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Last Build Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 12:18:58 +0000


OnePlus debuts referral program ahead of OnePlus 5 launch

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:18:58 +0000

(image) Android fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of the OnePlus 5 in the coming weeks, and OnePlus knows this. Along with announcing this week that it’s discontinuing its previous OnePlus 3T model, the company has revealed a new referral program, just in time to capitalize on the debut of their next flagship device. But unlike the hated invite system OnePlus … Continue reading(image)

Tidal loses third CEO, now looking for fourth within two years

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:30:07 +0000

(image) It seems that streaming music service Tidal is continuing to flounder, as the news has surfaced that it has lost yet another CEO. Jeff Toig has been gone from the company since March reports Billboard, and it means that Tidal is now looking for its fourth CEO in a period of only two years. This comes after recent troubles including … Continue reading(image)

Apple opens flagship Singapore store, its first retail outlet in Southeast Asia

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:00:38 +0000

(image) Saturday saw the official opening of Apple‘s new retail store in Singapore, also marking the first Apple Store to open in Southeast Asia. Officially known as Apple Orchard Road, the store is the latest of Apple’s next-generation retail stores, feature design elements like a large, all-glass front, open spaces to be used for community-focused events such as Today at Apple, … Continue reading(image)

Google Photo Books can now be designed and ordered on iOS & Android

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:30:22 +0000

(image) Google Photos was one of the big tentpole features to be highlighted at the company’s I/O 2017 keynote last week, and Photo Books were one of the neat new additions to the service. It basically allows users to browse their photo collections and select images to be added to a physical picture album that will be printed and mailed to … Continue reading(image)

Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:00:12 +0000

(image) In the past year we’ve seen Snap Inc., the parent company of the well-known social media app Snapchat, make an interesting entry into the hardware market with their camera-outfitted Spectacles. It seems drones could be next on the company’s list, as Snap has reportedly just acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer located in Los Angeles, California. Details on … Continue reading(image)

British Airways suffers major system failure, cancels numerous flights

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:40:43 +0000

(image) British Airways is having a bad start to this holiday weekend. The airline has announced that its computer systems are having problems around the globe due to a “major IT system failure,” and as a result it’s had to cancel a number of flights departing from the UK, as well as hundreds more being delayed. The “severe disruption” is extended … Continue reading(image)

Google’s AlphaGo AI to retire after beating world’s best player

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:00:56 +0000

(image) Earlier this week in China, AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence from Google‘s DeepMind division, defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one Go player, in a three-part match. Now the company has revealed that the AI will be hanging up its gloves, so to speak. As the 3-0 win over Ke Jie marks “the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive … Continue reading(image)

The BMW M8 is real: Here’s what we know

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:00:14 +0000

(image) Praise be: BMW has not only previewed the all-new 8 Series Coupe that will launch in 2018, but confirmed a BMW M8 is also headed for production. The car, shown here in early prototype form complete with hefty amounts of camouflage, will be developed in tandem with the 8 Series, BMW has announced today. Full details are scant, but we … Continue reading(image)

Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupe

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:30:49 +0000

(image) True luxury isn’t going to your nearest car dealer and buying the most expensive model on the lot: it’s calling up Rolls-Royce and asking them to make you a completely unique, one-off bespoke ride. Such is the story behind this, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, the handiwork of several years of the automaker’s expert designers and engineers, and a well-heeled (but currently … Continue reading(image)

Arsenal taps AI to shoot pro-tier photos with your DSLR

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:37:24 +0000

(image) The number of people who own a DSLR versus the number of people who know how to effectively use them are at odds. Even if you’ve mastered shooting a particular type of scene, it can be difficult to get the best shot in an unfamiliar environment, not to mention the time it takes manually adjusting the camera’s settings. That’s where … Continue reading(image)

MIT invented shape-shifting pasta that reduces packaging waste

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:56:01 +0000

(image) Imagine purchasing a package of pasta that is slim, flat, and contains minimal bits of cardboard or plastic. Now imagine removing that flat, uninspiring pasta and, a few minutes after boiling it, discovering that the noodles had transformed into new shapes. Such is a possibility introduced by MIT’s Tangible Media Group, with researchers developing a new type of past that … Continue reading(image)

US lost 33% of bee colonies last year, and that’s not a bad thing

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:00:08 +0000

(image) The Bee Informed Partnership has released a new study conducted in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, and the results are largely favorable. According to the study, beekeepers lost a bit over one-third of their bee colonies over the past year, and while that sounds like a startling number, researchers say it is the second-best figure recorded over the … Continue reading(image)

Chipotle on payment system breach: ‘most’ stores affected

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:14:44 +0000

(image) Late last month, restaurant franchise Chipotle Mexican Grill revealed that it had suffered a security breach affecting its POS system. The company has released an update on that revelation, saying that ‘most’ of its stores in the US were affected by the malware. Chipotle says the investigation into the breach, which involved both law enforcement and security firms, has been … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:22:31 +0000

(image) The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released later this year and now, more than ever, its hardware aims to fight the next iPhone. The iPhone 8 – or iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro as it might instead be called – has been tipped to skip a step in the world of yearly iPhone upgrades. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s … Continue reading(image)

Apple ‘Neural Engine’ AI processor tipped in development

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:09:28 +0000

(image) Apple is developing a chip called ‘Neural Engine’ that will be dedicated to artificial intelligence tasks, according to new sources. This AI processor will handle things like speech recognition, facial recognition, and other ‘advanced capabilities’ for Apple products. Artificial intelligence tasks will reportedly be handled by this new dedicated chip rather than the device’s primary processor, helping with battery life … Continue reading(image)

Watch a McLaren P1 LM crush the Nürburgring record

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:07:55 +0000

(image) Prepare for some supercar tears, as a road-legal McLaren P1 LM has smashed the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record. Stealing the production car lap record crown from Lamborghini – something the Italians are unlikely to be pleased about – the exceedingly limited-edition coupe shaved not just tenths of a second but full seconds from the previous lap time of 6:52.01. … Continue reading(image)

Watch ‘Terminator 2’ recreated entirely with Grand Theft Auto V

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:33:39 +0000

(image) We’ve seen bits and pieces of movies created in other mediums, everything from pieced-together scenes from other movies to ones recreated with LEGOs, clay, animation, and more. This newly surfaced video from ‘Kramer’s Media’ may trump them all, though, if for no other reason than its creator’s sheer determination and willingness to follow through on a project: the entirety of … Continue reading(image)

Postmates offers delivery drivers electric scooter rentals

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:27:41 +0000

(image) Postmates may be experimenting with robots to replace human delivery drivers, but a new electric scooter rental program shows it’s not giving up on flesh & blood quite yet. The Postmates Zero-Emission Scooter Initiative offers drivers for the service to get access to a plug-in EV two-wheeler specially tailored for delivery purposes. Initially it’s kicking off in Manhattan, NY, though … Continue reading(image)

Apple’s streaming WWDC 2017 keynote is June 5th: How to watch

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:56:08 +0000

(image) Wanted to go to Apple’s WWDC 2017 developer event, but couldn’t get tickets? You’ll still be able to watch the opening keynote in real-time, with Apple confirming that it will again be streaming the event when it kicks off on June 5th. From 10am PT for what will probably last around two hours, we’re expecting to hear about the latest … Continue reading(image)

We were so wrong about Jupiter

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:36:18 +0000

(image) NASA has received the first results from its Juno mission to Jupiter, and the findings are surprising. Researchers long held certain assumptions about Jupiter, things that Juno’s early findings have challenged. One of the surprising discoveries were the massive storms on the planet, ones with cyclones as large as our own planet. As well, current measurements indicate that Jupiter’s magnetic … Continue reading(image)

The 30 best YouTube channels you’ve never heard of (2017)

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:45:46 +0000

(image) YouTube has been around a long while, so long, in fact, that you’ve probably developed an impression of it that’s a bit obsolete. Once the bastion of cat videos and fail compilations, YouTube has developed into a platform with some seriously great content — including series and shows with production and writing quality that’ll rival anything you see on TV. … Continue reading(image)

In Monster Hunter XX, Nintendo Switch gets the Capcom title it deserves

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:53:44 +0000

(image) Capcom has already thrown some support behind the Nintendo Switch in releasing Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (out today, as luck would have it), but it just ramped up support for the console in a big way. Capcom revealed today that a new Monster Hunter game – Monster Hunter XX – will make its way to Nintendo’s newest … Continue reading(image)

Jaguar just revealed its epic 592hp XE SV Project 8 super-sedan

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:36:06 +0000

(image) Jaguar has revealed its most powerful car ever, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, a super-exclusive performance version of the XE sedan. The car, which so far has only been shown wrapped in camouflage, will be the handiwork of the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, responsible for previous production-limited models like the F-TYPE Project 7. Indeed, only … Continue reading(image)

Far Cry 5 trailer released, remixed with Trump [UPDATE]

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:15:04 +0000

(image) Today the first big trailer for the game Far Cry 5 shows the true nature of evil in a cult in middle America. Instead of heading to some far-off jungle, as the American Hero-based game series Far Cry generally does, this edition of the game heads to the heartland. This game is set in Montana where “your arrival incites the … Continue reading(image)

Finally, the Moto 360 2nd Gen Android 2.0 update is here

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:58:33 +0000

(image) Motorola’s long-anticipated Android 2.0 update for the Moto 360 2nd Gen has finally begun rolling out, though owners of the smartwatch may still have to wait to see it. Wearers of the watch, launched in late 2015, had been left in limbo waiting for Motorola to get around to pushing out Google’s updated version of its OS, which adds features … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO Unown event : legendary keys and clues!

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:27:58 +0000

(image) Over the past several updates to Pokemon GO, Niantic has been preparing for an inevitable event – and here’s how we see it being Unown-heavy. On June 30th, 2016, SlashGear called Pokemon GO the best game EVER – that was just a few days before the first APK release to start the game worldwide, officially. If Niantic follows plans we’ve … Continue reading(image)

Bitcoin price on the rise, 1-day value drops return

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:57:02 +0000

(image) While Friday is generally a profit taking sort of day for stock markets around the world, Bitcoin seems to be moving in the opposite direction. This adds up, of course, since here in the warmer months of 2017, many traders in the cryptocurrency make use of Bitcoin as their trading currency, choosing to value their quick-trade coins in the slightly … Continue reading(image)

BMW’s futuristic electric motorbike concept is an urban-warrior’s dream

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:56:26 +0000

(image) The stunning BMW Concept 8 Series isn’t the only automotive tease BMW has this week, it also rolled out a brand new vision of zero-emission biking. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link made its debut alongside the Concept 8 Series at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, the latest design study from the automaker as it looks ahead to what urban … Continue reading(image)

Three months with the Nintendo Switch

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:48:56 +0000

(image) It’s been nearly three months since the Nintendo Switch launched. Those three months have been filled with a lot of excitement, from the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the revelation that the Switch actually sold really well on release. I’ve had a Switch of my own this entire time and I penned the SlashGear’s … Continue reading(image)

The iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claims

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:18:51 +0000

(image) The iPhone 8 will embed its fingerprint scanner into its display, a new report claims to confirm, with a new technology helping minimize the bezels while maintaining Touch ID‘s convenient location. Speculation has been rife about the flagship iOS smartphone expected to launch later this year, particularly with regards to how it will balance existing specifications that iPhone fans now expect … Continue reading(image)

Kyocera DuraForce PRO brings toughness to T-Mobile’s lineup

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:00:10 +0000

(image) Once upon a time, users who needed a very rugged smartphone had to compromise on performance. Fortunately, that’s a thing of the past these days. Sure, the Kyocera DuraForce PRO isn’t exactly the highest, nor the latest, but it isn’t a pushover either. Now the company whose name has become synonymous with extra rugged smartphones, is bringing exactly that to … Continue reading(image)

BIKI is a drone that can dive and swim but not fly

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:14 +0000

(image) Who says all drones can do is fly and crash? While nothing in its formal definition limits it as such, drones these days have mostly been associated with unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Robosea, however, is introducing a new kind of UAV, an unmanned aquatic vehicle. BIKI doesn’t look like a helicopter but more like a fish, because that is … Continue reading(image)

Hori Nintendo Switch controllers have some interesting quirks

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:15:13 +0000

(image) While Nintendo itself provides all everything you need for a complete Nintendo Switch experience, including two Joy-cons and an optional traditional controller, some gamers will always want more. That is why the third-party accessory and peripheral market will never run out of business. Plus, they can also innovate and go places where Nintendo won’t itself go. Take for example the … Continue reading(image)

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to clean up desks next month

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:30:39 +0000

(image) Yesterday, Intel reveal its big industry push to make Thunderbolt 3 the de facto standard in wired connectivity. It enumerated the benefits of this technology, which is basically a beefed up USB-C connection. One of those is the ability for a single cable to do everything from power to data to display. No where is that going to be more … Continue reading(image)

A robot just landed a Boeing 737, in a simulator of course

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:45:45 +0000

(image) Airline pilots beware! Yours might be the next job in line to be replaced by robots. Well, maybe not yet soon. In the future, however, robots might indeed take over some tasks deemed either too menial or too distracting for humans. For now, however, DARPA’s ALIAS robot, short for Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, is content to be a co-pilot … Continue reading(image)

VibeOnKey app gives your buttons a little shake

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:38 +0000

(image) The advantage of having keys on the screen is that you have some feedback when pressing them does make something happen. While you can actually feel physical button presses, they don’t always come with that assurance. There might be times when you want to have the same vibration feedback on your hardware keys. There might also be times you want … Continue reading(image)

Android TV’s new UI adds Google Assistant to the big screen

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:15:43 +0000

(image) Google Assistant’s arrival on Android TV has long been heralded by Google itself. But, thanks to some juicy partnership, the first and so far only Android TV device to enjoy that was the new NVIDIA SHIELD. Soon, however, it will be joined by other devices, including the Nexus Player, as Google finally rolls out the feature. It won’t be alone, … Continue reading(image)

Cloak & Dagger exploits Android accessibility, overlay features

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:30:06 +0000

(image) The phrase “cloak and dagger” is often used to refer to acts of subterfuge and espionage, almost always naughty things. That term is indeed apt for this latest set of exploits on Android that use those tactics to ensnare unwitting users. A set of vulnerabilities rather than a single one, these exploits abuse otherwise useful, even critical, features of the … Continue reading(image)

OnePlus 3T dicontinued, most likely because of OnePlus 5

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:30:10 +0000

(image) The OnePlus 3T is probably the most short-lived non-explosive flagship and probably OnePlus’ most controversial yet. It launched barely half a year after the OnePlus 3 was launched, bearing slightly upgraded hardware and royally pissing of its fans. Now it is making yet another controversial move. While not explicitly saying so, OnePlus has practically revealed that stocks of the OnePlus … Continue reading(image)

AmazonFresh Pickup finally opens its doors in Seattle

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:10:18 +0000

(image) It’s no Amazon physical store, but it’s the closest you’ll currently get to one. Amazon has finally made its AmazonFresh Pickup service available to the public, but only if you reside in Seattle. While Amazon would still prefer that its users have their fresh groceries delivered directly, the drive-in pickup could help convince those still reluctant customers to embrace the … Continue reading(image)