Tuesday, February 16, 2016

IT News Head Lines (Engadget) 17/02/2016





Sony's new smartphone camera sensor is smaller and cheaper
At this point, Sony's more famous for the components that it makes for other people's devices than their own phones. It's certainly the case for its image sensors, which are now used by Apple, Huawei and, if the rumors are to be believed, Samsung. Ju...

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'Mass Effect: Andromeda' lead writer joins Bungie
Not long after the departure of writer David Gaider, another scribe from Canadian developer BioWare has left the company. This time it's the lead writer from the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, Chris Schlerf. The announcement comes by way of Schlerf...

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BBC Three is now an online-only channel
For sentimentality's sake, we hope you indulged in your pre-bed ritual of catching a cheeky episode of American Dad! on BBC Three last night -- because as of the early hours of this morning, it ceased to exist as a broadcast channel. For the next few...

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Army blimp went on a rampage due to lack of batteries
The Pentagon is done looking into what caused the Army's JLENS blimp to drift away and demolish power lines in its path in 2015. While investigators refused to make the full report public, Los Angeles Times has seen the overview and summary they prov...

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Leaked teaser video shows off waterproof Galaxy S7, S7 Edge
Samsung isn't officially showing off its next flagship phone until the 21st, there's already a video of it available on a company YouTube channel. Imploring us to get ready for #TheNextGalaxy, the video shows off what we're guessing are the Galaxy S7...

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LG brings a smarter pen experience to the Stylus 2
LG's promised trickle of details leading up to the G5's debut is in full force, but it's also teasing out at least one other model. Like last year, the outfit is selling a stylus-equipped phablet, the LG Stylus 2. Here's to hoping that the Korean tec...

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BMW iPerformance plug-in hybrids coming in July
BMW obviously has a long-term plug-in vehicle plan. Like megacity long. First hinted at in 2008 and finally announced in 2009, the Bavarian's EV march has gone through the MINI E, the ActiveE, and then the i3 and i8. There's got to be a detailed time...

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Johns Hopkins grows tiny brains in petri dishes for lab testing
Most new drugs tested on mice don't work on humans, because we're "not 150-pound rats," says Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School's Dr. Thomas Hartung. He and his team believe the "mini-brains" they've designed and grown in the lab are better test subject...

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Bop It! 2016 is more complicated than you remember
If the return of The X-Files and Full House to TV wasn't enough of an indication that pop culture has a thing for the Clinton years right now, then maybe news that Bop It is coming back will change that. But unlike the model of yore that only demande...

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Researchers want to use wasps to improve UAV flight plans
After spending the past decade studying ground-nesting wasps a team of researchers from the Australian National University believe that they've unlocked the secret to the insects' uncanny homing abilities -- one they hope can be applied to future UAV...

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What's on your HDTV: 'Street Fighter 5,' 'Better Call Saul'
It's back! We could be talking about Street Fighter 5 or Better Call Saul and it still works. Somehow The Grammys tonight is being pushed back by those two debuts, while Hulu is already streaming the series premiere of 11.22.63. Of course, if you pre...

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Monopoly money is no more in the new Ultimate Banking edition
Hasbro has released a new edition of Monopoly called Ultimate Banking, that should help keep familial infighting to a minimum. Instead of paper money, which can easily be laundered or stolen when you aren't looking, this new edition uses debit cards....

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UK pilot union wants laser pens classified as offensive weapons
Following an incident on Sunday in which a New York-bound Virgin Atlantic flight out of Heathrow had to be diverted when the first officer was blinded by a laser beam, the British Airline Pilots Association has called for the devices to be reclassifi...

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Radio Flyer's Tesla Model S for kids hits the sidewalk in May
Thanks to Radio Flyer, your kid can have their very own Tesla Model S this spring. The toymaker teamed up with Elon Musk & Co. to create a version of the all-electric sedan for younger drivers. The Tesla Model S for Kids (catchy name, for sure) r...

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BioLite's latest gear includes a stove, lamp and a pair of solar panels
The smell of burning wood from pot belly stoves and fireplaces is noticeable in some Brooklyn neighborhoods during the winter, but down underneath the Manhattan Bridge overpass at BioLite headquarters it's business as usual. The company's been hard a...

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Barbie's new Dreamhouse goes full IoT with voice commands
Last year, Mattel debuted its WiFi-enabled Hello Barbie to make playtime a bit more interactive. A connected doll needs an internet-friendly home, too. At this year's Toy Fair, the company is showing off just that. The Barbie Hello Dreamhouse gives t...

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Mattel's new ThingMaker is a $300 3D printer for toys
We've been waiting years for 3D printing to finally be simple enough for mainstream consumers -- and now, it looks like Mattel might be the first company to make that happen. At NYC's Toy Fair this weekend, Mattel unveiled ThingMaker, a revival of it...

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Hackers hold Hollywood hospital's systems for ransom
A Hollywood hospital is having to rely on pencil and paper after a ransomware attack. For more than a week, the computer systems at Hollywood Presbyterian Memorial Medical Center have been down at the hands of hackers. In addition to having to keep r...

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Like being followed around all day? There's an app for that
If you like the feeling of being watched while you go about your daily routine, there's an NYC-based artist who will coordinate that for you. With the appropriately-named Follower project, you can apply to have someone keep tabs on your for an entire...

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Comcast outage hits cable and internet service across the U.S.
Comcast customers woke up to a major service outage across the country this morning, with some users reporting issues tuning into service channels, as well as internet troubles. In a statement, Comcast acknowledged the problems, and later noted in th...

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The magical 'Harry Potter' location clock exists in DIY form
There's a fine line between magic and science, and Redditor tbornottb3 has created a beautiful example of this idea with the "Harry Potter-inspired Family Clock." It's a digital version of the Weasley family's fictional magical location device, which...

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Which gaming headsets are worth buying?
We may call them "video games," but audio plays a big part in the experience too. Good music and sound effects can set the mood, immerse us in the story and alert us to impending danger. But all of this could easily be hampered by crappy speakers or...

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Doctors will use 3D modeling ahead of your next sinus surgery
Given the sinus' close proximity to your eyes and brain -- not to mention the area's super-sensitive nature -- the single slip of a surgeon's scalpel can have debilitating and permanent repercussions. That's why researchers at the Ohio State Universi...

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'Hitman Go' lands on PS4, Vita and PC next week
Hitman Go is an incredible mobile title that launched in 2014 and spawned a new line of subtle strategy games from developer Square Enix Montreal, including Lara Croft Go. Now, the Hitman Go: Definitive Edition is heading to PlayStation 4, Vita and P...

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AT&T matches Verizon's $650 offer to swap carriers
AT&T has announced that it'll hand you up to $650 in credit should you choose to switch from another mobile carrier. If you're prepared to jump through the various hurdles, you'll be entitled to a pre-paid gift card equal to the value of your ETF...

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