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Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:30:27 +0000


Famicom Mini is Japan’s NES Classic version

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:30:27 +0000

(image) To those unfamiliar with gaming history, Nintendo actually had two very different versions of its “Nintendo Entertainment System”, depending on which side of the globe you lived in. In Japan and nearby territories, the company’s hit console was called the “Family Computer”, lovingly referred to as the “Famicom”. In the West, it went by the now standard “NES”. So when … Continue reading(image)

E FUN Nextbook Ares 11 brings Android to 2-in-1 tablet form

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:45:40 +0000

(image) Android tablets aren’t making headlines as much as they used to, save for a few rather eccentric ones like the Lenovo Yoga Book. That, however, isn’t stopping manufacturer E FUN from putting out yet another Android tablet for this year. Like the company’s other Nextbook devices, this is a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid with a detachable keyboard, in the vein of … Continue reading(image)

Lexus UX Concept will make you feel like a superhero

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:23 +0000

(image) Concept cars are used to showcase more than just the latest but also the future of car designs and technologies. But some concept cars just take that to the extreme. Take the new Lexus UX Concept shown off at the Paris Auto Show. While still called an SUV, it might defy all preconceived notions of a rugged, aggressive 4×4. That’s … Continue reading(image)

HTC Viveport launches globally with more than just VR games

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:55 +0000

(image) When you talk about virtual reality, most people will immediately think of immersive games. Immersive experiences, yes, but games nonetheless. VR, however, is already much more than that, and VIVE, HTC’s VR arm, is taking steps to make sure everyone in the world knows that. It is finally launching its Viveport VR app store with two key points. One, is … Continue reading(image)

Audi RS 3 Sedan, customer race car break cover in Paris

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:30:39 +0000

(image) Hot on the heels of the 2018 Audi Q5 unveiled at the Paris Motor Show are two new Audi RS models. Sticking true to their “RS” brand, the two have high performance within their cross hairs. One is even an honest to goodness race car. The Audi RS 3 this year, however, is stirring things up a bit by introducing … Continue reading(image)

Logitech C922 upgrades Twitch fan favorite to 60fps

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:30:24 +0000

(image) Messing with a fan favorite can be a tricky business, but Logitech believes it’s on to a winner with the C922 Pro Stream Webcam. Replacement to the ridiculously well-respected Logitech C920, the new webcam is targeted resolutely at gamers wanting the best quality – and some clever special effects – for their gameplay streaming, whether that be on Twitch, YouTube, … Continue reading(image)

LeEco US event next month could mark smartphone arrival

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:28:09 +0000

(image) LeEco, a Chinese company that started out as Letv with a bent towards online videos, has just scheduled a press event for mid-October. Judging by its invite and the numerous businesses it has dipped its fingers in, ten guesses as to what it will be about. It’s not hard to imagine, however, that the company would use the opportunity to … Continue reading(image)

Google launches G Suite set of apps, new “The Keyword” Blog

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:28:33 +0000

(image) It’s a day of new brands for Google. Or rather, new rebrands. Topping today’s slew of app and service updates are announcements that re-introduce old things in a new name. Google App for Your Domain, which became Google Apps for Work, is now G Suite. Catchier name for the same thing. And so that you’ll hear more about, and all … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft forms AI group with 5,000 engineers and computer scientists

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:38:32 +0000

(image) Microsoft has announced the formation of a new group that will further its artificial intelligence goals. This group will involve more than 5,000 engineers and computer scientists, and it’ll include the company’s Microsoft Research, Information Platform Group, Cortana product group, Bing product group, and both the Ambient Computing and Robotics teams. By having professionals from all of these groups and … Continue reading(image)

PlayStation VR will be sold early at 350 Best Buy stores

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:53:11 +0000

(image) The PlayStation VR’s launch is nearly upon us, and for those who can hardly contain their excitement, Best Buy has some good news: 350 of its physical retail stores will be opening early to sell the headsets, giving you a chance to grab the unit before they start shipping. If you’re near one of those stores, you’ll be able to … Continue reading(image)

PlayStation Vue adds HBO, Cinemax and new ‘Ultra’ plan

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:05:31 +0000

(image) As promised, PlayStation Vue, Sony’s over-the-Internet live television service — has added both HBO and Cinemax to its channel roster. In addition to adding those two services, PlayStation Vue has also added a fourth channel plan called ‘Ultra.’ This makes four plans total, with prices starting at $30/month and ranging up to $65/month for Ultra (which in some cities will … Continue reading(image)

Qualcomm tipped in acquisition talks with NXP Semiconductors

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:21:15 +0000

(image) Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors NV may be purchased by Qualcomm, according to sources, who say the deal may go through in the next 2 to 3 months. The acquisition, if it happens, would be the largest semiconductor industry merger; NXP Semiconductors is valued at $28 billion or so, a substantial number, but one not as substantial as Qualcomm’s $93 billion valuation. … Continue reading(image)

Android Wear 2.0 launch pushed back into 2017

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:38:49 +0000

(image) Google has made its third Android Wear 2.0 developer preview available, and along with some rather big features (like Google Play support), there comes a fairly major announcement: Google has decided to continue the Android Wear 2.0 developer preview into early 2017. This means that we won’t see the official roll out of the new operating system happen until sometime … Continue reading(image)

FCC set top box vote delayed as hope dwindles

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:36:29 +0000

(image) At the start of the year, the FCC announced plans to overhaul the set-top-box market, putting cable providers on guard and earning praise from many consumers. Summer has passed, though, and winter is right on the horizon, with it coming the start of a new year, a new presidential administration, and a quickly dwindling timeframe to get several regulations pushed … Continue reading(image)

2018 Audi Q5 revealed with efficiency and tech upgrade

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:33:10 +0000

(image) First came the revamped Q7, then the baby Q3 got a makeover, and now the most important member of Audi’s SUV tryptic, the 2018 Q5, has broken cover in Paris. Borrowing styling cues from its larger and smaller siblings, as well as a welcome blast of tech from the Ingolstadt automaker’s labs, it’s a serious upgrade for what’s a very … Continue reading(image)

Google Pixel XL phone shown in realistic detail

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:44:51 +0000

(image) Rumor has it Google will be launching two new smartphones in the near future, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel is codenamed Sailfish, while the Pixel XL is codenamed Marlin; both have been the subject of numerous leaks, including visual ones that portend to show what the handsets will look like. Newest among those visual leaks is a … Continue reading(image)

Lost Odyssey now backwards compatible on Xbox One

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:38:54 +0000

(image) When you see people talking about the Xbox One‘s backwards compatibility, one game that frequently comes up is Lost Odyssey. Backwards compatibility for Lost Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the best RPGs on Xbox 360, has been endlessly requested since day one, and now its time has arrived: Microsoft announced today that Lost Odyssey is finally playable on … Continue reading(image)

5 Things You Need to Know About the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:10:05 +0000

(image) Nissan’s entry-level sedan – the Sentra – has been given a new weapon in its battle for budget conscious buyers. The 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo trim introduces the four-door’s very first forced-induction engine, and elevates its output to a level that makes it a serious contender alongside other turbocharged options like the Chevrolet Cruze and the Honda Civic. Is … Continue reading(image)

Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:52:24 +0000

(image) Last week, a small town in Poland unearthed an old time capsule in hopes of finding historical footage about their town concealed within. Instead, they discovered a bunch of well preserved items from the Nazi era, including a couple copies of ‘Mein Kampf’ and some coins. According to officials from Zlocieniec, the Polish town, the copper cylinder container (a time … Continue reading(image)

Honda’s next-generation Civic Type R is coming to the US

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:51:20 +0000

(image) Honda came to the Paris Motor Show with a prototype for the next-generation Civic Type R in tow, and it made a pretty massive announcement to go with it. The company said that for the first time ever, a Honda-branded Civic Type R will be making its way to the US, and the new prototype is scheduled to make its … Continue reading(image)

BMW Concept X2 keeps compact cool

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:40:17 +0000

(image) This week the folks at BMW have revealed one of the most unique-looking concept vehicles of the show in the BMW Concept X2. This vehicle is being premiered alongside the and the BMW i3 (with increased range and improved battery) as well as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW Concept X2 is a compact vehicle, made to show … Continue reading(image)

BMW C Evolution e-scooter refresh announced with two variants

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:22:57 +0000

(image) The Paris Motor Show may be mostly about all of the cars on display, but BMW Motorrad is using the show to premiere its next-generation e-scooters. There are two different variants BMW Motorrad is showing off, though they both fall under the same C Evolution branding. One variant is a long range model, while the other is a European model … Continue reading(image)

This is Mercedes-Benz EQ – the EV future of the brand

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:58:13 +0000

(image) The name EQ, says Mercedes-Benz, means Electric Intelligence. It’s all about electric mobility, a new brand for a new age in electric vehicles from the car company. This new brand has been revealed this week alongside a brand new EQ concept car, thus coming in right up against the also-new Volkswagen EV platform/ecosystem by the name of Volkswagen I.D. – … Continue reading(image)

No Man’s Sky comes under investigation for Steam page advertising

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:13:48 +0000

(image) Whether you love or hate No Man’s Sky, there’s no denying that it’s gone through a controversial launch. Shortly after the game released, there were a fair number of players and commentators criticizing the lack of advertised features in the game, and in fact, the game’s Steam page still displays pre-release promotional materials that show off features which never made … Continue reading(image)

3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:57:13 +0000

(image) Niantic has a set of features up its sleeve that they hope will not only bring the game back near its peak in global users, it’ll bring in new players as well. Back when the game was launched, it caught on with feature’s we’d never seen before. As Match Group explained in a recent AppAnnie interview, “Artificial intelligence and location-aware … Continue reading(image)

Meet Volkswagen I.D. – The EV future VW is betting on

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:50:54 +0000

(image) It’s been a tough year for VW, but the German automaker is using “dieselgate” as a launching point for an ambitious electrification strategy detailed at the Paris Motor Show 2016 today. First in Volkswagen Group’s EV assault is this, the VW I.D. Concept, a preview of the roughly Golf-sized, all-electric car it aims to have on the market by 2020 … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:18:06 +0000

(image) Is it too early to look toward the Galaxy S8? With Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 woes still at the forefront of a lot of conversations, most would probably say no, but the Galaxy S8 leaks keep coming anyway. The latest one comes from Forbes, and though this report contains a handful of things we’ve heard already, it also details the … Continue reading(image)

Gears of War 4 Prologue previewed in 20-minute gameplay video

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:11:19 +0000

(image) We’re less than two weeks out from the launch of Gears of War 4, and if you remain on the fence about whether or not you’ll pick the game up, Microsoft is hoping that new gameplay video might sway you. This isn’t a typical trailer, though, as Microsoft and developer The Coalition actually take us through the game’s prologue missions. … Continue reading(image)

Modified Tesla Model S hearse offers EV ride to the afterlife

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:44:20 +0000

(image) Do you really, really like electric cars? And by that I mean do you believe it’s past time all mass-market cars abandon the combustion engine? Well, when the time finally comes for you to depart this world, take comfort in the fact that your remains can take their final car ride in an all-electric hearse made from a modified Tesla … Continue reading(image)

goTenna Mesh wants to give you coverage in spotty areas via mesh network

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:30:05 +0000

(image) If you live in a very rural or mountainous area the challenge for all mobile phone services is getting a signal to you in the backcountry areas. In Colorado few phone services work in the mountains and a new product on Kickstarter wants to change that. The new product is called the goTenna Mesh and it wants to field a … Continue reading(image)

Hyundai and Bisimoto team for 1040hp Santa-Fast SUV

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:04 +0000

(image) Hyundai has been working closely with Bisimoto for a long time on wild rides to be showcased at SEMA each year. This year is no different, the two firms have teamed up to create a heavily modified Santa Fe SUV that has been dubbed the Santa-Fast SUV and fast it should be. This beast of a SUV has 1040hp and … Continue reading(image)

Fuze battery case for iPhone 7 includes a headphone jack

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:54:32 +0000

(image) If you still haven’t gotten over the fact that Apple “courageously” killed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, or if the idea of using a dongle to be able to charge and use headphones at the same time is your personal form of hell, then a new third-party phone case might have just what you’re … Continue reading(image)

3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:30:03 +0000

(image) Researchers are currently working with a new 3D printed synthetic bone that the scientists say overcomes some of the issues that surgeons have with current bone grafting materials. In trials, the surgeons on the research team have used the substance to fuse the spines of rats and repair a skull defect in a monkey. The 3D printed material is strong, … Continue reading(image)

HP says it will restore 3rd party ink cartridge functionality

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:03 +0000

(image) Few things in the world of technology anger people more than ink cartridges for printers. We have all been trying to print a document only to have the printer stop and force you to replace the cartridge to keep printing. Often that happens well before any print issues like streaks or faded color happens. HP really got itself into the … Continue reading(image)

Huawei Mate 9 offers up to 6GB RAM and 256GB storage tips leak

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:30:06 +0000

(image) Some details on the coming Huawei Mate 9 smartphone have leaked and those details claim that the device will be offered in three different versions that vary based on the hardware under the skin. Each step up the Mate 9 ladder you go will bring more RAM and larger storage capacities along with new colors to choose from. The top … Continue reading(image)

Skype for iOS updated with Siri support

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:58 +0000

(image) Now that Apple’s iOS 10 has been out for over a week and is making its way to most users’ iPhones, lots of popular apps are updating to take advantage of the software’s new features. One such release is today’s update for Skype, which allows the app make use of the new Siri API for third-party developers. Now users can … Continue reading(image)

Facebook shares rare photos of Arctic data center

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:57 +0000

(image) When your business involves connecting millions of people around the world, not to mentions their photos and cat videos, you’re going to need small amount of server for processing, which generates no small amount of heat, which requires no small amount of cooling. Keeping servers from overheating is one of the biggest recurring costs of data centers and companies like … Continue reading(image)

Raspberry Pi gets its own official desktop environment: PIXEL

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:03 +0000

(image) The Raspberry Pi, in all its incarnations, has been used in every DIY project or dream imaginable, from security systems to obstruction-detecting robots to, well, mini desktop computers. While most of these projects won’t really use a traditional computer desktop environment, the RPi was still in need of a lightweight, beautiful, and user-friendly desktop for beginners as well as those … Continue reading(image)

Spotify arrives in Japan debuting new lyrics feature

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:54:17 +0000

(image) After years of waiting, streaming music listeners in Japan finally have the option to check out Spotify. The service arrives in the country, said to be the world’s second largest music market, this week, albeit as an invite-only beta for the time being. It’s likely that the hold up for Spotify’s Japanese debut was due to difficulties in reaching deals … Continue reading(image)

Firefox plays around with mini video, screenshot sharing features

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:30:05 +0000

(image) Web browsers have practically become operating systems and desktop environments. Just look at Chrome OS. While Firefox OS hasn’t exactly taken on a similar form, and is, in fact, practically dead, Mozilla isn’t stopping in giving its own web browser some extra power so that you won’t have to leave Firefox just for some menial tasks. Expanding its Test Pilot … Continue reading(image)