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'Ghostbusters World' AR game is coming to Android and iOS this year

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:44:00 -0500

(image) Using AR to promote movies isn't entirely new. We've already seen official movie tie-in augmented reality apps for Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Jon Hamm vehicle, Marjorie. Now, though, Sony Pictures is taking things a bit farther with Ghostbusters...

Netflix courts HGTV fans with its first home makeover series

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:23:00 -0500

(image) Netflix appears to be looking to pull in more of that HGTV crowd, as Deadline reports that the streaming service just ordered its first property-focused original series. With a working title of Amazing On The Inside, the show will reportedly feature...

Not even IBM is sure where its quantum computer experiments will lead

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Despite the hype and hoopla surrounding the burgeoning field of quantum computing, the technology is still in its infancy. Just a few years ago, researchers were making headlines with rudimentary machines that housed less than a dozen qubits -- the q...

Public radio stations are saving Gothamist sites

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:36:00 -0500

(image) Last year, billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down Gothamist and DNAInfo a week after newsroom employees unionized. Though there was immediate public outcry over the decision, the sites' future has remained bleak and uncertain, but, as Wired reports, they...

The best 4K Blu-ray player

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:15:00 -0500

(image) By Chris Heinonen This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. After researchin...

In search of pixel perfection with the Analogue Super NT

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

(image) The 16-bit aesthetic is the new vinyl. It taps into a growing vein of '90s nostalgia, and it also reflects a longing for a tactile past world that just predates full-scale digitization. Fat, colorful sprites represent an era when technology was still...

Android Go phones will be available soon

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:43:00 -0500

(image) Android Oreo had quite the interesting feature lurking in its software: Go Edition, which was designed for smartphones with 1 GB of RAM or less. Today, the company announced that the first set of Android Oreo (Go Edition) phones will be unveiled next...

Samsung revives Opera's data-saving app as a Galaxy exclusive

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:22:00 -0500

(image) Opera Max was a great way to keep track of what apps were siphoning data in the background and keeping (some of) your privacy intact. Then Opera announced it was shuttering the app. There's a sliver of silver lining to that though: Samsung has steppe...

Android's official augmented reality toolkit is available to the public

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Google's take on a mobile augmented reality framework is no longer limited to a modestly-sized preview. It just released ARCore 1.0, letting anyone publish Android apps that take advantage of the toolkit to meld virtual objects with the real world. T...

Apple devices at a California repair center keep calling 911

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:42:00 -0500

(image) Apple devices at a refurbishment facility in Elk Grove, California have been calling 911 multiple times a day for the past few months, CBS Sacramento reports. Since last October, the Elk Grove Police station has received around 20 accidental emergenc...

Tesla wants to install charging stations at your office

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:16:00 -0500

(image) Tesla has a pretty good track record when it comes to making its chargers more accessible, but it needs to step up its game now that it's shipping more and more cars. One of the ways it plans to do that is by launching yet another charging program, t...

Samsung Galaxy S9: What to expect from Unpacked 2018

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Samsung is primed to unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9. Fortunately for anyone desperate to hear what's coming on February 25th, there's been no shortage of leaks and renders before the big day. It's not good news for the secret-keepers at Sa...

Google Assistant will get support for Routines 'in the coming weeks'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:58:00 -0500

(image) Today's Google Assistant is much, much more capable than the version that first debuted on the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Don't expect that progress to slow anytime soon, either: Google laid out some new plans to improve the Assistant just in time...

Google Assistant will soon recognize the language you're speaking

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:50:00 -0500

(image) In advance of the Mobile World Congress, Google has announced some exciting new language features for Assistant. Later this year, Google Assistant will have multilingual features. This means that people who speak different languages over the course o...

Sony’s new flagships ditch an aging design for full screens

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:17:00 -0500

(image) Sony's phones have looked largely the same for years now, but that's apparently about to change. The electronics company has redesigned its flagship phone to be full screen. Venture Beat has pictures and descriptions of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact...

Pentax's full-frame K-1 Mark II has a ridiculous ISO range

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:02:00 -0500

(image) Pentax has unveiled the 36.4-megapixel K-1 Mark II DSLR, the successor to its first full-frame, the K-1. The new model hasn't changed much, apart from one outstanding new feature. Thanks to a new "accelerator unit" for its Prime IV image processor, t...

Twitter relaxes the rules for customer service DMs

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:29:00 -0500

(image) Twitter's bot crackdown is great for improving the quality of the service, but might make it harder for businesses to use it effectively. That's why the company is tweaking its system to enable companies to better deal with bulk communications. In th...

UK tech brand Acorn taps nostalgia to sell a rebranded phone

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:01:00 -0500

(image) Acorn, the British computer company that dominated the market in the late '70s has been revived, once again. This time out, the outfit is pushing its own smartphone, the Acorn Micro Phone C5, which appears to be a rebadged Leagoo S8. Should you want...

Nissan's self-driving taxi is ready for passengers

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:02:00 -0500

(image) Nissan will start testing its self-driving taxi service Easy Ride in a few days in hopes of launching it in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The automaker and Tokyo-based mobile developer DeNA will begin ferrying passengers in Yokohama on...

The Morning After: Mobile World Congress preview

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Before you wrap this week up, check out our Mobile World Congress preview, so you don't miss any of the new phones we're expecting to see(set a reminder for Samsung's Galaxy S9 event on Sunday.) Also, the FCC is...

Watch Netflix's first trailer for hip-hop biopic 'Roxanne, Roxanne'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:15:00 -0500

(image) Roxanne, Roxanne, the Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden biopic that premiered at Sundance last year, is making its way to Netflix on March 23rd -- and you can watch its first official trailer below the fold. Shanté rose to prominence as on...

New Audi tech will let you ditch your toll road tag

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:30:00 -0500

(image) Audi is about to make life easier for people that deal with toll roads on a daily basis. Instead of using an ugly stick-on tag or box for passing through and paying tolls, Audi will make it a built-in feature on some of its cars. It's called the Inte...

Paul Ryan moves to replace election security official

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:36:00 -0500

(image) The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan are looking to replace a federal official who's been working to protect election systems from possible Russian cyber attacks. According to Reuters, Matthew Masterson, who holds a seat picked by the House Sp...

‘A Normal Lost Phone’ arrives on Nintendo Switch March 1st

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:14:00 -0500

(image) A Normal Lost Phone is the kind of indie game that seizes a tricky niche (mobile gaming) and leans into the form factor for a unique experience -- a Gone Home or Life Is Strange that takes place entirely within a mock phone interface. The game will l...

Robinhood's commission-free cryptocurrency trading is live

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:23:00 -0500

(image) The zero-fee stock trading app, Robinhood, announced its plan to enable users to buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum last month. Now the company is making good on its promises. Starting today, Robinhood is rolling out access to trade the two cryptocurr...