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Moto 360 Sport Android Wear 2.0 update finally rolls out

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:53:11 +0000

(image) It’s a long time coming but there was also a chance it might not have even come to pass. Motorola, after all, was calling it quits on the smartwatch scene but a promise is a promise and fortunately for Moto 360 Sport owners, the company has kept its word. The Android Wear 2.0 update is finally rolling out to the … Continue reading(image)

Xbox One X Scorpio Edition pre-orders start, Xbox One S editions galore

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:49:54 +0000

(image) It’s finally out, or rather, the pre-orders are out. It may no longer be formally called “Project Scorpio” but Microsoft is paying homage to the codename that was carried all throughout the Xbox One X’s development phase. Called the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition, this super limited collector’s edition of Microsoft’s newest console has already started its pre-order period. But … Continue reading(image)

Minecraft Xbox One special edition console leaks ahead of Gamescom

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:00:03 +0000

(image) Germany’s Gamescom event — the European equivalent of E3 — will be kicking off later today with Microsoft’s press conference, allowing them to be first with their big video game announcements. Along with new details on the Xbox One X, it appears a Minecraft-themed limited edition console will be one of their big reveals. An early look as the Minecraft … Continue reading(image)

Ex-GE leader Jeff Immelt favored as new Uber CEO

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:00:54 +0000

(image) Uber‘s many, many problems are widely known at this point, but the biggest question the ride-sharing company faces right now is who will take the place of recently ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO. A new report indicates that Uber has narrowed things down to three candidates, with the board of directors viewing former General Electric chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt … Continue reading(image)

Your Google Home speaker now streams audio over Bluetooth

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:00:37 +0000

(image) If there’s one feature that Google Home owners have been missing since the device’s launch, it’s Bluetooth audio streaming. The Home speaker was said to feature Bluetooth streaming when it was first announced in May, and even shipped with a Bluetooth chip inside. Well, good news is here, as Google has finally enabled the feature on its smart home speaker … Continue reading(image)

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 sells for record-setting $22.5M

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:04:08 +0000

(image) California’s Monterey Car Week event is currently taking place, as you can guess from all the big car announcements and flashy concepts being shown off. That means it’s also the place the for annual RM Sotheby’s classic car auction, and this year’s top ticket item was a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1. The gorgeous turquoise automobile sold for $22.5 million, making … Continue reading(image)

Amazon cancels free Echo Dot orders after discount fluke

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:00:45 +0000

(image) If you were one of the lucky few that got to place an Amazon order for a free Echo Dot during a brief window on Friday, we’ve got some bad news for you (assuming you haven’t already got the email). Just as many shoppers expected, the smart speaker was made free as a result of a discount code issued in … Continue reading(image)

Mass Effect: Andromeda ends single-player support, no future patches coming

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:56:58 +0000

(image) It looks like the troubled life of Mass Effect: Andromeda is over only five months after release — for fans of the sci-fi RPG’s single-player mode, at least. EA and developer BioWare have announced that there will be no additional support for single-player going forward, meaning no story-based DLC or feature updates, and that the 1.10 update released in late … Continue reading(image)

VW’s electric Microbus just got confirmed for production

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:23:21 +0000

(image) Volkswagen has given the green-light to its I.D. BUZZ concept, with plans to put the electric VW Microbus into production. The decision, announced at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance today, will deliver one of the automaker’s most well-received concepts to dealerships, atop its brand new electrified platform. According to VW, the demands to build a production version of the I.D. … Continue reading(image)

Earth will see its largest asteroid fly-by in September

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:45:27 +0000

(image) 2017 is shaping up to be a real treat for astronomy fans: not only will they be treated to a rare solar eclipse on Monday, less than two weeks after a significant asteroid fly-by will take place. Dubbed Asteroid Florence, NASA has revealed that it will be the largest to pass by our planet since it began keeping track of … Continue reading(image)

Students develop robotic arm that specializes in sign language

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:45:19 +0000

(image) These days, we’re used to seeing researchers and scientists create robotic limbs with a purpose of adding or enhancing the abilities of existing body parts. But here’s one that’s designed with the simple purpose of helping communicate with hearing impaired people. At the University of Antwerp in Belgium, a team of engineering students have built a 3D-printed robotic arm that … Continue reading(image)

The Essential Phone is a huge work-in-progress

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:30:54 +0000

(image) You have to give the Essential Phone credit for managing to carve out a spot in our attention, given what a phone-heavy year 2017 is turning out to be. On the one hand, Samsung is about to make its play for phablet redemption with the Galaxy Note 8, successor to the ill-fated (and fiery) Note 7. Shortly after, we’ll get … Continue reading(image)

Marvel reveals teaser for The Punisher on Netflix

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:23:42 +0000

(image) We’ve known for over a year now that Netflix and Marvel would continue to expand their superhero TV universe by giving The Punisher his own series following his introduction in season two of Daredevil. Now that The Defenders, the mash-up series that includes Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, is finally airing on the streaming network, the first teaser … Continue reading(image)

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT comes to PS4 in January

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:32:10 +0000

(image) Outside of the hardcore Final Fantasy faithful, few will remember Dissidia, the fighting game spin-off from Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable that brings together various heroes and villains from the long-running RPG series. Now the Japanese developer has announced a new console entry titled Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, coming to the PlayStation 4 in early 2018. Square Enix reveals … Continue reading(image)

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is 20 feet of electric drop-top luxury

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:45:54 +0000

(image) Last year, Mercedes-Benz revealed the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept, the closest thing you could get to a luxury yacht for the road, and now the German carmaker is back with the convertible version. Meet the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, a near 20-foot long all-electric coupe, complete with its “boat tail” and 24-inch wheels. If last year’s concept was a land … Continue reading(image)

Google search results on Android get auto-playing video previews

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:12:44 +0000

(image) The feature we first saw hints of weeks ago has started to go live on Android. The company is introducing video previews in its search results on mobile, causing videos to auto-play once they load. Though they’re just arriving on Android at the moment, Google plans to expand the feature to other platforms in the future, and to languages other … Continue reading(image)

Apple Pay support disabled for websites selling neo-nazi gear

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:33:17 +0000

(image) Certain white supremacists websites can no longer accept payments using Apple Pay following Apple’s disabling of the support. Apple confirmed the news this week via a spokesperson, who pointed toward the Apple Pay guidelines that prohibit use for sites determined to be spreading intolerance, hate or advocating violence. This move follows multiple other companies that have revoked support for various … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy Quest TV show project gets new writer at Amazon

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:49:21 +0000

(image) Just under two years ago, we learned that Amazon would be making an original television show based on the popular 1999 sci-fi movie hit Galaxy Quest. The show, which was being shopped around by Paramount, was eventually picked up by Amazon Studios, but it derailed at some point in the past, slowing to a stall. That has changed, according to … Continue reading(image)

TCL’s 50″ and 65″ P-Series 4K Roku TVs have been cancelled

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:05:29 +0000

(image) Chinese company TCL introduced a bunch of TVs in May including the 4K-toting P-Series lineup. That product line was supposed to launch in the near future in 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, but the company has changed its plans. If you were hoping to get a relatively cheap 4K Roku smart TV, you still can, but only in one size … Continue reading(image)

YouTube Breaking News category streams important global events

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:22:19 +0000

(image) YouTube users have noted the arrival of a new ‘Breaking News’ category that contains important news videos on major events around the globe. The feature hasn’t been officially announced by Google at this time, but many users are reporting seeing the category, which aids users in finding live and otherwise important news segments in a post-cable world. Once upon a … Continue reading(image)

Scientists just revolutionized coffee creamer

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:39:34 +0000

(image) Coffee, America’s favorite beverage, just got a little more convenient thanks to some food scientists with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). The researchers have created what they call a milk capsule; it is a puck-shaped solid bit of coffee creamer that dissolves after being put into a cup of hot coffee. Unlike the little cups of liquid creamer that currently … Continue reading(image)

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition may revive codename for limited run console

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:35:19 +0000

(image) Microsoft is set to release a bunch of new Xbox One X details during its Gamescom presentation on Sunday, but a new leak today might be beating it to the punch. A pair of German retailers have apparently outed a limited edition Xbox One X console, and it seems to revive the Project Scorpio name. Though it may be too … Continue reading(image)

Fisker EMotion luxury $129k self-driving EV to spill all at CES 2018

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:11:25 +0000

(image) Fisker’s new electric car will make its official debut at CES 2018, with the Fisker EMotion promising not only zero-emissions but full autonomous driving. Preorders of the car began in June, with Fisker taking a $2,000 deposit for what’s expected to be a $129k EV by the time it actually launches. However, so far potential owners have had to take … Continue reading(image)

Monster headphones with Melody voice assistant arrive this month

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:53:20 +0000

(image) Monster has announced the upcoming launch of is new MonsterTalk headphones, a variety that will sport a voice-powered assistant. This will mark the first time a voice assistant has been available on premium headphones, the company claims. No doubt the move aims to capitalize on the growing popularity of mobile assistants like Alexa, though in this case it is dedicated … Continue reading(image)

Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:49:18 +0000

(image) A clandestine Audible promotion made Amazon’s Echo Dot free for a short window, though the deal was only stumbled upon accidentally on Friday afternoon. The promotion, only disclosed when Echo Dot buyers had the smart speaker in their cart and had reached the checkout stage, was listed only as an “Audible Promo” credit. However, it reduced the normally $49.99 device … Continue reading(image)

Samsung plans just revealed new Holographic AR Glasses

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:09:55 +0000

(image) Augmented Reality through 3D-projected images (holograms) are just one part of Samsung’s newly revealed headset plans. Glasses, that is to say, or as Samsung called it, a “holographic see-through optical device.” That’s about as simple as they make it in the plans we’re looking at – a new way to look at the world through augmented reality. This is not … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon trailer easter egg has fans excited

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:09:32 +0000

(image) Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon received a new trailer today, and it has some Pokemon fans excited. At first glance, it seems to be just another Pokemon trailer similar to the ones Nintendo rolled out for the original Sun and Moon. Upon closer inspection, though, it seems to suggest one new location that will definitely be familiar to fans of the … Continue reading(image)

Self-driving car tech just took a big step closer to mainstream

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:06:45 +0000

(image) Major car part supplier Delphi has inked a deal with a major LIDAR company, baking laser scanners into its turnkey kit for autonomous cars. The deal will see Innoviz Technologies supply solid-state LIDAR scanners to add to Delphi’s work-in-progress system, which should give car-makers a shortcut to vehicles that can drive themselves. While Delphi might not be a household name, … Continue reading(image)

Tekken for iOS and Android revealed in trailer: pre-register for bonuses

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:57:23 +0000

(image) Bandai Namco just released a trailer announcing the upcoming launch of Tekken for mobile. The game will be available on both iOS and Android. Fans have been advised of a ‘pre-registration’ that is now live for them to sign up. The pre-registration will result in those particular players getting free bonuses. All of this is joined by what Bandai describes … Continue reading(image)

Apple’s movie streaming plot will make theater chains furious

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:50:14 +0000

(image) It isn’t exactly a secret that DVD and Blu-Ray sales are hurting, thanks in large part to streaming services like Netflix. To combat this, movie studios have been discussing paid video on demand strategies with companies like Apple and Comcast. What they’re planning, though, is bound to leave theater chains furious. According to a new report from Bloomberg, movie studios … Continue reading(image)

Today’s iPhone 8 leak is leather

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:35:36 +0000

(image) The images you’re about to look at show an iPhone 8 casing with a leather exterior. The details on the back and within are exceedingly convincing – embossing and tiny bits of text that usually only show up in legit, Apple-made pieces of hardware. While we’d expect this sort of level of detail on a case for an iPhone made … Continue reading(image)

Removing watermarks from stock photos is worryingly easy

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:34:31 +0000

(image) Watermarking photos may be the go-to route to prevent copyright theft, but Google researchers have figured out a clever way to remove watermarks altogether, automatically. Watermarking, where a logo is placed somewhere on a photo to show who took it, varies in intrusiveness from a small caption in one corner to the sort of full-image obscuring lines, text, and other … Continue reading(image)

2017 Mazda CX-5: 5 Things You Need To Know

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:19:26 +0000

(image) The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is a near-complete redesign of the brand’s strong-selling compact crossover, and it comes hot on the heels of last year’s unusual 2016.5 model year refresh. With striking looks, simplified drivetrain offerings, and a focus on answering the complaints lodged by previous owners as well as those from SUV shoppers who passed on Mazda’s entry, the latest … Continue reading(image)

Car hack affecting millions could be unfixable

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:22:41 +0000

(image) A security flaw that could affect millions of cars has been identified, with researchers warning that there may be no fix available to protect susceptible vehicles. The exploit works by overloading the so-called CAN, or “car device network”, which connects all of the different aspects of modern vehicles together. With the right code, essential parts of the car’s safety features … Continue reading(image)

The Solar Eclipse is suddenly an Android O countdown

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:17:52 +0000

(image) Google has some good ideas for the Solar Eclipse that’s about to blast its way over the United States, one of which involves Android. Users with devices like the Google Pixel will see an update to Android O (whose name will also be revealed) when the Solar Eclipse takes place. There’ll be a big event in New York City to … Continue reading(image)

Reddit’s getting video backlash already

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:13:02 +0000

(image) Reddit made an announcement today that will likely cause some controversy among its massive community. Reddit’s native video platform is going live across the entire site in an expanded beta test. Previously, the Reddit video player was only available in around 200 communities as part of a limited testing phase. On the one hand, having an in-house video player makes … Continue reading(image)

Today Google Home adds Spotify Free

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:27:19 +0000

(image) Google Home’s vast collection of device and service connections expands today with Spotify Free. This is the version of Spotify users can take advantage of (for free) with commercials and slightly lower-quality audio than a paid account. This update should be made today to add to the ever-growing list of voice-controlled services and devices shown below. Google Home previously had … Continue reading(image)

Andy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:00:10 +0000

(image) For the guy who once operated the mighty levers of Android as a whole, you might suspect a smartphone startup like Essential would be small fry for Andy Rubin. The ex-Googler and current head of product incubator Playground didn’t intend to get into hardware development, at least not himself. His focus at Playground has been artificial intelligence, though not the … Continue reading(image)

Today’s Apple TV 4K leak is bonkers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:59:39 +0000

(image) A collection of pictures “leaked” over the past 24-48 hours in what was instantly called a next-gen Apple TV deluge. Whether this supposed 4K Apple TV is real is irrelevant – what is relevant is the crowd reaction. The idea of being given the opportunity to purchase something so massive from Apple seems to have some fans flipping and flopping … Continue reading(image)

Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:46:36 +0000

(image) Instagram’s Direct messaging is getting an upgrade, with the ability to reply to posts with stickers or even split-screen selfies. The new feature is billed as a way to have “visual conversations” by the company, though without them taking place publicly. It should cut down on “what photo were you talking about?” confusion in chats, too. That’s because, when you … Continue reading(image)