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Hobbyist developers will make $30 million via 'Roblox' this year

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Roblox has exploded over the past two years. It's not quite a game and not quite a development platform, allowing players to boot up millions of user-made projects, or create their own games and immediately publish them across all supported platforms...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We'll take a look back at some of the big stories from earlier this week, plus key updates like NASA's tips for viewing a solar eclipse.



Strava's new Premium perks will insure your phone while you ride

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:49:00 -0400

(image) Strava makes a popular tracking app for workout warriors, however many cyclists have questions about whether its $60 per year (or $8 per month) Premium package is worth the cost. Features already include personalized feedback, analysis and more, but...



'Minecraft' novel by 'World War Z' author is now available

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:54:00 -0400

(image) As strange as it sounds, Minecraft got the novelization treatment, and the final product is now out for purchase. The good news is that the Mojang team put Microsoft's millions to good use by commissioning Max Brooks, author of the apocalyptic zombie...



'The Defenders' Comic-Con trailer features punching, heroes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:32:00 -0400

(image) Stop us if you've heard this one before: There's a threat facing New York, and a few of Marvel's punch-happy heroes need to clean it up. Based on the new trailer shown tonight at Comic-Con -- where, Deadline reports, Netflix screened the entire first...



Google Play Music tweak adds a sidebar full of shortcuts

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:48:00 -0400

(image) As a music streaming service, Google Play Music works well enough but its user interface leaves an awful lot to be desired. Following the mobile app's update that added persistent navigation buttons, as 9to5 Google spotted, Mountain View has added th...



Spider-Man and Frank West join latest ‘Marvel vs. Capcom’ roster

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:52:00 -0400

(image) Like comic books, fighting games are ripe for the crossover treatment. Nintendo has done it with good success in the Super Smash Bros. series, bringing characters from disparate franchises like Street Fighter and Fire Emblem together to brawl on the...



Aphex Twin is the latest artist to open an online record store

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:54:00 -0400

(image) Aphex Twin is opening an online record store. For his own music, of course. The Vinyl Factory reports that Richard D. James has started his direct-to-fans store with reissues of his back catalog including ... I Care Because You Do and newer stuff lik...



Australia's first vinyl factory in 30 years will open next year

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:57:00 -0400

(image) Thanks to new production technology and the support of big companies like Sony, vinyl is hot these days. Trent Reznor is releasing his Quake score for LP, the Contra soundtrack is available as a record at Comic-Con this year, and Blu-ray versions of...



Missing Malaysia Airlines flight search yields valuable seafloor data

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:06:00 -0400

(image) In 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 disappeared from radar and a massive search for the missing aircraft ensued. For two years, scientists used sonar to map the seafloor where the plane was thought to have crashed, and then search for any remnan...



First Amendment suit halts anti-'Pokémon Go' law

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:41:00 -0400

(image) A legal battle against AR games like Pokémon Go has been brewing in Wisconsin and this week, the games scored a win. In February, Milwaukee County introduced a new law that required AR game makers to get a permit before their games could be de...



Google tests VR as a replacement for dull training videos

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:17:00 -0400

(image) We've heard about medical professionals using VR to augment their suites for years, but Google is testing its fit in the broader workplace, starting with employment's least fun experience: Training. The company's Daydream Labs hosted an experiment to...



Mini's new plug-in hybrid packs thrills into a compact cruiser

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:50:00 -0400

(image) From the moment it appeared at the LA Auto Show, the new Mini Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid seemed to run in a different pack than other affordable EVs. That's due in large part to the Mini's heritage. Driving a Mini always meant having a good time,...



Razer is reportedly working on a phone just for gamers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:28:00 -0400

(image) Razer is known for its high-end gaming devices. The company has desktops and laptops, keyboards and mice, power banks and even projection systems aimed at core gamers. This past January, however, Razer acquired Nextbit and its "cloud phone" called th...



NASA doesn't want you to go blind during the solar eclipse

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:09:00 -0400

(image) The much-celebrated full solar eclipse is just one month away for those in the continental United States, and NASA really does not want you to go blind when it finally happens. To that end, the organization has released some important tips to ensure...



LG's friendly robots will help travelers at Seoul airport

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:45:00 -0400

(image) The rise of robots hasn't exactly gone smoothly, but companies are determined to get it right. Today, LG announced that it's deploying a fleet of robots at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea.



Mobile customers claim Verizon capped Netflix and YouTube speeds

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:25:00 -0400

(image) A week after millions of Americans contacted the FCC to preserve net neutrality, Verizon Wireless customers have reported lower speeds than expected when using Netflix. Some users in a Reddit thread noted their connections were capped at 10Mbps, as w...



How hateful alt-right trolls hijacked your timeline

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) You don't need to get attacked by a pro-Trump troll-bot horde to know that social media is a battleground for propaganda farms. It's pretty obvious, and miles of speculative digital ink has been spilled saying as much. An Oxford study this week is ge...



Snap Spectacles hit retail in posh UK department store

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:39:00 -0400

(image) You can get a pair of Snapchat Spectacles at vending machines in London. You can also grab them from Amazon or Snap itself online. The $129 glasses may be the flavor of the moment, but you wouldn't expect them to show up at any high-end fashion outle...



NASA wants you to record solar eclipse data with an app

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:21:00 -0400

(image) Chances are that, by now, you've heard about the full solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States on August 21, 2017. And now, NASA is enlisting all of us as citizen scientists: The organization wants your help to record data during t...



Plastic-plucking robots are the future of recycling

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) We are living in the Age of Plastic. In 2015, the world's industries created 448 million tons of it -- twice as much as it did in 1998. -- and the rate of production is only accelerating. However, our recycling efforts have not matched pace. In fact,...



Marvel legend Stan Lee is creating an original story for Audible

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:47:00 -0400

(image) Comic book fans (and comic book movie fans) are very familiar with Stan Lee, who has a cameo in pretty much every Marvel movie. Now, the legendary Marvel writer is creating yet another shared universe. Variety exclusively reports that Stan Lee will p...



Delta aims to replace boarding passes with fingerprints

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:28:00 -0400

(image) Delta is expanding its biometric check-in feature that allows some customers to use their fingerprints instead of a boarding pass. The service was first launched at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in May and let Delta SkyMiles members...



Snapchat's features could soon be harder to copy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:02:00 -0400

(image) Snap Inc. has quietly acquired a team that specializes in protection against reverse engineering. Prior to joining SnapChat, the Strong.Codes team built software which prevented dismantling a product to learn how to copy or rebuild it. This process o...



Renders show the Galaxy Note 8 is all about that Infinity Display

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:00 -0400

(image) We're getting another look at the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 thanks to some mockup renders created by a case maker based on leaked details. BGR got ahold of them and said they're probably our best look at the new model yet.