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Tweet emoji at Google, get directions to nearby tacos
Add emoji to the many languages Google can understand. Starting today, if you tweet an emoji at Google, the company's Twitter account will reply back with a link to a relevant local search result and a celebratory GIF.

This is why 'Destiny' studio Bungie stopped making 'Halo' games
Destiny is a self-contained example of 21st-century video games: It's online, ever changing and beautifully built by a team of practiced veterans. Destiny represents the evolution of Bungie, the studio that created Halo, and it also encapsulates the...

Thieves can use web bots to guess your Visa card details
If you've punched in credit card details while shopping online, you've probably wondered how secure those digits are. According to Newcastle University, the answer is: not very. Its researchers have discovered that thieves are using web bots to gue...

Apple will publish its AI research
Apple isn't exactly known for sharing its research with the world, but it's making a big exception to that rule. Company AI director Russ Salakhutdinov has revealed that Apple will publish its machine learning research. In other words, some of the...

'Pokémon Go' may get 100 new Pokémon this week
Pokémon Go is about to get bigger, according to a handful of Starbucks employee guides that found their way online early this week. The images have not been verified by Niantic, the Pokémon Company or Starbucks, but Reddit sleuths claim...

Google Play adds 4K movies to its catalog
When we reviewed the Chromecast Ultra, one of our biggest gripes was the dearth of 4K content to justify it -- not even Google's own movie store had material to watch. The company is fixing that glaring omission, though. As of now, Google Play Movies...

Trump team wants to meet with Silicon Valley execs next week
The Trump transition team has invited a number of tech industry leaders to New York next week for a roundtable discussion. USA Today reports that Reince Priebus, Trump's chief of staff, Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, and advisor Peter Thiel are e...

'Coloring Book' is the first streaming-only album up for a Grammy
Meghan Trainor announced the nominees for this year's Grammy Awards on Monday night. Beyonce, deservedly, is leading the field with 9 nominations followed closely by Drake, Rhianna and Kanye West who all have 8 apiece. But more surprising is the cate...

Twitch brings video calls to its game communication app
Twitch wants to move beyond live streaming to cover your game communications, and to that end it bought Curse back in August. Just what is it doing with its newly acquired app, though? Well, now we know: Curse is rolling out desktop support for both...

Google expects to run solely on renewable energy in 2017
Google has made it a point to run as much of its business on renewable energy as possible, and it looks like the company is close to reaching its ultimate goal. The internet pioneer now expects that all of its offices and data centers will be relyin...

Samsung's Galaxy S8 may ditch the headphone jack
With Apple, Motorola and others releasing phones without 3.5mm headphone jacks this year, there's been a looming question: will Samsung follow suit? Like it or not, SamMobile sources claim the answer is yes. Reportedly, the Galaxy S8 will rely sole...

Dropbox saves whole folders for offline viewing on mobile
Look, it's not hard to save Dropbox files for offline viewing on mobile. But when you need to make sure you have access to a bevy of documents for work or school wherever you go, the app's latest premium feature sounds like a useful addition. The ser...

Solar beads can make some very cool lamps and flashlights
Conventional solar panels aren't exactly the prettiest objects on the planet, which is why companies like Tesla, SRS Energy and SunTegra have been focusing on blending this technology into roof tiles. As for those who don't have a roof or land to spa...

The Novint Falcon: Haptic joystick turned futuristic sex toy
I'm standing in the studio at Engadget's San Francisco headquarters, holding the remains of a pulverized, cream-filled doughnut. The pastry's sticky, off-white filling clings to the shaft of a bright pink vibrator, taped to the end of a silver, cone-...

'Altered Beast' and 'Streets of Rage' coming to film and TV
Sonic the Hedgehog has apparently opened the floodgates on Sega adaptations. Sega Group's production arm is teaming with Fear the Walking Dead producer Circle of Confusion on adaptations of '80s and '90s classics Altered Beast and Streets of Rage, ac...

Google's mobile app gets a streamlined news feed
Google would love for its flagship, search-focused app to be the first thing anyone tapped after unlocking their smartphone, so the company is making a few changes to the app's front page in order streamline how you get your information. Starting wit...

Supreme Court sides with Samsung over Apple patent penalty
The Supreme Court ruled that Samsung's violation of design patents made by Apple can only involve components, not entire products. This could mean a severely reduced penalty that the Korean company will have to pay... and a rare bit of good news for...

Instagram finally lets users disable comments on posts
In recent months, Instagram has finally stated rolling out tools that let users combat abuse. First, Instagram added the ability to block specific words from your comments, and today it is adding a host of other tools to keep trolls out of your accou...

Zynga back in court over alleged insider trading
Social game developer Zynga is being dragged back into a lawsuit that claims select board members acted unfairly on inside information by selling shares before a stock price tumble in 2012. As Reuters reports, the Delaware Supreme Court is reviving a...

All Sonos owners can now use Spotify to control their speakers
Sonos announced back in August that it would allow Spotify users to control their music through the streaming service's app instead of having to use its own software. The feature rolled out to members of the speaker company's beta trial in early Nove...

ICYMI: A new form of whale communication, found
Today on In Case You Missed It: A new Marine Mammal Science publication found that humpback whales slap the surface of the water to communicate with one another, although what they're actually saying is still a mystery. Meanwhile MIT's CSAIL lab...

Google WiFi review: A hassle-free router comes at a price
Google's not new to the hardware game, but with its "Made by" range, the company is making a concerted effort to marry its smart software with the gear we run it on. We've already tried the Pixel phones, Daydream View VR headset, Chromecast Ultra and...

Mint adds payment tracking so you'll never pay a late fee again
Missing even one bill payment can have serious repercussions for your credit. Not only does doing so ding your score, it can also invoke penalty and overdraft fees, as well as boost the interest rates on your account. In fact, Americans on the whole...

UK vinyl sales made more money than music downloads last week
Digital music might be the future, but legacy formats like vinyl aren't going away any time soon. New figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) have shown that more money was spent on vinyl records than digital music downloads in the...

Contact lens-based tech could lead to better EV power source
A team of scientists from the UK have developed a material made of polymers that could become the answer to humanity's battery woes. It could apparently lead to supercapacitors -- battery alternatives that can charge really quickly -- up to 10,000 ti...

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Inhumans Has a Showrunner, and It's Good News for Marvel TV Fans

The news of Marvel TV doing an Inhumans TV show was very exciting for fans of that universe. Now, Marvel TV fans of all kinds have reason to be excited about it.

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Snuggie Goes to War With Amazon Over Counterfeit Blankets

Allstar Marketing Group—makers of the Snuggie (you know, the blanket with sleeves!)—is suing Amazon over trademark infringement because of all the Snuggie counterfeits that litter the online marketplace.

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This Discounted Dremel Comes With a Soldering Torch and Engraving Tool

You might not need to use a Dremel all that often, but it’s one of those things everyone should keep in their tool box, if only for sanding wood and carving jack-o-lanterns. Today on Amazon, you can score the the Dremel 2290 3-tool craft kit to an all-time low $59 (from about $75-$80).

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Antarctic Crack Threatens Scientific Research Station

The British Antarctic Survey has a problem in the form of an enormous crack in the East Antarctic ice sheet. Dormant for about 35 years, The Crack began to grow in 2012. Today, it threatens to cleave off the entire ice shelf supporting the Halley VI research station. And so, Halley VI is being towed out of harm’s way.

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Google's New Emoji Tweet Experiment Won't Give Me Porn

Today, Google launched a fun little Twitter experiment that spits back search results in response to emojis. Naturally, I decided to throw some sex stuff at it.

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Here Are Some Joyously Random Facts About Half the Countries in the World

If you’re a map nerd or a history buff or someone who likes to travel or just a person who enjoys learning new things, the latest video from Wendover Productions is an absolute delight to watch. It’s a quick tour of all the countries in the world (this is the first part, so exactly half the countries show up) filled…

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I Want a Jet Engine Ceiling Fan Hanging in My Bedroom

Global warming promises to make the summers more and more unbearable. Instead of precariously balancing an air conditioner in your window, imagine how cool you’d be standing underneath a jet engine ceiling fan.

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What Westworld Needs to Do in Season Two

We’re in for a fairly long wait between now and season two of Westworld, since it’s been confirmed that we won’t be returning to the park and its hosts until 2018. That means that viewers can spend more than a year trying to figure out what we’d like answers to, what we need to see, and what problems from season one…

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Walt Disney World Turned Epcot's Spaceship Earth Into the Death Star

Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and everything Star Wars, the company’s theme parks are slowly becoming giant advertisements for the upcoming films. Which is totally cool with us if it means awesome publicity stunts like turning Epcot’s giant spherical Spaceship Earth into the Death Star—complete with a working…

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This Adorable Robot Can Do Parkour Way Better Than You

Meet Salto, a UC Berkeley-designed robot that, like a parkour athlete, can string together consecutive vertical jumps. Its developers hope to use the robot in search-and-rescue missions, where it can dart around quickly across complex landscapes.

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Cold Brew Coffee Can Also Be Served Hot, and Takeya's Popular Steeper Is Just $18 Today

Cold brew coffee might not sound appealing in the winter, but that’s only if you conflate it with iced coffee, which is not the same thing. Cold brew is just a steeping process that results in less acidity, among other benefits, and you can enjoy it hot or cold all year ‘round. If you want to give it a shot, the…

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The Untold Story of Napoleon Hill, the Greatest Self-Help Scammer of All Time

Napoleon Hill is the most famous conman you’ve probably never heard of. Born into poverty in rural Virginia at the end of the 19th century, Hill went on to write one of the most successful self-help books of the 20th century: Think and Grow Rich. In fact, he helped invent the genre. But it’s the untold story of Hill’s…

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RIP Peter Vaughan, Game of Thrones' Aemon Targaryen

Peter Vaughan, known to many for his role as Maester Aemon in the first five seasons of Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 93.

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A Few Things I Have Learned About Going Outside In North Dakota In Winter

On Sunday, I arrived in North Dakota and headed to Oceti Sakowin, one of the main camps where Native water protectors are peacefully blocking the planned path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. I did some interviews. The photographer accompanying me took photos. It was icy cold and very dark and once or twice I fell down…

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7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

We live in an age of fakes. But it seems that all those fake stories and photos that we see swirling around the internet are somehow getting even worse. Did you hear about the guy who brought a gun to a DC pizza shop because of a conspiracy theory he read online? Yes, the internet’s fakes bleed into the “real world”…

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Which Emotions Are the Most Contagious?

Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology, and humanity’s future. Today, we’re wondering which emotions are the most communicable, for humans and for other animals.

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Samsung Catches a Break for Once

Back in 2011, Apple called Samsung a bunch of no-good, phone-stealing copycats (legally speaking,) demanding nearly $1 billion. Fast forward five years and the South Korean electronics giant that’s now best known for producing pocket-sized explosives got what appears to be a lucky break from the highest court in the…

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This Rogue One Mystery May Have a Very Cool Solution

Ever since we first saw footage from Rogue One, we’ve wondered about that one mysterious shot of a kneeling hooded figure in front of a mysterious, foggy tube. Who’s the figure? What’s inside the tube? Well, a seemingly innocuous featurette for the movie might have provided the answer.

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Today's Best Deals: Computing Gear, Hammocks, Your Favorite USB Car Charger, and More

A huge Amazon computer component sale, your favorite car charger, and a highly rated hammock lead off Tuesday’s best deals.

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Grass Printer Turns Your Overgrown Lawn Into Art

Mowing the lawn ranks among the least enjoyable chores for a homeowner. But you can appease the neighbors who won’t stop complaining about your unkempt yard with this Grassffiti machine that grooms different designs into the surface of your lawn.

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New Hotline Lets You Pay $3/Minute To Talk To Game Developers

If you have ever wanted to pay $3/minute to talk to game developers on the phone—and who hasn’t?—today is your lucky day, thanks to the launch of Callvention, a wild new website that will no doubt be used by many people.

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Everything We Learned on the Explosion-Filled Set of Transformers: The Last Knight

All the stories you’ve heard about a Michael Bay film set are true. It’s fast, loud, intense and frankly, it’s kind of amazing. Six cameras shoot simultaneously, ranging from 2D to IMAX 3D. Dozens of real Navy SEALS pour out of a crashed ship. Hundreds of live rounds are being fired. Several massive explosions go off.…

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Watch Emma Watson Get Trapped by Silicon Valley's Claws in The Circle

The new trailer for The Circle just dropped, and boy, the kings of Silicon Valley are not going to be pleased.

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This Tiny Gaming Console Can Play Retro Games From 28 Different Systems

Aside from the pointlessly short controller cables, the only other complaint we have with Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is that it only comes with 30 classic games. There are so many classic consoles and retro titles to choose from, which is why the RetroEngine Sigma might be a better alternative since it promises to…

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