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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:43:12 +0000


OnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explained

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:43:12 +0000

(image) Most smartphone bugs are annoyances at best. Some are security disasters waiting to happen. But very few are so dangerous and potentially life-threatening than what OnePlus 5, and some Android, owners have discovered just recently. Dialing 911 in an emergency consistently causes their phones to reboot, defeating the purpose of the emergency number. To its credit, OnePlus quickly pushed out … Continue reading(image)

HP Pavilion AIO is for everything except making art

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:58:20 +0000

(image) Say what you want about Microsoft’s past hardware flops, but there’s no denying it has become somewhat of a trendsetter in some areas. The Surface Pro tablets, the HoloLens headset, and, lately, the Surface Studio. The latter, however, might take a bit of time before it sinks into OEMs mindsets, not to mention budgets. That is why it’s a bit … Continue reading(image)

Google Trusted Contacts iOS app goes live : Android version updated

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:10:53 +0000

(image) Google’s Trusted Contacts app has finally arrived on iOS, giving iPhone users the same location-sharing ability as the Android version of the app. With this, users are able to share their location with someone they trust — a friend or family member, for example — as well as giving these people access to certain information such as whether their phone … Continue reading(image)

Yale Assure Lock SL: the slimmest smart lock on the market

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:37:08 +0000

(image) Yale, the locks and hardware company, not the university, has announced a new smart lock product that it says is the slimmest currently available on the market. Called the Yale Assure Lock SL, this electronic deadbolt boasts a very slim body and a touchscreen display, the combination of which gives home and business owners a way to update their security … Continue reading(image)

Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR camera is official

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:56:20 +0000

(image) It’s official: Nikon is developing the model D850, a DSLR camera it says will be a full-frame offering with other high-end features. The camera is targeted solely at professional, serious photographers (it will, no doubt, be priced in the thousands of dollars, lenses not included), and it’ll be the successor of the current Nikon D810 model. We don’t know the … Continue reading(image)

Apple is bringing 3 manufacturing plants to the US (says Trump)

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:15:45 +0000

(image) Though Apple hasn’t confirmed the news, President Trump has apparently spoiled a surprise the company has in store by making the announcement himself: Apple is bringing three manufacturing plants to the United States, or so Trump says. The facilities will be ‘three big plants, beautiful plants,’ according to Trump, who revealed the information in a recent news interview. ‘Big, big, … Continue reading(image)

PSA: It now costs $15 to get your lost items back from Uber

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:37:56 +0000

(image) As much of a hassle as it is for a rider who forgets something in an Uber car, the annoyance is double for the driver who has to waste time returning it…time that could otherwise be spent earning money, or at the least, not wasting gas due to someone’s simple mistake. Drivers have been vocal about this and Uber is … Continue reading(image)

Fallout 4 VR leak reveals support for PlayStation VR

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:50:47 +0000

(image) We’ve known since this past E3 event that Bethesda has a Fallout 4 VR edition in the works, though it was only revealed for the HTC Vive headset. That arrival is set to take place this upcoming October, but a recent leak reveals apparent support for PlayStation VR as well. The information comes via an alleged GameStop catalog that also … Continue reading(image)

Facebook smart speaker with 15in display may take on Echo Show

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:08:01 +0000

(image) Facebook is getting into the smart speaker market, according to sources, and it is developing a model that will take on Amazon’s Echo Show device. Facebook’s tipped smart speaker is said to feature a 15-inch touch display, enabling users to interact with the device visually. If the sources are correct, we’ll see this speaker hit the market early next year. … Continue reading(image)

Bluboo S8 Specs and Price VS Samsung Galaxy S8 will make you flip

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:57:23 +0000

(image) The best smartphone for one person might not fit the price and budget of the next – that’s where a new contender in the space comes into play. This week the folks at little-known smartphone maker Blubloo have created a Samsung Galaxy S8-killer. Or so it might seem when comparing this device directly to the Galaxy S8 with no regard … Continue reading(image)

Amazon Prime Day accused of surge pricing for sales

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:27:49 +0000

(image) For the third year in a row, Amazon’s Prime Day sale managed to smash sales records for the company. Though Prime Day sales can certainly feel a little underwhelming to some folks, the idea of a mid-summer sale to rival Black Friday seems to be working out well for Amazon. According to one vendor, however, Amazon may not be entirely … Continue reading(image)

Xbox ‘Games with Gold’ August 2017 lineup: Bayonetta and more

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:25:13 +0000

(image) It’s that time of the month again — Microsoft has taken the wraps off the games that will be available under its ‘Games with Gold’ program. The August 2017 lineup will be comprised of four titles total, all of them for the Xbox One with two that also support the older Xbox 360 console. Availability will be staggered throughout the … Continue reading(image)

Lyft ‘Taco Mode’ is for riders who desperately need a taco

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:42:18 +0000

(image) Lyft has introduced various promotions over recent months, including the one that enables riders to earn airline miles. Its latest promotion is a bit different, this time targeting those who get the late-night munchies and can’t resist the call of fast food. Starting for customers in Orange County, California, Lyft users can utilize ‘Taco Mode’ to get a ride straight … Continue reading(image)

NES Classic Edition available NOW from ThinkGeek (with details)

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:03:40 +0000

(image) The NES Classic Edition is again available from ThinkGeek this afternoon, starting immediately if not soon. This sale is from a collection of units apparently acquired by what GameStop describes as “one of the buying ninjas at GameStop” – whatever that means. They’ll be selling these original boxed Nintendo-made real-deal NES Classic Edition consoles for a price that’s not the … Continue reading(image)

New PUBG update will bring FPS mode, paid cosmetic crates

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:58:04 +0000

(image) The next update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is going to be a big one. Not only will the update be adding the previously-announced first-person mode into the game, but as developer Bluehole announced today, it will be adding three new types of cosmetic crates. These new crates will feature outfits influenced by Battle Royale, the movie that inspires the gameplay of … Continue reading(image)

Exercise and electric brain stimulation boost learning: study

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:57:38 +0000

(image) If you’re trying to master a skill, a new study says that using a ‘cross-training’ regimen may help improve your ability to learn versus solo cognitive training. The study calls this multimodal training, and explains that it ‘significantly enhanced learning’ among volunteers who participated in the study. Best of all, the method doesn’t require any nootropics or otherwise invasive measures. … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO Event has been extended (save these Legendary Raids)

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:22:25 +0000

(image) Today it was revealed by Niantic that the Pokemon GO Fest event – and its rewards – will be extended by an additional 2-day period. It was suggested that Niantic may be reacting to a combination of elements that’ve appeared this week and over this most recent weekend. As the Chicago-based Pokemon GO Fest was such a raging success – … Continue reading(image)

Billionaire AI battle: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg just can’t agree

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:13:45 +0000

(image) It’s not quite the “battle of the billionaires” we were hoping for – that would involve more lasers – but Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are sparring over artificial intelligence. The Facebook founder started the spat by criticizing naysayers on AI, and though he didn’t mention Musk by name, the Tesla founder has become one of the most vocal advocates … Continue reading(image)

Google’s Daydream phone goal by end of 2017 goes to 11

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:31:27 +0000

(image) Generally speaking, earnings calls are a pretty boring affair, and Alphabet’s own Q2 earnings call yesterday was no different. However, there were a few good morsels of information to be found by sitting through the call, one of them concerning Google’s VR efforts with Daydream. During the call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave us an estimate of where Daydream should … Continue reading(image)

iRobot selling Roomba maps is a good idea badly communicated

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:08:57 +0000

(image) iRobot had a great idea to automatically map the smart home, but may have permanently damned it by fudging its announcement. The domestic robot-maker is best known for its Roomba robot vacuum cleaners, which over progressive generations have gone from navigating by trial-and-error – effectively bumping their way around rooms – to generating increasingly detailed maps of each owner’s home. … Continue reading(image)

ECOXGEAR EcoLantern charges phones, plays music, uses Siri and Google Assistant

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:41:05 +0000

(image) The folks at ECOXGEAR have created a lantern that’s extremely bright, charges smartphones, and has a bottle opener at its base. This device is the ECOXGEAR EcoLantern, and it’s also able to connect to your smartphone and speak to you using the iPhone’s Siri or Androids’ OK Google (Google Assistant). Speakers and waterproofing and lighting and etcetera in tow, this … Continue reading(image)

Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:26:29 +0000

(image) Adobe is dropping the axe on Flash, announcing that the little-loved – and in many cases, like that of Apple’s Steve Jobs, actively loathed – plugin is on its last legs. Flash will officially be put out of its misery in 2020, Adobe confirmed today, having already been forced out of contention from mobile. However, the company is also calling … Continue reading(image)

Moto Z2 Force release set for all four big US carriers at once

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:10:12 +0000

(image) Motorola has developed a reputation for crafting solid, dependable smartphones in recent years, but the only issue is that your exposure to some of the best Motorola handsets has been limited if you don’t have Verizon. Some Motorola phones, such as the Moto Z Force, have only been available through Verizon here in the States. That all changes with the … Continue reading(image)

Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod detailed: the world from all angles

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:51:07 +0000

(image) This week the folks at Motorola have revealed the Moto Z2 Force Edition alongside a Moto Mod that sees the world from all angles. This is the Moto Mod called “Moto 360 Camera”, and we’ve seen it before – albeit very briefly. This piece of work delivers spherical video with two lenses that, together, create a 4K-sized video captured at … Continue reading(image)

Razer Tiamat headsets V2 include directional audio and pretty lights!

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:29:22 +0000

(image) Two new headsets have been revealed by Razer with a similar look, but very different aims – one for hardcore PC gamers, the other for cross-platform play. Both go by the name Tiamat, and both are made for heavy-duty audio and comfort. Tiamat headsets come in 7.1 V2 and 2.2 V2 editions, the former coming with a higher price tag … Continue reading(image)

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition update adds one big feature

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:21:16 +0000

(image) If you’re like me and you found yourself purchasing Minecraft for the 197th time when it launched on Nintendo Switch, then you’ll be pleased to know that it’s getting a new update today. For the most part, the update offers the standard bug fixes and optimizations. There are a few additional features of note, including one really big feature that … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO Legendary Raid (How to catch em all)

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:51:59 +0000

(image) This week the Legendary Pokemon GO releases began – and they’re not about to stop soon. The first Legendary Pokemon to be released in this way were Legendary Bird Pokemon Articuno and Lugia. Both of these Pokemon are relatively difficult to beat, and extremely difficult to catch – unless you’re in Chicago. For everyone else, a bit of strategy is … Continue reading(image)

Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:18:10 +0000

(image) Google is rolling out new tools today to help searchers and Maps users get critical information during a crisis. This new feature is called SOS Alerts, and it expands on previous emergency response features Google has launched. It’s even live today, offering important information about the wildfires in British Columbia, Canada. Google breaks down this new feature in a post … Continue reading(image)

Xchime video doorbell promises lag-free security

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:41:27 +0000

(image) A smart home isn’t really very smart if it can’t protect itself or its masters. There have been a variety of smart locks in the market already, some simple and other quite sophisticated. Xchime is a new contender that has no qualms about adding yet another choice in the market. It is confident that it has something to offer that … Continue reading(image)

ASUS Lyra wants to make Wi-Fi simple again

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:53:25 +0000

(image) There seems to be a prevalent trend, or collective desire, to go back to some glory days of the past, from gaming, to politics, and, now, to Wi-Fi. Remember the good old days when Wi-Fi was simple? No? Yeah, Wi-Fi has never really been simple. But it doesn’t have to be complicated either. At least not if you ask ASUS. … Continue reading(image)

Chromebook Google Assistant is on the way, OK Google going out

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:11:18 +0000

(image) Google Assistant is almost in every notable Google product, from the Google Home, Android phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and at least one Android TV. Well, almost. The one remaining holdout is, unsurprisingly, Chrome OS, Google’s desktop-like platform. Worry not, Chrome OS fans, you too will soon get your well-deserved AI assistant. And, no, it won’t be coming via a still … Continue reading(image)

MS Paint is not dead (yet), just moving

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:01:42 +0000

(image) Microsoft was probably touched by the sudden outburst of love and passion coming from the creative community in support for Microsoft Paint, a.k.a. MS Paint, a.k.a. just Paint. A painting program that is both loved and ridiculed, the program has been around for more than 30 years, acting as the default and sometimes only recourse of those who need a … Continue reading(image)

OnePlus 5 ads start spamming OnePlus 3, 3T owners

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:19:39 +0000

(image) OnePlus seems to love, nay, thrive in controversy. From its “Never Settle” battle cry, to its exclusive invite system, to its premature retirement of last year’s flagship, OnePlus seems to live out the phrase “bad publicity is still publicity”. Just when you thought it was over, with a more or less “normal” launch of the OnePlus 5, here comes another … Continue reading(image)

All-black BlackBerry KEYone might be coming soon

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:33:38 +0000

(image) Black is the new black again, somewhat. While new colors come and go, the classic look of black never goes out of fashion. Especially when it’s very shiny black. When the BlackBerry KEYone came out, some fans were disappointed because black wasn’t put on the table. No, black with silver accents doesn’t count. There might be still some hope, though, … Continue reading(image)

Fairphone 1 no longer supported because parts cost too much

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:29:03 +0000

(image) Many have tried to make the modular smarpthone dream come true, but they all did things differently. Project Ara was closest to that image of a modular phone, while both LG and Motorola interpreted the dream more as modular addons. A less known variation was that of the Fairphone, which saw modularity as equivalent to repairability, where individual parts can … Continue reading(image)

iPhone 8 will handle bezels, notifications this way

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:42:26 +0000

(image) The day of the iPhone 8’s debut is fast approaching, but there are still some things that seem to be still up for debate about it. Most notable is, of course, the presence or absence of Touch ID. But even some things like the 10th anniversary iPhone’s bezels are sometimes still put into question. Forbes and luxury case maker Nodus … Continue reading(image)

Unlocked Galaxy J3, J7 available this week

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:49:17 +0000

(image) Even as it pushes its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships hard, Samsung knows too well that not everyone will want or can even afford one. It also knows that there is a subset of such consumers who care not for the chains for carrier contracts. In an attempt to cover all its bases, Samsung is making available its Galaxy J3 … Continue reading(image)

SNES Classic preorders cancelled: heads up if you bought from Walmart

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:07:09 +0000

(image) If you preordered the SNES Classic from Walmart, take heed: Walmart is cancelling those preorders, leaving behind ample lamenting and gnashing of teeth. The company recently sold out of the models, as preorders went quickly, and you’d be reasonable in expecting that to be the cause — that is, the lack of available units. It’s not, however, at least not … Continue reading(image)

This giant sunfish species dodged scientists for 300 years

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:36:26 +0000

(image) It’s hard to imagine that such massive fish could spend the better part of three centuries eluding scientists, but that’s exactly what happened. Known by some now as the Hoodwinker Sunfish, this giant sunfish species was first detected a decade ago by Japanese researchers, who found genetic evidence of its existence near Australia. With confirmation of its existence, this marks … Continue reading(image)

HTC U11 128GB preorders start in the US tonight (plus deals!)

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:38:23 +0000

(image) The HTC U11 has some fervent fans, but not everyone with their eye on the model has picked one up yet. If you’re counted among those people, HTC has some good news: you’ll be able to preorder the 128GB version of the U11 in the United States starting tomorrow. Not interested? The company is also hoping to bring in some … Continue reading(image)