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Last Build Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:30:47 +0000


Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:30:47 +0000

(image) Android users who own recent Pixel or Nexus devices running Android Nougat 7.1.1 may notice a new feature rolling out in the near future, or in some cases, already available. Called Instant Tethering and introduced as part of Google Play Services 10.2, it aims to make connecting to the phone’s hotspot an easier, almost automatic process. For those who’ve ever … Continue reading(image)

Inside, Limbo game developer Playdead teases next title with single image

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:00:52 +0000

(image) Playdead, the small Danish developer behind the highly acclaimed indie games Inside and Limbo, got its fans excited this weekend by revealing the first image for its next project. Posted on Twitter with next to no details, the image features a look that will be immediately familiar to fans of Playdead’s previous games, with a very dark, limited color palette. … Continue reading(image)

iOS 11 rumored to introduce FaceTime group video calls

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:30:34 +0000

(image) Ever since its introduction, Apple‘s FaceTime has been limited to call between two people, regardless of the device being used. This might finally be changing later this year, as a new rumor suggests that the upcoming iOS 11 will have FaceTime supporting group video calls. While we’re still several months away from iOS 11’s likely debut at Apple’s Worldwide Developers … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:00:06 +0000

(image) While the last year seems to have been a positive one overall for Microsoft, with the company debuting interesting new hardware, such as the Surface Studio, alongside the growth of its software, including Windows 10. However, it appears Microsoft still has plans to follow through with last summer’s promise to slash almost 3,000 jobs, with 700 layoffs said to be … Continue reading(image)

Star Trek Axanar fan film finally settles lawsuit with Paramount, CBS

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:32:07 +0000

(image) The last few years have been difficult for the production team behind the Star Trek fan film Axanar, with their ambitious project getting them sued by CBS and Paramount, owners of the franchise, followed by news that the copyright lawsuit was being dropped, only for it to proceed anyway. But it appears the bumpy road has finally come to an … Continue reading(image)

Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta now live on Xbox One & PC

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:00:48 +0000

(image) Microsoft launched the second multiplayer beta for the upcoming real-time strategy game Halo Wars 2 on Friday, making it available to all Windows 10 PC users, as well as Xbox One players with a Xbox Live Gold subscription. The new beta will run through Monday, January 30th, and builds on last summer’s Halo Wars 2 trial by introducing the Blitz … Continue reading(image)

NASA shows us what a Pluto landing would look like

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:57:42 +0000

(image) We’ve been on the receiving end of many Pluto photos thanks to NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, but we haven’t actually landed on the dwarf planet yet. That hasn’t stopped the space agency from imagining what such a landing may look like, and it has shared that vision with everyone else via a new photo. Rather than using a computer to … Continue reading(image)

House of Cards Season 5 release date revealed

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:07:45 +0000

(image) Netflix had some good news last year — House of Cards was coming back for a fifth season — and then some bad news: that season’s launch was delayed and no firm release date was provided. We initially expected to see Season 5 drop in the first quarter of this year, but Netflix revealed a couple days ago that fans … Continue reading(image)

Meitu explains its controversial anime photo app permissions

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:02 +0000

(image) The anime-themed photo makeover app Meitu recently went viral, with loads of people downloading it to transform their selfies using adorable filters. The spike in popularity quickly drew attention to the app’s questionable permissions and data practices, however, and users were soon advised to uninstall the app rather than risk compromising their personal data. Now the company behind the app, … Continue reading(image)

Injustice 2 beta registration goes live

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:02:50 +0000

(image) If you can’t wait for Injustice 2 to launch this upcoming May, you may get the chance to try it out early. NetherRealm and Warner Bros. Games have officially launched registration for the game’s beta; those who signup will be in the pipeline to get a beta code. This beta registration is for North America, and comes ahead of the … Continue reading(image)

Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:57:45 +0000

(image) This afternoon Apple released a statement which suggests they’ve begun a process to sue Qualcomm for unfair licensing practices for mobile technology. Apple also suggests that, due to Apple cooperating with a Korea-based regulatory probe into Qualcomm’s business, the mobile processor-makers have withheld money owed to Apple. An amount of money, Apple says, that runs up to $1-billion in unpaid … Continue reading(image)

Many primates face impending extinction, and humans are to blame

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:22:37 +0000

(image) We’re learning today that things are looking grim for many species of nonhuman primates. A new report published in Science Advances says that more than half of primate species are facing extinction, and even more are experiencing declining populations. The report also pegs humans as the cause of the troubles our closest biological relatives are facing, which at this point … Continue reading(image)

LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:05:22 +0000

(image) This week the folks behind LINE chat app have given the app an update it’s needed for quite a while. With this update, users are finally able to send photos and videos at the same time. Where before, separate windows were needed to send photos and video, now they’ll be able to be selected all from the same screen. It’ll … Continue reading(image)

Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:00:15 +0000

(image) The UK-based Antarctic research project MIDAS has issued an update about the Larsen C ice shelf rift, saying it grew by 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) over the course of January. The expansion was determined using the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites, and it brings the total rift size up to a scary 175 kilometers. Only 20 kilometers of ice connect … Continue reading(image)

iPad Pro 2 release likely joined by 2 more slates

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:46:41 +0000

(image) 2016 was pretty light on new iPad models, but if new reports are to be believed, we could be looking at a 2017 that’s packed with iPads. Apple is said to be looking to launch three new iPad models in 2017, with mass production getting underway on all three within the first half of the year. That would open the … Continue reading(image)

NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:15:08 +0000

(image) NASA has announced a pair of new space missions called “Lucy” and “Psyche,” the latter of which will investigate a never-before-studied asteroid that may be composed almost entirely of nickel and iron. That asteroid — described as being giant in size as well as heavily metallic — is named 16 Psyche, and is thought to have a composition not unlike … Continue reading(image)

Samsung #SeeColors app helps the colorblind adjust their TVs

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:30:16 +0000

(image) Samsung has announced the development of a new app that helps colorblind individuals determine the severity of their colorblindness and adjust their televisions to compensate. Called #SeeColors, the app was made in partnership with Hungarian company Colorlite. The app supports both smartphones and Tizen-based televisions. The #SeeColors app first works by helping the user determine the severity and type of … Continue reading(image)

Trump Tweets may soon be filtered as secret service steps in

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:51:30 +0000

(image) As Trump gains the US Presidency today, he’s reportedly lost something in the transition: his Android phone. Anyone who follows President Trump on Twitter will know that his phone sees a lot of use, but as he ascends to the Presidency, the US Secret Service has forced him to give it up. Instead, he’ll use an encrypted phone as he … Continue reading(image)

PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:45:42 +0000

(image) Sony has announced that its PlayStation VR headset can now be used to watch YouTube’s 360-degree videos. The videos are exactly what they sound like — the 360-degree videos that have been available for watching via Cardboard and other headsets. Following its launch in October, PlayStation VR now finally supports those videos, bringing another element of entertainment to the platform. … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO’s most helpful app give you one key Plus feature

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:20:19 +0000

(image) The best way to get ahead in Pokemon GO – with evolutions, egg walking, getting all sorts of candy, and the like – isn’t in the app itself. It’s in an app called “Proximity Service” – and app for Android users that, despite the name, is not made by official Google developers. The name lends itself to the functionality it … Continue reading(image)

The video game industry had a very good 2016

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:09:12 +0000

(image) Some of you may consider 2016 to be largely disappointing, but for the video game industry, it was an excellent year. A new report from the Entertainment Software Association and the NPD Group shows that revenue on computer and video games was up in 2016 over the year prior. The increase was small, but still worth celebrating in an industry … Continue reading(image)

5 Sweet Alternatives to the Donald Trump Inauguration Live Stream [OPINION]

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:06:50 +0000

(image) I’ve compiled a list of alternatives to the inauguration of Donald taking place today in Washington DC. It’s a good time to get distracted – start the protest tomorrow at the Women’s March on Washington or a local sect near you. In fact, take what I’ve compiled below and watch it all while you’re making your own protest poster to … Continue reading(image)

This is Nintendo’s last Wii U game

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:28:29 +0000

(image) If the writing wasn’t already on the wall, it is now: Nintendo has revealed what its final game for the Wii U will be. Given Nintendo’s own announcement that it will be ending Wii U production in Japan, the fact that it won’t support the console with much more first-party software isn’t really a shocker. Still, it’s further indication that … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy Note 7 fires reportedly blamed on battery size, manufacturing defects

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:14:26 +0000

(image) Late last night, we found out that Samsung plans to reveal the cause of the much-reported Galaxy Note 7 fires in a press conference on Monday. The live streamed press conference will end a months-long investigation into the cause of the fires, but ahead of it a new report is telling us what we might be able to expect. According … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:09:03 +0000

(image) Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales. Some people will love it, some will hate it. Whichever way the pendulum swings, and it will swing back and forth repeatedly the Nintendo … Continue reading(image)

Here’s what the Nintendo Switch can’t do, or so says Nintendo

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:30:29 +0000

(image) For some gamers, the Nintendo Switch is a dream come true, allowing them to take console-quality games on the road, in the living room, or whenever and wherever the urge strikes. It also has some fancy controllers to boot! But it’s not going to be everything for everybody, especially not for Nintendo. For its creator, the Switch is designed to … Continue reading(image)

Amazon Dash one-click ordering goes digital

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:45:31 +0000

(image) Amazon Dash is a strange but oddly reasonable product.It removes every excuse not to get your groceries done, especially for essential supplies. Or seen in another way, it appeals to the human propensity for laziness. But apparently even the act of physically pushing a button might be too much work. Or that people are not so keen on buying a … Continue reading(image)

Apple’s 3 new iPads not coming until second half of 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:00:30 +0000

(image) If you’ve been holding out for a new Apple tablet, you might have to wait a bit longer or, depending on your particular proclivities, just suck it up and buy one already. That’s because, according to sources, Apple’s new iPads aren’t scheduled to be even announced until later this year. And even then, what it has in the works might … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S8’s Bixby to be able to identify real-world things

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:15:30 +0000

(image) It’s really no secret that Samsung wants in on the whole AI-powered personal assistant bandwagon. After all, it did purchase Viv Labs, founded by Siri’s original creators. Rumored to be called Bixby, at least in one gender-based incarnation, Samsung’s personal assistant is expected to debut on the Galaxy S8, which, in turn, is expected to be unveiled in just a … Continue reading(image)

Windows 10 Creators Update e-book store is official

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:30:34 +0000

(image) Well that was quick. After it was leaked early on, Microsoft has now revealed what’s in store for Windows Insiders in Build 15014, which will eventually be incorporated in April’s Windows 10 Creators Update. And as that early reveal said, Microsoft will be rolling out its own e-book store and makeshift e-book reader. But, there’s also a new would-be feature … Continue reading(image)

Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:30:56 +0000

(image) When your smartphone, be it a fresh new release or a one-year old model, will get the latest and greatest Android release has always been a guessing game for the Android faithful. Some, like LG, seem to take pride in how fast at least one of its phones gets the update. Others, like Samsung, have developed a notoriety for taking … Continue reading(image)

The Division DLC ‘The Last Stand’ brings new game mode

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:45:41 +0000

(image) Ubisoft has detailed the third expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division. With “The Last Stand” DLC, gamers will get access to a new game mode with ‘clear objectives,’ though it’ll also include elements presently existing in the Dark Zone. That’s only a sliver of everything coming to the game with “Last Stand,” however, and there’s more good news beyond the … Continue reading(image)

Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:14:05 +0000

(image) Streaming music service Tidal has introduced a pair of new features that enable some users to channel their inner DJs. With the features, users are able to adjust the length and speed of some songs to better suit their tastes (speed up the tempo for your exercising sessions, perhaps), then save those edited tracks to a playlist for enjoyment later … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:24:44 +0000

(image) It seems almost too ironic that Samsung is turning what is one of its most embarrassing moments into a high-profile media event. Then again, considering the media circus that formed around the Galaxy Note 7 and its fiery fate, it really had little choice in the matter. In any case, there is no more stopping Samsung’s revelation of what really … Continue reading(image)

Crew to spend 8 months living in remote Mars simulation dome

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:39:13 +0000

(image) The University of Hawaii has announced that half a dozen “astronaut-like crewmembers” have entered into a geodesic dome located on Mauna Loa in Hawaii as part of a study on Mars habitability. In this case, the crew will live in the dome for eight months, providing vital data on both performance and human behavior that’ll help NASA prepare for future … Continue reading(image)

Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:53:55 +0000

(image) Twitter has previously stated goal related to improving company diversity, and its latest report about the matter indicates it made great strides toward that goal last year, including exceeding its workforce hiring goals in many categories. Though the company didn’t hire as many women into technical roles as it had hoped to, it did increase the overall number of women … Continue reading(image)

News Republic app gets new ‘Made for Samsung’ version

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:05:27 +0000

(image) If you primarily consume news through your phone, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of News Republic, and perhaps even use it. News Republic is a news aggregating app that sources news of all sorts from publications across the web, making them available alongside certain features and tools. The company behind the product, Cheetah Mobile, has announced an extra special … Continue reading(image)

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:40:08 +0000

(image) Crossovers are everywhere, but the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is choosing to see that as a big potential audience rather than an insurmountable problem. Convincing drivers to give up their sleeker SUVs and give a station wagon a chance is no small challenge, though. So, just as if you want a cat to swallow a pill you have to either … Continue reading(image)

Neil Gaiman ‘Good Omens’ miniseries in pipeline for Amazon

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:19:43 +0000

(image) Amazon has announced that famous author Neil Gaiman is developing a ‘Good Omens’ apocalyptic comedy miniseries for Prime Video. The miniseries will be split up into half a dozen parts, each based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Gaiman. Pratchett has, unfortunately, passed away since the book’s publication, but Gaiman remains to masterfully steer it onto SVOD, where it’ll … Continue reading(image)

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:09:16 +0000

(image) It’s time to uninstall Meitu, the photo app masses of users downloaded over the past week to make their selfies look wacky. This app was found today to be sending IMEI numbers to several China-based digital locations. That alone isn’t enough to do a whole lot, but given the massive amount of permissions the app seeks (and is granted) when … Continue reading(image)