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Verizon's $80 prepaid plan is unlimited but not perfect

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:02:00 -0400

(image) Verizon has launched a new prepaid plan that sounds more enticing than many of its competitors'. At $80 a month, it offers unlimited data, talk and text in the country. The carrier also tacked on unlimited text to 200 other international destinations...(image)

Bloomberg: Google co-founder Sergey Brin has a 'secret airship'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:28:00 -0400

(image) A couple of days ago we got a good look at a "flying car" backed by Google's Larry Page, and now Bloomberg reports that Sergey Brin has a project too -- it's a zeppelin. The airship "which isn't an Alphabet project" is being built in a leased hangar...(image)

Chrome casting tweak streams all videos directly to your TV

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:44:00 -0400

(image) As a general rule, you send an entire Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast (or other Cast-ready devices) as a last resort. The quality is lousy enough that you only really want to use it when a service doesn't have native casting support, like Amaz...(image)

Google Maps can remember where you parked on Android and iOS

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:53:00 -0400

(image) Google Maps already lets you know when parking at your destination might be difficult, but the app's latest navigation feature aims to make things even easier after you've arrived. The helpful parking location features we saw last month just became o...(image)

Verizon's $70 Gigabit internet plan misses both targets

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:44:00 -0400

(image) Yesterday Verizon announced the launch of Fios Gigabit Connection, as "the nation's largest deployment of gigabit Internet connection service." It even promised a $70 per month price standalone, however, as people tried to sign up a few shortcomings...(image)

Netflix gets its shows into China through iQiyi licensing deal

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:07:00 -0400

(image) While Netflix has dominated much of the streaming content market, it's been blocked by regulators in a major region: China. Having previously licensed content to LeEco (which is currently dealing with its own problems) as far back as 2014, the compan...(image)

Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside 'uterus-like' bags

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:16:00 -0400

(image) Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new artificial womb that could benefit the tens of thousands of critically preterm (younger than 26 weeks) births in the US each year. According to a new paper published in the journal N...(image)

Fans resurrect 'Tomb Raider' in your web browser

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:37:00 -0400

(image) If you need a reminder of how far video games have come since the mid-90s, look no further than OpenTomb. Over the past four years, a handful of devoted developers have been rebuilding the original five Tomb Raider games from scratch, and the City of...(image)

This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your mind

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:53:00 -0400

(image) Robotic limbs aren't a new technology, though the range of motion and strength of such limbs continue to improve. Controlling prosthetics with your mind is another area of refinement, but they're typically connected directly to a patient's brain. A n...(image)

Campy, live-action horror game 'Night Trap' heads to PS4

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:37:00 -0400

(image) After 25 years, a browser port and a failed Kickstarter, cult classic FMV (full-motion video) game Night Trap is finally getting making its way back to living rooms. Thanks to the folks at developer Screaming Villains and publisher Limited Run Games,...(image)

AT&T's faux 5G network launches in Austin

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:21:00 -0400

(image) At last, 5G wireless is here... sort of. As promised, AT&T has launched its pre-standard 5G network, starting with certain parts of Austin. So long as you have a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you can get speeds that should leave LTE in the dust. Expect...(image)

New 'Sonic Forces' footage feels a lot like 'Generations'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:05:00 -0400

(image) For the last few months, SEGA has been playing coy with Sonic Forces-- first only little else beside the game's name and the usual promises of greatness. Then, earlier this month, a new trailer teased new levels for "Classic Sonic," the 1990s version...(image)

DC is launching its own streaming service with a show TNT killed

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:51:00 -0400

(image) DC Entertainment is getting into the streaming space with help from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. What's more, the company's own service is said to be launching with a Titans live-action show, as well as the third season of Young...(image)

Sling tries to lure customers with an AirTV bundle

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:36:00 -0400

(image) Sling has realized that it also needs a dirt-cheap hardware offering to help hook wary users into cutting the cord. That's why it's heavily discounting the AirTV Player, which lets you access local channels and Netflix, from a single, Roku-esque box....(image)

'Heroes of the Storm' adds everyone's favorite 'Overwatch' hero

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:20:00 -0400

(image) Last month, Blizzard announced it would revamp its MOBA game, Heroes of the Storm, in a huge patch released in April. Its 2.0 update, which is live in North America, promised to upgrade its player progression system and added random-reward loot boxes...(image)

YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to your smart TV

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:05:00 -0400

(image) YouTube Kids' mobile app is fine if your young ones are content to watch videos on a tablet, but what if you just want to plunk them down on the couch to watch on the big screen? You can after today. YouTube is trotting out a version of the Kids app...(image)

Nastier version of IoT botnet could brick your smart toaster

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:51:00 -0400

(image) Two new versions of a nasty botnet called BrickerBot were spotted in the wild by researcher Pascal Geenens, who reported the latest attack for security firm Radware. Permanent denial-of-service botnets like these can infect poorly-protected IoT devic...(image)

A Doritos bag is all you need to play the 'Guardians 2' soundtrack

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:33:00 -0400

(image) Doritos is teaming up with Marvel Studios to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in an unusual way. They've created a custom-designed, limited edition series of Doritos bags with a built-in, rechargeable cassette deck-inspired player that plays th...(image)

Spotify took its sweet time getting Behind the Lyrics on Android

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:10:00 -0400

(image) Over a year ago, Spotify rolled out a slick new Behind the Lyrics integration on iOS that connected the song you were currently listening to with annotated lyrics from Genius. Like a cross between VH1's Pop Up Video and a karaoke machine, Behind the...(image)

Samsung's emoji chat app helps people with language disorders

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:52:00 -0400

(image) It seems like emoji has become a language of its own, but each symbol is really a stand-in for a wide array of thoughts and emotions. This shorthand can be useful for someone who struggles to digest written words -- like those with aphasia, a languag...(image)

Watson could be the key to smarter manufacturing robots

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:36:00 -0400

(image) Some reports predict that robots will replace 5 million jobs in the next couple of years. Bill Gates thinks we need a "robot tax" to compensate for those losses. A new partnership announced today between Swiss automation firm ABB and IBM's Watson ini...(image)

'Star Wars: Episode IX' ends the trilogy on May 24th, 2019

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:28:00 -0400

(image) Modern Star Wars movies have had a bad habit of slipping into December, but that isn't stopping Disney and Lucasfilm from wanting the space epic to become a summer blockbuster once again. The two have announced that Star Wars: Episode IX will debut...(image)

Streaming is boosting the music industry worldwide

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:18:00 -0400

(image) The music industry has struggled to adapt to the digital world over the past couple of decades, but it might just be hitting its stride again. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has published its annual Global Music Repo...(image)

IBM's Watson looked into my soul and 'drew' my portrait

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Since its introduction to the world in 2009, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been crushing humans in Jeopardy, helping chefs make food with unconventional recipes and even offering tech support. But what happens when the artificial intelligence machin...(image)

Amazon's latest Dash button orders you fresh undies

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:44:00 -0400

(image) Living in an apartment without an in-unit washer and dryer means that occasionally you go to great lengths to avoid carrying all your dirty clothes to the basement's laundry room. Every now and then that entails saving time ahead of a date or trip (b...(image)