FDA Authorizes J&J Covid-19 Shot, Adding Millions of Doses to Total Vaccine Supply

A photo of blood samples being studied in one of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine trials in Elandsdoorn, South Africa.Photo: Jerome Delay (AP) Yet another vaccine is now part of our arsenal of weapons against the covid-19 pandemic. On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to the one-dose shot developed…

The next Moto smartwatches will include an Apple Watch clone

Moto-branded smartwatches are staging another comeback, and they won’t rely on your Moto 360 nostalgia quite so much this time. As WatchSmarty and 9to5Google have noticed, a CE Brands (which runs eBuyNow) presentation has revealed a trio of Moto watches arriving in 2021. Notably, none of them appears to be a direct Moto 360 sequel….

SolarWinds Officials Throw Intern Under the Bus for ‘solarwinds123’ Password Fail

Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images) The SolarWinds drama just won’t stop. It’s a tale of Russian hackers—and potentially Chinese hackers—alleged email spying, and a gaping hole of security vulnerabilities that seems to get worse as more details come to light. Now, we can add yet another twist to the story: the laughably…

The latest ‘Valorant’ agent controls space and time

Riot is kicking off the second act of Valorant‘s Episode 2 with another character that can bend the rules of reality. The developer has revealed Astra, a Ghanaian agent who wields the “energies of the cosmos” to control the battlefield. She can enter an astral form to place “stars” that produce gravity wells, explosive novae…

Microsoft is testing 1080p Xbox Game Pass streaming

The 720p resolution for Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming (aka xCloud) is decent on a phone, but that’s clearly not going to cut it when the service comes to PCs and iPads. Thankfully, a resolution bump appears to be in order. Windows Central and The Verge both say Microsoft is testing 1080p streams. It’s not…

The UK government will reportedly buy stakes in tech startups

The UK might have a new way to achieve technological supremacy: throw money directly at companies. Financial Times sources say the country is establishing a “Future Fund: Breakthrough” effort that would spend up to £375 million (about $522 million) on stakes in “later stage” tech startups. The move theoretically helps promising firms that could boost…

Great, Now the PlayStation Network Is Down Too

Photo: Charly Triballeau (Getty Images) This has been a rough week for anyone trying to play games online. Sony’s PlayStation Network began experiencing issues Friday afternoon, and the outage seems to have persisted into the weekend based on the PSN status page. The outage comes just one day after the equivalent service for Sony’s competitor…

Tomb Raider Showrunner Tasha Huo Is Joining Joey Soloway to Write Red Sonja

Illustration: Marvel/Writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham/Art: Carlos Gomez Red Sonja has been a long, long time coming, but with a very welcome addition, it’s time to get the show on the road. Netflix’s Tomb Raider showrunner Tasha Huo has been announced as screenwriter for the upcoming—and long awaited—Red Sonja movie, joining director Joey Soloway. Soloway…

Nissan’s improved hybrid car system reduces CO2 emissions

Nissan has announced that it has achieved a 50 percent thermal efficiency for its next-generation e-Power hybrid technology. As RoadShow explains, most modern gasoline engines have a thermal efficiency of around 40 percent — in other words, only 40 percent of the energy they create upon burning fuel is transformed into motion. The rest gets…

ICYMI: We check out Lenovo’s lightest ThinkPad yet

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This week we spent some time testing Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Nano — the company’s thinnest and lightest…