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Governments reach deal to implement Paris climate change agreement

Engadget - 59 min 47 sec ago
Politicians signed the Paris climate agreement back in 2015, but they've finally laid the groundwork for acting on that agreement. Governments have developed guidelines, known as the Katowice Climate Package, that will determine how they implement em...
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Valve updates 'Dota' card game with open tournaments and chat options

Engadget - 2 hours 25 min ago
Valve has delivered the first large upgrade to Artifact since it premiered in late November, and it's clear there's lots of headroom for the Dota card game to grow. The 1.1 update adds short Open Tournaments that anyone can join. You don't have to...
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Hyundai Kona EV could cost you less than $30,000

Engadget - 3 hours 56 min ago
Turns out Hyundai's Kona EV is one of the most affordable electric vehicles you'll be able to buy in the near future. The automaker has revealed that the electric version of its Kona model has a starting price of $36,450 before federal tax incentives...
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Cydia's app store for jailbroken iPhones shuts down

Engadget - 5 hours 27 min ago
For years, people with jailbroken iPhones have turned to the Cydia Store to download apps that Apple wouldn't allow through its own portal. You might want to scramble for an alternative if you're one of those users, however. Service creator Jay Fre...
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Our favorite learning apps for tablets and smartphones

Engadget - 6 hours 58 min ago
By Courtney Schley This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full learning apps guide here. We sp...
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Recommended Reading: How technology is changing entertainment

Engadget - 8 hours 28 min ago
The future of entertainment Rolling Stone Whether it's music, movies or television, technology is rapidly changing the ways we experience entertainment. Rolling Stone offers a look at a number of ways things like AI, social media and more are alte...
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What we're watching: Best of 2018

Engadget - 9 hours 58 min ago
With 2019 just around the corner, we're ready to look back and pick a few favorites from the flood of TV shows that arrived in 2018. Senior Editor Kris Naudus explains why Netflix already has an anime series you should watch with Hi Score Girl. But f...
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Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Ars Technica - 11 hours 13 min ago

Enlarge / Grafitti urging people to use Signal, a highly-enctypted messaging app, is spray-painted on a wall during a protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute.

"By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars," Joshua Lund, a Signal developer wrote. "The end-to-end encrypted contents of every message and voice/video call are protected by keys that are entirely inaccessible to us. In most cases now we don’t even have access to who is messaging whom."

Lund is referring to a recent law passed in Australia that will fine companies that do not comply with government demands for encrypted data up to AUS$10 million.

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The Morning After: Facebook's latest data leak

Engadget - 11 hours 53 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We regret to report there's more bad news to share about Facebook and how it's protecting your privacy. Some of the highlights from earlier this week include an incredible tech demo, tec...
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Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered

Ars Technica - 12 hours 19 min ago

Enlarge / Secretaries use typewriters, before the word processor changed everything. (credit: Evening Standard | Getty Images)

Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died at 93 this week. She was most known as the designer of the first true word-processing computer. But she designed many other innovative computing systems and helmed Redactron Corporation, a company that helped transform offices by producing and distributing her word-processor device.

Born to Jewish immigrants from Russia in New York City in 1925, Berezin earned a BA in physics at NYU before working throughout the 1950s and 1960s designing early computing systems. She had become interested in physics after reading her brother's science-fiction periodicals.

In the earlier years of her career, she worked amidst a wave of innovation and new possibilities that came with the arrival of transistors. Among her early accomplishments was an airline reservations system for United Airlines, which "served 60 cities throughout the United States with a one-second response time and with no central system failures in 11 years of operation," according to the Computer History Museum.

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KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable

Ars Technica - 13 hours 13 min ago

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As a concept, KeyForge is enthralling. The game is the latest effort from legendary Magic: The Gathering designer Richard Garfield—and the big idea here is that every sealed deck is unique. Decks are pre-constructed and can’t be altered; there’s no card chasing, and there’s certainly no over-arching “meta” game that must be respected. This is a head-to-head two-player battler like no other.

The “unique” gimmick is great. The initial card pool numbers 370, and each 37-card deck you snag off the shelf consists of a completely one-of-a-kind mixture. This is accomplished via cryptic algorithms that govern deck construction. These 37 cards become your deck, your personalized slice of KeyForge that no one can take away. The bizarre naming conventions of each set only further the mystique and foster an emotional attachment to your cards.

Keys and vaults

Yes, there is a setting for KeyForge, but it’s almost irrelevant. Your deck represents the followers and the abilities of an Archon, an all-powerful being. These Archons live and die in the artificial world of the Crucible. This maelstrom is a ravaged place where champions scavenge keys in hope of unlocking hallowed vaults. So we battle as we always do.

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'Stardew Valley' creator is working on more content and a new game

Engadget - 13 hours 50 min ago
In a blog post and a few tweets, solo game developer Eric Barone laid out plans for 2019 that will expand his hit indie game Stardew Valley and extend to a new title. Now that he has regained the right to self-publish the top-down farming RPG on most...
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Amazon adjusts the outlook for its in-car Echo setup

Engadget - 17 hours 19 min ago
With time running out on 2018, Amazon has suddenly started delivering a bunch of the Alexa-connected devices it announced in September. However, it's looking more and more like the Echo Auto that links its virtual assistant to your car stereo won't b...
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NBA League Pass is now available through Amazon Prime Video Channels

Engadget - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 21:56
If you can't get enough NBA action, you're in luck. Amazon is now offering live games from NBA League Pass part of its Prime Video Channels service. You'll have to get a League Pass subscription to access the content, which you can get through Amazon...
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Amazon's $30 Echo clock puts Alexa timers on your wall

Engadget - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 20:09
The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is finally available. First announced back in September, the analog clock that can sync with timers and display countdowns set through Alexa sells for $30. To get the most of this wall clock, you'll need an Echo speaker to...
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VSCO will discontinue its desktop photo editing presets on March 1st

Engadget - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 18:37
VSCO is pretty well-known for its photo and video editing app, but the company has sold desktop presets as well. However, VSCO has now announced that it will shift its focus entirely towards mobile in the coming year and will, therefore, be discontin...
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New York settles with Equifax and others over lax mobile app security

Engadget - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 17:05
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that the state has reached settlements with five companies regarding a security vulnerability present on each of their mobile apps. Going forward, the companies -- Equifax, Western Union, Pricelin...
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Apple Music now streams on Echo speakers

Engadget - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:33
Apple Music support on Echo speakers is here earlier than expected. Users in the United States have been able to connect their Apple Music account in the Alexa app and play music through Amazon's line of smart speakers, according to 9to5Mac. The feat...
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'The Grand Tour' confirmed for Season 4 and 'years to come'

Engadget - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:01
By Zac Palmer The boys are back on Amazon, but with a different show format.The Grand Tour is set to be on Prime Video for years to come, but it will be different, with Jeremy, Richard and James exclusively working on road trip specials. That means...
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Nintendo warns it won't make more retro NES and SNES consoles

Engadget - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:29
Just because Nintendo revived the NES Classic doesn't mean you'll have the luxury of buying a retro console whenever you'd like. In a chat with the Hollywood Reporter, the company's Reggie Fils-Aime warned that the NES Classic and SNES Classic will...
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