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iPhone 7 may keep the headphone jack and support dual SIMs

One of the most intriguing rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 is that it'll ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning users will have to get audio output via Lightning or Bluetooth. But according to a leakster, this may no longer be the case. Show More Summary

ICYMI: NASA is studying how fire acts in space

Today on In Case You Missed It: NASA is studying how fire acts in space to guard against a potential outbreak in an environment as fragile as the International Space Station. A baby monitor for people with money to burn might interest...Show More Summary

Public is an app that opens your group chats to an audience

A couple of months ago, former Twitter exec Michael Sippey unveiled Talk Show, an app that let you broadcast your text conversations in public. Now there's yet another app in town that does something very similar. It's called Public,...Show More Summary

Google offers even more money for Android bugs

Since launching its Android Security Rewards program last year, Google has paid out more than $550,000 to 82 people for their discoveries of security flaws in the company's mobile operating system. Now, the tech giant is offering between 33 percent and 50 percent more money for reports filed after June 1st, 2016. Source: Google

Windows 10 preview makes it easier to do a fresh install

Windows 10 Insiders are greedy but brave souls who want the latest software toys and are willing to take some risks to get them. The latest preview build (14367) gives them a "get out of jail free" card, however, with a new tool called...Show More Summary

Shazam's background listening feature comes to Android

Shazam can build you a Spotify playlist, help you discover new tunes and identify magazines, but song recognition is still at the heart of the app. Even with this core feature getting faster and quicker to start up, sometimes it can still be a race to ask for Shazam's ear before the DJ drops the next track. Show More Summary

Disney app will narrate 'Finding Dory' for blind theatergoers

Disney's Movies Anywhere app caters mostly to viewers at home, but it has now become especially useful to visually impaired Nemo fans who want to enjoy its sequel in the theaters. The House of Mouse has updated the iOS app to listenShow More Summary

Google's GIF-searching Gboard app is now available in the UK

Although Google often includes the UK in launch plans for a new product, its new web-searching and GIF-finding Gboard extension wasn't one of them. But now that the app has been out for roughly a month, Google has had more enough time to get it ready for the British public. Show More Summary

Google lists Android Pay promotions in one page

Google has made it simpler to keep track of all available Android Pay discounts: The big G has launched a promotions page for the service, similar to the one for Chromecast. It details all the promos you can take advantage of for the current crop of Android Pay-compatible apps. Show More Summary

Microsoft's new acquisition can enhance Cortana's chat bots

Looks like Microsoft has been on a shopping spree. Hot on the heels of its massive LinkedIn purchase, the company announced that it's acquired three-year-old messaging-app maker Wand Labs. In a statement, Microsoft said that the acquisition...Show More Summary

Bluetooth 5: Quadruple the range, double the speed

Bluetooth is so ubiquitous, it's easy to forget it's still an evolving technology. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) defines the standard, and late last year teased what's coming in the next major version change since 2009.Show More Summary

Engadget giveaway: Win a Samurai Kiwami smartphone courtesy of Freetel!

The Japanese smartphone brand Freetel has finally arrived in the US and leading its stable of handsets is the Samurai Kiwami flagship. This Android phone features a six-inch, 2,560 x 1,440-pixel display, a rear placement fingerprint sensor and a whopping 21-megapixel rear camera. Show More Summary

Facebook makes it easier to start a conversation in Messenger

After adding SMS messages to the Android version of the app earlier this week, Facebook tweaked its Messenger UI to get you sending messages faster. Underneath the list of recent messages, you'll now see a collection of your favorite contacts so you can get chatting quickly. Show More Summary

FreedomPop's apps put free minutes and texts on any device

FreedomPop's basic SIM-only service offers 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data each month absolutely free. While that's technically true, FreedomPop effectively relies on data alone, with calling and messaging handled through a standalone app, not your smartphone's native dialer. Show More Summary

ICYMI: Rock-like smartphone, stomach tap and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: The FDA has just approved a device for obese people that is first surgically inserted into the stomach, then used like a tap after meals to drain up to a third of the food inside. The Runcible 'anti-smartphone' is going up for sale for $300, designed to not make a single noise except to notify you of incoming calls. Show More Summary

'1979 Revolution' arrives on iOS following Iranian ban

Shortly after its release in Iran, the country's government banned the sale of 1979 Revolution, a game that allows players to witness the unrest as a photojournalist. Created by former Rockstar Games developer Navid Khonsari, the title combines video games and documentary filmmaker for a first-hand look at the events in Tehran in the late 1970s. Show More Summary

Chinese firm claims Apple copied its design for iPhone 6

It's tough for foreign companies to do business in China, so much that even Apple is having a hard time. After the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store ban back in April, the previous generation of iPhones have recently been accused of infringing the design patent of some random Chinese company's "100C" smartphone under the "100+" brand. Show More Summary

Meerkat team reportedly behind 'Houseparty' app

Now that Facebook and Twitter have live streaming locked down, Meerkat is done with it. As it promised, the company has now pirouetted to the next trend -- group video chat. According to Recode, the company behind it has quietly launched Houseparty, a relatively simple app that lets you host video calls with friends. Show More Summary

Samsung's 'Smart Glow' reinvents the notification LED

One of the perks of owning an Android phone is that manufacturers often include a notification LED that tells you when you have missed calls, tweets or text messages that need a response. Samsung has installed them in its mobile devices...Show More Summary

Pinterest nabs Fleksy's team to improve its digital scrapbook

When it launched in July 2012 as an app designed to help blind users type via muscle memory, Fleksy was one of the first apps to bring extended typing features to iOS. Today, Fleksy announced it has been acquired by Pinterest for an undisclosed amount and will be open-sourcing some of it's accessibility features for the blind and visually impaired.

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