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Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to download later

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:48:00 -0500

(image) Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever...

Amazon secures movie rights for Alafair Burke’s thriller ‘The Wife’

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:35:00 -0500

(image) Amazon Studios is ramping up its efforts in the streaming space lately in a push to focus on bigger movies and television shows. The company hired NBC's Jennifer Salke as its new head executive to take the place of the disgraced Roy Price, and has...

Facebook removes VR shooting demo from conservative conference

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:16:00 -0500

(image) This week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Facebook chose to maintain a booth for attendees that includes an Oculus virtual reality demo. Now This writer Sean Morrow noticed that it included a demo of a shooting game, Bullet Tra...

Twitch’s live game show ‘Stream On’ premieres March 8th

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:40:00 -0500

(image) Last December, Twitch announced that it would be making a live-streaming reality show, Stream On. In it, Twitch creators who need a boost to make streaming a full-time gig compete against one another in a series of challenges, Survivor-style, for a g...

Nintendo now allows Switch user reviews on game pages

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:33:00 -0500

(image) You no longer have to head to a reseller's site or post a social media diatribe to let others know what you think about a Switch game. Nintendo has updated its website to enable customer reviews on Switch games' product pages -- so long as you sign...

CamSoda’s RubGrub is a pizza-ordering button for your vibrator

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:43:00 -0500

(image) CamSoda, an adult entertainment platform, announced a new product this week that aims to satisfy you in a number of ways. The RubGrub is a 3D-printed button attachment made to fit on a Lovense Nora vibrator. And the idea is that when you're done usin...

Microsoft and Xiaomi will pair up on AI-powered speakers and hardware

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:22:00 -0500

(image) In July, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi jumped into the smart speaker race with its answer to Amazon's Alexa and Google Home, the $45 Mi AI -- though it probably won't find its way to American shores, given how had a time it's had penetrating the US and E...

YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling dangerous conspiracies

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:59:00 -0500

(image) Earlier this week, YouTube took down a video from one of Infowars' channels. It was one of many videos out there claiming that students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not in fact students and school shooting survivors, but are instead pa...

Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat could launch in March

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:43:00 -0500

(image) Apple may be close to launching another one of the numerous products it teased last year. Sources talking to both MacOtakara and the Apple Post have claimed that the company's AirPower wireless charging mat should ship sometime in late March, about...

Dropbox's IPO filing reveals 500M users but a $1 billion deficit

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:04:00 -0500

(image) In a move reminiscent of Snap's IPO journey, Bloomberg sources claimed last month that Dropbox had quietly filed to become a public company. Suspicious hires last year had tipped their hand, and we waited to see what would happen for a company valued...

1Password now lets you see if your password has been leaked

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:44:00 -0500

(image) If you have a 1Password membership, you can now check to see if your passwords have been compromised by data breaches and leaked on the internet. It's just a proof of concept feature for now, but 1Password says that in future releases, it will be add...

HTC confirms layoffs as it combines VR and smartphone divisions

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:23:00 -0500

(image) It's been an interesting few months for HTC. Google bought the team responsible for Pixel phones last year for $1.1 billion. The president of HTC's smartphone operations just resigned, claiming a "personal career plan" for the move. Now, the remainin...

The best smart speakers for music fans

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0500

(image) If you're a music fan, the first wave of smart speakers was probably a disappointment. While Alexa and Google Assistant have definitively proven they have a place in the home, the first Echo and Google Home devices were unimpressive when it came to a...

YouTube reportedly plans to spend 'hundreds of millions' on Red originals

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:20:00 -0500

(image) While Facebook and Netflix are (reportedly) spending billions on new programming, YouTube is said to be holding its investments at current levels. Google's video wing is only spending "a few hundred million" on original shows for Red this year accord...

No, postcards won’t solve our Russian interference problem

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:01:00 -0500

(image) We just learned all the ways Russian propaganda agents fooled American social media companies, thanks to the recent indictments of Russian nationals by Team Mueller. After years of these companies forcing us to adhere to their contrived "community s...

'Ghostbusters World' AR game is coming to Android and iOS this year

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:44:00 -0500

(image) Using AR to promote movies isn't entirely new. We've already seen official movie tie-in augmented reality apps for Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Jon Hamm vehicle, Marjorie. Now, though, Sony Pictures is taking things a bit farther with Ghostbusters...

Netflix courts HGTV fans with its first home makeover series

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:23:00 -0500

(image) Netflix appears to be looking to pull in more of that HGTV crowd, as Deadline reports that the streaming service just ordered its first property-focused original series. With a working title of Amazing On The Inside, the show will reportedly feature...

Not even IBM is sure where its quantum computer experiments will lead

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Despite the hype and hoopla surrounding the burgeoning field of quantum computing, the technology is still in its infancy. Just a few years ago, researchers were making headlines with rudimentary machines that housed less than a dozen qubits -- the q...

Public radio stations are saving Gothamist sites

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:36:00 -0500

(image) Last year, billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down Gothamist and DNAInfo a week after newsroom employees unionized. Though there was immediate public outcry over the decision, the sites' future has remained bleak and uncertain, but, as Wired reports, they...

The best 4K Blu-ray player

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:15:00 -0500

(image) By Chris Heinonen This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. After researchin...

In search of pixel perfection with the Analogue Super NT

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

(image) The 16-bit aesthetic is the new vinyl. It taps into a growing vein of '90s nostalgia, and it also reflects a longing for a tactile past world that just predates full-scale digitization. Fat, colorful sprites represent an era when technology was still...

Android Go phones will be available soon

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:43:00 -0500

(image) Android Oreo had quite the interesting feature lurking in its software: Go Edition, which was designed for smartphones with 1 GB of RAM or less. Today, the company announced that the first set of Android Oreo (Go Edition) phones will be unveiled next...

Samsung revives Opera's data-saving app as a Galaxy exclusive

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:22:00 -0500

(image) Opera Max was a great way to keep track of what apps were siphoning data in the background and keeping (some of) your privacy intact. Then Opera announced it was shuttering the app. There's a sliver of silver lining to that though: Samsung has steppe...

Android's official augmented reality toolkit is available to the public

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Google's take on a mobile augmented reality framework is no longer limited to a modestly-sized preview. It just released ARCore 1.0, letting anyone publish Android apps that take advantage of the toolkit to meld virtual objects with the real world. T...

Apple devices at a California repair center keep calling 911

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:42:00 -0500

(image) Apple devices at a refurbishment facility in Elk Grove, California have been calling 911 multiple times a day for the past few months, CBS Sacramento reports. Since last October, the Elk Grove Police station has received around 20 accidental emergenc...