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The Morning After: Mars 5K

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning we're serving up Apple updates, some information on Elon Musk's next big tunnel plan and a check-in on a very long Martian road trip.



Amazon will reward Prime members for shopping at Whole Foods

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:16:00 -0500

(image) Amazon has announced that its Rewards Visa will now offer users the same level of reward when they shop at Whole Foods as they receive at Amazon itself. Eligible Prime members will now receive a flat five percent bonus on all purchases at Whole Foods...



Samsung has the world's largest SSD, again, at 30TB

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:13:00 -0500

(image) Nearly two years ago Samsung released a 15.36TB drive that it said had the most capacity of any SSD. Now, it has topped that with a new effort that it claims features twice the capacity and performance. Inside its 2.5-inch frame, the PM1643 has 30.72...



Swype is reportedly bidding the consumer keyboard biz farewell

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:16:00 -0500

(image) It may be time to find a new go-to keyboard if you're still using Swype after all these years. Swype parent company Nuance told XDA Developers that the development of Swype with Dragon Dictation for Android has been discontinued. No more future updat...



Google's Indian mobile money app can pay bills in a few taps

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:33:00 -0500

(image) Manually paying your bills online usually involves jumping between multiple apps or websites, but Google might have an easier way. Its Tez mobile money app for India now includes a bill payment feature that lets you handle all those recurring costs i...



What's on TV: 'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Metal Gear' and 'Walking Dead'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:03:00 -0500

(image) As the Winter Olympics continue (expect plenty of speedskating, bobsled, hockey and freestyle skiing), we're ready for the return of The Walking Dead. There's also a new Metal Gear game out, Survive, and Thor: Ragnarok is ready for streaming from mos...



Sony may launch an AI-powered taxi hailing system

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:35:00 -0500

(image) Sony definitely isn't the first name you think of when you're looking for a ride, but that might change soon in its native Japan. Nikkei has learned that the tech heavyweight is leading an alliance of taxi companies (Checker Cab, Daiwa Motor Transpo...



Chrome cleans up messy URLs when you share from your phone

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:22:00 -0500

(image) Google keeps making the web easier to use with its Chrome browser, from filtering ads on the desktop to getting rid of pop-ups and redirects on Android. The company just made sharing messy URLs nicer, too, thanks to the latest version of Chrome on mo...



Amazon backs Marie Curie biopic starring Rosamund Pike

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:38:00 -0500

(image) Amazon's latest Prime Video production won't just rely on star power to reel you in -- it should also appeal to science fans. The internet giant is teaming with France's Studiocanal on Radioactive, a biopic covering the work and romance of pioneerin...



PSVR's rodent adventure 'Moss' arrives February 27th

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:58:00 -0500

(image) PlayStation VR's adorable murine tale Moss finally has a release date. Next Tuesday, February 27th, you'll be able to guide the big-eared rodent Quill along her adventure on your PlayStation 4. When it debuted at E3 last year, developer Polyarc (made...



Snapchat is selling more than just crappy merch

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:29:00 -0500

(image) Weeks ago, Snap opened up an in-app Snapchat store to sell merch, which appeared to be an attempt to open up a new revenue stream. But it looks like it will offer more than just dancing hot dogs. During yesterday's NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles, S...



Air Hogs' Supernova packs motion controls in a kid-friendly drone

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:01:00 -0500

(image) Toy drones have been cheap and plentiful over the past few years, but it's really hard for new products to stand out from the pack when they need to keep the price down and can't throw in premium features like a 4K camera. But that hasn't stopped Spi...



Apple updates all of its operating systems to fix app-crashing bug

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:46:00 -0500

(image) It took a few days, but Apple already has a fix out for a bug that caused crashes on each of its platforms. The company pushed new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS to fix the issue, which was caused when someone pasted in or received a single India...



Razor's e-skates are equal parts Heelys and hoverboard

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:15:00 -0500

(image) As a cranky, childless adult in her late thirties I've largely missed the boat on personal transportation trends like Razor scooters, Heelys and hoverboards. This year Razor manages to combine all of those things into its new Turbo Jetts e-skates: It...



NASA’s Opportunity rover sees its 5,000th day on Mars

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:42:00 -0500

(image) This weekend, NASA's Opportunity rover spent its 5,000th day on Mars. While that is a feat in and of itself, it's even more impressive when you consider that it was only planned to last 90 Martian days, or sols. Both Opportunity and its companion rov...



Hasbro's first HasLab toy is a replica of Jabba the Hutt's barge

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:23:00 -0500

(image) At this year's Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro announced HasLab, a new program that aims to bring to life special creations like a massive, four-foot long recreation of Jabba the Hutt's sail barge. The company is taking inspiration from platforms like K...



'Mega Man Legacy Collection' is headed to Nintendo Switch May 22

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:02:00 -0500

(image) Mega Man fans were likely excited to hear that the next chapter in the venerable video game franchise, Mega Man 11, is slated for a release sometime this year. At the same time, Capcom announced plans to release two new Mega Man Legacy Collection com...



Google is testing a splitscreen view for Android apps on Chromebooks

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:47:00 -0500

(image) The latest update to Chrome OS' Canary test channel should make multitasking on a Chromebook easier. Now, in addition to split-screening two native Chrome OS apps on your machine, you can run a Chrome OS app and an Android app side-by-side or two And...



Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus dual cameras detailed in latest leaks

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:25:00 -0500

(image) At this rate, there might not be much mystery left to the Galaxy S9 when Samsung reveals it on February 25th. WinFuture and Evan Blass have posted a flood of leaked images and details that appear to confirm key features of the S9, particularly its ca...



Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:03:00 -0500

(image) Alphabet's health science company Verily has announced a wide range of projects, from developing smartwatches made for medical studies to mass-producing infected mosquitoes to curb their population. Scientists from the division now have a new endeavo...



The WyzeCam gets a smarter sequel that still costs only $20

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:46:00 -0500

(image) That the $20 WyzeCam worked as well as it did is still kind of a surprise. It's no wonder then that the Amazon alums who created it have been working on a sequel: the WyzeCam v2. It'll still cost $20 when it starts shipping at the end of February, bu...



Twitch postpones new rules to clarify vague expectations

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:31:00 -0500

(image) Twitch is temporarily putting the brakes on its new rules for hate speech, harassment and sexual material. The livestreaming service has postponed the enforcement of new rules from February 19th to March 5th in order to "better explain some sections...



Samsung patents a flying screen that could be used for hovering video

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:32:00 -0500

(image) Samsung was awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week for what it's calling a "flying display device." The patent, spotted by LetsGoDigital, was filed for in 2016 and describes a drone-like device with a screen that could be ca...



You get to pick the next free games on Twitch Prime

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:15:00 -0500

(image) Twitch has been giving away free games with a Prime membership for awhile now, but now you'll have a say in what's handed out each month. With the Indie Amplifier program, users can pick from eight indie games and the one with the most votes will be...



Microsoft stops pushing notifications to Windows 7 and 8 phones

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:52:00 -0500

(image) The end of Microsoft's Windows Phone project has been a long time coming, and now there's another nail in the coffin. Microsoft is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 starting Tuesday, February 20th....