Signal lets you see more info before you accept a message from a stranger

By accept, app, block, calls, controls, encrypted, engadget, gear, group chats, Messages, Messaging, News, preview, profile, secure, Signal, video calls

The encrypted messaging app Signal is making it easier for users to decide who they chat with — and who they block. Now, when someone who isn’t in your contacts starts a new chat with you, or adds you to a group, you can see the sender’s Sign…

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ASUS ROG Phone 3 preview: An upgraded gaming phone that feels familiar

By 5g, airtrigger, armoury crate, Asus, Dirac, engadget, gaming, gaming phone, gear, hands-on, Mobile, mobile phone, News, phone, preview, rog phone, rog phone 3, smartphone, snapdragon 865 plus, twinview

COVID-19 may have canceled Computex this year, but there’s no stopping ASUS from delivering its annual upgrade to mobile gamers. Following the accessory-laden ROG Phone II, today the Taiwanese giant finally unveiled its first 5G phone, the ROG…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla made me want to visit East Anglia

By assassin's creed valhalla, assassins creed, engadget, feature, gaming, pc, playstation, preview, STADIA, ubisoft, ubisoft forward, xbox

It’s hard to get a feel for a game in a couple of hours. It’s even harder when your screen is filled with streaming artifacts, but such is life in 2020. Ahead of Ubisoft’s Forward gaming event, the company offered us some remote demos of two of its A…

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Windows 10 icons are getting an overdue redesign

By engadget, fluent design, gear, icon, icons, Microsoft, operating system, personal computing, personalcomputing, preview, Software, windows, Windows 10

Microsoft refreshed Office’s icons last year, and now it’s Windows 10’s turn. The software giant is rolling out updates to the icons for Windows 10’s core apps over the months ahead, starting with the Calendar and Mail apps in a new Release Preview…

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Tesla’s Holiday Update improves Camp Mode and driving visualization

By camp mode, camping, car camping, charging, climate control, electric vehicle, engadget, ev, ev battery, full self-driving, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, green, holiday update, music, preview, tailgating, tesla, Text Messages, Transportation, update

Today, Tesla began pushing its "holiday update" to its vehicle fleet. The changes include one present for EV owners who appreciate the great outdoors (though not enough to sleep on the ground): Camp Mode. The feature, reported by Ele…

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Windows 10 preview brings Android phone calls to your PC

By android, calling, calls, engadget, gear, Microsoft, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, preview, Software, windows, Windows 10, windows insider, your phone

Windows 10’s Your Phone calling support is finally here, provided you’re willing to live life on the edge. Microsoft has released a Windows 10 Insider Preview for Fast ring testers that adds the ability to take and start calls from your PC. You’ll…

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‘The Last of Us Part II’ preview: Vengeance and vulnerability

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It’s been years since I’ve felt so vulnerable playing The Last of Us. While I’ve finished the original game several times, this is my first time playing the upcoming sequel. I’m stalking my way through the suburbs of Seattle on a revenge mission, and…

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Spotify lets you add 15-second song clips to Facebook Stories

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Beginning today, Spotify will let users share 15-second clips of Spotify songs on their Facebook Stories. If followers tap on the preview, they’ll be transferred to Spotify, where they can listen to the rest of the track. The change is geared toward…

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What to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 event

By engadget, Galaxy Note, galaxy note 10, gear, impressions, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, preview, Samsung, samsung galaxy, unpacked, wearables

Few companies revel in spectacle the way Samsung does, and if nothing else, the company’s Unpacked event in Brooklyn will be an assault on the senses. Of course, all that spectacle serves a purpose: to get people hyped for its newest flagship sma…

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Microsoft starts testing Internet Explorer mode for Edge

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Microsoft’s ever-expanding tests for its Chromium-based Edge browser have reached the corporate crowd. The software firm has started enabling enterprise features in Edge’s Dev builds, most notably the vaunted Internet Explorer mode. If a company ab…

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Microsoft’s reworked Edge browser is available to try on Windows 7

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Microsoft has expanded the reach of its Chromium-based Edge browser to one of its most important audiences: namely, people who have to (or want to) use older versions of Windows. The company has released Canary channel preview builds of Edge …

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iPadOS first look: Desktop-class browsing, better multitasking and more

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We knew Apple would make major changes to iOS on the iPad, but we didn’t think the company would take things a step further and announce iPadOS. (Not until Apple quietly let the news slip ahead of its WWDC keynote, anyway.) Craig Federighi, Apple…

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What to expect from Apple at WWDC 2019

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Next week, thousands of people will flock to San Jose, nestle into their seats at the Convention Center, and listen to Apple unspool its vision for the future of software. They’ll get their first concrete look at iOS 13 and what it means for thei…

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The next Call of Duty campaign is an emotional hellscape

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Jaws, not Saw.

That’s one of the guiding mantras for the developers building Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, this year’s installment of the legendary first-person-shooter franchise. Modern Warfare comes out on October 25th and it’s at once an homage t…

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Microsoft releases first test version of its Edge browser for Mac

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Last month, Microsoft released a preview of its new, Chromium-powered Edge browser for Windows 10. Now, you can test drive the browser with macOS, too. For the most part, the macOS Canary build comes with the same features you’ll find in the Windows…

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Windows preview brings Android notifications to your PC

By engadget, gear, Microsoft, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, preview, smartphone, Software, windows, Windows 10, windows insider, your phone

Microsoft has fulfilled one of the larger promises behind its Your Phone software — if you’re willing to experiment a bit. The developer has released a Windows Insider Preview that displays Android notifications on your PC. If you allow apps to di…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home is here at CES, and you can (sort of) talk to it

By AI, av, Bixby, ces2019, engadget, galaxyhome, gear, hands-on, impressions, preview, Samsung, smartspeaker, speaker, virtualassistant

When Samsung revealed its oddly shaped, Bixby-powered Galaxy Home last year, many of expected the company to launch it immediately. That, uh, didn’t happen. It’s been five months since then, and Samsung still refuses to discuss when its first sma…

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ASUS’ new StudioBook S is a portable workstation for creators

By Asus, ces2019, engadget, gear, hands-on, impressions, personal computing, personalcomputing, preview, studiobook, studiobooks, windows10, workstation

ASUS’ new ZenBooks are pretty solidly spec’d, but sometimes you need some serious power to get your work done. That’s where the company’s new StudioBook S comes from: sleekness and portability were priorities, but the company was arguably more concer…

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Lego’s new toy train is a STEM tool for preschoolers

By coding, codingexpress, commoncore, design, diy, do it yourself, doityourself, duplo, Education, engadget, firstlook, gear, impressions, lego, mindstorms, preschool, preview, stem, toy, Toys, train

Twenty years ago Lego introduced Mindstorms as a way to engage kids who were becoming more interested in video games and the internet than plastic building blocks. It was successful enough that the kits became a regular sight in robotics class…

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