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Samsung will shut down its ChatOn messaging service next year

After denying reports that its ChatOn service was close to being disbanded on a region-by-region basis, Samsung has announced in Korea that it's going away. According to Yonhap News, Samsung's statement said it will close up shop on February 1st. It'...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

Engadget Daily: Autonomous race cars, bionic arms and more!

It turns out that riding in a car going 150 MPH without a driver is pretty fun! Join us as we take a ride in Audi's autonomous concept car. Also, take a look at a DARPA project that allows amputees to control bionic arms with their mind. Check out th...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

Secret reboots its anonymous sharing app in search of a future

Secret first sprung into life in February 2014 as an app/social space where people could get together and engage in real talk, all while leaving their real names checked at the door. It generated Silicon Valley acquisition rumors. It sparked IRL dinn...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

Uber deal with Portland takes its cars off the road temporarily

One of Uber's legal problems appears to be moving towards a positive resolution. The city of Portland sued Uber for ignoring its transportation rules a few days ago, but now the two are making "progress toward a permanent home." That progress will st...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

Reuters: Google's 'Android M' will hook cars directly to the internet

If Reuters' rumors are true, then apparently the folks at Mountain View think the Android Auto overlays rolling out this year don't go far enough. Citing unnamed sources, it indicates that an Android 'M' able to embed directly into cars -- no smartph...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

How Microsoft redesigned the Surface Pro for the NFL

Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed its plans to take over NFL sidelines. How so? With a partnership with the National Football League, a collaboration reportedly valued at $400 million -- though neither party ever confirmed this. Powered by the Su...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes

Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door i...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

Your Xbox One now plays Pandora radio and Vevo music videos

You haven't had many choices for streaming music on the Xbox One so far; you've largely been limited to Xbox Music or the occasional YouTube mix. You'll have some proper options very shortly, though. Apps for both Pandora's internet radio service (US...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link

Cadillac's cars are getting smart rearview mirrors next year

Hey, Nissan: you won't be the only big automaker with a camera-equipped rearview mirror next year. Cadillac has revealed that its future cars are getting a smart mirror that shows a 1,280 x 240 view of what's behind you without passengers or roof pil...
Published on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 | link