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Last Build Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:07:49 +0000


Your Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:07:49 +0000

(image) Tesla began pushing an Autopilot update out to its cars yesterday, and with it, we’re inching closer to a fully autonomous future. If we were going to apply a theme to this update, that theme would unquestionably “speed.” That’s because this update raises the cap for assisted driving speeds on highways, giving you the potential to go even faster while … Continue reading(image)

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid First Drive: Reaching past the Prius rainbow

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:55:32 +0000

(image) Hyundai’s Ioniq initiative is more than just a green flare rising up from the sea of increasingly electrified automotive options. The decision to introduce a family of not one, not two, but a trio of new environmentally-friendly automobiles – the Ioniq Hybrid, the Ioniq Electric, and later this year, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid – is the second wind for Hyundai’s … Continue reading(image)

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones claim 30-hour battery life

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:01:40 +0000

(image) It seems that Bluetooth headphones are a dime a dozen these days, but Marshall is hoping it catches your attention with its new Monitor headphones. Marshall certainly has the fact that it’s been waist deep in the music industry for 55 years going for it, but can these Monitor headphones stand out in a sea of other high-end sets? From … Continue reading(image)

HTC U Ultra Review: Flawed Beauty

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:44:17 +0000

(image) The fans won’t want to hear it, but HTC has made a misstep with the HTC U Ultra. Flagship follow-up to last year’s HTC 10, it promises high-style and plenty of functionality to go with its premium $749 price tag, and there’s no denying that its high-gloss glass body caught my magpie-like eye. All the same, some questionable hardware decisions … Continue reading(image)

New 9.7-inch iPad gets low repairability marks from iFixit

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:21:06 +0000

(image) Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad is barely a week old, but iFixit is already on the scene, tearing it down and figuring out just how easy it is for average consumers to repair. In the freshly posted teardown, iFixit notes that this new iPad is strikingly similar to the original iPad Air. So much so, in fact, that in a side-by-side … Continue reading(image)

Things to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:15:46 +0000

(image) Samsung has finally shown its hand with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and, quite honestly, there’s quite a lot to take in. From the nearly all-screen front to the desktop-like experience, the Galaxy S8 is jam-packed with features and promises, some of which might have gotten lost in marketing speak, bullet points, and specs sheets. Here are 8 of Galaxy … Continue reading(image)

LG TONE Infinim HBS-920 brings back a classic, normal design

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:30:13 +0000

(image) If you thought that LG was done announcing new TONE around-the-neck Bluetooth headsets, you’d be glad, or not, to be proven wrong. Not even the announcement of the Galaxy S8 from its bitter rival is enough to hit the brakes on LG’s roll. Introducing the LG TONE Infinim HBS-920, bass-centric Bluetooth neckband headset. And fortunately for fans of the form … Continue reading(image)

Twitch starts rolling out 1080p/60fps streaming option

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:30:26 +0000

(image) Live streaming is quickly becoming not just the latest new trend but also the hottest new monetization source (read: ads). And while there are a lot of new live streaming platforms popping up, is still considered to be the granddaddy of such services. It is only appropriate, then, that the now Amazon-owned company is initiating a new thrust that … Continue reading(image)

Xbox One Creators Update brings new Guide, Beam, a lot more

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:30:29 +0000

(image) Microsoft has finally announced the arrival of the Creators Update for Windows 10 and, in line with its goal to have a seamless and similar Windows experience across its devices, it is also making a huge announcement for the Xbox One. The changes aren’t going to be as huge as on Windows 10, but they are going to be substantial … Continue reading(image)

T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:30:27 +0000

(image) The Samsung Galaxy S8 is out and, naturally, carriers are jumping at the opportunity to announce their availability and promos. Ever the Un-carrier, T-Mobile is doing more than just revealing dates and prices. It is also saying why you’d want to get a Galaxy S8 from them. And that reason will be to achieve the smartphone’s full gigabit potential on … Continue reading(image)

Garmin Forerunner 935 smartwatch helps athletes train smarter

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:30:25 +0000

(image) The mobile world might be awash with news about the Galaxy S8 and its little friends, but some companies still seem to have a smartwatch hangover from Baselworld last week. Coming late to the party is Garmin, which, contrary to the trend of recent smarwatch announcements, isn’t coming out with an Android Wear 2.0 wearable. Instead, the Forerunner 935 is … Continue reading(image)

HTC U with Snapdragon 835 shows up at AnTuTu

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:30:03 +0000

(image) Samsung’s deal with Qualcomm seems to have thrown OEM’s launch schedules into disarray. Since the Snapdragon 835 won’t be available to any other smartphone maker until May at the earliest, companies are left with only two choices. Risk being late to get the Snapdragon 835, like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, or launch early but settle for a Snapdragon 821, … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will feature Pinterest’s visual discovery tech

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:51:47 +0000

(image) Samsung has finally, fully, and officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and with them comes the first iteration of Bixby, Samsung’s homegrown voice-controlled personal assistant. Naturally, Bixby is promised to be able to do more than your average voice-controlled personal assistant, but while we still have to wait for confirmation of its greatness, it will at least be … Continue reading(image)

SpaceX recycled Falcon 9 rocket will be launched tomorrow

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:52:59 +0000

(image) Tomorrow, March 30th, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. Such a launch, in and of itself, wouldn’t be unusual for the company. What makes this particular launch interesting is what it represents: the potential ability to recycle rockets, another way to keep costs down and launch rates up. While the entire rocket wasn’t previously … Continue reading(image)

Domino’s will start delivering pizzas with robots in Europe

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:08:11 +0000

(image) Domino’s, the same pizza company that has embraced drones, will soon start delivering some pizzas in Europe using delivery robots. The machines were created by Starship Technologies, a company based out of London that has developed a self-driving robot with six wheels. The deliveries will be limited to some cities in the Netherlands and Germany to start with; whether they’ll … Continue reading(image)

Adidas ALL DAY fitness app takes athletes through a full day

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:23:06 +0000

(image) Adidas has introduced its new ALL DAY fitness app designed to motivate athletes and fitness enthusiasts throughout the entire day, staying relevant morning through night. The app focuses on four core categories that Adidas says drives performance and wellbeing among athletes: Movement, Nutrition, Mindset, and Rest. When the app launches, it’ll include things like workouts from well-known trainers, diet tips … Continue reading(image)

Ford recalls nearly half a million cars over door latches and fire risk

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:34:43 +0000

(image) Ford has announced a pair of recalls that collectively span 440,000 vehicles in North America. Of the two recalls, one affects 211,000 cars and concerns possibly faulty side door latches; the other recall covers about 230,000 vehicles that are at risk of fires under the hood. Though the automaker has had more than two dozen reports of such fires, there … Continue reading(image)

Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:37:28 +0000

(image) First launched on a restricted basis back in December, Facebook has now made its 360-degree livestreaming video available to anyone and everyone. The general availability of the product comes alongside support for several additional camera models, including Samsung’s newly unveiled Gear 360 camera and some other well-known models. The product works the same as Facebook’s ordinary livestreaming video service, only … Continue reading(image)

Rocket League for Nintendo Switch might happen after all

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:56:29 +0000

(image) Given its portable nature, the Nintendo Switch seems perfect for pick up and play games that don’t require a large time investment to be fun. Perhaps the king of such games is Rocket League, which has built a huge following of fans since releasing in 2015. So, it would logically follow that the Nintendo Switch and Rocket League were made … Continue reading(image)

Yi 4K+ Action Camera now available, offers 60fps UHD recording

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:53:02 +0000

(image) Chinese company Yi Technology has announced the availability of its Yi 4K+ action camera, its first action cam model to offer 4K video recording at a relatively high 60fps. The company makes pretty big claims about its camera, including that it offers better detail and sharpness than any other competing action camera available. This is an update to the company’s … Continue reading(image)

Lightform device details from the company’s CEO

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:14:24 +0000

(image) Yesterday we brought you a brief rundown of what Lightform was and will be, and today we’ve got a few more bits and pieces from the company’s CEO. Lightform is a company and a device – the device works with a projector to scan any environment and project light into that environment unique to that environment. This sort of technology … Continue reading(image)

PlayStation Plus April 2017 games: ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime’ and more

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:54:00 +0000

(image) It’s that time of the month: Sony has detailed the upcoming free games that will be made available to PlayStation Plus subscribers in the month of April. The games, as we’ve come to expect, span the three big Sony consoles: the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and the PS Vita. A total of six games will be released this time around, … Continue reading(image)

Heroes of the Storm getting major rework with Progression 2.0 system

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:52:10 +0000

(image) Blizzard’s MOBA title Heroes of the Storm is going to start looking a lot different next month. Today, Blizzard announced a fairly massive rework to Heroes of the Storm, called Progression 2.0. The launch of Progression 2.0 will begin a new era for the game known more broadly as Heroes of the Storm 2.0. The biggest changes in Heroes of … Continue reading(image)

Samsung DeX Station: 5 steps to release Galaxy S8’s desktop experience

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:49:56 +0000

(image) The Samsung DeX Station is a dock for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus which allows the “Samsung DeX” desktop software to work. This software is active within the Samsung Galaxy S8 family of devices and allows the owner of a Galaxy S8 smartphone to plug their phone in and compute on a larger scale. This system runs a desktop-like … Continue reading(image)

Google Calendar launches for iPad

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000

(image) Google has announced the launch of Google Calendar for iPad, giving users the ability to access and manage their Google Calendar and related tasks from the comfort of their Apple slate. Those who use Google Calendar with any sort of regularity will recognize it instantly — all the features are there, including the machine intelligence-powered features for setting goals and … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Connect packs WiFi and IoT management into one hub

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:19:05 +0000

(image) The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were undoubtedly the stars of Samsung’s Unpacked event today, but one interesting item that may not achieve the status of “showstopper” is Samsung’s new Connect Home hub. Samsung is taking a page out of Google WiFi’s book with this new product, but it comes with an interesting feature that could give it an edge … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date USA and price (plus USA pre order)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:59:15 +0000

(image) This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy S8 in all its glory – now we’ve got the details about its release. In stores, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be joined by the Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8 Plus, if you prefer. This will be the larger of the two devices, both having very similar insides as they’re released to the … Continue reading(image)

Microsoft brings its newest Surface hardware to more regions

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:42:50 +0000

(image) In addition to announcing the release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update today, Microsoft also offered some information about plans to launch two new Surface products around the world. The Surface Studio and Surface Book with Performance will be making their way to other regions soon, after spending a few months exclusive to the US market. Surface Studio, as … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Event Stream and Galaxy S8 full specs official

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:45:20 +0000

(image) This morning Samsung’s live streaming event has brought to the world the full specifications for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. We’ve also got photos and videos and basically everything else the smartphone and its accessory pals could possibly offer. This isn’t just another phone – it’s Samsung busting out. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus both … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) hands-on: Full 4K in 360-degrees

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:00:57 +0000

(image) Samsung wasn’t the first to the 360-degree camera market, but its original Gear 360 was one of the easiest to use. Now, there’s a new version for 2017 and the Galaxy S8 and S8+, with true 4K capture and higher-resolution livestreaming. It’s also come in for a redesign, with Samsung refining the original aesthetic to make it easier to carry … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Gear VR with Controller hands-on: S8 gets a 3DoF remote

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:00:54 +0000

(image) Along with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ there’s a new Gear VR with Controller to turn the Android smartphones into a virtual reality experience. Though the headset itself is much the same as the existing Gear VR, though now with a dock inside that accommodates the new flagship phones, what’s new is the Oculus-powered Gear VR Controller. As … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on with Galaxy S8+ – To Infinity & beyond

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:00:18 +0000

(image) There’s a whole lot riding on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in 2017. Samsung’s new flagship Android smartphones – clocking in at 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches respectively – debut a new “Infinity Display” with razor-thin bezels, a promising voice agent called Bixby, and make the case for why a Galaxy phone should be at the center of the Internet … Continue reading(image)

Windows 10 Creators Update release date finally announced

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:36:31 +0000

(image) It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft has been talking up this update for months now, unleashing the first significant details about the Creators Update way back in October. Now, after six solid months of hearing all about it, it’s almost time for it to launch. The … Continue reading(image)

Minecraft gets some Mighty Power Rangers skins

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:46 +0000

(image) Minecraft isn’t exactly one to directly endorse some other commercial franchise, but if it didn’t do this, someone would have done it anyway. It probably doesn’t hurt that there are a few Power Rangers fans inside the now Microsoft-owned Mojang. So, lo and behold, as of update 1.0.5, Minecraft players on consoles, mobile, and Windows 10 will be getting a … Continue reading(image)

Cult classic Planescape: Torment is getting an Enhanced Edition

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:00:45 +0000

(image) Planescape: Torment has always been an odd duck even when it was released back in 1999. Although set in the universe of the popular Dungeons & Dragons RPG, Planescape is one of the franchise’ most alien campaigns. And even among story-centric RPGs of its generation, Torment’s dialogue-heavy flavor almost makes you feel like playing a choose your own adventure game. … Continue reading(image)

Huawei Honor 8 Pro, a.k.a. Honor V9, seen in Russia

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:44 +0000

(image) A rose by any other name, as the quote goes. Huawei sub-brand is not above using different names for the same phones that are available in different markets, whether to keep things exciting or confusing. Case in point is the Honor 8 Pro, which, by name, seems to take after the Honor 8 and Honor 8 Lite. But you won’t … Continue reading(image)

Final Fantasy XIV free trial no longer limited to 14 days

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:51 +0000

(image) The launch of the long-awaited and long-delayed Final Fantasy XV has brought the franchise back into the spotlight. That includes the MMORPG version of the game. Final Fantasy XIV is about to enter a new chapter in its life that will introduce not just new places but a new character class as well. And to entice both new and retired … Continue reading(image)

Evernote on Android just made sharing a lot easier

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:36 +0000

(image) It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from Evernote. The last major update was back in January when it released an almost totally new app for iOS in version 8.0. As always, Android users have felt rather left out. This latest update isn’t going to mend bridges, but, at least for now, it gives users of Google mobile platform … Continue reading(image)

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom review: A great speaker for its price range

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:01:43 +0000

(image) Finding a good Bluetooth speaker at an affordable price is a hassle, and it becomes an even more difficult endeavor when you need that in a portable package. Ultimate Ears thinks it may have a solution to this conundrum with its new Wonderboom speaker, promising good sound, portability, and some degree of durability in a package that costs $99. Is … Continue reading(image)

Periscope will soon have video ads

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:20:04 +0000

(image) Ads have become a fact of Internet life, so it’s not exactly surprising to hear that Twitter is planning on introducing such things even on its live streaming platform. Periscope, which at one point in the not so distant past, was the go to place for live streaming is in need of a new inflow of cash. But perhaps more … Continue reading(image)