The state of solar installers after Trump’s tariff

Two days after President Donald Trump signed hefty tariffs on imported solar panels, a five-man team was hauling slabs of them up the outside of a brownstone in Brooklyn's Sunset Park. In below-freezing January winds, they set up steel tilt racks on... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

August’s smart lock links up with Protect America’s security systems

You'd think that smart door locks and home security systems would regularly work in harmony, but that's not really the case. More likely than not, you'll have to remember to check the lock after the fact. Not so if you have August's Smart Lock Pro... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The Trench Lighter

The trench lighter was a military innovation originally crafted from spent bullet casings and pieces of metal in the early 1900s. Soldiers in the First World War would carry the lighters wherever the fight took… ; ; ; ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe CRKT Raikiri Knife Is a Sword That Fits in Your PocketElon Musk’s Flamethrower Is HereJapanese Katana Letter Openers ; SOURCE: Cool Material - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

AI-powered face swapping has taken a dystopian turn

As if the issues like revenge porn and AI-powered facial recognition searches weren't creepy enough, a Motherboard report reveals yet another unsettling use of technology: "deepfakes." Within a month of locating a Redditor who used machine learning t... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

HTC Vive Pro’s dual cameras can apparently track hand motion

When HTC unveiled its higher-end Vive Pro VR system back at CES, the company was suspiciously quiet about the dual cameras on this VR headset: there were no related demos, and the company reps remained tight-lipped. The smart-ass in me assumed that b... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

CRKT Freyr Axe

We’re all for the attractive design of an axe from Best Made or a similar outfit, but one is so beautiful and pricey that you are almost afraid to use it. The new Freyr Axe… ; ; ; ; ; ; ;Related StoriesAdventure Mate Is a 5-in-1 Hatchet ToolTaylor Stitch Made a Brass Pocket KnifeMorphcooker Is an Electric Campstove ; SOURCE: Cool Material - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Glucose-tracking smart contact lens is comfortable enough to wear

The concept of a smart contact lens has been around for a while. To date, though, they haven't been all that comfortable: they tend to have electronics built into hard substrates that make for a lens which can distort your vision, break down and othe... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Lenovo’s tough, hybrid Chromebooks are built for education

Lenovo has launched a handful of new laptops designed for classrooms, including three new Chromebooks. The new devices were designed to be tough enough to survive students' rough handling and have rubber bumpers, reinforced hinges and mechanically an... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The best digital piano for students

By John Higgins This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full artic... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa app for Android

Amazon added voice commands to its Music and Shopping apps a while back, but if you wanted to use your phone as an Echo-style speaker, you were out of luck. Now, though, an Alexa app update adds support for Alexa voice interaction on your Android pho... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

This chat app only works when your phone battery is low

We spend a lot of time trying to eke out a few more minutes from our smart phones. Apple is offering cheap battery replacements and apologizing for iPhone slowdowns, while Android may update to show you which apps drain your battery the most. It's no... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

‘Science Fair’ shows the challenges teens face in Intel’s competition

Intel's science fairs are pressure cookers: imagine pitting some of the world's brightest students against each other while they're already grappling with teenage anxiety. And now, there's a documentary that illustrates just how rough it can be. Muck... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Google may be bringing its handy Smart Replies to Gboard

Smart Replies may be cold and impersonal, but they've been handy if you've just wanted to acknowledge a work message or answer a simple question. And soon, you might not even have to open the app. The 9to5Google crew has discovered code references su... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

BMW buys a parking app in hopes of tackling urban traffic

Automakers increasingly see parking as the next great frontier, and BMW is no exception. It just bought Parkmobile, which it says is the largest mobile parking services provider in North America. This isn't BMW's first parking initiative, but it pr... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Nokia’s voice assistant is for engineers, not ordering Ubers

Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple are all developing their voice assistants to be the perfect companions for our busy lives, helping us control our smart homes, buy things, summon Ubers, play funky music and find out what show that guy from that fi... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The Chevy Bolt makes green driving fun

I've driven the Chevy Bolt a few times. At CES, briefly in San Francisco, and after a tour of the GM plant where the electric car will be assembled. But all those tests were in pre-production vehicles. Sure, they were working cars, but they weren't q... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

ZeniMax now wants $4 billion from Oculus as case goes to jury

VR pioneer Oculus has been on trial for several weeks now, defending itself against claims it stole crucial code from ZeniMax. But the ultimate judgement is now in the hands of a jury. As reported by Polygon, closing arguments have concluded and the... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The CreekKooler Is a Cooler That Floats Behind Your Boat

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the water and wished you had a bar floating behind you, check out the CreekKooler. Available in red, white, or blue, Kanooler’s CreekKooler is basically a kayak-shaped cooler you can tow behind any boat. Dual wall, blow molded construction and foamed insulation will keep up to a […] ; ; ; ; ; ; ;Related StoriesSOG’s Pen-Shaped Multi-ToolsThe GS1 Knife is Inspired by the Straight RazorGarrett Wade Leather Pocket Knife Tool Roll [Read Entire Story]

Cool Stuff: All Star Wars Edition

Cool Stuff is your geeky holiday shopping guide published all year round. It is true that each edition of Cool Stuff likely includes at least one Star Wars item. Yes, I love the franchise and the selection in these columns are very subjective based on my tastes. But it is also true that Disney liceses the Star Wars brand for a lot of products, so there is just a lot of cool collectibles, toys, books, t-shirts, prints…etc to choose from. But even with featuring Star Wars stuff in each [Read Entire Story]

Ford SmartLink brings WiFi, LTE-connected features to older cars

If you want new car features like the ability to remote start via an app or have a WiFi hotspot onboard without buying a new car, then Ford's new SmartLink is one way to add them. Chrysler has offered WiFi and other features as a part of Uconnect sin... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The cloud and Office keep Microsoft afloat during PC slump

It's been clear for a while that a big part of Microsoft's future is ensconced in the cloud, and its latest (Q2 2017) earnings report just drives that point home. Wall Street types have been paying close attention to the company's Azure cloud service... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Facebook upgrades Privacy Basics with more guides

Facebook isn't exactly a stellar example of a company that values your privacy, but it just made its features' privacy settings much easier to understand. The social network has debuted a redesigned Privacy Basics section, which now works better on m... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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