovery that shook the world.”
From their sophisticated observatories on Earth, scientists recorded gravitational waves from the collision of a pair of massive black holes some billion light years away. Who would’ve thunk Einstein was right?
Although thousands of scientists were involved in the gravity wobbling study, Weiss, Barish, and Thorne were awarded the honor due to their leadership in developing LIGO.
Why it matters: Besides validating a seemingly crazy and century-old prediction made by arguably the greatest scientist to ever live, the gravitational wave study also offers a fascinating glimpse at the foundation of our physical reality.
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Winners: Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson
Why they won: “For developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.”
In the world of proteins, form and function go hand in hand. Determining the shape of a biomolecule like a virus is often a significant step toward revealing how it does what it does. And although methods exist for studying the structure of proteins, the primary technique requires crystallizing the molecules, many of which are just too squishy.
The method developed by Dubochet, Frank, and Henderson allows scientists to build 3D images of biological molecules, which may help provide new insight into the inner workings of our cells.
“Soon there are no more secrets,” said Sara Snogerup Linse, committee chairwoman and professor of physical chemistry at Sweden’s Lund University. “Now we can see the intricate details of the biomolecules in every corner of our cells, in every drop of our body fluids.”
Why it matters: Cryo-electron microscopy allows scientists to make 3D images of molecules that were previously tough to model. The method has already helped scientists study diseases like Zika virus and unravel the structure of proteins critical to our internal body clocks.
Winners: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young
Why they won: “For their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.”
There are ever-ticking clocks in our bodies that play a vital role in nearly everything we do — influencing physiological functions like managing our core body temperature, brain wave activity, and hormone production. Known as the circadian rhythm, this process is present to different degrees in every living being. And although it’s always there, science hasn’t always understood how it works.
The research honored with the Nobel Prize examined the internal mechanism of an inglorious creature, the fruit fly, and began to reveal what actually controls circadian rhythm. It turns out that a gene the scientists were analyzing encodes a protein which gathers in cells at night and disperses during the daytime.
This was no small measure. Hall, Rosbash, and Young conducted this research over decades, using the fly as a model organism to learn more about the biological functions of humans and other animals with clocks that function via similar mechanisms.
Why it matters: The genes and proteins these scientists analyzed have a massive impact on our everyday lives. Understanding the basis of circadian rhythm sheds light on aspects of behavior, sleep cycles, and metabolism. The Nobel committee honored Hall, Rosbash, and Young’s work for helping illuminate how an individual’s lifestyle may coincide or clash with her internal rhythm, and how adjusting one’s lifestyle accordingly could benefit well-being.
Closing up wounds typically calls for sutures or staples, but neither are able to create a complete seal. And when it comes to internal injuries that are harder to get to and wounds on organs that move a significant amount, such as lungs, treatment becomes even more difficult. Sealants offer a solution to those problems, but none of those available meet all of the requirements of an effective surgical tool. However, researchers have just developed a new type of sealant that may actually check all of the boxes. Their work was published this week in Science Translational Medicine.
“A good surgical sealant needs to have a combination of characteristics: it needs to be elastic, adhesive, non-toxic and biocompatible,” Nasim Annabi, an author of the study and a researcher at Northeastern University, said in a statement. “Most sealants on the market possess one or two of these characteristics, but not all of them. We set out to engineer a material that could have all of these properties.” Their product, dubbed MeTro, is biocompatible because it’s created with proteins similar to those that make up elastin in humans and changing the concentrations of those proteins in the sealant allowed the researchers to create MeTro hydrogels with a range of different elasticities. Further, MeTro sets in just 60 seconds with the help of a UV light.
MeTro was tested in rats by using it to seal incisions in arteries and punctures in lungs. It was also able to successfully seal wounds in pig lungs even during repeated inflations and deflations. The next step is to test the sealant in people.
“The potential applications are powerful, from treating serious internal wounds at emergency sites such as following car accidents and in war zones, as well as improving hospital surgeries,” said Anthony Weiss, a researcher at the University of Sydney and an author of the study.
Source: Science Translational Medicine