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  • Google and Microsoft are working to make web forms more touch-friendly (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 02:05 PM

    Google and Microsoft have redesigned native form controls -- buttons and various input elements you see on web forms -- to look more harmonious and be more touch-friendly. They spent the past year working together to design a new theme and make built...

  • HTC will sell its Cosmos Elite headset and faceplate tracker separately (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 01:45 PM

    If you've already got a HTC Vive, you might be in two minds about forking out for the complete Cosmos Elite bundle. If you've got base stations and controllers already, why drop dollars on more? But HTC has you covered. In the coming weeks, it will b...

  • Amazon draws criticism for firing employee who led coronavirus protest (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 01:25 PM

    An Amazon employee claims he was fired by the company after he led a protest against its coronavirus safety conditions. In an interview with Bloomberg, Chris Smalls, former assistant manager at Amazon's Staten Island fulfilment center, said that he a...

  • Fitbit finally launches a Charge tracker with built-in GPS (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 01:00 PM

    We may all be staying in a lot more to curb the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean we're no longer working out. Whether you're doing HIIT or yoga sessions at home, or you're going for a solo run in a deserted forest, a fitness tracker can stil...

  • Roku adds voice command support for Spanish in the US and Mexico (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 01:00 PM

    For all their many strengths, Roku devices have not had the best voice control features. If that's important to you, your best bet has frequently been Amazon's Fire TV devices. However, with its latest software update, Roku is trying to change that w...

  • Accidental cross-play makes Star Wars 'Jedi Academy' a console bloodbath (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 12:39 PM

    The classic 2003 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy game recently arrived on PS4 and Switch, but console users excited to try it have encountered a formidable enemy. PC players have figured out how to cross-play on consoles, so they're invading onli...

  • Airbnb vows to partly cover host losses following COVID-19 cancellations (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 12:21 PM

    Airbnb is setting aside $250 million for hosts affected by the coronavirus pandemic and is also expanding its no-penalty cancellations even further. A couple of weeks ago, the company announced that all stays and Experiences with check-in dates betwe...

  • Spotify's standalone Kids app is now available in the US (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 12:00 PM

    When Spotify first launched its standalone app for kids last October, the possibilities were intriguing. It meant that parents could play music their kids like without having it impact their algorithmically generated playlists and recommendations on...

  • Snapchat users can finally post Stories from other apps (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 12:00 PM

    Snapchat is finally opening up Stories to outside apps. Nearly a year after it was first previewed, the company is introducing App Stories, a feature that allows third-party apps to post Stories created in the Snapchat app to their services. First a...

  • The Morning After: Are classic Mario games coming to the Switch in 2020? (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 11:30 AM

    Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. For streaming services and games companies, we're all a captive audience at the moment. For Disney+, the newest challenger, it's an opportunity. With lots of kids at home, an almost infinite run of Disney, Pixar...

  • Samsung's display business will stop producing LCD screens this year (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 11:05 AM

    Samsung Display will stop producing liquid crystal display (LCD) panels in China and South Korea at the end of the year in order to concentrate on the new generation of "quantum dot" (QD) screens, Reuters reports. Any LCD orders made before the end o...

  • Houseparty says it wasn't hacked, offers $1 million for 'smear campaign' proof (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 10:33 AM

    Popular video-calling app Houseparty is offering a $1 million bounty to anyone that can prove the app has been a victim of reputational sabotage. The announcement, made by the company over Twitter, comes amid swiftly circulating rumors that the app h...

  • Google has discontinued the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 09:23 AM

    Google is no longer selling its landmark Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones, the company confirmed with Android Police. If you enter the old Pixel 3 listing you'll get the home page instead and it no longer appears in the product carousel. Meanwhile, the carrie...

  • Lucid Motors pushes back the unveiling of its long-awaited electric sedan (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 08:27 AM

    Back in January, Lucid Motors announced that it's finally unveiling the production model of its electric sedan in April three years after it was first revealed. The company was supposed to launch the car next week at the New York Auto Show, but the e...

  • UCSF app wants to use your biometric data to track the spread of coronavirus (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 07:10 AM

    A new UC San Francisco initiative will give you a way to help advance our understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, even if you're not a scientist or a medical professional. The COVID-19 Citizen Science project welcomes contributions from anyone ove...

  • I went to a sneaker launch in VR because of the coronavirus (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 05:00 AM

    If you're launching a new product, you normally want to put on a show with a sprinkling of razzle and plenty of dazzle. That means getting journalists and fans into a big room, trotting out your wares and letting everyone play with the new toys. Unfo...

  • NBA reportedly plans 'players-only' 2K tournament that will air on ESPN (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 03:24 AM

    The NBA already has an official esports league with various teams represented, but with the live basketball season on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's reportedly about to put real NBA players on the sticks. Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Hay...

  • AT&T will give users an extra 15GB of mobile hotspot data (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 01:43 AM

    AT&T is still expanding its offerings to keep people online during the COVID-19 outbreak. Between April 2nd and May 13t, it's adding an extra 15GB of mobile hotspot data to every line on unlimited plans that have a monthly tethering allowance. If...

  • Apple Music's Come Together space puts its upbeat playlists in one place (www.engadget.com)

    03/31/2020 12:22 AM

    Building on the AI-generated Get Up! Mix the company unveiled last week, Apple is now adding a new section to Apple Music called Come Together that features a variety of playlists designed to help you get through long days stuck inside. In all, there...

  • Steam limits game auto-updates to manage peak demand (www.engadget.com)

    03/30/2020 10:52 PM

    Console makers aren't the only ones managing game service bandwidth to keep traffic flowing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Valve is scaling back game auto-updates in Steam to "spread out" the load and prevent its servers from buckling under the strai...

  • Niantic is doing more to help 'Pokémon Go' gamers play at home (www.engadget.com)

    03/30/2020 09:55 PM

    Niantic isn't done making it easier to play its location-based games while you're staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The developer has outlined some of its future plans for titles like Pokémon Go, Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unit...

  • Facebook makes it easier to see how much it knows about you (www.engadget.com)

    03/30/2020 08:38 PM

    Facebook will let you view and download more of the data it collects about you, the company revealed today. It's expanding the Download Your Information tool on Facebook and the Download Your Data tool on Instagram to include more of the info it trac...

  • Apple brings ProRes RAW support to Windows video editors (www.engadget.com)

    03/30/2020 07:44 PM

    Thanks to a combination of more affordable cinema cameras and increasingly powerful software, professional video producers are able to net some impressive results. One major part of the equation for achieving high-quality footage is shooting in a RAW...

  • Riot's competitive hero shooter 'Valorant' enters closed beta next week (www.engadget.com)

    03/30/2020 07:17 PM

    If you've been patiently waiting for a chance to play Riot's new competitive first-person shooter, you won't have to wait much longer to see what the League of Legends studio has been working on in secret all these years. The Valorant closed beta sta...

  • FCC outlines $200 million COVID-19 telehealth plan (www.engadget.com)

    03/30/2020 06:42 PM

    Today, the FCC announced a few additional measures to help the US during the coronavirus pandemic. Chairman Ajit Pai shared plans for a $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which would equip healthcare providers with the broadband connectivity a...

  • Max Does Europe (maxburstein.com)

    12/31/2015 06:20 AM

    Hallå!

    You've made it to one of the longest blog posts I may ever write. So long that I'd consider it more of a short novel rather than a single blog post. If you're more of a picture person head over to http://imgur.com/a/seJ1P or my Facebook page for all the images from my trip (including ones not shown here). Alternatively, find me, buy me a beer and sit back and relax while I tell you the ...

  • Rendering 12,000 Image Albums at Imgur (maxburstein.com)

    09/14/2015 05:12 PM

    Today marks a great day for wallpaper enthusiasts everywhere. Today's the day a newly designed Imgur launches, and with it comes some great performance improvements. My favorite is our new way to load giant albums without ridiculous lag. To put this new algorithm to the test I'm going to compare the perceived load speed of this 12,000 image album to what was previously on the site.

    TL;DR

    • Utilized React.js more
    • Only render DOM elements that are in the ...

  • My Experience Making My First Android App (maxburstein.com)

    07/15/2014 04:23 AM

    Like too many people these days I tend to spend a lot of time on my phone. It's a tough habit to quit. So is playing DotA, my favorite game. Allow me to take you back over the past 3 weeks of getting to know Android development (I'll try to skip through some of the boring parts).

    The Start (3 weeks ago)

    With the largest e-sports tournament to date kicking off in a few weeks I saw an opportunity to corner ...

  • From 0 To 500 Users In 7 Days (maxburstein.com)

    03/17/2014 03:00 AM

    I recently launched an idea I had been thinking about for quite some time called Problem of the Day. If you haven't checked it out the basic run down is a new programming or logic puzzle every Monday through Friday. Most of the problems are meant to be solvable over breakfast, lunch, or whenever you have some free time.

    My goal for this post is to give you some ideas on what I did for my launch so that you can see ...

  • Problem of the Day (maxburstein.com)

    03/05/2014 05:35 PM

    I seem to be in to launching things on my birthday. I bought the domain for this site on my birthday and I started work on a site called Problem of the Day which just officially launched today. If you're in to logic puzzles and short programming problems check it out http://www.problemotd.com/.

    This site was the first time I needed to send out e-mails in mass quantities. I ended up going with Mandrill and couldn't be happier. If ...