How would you change Acer’s Iconia W3 tablet?

If you want to judge a gadget on its true strengths, stick several in a room full of Engadget editors and see which one they swarm around. For that alone, Acer’s Iconia W3 was a winner as soon as the eight-inch full-Windows tablet arrived in the offi…


The Big Picture: Monitoring the brains of online game addicts

Online game addiction is a real problem, and some countries are willing to take drastic measures to get these players living a healthier lifestyle. Need proof? Just look up. Photographer Fernando Moleres recently visited an internet gaming rehab camp…


Snapchat alternatives (and their users) vanish from Windows Phone

Snapchat warned that it was clamping down on third-party apps to prevent sketchier examples from compromising your security, and it appears to be making good on its word — much to the chagrin of Windows Phone users, who haven’t had an official Snapc…


Watch the first steps of a robot inspired by stick bugs

They grow up so fast, don’t they? It was just a few years ago that HECTOR the stick bug robot was little more than a twinkle in Bielefeld University’s eye, and it’s already taking its first steps. Okay, so this isn’t quite a tear-jerking moment, but …


Samsung’s super-wide curved monitor makes your PC extra trendy

If both ultra-widescreen and curved computer monitors are all the rage these days, then Samsung’s new SE790C display is supremely fashionable. The 34-inch, 3,440 x 1,440 LCD has both a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and a gentle arc, combining two tren…


Obama doesn’t believe the Sony hack was an act of war

If you were worried that the US government would see the Sony Pictures hack as grievous enough to prompt a larger conflict with North Korea, you can relax. President Obama tells CNN that he doesn’t see the digital assault as an “act of war” — it was…


Inhabitat’s Week in Green: terra-cotta heaters, edible snow globes and 3D-printed dog legs

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

In a big win for the environment, New York just became the first state in the country to ban hydraulic fr…


Bitcoin exec to spend two years behind bars for Silk Road transactions

Charlie Shrem, former Bitcoin Foundation board member and CEO of the now-defunct exchange BitInstant, has been sentenced to two years in prison for helping Silk Road users anonymously swap cash for digital currency. Silk Road, as you know, was the on…