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Last Build Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:05:38 +0000


PlayStation-themed Nike sneakers are a gamer’s dream footwear

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:05:38 +0000

(image) If sneakers and video games are your thing, get ready for a product collaboration made in heaven. NBA player Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder has created his second signature basketball shoe with Nike, the PG2, and it’s an official collaboration with Sony’s PlayStation brand. George himself claims he’s one of the biggest gamers in the NBA, and his … Continue reading(image)

Audi testing its own Smart Energy Network home battery system

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:56:39 +0000

(image) Tesla may have made waves with its Tesla Energy home batteries, but more luxury car makers are looking to do something similar as they make the jump to all-electric vehicles. Audi is one of the latest, as the company has just announced its own “Smart Energy Network,” which combines home energy storage, solar power generation, and electric vehicle charging. Audi … Continue reading(image)

Nokia flagship 2018 smartphone tipped to feature 5 camera setup

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:55:35 +0000

(image) The new HMD Global-owned Nokia has been hard at work over the last year to become a producer of affordable quality Android handsets. The latest Nokia 6 has already been announced, and the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are expected to be high-end devices. However, there’s a new rumor developing that the Finnish company has a new flagship in … Continue reading(image)

Official PlayStation Totaku figures are like Amiibo without the NFC

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:38:09 +0000

(image) Fans of video game-related collectibles, be warned, there’s a new range of figures coming to drain your wallet. ThinkGeek and its parent company GameStop have announced a line of officially licensed figures based on popular PlayStation game franchises, including PaRappa the Rapper, Crash Bandicoot, and God of War. Dubbed Totaku Collection, the figures are thankfully very affordable. Each figure measures … Continue reading(image)

Cryptocurrency mining spurs high-end graphics card sales & causing GPU shortages

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:20:36 +0000

(image) If you’ve been shopping around for a new graphics card over the last few weeks, you’ve likely had a very hard time finding any in stock. And if you do find one, it’s probably priced well above the MSRP on a re-selling site like eBay or Craigslist. It turns out that graphics cards, especially the high-end type, are in short … Continue reading(image)

Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:00:55 +0000

(image) In this age of podcasts and other forms of streaming media, the audiobook format has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Amazon currently dominates the market, however, with its ownership of Audible, but it appears Google is about to make a big push back. The Google Play store has revealed that it will soon start selling audiobooks … Continue reading(image)

Disney hires ex-Apple & Samsung director to lead its streaming service

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:00:01 +0000

(image) Disney is continuing to make progress on building itself one of the top streaming video services when it launches sometime in 2019. The media giant has already been pulling its content and ending deals with rival Netflix, and now it appears to have hired someone with experience at some of the biggest tech companies to head operations. Specifically, Kevin Swint, … Continue reading(image)

Final Fantasy 14 update reintroduces iconic FF6 villains

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:00:41 +0000

(image) The popularity and quality of Final Fantasy XIV has grown significantly since the release of the Stormblood expansion last year, and now developer Square Enix has detailed the online RPG’s latest update. Dubbed Rise of a New Sun, the new 4.2 update will be released on January 30th and include plenty of new content for players to explore. But what … Continue reading(image)

Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:46:07 +0000

(image) Like just about every big tech company these days, Chinese web giant Baidu is getting in on the smart speaker game. But the company is doing things noticeably different from Amazon or Google, despite selling its new Raven H speaker device. Instead the key product is the assistant software itself, the DuerOS AI platform, and Baidu’s goal is to have … Continue reading(image)

Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:48:43 +0000

(image) For those waiting to get their hands on Apple’s upcoming HomePod, the wait appears to soon be over. The Siri-powered smart speaker was delayed from its original release last fall to sometime in “early 2018,” but the device was recently granted approval by the FCC for sale in the US. There’s still no solid launch date, however, but the approval … Continue reading(image)

Flu virus can be spread by simply breathing: study

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:10:02 +0000

(image) Being around a random sneeze or cough during flu season is enough to strike paranoia into one’s heart, but it turns out it takes far less to potentially infect you. Researchers with the University of Maryland and other institutions are behind a newly published study that details how easily the influenza virus can be transmitted. Sneezing and coughing can spread … Continue reading(image)

Twitter starts notifying users who followed Russian propaganda accounts

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:25:38 +0000

(image) Following Facebook’s publication of a tool that shows users whether they followed Russia-linked pages comes an update from Twitter: it is emailing users who followed a Russia-linked page on its platform. Twitter revealed its plans in an update on the topic, where it details its progress and what it is doing moving forward. Among its users, 677,775 people located in … Continue reading(image)

GoPro Fusion Android support arrives for 10 compatible phone models

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:39:44 +0000

(image) Last year, action camera maker GoPro introduced a 360-degree 5.2K camera called Fusion, a model that resembles the company’s HERO models but with notably different functionality. The GoPro Fusion has launched in the months since its introduction, enjoying fairly solid user ratings and reviews while helping GoPro edge away from its business troubles. Thanks to a new app update, Fusion … Continue reading(image)

LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:43:20 +0000

(image) A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent’s details, this model — should it ever be put into production — wouldn’t feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half. The result is … Continue reading(image)

Verizon Go Unlimited will soon include service in Mexico and Canada

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:45:39 +0000

(image) Back in August, Verizon diced up its Unlimited plan and with that came multiple varieties of “unlimited,” one of them being Verizon Go Unlimited. That plan clocks in at $75/month versus Beyond Unlimited’s $85/month price, though with restrictions, such as “dvd-quality” video streaming versus actual HD quality over mobile. Now the company is adding a new feature to its cheaper … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:01:34 +0000

(image) Samsung is changing its Samsung Cloud service’s backup policy, the company has announced in an email sent to users, a change that will affect app backups. According to the email, Samsung Cloud will stop supporting third-party app data backups soon, at which point Samsung will purge the data it has already backed up from these apps. Users only have a … Continue reading(image)

PSN flash sale discounts a bunch of PS4 indie games

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:46:13 +0000

(image) As it’s been known to do every once in a while, Sony has kicked off a flash sale on the PlayStation Store. This sale comprises deals for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, though those buying for PlayStation 4 are unsurprisingly going to have the most offers to take advantage of. If you’re going to buy something, you’ll need … Continue reading(image)

Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:02:01 +0000

(image) Back in October, Twitter announced plans to add a feature that allows its users to save tweets for later. The feature was referred to as “Save For Later,” but its in-app name will actually be “Bookmarks.” With Bookmarks, a user can privately save specific tweets, a feature the company says has been a frequent request from users. The idea behind … Continue reading(image)

Ripple price rise with Stellar: Battling the BTC USD drop tide

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:23:41 +0000

(image) After a significant dip in Bitcoin price last week and over the weekend, several cryptocurrencies are on the rise. Notably XRP, the coin for Ripple, saw a 50% rise in value one day, then a fall by around 6% the next. Ripple saw a 70+ percent recovery from the lowest price in several weeks at $0.897 (according to CoinMarketCap.) Meanwhile … Continue reading(image)

PUBG cheaters banned en masse as blue zone changes arrive

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:14:27 +0000

(image) If there’s one thing that’s the bane of a PUBG player’s existence right now, it isn’t server lag or textures failing to load, but cheaters. The problem with cheaters within PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been well documented at this point, with many players complaining loudly and frequently about the problem. Though the PUBG Corporation has been trying to keep up with … Continue reading(image)

Alexa app finally has a voice

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:25:54 +0000

(image) An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few – all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That’s the basic requirement for the app itself – and was before this … Continue reading(image)

OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:07:28 +0000

(image) Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus. Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation. Today we’re getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren’t looking good for OnePlus or its users. … Continue reading(image)

Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:58:00 +0000

(image) Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in “unfair commercial practices.” More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for “exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:08:33 +0000

(image) The Samsung Galaxy S9 is just one of three big-name smartphones the company will reveal this year. The company is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. These three devices will be very similar to one another, and the first two will inform the details of … Continue reading(image)

Amazon Prime price just rose, did you notice?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:56:15 +0000

(image) Depending on how much you use Amazon for your shopping, Amazon Prime could be a very worthwhile service. Amazon charges $99 per year for access to Amazon Prime – which offers free two day shipping on a lot of items, along with movie and music streaming (among other things) – but a couple of years ago, it rolled out a … Continue reading(image)

Wells Fargo accounts drained as former CEO calls Bitcoin a pyramid scheme

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:30:36 +0000

(image) Former Wells Fargo CEO called Bitcoin a pyramid scheme this week on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street. The timing of this talk from Wells Fargo former-CEO Dick Kovacevich ended up being ill-timed, as less than 24 hours later, the bank began to have an “issue” which drained customer accounts. Wells Fargo put out a brief statement on the matter of … Continue reading(image)

Audi MMI update integrates design and technology in one place

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:05:32 +0000

(image) Who says concepts are just for phones and computers? Car makers have been putting out concept cars and outfitting them with forward-looking technology, some of which may never see the light of day. Some, however, do and they eventually get integrated into the car maker’s premium line. At Detroit, we sat with Audi of America VP of Product Management Filip … Continue reading(image)

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be dead on arrival thanks to Microsoft

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:44:00 +0000

(image) As far as strategy games go, the Age of Empires series ranks among the best of them. Age of Empires II is arguably the most fondly remembered game in the series, and a few years back, it was remastered to play nice with modern systems and displays. Now Microsoft is looking to do the same thing with the first Age … Continue reading(image)

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt VIN 001 heads to charity auction

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:19:06 +0000

(image) Ford unveiled the 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the Detroit Auto Show as a tribute to the famous movie car driven by Steve McQueen in the Bullitt movie. Ford has now announced that the very first of the special edition Bullitt Mustangs, VIN 001, will go to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. The car will run across the block and when the … Continue reading(image)

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:39:59 +0000

(image) At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of … Continue reading(image)

Cancer blood test detects eight types of the disease

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:52:04 +0000

(image) Scientists have been working for a long time to develop testing methods that will detect cancer earlier and with less invasive tests. A team of researchers from John Hopkins University is now testing a new method of detecting the disease that is much faster and easier than other methods available. The new test is meant to be something that people … Continue reading(image)

Bentley Bentayga V8 crams twin-turbo 542bhp V8 under hood

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:15:02 +0000

(image) The Bentayga has been rolling the streets for the well-heeled SUV buyer to enjoy since it first launched with a W12 engine under the hood. That engine made 600hp and 664 lb-ft of torque making the big SUV very fast, we should know because we took it to the track. Bentley has now unveiled a new V8 version of the … Continue reading(image)

Samsung patents phone with in-display camera

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:47:08 +0000

(image) The bezel-less phone display battle has already started but the fighters remain ill-equipped to handle it. OEMs have scrambled to redesign their phones, some more or less ending up in failure. Samsung somewhat missed its chance when the in-display fingerprint sensor didn’t make it in time. But, at least based on a patent, it seems to be planning to make … Continue reading(image)

Google Fuchsia OS on PixelBook: possible but not yet worth it

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:02:07 +0000

(image) Google is not one to sit still on anything, be it a design language, product, or platform. It’s almost a miracle that Android, let alone Chrome OS, has lasted this long, though both have undergone deep surgery repeatedly. So it isn’t exactly shocking to learn that Google was, and still is, working on yet another operating system, the so-called Fuchsia … Continue reading(image)

Android Wear 2.8 app update improves readability, battery life

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:17:05 +0000

(image) One of the most basic uses of a smartwatch, which sets it apart from a fitness tracker, is that it can show you notifications and messages. That purpose, however, is defeated when you can barely make out what’s on the screen, especially in brighter lighting conditions. To help improve that situation, and perhaps marginally extend battery life, Google is rolling … Continue reading(image)

Razer Phone 2 launch details include Project Linda

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:29:04 +0000

(image) The computing power that we hold in our hands, pockets, and bags are nothing short of impressive. This has led not a few, including Samsung and Huawei, to try and turn our smartphones into “regular” computers, be it desktops or laptops. And almost all of them fall short of being perfect. That hasn’t stopped Razer, the newest kid on the … Continue reading(image)

Twitch Producer tools, Disney partnership hit YouTube while it’s down

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:05:48 +0000

(image) The video streaming market has become a dog eat dog world, where rivals try to outdo each other with sometimes questionable tactics. Giant YouTube has recently come under fire, yet again, and some of its competitors seem to be circling around it like vultures around a carcass. That might be the feeling that some will get with’s pair of … Continue reading(image)

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launch details are here

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:27:17 +0000

(image) History has had an undeserved reputation of being boring or dead. And yet it has become the source of inspiration of some the most addictive and most engaging games of all time, like Sid Meier’s Civilization and, of course, Age of Empires. Microsoft Studios attempted to launch a Definitive Edition of the original title last year to mark it’s 20th … Continue reading(image)

Apple, Samsung face antitrust probe in Italy over planned obsolescence claims

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:14:43 +0000

(image) Apple‘s confirmation that it slows older iPhones with aging lithium-ion batteries kicked off a round of severe criticism around the world, with many tossing around accusations of planned obsolescence, among other things. Following that is a new probe opened by Italy’s antitrust authority involving both Apple and Samsung. According to the organization, user complaints spurred the probe. The announcement was … Continue reading(image)

Canary Package Detection security camera mode sends delivery alerts

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:19:32 +0000

(image) Canary has unveiled some new features heading to its security cameras, these joining the Person Detection feature it announced back in December. The new features include one called Package Detection, which is exactly what it sounds like: the ability to detect when a package has been left on your doorstep, firing off an alert so you can get to the … Continue reading(image)