Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

Confirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung’s continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple’s lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if…

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Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer

How do you fight cord-cutters? Offer an internet streaming service with all of cable TV’s best content. It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it could be happening: the distribution deal that settled Disney and Dish’s ad-skipping dispute also gave…

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Daily Roundup: Xperia Z2 Tablet review, Amazon’s phone and more!

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all…

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Rockabillly space-skeleton DJ backpack

This is a pretty perfect dads-and-grads season item: a backpack featuring: a) a skeleton with; b) sideburns and a quiff, wearing; c) a spacesuit, standing on d) the moon, while e) working a set of turntables.

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Sony’s found the perfect use for its $1,100 Digital Paper: HR forms

In case you were wondering who would splurge for Sony’s $1,100 Digital Paper, it looks like the company has found another suitor: movie and television studios’ HR departments. Sony has already targeted lawyers with the 13.3-inch E Ink Mobius-toting…

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Nest Learning Thermostat now available on Google Play

With a $3.2 billion hole to fill, Google’s opened up yet another avenue for you to acquire Nest. The company’s smart thermostat can now be had via Google Play, available for the standard retail price of $249. The Protect smoke detector is currently…

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Withings Pulse O2 monitors blood oxygen levels for climbers, asthmatics

Withings released its Pulse tracker late last summer, and now the outfit has announced it’s successor: the Pulse O2. Just like that first fitness gadget, the new model keeps tabs on heart rate, sleep and activity (steps, distance, elevation and…

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Living in an 84-square foot house

Dee Williams was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was 41. Faced with her mortality, she radically changed her life.

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New book of contemporary psychedelic art

Our friends at Juxtapoz released a new survey of contemporary psychedelic art featuring the likes of Andy Gilmore, Jetter Green, Mark Whalen, Pearl C Hsiung, and Hannah Stouffer.

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AT&T wants to power the next big video streaming service

AT&T has a new way to take on TV-threatening internet video services like Netflix: it’s going to offer a few services of its own. The telecom is teaming up with the Chernin Group — previously a bidder in the Hulu sweepstakes — to start a venture…

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Dreamlike photos of miniature street scenes

Photographer Andy Rudak and model maker Luke san de Wiel created incredible (and unusual) street scenes in miniature that became the the subjects of gorgeous images.

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University wants you to capture the ‘soundscapes’ of Earth

Remember when Ridley Scott asked people to record videos to be compiled into the Life in a Day movie? Bryan Pijanowski, Purdue University’s Soundscape ecologist, wants to repeat the task today, but with audio rather than video. He’s developed the…

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Listen to ‘Space Project’ make music from Voyager spacecraft recordings

Portland-based Lefse Records has released Space Project , a compilation of songs that use recordings from the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes. The album, which entered stores on April 19th, features tracks from 14 different artists including Porcelain Raft, The Antlers, Youth Lagoon, Blues Control and British space rock band Spiritualized. The recordings from the space probes are actually of electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of various celestial bodies, according to Lefse Records. The astronomical objects featured in the album are differentiated by their elemental composition, mass and size, thereby producing the unique sounds used in the tracks. All seven pairs of songs, each tied to a different heavenly body,..

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Government approval of powdered alcohol labels was a mistake

“Palcohol,” a company that  made headlines recently for its plans to sell powdered alcohol in the US, has hit regulatory issues. After receiving label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the company has seen that endorsement revoked.  According to the Associated Press , citing a TTB representative, the approvals were issued in error. It’s not clear how or why the accidental approval occurred, but it was apparently revoked yesterday evening. The Palcohol company says it mutually agreed to surrender the approved labels to the TTB due to a discrepancy with the amount of powder contained within each bag or sachet. It also cautions that “this doesn’t mean that Palcohol isn’t approved.

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‘Sleep startup’ Casper dreams of overturning the mattress racket

“Buying a mattress is one of the worst consumer experiences in the world,” says Philip Krim. Yet, few startups have really tried to improve it — perhaps because the mattress business isn’t exactly the sexiest industry around. Buying a mattress will never be like buying an iPhone. The archetypal smarmy mattress store salesman is nothing like an Apple Store Genius

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​Apple extends free recycling to all used products – and you might get a gift card

Reiterating what the Apple CEO said at last month’s shareholder meeting, Tim Cook still wants to “leave the world better than we found it”, and nows he’s trying harder to deliver on that. Starting today, all of the company’s stores will accept any…

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Reddit’s tech community just got scolded, is no longer front page news

Thousands of self-managed forums make up Reddit’s sizable corner of the internet, but only a few dozen bear the coveted “default” status that places them on every new user’s list of subscribed communities. Now, there’s one fewer. A dramatic saga of…

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Scientists get much closer to cloning human embryos from adult stem cells

It’s relatively easy to clone embryos from the adult stem cells of simpler animals like sheep, but humans have proved challenging. Even an attempt last year only used baby cells. The process just took a gigantic step forward, though, as scientists…

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Must See HDTV for the week of April 21st: Archer, 30 for 30 and Parks & Rec

For this week’s listings, we’re switching thing up a bit, with a deeper look at some of the highlight. Check after the break to see what we think is especially worth watching this week, and drop in the comments the comments if you see any highlights…

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Watch as an Oculus Rift takes itself apart

If you’ve been following the virtual reality scene in the past year, you probably already know that the Oculus Rift raised almost $2.5 million on Kickstarter. You probably also know that its 100-degree field of view is three times that of a…

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Leonardo DiCaprio might play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

The director and lead actor of the  Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic are still up in the air, and another pair of big names are now reportedly being eyed for the roles: Leonardo DiCaprio and Slumdog Millionaire- director Danny Boyle.  The Hollywood Reporter says that Sony Pictures is now in talks to sign Boyle, who has already approached DiCaprio about the possibility of starring as Jobs. The Social Network director David Fincher had  previously been in talks to direct with Christian Bale starring, but Sony is  reportedly replacing him over high pay requests . The combination of Boyle and DiCaprio would also be likely to make the film appeal to a far broader audience than the pairing of Fincher and Bale might. Though Boyle and… Continue reading…

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BLU’s latest smartphone is big, cheap and contract-free

When it comes to offering a vast selection of Android smartphones on the cheap, BLU Products is a company that quickly comes to mind. And now we can add another one to its budget-friendly lineup: the Blu Studio 6.0 HD. As its moniker would imply,…

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AT&T hopes to fight Google Fiber with gigabit internet in more cities

AT&T isn’t letting Google Fiber’s expansion plans go unanswered. The telecom giant has announced that it’s looking at bringing its GigaPower internet service to as many as 21 additional big cities and their nearby municipalities. There’s some…

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Nest’s Learning Thermostat may be headed to Google Play

Since you can buy pretty much nearly every Google device — that’s all the Nexus gadgets, the Google Edition phones, the Chromecast and all those Chromebooks — on Google Play, it only makes sense that a product from Nest, the search giant’s latest…

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Twitter blocks three whistleblower accounts in Turkey

Today, Twitter  instituted countrywide blocks in Turkey on three accounts, which Turkish courts  had ruled were in violation of the country’s laws. The three accounts (two of which used the same “Haramzadeler” monkier) played a major role in leaking incriminating details about government corruption. In March, the struggle over those accounts led to a wholesale crackdown on Twitter , which was later lifted. Now, the government has settled for simply blocking the accounts for Twitter users registered as Turkish. On its public policy account, Twitter was quick to emphasize that it complies with all court orders from local governments, and that all the private user data for the accounts was still protected

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