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The Definitive Guide to Tech and Cars

Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:26:37 +0000


Galaxy Note 7 in Canada to be blocked by carriers next week

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:54:03 +0000

(image) If you’re still holding on to the cursed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and happen to live in Canada, consider your phone’s days numbered. Samsung’s Canadian outfit has just announced an upcoming move that will really force owners to hand over their Galaxy Note 7 for a refund or an exchange. In a nutshell, starting next week, the devices will no … Continue reading(image)

NASA’s new Earth science mission slips in before possible budget cuts

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:01:46 +0000

(image) NASA has announced a new Earth science mission ahead of the possible budget cuts or complete elimination of its Earth science division. The space agency says this is the first geostationary vegetation/atmospheric carbon mission of its kind, and it is aimed at better enabling the US to measure vegetation health and greenhouse gases from space. By doing so, says NASA, … Continue reading(image)

YouTube’s 2016 review: rattlesnakes, pineapple pens and more

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:09:53 +0000

(image) It’s that time of the year when companies evaluate their platforms across the last year, compiling interesting tidbits of data. We’ve already seen Flickr’s end of year data, and now we have YouTube’s year-in-review. The video service calls this YouTube #Rewind, and it highlights the biggest trends it saw over the past year, as well as the top ten videos … Continue reading(image)

VSCO X unveiled for photographers who want more than Instagram

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:27:08 +0000

(image) Sophisticated mobile photography app VSCO has announced the arrival of VSCO X, a subscription-based alternative to the free VSCO app that brings new film-based filter packs, improved technology, and more. VSCO X is invitation-only at the moment, and it’ll cost a total of $19.99-per-year, though the free app won’t be going anywhere if you prefer it. The service will go … Continue reading(image)

30 Top bags for techies, gamers, and everyone else

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:35:24 +0000

(image) Pockets aren’t adequate for the modern techie. Your phone is likely the least of your gear, as far as storage needs are concerned. Laptops, tablets, ereaders, handheld game consoles, cameras, spare batteries, accessories…all things found in the average backpack. Given that it’s possible to have thousands of dollars’ worth of gear in a single bag, choosing the bag itself should … Continue reading(image)

Light L16 camera begins mass production in Q2 2017, will ship soon after

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:51:26 +0000

(image) Light’s L16 camera, a model that features many small lenses and image sensors to capture multiple shots of the same subject, will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2017, the company has announced. This follows a previous delay and means those who pre-ordered will see their purchase shipping “as possible after mass production begins,” assuming no further delays … Continue reading(image)

The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:51:17 +0000

(image) It’s late in the game and my team is defending the delivery point for the opposing team’s payload. Things are hot around the payload, which is where I’m positioned, playing as an old, war-weary solider who’s sick of fighting but nevertheless finds himself here. Bullets zoom by as I step out from behind cover, emboldened by my team’s success in … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:28:13 +0000

(image) It’s been a big day for Pokemon GO, with Niantic earlier announcing an update that adds a ton of new PokeStops to the game through a partnership with Sprint. On top of that, Niantic also said that it will soon be adding more Pokemon to Pokemon GO, but we need to wait until next week for more details there. As … Continue reading(image)

C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:54:19 +0000

(image) General Electric has taken the wraps off a new futuristic ring-shaped lamp called the C by GE. Not only does the C feature a design you’d expect to see in some future-minded sci-fi movie, GE boasts that it also has ‘Jetsons-like’ voice support thanks to the inclusion of Amazon Alexa. According to GE, this is the first time Amazon’s personal … Continue reading(image)

T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:33:16 +0000

(image) T-Mobile has introduced DIGITS, a new voice over LTE feature that will allow customers to use their phone numbers on a variety of internet-connected devices. Just as well, DIGITS will allow its customers to use multiple phone numbers on a single device. At first blush, DIGITS may sound like some VOIP solutions that exist, and though there are some similarities, … Continue reading(image)

Sony Project Field merges card games with tablets and phones

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:57:33 +0000

(image) Sony has introduced a new game platform currently only slated for Japan: Project Field. Much like Disney Infinity and Nintendo Amiibo, the system involves a dedicated pad that connects with a device (in this case, a tablet or phone) and enables physical items (game cards) to be used as part of a quasi-digital game. Data can be written to the … Continue reading(image)

Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:11:06 +0000

(image) Pebble watch owners go to the web to suss out the Fitbit Pebble acquisition, asking what’s next for them, the users. What does this acquisition of Pebble mean for a Pebble Time 2 crowdfunder? How about someone who owns a Pebble Watch from a past generation? As it turns out, there’s very little a person can do if they’re caught … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Switch might have a GameCube Virtual Console

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:06:03 +0000

(image) Nintendo may look to give fans of the GameCube a reason to purchase a Switch next year. According to new reports, Nintendo is working on a bringing classic GameCube games to the Switch via its Virtual Console feature. This would mark the first time GameCube games have been available through the Virtual Console, and so far, Nintendo is said to … Continue reading(image)

Estimote beacons get mesh networking in massive update

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:05:01 +0000

(image) If you use Estimote’s location beacons, then you’re about to get a major new feature with the addition of low-energy mesh networking. Mesh networking is being added today by way of software update, and once that update has been applied, your beacons will be able to pass data between one another. Among other things, this means that you can now … Continue reading(image)

Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:06:07 +0000

(image) As of today, the December 7th 2016, Bluetooth 5 is within 2 to 6 months away from consumer-ready products. This information comes from the folks at Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG), the most official source of Bluetooth certification information. The headline they chose this week was “Bluetooth 5 Now Available” – though that’s largely aimed at manufacturers readying their … Continue reading(image)

Pebble Fitbit acquisition confirmed: Backers’ hardware cancelled

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:33:09 +0000

(image) It looks like the rumors were true – Fitbit has closed a deal to purchase rival smartwatch maker Pebble. The buyout was confirmed by Pebble just a few minutes ago, and unfortunately, this acquisition means the end of the line for Pebble’s products. Pebble will now cease making hardware, and all Pebble devices that were in development have been cancelled. … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO’s latest update brings 10,000 new PokeStops

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:28:25 +0000

(image) This week a number of new PokeStops for Pokemon GO will be appearing at Sprint and Starbucks retail store locations in the USA. Amongst those appearing in the very near future are Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack(?!), and Starbucks. I add the (?!) to RadioShack because I’m genuinely surprised that any RadioShack retail location is still open anywhere … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO getting new Pokemon soon – Gold and Silver incoming?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:18:07 +0000

(image) Pokemon GO is about to get some new monsters, and we’ll find out what they are next week. Niantic has announced that it will be revealing new Pokemon for Pokemon GO on December 12. With that announcement now scheduled, Niantic didn’t get anymore specific about what to expect, so we’re left waiting to see what it has up its sleeve. … Continue reading(image)

Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:10:49 +0000

(image) Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the season of giving is far from done. Especially when you consider that gadgets and accessories are really a year round thing. We usually just need an excuse when to give them to our loved ones. If you’re still on the fence what to get such a person, for example, your … Continue reading(image)

ReSound Up Smart pediatric hearing aid supports Apple devices

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:40:43 +0000

(image) ReSound has announced that it has launched a new hearing aid for kids called the ReSound Up Smart Pediatric Smart Hearing Aid. The device is the only pediatric Smart Hearing aid with Made for iPhone capabilities inside. The Made for iPhone capability allows support for speech and language development, educational skills, and social interaction. The hearing aid has a battery-door … Continue reading(image)

HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hubs adds all the ports to Macs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:10:41 +0000

(image) Mac users know that the thin and svelte design of the latest MacBooks means that the connectivity options for the notebook are limited. You need a different dongle for just about anything you want to connect to the Mac. A new product called the HyperDrive has turned up on Kickstarter and it may be the ideal thing for MacBook users … Continue reading(image)

Salto jumping robot mimics the African bushbaby

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:42:12 +0000

(image) The Biomimetic millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley is rather known for making small robots that mimic animals and so far Ron Fearing and his team have created some unique little robots. They have bots that can run, bots with wings, bots with tails, and hairy robots. The latest robot is a tiny thing that is hailed as the most agile … Continue reading(image)

Casio Exilim FR110H camera is a 1.9MP ultra low-light snapper

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:10:06 +0000

(image) Casio has rolled out a new digital camera for specialty photography and at a glance it sounds like a camera from years and years ago. It has a scant 1.9MP resolution, but Casio says that those pixels are extra large and meant specifically for gathering light in low-light situations. The image sensors is a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and you only … Continue reading(image)

Pebble Time 2 and Core cancelled amid Fitbit deal

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:38:17 +0000

(image) We mentioned that Fitbit was reportedly close to buying some of the assets and people that were involved with Pebble early this month. Word has now surfaced that the financial woes at Pebble mean that the company is cancelling two of its products that lots of people backed on kickstarter. The Time 2 and Core devices have now been cancelled … Continue reading(image)

Apple Single Sign-On for iOS, Apple TV goes live

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:30:13 +0000

(image) While Apple fans are still waiting for the company’s next big move in the entertainment space, that is, its own Internet TV service, Apple is at least offering them some conveniences to keep their myriad cable and streaming services in order. Previously only available in beta versions of tvOS and iOS, Apple’s Single Sign-On feature is now rolling out to … Continue reading(image)

Dropbox offline folders on mobile are now possible, for a price

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:30:28 +0000

(image) Despite the ubiquity of mobile devices, Internet coverage isn’t so. In addition to not having a cellular data plan, or public transportation with no Wi-Fi access there are also places where radio waves just can’t reach, like tunnels. In these cases, cloud storage is rendered helpless and offline access becomes a matter of life or death (for your work). Dropbox, … Continue reading(image)

RetroEngine Sigma wants to cure your NES Classic hang-ups

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:30:47 +0000

(image) Nintendo’s NES Classic (Famicom Mini in Japan) is definitely one of the hottest gaming items this half of the year but it suffers from two fatal flaws. It is terribly in short supply and it is woefully limited to 30 old NES titles. Fortunately for gamers (unfortunately for Nintendo), it has inspired not a few takes on the palm-sized mini-console. … Continue reading(image)

Google Search app separates news and personal info into tabs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:30:22 +0000

(image) With the launch of Google Assistant, Google Now may have been upstaged. Not everyone, however, will have access to Google’s spanking new AI assistant, so Google Now is still in need of much loving. As if to prove that it still has a place for it in its heart, Google has just rolled out an update to its Google Search … Continue reading(image)

Oculus Touch now available for you to buy and hold

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:10:51 +0000

(image) Modern VR systems still grapple, pardon the pun, with controllers these days and each system has a different take on how it should be done. HTC Vive has its wand while Google Daydream has its mini remote. The Oculus Rift went with a single-button remote and a regular Xbox One controller. Until today. Yes, the Oculus Touch is now available … Continue reading(image)

Android app update file sizes get shrunken by 65%

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:35:53 +0000

(image) There was a time, back in the old Symbian and Windows CE days, when app sizes, were only measured in kilobytes. These days, however, it isn’t unusual for apps to go into megabyte territory, and we’re not talking just about games either. Technology and the price of components have made it far too easy to take file sizes for granted, … Continue reading(image)

Pandora Premium details spill: smart playlists and on-demand music

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:59:00 +0000

(image) Pandora has officially detailed its upcoming Pandora Premium service before it goes live early next year. As with other on-demand music services, users will be able to search for and choose specific music to play. Pandora plans to use its massive quantity of data to help with that process, though, providing things like smart playlists and a personalized search, among … Continue reading(image)

The Snowy Day is Amazon’s budding Christmas classic for Prime

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:14:55 +0000

(image) We’re officially counting down the days until Christmas, and that means holiday classics are on every channel. Many of these movies have stood the test of time, but they’re feeling a bit stale…there’s only so many times you can watch a certain claymation special or three. Enter Amazon’s new ‘The Snowy Day,’ an original Christmas animation based on the book … Continue reading(image)

Google Docs adds MLA and APA citations to make student life easier

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:05:26 +0000

(image) Finals are upon us, and just in time comes a new citation feature in Google Docs. With this, Google Docs users can easily add citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual Style to any document. This feature is tied in with the Explore research tool Google previously announced for Docs, enabling users to find a research source directly within Docs, … Continue reading(image)

Capcom will focus on reviving older game franchises in 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:23:55 +0000

(image) As we’ve previously reported, 2017 will bring Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, but it’ll also mark the revival of some other older game franchises. Capcom said as much on Monday when it announced the aforementioned game’s planned late 2017 release date. Which ‘dormant IP’ will get attention from Capcom wasn’t revealed, though, and there may not be any solid plans in … Continue reading(image)

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:50:26 +0000

(image) This week the US Army CoE said they’d stopped the DAPL oil pipeline the same day authorities’ Protester Evacuation Deadline was up – quite a coincidence. It should therefore come as no surprise that the thousands of water protectors (or protestors, if you prefer) have not left their camp after a brief celebration in halting construction. If this pipeline does, … Continue reading(image)

NASA contract spacecraft will refuel satellites in space

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:28:45 +0000

(image) NASA has awarded a contract for a new spacecraft that will refuel satellites already deployed in space. The space agency has dubbed this the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus, which is itself part of the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract. Space Systems/Loral based out of California were awarded the contract, which has a total value of $127 million according to … Continue reading(image)

Instagram’s new anti-cyberbully tools: disabling and liking comments

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:39:59 +0000

(image) Instagram has introduced some new tools intended to reduce cyberbullying and improve positivity on its platform. All users will soon have access to a feature that was previously limited to select accounts: the ability to disable comments on a specific post. As well, Instagram is adding a way to ‘heart’ individual comments, bump followers from a private account, and anonymously … Continue reading(image)

Audi just turned on its stress-busting connected traffic light system

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:19:56 +0000

(image) Audi has switched on its connected traffic lights system, with drivers of certain model year 2017 cars getting sneak-previews of upcoming red lights in Las Vegas. Dubbed Traffic Light Information, the new system is part of Audi‘s growing connect PRIME portfolio of connected car services, and relies on tapping into smart city infrastructure expected to spread across the US. The … Continue reading(image)

Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:45:05 +0000

(image) Connected Mr. Bear is a toy with a light-up heart that controls what’s played on your Netflix account. What’s even creepier than this bear being able to control what you watch is its choice of TV shows. You see, as Netflix sees it, Full House (or Fuller House) is the perfect jumping-off point for a new kind of connected toy. … Continue reading(image)

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV reboot coming to CES 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:43:31 +0000

(image) NVIDIA will reveal a new piece of Android TV hardware in their NVIDIA SHIELD line of devices at CES 2017. For the past couple of years NVIDIA’s yearly CES-based event has housed primarily automotive-related news – this year that won’t (entirely) be the case. This information comes from an anonymous source with information on the subject matter. While the NVIDIA … Continue reading(image)