Engadget | Know-how Information, Recommendation and Options

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Your subsequent smartphone or pill might have double the reminiscence and run a lot quicker because of new chips from Samsung. The corporate simply revealed that it is mass-producing 12Gb (1.5GB) DDR4 RAM modules for cellular units from its 20nm fab plant. The chips take up the identical area as the corporate’s 6Gb modules, which means that corporations can double a tool’s reminiscence in the identical area — or make smaller telephones that also have 3GB of RAM.

Supply: Samsung

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

In the event you assume again, you’ll be able to in all probability identify one artist or album you are feeling you knew about earlier than everybody else. Now Spotify needs that will help you show it. With “Discovered Them First,” the streaming firm can return by way of your monitor historical past and determine whether or not you listened to an artist or band earlier than they made it huge.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen was tasked to place metallic peg right into a spherical gap in a activity board, which might have been very easy — if he weren’t in low-Earth orbit and 248 miles away from the setup. Mogensen managed a rover from aboard the Worldwide Area Station utilizing a pressure-suggestions management system developed by the ESA. The system’s drive-suggestions joystick allowed him to really feel when the robotic meets resistance on the bottom, giving him higher management of its limbs with out that functionality. Because of the astronaut’s distance from the setup, there was a one-second lag, however the floor crew used “refined software program” to ensure the controller and the rover are in sync. It took Mogensen forty five minutes to perform the duty for the primary time, however the second try was extra promising and took solely 10 minutes.

Supply: ESA

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

For the higher a part of two years, Instagram has been experimenting with advertisements inside its app. It is a tough balancing act — understanding which codecs will work for companies whereas concurrently preserving customers on aspect. At present, it is clearly determined these sponsored snaps are value it, as a result of it is making them out there in additional than 30 new nations together with Spain, India and South Korea. Should you stay inside considered one of these nations, you’ll be able to anticipate them to seem in your feed from September thirtieth. In case you’re already seeing the occasional advert, nevertheless, the Instagram expertise is altering for you too. The corporate now provides video advertisements which are as much as 30 seconds in size — double that which common customers can add — in addition to panorama photographs and movies. Lastly, advertisers pays for a service referred to as “Marquee,” which expands the attain of their sponsored pictures and clips for a brief time period. Advertisements are by no means a welcome sight, however as we have seen with Fb, Twitter and even Tinder, they seem to be a seemingly inevitable a part of earning profits on cellular now.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

As normal earlier than an Apple occasion (which is at this time, in case you’ve got been cave-sure), the rumor mill is churning out new info. We’re now listening to that Apple TV will run an all-new working system referred to as osTV, based mostly on iOS 9, in accordance with 9 to five Mac. It’s going to reportedly carry an analogous interface to the present Apple TV, however will sport iOS 9 (and OS X El Capitan) touches like transparency results. The modifications do not sound too drastic, however new Apple TV OS branding that matches watchOS and iOS can be a brand new improvement. Apple TV is meant to additionally get a brand new AirBnB app.

Supply: 9 to five Mac

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Netflix solely simply launched in Japan final month (that is the Japan workplace pictured above), and it is already lining up its subsequent locations in Asia. In early 2016 the streaming video service is coming to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea, though no actual dates or pricing are specified. It is planning to convey the standard suite of options and even Extremely HD streaming to those nations when it lands, because of their present broadband infrastructure. The place it’d go after that (China?) continues to be unknown, however its plan for international availability by the top of 2016 is seemingly nonetheless on monitor.

[Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Everyone’s preparing for tomorrow’s massive Apple occasion and that even consists of Twitter. Whereas the media briefing is probably going going to focus closely on a brand new iPhone, the microblogging service is trying to enhance its app on the iPad and convey it extra according to the experiences customers at present have on Cupertino’s handset. The replace hopes to deliver responsive design (how web sites adapt their layouts to totally different display sizes, routinely) to the forefront by specializing in a couple of key features: canvas, gadget, orientation, measurement class and typography. Whereas a few of these might sound a bit arcane and extra for consumer interface designers than you or me, the lengthy and in need of it’s Twitter’s what it hopes are sensible, instantaneous selections to make utilizing its app on totally different-sized iOS units a cushty expertise.

Supply: iTunes, Twitter

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Tonight, Stephen Colbert steps out on the Late Present stage for the primary time on CBS, whereas his visitor record this week consists of the CEOs of Tesla Motors and Uber. Afterward this week, we’ll rejoice the primary kickoff of the NFL common season, and the primary episode of the final season of the FXX present The League. For films, Avengers: Age of Ultron is on the market on VOD right now, forward of the upcoming Blu-ray launch. On TV, we’re anticipating the season premiere of Continuum, in addition to the return of the Undertaking Greenlight actuality present on HBO, as The Carmichael Present, Extant and Final Comedian Standing all have season finales. Longmire is again for a fourth season on Netflix, and the final episode of Beneath the Dome airs Thursday night time, whereas Tremendous Mario Maker is debuting on the Wii U Friday. Take care of the break to take a look at every day’s highlights, together with trailers and tell us what you assume (or what we missed)

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

The picture above is not of an alien world with unusual markings: it is our personal solar, and people tiny marks present the Worldwide Area Station’s transit throughout its floor as seen from Earth. NASA chief photographer Invoice Ingalls captured a number of pictures of the ISS’ silhouette with our photo voltaic system’s star because the background from Shenandoah Nationwide Park on September sixth. The company then stitched 5 totally different photographs collectively to conjure up the ultimate product. Ingalls captured pictures of the station’s lunar transit again in August, as properly, in the event you’d additionally wish to see it make its approach throughout the moon. By the best way, the spacecraft is touring at a velocity of round 5 miles per second and is quick sufficient to orbit our complete planet each ninety minutes!

[Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls]

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

When Scottish distiller Ardbeg launched whisky into area to see whether or not or not the drink ages in a different way in microgravity, it got here throughout as little greater than a publicity stunt… which, admittedly, it nonetheless is. Nevertheless, the corporate has lastly revealed its outcomes, and it is clear that this liquor was modified by its keep within the Worldwide Area Station. Going into orbit altered the ratios of acids and different chemical compounds, which had a pronounced impact on the style. Whereas the Earth-based mostly whisky is dry, with notes of “woody” flavors” and “candy smoke,” the area whisky recollects “smoked fruits” and carries an aftertaste that reminds Ardbeg of “antiseptic lozenges” and “rubbery smoke.” You will not be breaking this out to have fun an important day, then, until you want recalling the odor of burning tires.

By way of: Widespread Science

Supply: Ardbeg (PDF)

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Oddball anti-virus software program pioneer and self-described “eccentric millionaire” Joh McAfee is throwing his hat into the more and more crowded area of candidates for the 2016 presidential election. The Hill studies that McAfee filed paperwork to run for president with the Federal Election Fee at present and says that marketing campaign director Kyle Sandler confirmed the appliance’s authenticity. Shortly afterwards, McAfee himself launched what seems to be a brand new marketing campaign web site and stated on Twitter that he’d make an “official announcement” tomorrow at 6PM ET.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Dig the look and sound of V-Moda’s Crossfade M-one hundred headphones, however not the twine that comes with them? You not have to offer them up merely since you do not like wires. V-Moda has launched the Crossfade Wi-fi, which (as you may need guessed) provides you the choice of going twine-free by means of Bluetooth. It isn’t only a straight-up adaptation of the closely customizable gear you already know, although. Plugging in a wire mechanically shuts off all of the electronics, holding the lag (essential for DJs and artistic execs) to a minimal. You are additionally getting a “refined” tackle the M-one hundred’s 50mm drivers, and the Bluetooth antennas have been tuned with the Apple Watch and Android Put on in thoughts — if you wish to pair a tiny smartwatch with gigantic headphones, these could also be best. You’ll be able to snag a pair of Crossfade Wi-fi cans in chrome or silver for $299 proper now, whereas extra somber-hued black and pink fashions are coming quickly.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Virtually as quickly as TVs began to get flatter, they slowly added intelligence too. However in comparison with the progress of telephones, tablets and laptops, our HDTVs are nonetheless lagging far behind. If all the rumors are true, tomorrow Apple will make its fourth try at filling the hole with a brand new TV field. Apple’s TV ambitions predate Engadget and even the iPod — the Apple Interactive Tv Field had a cloud DVR imaginative and prescient again in 1994 — and accordingly, during the last decade, rumors of what the corporate may do have taken on a lifetime of their very own.

This week we’re anticipating to see the pure evolution of a “interest” the corporate has slowly cultivated since Apple TV launched in 2007, however what if it went the opposite method? Even with hundreds of thousands of squared-off hockey pucks on cabinets around the globe, pivoting to an iSight-outfitted, Intel-powered plasma straight out of a Gene Munster/Mary Shelley bedtime story could possibly be simply what we’d like. A one hundred eighty-diploma flip into the excessive finish that is loopy as an alternative of boring: Meet the Apple TV that by no means was.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

In case you personal an Android system, discover 4 equally outfitted pals and line up, shoulder-to-shoulder. Look to your left. Look to your proper. Likelihood is, considered one of you has Lollipop, the newest Android cellular working system. Twenty-one % of Android units use Lollipop, in accordance with the corporate’s personal breakdown. This determine is up considerably from Might, when Android reported simply 9 % of its units used the brand new OS. The most important share of the Android OS pie goes to Package Kat, with 39 %, adopted by Jelly Bean with 32 %.

By way of: VentureBeat

Supply: Android

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Your present automotive in all probability does not have a constructed-in WiFi hotspot, however AT&T will quickly have a means so as to add one and ship that candy, on-demand web entry. The service is launching the ZTE Mobley, a WiFi hotspot that plugs into your automotive’s OBD-II port and shares an LTE knowledge hyperlink with everybody inside. Sure, you possibly can simply tether your telephone, however AT&T is relying on simplicity to reel you in — the hotspot goes stay shortly after you flip your automotive on, and you do not have to fret about battery life. It will not value you a lot to offer this idea a shot, no less than. The Mobley will probably be obtainable for ‘free’ on a 2-yr contract, or $one hundred outright. The most important expense is the info itself, which can value you $20-plus for stand-alone service or $10 for those who add the Mobley to a shared plan.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

We’re going for velocity. We’re (not) on their lonesome in a time of want. All ’90s music references apart, immediately we will race via two hours of the newest entry in Microsoft’s racing simulation, Forza Motorsport 6. What’s that imply for you? Nicely, you’ll watch me careen round race tracks, trigger large quantities of vehicular carnage and usually flip my Drivatar into everybody’s worst nightmare. If that feels like your sort of social gathering, come again right here at 6 pm ET / three pm PT to witness the glory (Tim’s feeble racing expertise) and the hilarity (Sean Buckley’s amazement at stated driving expertise).

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Telephones and gaming. Gaming and telephones. That is about all we’re including to our purchaser’s information this month. Since we final checked in, we have inducted a trio of latest handsets, together with the Samsung Galaxy Word 5, Moto G and the OnePlus 2. (And sure, we’ll quickly need to replace the iPhone a part of the information too.) In the meantime, we additionally determined that the Wii U and the New 3DS XL deserved spots in our gaming information, together with a nod to toys-to-life merchandise like Amiibo, Skylanders and Disney’s Infinity collection. We’ll be again subsequent month, however till then, be happy to poke round our full information to see our prime picks.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Blu’s nonetheless trucking together with its function-wealthy unlocked Android telephones. The newest entry is the $349 Pure XL, a 6-inch behemoth sporting a quad-HD decision on its Tremendous AMOLED show and a beefy 24-megapixel digital camera. It additionally marks the debut of Mediatek’s X10 octa-core chipset to the U.S. — the Pure XL’s processor clocks in at 2GHz and it is buoyed by three gigabytes of RAM. Altogether, it is probably the most highly effective system we have seen but from Blu. And in contrast to previous Blu telephones, it is truly operating the newest model of Android (5.1 Lollipop). Whereas its design is pretty plain, its aluminum case ought to differentiate it from different low cost Android telephones on the market. With 64GB of storage and a fingerprint sensor on its rear, it additionally retains up with a few of the specs we’re seeing in rather more costly telephones today. The Pure XL will help T-Cellular and AT&T’s LTE networks, and it is also twin-SIM, which ought to make it nice for touring. You possibly can nab one solely on Amazon beginning on September 29.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

Android Put on smartwatches have been out there in lots of locations for some time, however not China — the platform’s dependencies on Google Play and Google Now weren’t going to fly when Google refuses to supply some providers within the censorship-heavy nation. Motorola is not deterred, nevertheless. It is releasing a model of the new Moto 360 in China with native providers instead of their Google equivalents. Mobvoi will deal with each search and voice recognition, third-get together shops will supply apps and Sogou will deal with navigation. It undoubtedly will not symbolize the acquainted Android Put on expertise, however it’s going to give Chinese language Android followers a wearable choice they have not had earlier than.

Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features

In case you’re planning on performing some vacation purchasing at Macy’s this fall, you may encounter items from one other retailer. The division retailer introduced as we speak that it might check Greatest Purchase retailers in 10 of its places beginning in November. Greatest Purchase staff will employees the 300-sq.-foot sections that’ll supply a smattering of telephones, tablets, wearables, audio gear and extra. When it comes to manufacturers, Samsung is the one firm talked about by identify, however you possibly can probably anticipate a number of extra notable decisions to be out there as properly (Beats, Jawbone, and so forth.). Samsung has devoted flooring area inside Greatest Purchase places alongside the likes of Apple and Sony in any case, so the direct point out is not an excessive amount of of a shock. The shop inside a retailer setups will stay in place into 2016, when Macy’s and Greatest Purchase plan to take inventory earlier than plotting the perfect plan of action.

[Image credit: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images]