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Google's mobile app gets more detailed weather info on Android

You can now get more detailed info about the weather from Google's standalone Android app. In an effort to help people better prepare, the search giant has revamped its interface with new climate-related tidbits that'll be useful for everyone. Show More Summary

Use your Apple Pencil to draw all over Microsoft Office apps

Microsoft has rolled out support for the Apple Pencil in its iOS version of Office, allowing iPad Pro users to scribble to their heart's content across spreadsheets, documents and presentations. This month's Office updates include aShow More Summary

'Exploding Kittens' comes to iOS with local multiplayer

The Exploding Kittens card game became an overnight sensation thanks to Kickstarter, and now it's on your smartphone. Available on iOS now, and Android "soon," the multiplayer-only game has you doing everything in your power to avoid the titular exploding kittens and be the last person standing. Show More Summary

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay comes to Android and more UK stores

If there's anything Brits enjoy more than an orderly queue, it's skipping one. That's what the Mobile Order & Pay feature in Starbucks' mobile app is all about, allowing you to skip straight to the in-store collection point, much to the frustration of more patient patrons. Show More Summary

Apple to open its first European app training center in Italy

In its bid to keep the App Store full of interesting and profitable apps, Apple has announced it's opening its first iOS Developer Center in Naples, Italy. The center will operate as a formal training school, allowing developers from across the continent to learn what Apple believes are the best tools to success on its marketplace. Show More Summary

Facebook wants Sports Stadium to host your big game chatter

Just in time for Super Bowl 50, Facebook is launching a new feature aimed squarely at sports fans called Sports Stadium. While most of us are already watching the game with one eye on our social networks, Facebook's bid to overtake Twitter...Show More Summary

UberEats is coming to 10 more towns

Uber announced on Wednesday that it is expanding the number of cities served by its beta UberEats program. The service enables users to order food from local restaurants and have it delivered by Uber drivers -- essentially the same service as Eat24 or Seamless but with Uber's existing driver infrastructure. Via: Reuters Source: Wall Street Journal

Former Mozilla CEO's browser blocks (and replaces) web ads

Let's say you're Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla -- an organization that thrives on internet privacy. What would you do? If you guessed "build a privacy-minded web browser," you hit the nail on the head. Eich is developing Brave, a Chromium-based web browser that blocks all ads by default in the names of both privacy and speed. Show More Summary

Ubuntu Linux tablet will turn into a makeshift desktop

Want to use your mobile device as a desktop, but would rather not go the Windows route? BQ might have just what you're looking for. The Spanish device maker is teasing the launch of an Ubuntu-based tablet that touts Convergence, a feature that turns your mobile Ubuntu gear into makeshift PCs. Show More Summary

Internet of Things could save lives during Antarctic expedition

Can the internet of things do more than just let your phone control your home's lighting and temperature? It's an idea that Sigfox is putting to the test after revealing that it's equipping an Antarctic research base with its low-power wireless network. Show More Summary

GarageBand for iOS makes creating music almost too easy

Oh, you thought Apple's new recording app was the company's only music-related news today? Not quite. Apple also pulled back the curtain on a new version of GarageBand for iOS — 2.1, if you're keeping count — and with it comes the ability to craft decent EDM, Dubstep, and even Funk tracks with surprisingly little effort. Show More Summary

Apple's Music Memo is a sketch pad for song ideas

Apple has always been a little obsessed with music, and its newest iOS app is further proof of that fixation. Enter Music Memos, a free app that makes it easier for musicians to record music on the fly. As the name implies, Music Memos draw some inspiration from the Voice Memos app that often winds up in our 'Don't need this' folder. Show More Summary

FreedomPop's latest free SIM plan includes international data

FreedomPop made a name for itself on the back of its free, no-frills mobile plans. Having honed its services in the US, FreedomPop headed across the pond to set up shop in the UK last September, but evidently that's not sated its desire to travel. Show More Summary

ICYMI: Electrify your food and cleaning bubbles too

Today on In Case You Missed It: Virginia Tech researchers found they can better clean fruits and vegetables with electrified water bubbles. Japanese scientists are also harnessing the power of electricity, but this time putting it into a fork to subtly zap food into having saltier flavors. Show More Summary

Google can take you on a VR trip to the Great Barrier Reef

One of Google's more exciting announcements at least year's I/O was Expeditions, a VR kit that let educators lead students on virtual field trips to far flung locales like Mars and the Great Wall of China. Now, you can add two more places to that list: The Great Barrier Reef and Buckingham Palace. Show More Summary

Google's latest data-squeezing algorithm is coming to Chrome

Google is no Silicon Valley startup, but it's just as intent on creating compression algorithms as the fictional "Pied Piper." The search giant is about to unleash its latest algorithm, called "Brotli," onto the Chrome browser. The software...Show More Summary

How tech did (and didn't) help the Engadget staff lose weight

Last September, I received some rather sobering news from my doctor. My glucose levels showed that I had pre-diabetes, putting me in danger of developing the real thing if I didn't alter my diet and my lifestyle. Seeing as I have a family history of the disease (both my father and grandfather had it), I knew things had to change. Show More Summary

Facebook on Android gives you privacy through Tor

Facebook has offered Tor support for a while if you've been concerned about keeping your social networking activity private, but what about on your phone? Don't worry, you're covered. The site has started rolling out Tor support on Android, giving you a (relatively) easy way to encrypt your Facebook viewing on the road. Show More Summary

Starbucks' app is now a Shazam for coffee shop beats

You're in a Starbucks. A sick beat suddenly kicks in over the PA. You must know who is filling your ears with musical wonderment. Normally, you'd pull out your phone, launch Shazam (or maybe consult Siri or Google Now) and sample what there is to offer. Show More Summary

Xbox One gets a smarter home screen and leaderboards

After a holiday break, Microsoft is back to trotting out Xbox One software upgrades... and the next one is a doozy. The impending February update will introduce a smarter home screen that lets you rearrange pins and update your activity feed whenever there's something new. Show More Summary

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