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Last Build Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:00:28 +0000


Budget-friendly Nokia 2 comes to the US

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:00:28 +0000

(image) This year has seen a number of interesting smartphones from Nokia, with parent company HMD Global releasing devices that cover a number of price-points in the Android market. Unfortunately only a few of these models have made their way to the US, including the mid-range Nokia 6 and the retro-inspired, non-smart Nokia 3310. It appears that’s about to change, as … Continue reading(image)

Taco Bell employees can get a $4K discount on a Chevy Corvette

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:00:21 +0000

(image) When it comes to buying a new car, there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t want to save money on the sticker price, whether it’s haggling with the dealership or qualifying for some discount program. Well, if you’re in the market for a new Chevy Corvette and are hunting for a deal, you might want to consider a career change. … Continue reading(image)

Overwatch free weekend is live until Monday night

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:30:28 +0000

(image) It has been more than a year since Overwatch was released, but it remains a favorite for many players, and Blizzard is hoping you’ll join them. As of today and running through Monday, Overwatch is completely free for everyone to play even if you haven’t purchased the game. The free weekend is for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. This … Continue reading(image)

Republic Wireless Anywhere HQ is the carrier’s own smart speaker

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:40:31 +0000

(image) The wireless carrier Republic Wireless, which offers atypical service targeted at those who want as low of a bill as possible, is getting into the hardware game with the unveiling of its own smart speaker. Called Anywhere HQ, this speaker recently popped up on the carrier’s website, though not many details are available at this time. Republic Wireless made a … Continue reading(image)

Tesla Powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:48:15 +0000

(image) Can’t afford one of Tesla’s big home batteries? It has a new alternative for you, and it’ll fit in your pocket: the Tesla Powerbank. As you’d expect from a powerbank, this model is designed to charge your smartphone, earbuds, or any other USB gadget, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket. The Tesla Powerbank is available now … Continue reading(image)

PSN issues are causing some PlayStation 4 owners grief

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:57:03 +0000

(image) Sony’s PlayStation Network is experiencing some issues, making it difficult for PlayStation 4 owners to launch their games and some other online features. The company says it is aware of the problem and has tasked its engineers with finding a solution. When that solution may arrive isn’t clear. The disruption isn’t affecting all aspects of the online PlayStation experience, though. … Continue reading(image)

NASA Earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:43:55 +0000

(image) A new NASA time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal landscape changes around the globe, condensing the years down to a mere 2.5 minutes. Though NASA is known primarily for its space missions, the agency focuses extensively on Earth science, too, training a variety of satellites down toward our own planet. The content presented in this new video was gathered … Continue reading(image)

Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C just in time for Razer Phone

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:43:45 +0000

(image) It’s been a big week for Razer. Just a couple of days ago, it finally launched its long-rumored Razer Phone in the US, stepping into the ring with the other big Android manufactures. Now Razer has announced a new version of its Hammerhead earbuds, making them compatible with the Razer Phone in this release. After all, one of the most … Continue reading(image)

METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:22:30 +0000

(image) Researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. The efforts come from METI, which stands for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. Assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about … Continue reading(image)

Ominous NASA climate change app shows which cities will flood

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:22:09 +0000

(image) Coastal cities around the world are at risk of severe flooding and even eventual eradication as ocean levels rise. A new simulation from NASA highlights how big this potential problem is, showing what could happen to 293 coastal cities around the world over the next 100 years. Among the observed changes are severe flooding to big locations like New York … Continue reading(image)

4 Tesla Roadster alternatives you can drive today

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:20:57 +0000

(image) So the new Tesla Roadster has you gripped. There’s $200k burning a hole in your pocket – or $250k, if you want to be among the first 1,000 owners – and you’re all set to put down your deposit and join the waiting list. Problem is, Tesla isn’t going to start making them until 2020, and that’s assuming no delays … Continue reading(image)

Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:14:49 +0000

(image) Today the NVIDIA SHIELD TV was announced to have its price kicked temporarily in the bottom, just in time for Black Friday 2017. This is the device is easily my own top recommendation for smart TV central hub, and has been for the past two years, as well. While this machine is already a decent price without discount, here on … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Switch just blew Sony and Microsoft out of the water (again)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000

(image) It’s no secret that the Nintendo Switch has been selling well since launch. It’s a new console with a solid first party library and it can be purchased at a decent price – of course it’s selling well. Today we’re getting a better idea of just how well it’s performing thanks to the folks at NPD Group, who are gearing … Continue reading(image)

Emberlight joins IoT dead pool as its smart lighting goes dark

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:04:42 +0000

(image) The Internet of Things dead pool claims another victim, with Emberlight announcing that it’s out of cash and shutting down, with bad news for owners of its smart lighting tech. The company launched on Kickstarter back in 2014, raising six times as much cash for its wireless bulb adapter than it was expecting. However, the intervening years have seen a … Continue reading(image)

SNES Classic at Walmart: Today is your last chance

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:50:12 +0000

(image) Just a heads up if you’re still trying to track down an SNES Classic Edition: today will be your last chance to grab one for Walmart for at least the foreseeable future. Earlier in the week, Walmart announced that it would have limited quantities of the SNES Classic Edition in stock for three days in a row. Today is the … Continue reading(image)

The Tesla Semi already has some big-name reservations

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:41:31 +0000

(image) The new Tesla Semi has already found some high-profile buyers, with Walmart and more confirming they’ve placed reservations for the all-electric truck. Unveiled last night, the Tesla Semi does away with traditional diesel engines altogether and, like the California automaker’s cars, replaces them with high-powered electric motors. The big pitch is zero-emissions shipping and less maintenance. Indeed, Tesla CEO’s Elon … Continue reading(image)

Star Wars Battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:36:28 +0000

(image) Star Wars: Battlefront 2 had some changes announced this week just before release day. As such, we’re going to run down what you’re going to need to expect from the game when release day arrives. Instead of the mess of a set of in-game micro-transactions originally available in the early release of the game, all in-game purchases have been turned … Continue reading(image)

Star Wars Gifts 2017 for the Holidays

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:16:07 +0000

(image) Over the past few months we’ve been rounding up some of the most epic or otherwise nice-yet-affordable Star Wars gifts for this holiday season. What we’ve got is what you’ll see below. This list includes a Star Wars record player, an electric vehicle for kids, and some star wars stationary. Basically all levels of gift cost are included here – … Continue reading(image)

LG OLED TV Black Friday deals may be too good to miss

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:07:35 +0000

(image) TVs are undoubtedly going to be one of the most popular items come Black Friday, but if you’re looking to snag a 4K TV specifically, you might want to take a look at what LG will have on offer. The company today announced deals on its entire line up of 4K OLED TVs, which have historically been pretty expensive sets. … Continue reading(image)

Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:46:36 +0000

(image) Apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its HomePod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes Siri a better assistant. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. Today, it conceded it will … Continue reading(image)

Battlefront 2: Reddit meme-troopers just saved the day …for now

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:45:25 +0000

(image) This week Reddit changed the mind of EA on a game they were just about to release called Star Wars: Battlefront II. This game was looking amazing at first, then the public turned sour at EA’s reveal of in-game transactions. After days of bad press from game and tech blogs and a massive front-page-fiasco on Reddit, EA “heard you loud … Continue reading(image)

Skyrim for Switch and PlayStation VR released today

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:41:09 +0000

(image) It feels weird that we’d still be talking about Skyrim here in 2017, but believe it or not, the game is heading to two new platforms today. One of those is the Nintendo Switch, and this launch is something we’ve known about since the Switch was first revealed more than a year ago. If you’ve always wanted to have a … Continue reading(image)

Apple HomePod delayed

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:34:28 +0000

(image) Apple has delayed its HomePod smart speaker, pushing the launch of the Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival back into 2018. HomePod was revealed back in June 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied Siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market. However, though our early experience with HomePod suggested it … Continue reading(image)

Tesla Roadster: 5 fast facts about Elon Musk’s electric supercar

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:44:34 +0000

(image) As “one more thing” surprises go, Elon Musk’s unexpected reveal of the new Tesla Roadster was a move that would make Steve Jobs proud. After all, we knew a new Tesla Roadster was coming, we just didn’t know to expect to see it quite so soon – and certainly not right after the EV-maker made its big pitch for the … Continue reading(image)

These Xbox One Black Friday deals kick off today

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:13:49 +0000

(image) We’ve known about Microsoft’s Black Friday deals for a few days now, but today the company revealed the sales it has in store for games purchased digitally through Xbox Live. A lot of these discounts seem pretty solid on their own, but there are extra perks if you happen to be subscribed to Xbox Live Gold. For Gold members, the … Continue reading(image)

Scientists use gene editing for the first time in attempt to cure metabolic disease

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:21:37 +0000

(image) A team of scientists has for the first time tried to cure a disease by editing the genes inside the person’s body. The first use of this procedure happened this week in California on a man called Brian Madeux. In the procedure, Madeux was connected to an IV and through that, he was given billions of copies of a corrective … Continue reading(image)

Insane Devel Sixteen has 5,000hp quad-turbo V16

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:49:15 +0000

(image) A production version of a new hypercar has been unveiled by a company called Devel Motors and the car is insane. The debut of the wild ride was at the Dubai Motor Show and the car uses a quad turbo V16 engine that makes 5,000 horsepower. OMG. The automaker behind the car says that it will reach speeds of about … Continue reading(image)

Synology DS918+ NAS Review

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:17:43 +0000

(image) Our homes are turning into small offices, whether or not they actually have home offices inside. Multiple devices, increased use, and complicated setups now require more than the average box ISPs provide. 4K videos, thousands of photos and documents, and smart TVs have easily made external hard drives ineffective. For data storage and retrieval even at home, and especially in … Continue reading(image)

YouTube TV arrives on some Samsung, LG smart TVs

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:31:18 +0000

(image) YouTube TV is the streaming giant’s latest attempt to be the one-stop shop for all forms of moving pictures, and sometimes video-less music as well. But despite its name, YouTube TV actually isn’t directly available yet on, well, actual TVs. Sure, it’s found on devices you can connect to TVs, but as far as standalone TVs are concerned, not so … Continue reading(image)

Future iPhones could use Intel’s 5G modem instead of Qualcomm’s

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:43:47 +0000

(image) The battle between component suppliers for the next iPhones has just entered its next phase, and Qualcomm might be left behind in the dust. Intel has just proudly announced that they have reached a key milestone in the development of its 5G modem that takes it close to catching up with Qualcomm. But, perhaps more importantly, it puts Intel in … Continue reading(image)

Chuwi CoreBook brings the fight to the iPad Pro’s doorstep

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:01:38 +0000

(image) Chuwi has been boldly pitting its products against some of the biggest tech companies in both name and design. The SurBook faced off with the Microsoft Surface Pro and the LapBook Air against the Apple MacBook Air. The CoreBook, the company’s latest baby, probably won’t ring any bell. But the moment you look at it, you’ll most likely get the … Continue reading(image)

Verizon ZenFone V Live goes live, Galaxy Tab E 32 GB in tow

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:17:35 +0000

(image) Remember the ASUS ZenFone V? The Verizon-exclusive smartphone launched not too long ago, not even two months ago, and yet now the two companies have come out with yet another exclusive. But if you were expecting the ZenFone V Live to be an upgrade, you’d be thoroughly disappointed. Unless you’re the type that loves to livestream and needs to look … Continue reading(image)

OnePlus 3/3T get Android Oreo beta, OnePlus 5/5T end of the year

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:29:28 +0000

(image) With the launch of the OnePlus 5T, you might think that OnePlus could call it a day and declare 2017 over, right? Absolutely not. While the hardware story for 2017 is definitely finished, the software story is far from done. Especially considering the OnePlus 5T didn’t even launch with Android 8.0 Oreo. But even before the latest and greatest could … Continue reading(image)

This is the new Tesla Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:19:58 +0000

(image) Elon Musk promised a surprise at the Tesla Semi reveal, and this is it: the all-new Tesla Roadster. Set to hit the roads in 2020, the brand new car is a nod to the automaker’s origins, the original Roadster, the all-electric convertible which started Musk & Co. on their path to making electrification the sexiest way to get from A … Continue reading(image)

Tesla Semi revealed: 500 mile range and 0-60 mph in 5s

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:01:25 +0000

(image) Tesla has revealed the Tesla Semi, the electric car company’s first truck, and as you’d expect it’s quite the vehicle. Designed to transport up to 80,000 pounds – the maximum permitted on US highways – it can’t quite escape Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s obsession with electric speed. That makes for some fairly crazy figures. 0-60 mph comes in just five … Continue reading(image)

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 in-game purchases suspended, for now

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:50:17 +0000

(image) Rebels can rejoice and celebrate as their days of virtual protests have created enough disturbance in the Force to force the Empire of Arts to relent and reconsider its bid for supremacy and money. It, however, be too soon to call it a complete victory, as the Empire ominously hints that it will be back, but perhaps in a way … Continue reading(image)

Comcast Xfinity TV app will support Sony Android TVs in 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:12:46 +0000

(image) Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers with certain Sony Android TVs will soon be able to access the content directly through the television using the Xfinity TV Partner app. The new support will be arriving early next year to Sony Android TVs, marking the latest expansion of the Xfinity TV Partner Program. Through it, the service provider is bringing its Xfinity TV … Continue reading(image)

Google Assistant Pixel 2 troubleshooting feature appears in preview

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:13:35 +0000

(image) Google Pixel 2 owners can now get help troubleshooting their smartphone using Google’s own personal assistant app, at least unofficially. The feature appears to work for both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones, but not for other handsets with the app. The person who spotted the ability is located in the US and running a developers preview … Continue reading(image)

Canon retro rangefinder camera revived as an 8GB flash drive

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:16:12 +0000

(image) Canon just revived one of its classic rangefinder cameras, but you won’t be able to take photos with it. The camera comes in a miniature form-factor and contains within it a modest USB flash drive, giving camera lovers and photographers alike an unusual way to store and transport their images. The ‘camera’ includes a realistic lens. Canon is no stranger … Continue reading(image)

TIDAL app gets Sonos speaker control feature on Android and iOS

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:14:51 +0000

(image) The TIDAL music app is on the receiving end of an update that adds an important feature for Sonos users: the ability to control their speakers from within the streaming app. The feature arrived in the most recent updates for both the Android and iOS apps, making it possible to control the wireless speakers without leaving the TIDAL app. TIDAL, … Continue reading(image)