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  • House approves $100 billion in broadband funding for rural areas (www.engadget.com)

    07/04/2020 01:00 AM

    The US House of Representatives approved the Moving Forward Act this week, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that puts $100 billion toward bringing high-speed broadband to underserved areas. The ambitious bill also allocates funds toward transporta...

  • 'Horizon Zero Dawn' hits Steam and Epic Games Store on August 7th (www.engadget.com)

    07/04/2020 12:00 AM

    Sony confirmed a few months back that Horizon Zero Dawn would no longer be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and now we know when it’ll make its way to PC. Guerrilla Games’ hit action RPG will hit the Epic Store and Steam on August 7th.The PC version of Hor...

  • The UK buys a 45 percent stake in broke satellite startup OneWeb (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 11:00 PM

    After losing access to the EU's satellite-navigation system Galileo due to Brexit, the UK is hoping to replace it with OneWeb satellites. A government-led consortium has won an auction for the satellite internet company, which filed for Chapter 11 ba...

  • Researchers trained a quadruped robot to cross a balance beam (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 10:00 PM

    While four-legged robots can achieve impressive feats, like pulling an airplane or climbing a fence, they still have a few limitations. In most cases, they need a fairly large surface to walk on. A team of Italian robotics researchers is looking to c...

  • Disney axes 4K re-release of 'The Empire Strikes Back' in UK cinemas (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 09:00 PM

    As cinemas in the UK prepared to reopen after lockdown, they promised Star Wars fans a treat. Disney and Vue planned to release a 4K version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. That would have been the first time a UHD version of an or...

  • Lime brings Jump bikes back to London (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 08:00 PM

    When Uber handed Jump, its scooter- and bike-sharing division, over to Lime, it sent thousands of Jump e-bikes in the US to the scrapheap to be recycled. In Europe, thousands of the bikes were pulled from city streets. Now, under Lime’s direction, so...

  • Harvard's transforming robotic fabric could lead to therapeutic wearables (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 07:00 PM

    Robotic fabrics or textiles are far from new, but they’re usually attached to bulky external machines that can modulate air pressure inside them to make them move or change their shape. Since that could limit their potential applications, a team of H...

  • Olympus rolls out PC app that turns some of its cameras into webcams (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 06:00 PM

    Olympus may be selling its camera business — to the same company that bought Sony’s VAIO PC division — but it’s not abandoning its products just yet. It has just released a new beta application called OM-D Webcam, which gives Olympus cameras webcam c...

  • What to expect from the next version of 5G (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 05:00 PM

    5G coverage may still be sparse, and the world is still trying to understand how it works or affects us, but the people that define networking standards won’t stop working on it. The 3GPP, which is a group of organizations that develop protocols for...

  • 'Iron Man VR' has moments of brilliance, but shows the limits of PSVR (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 04:00 PM

    Iron Man should be the best hero to transition from comics to VR. His own interactions with his suit touch on augmented reality controls, steering a powerful avatar in sync with Stark’s movements. So, just like me, with a pair of digital wands with c...

  • This week's best deals: Apple Watch Series 3, Nest Hub Max and more (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 03:00 PM

    The Independence Day weekend kicks off with a bunch of deals on popular electronics and outdoor tech. The Apple Watch Series 3 remains at its lowest price ever and you can get $100 off the newest MacBook Air. Weber’s connected SmokeFire grills are $2...

  • Our favorite games from the Itch.io racial justice bundle (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 02:00 PM

    Last month’s Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality was a massive hit with gamers, raising over eight million dollars for the NAACP and Community Bail Fund. The key to its success was the sheer size of its offering for a $5 minimum donation:...

  • FaceApp is cool again, and adamant it's not a privacy minefield (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 01:00 PM

    FaceApp, the image-editing app that can radically change how you look is back in the spotlight. And, as usual, questions about the company’s practices, motives and plans are sure to follow.This is the third or fourth time that FaceApp has leaped into...

  • Evo 2020 canceled after co-founder abuse allegations (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 12:01 PM

    Fighting game tournament Evo 2020 has been canceled after co-founder Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar was accused of assaulting a minor. The esports tournament, which announced in May that it was going online-only in the wake of COVID-19, will now not go ah...

  • The Morning After: The best gear for grilling (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 11:15 AM

    In the US, we’re heading into a holiday weekend, so if you need some advice on gear for grilling or a socially distanced backyard party, then we have the appropriate recommendations. Speaker, grill, thermometer, whatever — Billy Steele outlines some...

  • Amped Studio offers 'experimental' VST plugin support for its online DAW (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 09:02 AM

    Online digital audio workstation (DAW) music production apps are always hamstrung because they can’t use powerful VST plugins that offer noise reduction, auto-tune or sampled instruments.Amped Studio has announced that it has solved that problem, alb...

  • Apple Card's new web portal lets you pay your balance on a PC (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 04:31 AM

    You’ll no longer have to be entirely dependent on the Wallet app for your Apple Card transactions. The tech giant has launched a web portal for its credit card, giving you a way to pay your balance online even if you don’t have or have lost access to...

  • Ubisoft CEO lays out a plan to change the company's toxic culture (www.engadget.com)

    07/03/2020 01:30 AM

    A week after launching investigations into many claims of harassment and misconduct, Ubisoft’s CEO gave an update on what the company is doing to change things. In a letter posted on its website and emailed to employees, Yves Guillemot said “the type...

  • Verizon adds free Disney+, Hulu streaming to some Fios packages (www.engadget.com)

    07/02/2020 10:13 PM

    Verizon (Engadget's parent company) has launched a new deal to try to entice people to its Fios service. Building on the Disney+ promotion the telecom announced last year, new customers can get up to 12 months of Hulu free when they subscribe to Veri...

  • Amazon's Windows 10 Prime Video app brings offline viewing to PCs (www.engadget.com)

    07/02/2020 09:01 PM

    It's been a long wait, but Windows 10 users can finally download Amazon Prime Video to their computer. The UWP app’s most notable feature is that it allows you to download content for offline watching. That will be handy once it's safe to travel agai...

  • Walmart is turning some of its parking lots into drive-in theaters (www.engadget.com)

    07/02/2020 08:15 PM

    Select Walmart parking lots around the US will soon be transformed into drive-in theaters, thanks to a partnership with the company behind the Tribeca Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The “safe, socially distanced drive-in events,”...

  • PlayStation is the latest to join the Facebook ad boycott (www.engadget.com)

    07/02/2020 07:51 PM

    Sony’s PlayStation brand is the latest to jump on board with other companies who have stopped running ads on Facebook and Instagram, reports GamesIndustry.biz. PlayStation is joining a host of other brands who’ve stopped running ads on the platforms...

  • BMW wants to sell subscriptions to in-car features (www.engadget.com)

    07/02/2020 07:37 PM

    In an expansion of its ConnectedDrive Store, BMW wants to give owners of its cars the option to access specific hardware and software features through a subscription (via Autoblog). BMW hasn't detailed exactly how the service will work, but the short...

  • Flash games site Kongregate has stopped accepting submissions (www.engadget.com)

    07/02/2020 07:15 PM

    If you played Flash-based games in the 2000s, you probably remember Kongregate, a website that hosted over 100,000 browser games. Developers of any experience level could upload their creations, and users could find a host of oddball options that you...

  • 'Cyberpunk 2077' ditches its wall-running mechanic (www.engadget.com)

    07/02/2020 06:17 PM

    Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have one of its more intriguing movement mechanics that have been showcased in demos over the last couple of years. CD Projekt Red says it has ditched the wall-running ability."[Wall-running] is something that we removed...

  • 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 ...