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Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:31:51 +0000


Desiccation Cracks on Mars shed new light on ancient climate

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:31:51 +0000

(image) Scientists are sure that Mars once had an atmosphere and liquid water on its surface. Scientists have known since very early in the mission of Curiosity in 2012 that Gale Crater once contained lakes. The image below shows a feature found on Mars called desiccation cracks which form when mud is exposed to air, dries, and cracks. Scientists say that … Continue reading(image)

LG G7 ThinQ: what to expect from LG 2018 contender

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:53:18 +0000

(image) In just a few days, one of the latest, and by that we mean “very late” 2018 smartphone flagship will finally be announced. Not that we’re expecting any surprise considering how the LG G7 ThinQ has been leaked to death. What we’ll be waiting for, instead, is to see how LG plans to spin a smartphone that is later than … Continue reading(image)

BMW iX3 all-electric SUV teased

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:21:52 +0000

(image) Like any other automakers, BMW is pushing hard on the electrification front and has several new EVs coming to market. One of those EVs will be the BMW iX3 SUV, a vehicle we have heard about before. We don’t know much about the iX3 right now other than it will be an SUV and based on the X3 SUV presumably. … Continue reading(image)

Chrome OS Terminal app hints at upcoming Linux support

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:19:13 +0000

(image) Who needs a combined Android and Chrome OS when Chrome OS can pretty much run it all. There’s native Chrome OS, of course, and official Android support via Google Play Store. There’s even preliminary Windows support via WINE for Android on Chrome OS. And, soon, Chromebooks might be able to run Linux programs as well. That possibility already was hinted … Continue reading(image)

Gmail spam campaign is a worrying false alarm

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:01:27 +0000

(image) Once simply equated with a canned meat product, “spam” has taken on a different and negative meaning in the modern, computer age. More than just a mere annoyance, however, email spam can also become the vehicle of malware and all the vileness that those bring. For a few excruciating hours, those fears became seemingly real for some Gmail users who … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Switch dbrand skins are finally here

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:29:45 +0000

(image) While Nintendo has tried its best to make its Switch as colorful or as drab as it can be, depending on your preference, gamers are just the types who love to customize and personalize their gear as much as they can. Sadly, applying skins and other adhesive embellishments to Nintendo’s latest and greatest is a death sentence for it. At … Continue reading(image)

iPhone 5S might still get iOS 12

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:51:26 +0000

(image) Apple is often praised for how fast and how consistent it is in updating its iPhones to the latest versions of iOS. Considering it only has a few models and has complete control, it’s not that unfeasible. But even Apple has limits and all iPhones have an “expiration” date. For the iPhone 5S, that should have been last year with … Continue reading(image)

Police tried to unlock phone with dead man’s finger at funeral home

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:58:05 +0000

(image) How far will law enforcers go to unlock a smartphone? Given how critical these mobile devices have become these days, it seems they’re willing to go through sometimes morbid lengths to access what could be, but not yet confirmed, evidence inside. And, yes, that includes trying to unlock phones using the deceased’s own fingers. That is what two detectives in … Continue reading(image)

Huawei AI to get some emotional intelligence

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:10:44 +0000

(image) AI assistants may be called “personal” but they definitely aren’t personable. Never mind their obviously fake personalities, these intelligent chatbots are really intelligent in only the factual sense. Huawei, however wants AI assistants to grow beyond that to become something more relatable, more approachable, more human-like. In other words, it wants to make its AI have some EI, emotional intelligence, … Continue reading(image)

Xbox Games with Gold May 2018 lineup features MGS5, Vanquish

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:22:30 +0000

(image) Microsoft has revealed the May 2018 lineup of free games available through the Xbox Live Games with Gold program. Xbox Live Gold subscribers are treated to four titles each month; two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games, with the latter pair being backward compatible with the Xbox One. There’s several great games in lineup, including the highly acclaimed … Continue reading(image)

The last Apple Watch pop-up store closes next month

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:17:32 +0000

(image) When the first Apple Watch launched back in 2015, the lengths Apple went to to promote it as a fashion and luxury item included opening three pop-up stores dedicated to the device alone. Located in London, Paris, and Tokyo, the shops gave potential buyers the opportunity to try the Watch on and see a variety of swappable wristbands without having … Continue reading(image)

Brand new, original Mustang Boss, Mach 1 built by Classic Recreations

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:00:13 +0000

(image) If you’ve ever dreamed of owning one of the Ford Mustang’s most classic, iconic models — like the Boss 302, Boss 429, or Mach 1 — you’ll soon have your chance. Classic Recreations is known for their widely praised officially licensed Shelby Mustangs, and now the builder has announced it’s landed the license from Ford to make three more vintage … Continue reading(image)

Valve buys indie studio behind hit game Firewatch

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:00:08 +0000

(image) Campo Santo, the independent studio behind the award-winning adventure game Firewatch, isn’t quite so indie now. The developer has been acquired by Valve, it’s been announced. Fans of Campo Santo looking forward to their next game, In the Valley of Gods, don’t need to worry, as the developer will continue working on the title as a team under Valve, and … Continue reading(image)

Flickr bought by SmugMug photo hosting service

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:49:09 +0000

(image) While it pales in popularity compared to the big social networks, photo-sharing site Flickr is still around. Founded in 2004 and purchased by Yahoo in 2005 for over $20 million, Flickr grew to roughly 75 million accounts, but has long been overtaken by social media giants like Facebook and Instagram. But now Flickr has a new owner, the professional photo … Continue reading(image)

Overwatch’s new Rialto map is live on the PTR

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:21:03 +0000

(image) A new multiplayer map is coming to Blizzard’s Overwatch in the near future, and PC players can now take it for an early spin on the game’s PTR, or public test server. Dubbed Rialto, the new map will look familiar to anyone who’s played Overwatch‘s new Retribution co-op PvE event in the last two weeks. But this latest PTR update … Continue reading(image)

LG G7 ThinQ to feature Google Assistant hardware button

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:51:45 +0000

(image) The last several weeks have seen numerous leaks and rumors about the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ, and with the phone’s official debut expected on May 2nd more concrete details are surfacing, including LG’s confirmation of the name. The latest tidbit is that one of the G7 ThinQ’s hardware buttons will have a sole purpose of activating the voice-powered Google Assistant. … Continue reading(image)

Monster Hunter: World gets second major update with Kulve Taroth

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:06:00 +0000

(image) The second big update for Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World arrived this week, just in time to keep players entertained with new content and features. The biggest addition, of course, is a new monster to hunt in the form of Kulve Taroth, a massive golden Elder Dragon that includes a new quest type, along with its new weapons and armor to … Continue reading(image)

Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:15:51 +0000

(image) Owners of Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro model will want to take notice of a new servicing program the company launched on Friday: certain models of the laptop qualify for a free battery replacement after Apple discovered an issue that can result in the device’s battery to expand, a problem sometimes seen in phones and smartwatches. Fortunately only a small … Continue reading(image)

AT&T and Verizon collusion probe tipped at Justice Department

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:40:52 +0000

(image) A newly published report claims Verizon and AT&T are the subject of a Department of Justice investigation. According to the sources cited, officials are looking into whether the two carriers, as well as telecom standards organization GSMA, colluded to make it harder for customers to switch providers. The Justice Department hasn’t confirmed the allegations at this time. The information comes … Continue reading(image)

eBay iOS app adds barcode scanner to simplify listing creation

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:37:01 +0000

(image) Listing content on eBay is a tedious process that, at minimum, requires the user to select a bunch of items from drop-down menus. Here to simplify things is an update for the service’s iOS app that adds a barcode scanner. With this feature, the user can scan the barcode on the product they want to list and the platform will … Continue reading(image)

Amazon locks Star Wars, Marvel DVDs and Blu-rays behind Prime paywall

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:40:15 +0000

(image) Amazon has mildly annoyed some consumers by locking Star Wars and Marvel physical movie discs behind a Prime paywall. Anyone who tries to order DVDs and Blu-ray discs from either franchise via the online retailer must subscribe to Prime, otherwise the purchase is unavailable. The good news is that Amazon is only one of many online retailers and you don’t … Continue reading(image)

Green moon hoax will leave many disappointed tonight

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:50:08 +0000

(image) Sorry folks, but there won’t be a green moon tonight. The hoax appeared on social media in recent weeks claiming that a special planetary alignment, which supposedly happens every 420 years, would cause the moon to appear green on April 20, every marijuana enthusiast’s favorite day. As with many things you see on social media, this isn’t true and never … Continue reading(image)

Alienware created a stunning hotel room for gamers

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:00:11 +0000

(image) Alienware is behind a special room at the Hilton Panama City hotel that caters to gamers. The room was created in partnership with Dell, according to a local report, and it features a battlestation complete with a huge display and Alienware logo. The room isn’t just for show, though — anyone can rent it for about $359/night. For many, a … Continue reading(image)

Hearthstone director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:35:36 +0000

(image) Today marks the end of an era over at Blizzard HQ. Ben Brode, who most will recognize as the director and public face of Hearthstone, has announced that he’s leaving the company. Brode has served as the director of Hearthstone since development first got underway, so as a result, a lot of people in the Hearthstone community know who he … Continue reading(image)

AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:51:30 +0000

(image) AT&T has tweaked its prepaid plans, making them slightly more attractive than before. Of note, users now have the option of an 8GB prepaid plan that costs $50/month, double or more the high-speed data you’ll get from similarly priced plans elsewhere. As is common with prepaid plans, the carrier is making it attractive to set up auto pay by reducing … Continue reading(image)

The Netherlands determines some loot boxes violate gambling laws

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:38:12 +0000

(image) Loot boxes have been a controversial gaming topic since their inception, but more recently, it seems that player dissatisfaction with them has reached something of a fever pitch. We have Electronic Arts and Star Wars: Battlefront 2 to thank for that, but not only did Battlefront 2‘s overreaching loot boxes cause players to lash out, it also attracted the attention … Continue reading(image)

Audi’s e-tron SUV 95 kWh battery makes a debut Tesla would be proud of

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:36:27 +0000

(image) Audi gets an A for showmanship, introducing the world’s first 95kWh battery for the upcoming all-electric Audi e-tron SUV in a lighting-filled Faraday cage. Typically, you wouldn’t want the sort of high voltages your EV relies on to be visibly dancing around the car, but a big battery deserves a big splash. When it reaches the road, mind, the e-tron’s … Continue reading(image)

Fortnite esports scholarship arrives at Ashland University this fall

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:51:20 +0000

(image) Ashland University, a private university located in Ashland, Ohio, is the first of its kind to add Fortnite to its esports gaming list. The university’s head coach Josh Buchanan announced the addition on Wednesday, expressing an optimistic outlook about the title and its massive popularity. Players with the university will have a chance to get an esports scholarship. Esports are … Continue reading(image)

PUBG’s Metal Rain mode has armored cars falling from the sky

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:02:38 +0000

(image) PUBG‘s limited-time game modes have been on quite the roll lately, and a new one is now primed and ready for the weekend. Like one of the first limited-time game modes for PUBG, this one features eight-man squads once more, but this time there’s a fascinating little twist. Get ready to go for a ride, because armored UAZs are at … Continue reading(image)

This is the newest exploding ant: Yellow Goo!

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:29:40 +0000

(image) A new group of exploding ant called Colobopsis explodens was identified in a research paper this week. The “explodens” name isn’t just for show – these ants actually explode with toxic yellow goo – that was its name before it received its scientific name too – Yellow Goo! The explosion isn’t like a bomb – it’s more like a flex, … Continue reading(image)

AT&T announces a new streaming service, surprises everyone

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:00:23 +0000

(image) AT&T, if you haven’t already heard, wants to buy Time Warner’s broadcasting business. The government, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to think that such a merger is a good idea, and it’s brought an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in an attempt to block the deal. Yesterday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stand to explain why he thinks the … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy Note 9: If this is it, it’s the new boss

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:14:48 +0000

(image) Analyzing the Galaxy Note 9 is like seeing the culmination of a year’s worth of best phone concepts. It’s like seeing what every other smartphone was trying to achieve, and Samsung crowning their efforts. Each year when the Samsung Galaxy Note series arrives, it’s like Samsung was just sitting back waiting for everyone else to try to make something as … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Labo launches today: Watch Bill Nye mess around with it

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:39:10 +0000

(image) After being revealed at the beginning of the year, Nintendo Labo has finally arrived. Labo is easily the most interesting use of the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con controllers we’ve seen thus far, as it has users building different devices out of cardboard – dubbed Toy-Cons – and then playing games with their creations. It’s a very cool idea and … Continue reading(image)

How to use Alexa Blueprints for DIY fun galore

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:23:29 +0000

(image) It’s time to turn Alexa into a joke machine, using the first round of Alexa Blueprints to do some mischief. If you’re a big fan of The Office, you know the episode cold open where Michael Scott figures out he can make his computer speak. Today, you can make all your Amazon Echo or otherwise Alexa-infused devices do what you … Continue reading(image)

LG’s OLED production woes are bad news for Apple

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:24:23 +0000

(image) Last year’s iPhone X was the first OLED phone Apple ever released, and rumors claim that this year, the company is looking to release two more iPhones with OLED displays. Obviously, this second device means that Apple is going to need a lot more OLED panels, and as such, it’s been looking to diversify its screen suppliers. Thus far, Apple … Continue reading(image)

Lamborghini Huracam is the fastest camera car in the world

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:29:38 +0000

(image) What do you get when you take a Lamborghini supercar and combine it with a gyro-stabilized camera rig that cost three times more than the car? You get the Lamborghini Huracam. The car started as a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan that was partly disassembled and had a $600,000 camera rig stuffed into its tiny front trunk. The idea behind the massively … Continue reading(image)

The Huawei P20 Pro’s camera just got a big endorsement

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:08:15 +0000

(image) The answer to which smartphone has the best camera is a tricky one, but Huawei has scooped up another award for its P20 Pro. Announced last month, the triple-camera smartphone cranked up Huawei’s imaging credentials with a Leica co-branded array of color and monochrome sensors that mingle their data for better results. The RGB sensor adds its color data, while … Continue reading(image)

Hubble Celebrates 28th birthday with awesome images of Lagoon Nebula

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:53:21 +0000

(image) The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the Earth and taking some of the coolest images of space that we have seen for 28 years now. To celebrate its nearly three decades of service, Hubble was aimed at the stunningly beautiful Lagoon Nebula and some of the images have been shared with the masses. The Lagoon Nebula is described as … Continue reading(image)

This in-car Alexa alternative wants to make your phone obsession safer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:14:00 +0000

(image) Driver distraction is a hot topic right now, and one oddly-named digital assistant is aiming to help keep eyes on the road and your smartphone in your pocket. Dubbed Chris – after its eponymous assistant – the windshield gadget promises to pare down the key features people rely on their phones for into a simple UI with voice and gesture … Continue reading(image)

Jaquet Droz Signing Machine now available four years later

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:04:21 +0000

(image) There are countless sophisticated ways these days to forge a signature, but none are as exquisite, eccentric, and expensive as this. OK, this isn’t an illegal, counterfeiting machine but the Jaquet Droz Signing Machine will save you from the pain of having to sign something over and over again, potentially giving you carpal tunnel syndrome. Presuming, of course, you can … Continue reading(image)