The Morning After: Tuesday, May 16th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Squeezable smartphones, perhaps our first look at the glass-backed, iPhone 8 (don’t worry, unrelated), and the death of the graphing calculator? All this, and we’re only on Tuesday morning. Oh, and Toyota is musing on flying cars.


But can it play Drug Wars?Desmos app could kill off the graphing calculator

Overpaying for graphing calculators has been a rite of passage for as long as any millennials can remember, but the reign of the TI-84 may be coming to an end. That’s because of a new online calculator called Desmos that can run on any connected device and provide similar features. There are other internet-based calculators, but this one is embedded in the test itself and has backing from SAT administrator The College Board.


Squeezy phone.HTC’s squeezable U11 is its true 2017 flagship phone

After releasing the U Ultra, HTC is again attempting a top of the line smartphone with the U11. The specs behind its 5.5-inch curved Gorilla Glass display are just on par with other flagship devices, but the standout gimmick here is Edge Sense. Side-mounted pressure sensors can detect varying levels of grip and respond with associated shortcuts or app actions. Also, it can run up to three virtual assistants at once, with support for Google Assistant, Alexa and HTC’s own Sense Assistant. Finally, it loses the headphone jack but includes USB-C connected headphones that handle customized audio, as well as noise-canceling that runs off of the phone’s battery.


It’s the Shazam of foodThe ridiculous Not Hotdog app from ‘Silicon Valley’ is real

These days it’s even more difficult to tell parody apps from the real ones.


Android in autoVolvo and Audi are building Android into their new cars

Ahead of the Google I/O event later this week, Volvo and Audi have announced plans to base their next-generation infotainment systems on Android. There aren’t a lot of details yet, but the partnership promises support for Google Assistant, Google Maps and Android apps like Spotify running directly on the car’s hardware without requiring an Android Auto hand-holding from your phone.


ExclusiveiPhone 8 renders point to glass back and wireless charging

A reliable source in the accessory industry has told us that these renders represent Apple’s iPhone 8. If they hold up, they point to a new vertical orientation for the dual-camera setup, with the microphone and flash integrated into the camera hump. They also suggest that the dual-camera and wireless charging will be a standard feature, but we’ll have to wait until this fall to find out for sure — and to see the rumored tenth anniversary iPhone.


Meet the ‘Skydrive’Toyota wants flying cars in time for the 2020 Olympics

Larry Page isn’t the only one with a thing for flying cars — Toyota is backing a small startup working on a drone-like vehicle. The Skydrive from Cartivator would lift about 33 feet off of the ground and scoot along at up to 62mph. The plan is to have commercial versions ready ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. That seems optimistic, but it could provide one more reason to snag a ticket now instead of waiting.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Implanted pancreatic cells could cure diabetes
  • Plenty of blame to go around: The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware is a stark reminder of a broken system
  • What’s on TV this week: ‘Phantom Dust’ remastered, ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Injustice 2’
  • United flight crew inadvertently shares cockpit door codes online
  • Engadget Podcast Ep 39: Rip Off
  • Motorola’s leaked 2017 phone lineup points to the return of the Moto X

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The Morning After: Tuesday, February 14 2017

The unlimited data battles of yesteryear are back as T-Mobile and Verizon offer all the data you might need (with fair usage caveats), and silly Nintendo party games are also making a return on the Nintendo Switch.


Big Red vs. MagentaVerizon & T-Mobile do battle over unlimited data

Over the weekend, Verizon revived the “unlimited” tier for mobile customers, promising all the data (potentially throttled after 22GB), calls and texting you can handle for $ 80 per month. In response, T-Mobile tweaked its One plan to include HD video and 10GB of LTE data for tethering, making for an even better deal. Whichever you choose, it looks like competition is heating up and the offers are getting better.


Get sillyA closer look at Nintendo’s ‘1-2 Switch’ mini-games

The Nintendo Switch’s silliest launch title is closer to a party game than a console title. But will 28 games be enough to keep you playing months later?


Not a good ideaPewDiePie loses Disney deal

YouTube star PewDiePie, aka Felix Kjellberg, decided to publish videos with anti-semitic messages and imagery. As a result, Disney-owned Maker Studios has canceled its joint venture with him.


‘That’s it! I’ve come up with a new recipe!’Kitchen inspiration courtesy of ‘Final Fantasy’

Cooking and food are surprisingly significant in Final Fantasy XV. But can you really cook (and eat) these fictional recipes? And are they any good? Mat Smith gains some cooking experience (points) and tries it out.


Nier, far, wherever you are.How ‘NieR’ was brought back from the dead

Taro Yoko, director of NieR: Automata, might not have much confidence in the story he’s telling in Nier’s latest iteration. It’s a cult favorite that’s being brought back courtesy of PlatinumGames: a Japanese studio that has a reputation for producing high-caliber action games such as Bayonetta, Vanquish and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Nick Summers plays through the latest preview.


Power padApple takes a step towards wireless charging for iPhones

Rumors have suggested the next iPhone revision will support wireless charging, and Apple’s new membership in the Wireless Power Consortium seems appropriately timed to make that happen. This group governs the Qi standard most devices use; however membership isn’t a guarantee the tech will show up, or that if it does, Apple will stick with the standard.


Not exactly NetflixApple TV show trailers for ‘Planet of the Apps’ and ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Apple Music is getting closer to including Apple Television, with some exclusive shows for subscribers. Yesterday we got our first peek at trailers for two original shows, and… well, how much do you like James Corden and Shark Tank/The Voice? They don’t get many points for originality, but the effort is there — expect the first episodes of Planet of the Apps in spring.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Nikon cancels DL compacts
  • What’s on TV: ‘Planet Earth II,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Chef’s Table’ and ‘Halo Wars 2’
  • Democratic senators push for details on Trump’s smartphone use
  • Latest Razer Blade laptop packs a 4K screen, Kaby Lake CPU
  • Watch the latest ‘Ghost In The Shell’ trailer. It has some story this time.

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The Morning After: Tuesday, January 10th 2017

CES 2017 has wrapped up and Engadget is back to the relative normality of another week in tech. That said, we have all our Best Of CES winners, Razer says its prototype hardware was stolen at the show, and the iPhone celebrates its 10th birthday.


Simply the best.
Presenting the Best of CES 2017 winners!

We debated. We argued. One of us even yelled. After a long night of going through our list of finalists, our editors settled on our winners for the official Best of CES awards. Winners include LG, Dell, Razer, Honda and, perhaps surprisingly, Fisher-Price.


Industrial espionage or desperate fans?
Razer’s prototype laptops were stolen from its CES booth

Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed that two of its concept products were stolen from its booth on the last day of the show. “I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today,” said Tan on his Facebook page. “We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.” In a later statement, the company said it was two of its three-screened laptops, currently titled Project Valerie, that were stolen at the show.


A world before smartphone apps.The iPhone’s legacy, 10 years later

On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs gave the world its first glimpse of the iPhone. A decade later, and it’s difficult to overstate the impact it’s had. Associate Editor Jon Fingas looks at all the things that Apple has got right and wrong with its most popular product over the years.


One accidental dollhouse order led to lots of accidental dollhouse orders
Amazon’s Echo attempted a TV-fueled shopping spree

Voice-activated devices can screw up — just ask anyone watching a Microsoft gaming event with a Kinect-equipped Xbox One nearby. However, Amazon’s Echo speaker caused more of that chaos than usual when a 6-year-old girl inadvertently ordered cookies and a dollhouse from Amazon by saying what she wanted. It was a costly goof ($ 170), but nothing too special by itself. Well, until San Diego’s CW6 discussed the snafu on a morning TV show and one of the hosts made the mistake of saying that he liked when the girl said “Alexa ordered me a dollhouse.” The channel then received multiple reports from viewers whose Echo devices tried to order dollhouses when their Echo device heard those magical dollhouse-ordering words from the TV.

But wait, there’s more…

  • OLED TVs will finally take off in 2017
  • MIT’s 3D graphene is ten times stronger than steel
  • Of course I took these eerily detailed 3D selfies at CES

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The Morning After: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It’s Tuesday, which means Facebook and Instagram have nicked another feature from Snapchat. Meanwhile, the Snapbot has landed in NYC, Apple has a battery problem of its own to deal with and the HTC Evo name makes a triumphant return.


Yo, I heard you liked the OnePlus 3Review: OnePlus 3T

Even though its predecessor is just six months old, Cherlynn Low found the OnePlus 3T “a refinement that not only feels timely, but also well-planned and executed.” It’s missing Android 7.0 Nougat and expandable storage options, but adding an upgraded processor to match the Google Pixel, a slightly larger battery and a new front camera for just $ 40 extra makes this phone a pretty good deal.


Stop us if you’ve heard this one beforeInstagram adds live video and Snapchat-style disappearing photos

Facebook’s quest to offer a version of every Snapchat feature continues with the latest Instagram update. Now, users can send disappearing messages through Instagram Direct, potentially making your next headfirst slide into the DMs less risky. There’s also built-in support for live video, which works a lot like Facebook Lives, except inside Instagram.


Choose the Mad Max: High Octane Collection — trust usHoliday Gift Guide 2016: The Movie Buff

Friends don’t let friends struggle with their home theater setups. Whether you’re ready to spend a lot or just a little, we have a few ideas about what gifts to put in your favorite videophile’s stocking.


Snapbot sightedSnapchat Spectacles have arrived in NYC

So far, Snapchat’s camera-infused sunglasses have been a West Coast-only thing, now they’re in the Big Apple. If you’re willing to try your luck, head to the Spectacles pop-up shop at 5 East 59th Street in Upper Midtown Manhattan and prepare to wait in line. The store will be open through New Year’s Eve (but closed 11/24, 12/24 and 12/25) so you will have a full month of opportunities.


At least they’re not explodingApple is replacing some iPhone 6s batteries

Just last week, Apple announced a repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus and its “touch disease,” and now it’s facing a problem with the iPhone 6. The company says a “small number” of handsets have a battery fault that causes them to spontaneously shut down. If your device was manufactured between September and October 2015, then you may be in line for a replacement or a credit.


Not what you’d expect for the holidays.Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s latest project is a… Christmas tree?

It doesn’t have a headphone jack or Christmas lights.


The missing detailNTSB is investigating the first flight of Facebook’s Aquila drone

When Facebook announced its “successful” first flight of the Aquila internet drone on June 28th, it mentioned a “structural failure” just before landing. That may have been worthy of more than a footnote, however, since the NTSB has classified it as an accident.

But wait, there’s more…

  • The HTC Evo is back! (If you live in Europe)
  • 4K Netflix streaming comes to Windows 10
  • What’s on TV this week? Try Netflix’s Brazilian sci-fi series “3%”
  • To battle fake news is to battle brain chemistry

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