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Montana politician shoots at the sky in the first drone attack ad

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:47

Lawmakers in 43 states have proposed regulations on how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can operate, and nine states have passed bills. While there's bipartisan support for these rules, and the drone has come to stand for overreaching government surveillance across the political spectrum, it's become particularly symbolic for libertarians and conservatives in wide-open states like Colorado, Montana, and North Dakota, where a man was arrested with help from a Predator drone in 2012. A recent (and very effective) ad from Republican Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale, currently a Montana state senator, perfectly captures the rhetoric around them. "This is how I look from a government drone," says Rosendale over aerial footage with a "drone" user interface.

The Engadget Podcast is live at 12PM ET!

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:30

After last week's Very Special Episode, we've grabbed a Hair of the Dog (or two...or three), a bit of rest, and we're back for a regular ol' episode of The Engadget Podcast. We're discussing a ...

Elite soldiers will soon ride into battle on stealthy hybrid motorcycles

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:27

The US' special operations forces frequently can't rely on conventional ground transportation for their covert ops -- a loud engine is guaranteed to blow their cover. To tackle this problem, DARPA has just awarded Logos Technologies a contract to build a stealthy hybrid motorcycle for the military. The design modifies BRD's all-electric RedShift MX (pictured here) with a quiet hybrid power system that can run on multiple fuel types.

Here are 10 hidden Galaxy S5 features you should check out right now

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:25

Unlike in previous years, Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014 rather than hosting its own event later in spring. And unlike in previous years, the company only highlighted certain new features of the handset during the event – probably the fresh partnership with Google played a role in that – instead of showing all the new software tricks it has devised for the new flagship. However, in a post on its blog, the company highlighted 10 hidden features Galaxy S5 buyers should be aware of. While it doesn’t come with a stylus, the Galaxy S5 supports pencil input, allowing users to write on it with a pencil. To enable the feature, users will have to go to Display settings and

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:07

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. For ATAP and Google, the goal is to build a device that will make the smartphone accessible to the billions of people who can't afford iPhones and Galaxy S5s. There are huge obstacles everywhere you look, and ATAP is working on an incredibly fast timeline to turn Ara into a product people can buy — there's barely a year left to make it real.

Leaked pic seemingly shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:59

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 in early June, but meanwhile plenty of reports have detailed some of the features it will have to offer, with various alleged image leaks showing what the new operating system would look like on a bigger iPhone 6 display. But iOS 8 will be compatible with older devices as well, and PhoneArena has obtained an image that shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s. While it’s not clear whether the image is genuine, or how the leaker obtained a copy of iOS 8, other sites have reported steady iOS 8 sightings in website analytics, suggesting that Apple is already testing iOS 8 ahead of WWDC. In addition to old default iOS

iPhone 6 Render Points to Edge-to-Edge Display

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:45

One of the first purported iPhone 6 cases recently entered the wild, and rumor mongers have wasted no time filling in the blanks. Based on the leaked case's shape and some other rumored schematics, French website hired designer Martin Hajek to create a rendering of what Apple's next iPhone could look like. Hajek's concept drawing shows a more larger home screen than what we see on the iPhone 5s, which is made possible by the iPhone 6's rumored bezel-less design.

Oculus Rift helps terminally ill woman take one last stroll in the sun

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:43

A terminally ill woman has reminded us of the limitless potential for devices like the Oculus Rift beyond just gaming and entertainment. After Roberta Firstenberg's cancer treatments failed last year, she was told she had just a few months to live. That prompted her game artist granddaughter Priscilla ("Pri") to send a moving note to the Oculus Rift support team, who quickly decided to send a dev unit.

Leaked pics may give us our first glimpse at the next-gen iPad Air

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:35

The flood gates have apparently opened in April as Apple device leaks have begun to hit the Internet at an alarming pace. From blueprints to cases to components, we’ve seen enough purported information about the iPhone 6 to build our own, but other than an analyst report on the next iPad’s release date, Apple’s next tablet has remained relatively well hidden. looks to fix that with the most promising next-gen iPad leaks yet — two photos showing off what might be the front of the iPad Air 2, complete with an integrated display. The current iPad architecture separates the display and the panel, but with an integrated display, the next iPad Air could be even thinner than its predecessor. With

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:19

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police confirmed Thursday an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

Samsung's Milk Music will soon cost $4 per month to listen ad-free

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:11

You know what they say about all good things in life. Samsung has been offering an ad-free version of its Milk Music service for no charge since launch, but the company has posted a new infographic revealing that Americans will soon have to pay $4 per month for a Premium tier to escape marketers. You'll also get some "exclusive features" as a bonus, although it's not clear just what they'll entail.

One fifth of China's farmlands are polluted, government says

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:06

Nearly one fifth of China's farmland contains pollutants such as cadmium, nickel, and arsenic, reports the Associated Press. The news is outlined in a multi-year soil survey released this week by China's Environment Protection Ministry and its Land and Resources Ministry. The survey, started in 2005, found that 19.4 percent of China's agricultural land is contaminated with heavy metals and other pollutants. The results also indicate that China has an overall soil contamination level of 16.1 percent.

Google kicks off Chromecast offers program with £5 of free Play credit

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:05

With Google's Chromecast streaming dongle now fully settled in the UK, the great provider (of search results) has kicked off a promotional program rewarding new and old customers alike. You'll find the offer highlighted in the Play store, where (browser) window shoppers are being tempted with "£4.99 credit towards a movie rental." The truth is, however, that you can spend your free fiver on anything available on Play, like music, books or Android apps.

New trailers: ‘The Rover,’ ‘The Green Inferno,’ ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ and ‘Jersey Boys’

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:00

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in this thriller that takes place a decade after society as we know it has fallen apart. Directed by David Michôd, the film will screen at the Cannes Film Festival before coming to the US this summer. The films of Eli Roth are nothing if not controversial, and his latest project seems destined to continue that tradition. The Green Inferno takes a page from divisive ‘70s horror films like Cannibal Holocaust, telling the story of a group of well-intentioned college students who travel to the jungle only to find themselves attacked by the very people they were trying to help.

Stem cells cloned from human adults may lead to patient-specific medical treatment

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:58

A team of scientists have used cloning methods to produce stem cells from the skin cells of adult patients. The DNA was then fused with human eggs donated by four adult women. This marks only the second time human stem cells have been cloned, and the first time cells from an adult have been successfully copied. The scientists involved in the new study, based in Los Angeles and South Korea, showed that the cells they harvested could develop into any of the major tissues found in a human embryo, giving them the "potential for applications in a range of therapeutic contexts." Therapeutic cloning describes the concept of using a subject's DNA to create stem cells tailored for their own body, cells that could then be used to cure diseases or repair tissues in the original donor.

Ex-Apple CEO Sculley admits the very obvious: Forcing Jobs out was a mistake

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:45

It’s safe to say that former Apple CEO John Sculley has some regrets in his career. In an interview with The Times of India, Sculley admits that ousting Apple cofounder Steve Jobs as CEO way back in 1985 was “a mistake” that cost the company dearly and set it on the path toward near-oblivion. However, Sculley says that the decision was much more justifiable at the time it was made because Jobs’ always-difficult personality was even tougher to rein in during his younger years. “I think, in hindsight, for the founder to leave was a mistake and I was a part of that,” Sculley tells The Times of India. “But, Steve in 1985 was not the same as the Steve

Beyond Network Feudalism

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:45

The Internet that appears distributed is fundamentally centralized. Right now there are key players that sit atop the largest networks reaping all the financial rewards.

NASA just crashed a satellite into the moon on purpose

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:45

You might remember NASA's LADEE as the satellite where the administration tested a new broadband-fast laser communication system for sending data back to Earth. Now, however, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is no more, since NASA just crashed the craft into the surface of the Moon. Unfortunately, the vehicle didn't have the power to maintain its orbit, so the bods in Florida decided to send the hardware on a one-way trip.

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:10

Google may be working on a new kind of Nexus device that could be even more affordable than its predecessors, a new report from Asia says. However, the device won’t be a high-end model like the others, but rather an entry- to mid-range device that would sell for under $100, thus being significantly more affordable than any previous Nexus handsets. The device will reportedly pack an unspecified MediaTek processor, with Google is said to already be working on with the Taiwanese chipmaker for this particular device. However, no other details have been mentioned about such a Google Nexus initiative. It’s unclear what handset maker would actually build such an ultra-affordable Nexus handset. Google is also rumored to launch a bigger high-end 8.9-inch Nexus tablet

Engadget Eurocast 060 - 4.18.14

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:02

Matt's been steeped in old timey video over the past few days and it seems to have affected Dan's state of mind and podcast introduction. Once the anachronistic antics subside, the lads dig into the plausibility and potential for Google's Project Ara, a modular smartphone design that still has yet to prove its salt in the real world. On the mobile software side of things, BBC's iPlayer has finally embraced Android wholeheartedly and also wants to get viewers into a binging mood.