Condom-detecting fingerprint test ‘set for court use

Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court. The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. It can provide “diverse information” about a suspect, including any alcohol […]

North Korea ‘hackers steal US-South Korea war plans’

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US […]

Nokia kills off Ozo high-end virtual reality cameras

Nokia is winding down its high-end virtual reality camera division. The Ozo and its follow-up the Ozo+ had been marketed to professionals as being able to capture the “highest quality” 360-degree footage possible, and had been used by Disney among others. But despite a recent price cut, the Finnish firm indicated that sales had been […]

Apple TV 4K review: Almost perfect

The Apple TV 4K is the streaming box we’ve been waiting for. It brings together the excellent interface from the 2015 model, along with the long-awaited ability to watch movies and TV shows in 4K and HDR. And perhaps most importantly, it seriously drives down the cost of digital 4K releases. Sure, competitors like Roku and Amazon’s Fire TVhave had 4K/HDR […]

Osmo ‘Mindracers’ puts real Hot Wheels on crazy virtual tracks

Hot Wheels will be celebrating its 50th anniversary soon, and even in an era when kids spend a lot of time on smartphones and tablets, they also still play with little die-cast metal vehicles on plastic orange track. But the venerable toy car brand can also be found on handheld devices, making its entry into […]

The Wirecutter’s best deals: A good time to buy an air conditioner

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here. You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from […]

NVIDIA’s Shield TV is the latest home for Google Assistant

Last month at IFA, we heard that more Google Assistant-integrating speakers and appliances were on the way. Today, NVIDIA’s Shield TV joins the list, adding the search giant’s digital assistant SDK to its retinue of entertainment features. In short, instead of a paltry speaker, you’ll be able to use your entire home theater setup to command your […]

Alcatel Idol 5 hands-on: A decent phone for $200

Alcatel is back with a new Idol flagship that won’t cost you a month’s rent (unlike some other phones we know). The Idol 5 is the latest addition to the company’s line of affordable handsets that offer mid- to high-end specs. The international version made an appearance at IFA earlier this month, but we now have details of […]

Anker crammed a projector into a soda can-sized smart speaker

While every CES brings a new set of smaller and smarter devices, the age of the mobile projector hasn’t quite arrived. But gadget company Anker’s Nebula Capsule, launched today on Indiegogo, makes a strong argument by bundling a speaker and Bluetooth connectability in to the visual package. Even if you aren’t binging TV or showing a […]

HSBC Beta app will ‘nudge’ over-spenders

HSBC UK is testing a new smartphone app that will help people track what they spend money on, and will “nudge” them if they exceed their spending limits. Customers will also be able to add accounts from 21 rivals including Lloyds and NatWest, to keep track of all their balances in one app. The app […]