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Looking into the future: Samsung Gear VR review — You can finally buy a virtual reality headset and use it in your home. Right now -- today -- that is possible. It doesn't cost $10,000 and it doesn't come with caveats like, " This is made for developers."

Netflix says offline playback is 'never going to happen' — Ever since Netflix mistakenly said that offline viewing would come to Honeycomb tablets, we've waited (and opined) for the moment when it'd happen. Unfortunately, the streaming company is turning a blind eye to our needs as its head of communications saying that cached playback is "never going to happen."
Dec 17, 2014

Not surprising, but still frustrating. Netflix says offline playback is never going to happen.

Dec 17, 2014

I get Netflix's point and its position, but to shoot it down in this way seems a little tonedeaf…

Nintendo's next device will reportedly, bizarrely, be donut-shaped — There's an intriguing report from that Nintendo will use Sharp's "free-form" LCDs on an oddly-shaped new console or other product. Sharp recently showed off IGZO-based displays that move the control circuits away from the bezel, allowing for funky, non-rectangular shapes, as shown above.
Dec 17, 2014

Nintendo is using some funky screens from Sharp for one of the several hardware projects in development:…

Dec 17, 2014

Nintendo reportedly launching a gadget with a hole in the screen. This didn't prompt any lewd comments *at all*…

Facebook's iPad app now fits in better with your tablet habits — If you use your iPad primarily for reading news and playing games, you're certainly not alone. Facebook definitely realizes that, which is why the social network has updated its iPad app with a new right-hand column (which only appears in landscape mode) that highlights those areas of interest -- news and games -- along with other features that'll hopefully make the app more useful for users of Apple's tablet.

DIRECTV HDTV losing its edge - Rate Hike! — At one time DIRECTV was the undisputed HDTV leader: the first to carry the ever popular HDNet and still the only provider to offer an HD TiVo. DIRECTV has been pouring all of their resources into offering local HDTV channels and at the same time letting their national HD lineup suffer. — We can't wait to see all that this year's tech fest has to offer, and we're thrilled to be the CEA's official partner for curating the best of the best live from the show floor.

PlayStation 4 finally gets Plex, and a whole world of streaming — When Plex first arrived on the Xbox One, we figured it would only be a matter of time before the service made its debut on the PlayStation 4. It's taken two months, but finally the company has released an app for Sony's latest console, giving Plex Pass subscribers another way to stream their favorite movies, music and photos on a TV.

Fitbit says Charge skin issues aren't caused by its materials — Fitbit is no stranger to customer complaints, especially when it comes to skin issues. After dealing with a wave of criticism, and subsequent recall, of its Force activity tracker last year, the company recently introduced a trio of new gadgets. Well, early adopters are already crying foul with reports of irritation after using the Fitbit Charge.

OnePlus celebrates one year in business with a super-cheap power bank — Exactly one year ago, a little known company by the name of OnePlus arrived on the scene with plans to make "the perfect smartphone." The One certainly lives up to the hype under the hood, but thanks to a flawed invite process, getting your hands on the device hasn't been easy.
Dec 17, 2014

OnePlus’ 10,000mAh Power Bank has dual USB ports and costs just $15/£14.

The Pirate Bay shutdown: the whole story (so far) — For the past decade, if you wanted to download copyrighted material and didn't want to pay for it, it's likely you turned to The Pirate Bay. Up until a police raid took it offline last week, it was the most popular place to grab Sunday's episode of The Newsroom or months before the Blu-ray hits stores.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @timseppala: I didn't sleep much at all in to past two days to bring you this piece on The Pirate Bay. Wanna give it a read?…

Dec 16, 2014

I didn't sleep much at all in to past two days to bring you this piece on The Pirate Bay. Wanna give it a read?…

GE's GlamCam — You know, we're totally all about gadgets for the fairer sex-anything that makes it more socially acceptable to carry around eighteen devices (let alone two or three) is just fine by us. But with some products even we get the distinct feeling of gender condescension.
Dec 16, 2014

SELFIEEEEEEEEEEE RT @engadget: Throwback: Long before selfies, there was GE’s GlamCam

Facebook will auto-enhance your photos, if you use an iPhone — Look, Facebook kind of to be good at this whole photo-filter thing. Like, come on: It owns Instagram, of all things. As it happens, you can already use various filters to tweak your photos from the Facebook app before you upload them to the site. Now, though, Zuckerberg & co.
Dec 16, 2014

Who uploads anything to Facebook using their phone? 'Facebook will auto-enhance your photos, if you use an iPhone’…

'Half-Life 2: Episode One' lands on NVIDIA's Shield tablet, skips handheld — After successfully porting two of Valve's most popular franchises to the NVIDIA Shield, today's news is only natural -- Half-Life 2: Episode One is now available for download on Google Play as a Shield exclusive.

Security flaw lets Delta passengers access other people's boarding passes — If you've been dreaming about tanning on Miami Beach versus visiting your family in Minneapolis this holiday, a security flaw involving Delta Airlines' electronic boarding pass system might just make that a reality. Dani Grant, a product intern at BuzzFeed and founder of Hackers of NY, realized she could share the URL to her boarding pass for anyone to download.
Dec 16, 2014

Oops. RT @engadget: Security flaw lets Delta passengers access other people's boarding passes

Samsung is searching for an answer to Apple Pay — Samsung is edging closer to debuting its own take on wireless payments, according to a report from Recode . Following the launch of Apple Pay earlier this year, Samsung has reportedly been trying to license technology from startup LoopPay to create a competing service.

Sony's hackers threaten people who go see 'The Interview' — The Guardians of Peace (they of the titanic Sony Pictures hack) showed off an almost benevolent side this weekend when it offered to withhold personal employee information should those victims object.
Dec 16, 2014

It gets worse. Sony hackers threaten people who might go to see 'The Interview' in theatres.

T-Mobile will let you bank your unused data come January 2015 — T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier announcement might lack the pomp and circumstance of a big media event, but CEO John Legere's conversation with Yahoo Tech's David Pogue is already proving fruitful.
Dec 16, 2014

Only if you do cosplay. RT @engadget: T-Mobile will let you bank unused data come Jan 2015

'GTA V' is finally getting online heists in early 2015, see them in action right now — It's no secret that four-player online heists are coming to Grand Theft Auto Online , but information on what Rockstar's new co-op missions will entail has remained scarce. Well, thanks to an in-depth interview with IGN and a brand new trailer (embedded below), we're finally getting an idea of what we can expect when the company drops the long-awaited DLC early next year.

Huawei's dual-lens phone lets you get artsy, shoot in the dark — Judging by Huawei's latest smartphone unveiled in Beijing today, it looks like someone has taken a leaf out of HTC's. The Honor 6 Plus -- a follow-up to the reasonably priced Honor 6 -- is all about its dual rear 8-megapixel cameras, which claim to boost the effective pixel size to 1.98 microns for improved sensitivity and thus cleaner images.