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Netflix remains ruthless as 'Girlboss' cut after one season

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:20:00 -0400

(image) Netflix never talks audience numbers with its shows, but there's one sure way to know when one is doing poorly. The streaming company cancelled Girlboss, the third series over the last month to get canned. The show was unpopular with critics from the...

Mohu's latest indoor antenna has a 65-mile range

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:43:00 -0400

(image) Mohu has something new for all of the cord-cutters out there. The company has upgraded its indoor Leaf antenna and the new version delivers a 65-mile reception range. That's up from the 50-mile range of the previous model. Mohu says that its SignaLif...

Bug-zapping laser will only kill bad insects

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:28:00 -0400

(image) There are good insects, and then there are bad bugs. And the folks at Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures Lab (IVL) have been working on a device that will only kill pests and leave the others unharmed. It's called the Photonic Fence, and has been in...

Ex-NASA scientist calls Goop's 'healing stickers' a load of BS

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:33:00 -0400

(image) You're probably used to ignoring all those overpriced New Age-y therapies and miracle cures Gwyneth Paltrow's website Goop tends to promote. Remember that time when it suggested inserting jade eggs into the vagina to "increase chi?" No? Well, you can...

Report: Facebook to pay Hollywood millions for original shows

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:16:00 -0400

(image) Facebook is very serious about its original programming ambitions -- $3 million per episode serious. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the tech giant is courting Hollywood agencies for original scripted TV shows, in some cases offering up to...

Facebook, not presidential ambition, is why Zuckerberg’s on tour

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:26:00 -0400

(image) There's been a lot of speculation around whether Mark Zuckerberg is or is not planning to run for office. From his nationwide tour to his rejection of atheism, there have been quite a few moments that could be interpreted as a lead-up to a presidenti...

Artificial iris responds to light like real eyes

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:48:00 -0400

(image) The human iris does its job of adjusting your pupil size to meter the amount of light hitting the retina behind without you having to actively think about it. And while a camera's aperture is designed to work the same way as a biological iris, it's a...

Custom Spectacles takes snaps under the sea

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:14:00 -0400

(image) Spectacles have made sharing marginally exciting videos on land via Snapchat easier. It also helps that you no longer need to hunt down a vending machine to snag a pair in the US. But a partnership between the social network and Royal Caribbean cruis...

WhatsApp is becoming a top news source in some countries

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:58:00 -0400

(image) WhatsApp might not be all that popular in the US, but in some places, it's fast becoming a place where people can safely share and get the latest news. According to a study conducted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, more and more...

Tumblr apologizes for filtering out LGBTQ+ content

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

(image) Tumblr* says it has fixed the main issues that were plaguing "Safe Mode," a feature it recently launched to hide all NSFW posts from your Dashboard. It's a welcome addition for libraries, schools or parents who don't want to block the social network...

The best clothing iron

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) By Jackie Reeve This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Re...

After Math: Binge On

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) It was a bountiful week for mass consumption. Twitch announced that it will run 6 straight days of MST3K, German police went on a 36-house raiding spree in search of hate speech and Sega's bringing some of its most beloved titles to mobile. Numbers,...

Ben Heck’s ultimate Nintendo Switch mod

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Max is struggling with his Nintendo Switch, and so to avoid serious hand surgery, Ben is modding a Nintendo Switch JoyCon to move the analogue stick. This gives Ben the perfect opportunity to void the warranty on the JoyCon and tear it down to se...

A 3D-printed bridge is being built using reinforced concrete

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:48:00 -0400

(image) 3D printing is a massive category that covers everything from small, DIY, plastic projects to metal meant to be used in Boeing's 787 airplane. Yet another usage has come to light, courtesy of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands....

Venmo reportedly made physical debit cards for a trial run

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:12:00 -0400

(image) Venmo is reportedly taking a leaf out of other digital payment services' book and making a physical debit card. According to Recode, the PayPal-owned mobile app created to make going Dutch with friends a lot easier has already begun testing a card th...

It's now easier to get Purism's security-focused laptops

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:45:00 -0400

(image) Purism is nowhere near as well-known as other PC makers, but you may want to keep it on your radar if you're becoming increasingly concerned about security and privacy. The company, which only used to sell made-to-order machines, has just announced t...

Self-driving cars are safer when they talk to each other

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:32:00 -0400

(image) Most current self-driving technology relies on cameras, radar and lidar. These sensory devices serve as eyes for the car, mimicking what a human driver can see. But a University of Michigan public-private partnership called Mcity is testing V2V, or v...

Windows 10 source code leak is an embarrassment for Microsoft

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:47:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this week, Beta Archive posted Windows 10 source code related to USB, storage and WiFi drivers on its free FTP site. Now, a spokesperson for Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that this code, from the Shared Source Kit, is genuine.

Hackers target UK parliament email accounts

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:12:00 -0400

(image) After a report from The London TImes that the email addresses and passwords of British cabinet members and other government officials were being traded by Russian hackers, it looks like the inevitable next step has occurred: a cyberattack on the UK p...

In 2017, tweets are official presidential statements

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400

(image) Does a tweet count as an official response to a federal inquiry? Unsurprisingly, the White House thinks so. As reported by Reuters, the White House sent a letter to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee claiming that a pair of Trump twe...

Recommended Reading: Apple's original television aspirations

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) Apple Is a Step Closer to Making Its Own TV Shows David Sims, The Atlantic While the company's television aspirations remain largely a mystery, Apple hired two big names this week to help build its slate of original shows. Jamie Erlicht and Zack V...

'Rocket League' will die without cross-console multiplayer

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) All online games eventually die. But the difference between the original version of World of Warcraft and, say, Call of Duty: Ghosts is that WoW was more of a service on an open system (PC). Players were able to gradually migrate to its annual expans...

Sony is losing its grip on the indie market

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Here we go again. In 2011, Microsoft was the indie king. The industry was just blossoming thanks to services like Steam and Xbox Live Arcade, which introduced independent games to huge, hungry audiences. Indie Game: The Movie was about to debut, giv...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We have Galaxy Note 8 rumors, and information about an Amazon beehive -- we'll explain.

Google Home and Assistant can speak Canadian French now

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:20:00 -0400

(image) The first of several new languages for Google's Assistant AI is here, as users have noticed Canadian French as a language option. I was able to switch it on for my Google Home by looking for Assistant Language under device settings in its control app...