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Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:59 +0000


Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping, until Cook stopped it

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:59 +0000

(image) Once considered a darling and pioneer of the still nascent ride-hailing industry, Uber has quickly become the villain of a still ongoing drarma. It’s the typical story of a successful company willing to do anything and everything to stay that the top, even when that means breaking the rules. And break the rules Uber did, according to this new report. … Continue reading(image)

Samsung insists Galaxy S8 red screen just needs a software fix

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:30:16 +0000

(image) The Galaxy S8 is already receiving its fair share of criticisms not even a week into its launch. But aside from the crippled initial Bixby launch, the most glaring, almost literally, complain has been around some screens. Some users have reported have reported seeing a red tinge on their screens, at least more than normal and definitely more than what … Continue reading(image)

DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer caters to pros with bigger rigs

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:30:47 +0000

(image) DJI may be more known for its drones but it prefers to bill itself as a creative camera tech company. To that end, its portfolio includes not just camera drones but also camera gimbals and stabilizers as well. The commercialization of such products has given birth to a new breed of amateurs and aspiring professionals, but this time DJI is … Continue reading(image)

iPhone 8 dummy model pics surface, confirm features so far

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:10:03 +0000

(image) The all-screen smartphone wars have begun. LG and Samsung already have their guns ablazing and, in just a few months, so too will Apple. And because there’s still a lot of time before that happens, there’s plenty of time for leaks of what the iPhone 8 could look like. This latest photo dump supposedly doesn’t come from mere schematics. According … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S8 front camera hides an unused OIS mechanism

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:17:48 +0000

(image) Just like any movie or TV show script, not everything planned gets into production and the final episode or film. Same is especially true with devices, with features that get left on the cutting board. Most of the time, however, those features vanish without a trace. To JerryRigEverything’s surprise, one such feature made it to the retail Galaxy S8. That … Continue reading(image)

Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:30:44 +0000

(image) You might remember hearing about the music store/player Pono for one of two reasons: you’re an audiophile that was interested in the high-fidelity music that was offered, or the fact that it was founded by musician Neil Young. Either way, the small number of Pono users remaining might be eager to hear that following the closure of its music store … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:07:25 +0000

(image) After my Galaxy S8 review, of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked is whether people should buy the new Samsung now, or wait until the new iPhone is revealed later in 2017. Samsung deserves some serious kudos for what it’s done with the latest Galaxy flagship. Not only is the design on a par with the best we’ve seen … Continue reading(image)

Deadpool 2, two more X-Men movies confirmed for 2018 release

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:00:52 +0000

(image) When it comes to comic book franchises and superhero universes getting adapted for the big screen, Marvel and DC are the two main players that come to mind. But 20th Century Fox hasn’t given up on its X-Men series, even with a few bombs, and 2018 is shaping to be a big year for fans. The movie studio has announced … Continue reading(image)

Apple threatened Uber with iPhone ban over privacy cheat

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:59:26 +0000

(image) Controversial tech exec Travis Kalanick was forced into a face-off with Tim Cook, a new profile of the Uber founder claims, after Apple discovered the ridesharing app had flouted privacy rules. Kalanick’s company has repeatedly made headlines over the past year for a number of reasons, ranging from frustrated drivers, arguments with city administrators and legacy cab firms, over-ambitious autonomous … Continue reading(image)

China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:30:49 +0000

(image) A Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the country’s Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, marking a significant achievement for the nation’s space agency. The Tianzhou-1 cargo ship was launched on April 20th from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Southern China, and is the first such supply delivery mission to the space station. Once the spacecraft arrived, it connected to … Continue reading(image)

Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:00:44 +0000

(image) Microsoft has gradually been updating the default mail and calendar apps in Windows 10, turning them into viable alternatives for users who prefer desktop clients to those on the web. This includes the most recent update from February, which introduced the Focused Inbox feature, automatically detecting important emails and presenting them first. Now Microsoft has announced that it’s allowing users … Continue reading(image)

Four Avatar sequels get official release dates through 2025

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:30:45 +0000

(image) When James Cameron’s Avatar was released to theaters back in 2009, it was hyped to be the start of a major new multi-film franchise. Jump to 2017, and not even a single sequel has surfaced. That’s all going to change in the coming years, as 20th Century Fox has announced that a whopping four Avatar sequels are on the way, … Continue reading(image)

Squeezable HTC U unveiled in leaked promo video

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:05:14 +0000

(image) Phone maker HTC has already revealed that they’re going to announce a new “U” branded device in just under a month, and we also know the company is terrible at keeping secrets. Combine these two facts and we have what appears to be an upcoming promotional video for the new smartphone turning up early online. Under the title of “HTC … Continue reading(image)

More Call of Duty: WWII details leak, including story, co-op, release date

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:00:41 +0000

(image) It was just over a day ago that Activision announced this year’s Call of Duty title would in fact be Call of Duty: WWII, confirming weeks of previous of previous rumors, but that hasn’t stopped more details on the upcoming FPS game from becoming public. While Activision’s announcement was little more than confirmation of a title and theme, marketing materials … Continue reading(image)

Now the Nexus 6P is being targeted by a boot loop lawsuit

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:30:47 +0000

(image) These days, when you buy a premium model smartphone, Android or otherwise, there’s an expectation that the device will be supported by its manufacturer for, at a minimum, the next one to two years. Unfortunately for a number of Nexus 6P owners, that is hardly the case. Google and Huawei, the Nexus 6P’s manufacturer, are now at the center of … Continue reading(image)

Apple’s self-driving car platform detailed in training documents

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:00:59 +0000

(image) Last week it was revealed that Apple had requested and was granted permission from the California DMV to test its own self-driving technology on public roads. Now documents that were filed as part of the application have been published, and they detail the safety and training procedures for employees who will work with the software platform and act as backup … Continue reading(image)

Tesla recalls 53,000 of its 2016 models over parking brake issues

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:25:49 +0000

(image) Electric car maker Tesla has announced it’s issuing a voluntary recall for its 2016 year models, affecting 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles. The cause for concern has to do with potential parking brake problems, however there have been no accidents or injuries reported in relation to the issue. The company says it believes the problem to be present … Continue reading(image)

Windows 10 Cloud specs leak alongside details of Chromebook rival

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:50:08 +0000

(image) Microsoft’s upcoming May 2nd event is only a few weeks away, and while we already know it will focus on education, new information has emerged that hints we’ll finally see the debut of Windows 10 Cloud, a scaled-back version of the operating system designed to compete with Chrome OS on low-spec hardware. Among the new details are a list of … Continue reading(image)

The X-Files is getting another 10-episode season later this year

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:51:25 +0000

(image) The X-Files fans, rejoice! Fox has announced that the hit sci-fi TV series is getting another limited run season that will begin airing later this year. Both stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are confirmed to be reprising their roles as FBI agents Mulder and Scully, respectively, while the show’s creator, Chris Carter, will be executive producer. The X-Files originally … Continue reading(image)

Dell UltraSharp 27 UP2718Q is the maker’s first HDR10 monitor (and it’s 4K, too)

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:41:03 +0000

(image) Dell has introduced its first ever monitor that meets the HDR10 standard: the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor model UP2718Q. The monitor has UHD Alliance Premium Certification and has 100-percent Adobe color, as well as an Ultra HD 4K resolution and 1.07 billion colors. That’s a lot to pack into a single monitor, and it’s just the start of … Continue reading(image)

Canon EOS C300 Mark II CFast card bug: here’s the workaround

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:50:26 +0000

(image) Canon has detailed a new bug that is affecting its EOS C300 Mark II cinema camera: those who update to firmware may discover the camera experiences a problem if a VPG130 CFast card is used at the same time as a different type of CFast card. According to Canon, the camera may end up freezing when this card combination … Continue reading(image)

Google Pixel and Pixel XL phone backup issue affects some users

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:05:20 +0000

(image) Google Pixel owners have taken to the company’s Product Forums to complain about a new software issue: the phone isn’t backing up properly, in some cases failing to backup everything including call history, text messages, and app data, among other things. Many users are reporting this problem, indicating it is at least a moderately widespread problem, and there doesn’t appear … Continue reading(image)

Halo Wars 2 DLC has been delayed over game-breaking bug

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:20:31 +0000

(image) 343 Industries has announced that the DLC for Halo Wars 2 that was supposed to go live in recent days has been delayed due to a ‘game-breaking’ bug. Due to pestering from gamers who wanted to know more about that bug, the company has released more details, explaining that the issue involved the in-game vehicles Skitterers. At close to the … Continue reading(image)

Moto Z2 Play leaks in press photos: more of the same, only better

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:29:13 +0000

(image) Yet another Motorola smartphone has leaked, this time the Moto Z2 Play. The handset has been shown front, side, and back in what appears to be a trio of press photos, all three of them laying bare everything the phone has to offer (as far as aesthetics are concerned). Assuming the leaked photo is an accurate look at the handset, … Continue reading(image)

BMW Hoverbike LEGO Review

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:09:37 +0000

(image) This week we’re taking a peek at a LEGO motorcycle [BMW R 1200 GS Adventure] that can be re-built as a hoverbike. It’s completely batty, to be sure – but the appeal in having a BMW-branded hoverbike was more than I could handle. I had to built it – and built it I did. It took a few hours (spread … Continue reading(image)

Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:44:14 +0000

(image) The second notable meteor shower of 2017 is kicking off tonight, and it’ll be your best chance of seeing the celestial event. The Lyrid Meteor Shower will be happening on both April 22 and 23, but if you can’t catch it tonight, tomorrow’s viewing will be less notable, so take note. NASA says viewers will be able to watch the … Continue reading(image)

Legend’s Galaxy S8 is made with 24k gold and crocodile leather

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:59:14 +0000

(image) Legend, the company that dazzles up smartphones with a large dose of luxury, has taken the wraps off its new 24k gold and crocodile leather versions of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. Both refined models are being offered in limited quantities; buyers get to choose between the ‘exotic leather’ edition or a different version featuring 24k gold … Continue reading(image)

Twitch wants non-partners to make money from gaming

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:21:01 +0000

(image) When you’re just starting out as a streamer, making money on Twitch can be kind of difficult. As it is, you pretty much need to rely on donations from viewers to make any cash until you grow your viewer base large enough to be admitted into Twitch’s partner program. That’s all about to change, with Twitch introducing a new system … Continue reading(image)

The 5 best Galaxy S8 phone cases released so far

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:20:25 +0000

(image) Partners of Samsung have brought out their big guns when it comes to Galaxy S8 cases and Galaxy S8 Plus cases this week. These cases are first to store racks – and they come from brands we know and trust. This first collection of cases we’re running down works with legacy understanding of defense power and durability as well as … Continue reading(image)

The Galaxy S8 deals you need today

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:03:10 +0000

(image) It’s the Samsung Galaxy S8‘s big day, and that means there are deals for the taking. If you haven’t already preordered the phone, now is your chance to jump on one of several promotions being offered by a handful of carriers, including things like a free handset, a buy-one-get-one deal, and/or low down payments. Most of these deals are limited-time … Continue reading(image)

The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:14:14 +0000

(image) A stealth startup of former Google engineers is working on an artificial intelligence chip that could outshine their former employer’s much-vaunted TensorFlow tech. Dubbed Groq, the clandestine company has shared little of its plans or roadmap, though recent filings suggest more than $10m in funding has already been secured. More than four-fifths of the original Google TPU team are now … Continue reading(image)

Call of Duty: WWII revealed, brings the series back to its roots

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:57:38 +0000

(image) As expected, Activision has revealed the next Call of Duty, and we’re going back to World War II. Call of Duty: WWII will take us back to the series’ beginnings, confirming information from a number of leaks ahead of this announcement. Activision itself even indicated something like this would happen earlier this year, when Activision hosted something of a year-in-review … Continue reading(image)

iPhone 8 images match previous Touch ID schematics

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:24 +0000

(image) Earlier this week we saw an iPhone 8 leak which suggested that the Touch ID sensor would migrate to the back of Apple’s next phone. Today we’re looking at a set of renders which make the exact same case for the smartphone. The possibility of one source rendering images based on the other is real – but the possibility that … Continue reading(image)

Radeon RX 480 converts to RX 580 with a code

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:44:38 +0000

(image) This week the folks at AMD are witnessing an odd occurrence with their latest RX 580 graphics card. While the RX 580 features a new power state and faster processing speeds, it’s pretty much just a slightly modified RX 480 card. Users saw this and started in tweaking their hardware with software freely available from AMD. It would appear that … Continue reading(image)

The Force is with Xbox Live’s Games with Gold in May

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:44:31 +0000

(image) Microsoft has announced Xbox Live‘s Games with Gold for the month of May, and Star Wars fans will want to take note. May’s selection of free games includes not one but two Star Wars titles, likely as a way to celebrate Star Wars day on May 4th. If you missed out on these Star Wars games the first time around, … Continue reading(image)

The IoT will survive this Juicero scorn

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:35:03 +0000

(image) In a shocking revelation that came as a surprise to practically nobody, a $400 connected juicer may not be the must-have in the kitchen that it was pitched as. Nor is it the best poster-child for the Internet of Things and, as is usually the way, scorn heaped on Juicero has spilled over to the connected home more broadly. After … Continue reading(image)

Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:06:29 +0000

(image) Three years ago the folks at Plastc came together to make a smart credit card – now that dream is over. A note sent to potential users, investors, and everyone in-between, was sent out this week. This note spoke about how not only would Plastc not be dolling out smart credit cards, they’d be filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as … Continue reading(image)

HP’s new ZBooks prove mobile workstations needn’t be ugly

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:37:53 +0000

(image) HP is adding some new notebooks to its ZBook line of workstations today, and each one has an angle meant to attract different segments of users. They all share a few common themes, though: creativity and security. HP also seems to have put effort into making these notebooks sleek and relatively lightweight, which will certainly be appreciated because no one … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO Update brings great news for legit trainers

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:20:20 +0000

(image) Overnight Niantic has sent out a Pokemon GO update server-side which randomizes the stats of Pokemon based on player. While this won’t make a massive difference to the average legit Pokemon GO user, it has already begun to wreak havock on spoofer communities and snipers of all sorts. This is a time to rejoice for the average player playing by … Continue reading(image)

Your Mercedes now takes orders from Alexa and Google Home

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:15:42 +0000

(image) If the smart home is so darn smart, why shouldn’t the garage be too? Mercedes-Benz is expanding its cars’ support for the popular virtual assistants, with select models now taking instructions from both Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. Although we’re still some way from being able to ask an Echo to have your S-Class dispatched to your front door, the … Continue reading(image)