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Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:30:26 +0000


Galaxy Tab S3 leaked manual shows an overgrown Galaxy Note 7

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:30:26 +0000

(image) Samsung may have lost its chance to make the Galaxy Note 7 the next big thing in mobile productivity, but it might take another stab at it before the Galaxy Note 8 arrives. That will come in the form of the Galaxy Tab S3, not a new Galaxy Note device. At least that seems to be the vibe that’s being … Continue reading(image)

LG G6 wide-angle camera to also use 13MP sensor

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:30:50 +0000

(image) Another day closer to MWC 2017, another LG G6 teaser coming from LG itself. Pretty soon there might be nothing to surprise us come unveiling time. In this round, LG is praising the upcoming smartphone’s photography prowess, especially when it comes to wide-angle shots. It will be accomplishing this by making the wide-angle camera on par with the regular angle … Continue reading(image)

Amazon sets $35 minimum for free shipping to fend off Walmart

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:10:40 +0000

(image) Less than a month ago, Walmart sounded the battle cry when it announced a subscription-free shipping service that, for a minimum order of $35, would have the items delivered in two-days for absolutely free. It was a clear challenge to Amazon’s prominence in that market segment. Unsurprisingly, Amazon is firing back by now having the same $35 minimum purchase requirement … Continue reading(image)

iPad Pro ads claim it is not a computer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:59:53 +0000

(image) Remember the once humorous “Mac vs PCs” ads of yesteryears? Actor Justin Long, who portrayed the Mac side of the fence, has already moved on from computers to smartphones, specifically a Huawei phone, and Apple is doing likewise. Somewhat. The company, who still makes Macs, has launched a few new ads touting the benefits of an iPad Pro and how … Continue reading(image)

Apple acquires facial recognition firm RealFace

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:30:31 +0000

(image) It seems those recent rumors about Apple looking to implement facial recognition and other biometric features into future iPhone models are ringing true, as it’s been reported that Cupertino has acquired RealFace, an Israel-based startup that specializes in facial recognition. This news comes from the Times of Israel, which adds that Apple purchased the company for an estimated $2 million. … Continue reading(image)

SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:00:24 +0000

(image) While SpaceX delayed its latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last moment on Saturday, the rescheduled liftoff went off without a hitch on Sunday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket was launched at 9:39am ET, sending a Dragon capsule on its way to the International Space Station with 5,500 pounds of supplies on behalf of … Continue reading(image)

Pre-release Nintendo Switch was stolen, company reveals

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:30:03 +0000

(image) The new Nintendo Switch console won’t be officially released until March 3rd, but earlier this week one lucky gamer managed to get a unit, sharing unboxing pics and a video of the UI in the process. Going by the username “hiphoptherobot” on the NeoGAF message boards, he said that he had purchased the game console from an “unnamed store.” Nintendo … Continue reading(image)

First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:00:40 +0000

(image) This weekend, at the Formula E racing series Buenos Aires ePrix event, the organizers behind Roborace held their first on-track test between two specially-designed electric self-driving cars. While not quite as exciting as a race between human drivers, the cars, known as DevBots, still managed to reach speeds as high as 115mph. But as is often the case during tests … Continue reading(image)

New Final Fantasy 7 Remake images revealed

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:30:10 +0000

(image) The long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated remake of Final Fantasy VII still has a way to go in terms of development, but at least developer Square Enix is revealing that progress is being made. At the 2017 MAGIC (Monaco Anime Game International Conference) event, director Tetsuya Nomura showed off two new screenshots of gameplay, as well as a new image from Kingdom … Continue reading(image)

Newest LG G6 leak highlights always-on display, rounded corners

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:00:03 +0000

(image) As one of the most leaked phones in recent history, we pretty much know all there is to the upcoming LG G6. We’re even less than a week away from its official debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress on February 26th. But that hasn’t stopped a couple new images of the device in the wild from popping up, this … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:30:10 +0000

(image) Last summer, Microsoft acquired livestreaming service Beam as part of its plans to further integrate its Xbox gaming platform with Windows 10, and now it appears it’s ready to start positioning Beam as a serious rival to Twitch. The company has announced that a new Beam app is coming to the Xbox One, with select Xbox Insider Program members getting … Continue reading(image)

First details on LG V30 surface, including Snapdragon 835

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:00:01 +0000

(image) While LG‘s sole focus at the moment is likely the upcoming LG G6 — which is just days away from its debut — the company is still quietly working on its other flagship smartphone due sometime later this year. That would be the follow-up to last fall’s highly-praised LG V20, tentatively known as the LG V30. Thanks to early leaks … Continue reading(image)

SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:30:47 +0000

(image) Saturday was set to see yet another rocket launch from SpaceX, the private space company led by Elon Musk, this time with a goal of delivering supplies to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch at 10:01AM ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, however, with a mere 13 seconds left on the … Continue reading(image)

New 5-minute Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer features combat and abilities

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:00:33 +0000

(image) Mass Effect: Andromeda is just over a month away from release, and series fans are eagerly counting down the days. Just in time to tide players over, developer BioWare has released a lengthy new trailer that includes details on combat, weapons, abilities, and other new features. With five minutes of gameplay footage, it’s one of the best looks we’ve had … Continue reading(image)

Stephen King, J.J. Abrams making ‘Castle Rock’ series for Hulu

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:30:26 +0000

(image) Author Stephen King and filmmaker J.J. Abrams are teaming up once again to create a new Hulu original series called Castle Rock. The anthology will based on the fictional town, set in Maine, where many of King’s famous novels have been set. The announcement was revealed on the Twitter account for Bad Robot, Abrams’ production company, and pointed towards a … Continue reading(image)

Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for future iPhone wireless charging

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:00:47 +0000

(image) Rumors have been flying for some time now about what we can expect with Apple‘s redesigned “iPhone 8” sometime this year or in 2018, and one of the oft-reported features coming to the device is wireless charging. The latest news on the topic is that Apple is working with chip manufacturer Broadcom on a solution, according to JPMorgan analyst Harlan … Continue reading(image)

Bacterial DNA reveals salmonella may have wiped out the Aztecs

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:28:25 +0000

(image) A couple of new studies reveal that salmonella may have been the cause of mass devastation to the Aztec civilization, at least according to the DNA of bacterium pulled from burial locations in Mexico. The nation’s native inhabitants were hit with a severe pestilence of some sort, one powerful enough to have wiped out as much as 80-percent of the … Continue reading(image)

Cities: Skylines inbound for the Xbox One

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:43:02 +0000

(image) The game Cities: Skylines will be launching on the Xbox One soon, it has been announced. The game’s website says it’ll arrive on Microsoft’s latest-generation console this spring, the newest update for the game following its original release in 2015. The Xbox One version of the game will include the “After Dark” DLC, though whether other DLCs will also be … Continue reading(image)

Study: schizophrenia symptoms ‘significantly reduced’ by B vitamins

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:52:30 +0000

(image) A new study funded by the University of Manchester and The Medical Research Council reveals that B vitamins may ‘significantly reduce’ schizophrenic symptoms in afflicted individuals. Those B vitamins include the most common ones like B6 and B12, and may greatly aid standard treatments for schizophrenia to improve the outcome for patients. The finding were recently published in the Psychological … Continue reading(image)

ChargeWrite is a pen with a built-in power bank and flash storage

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:06:34 +0000

(image) A new project on crowdfunding website IndieGogo aims to be your all-in-one office accessory, combining an ink pen, power bank, stylus, and a phone screen cleaner into a single product. The built-in flash storage can be used with both a laptop and a smartphone, while the internal power bank is charged via a wall outlet plug. Both regular and plus … Continue reading(image)

Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:37:52 +0000

(image) Chevrolet is readying a fleet of “thousands” of self-driving cars, the majority of which will be used by Lyft as autonomous taxi alternatives, insiders have claimed. General Motors had previously invested half a billion dollars into the ride-sharing firm, with the intention of co-developing self-driving vehicles that could be added to its fleet. In the meantime, GM also launched its … Continue reading(image)

ZTE Project CSX Hawkeye phone Kickstarter campaign cancelled

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:21:19 +0000

(image) ZTE has cancelled its Project CSX phone Kickstarter, saying in an update on the crowdfunding website that it is ‘phasing out’ the funding campaign due to feedback from its Z-Community and through Kickstarter itself. The company goes on to say that despite phasing out the campaign, the project itself may not be over, as it is ‘reevaluating the device’ with … Continue reading(image)

SpaceX will carry NASA’s Raven module to the ISS soon

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:30:18 +0000

(image) SpaceX will soon launch NASA’s Raven technology module into space, doing so aboard its next upcoming commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. According to the space agency, this module is designed to be attached outside of the ISS, where it will enable ‘autonomous rendezvous’ in space…that doesn’t require any human involvement. Raven is, in this case, being sent … Continue reading(image)

T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:25:03 +0000

(image) Today we’re hearing a whopper of a rumor that could have pretty big implications for the US carrier space. SoftBank is apparently eager to see Sprint, one of its subsidiaries, merge with T-Mobile, but resistance from T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom would make such a merger difficult. With Deutsche Telekom unwilling to sell its stake in T-Mobile, it sounds like … Continue reading(image)

How to get Special Items in Pokemon GO: Some Guidance

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:02:21 +0000

(image) This week we’re tearing through the Pokemon GO Gen 2 update to see how everything works – today’s subject: Special Items. What the game calls “Special Items” are also called Evolution Items, or Evolution Requirements by the game. There are several Pokemon which require one of these items to evolve into their next-level Pokemon. That, and a healthy dose of … Continue reading(image)

Lightweight origami shield unfolds quickly to stop bullets

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:48:10 +0000

(image) Engineers with Brigham Young University have developed a new type of foldable bulletproof shield called the origami shield, and it aims to keep police officers safe from handgun bullets without being too burdensome or difficult to deploy. The shield is made using a dozen layers of Kevlar material, as well as an aluminum-based frame that allows the shield to fold … Continue reading(image)

Twitter is now ‘temporarily limiting’ accounts that misbehave

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:04:24 +0000

(image) Twitter has been targeting abusive activities and accounts with a growing array of features and methods, and the latest among them appears to be a sort of ‘throttling’ that temporarily limits the extent to which a particular Twitter account can be viewed. News about the limitations surfaced via the affected users themselves, who have shared the notice they received from … Continue reading(image)

YouTube will stop showing 30-second unskippable ads next year

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:57:47 +0000

(image) If those 30-second unskippable ads on YouTube have you down, then good news: they won’t be around for much longer. In an announcement today, Google said that it will stop showing unskippable 30-second ads before YouTube videos beginning next year. That’s a move which is likely to be welcomed by many YouTube users. Google confirmed that those ads are going … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Switch will finally tie digital purchases to your Nintendo account

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:57:45 +0000

(image) Many of you have probably already seen the leaked Nintendo Switch unboxing video making the rounds today, and in the time since it was first uploaded, the internet at large has discovered an important piece of information. As it turns out, Nintendo is finally doing something to bring its online systems up to the same level as Xbox Live and … Continue reading(image)

Samsung chief’s arrest, bribery, corruption, scandal, and a horse (Made Easy)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:58:33 +0000

(image) Samsung is involved in an alleged bribery scandal that includes the president of South Korea, $36m in funds, and an equestrian horse. The scandal involves Samsung’s de-facto leader Lee Jae-yong (aka Jay Y. Lee), the grandson of the founder of the company*. It also involves South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her suspension from power amid impeachment proceedings – also … Continue reading(image)

Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:29:39 +0000

(image) In a matter of just a few days, we’ve gone from two major US carriers offering unlimited data plans to all four. After the past few years, it seems very strange to say this, but unlimited data is back. This time around, though, these plans come with a lot of caveats, and it can be hard to keep things straight … Continue reading(image)

Indie bundle hits Xbox One: 10 games for $20

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:43 +0000

(image) The folks at Curve Digital have announced a collection of games for Xbox One all jammed into a single-priced bundle. Each of these games have been out for play in one way or another – on one system or another – before, but they’ve never been released in a single pack before. Included in the pack are games like Nova-111, … Continue reading(image)

2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:33 +0000

(image) The 2018 Lexus LC is an act of bravery. Not only did Lexus take the unusual and difficult step of birthing a street car that hews almost perfectly to the gorgeous, yet production-challenging lines of the LF-LC concept that preceded it, but it also chose to ignore prevailing winds – or are those forced induction vortices? – that have come … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S8 price and color details leak out

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:19:54 +0000

(image) We’re getting down to the wire as far as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 reveal is concerned. Though we know it won’t be making an appearance at MWC 2017 later this month, we should get an official reveal shortly after. With its anticipated announcement seemingly on the horizon, the leaks are ramping up, and today a new one is giving us some … Continue reading(image)

BMW, LEGO made a mini 1200 GS that turns into a hover bike

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:30 +0000

(image) LEGO blocks are the epitome of reusability. They can be used to form almost any object imaginable and then torn apart to be used to build a different object. But some LEGO blocks are made for specific designs and purposes to recreate a very specific thing, like a car or motorbike model. Can these blocks still be reused to create … Continue reading(image)

There’s an odd Pokemon mobile game coming soon

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:15:33 +0000

(image) Although big among gamers, Pokemon really hit mainstream when Pokemon GO launched last year. Although the hype may have dialed down a bit, the latest big update might revive the fever. Not wanting to let the opportunity pass, The Pokemon Company, the real actual owners of the Pokemon brand, is teasing a new game that will be coming soon to … Continue reading(image)

ASUS standalone VR headset, ZenFlip hero coming soon

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:30:28 +0000

(image) There are currently two competing implementations of virtual reality available in the market. One makes use of a powerful but relatively immobile computer, be it a PC, laptop, or even gaming console. The other uses a smartphone to trade power for portability. ASUS already has the latter, with the just announced ZenFone AR. According to leaked internal documents, however, the … Continue reading(image)

Skype Preview now lets you stick emoticons on video calls

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:45:35 +0000

(image) Emojis are so big that there’s even a movie about them. Of course, you don’t have to go that far to see that. Just open up your favorite messaging app and see for yourself. Unless you happen to be using Skype, in which case no emojis for you. That, however, changes with the latest Skype Preview, which promises users new … Continue reading(image)

Kodak taps ARCHOS to make its next smartphones for Europe

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:27 +0000

(image) Brand licensing might be the next game in smartphones. BlackBerry got out of the smartphone manufacturing game but is letting OEMs like TCL and India’s Optiemus to make BlackBerry-branded smartphones. Kodak is seemingly employing that same strategy after the “successful” (or so it says) launch of its very own Ektra smartphone. It has just announced its partnership with French manufacturer … Continue reading(image)

Huawei P10 stops by the FCC, gets a photo op

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:15:23 +0000

(image) Huawei has already confirmed that its MWC 2017 presence will include the P10 as well as the Huawei Watch 2. Other than that, however, it hasn’t said much. Fortunately, others are doing the talking for the OEM, like the FCC who graciously made public a few snapshots of the smartphone, both its shell and its innards. While they don’t exactly … Continue reading(image)