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Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:43:37 +0000


Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:43:37 +0000

(image) Avis Budget Group has announced a new partnership with Alphabet’s Waymo, saying that it will maintain and support the latter company’s self-driving car fleet. The maintenance/support offered under this partnership will take place at Avis’s various rental locations, enabling Waymo to keep its vehicles maintained and ready for use in many locations. The Alphabet company is creating a 600-vehicle fleet, … Continue reading(image)

Uptime’s social YouTube viewing released invite-free

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:38:47 +0000

(image) As it stands, it’s a little difficult to watch a YouTube video with friends if you aren’t all in the same room. Uptime, an app from Google incubator Area 120, looks to solve this exact problem, but before today, there’s a solid chance you’d never heard of it. What was once an app that was an invite-only affair has now … Continue reading(image)

Pixely Launcher brings Google Now to most Androids [APK download]

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:29:47 +0000

(image) This week the user known as deletescape has released his first Rootless Pixel Launcher. This launcher is very similar to some other recently released launchers – such as the launcher literally called “Rootless Pixel Launcher” – but this one’s got some unique features. As the developer, also known as Till Kottmann, explains – this app is unique in its ability … Continue reading(image)

This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:43:03 +0000

(image) Users that’ve downloaded the app “Magic Browser” at any point in the past should delete the app immediately. This app has been found to contain malware of a simple sort – but terrible nonetheless. This app’s malware is especially dangerous not because of what it can do to an average user’s phone, but because of how crafty it is in … Continue reading(image)

Nokia 6 released in USA with Android

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:22:35 +0000

(image) This week the folks at Nokia have revealed their plans to release the Nokia 6 in the United States. This device runs Android and is the first device in what’s expected to be along line of similar devices from the brand. These devices – including the Nokia 6 – will bring the brand Nokia back into smartphones in a big … Continue reading(image)

The 2018 BMW X3 is here… and there’s an M Sport version

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:17:23 +0000

(image) Crossovers and SUVs continue to be the stars of the auto industry, at least when it comes to sales, so there’s plenty riding on the 2018 BMW X3. Now in its third generation, BMW‘s midsize SUV promises more luxury, more technology, and – for the first time in the X3 line-up – an M Performance version. Compared to the old … Continue reading(image)

SNES Classic release date and sale details

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:25:30 +0000

(image) Following up on the immense success of the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo has announced the SNES Classic Edition. This announcement probably isn’t going to shock too many people, considering that how many consumers were clamoring to get an NES Classic during its retail availability. With Nintendo now giving the same treatment to its 16-bit era console, we can already assume … Continue reading(image)

Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:04 +0000

(image) Amazon’s Echo has grown from a voice-controlled curiosity to being a legitimate home assistant, and now, with Echo Show, it’s gaining a display. The latest iteration in the smart speaker series bucks the trend of spoken interactions only, adding a touchscreen so that Alexa can show & tell. At $229.99, however, it’s the most expensive version so far, and at … Continue reading(image)

Another new Galaxy S8 model revealed

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:49:37 +0000

(image) The Galaxy S8+ is a pretty solid device when it comes to hardware and features, but in terms of color, we’ve got some pretty standard options. Despite the fancy names Samsung has come up for these colors, our choices essentially amount to black, gray, and silver here in the US. Today we’re getting a look at a new Galaxy S8+ … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO Raids level and the next update

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:02:43 +0000

(image) Raid Battles have begun in Pokemon GO and the whole in-game universe has begun to wonder when it’ll be their turn to take a shot. As of this weekend, Niantic began rolling out the RAID Battle update to all players. This does not mean that every single player got the opportunity to participate in a Raid battle right off the … Continue reading(image)

Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:49 +0000

(image) Anki’s Cozmo may have looked like a toy by way of Wall-E when it launched last year, but the personality-filled robot has bigger ambitions than mere entertainment. Launching today is Cozmo Code Lab, an incredibly simple way to unlock the many talents of the robot, even if you can’t string together a single line of code. Cozmo was designed from … Continue reading(image)

2018 Audi Sport RS 5 Coupe First-Drive Review: A go-anywhere grand-tourer

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:44:37 +0000

(image) The world’s moving towards turbochargers and Audi’s not immune to the change, and as a result, we have this new Audi-built 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. It’s at the heart of the 2018 Audi Sport RS 5 Coupe, described by Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH., as “the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport.” That means “elegant … Continue reading(image)

This big Amazon Echo discount is a one-day-only affair

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:22:50 +0000

(image) It’s clear that Amazon wants its Echo line of devices to be the center hub of your smart home, but at $180 for the standard Amazon Echo, the buy-in can be significant. If that $180 price point is more than you want to spend on a smart home speaker, then good news: Amazon has slashed Echo’s price significantly. The bad … Continue reading(image)

Michelin’s wheel of the future looks made out of sponge

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:23:14 +0000

(image) Nobody said that the products of the future need to be super clean, super smooth pieces that looked straight out of Apple’s design book. Then again, they do say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everyone will appreciate what some might label as “beautiful”. That said, future products need to be at least promise functionality … Continue reading(image)

LG V30 to make a big change for a new feature

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:43:12 +0000

(image) Wireless charging isn’t exactly new but very few, like Samsung, make it a must-have for their flagship products. Things might soon change, however, if the iPhone 8 does end up having such a feature. LG is also jumping on board with its upcoming flagship. The LG V30, which may break cover as early as August, is now tipped to switch … Continue reading(image)

You won’t have to wait too long for a Purism Librem Laptop anymore

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:01:02 +0000

(image) Although the chatter, whistleblowing, and mudslinging revolving around data privacy and security have somewhat died down, it hasn’t completely vanished and is perhaps more critical than ever before. That is perhaps why Purism, the folks behind the privacy-focused Librem Laptops, have decided to take a more mainstream approach to their sales, shipping the laptops in just weeks after paying for … Continue reading(image)

HTC Vive X welcomes 33 new startups to its accelerator program

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:13:37 +0000

(image) In pushing the virtual reality market forward, it really isn’t enough just to have a VR headset or a set of demo apps and games. It isn’t even enough just to have a platform to build upon. You also need the builders that will utilize that platform. Last year, HTC announced its Vive X accelerator program in a bid to … Continue reading(image)

You can now pre-order a Lenovo Tab 4 in the US

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:24:50 +0000

(image) There’s an Android tablet for every size and price. While that does make choosing a bit more of a chore, it also means that there’s a tablet to match every need and every budget. Don’t need all the bells and whistles of a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3? Want something a bit more functional than an Amazon Fire? What you might … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:43:15 +0000

(image) Although it probably had the biggest share in the web browser market, the bloat that was known as Internet Explorer soon dragged Microsoft’s name down to the Internet Hall of Shame. Given than notoriety, it almost seemed that its new browser, Microsoft Edge, had an unfair disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the company put its marketing and advertising machine into high gear, including … Continue reading(image)

OnePlus 5 root already available, TWRP recovery as well

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:14:43 +0000

(image) Well that didn’t take too long, especially for a device that sells itself as friendly to developers and modders. The OnePlus 5 has barely been a week in the market but enterprising developers lost no time in cracking the smartphone’s software wide open. More advanced users can now install the TWRP recovery and, if chosen, also root their device, opening … Continue reading(image)

Google Home, Assistant can now say “Bonjour” in Canada

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:33:43 +0000

(image) It might surprise some people but almost a quarter of Canada call French their second tongue. That makes it a bit tricky to roll out products in this major market that have to straddle not only English but also French, specifically French Canadian. Google, however, as sufficiently overcome that hurdle and, starting today, users in the French-speaking quarters of the … Continue reading(image)

Here are the Edge Sense features coming to the HTC U11

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:47:01 +0000

(image) Although it is a highly capable smartphone in its own right, the HTC U11 would have probably been overshadowed by the likes of the Galaxy S8 or even the OnePlus 5 if not for two things. One is a camera highly praised by DxOMark. The other is its squeezable Edge Sense gestures. Not unlike Samsung’s Bixby, the version of Edge … Continue reading(image)

SpaceX launches, lands second Falcon 9 in 48 hours in extreme weather

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:55:46 +0000

(image) Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night. That USPS battle cry could very well be adopted by SpaceX in the future. Against weather that would have normally caused a cancellation, SpaceX launched a second Falcon 9 just two days after it successfully launched and, more importantly, successfully landed one. And, both through luck and hard work, SpaceX was able … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Switch dock built from old Game Boy Advance SP

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:00:57 +0000

(image) If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, you can count yourself among the lucky who no longer have to struggle with the ongoing console shortages. The trade-off, however, is that you now get to deal with expensive accessories, like the $90 price tag on an extra dock. But if you’re need of connecting your Switch to more than one TV and … Continue reading(image)

Cyberattack targets British lawmakers

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:00:23 +0000

(image) While the US still tries to sort out how Russian cyberattacks played an influence on the recent presidential election, the British Parliament is currently experiencing its own attack from hackers this weekend. News reports say the country’s lawmakers have been left unable to use or access their email as a result of a “sustained and determined” cyberattack from unknown individuals. … Continue reading(image)

2018 BMW X3: first images leak ahead of reveal

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:00:35 +0000

(image) Heads up, BMW fans, the first images of the upcoming 2018 X3 have made their way online, a full day before the compact SUV’s official debut. It seems this is a result of a goof on the part of BMW’s Hong Kong website, which not only published photos but specs as well. As the third-generation X3, the SUV is now … Continue reading(image)

Instagram testing private sharing with favorite friends

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:00:14 +0000

(image) Instagram may be crushing Snapchat when it comes to number of users, but the photo and video social network still suffers from Facebook’s biggest frustration: the algorithmic timeline. It’s this “feature” that makes it incredibly difficult for users to keep track of and see all the posts from their closest friends. To remedy this, Instagram is testing a new option … Continue reading(image)

Windows 10 source code leaked, Microsoft confirms

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:05:40 +0000

(image) Microsoft is dealing with a significant Windows 10 security headache this weekend, as the company has confirmed that a portion of the operating system’s source code was in fact posted online. Shared on the online repository site BetaArchive earlier this week, Microsoft has said that the code is genuine and comes from the Shared Source Kit, which is shared with … Continue reading(image)

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL specs begin to leak

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:00:20 +0000

(image) With the summer now in full swing, we’re getting closer and closer to the expected fall debut of the next generation of Google’s Pixel smartphones, tentatively known as the “Pixel 2.” We’ve already heard about how Google was once considering three different sizes for the devices, with the middle-sized model, codenamed “Muskie,” getting canned. But now we’re getting the first … Continue reading(image)

Facebook announces a new video creation app

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:00:20 +0000

(image) It’s been clear for some time now that Facebook is betting heavily on video; everything from live streaming to hosting coverage of news and sporting events. But in an effort to really compete with YouTube, the social media behemoth is attempting to lure original video creators with the announcement of a new mobile app that focuses on, well, video creation. … Continue reading(image)

Tesla looks to begin car manufacturing in China

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000

(image) Tesla is interested in opening a factory in China to begin building its all-electric vehicles in the country, the company revealed this week. But before fans of American manufacturing start getting worried, know that this isn’t about Tesla looking for a cheaper workforce or anything like that. Instead the car maker is looking to improve its appeal among buyers by … Continue reading(image)

Update your Apple Watch with Toy Story faces with latest watchOS beta

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:00:51 +0000

(image) If the current look of your Apple Watch‘s main screen is getting a little stale, and you’re already tired of the existing Mickey and Minnie Mouse faces, you’ll soon have the option adorning your smartwatch with Toy Story characters. As shown off at this year’s WWDC keynote, watchOS 4 will expand on the Disney tie-ins by introducing animated character faces, … Continue reading(image)

SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:00:59 +0000

(image) SpaceX‘s record of success continues to grow as the space company successfully launched and landed a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time on Friday. As the second instance of reusing one of its rockets, this marks 12 completed landings out of 17 attempts for SpaceX, and the 7th successful recovery at sea, where the rocket’s first stage touches … Continue reading(image)

GTA 5 mod OpenIV returns after Rockstar softens stance

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:00:14 +0000

(image) The last week has been a frustrating one for Grand Theft Auto V players, specifically those among the game’s PC modding community. Things came to a head earlier this month when Take-Two, GTA 5‘s publisher, sent a cease and desist letter to the creators of OpenIV, a popular modding tool that enables players to create new items for the single-player … Continue reading(image)

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV First Drive: 5 Things You Need To Know

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:00:32 +0000

(image) Volkswagen has found itself on the outside looking in when it comes to the current SUV zeitgeist that has seized American car shoppers. The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact sport-utility vehicle, in combination with the full-size VW Atlas, is intended to address that oversight and snag a larger slice of customer affections (and paychecks) than the previous Tiguan and the … Continue reading(image)

Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:00:24 +0000

(image) Apple has a new flagship retail store currently under construction in the city of Chicago, and as you’d expect from the company’s other flashy stores from the last few years, it features an impressive, striking design. But new footage from the building process has revealed that the store’s roof has its own interesting design element: it strongly resembles a giant … Continue reading(image)

Scientists say another Earth-like planet may be hiding in our solar system

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:59:16 +0000

(image) As if the so-called ‘Planet 9’ wasn’t interesting enough, researchers with the University of Arizona have detailed a newly discovered ‘planetary mass object’ that could prove to be a Planet 10. This object is said to be in the fringes of our own solar system, and all signs point toward it being a yet-undiscovered planet. If it is, researchers estimate … Continue reading(image)

Titanfall 2 DLC arrives June 27 with two new maps and more

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:38:26 +0000

(image) EA has announced plans for the next Titanfall 2 DLC, saying it will arrive on June 27 with a bunch of new features, not the least of which are two new maps called ‘War Games’ and ‘Traffic.’ If that’s not enough to get you excited, the upcoming DLC will also bring a third weapon slot for pilots, a free agents … Continue reading(image)

YouTube TV will soon launch in these ten new markets

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:28:13 +0000

(image) YouTube‘s relatively new live television service YouTube TV launched in a limited number of markets, and while it still isn’t available for everyone, Google says it’ll soon be available in ten new markets. It hasn’t actually launched in all of these markets yet, so you’ll still need to sign up on the service’s website where you’ll find out whether your … Continue reading(image)

You can now ask Google to delete medical records from search: here’s how

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:42:49 +0000

(image) Personal medical records showing up in search results is a big problem, and now Google is addressing it. The Internet giant will start pulling these records from results when someone asks them to, helping individuals maintain privacy in a world where hackers are increasingly breaching medical facilities’ networks. This marks a change in policy for the company, which recently updated … Continue reading(image)