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Prep for the debates and primaries with Engadget's election guide

Last week Iowa voted and there were surprises all around. Ted Cruz became the front runner in the Republican race and Marco Rubio made an excellent showing by coming in a close third. Plus Hillary Clinton only narrowly avoided an upset from Larry Dav...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

Google backs away from banning dedicated Android ad blockers

Google's tough stance on dedicated Android ad blockers might be softening a bit. The company has reversed its decision to yank Adblock Fast from the Play Store following an appeal from the app's developer, Rocketship. Google hasn't officially said wh...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

PayPal shoots self in foot while 'white knighting' for Netflix

With the recent rollout of Netflix Everywhere, the company has been on a tear trying to track down and lock out users who rely on VPNs to bypass its regional restrictions and access the US programming list. Doing so hasn't been as easy as Netflix ini...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

Vertu's sudden CEO swap spells trouble after Chinese buyout

It's only been three months since we met Vertu's then freshly-appointed CEO Billy Crotty, an Irishman who was brought in by the company's new Chinese owner, but for reasons unknown, it appears that he's already left the luxury phone maker. That's acc...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

Pre-order Oculus Rift-ready PCs starting on February 16th

If you want an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset but realize that your existing PC just won't cut it, don't panic -- you can get a guaranteed-ready system very shortly. Oculus has announced that pre-orders for both Oculus Ready PCs and those with...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

The best beard trimmer

By Seamus Bellamy This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here. After 46 hours of research and a week of testing tools with a pair of professional barbers, plus a...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

Twitter's 'First View' ads put videos at the top of your feed

For Twitter, a lot can happen in a week. After it was reported to be readying a change that would shift the placement of tweets, the company has pushed forward with a new feature that changes what you'll see in your feed. It's called "First View" and...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

Obama's last budget calls for better infrastructure, cybersecurity

With President Barack Obama's final year in office comes one last, contentious dance with Congress over a $4.1 trillion dollar budget for 2017. According to the New York Times, some $3 trillion of the budget the president proposed has been earmarked...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

You can get the Nexus 9 for 40 percent off, but only today

Just in time for Valentine's Day, HTC is offering the Nexus 9 at a deep discount. The US-only promotion, available until 11:59PM PT/2:59AM ET tonight, takes 40 percent off of Google's flagship tablet. That includes the 16GB, 32GB and 32GB with LTE mo...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link

Axent Wear's cat ear headphones are the stuff of anime dreams

New Yorkers have perfected the art of looking but not looking. You know, where you let your eyes glaze over someone as you pass, so you can take them in without making it obvious that you're studying them. For this reason I wasn't entirely sure if an...
Published on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | link