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Last Build Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:32:07 +0000


T-Mobile Sprint merger apparently in the works again (still?)

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:32:07 +0000

(image) The potential merging of T-Mobile USA and Sprint through Deutsche Telekom and Softbank is again tipped by anonymous sources. This is not the first time we’ve seen talks of T-Mobile and Sprint merging their powers to create one slightly-larger mobile carrier. This time it appears that the talks may be getting a bit more serious. Back in July of 2010 … Continue reading(image)

Roku smart speaker plans tipped: Should Alexa be worried?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:59:11 +0000

(image) You’re nobody in tech if you don’t have a smart speaker, and it seems Roku may be planning to enter the fray with a home companion of its own. The company is best known for its streaming media sticks and set-top boxes, easy ways to add services like Netflix, Amazon, and Showtime straight to your dumb TV. Now, though, it’s … Continue reading(image)

iPhone 8 Review Round-up: No waiting for X

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:55:53 +0000

(image) Early iPhone 8 reviews are in, and it would appear that Apple’s reveal of the iPhone X has taken a toll on reviewer’s expectations. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are indeed slightly-better versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and in years past that’d garner a hearty “the best just got better” from the review circuit. … Continue reading(image)

Left Alive’s Metal Gear artist mechs have us super-intrigued

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:44:23 +0000

(image) Square Enix arrived at the Tokyo Game Show prepared, it seems. Not only did it reveal that Final Fantasy IX is coming to PlayStation 4 today, but it also announced that it has a new shooter in the works. The game is called Left Alive, and it’ll be launching for PS4 and PC sometime next year. Here’s the problem, though: … Continue reading(image)

New Amazon Fire HD 10 adds Alexa hands-free

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:27:48 +0000

(image) The tablet segment may have stalled, but Amazon believes there’s still room for an impressively potent, surprisingly affordable Android model. Welcome, then, the Amazon Fire HD 10, the newest update of its 10.1-inch slate, with a 1080p Full HD display and quad-core 1.8 GHz processor. The headline specs might be speed, but the price is just $149.99. Your money gets … Continue reading(image)

Final Fantasy IX gets a surprise re-release on PlayStation 4

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:56:21 +0000

(image) When it comes to the question of the best Final Fantasy game, the original PlayStation’s Final Fantasy IX usually gets left out of the debate. Many will tell you either Final Fantasy VI or Final Fantasy VII are the best, with a few weirdos claiming that Final Fantasy VIII is actually at the top of the list, but there aren’t … Continue reading(image)

August Smart Lock Pro Review

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:36:49 +0000

(image) When it comes to connected locks, August is rightly one of the first names that comes to mind, and now there’s a new flagship aiming for a spot on your door frame. The August Smart Lock Pro may look like its predecessor, but inside it’s all-change with faster components, along with Z-Wave Plus support for pro-installation alarm systems. It’ll even … Continue reading(image)

AI and non-invasive MRI can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease long before doctors can

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:01:26 +0000

(image) A pair of researchers from the University of Bari in Italy called Nicola Amoroso and Marianna La Rocca and a team of colleagues have developed a new machine-learning algorithm that is able to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease up to nine years before doctors can diagnose the condition. The system the researchers have developed is also able to discern structural changes … Continue reading(image)

Windows 10 UWP games on Xbox One will soon be more powerful

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:37:56 +0000

(image) While Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform has largely been welcomed on the apps side of the business, it has been eyed with suspicion on the gaming front. Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney minced no words in criticizing UWP’s chilling effects on PC gaming, warning of how it could be used to turn the culture into a closed one. On the technical side … Continue reading(image)

Tesla patent shows yet another way to reduce range anxiety with battery swapping

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:09:42 +0000

(image) If any company is pushing the limits of what transportation of the future might look like, it’s Tesla. The company makes some of the longest driving and most popular EVs on the market today. Tesla is looking at how it can extend the driving range of its EVs even further than the vehicles can go today. It’s not doing this … Continue reading(image)

McLaren resurrects XP Green paint color for six special MSO 570GTs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:38:43 +0000

(image) McLaren is making some very special sports cars today and one of those special rides is the 570GT. McLaren has announced that it has revived a very special paint color that originally showed up on the incredibly rare McLaren F1 XP GT Longtail. The paint color is called XP Green and it will be used to coat the sexy body … Continue reading(image)

Huawei promotes Mate 10 “real AI phone” by mocking Face ID

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:06:55 +0000

(image) Face ID is perhaps the most contentious iPhone X feature next to the notch and amojis. The public demo’s seeming failure, which Apple has tried to explain away, seems to only add to the skepticism of Apple’s Touch ID replacement. Smelling blood, Huawei lost no time in trying to take a swipe at Apple. But it’s only able to do … Continue reading(image)

Pi wireless charger doesn’t need to touch your phone

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:19:14 +0000

(image) Like with almost anything, Apple’s adoption of an existing technology is a sure way to boost said technology (and rewrite history in the process). This year, it’s wireless charging, thanks to the iPhone X. But while wireless charging promises the convenience of having no wires, it doesn’t exactly deliver complete freedom. You still have to put your phone on top … Continue reading(image)

Google reportedly stopping all Nexus 6P RMAs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:42:19 +0000

(image) If you ask around Android circles, you’ll probably be surprised (or not) to find out that the Nexus 5 is largely regarded as the best, and probably last greatest, Nexus phone. While definitely not perfect, everything that followed were significantly less perfect. And the last Nexus phone made, the Nexus 6P, is to date, an unmitigated disaster. Tired perhaps of … Continue reading(image)

KGI: iPhone X, Apple Watch 3 LTE pre-orders are looking good

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:01:50 +0000

(image) There should really be no surprise here. It is almost always the case that some unpopular change that Apple is rumored to make is expected to negatively affect sales or pre-orders but reality turns out to be different. Such is the case, again, with the super expensive iPhone X and the LTE-model of the Apple Watch 3 which were predicted … Continue reading(image)

T-Mobile Unlimited plan limit could be raised to 50GB

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:17:28 +0000

(image) The Un-carrier might be at it again and its next move could definitely give its rivals and their subscribers pause for thought. Although “unlimited” these days no longer really means what the word literally means, T-Mobile seems to be doing everything it can to make it close enough. A recent tip says that as early as Wednesday, the network’s deprioritization … Continue reading(image)

Gear VR PhoneCast app lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:29:00 +0000

(image) Virtual reality is fun and entertaining but hardly useful when it comes to getting real-world things done, it isn’t of much help. At least with the current state of technology. In the meantime, however, users can have an approximation of productivity in virtual reality by having their non-gaming software brought before their eyes. That is exactly what the Samsung PhoneCast … Continue reading(image)

August’s new smart locks know if your door’s ajar

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:01:30 +0000

(image) August has rolled out a trio of new devices, including a pair of connected locks that can tell whether your door is actually closed or not, and a smarter doorbell camera. Offering features like Apple HomeKit support, integration with Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri, and the same straightforward installation that made their predecessors so popular, the new IoT … Continue reading(image)

Synology has a new DiskStation NAS for every need

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:31:07 +0000

(image) Once a tool for hardcore computer users only, network attached storage solutions or NAS have now become critical even for some households. That’s because these boxes come with storage reliability and easy access from multiple devices, without the hassle of setting up complex networks and computers. But not everyone needs the same kind of NAS hardware, and not everyone can … Continue reading(image)

Stylish FABRIQ Chorus speakers let you activate Alexa by voice

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:45:01 +0000

(image) Long before the surge of speakers and accessories pleding allegiance to Amazon’s smart assistant, FABRIQ’s cloth-covered wireless speakers were already speaking Alexa’s language. Launched last year, the FABRIQ Riff gave consumers a more portable and more aesthetic alternative to the Amazon Echo. This year, FABRIQ is taking its game to the next level with Chorus, which brings more power to … Continue reading(image)

Red Sox cheated with Fitbit, not Apple Watch, source claims

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:00:18 +0000

(image) Remember the Major League Baseball drama going on between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees? The two teams have accused the other of cheating, with the Red Sox in particular being accused of using a wearable to alert players to the Yankees’ hand signals. An investigation into the matter was confirmed at the time, but official details … Continue reading(image)

Google adds local library ebook options to search results

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:13:30 +0000

(image) If it has been a long while since you last used a library, you may be surprised to learn that many of them have a digital library that offers up digital goods to card holders. Among these digital goods are ebooks, which can be downloaded with the appropriate app for a certain duration before the file expires. This is all … Continue reading(image)

US Navy uses Xbox 360 controllers for its most advanced submarines

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:35:04 +0000

(image) The lowly Xbox 360 controller: it is more than a decade old, no longer the primary Xbox gamepad, and it also happens to be the US Navy’s top choice for controlling its most advanced submarines. Not the entire submarine, mind, but rather its various periscopes that exist as a pair of giant masts. High-res cameras are fitted to these periscopes, … Continue reading(image)

AT&T’s Threat Defender is a mobile game no one asked for

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:42:39 +0000

(image) Sometimes companies and even governments release their own online or mobile games, and though the reasons vary, they’re usually not that great. AT&T’s own mobile game, Threat Defender, is no different. It is, to put it frankly, a game no one asked for and no one wants, though it’s not hard to see how a little more effort could have … Continue reading(image)

Bacteria caught eating chemo drugs meant for cancerous tumors

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:56:57 +0000

(image) Bacteria has been spotted ‘eating’ chemotherapy drugs intended for treating cancerous tumors, potentially opening the door for more effective cancer treatments in the future. According to a new study, certain types of bacteria may exist in the vicinity of cancer cells, devouring the chemo drugs that would otherwise combat the cancerous tumors that result. This prevents adequate levels of these … Continue reading(image)

The next smartphone spec race: unnecessarily fast slow-mo

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:20:54 +0000

(image) If a report from South Korea proves true, the next smartphone spec race is not on quality, but on speed. The report suggests that Samsung is set to create its own 3-layer image sensor that’s able to utilize DRAM to snap and process photos faster than ever before. Faster than any smartphone camera’s ever allowed in the past, that is … Continue reading(image)

Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One will be 95GB excluding 4K content

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:52:32 +0000

(image) If you’re an Xbox One owner with your heart set on Forza Motorsport 7, start preparing your hard drive now. The Forza team has revealed some details ahead of the game’s release, and one of those details revolves around just how massive this game is. The Xbox One version of the game will be about 95GB when it launches, and … Continue reading(image)

The Oregon Trail returns to schools in Minecraft: Education Edition

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:26:09 +0000

(image) Many kids who attended school in the 1980s and 1990s will probably have fond memories of The Oregon Trail. An educational game meant to show children what life was like for the 19th century Pioneer family traveling the trail to the US west coast, The Oregon Trail is something of a legendary game these days. Though it’s received number remakes … Continue reading(image)

Gmail just hyperlinked a LOT of emails

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:02:10 +0000

(image) Google’s Gmail was updated to include hyperlinks for contacts, phone numbers, and addresses too. This is the first time these specific elements have been updated to include such links, while other links in emails in Gmail have been active for some time. This service was announced to be coming to both Gmail and Inbox by Gmail for the web, iOS, … Continue reading(image)

Shure kicks off Bluetooth earbuds line with SE112 and SE215

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:56:40 +0000

(image) Audio company Shure has announced a new line of Bluetooth earbuds, and getting it off the ground are the Wireless SE112 and SE215. Both models sport Bluetooth 4.1 and feature a tethered-cable design rather than the plastic neckband design that some companies use. These models are built upon the foundation Shure set with its SE Sound Isolating Earphones, offering a … Continue reading(image)

Intel and Waymo just made a self-driving car behemoth

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:13:54 +0000

(image) Waymo just gained itself a pretty big companion in its quest to tackle autonomous vehicles. Today Intel announced that it will be joining Waymo in developing technologies for self-driving cars. Specifically, Intel believes it can provide Waymo with the processing power it needs to create level 4 and level 5 autonomous vehicles. That, of course, is a reference to SAE … Continue reading(image)

Kodak Orbit360 is a 4K VR action camera for outdoor adventures

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:06:14 +0000

(image) Kodak aims to make on-the-go 360-degree video recording simple and available to anyone via its new Orbit360, a 4K camera under its PixPro product lineup. This camera is, like action cameras before it, durable enough to handle less-than-gentle outdoor usage, as well as compact enough to easily transport. Despite this, it creates fully spherical videos for use with VR. The … Continue reading(image)

Google Pixel 2 will be ‘just Android’ – and that’s good

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:03:35 +0000

(image) On the 4th of October, the 2nd Google Pixel phone will be revealed. It will certainly be a phone, and certainly it’ll run Android. The vast majority of those people the Pixel 2 will be available to won’t know or care for much beyond that. But for everyone reading this article, there’s another layer of depth to the Pixel that … Continue reading(image)

2018 Polaris RZR Dynamix First Drive: Off-road witchcraft

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:35:26 +0000

(image) For those unacquainted with the experience of offroading in a Polaris RZR, allow me a few brief words to familiarize you with the sensations. Dusty. Bouncy. Jarring. Thrilling. Windy. Scary. Rattling. And after you’re done, Aching. For most weekend-warrior RZR drivers, the raw joy of conquering the backroads and trails of the western deserts of the USA have to be … Continue reading(image)

PS4 and Xbox One cross play silently enabled in Fornite

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:54:52 +0000

(image) It would seem that Sony’s aversion to cross play between the Xbox One and the PS4 has come to an end. This whole saga first began when Rocket League developer Psyonix suggested that enabling cross play between the two consoles would be a simple endeavor, with Sony turning around and denying such a move. Ever since then, Sony has declined … Continue reading(image)

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom First Drive: SUV body, pickup soul

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:50:54 +0000

(image) Ask yourself three questions. Do I need to tow something? Do I need to carry stuff? Do I need to haul people? Chances are you answered “yes” to at least one of those questions. That doesn’t exactly immediately suggest your next vehicle purchase. But if you answered “yes” to all three, the folks at the Golden Bow Tie would like … Continue reading(image)

Ford and GM face some unexpected competition

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:38:13 +0000

(image) Some European car brands long absent from the US could make an unexpected return to North America, it’s been revealed, with PSA Group confirming it’s considering taking on homegrown stalwarts like GM and Ford. The automaker, which counts Peugeot and Citroen among its brands, has long been the subject of speculation about a renewed attempt on the competitive US market. … Continue reading(image)

Pokken Tournament DX review: Pokemon brawler goes portable

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:30:26 +0000

(image) Even though I consider myself a pretty big Pokemon fan – I’ve played every mainline game since Red and Blue and to this day can still sing the PokeRap (it’s like riding a bike, honestly) – Pokken Tournament evaded me when it was originally launched on the Wii U. With Pokken Tournament DX, I’ve been given another shot at experiencing … Continue reading(image)

iOS 11 release is tomorrow: Our essential ‘getting ready’ list

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:20:15 +0000

(image) Apple’s iOS 11 was announced to be released tomorrow for all devices capable of its download. This release changes a lot of features for the iPad – especially the iPad Pro, and a significant amount for all versions of the iPhone. Today we’re running down a few items that all iPhone users (and iPad and iPod Touch users) should be … Continue reading(image)

Three Occultations, all today (with and without the magic)

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:42:10 +0000

(image) This week we’re set to witness one real celestial event while another is said to be beginning to “end the world as we know it.” Of course one of these events is real, while the other is complete nonsense. The first event begins today, and it has to do with the position of our Moon and three other planets within … Continue reading(image)