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Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:50:28 +0000


Galaxy Note 7 banned on China’s flights starting tomorrow

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:50:28 +0000

(image) The Galaxy Note 7 has already been banned on flights in many places, including the U.S., and starting tomorrow they’ll be banned from flights inside China, too. The announcement was made by China’s Civil Aviation Administration, CAAC, which is acting out of concern for safety. The batteries in Galaxy Note 7 handsets are prone to overheating, something that has already … Continue reading(image)

Marvel’s The Punisher adds five new cast members ahead of 2017 debut

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:10:24 +0000

(image) Marvel’s The Punisher will be arriving on Netflix next year, and we already know a little bit about the series. Most notably, the Punisher himself will be played by Jon Bernthal, perhaps best known known for his role in The Walking Dead. We now know who will be joining him, per an announcement from Marvel itself today. Show executive producer … Continue reading(image)

Delta adds luggage-tracking feature to mobile app

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:24:00 +0000

(image) Remember the RFID bag tracking luggage tags Delta introduced earlier this year? They replaced barcodes, which have to be scanned by hand, and now they’re being implemented in an even better way: with the airline’s mobile app. The company is rolling out luggage tracking at 84 airports through the United States, allowing travelers to view where their bags were last … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is for serious typists

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:42:42 +0000

(image) Those who spend a significant number of hours typing everyday know the importance of a good keyboard. If you’re a serious typist of one sort or another, the regular Surface keyboard isn’t going to cut it. Thusly enters Microsoft’s Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, an offering to go alongside the new products Microsoft announced today. The keyboard is compatible with the Surface … Continue reading(image)

Apple AirPods delayed: company needs ‘a little more time’

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:38:34 +0000

(image) If you can’t wait to get ahold of Apple’s newly unveiled AirPods, we’ve got some bad news: the company has delayed their launching, citing a need to spend longer bringing them up to snuff. The exact reason for the delay isn’t clear, and could be more than any single thing. Regardless, don’t expect to get them this month. Apple didn’t … Continue reading(image)

Tesla had a profitable third quarter, has high hopes for Q4

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:56:39 +0000

(image) Tesla had a profitable third quarter this year, the company has announced. The GAAP net income hit the $22 million mark, with Tesla saying it saw $176 million in free cash flow. The company goes on to say that gross profit-per-car, as well as GAAP total automotive gross margin, both increased ‘substantially’ in its fiscal third quarter. Tesla anticipates trends … Continue reading(image)

Top VPN services that don’t keep logs (late 2016)

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:12:41 +0000

(image) Everyone has their own reason for using a VPN, but they all share a common element: the desire for privacy. It may be something as simple as wanting to keep your data private while using an open WiFi network, or something as serious as avoiding state-sponsored hackers or bypassing government firewalls. Using a VPN service that keeps a bunch of … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo looking to sell 2 million Switch consoles at launch

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:40:20 +0000

(image) Nintendo may be tight-lipped when it comes to Switch hardware and launch titles, but it certainly isn’t about the number of consoles it expects to sell after launch. Speaking after the company revealed its latest round of financials, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said that the company expects to sell 2 million Switch consoles at launch. That may seem like a … Continue reading(image)

How Surface Studio takes on iMac in 5 steps

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:07:51 +0000

(image) The Microsoft Surface Studio was revealed this morning in a presentation that may be making Apple apprehensive. You see, Apple has an event taking place tomorrow, and they’ll be revealing their own machines. It’s likely Apple will have a set of new MacBook Pro units ready for the public then. But for now, Microsoft is attempting to get in while … Continue reading(image)

Amazon Fire tablets get Alexa with latest update

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:49:00 +0000

(image) Amazon is rolling out Alexa voice services on Fire tablets via a new software update. The update is making its way to last year’s Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and regular Fire tablets, as well as this year’s Fire HD 8 offering. Once it makes its way to your own Fire tablet, you’ll be able to use Alexa by … Continue reading(image)

Disney tipped as interested in Twitter again, and very close to buying it

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:55:36 +0000

(image) Several companies were interested in buying Twitter in recent weeks, one of them being Disney, though it seemed the potential sale was scraped at some point and serious acquisition bid plans were abandoned. That may not be the full story, though, as sources have now cropped up saying Disney is reconsidering an acquisition of the service, and has progressed so … Continue reading(image)

PlayStation Plus free games lineup for November announced

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:02:38 +0000

(image) We’re closing in on the end of October, which means the list of free PlayStation Plus games for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita will soon be refreshing. Sony revealed a grand total of six new PlayStation Plus titles today, with those becoming free on November 1. Though there are only two games being offered for each console, both of the … Continue reading(image)

Elgato Eve Light Switch puts Siri in your wall

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:43:59 +0000

(image) Today Elgato showed the Eve Light Switch for the first time, connecting to Apple devices with HomeKit. Using Apple’s HomeKit, Elgato puts Siri in control of the lights a user has at home. Unlike other similar systems, this switch puts the control at the switch instead of the plug. In this way, the user is able to control all lights … Continue reading(image)

Surface Dial pricing and release date info revealed

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:35:15 +0000

(image) In revealing its Surface Studio all-in-one today, Microsoft also showed off a new accessory called the Surface Dial. The Dial seems interesting not only because of what it can do, but also because it’s compatible with the range of Surface products – not just the Studio. Just like that, Microsoft has dropped pricing and release date info on the Surface … Continue reading(image)

Surface Studio pricing info and release date detailed

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:05:10 +0000

(image) The Microsoft Surface Studio was revealed today as a direct competitor to Apple’s iMac. Of course there’s a secret inside the Surface Studio, making it slightly more unique than the iMac – it has a lot to do with Windows 10 Creative Update. “Surface has always been about more,” said Corporate VP of Devices at Microsoft Panos Panay. “It was … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft Surface Studio AIO goes toe-to-toe with iMac

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:02:30 +0000

(image) Microsoft today announced a new device in the Surface lineup, introducing the world to the Surface Studio. Surface Studio is an all-in-one PC that’s looking to get into the thick of it with the iMac and other computers in its class, and Microsoft is coming to the fight with a lot of hardware backing it up. First and foremost is … Continue reading(image)

Surface Book i7 release date and pricing join power and battery life

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:31:36 +0000

(image) Microsoft Devices leader Panos Panay stepped onstage today to present the newest version of the Surface Book. This new edition of the device is the one shown in several videos released today – and seen below. It looks very, very similar to the original Surface Book, but here has longer battery life and a bit more power for the ever-evolving … Continue reading(image)

Alcatel IDOL 4S launches on T-Mobile with Windows 10 VR

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:08:11 +0000

(image) The first device launched with mention of Windows 10 VR is the Alcatel IDOL 4S with T-Mobile. This smartphone is quickly becoming the most versatile casing for operating systems as it’s also been subject to an Android release in standard form and a BlackBerry release (also with Android). Now it’ll play host to the first Windows 10 VR experience – … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft VR comes with $300 headsets from Lenovo, ASUS, Acer

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:04:36 +0000

(image) Microsoft has just officially unveiled its Windows 10 Creators Update, and with it comes a new approach to its mixed reality platform HoloLens. During Microsoft’s event, the company announced that HoloLens will be getting support for the 3D community features that will be included in the update, but perhaps the more surprising announcement was that of Microsoft’s new focus on … Continue reading(image)

Windows 10 Creators Update release comes with Paint 3D [UPDATE]

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:37:50 +0000

(image) This morning Microsoft presented their Windows 10 Creators Update, an update that’ll enable 3D sculpting for all users. What users will be able to do is utilize creative tools unlike any available to the generations that’ve preceded them. If not in output, then in ease of use. Microsoft showed a video with a set of young adults trying out the … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy Note 7 battery-capping update spreads to Europe

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:17:08 +0000

(image) If you’re one of the European holdouts who has yet to return their defective Galaxy Note 7, living with your phone is about to get a little more difficult. Samsung has announced that it will be rolling out a battery-limiting update across Europe starting on October 31. This is part of an effort to get as many Note 7s as … Continue reading(image)

ZTE ZMax Pro comes to T-Mobile at long last

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:20 +0000

(image) Not everyone wants all the trappings of a high-end and expensive flagship smartphone. But almost everyone wants the best smartphone that their money can buy, and, sometimes, that money is in short supply. Mid-range smartphones are a dime a dozen, so choosing the best can be as daunting as choosing a wedding gown. For T-Mobile subscribers, however, that choice might … Continue reading(image)

Loop aims to replace the kitchen TV with a streaming multimedia device

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:45:21 +0000

(image) TVs have been in the kitchen for decades now to give people some entertainment while they gather to eat or hang out. A new device called Loop wants to re-imagine the kitchen TV with a retro styled device that can handle three needed family tasks with one screen. Loop is able to act as a communication tool for the family, … Continue reading(image)

Vue Smart Glasses feature bone conduction audio and track activity

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:15:20 +0000

(image) Vue Smart Glasses have turned up on Kickstarter and they look more like normal glasses than other smart glasses we have talked about before. Take the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses, they would never be confused for normal eyewear. The Vue Smart Glasses on the other hand can be fitted with prescription lenses, clear lenses, or tinted/transition lenses for sunglasses … Continue reading(image)

10 apps you should have on your new iPhone 7

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:55:20 +0000

(image) Every new iPhone comes with a new iOS release, so getting a new iPhone is always more than just getting new hardware. It’s like stepping into a whole new world that, in some cases, nobody else in the past can experience. Now that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have more or less settled in, it’s time to take stock … Continue reading(image)

NASA finds prolonged space travel can affect the spine

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:45:20 +0000

(image) With a manned mission to Mars in the cards for NASA, the space agency is spending lots of money and time researching the effects of prolonged space travel on the human body. A new study has been published that has found that space travel will affect the spine of astronauts. Specifically the study has proven that atrophy of the muscles … Continue reading(image)

AT&T DirecTV Now online streaming TV service to cost $35 monthly

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:15:08 +0000

(image) The AT&T bid for Time Warner hasn’t been approved and AT&T has already announced a new service that should make cable companies very nervous. AT&T has announced plans for a new online only TV service that will significantly undercut cable TV pricing, and even the prices that DirecTV offers right now to satellite users. The new streaming only TV plan … Continue reading(image)

Navdy Augmented Driving ships, lets you drive like a fighter pilot

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:47:50 +0000

(image) Navdy first started talking up its in-car aftermarket HUD back in the summer of 2014. At the time the company was promising to ship the device in 2015 for about $499. 2015 came and went and now 2016 is almost over and Navdy has finally shipped what it claims to be the world’s first augmented driving device. The design of … Continue reading(image)

Bixi lets you control devices with Jedi hand waves

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:30:18 +0000

(image) We’re probably still a few decades away from a Minority Report computer display and interface and we’re definitely a few fictional universes removed from having enough Midichlorians to be Force-sensitive. So anything that gives us a semblance of telekinetic abilities, with hand-waving of course, is more than welcome. And there are a lot of those today. But what sets Bixi … Continue reading(image)

Armani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected line

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:30:00 +0000

(image) Previously seen as the domain of geeks and technophiles, fashion brands have started marching into the wearable and smartwatch market, though at different degrees. While some, like TAG Heuer, have dived head first into full smartwatches, others, like Armani’s modern and trendy Emporio Armani brand, are taking a half step instead. The new Emporio Armani Connected line of “hybrid smartwatches” … Continue reading(image)

Duet Display Pro turns the iPad Pro into a Wacom Cintiq

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:30:41 +0000

(image) The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil shook the tablet world, demonstrating that things that can be created digitally using a rather unassuming accessory. But while the Pencil might be precise and accurate, the iPad Pro itself sometimes becomes the bottleneck, especially for illustrators and artists who need more muscle than the mobile device can provide. Such creators usually go … Continue reading(image)

Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:30:11 +0000

(image) It seems that Google’s next version of Android Wear is shaping up to be rather controversial. In addition to being delayed to 2017, affecting sales of devices and confidence in the platform, tiny details about Android Wear 2.0 are starting to pop up, causing some developers no small amount of disappointment and distress. Googler Ian Lake, yes the same Ian … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Pay adds online shopping, in-app payments

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:56:40 +0000

(image) Samsung Pay just recently celebrated its first birthday, not an insignificant feat for a mobile payment system limited to a single device vendor and very few devices. Of course, Samsung’s work is far from over. Following Google’s announcement of Android Pay supporting Visa Checkout and MasterCard’s Masterpass, Samsung is similarly boasting of new support for buying things through the mobile … Continue reading(image)

BlackBerry DTEK60 official: here’s what you’re getting

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:15:04 +0000

(image) To the complete surprise of no one, BlackBerry has finally and officially acknowledged the existence of the BlackBerry DTEK60. Of course, that also means that sales can finally kick off as well. BlackBerry must already know that almost everything about the DTEK60 has been leaked anyway, so instead of focusing on the smartphone’s high-end hardware, the company instead turns your … Continue reading(image)

Google Fiber pauses rollout in potential cities to ‘refine’ its approach

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:10:52 +0000

(image) Something big is afoot over at Google, which just announced that Google Fiber rollout has been paused in the cities it has selected as ‘potential’ markets. This is necessary for the company to ‘refine’ its plan to meet new objectives it has laid out, Google says. In addition, a source has cropped up claiming Google will layoff 9-percent of the … Continue reading(image)

Lyft is testing ride passes with frequent riders

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:26:05 +0000

(image) Lyft has a new experiment that may make it more attractive to frequent users: ride passes of sort that lock in certain per-ride rates depending on how much you spend. The idea here is that, assuming you use the service frequently, you can save money in a way similar to bus and train passes, bringing your overall travel costs down. … Continue reading(image)

LG V20 cracked camera glass issue causing concern among owners

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:42:32 +0000

(image) Many fans were eager to get their hands on the LG V20, but some buyers have had a sour experience. According to reports cropping up on Reddit, some people are experiencing cracked or shattered camera glass for reasons that aren’t clear. Affected users seem to uniformly insist they didn’t drop the phone or anything onto it, instead finding the glass … Continue reading(image)

Apple seeing no benefit from Galaxy Note 7 fires

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:08:56 +0000

(image) Apple’s earnings call this afternoon included a mention of the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung’s disaster of a recall therein. On the call that accompanied the earnings release, Apple made clear that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall wasn’t affecting iPhone sales negatively or positively. This, they said, was because Apple can’t make enough iPhones to meet current demand as it … Continue reading(image)

Google Express vs Amazon Prime showdown: which is better?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:58:21 +0000

(image) Amazon Prime has long been the consumer’s best option for getting items from tons of retailers straight to their door, but Google has been treading on that territory, and now things are heating up. Now that Google Express has expanded to cover 90-percent of the U.S., more people than ever have the service as an online shopping option. Most people … Continue reading(image)

iPhone sales rise sequentially while iPad levels out

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:16:06 +0000

(image) Apple quarterly earnings for Q4 2016 show the iPhone unit sales rise sequentially and fall year-over-year. In Apple’s Q4 of 2015, iPhone unit sales reached over 48 million, while this quarter the company hit 45.5 million in unit sales. This is a 5% change year-over-year in unit sales, while revenue fell 17%. This most recent quarter, Apple’s Q3 2016, resulted … Continue reading(image)