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  • Atari's Speakerhat, a hat with speakers, is now on sale
    Yes, Atari's speaker-equipped hats are very much real. At the last possible minute, the game brand has started selling the Speakerhat to the masses. Pay $130 or more ($100 until January 2nd) and you too can get a cap with Bluetooth stereo speakers.…
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 17, 8:46pm -
  • Apple Watch GymKit syncing arrives in exactly one US gym
    GymKit syncing on the Apple Watch technically arrived with watchOS 4.1, but there's been one main obstacle to using it: actually finding a gym that supports it. Only one fitness center each in Australia and the UK have enabled it so far, while Ameri…
    - 4 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:45pm -
  • Ford exec: Hybrids are better suited for self-driving cars than EVs
    Automakers like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, as well as Lyft, have been bundling their autonomous car experiments into electric vehicles. But Ford will keep one foot in fossil fuels, at least for now. An executive from the company told Automotive News t…
    - 4 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:57pm -
  • American Express will stop requiring signatures for purchases
    Mastercard and Discover both announced in recent months that, starting next year, they would no longer require signatures for credit card transactions. Now, the Verge reports, American Express has announced it's also moving away from signatures. As o…
    - 5 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:03pm -
  • Paris cracks down on unregistered Airbnb properties
    Airbnb has a long history of legal struggles in various cities in which it operates. Now, according to a report in AFP, Paris has requested that Airbnb comply with new regulations to register with the city. If the company (along with four other compe…
    - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:38pm -
  • Airbnb will add VR previews of rooms and cities
    Airbnb has been expanding to serve users' other needs, from partnering with WeWork to find desks for traveling customers to investing in apartment complexes for season-length rentals. But the company isn't neglecting its main rental service. Today, A…
    - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:19pm -
  • FCC and FTC outline how they’ll cooperate after net neutrality vote
    The FCC is scheduled to vote on its proposal to roll back net neutrality protections on December 14th and ahead of that vote, the FCC and FTC have released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding each agency's role in policing internet service.…
    - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:59pm -
  • Google app experiments push the limits of phone photography
    Google doesn't want to limit its photographic prowess to its own phones -- it just released an initial batch of "appsperiments" that use the company's knack for computer vision and other technologies to test the boundaries of phone photography. Stor…
    - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:41pm -
  • Dutch police retire convocation of drone-catching eagles
    Police in the Netherlands may have been a tad too hasty in testing a squadron of drone-catching eagles. NOS has learned that Dutch law enforcement officials are retiring the birds (they're going to new homes) and winding down the program. Not surpr…
    - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:22pm -
  • Samsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials
    It's not just video games -- virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBC's ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset…
    - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:01pm -
  • New standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays
    As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesn't say much -- you need to know how well it handles HDR. And that's crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can make all.…
    - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:39pm -
  • Imgur's Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs
    Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-…
    - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:18pm -
  • Hypocrisy at the FCC and the illusion of transparency
    Less than two weeks after being named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai said one of his priorities was to "make the agency's operation more transparent," beginning with a pilot program to release internal documents pertainin…
    - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:00pm -
  • Researchers create prosthetic hand that offers more lifelike dexterity
    Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a prosthetic hand inspired by the bionic one given to Star Wars' Luke Skywalker. What sets this one apart from other prosthetics is the amount of dexterity it offers, allowing users to move individual finger…
    - 9 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:42pm -
  • Amazon's Alexa can now wake you up with music instead of alarms
    One of the greatest perks of connected speakers is waking up to whatever music you like, not just a buzzer or the radio. However, that hasn't been an option for Alexa-equipped devices like the Echo -- until today, that is. Amazon has added a feature.…
    - 9 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:21pm -
  • Microsoft offers developers a preview of its quantum computing kit
    Developers hoping to get on the quantum computer train early can now get started with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, a free preview version of which was released today. The kit, which was first announced at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Sept…
    - 9 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:02pm -
  • Russian hackers steal $10 million from ATMs through bank networks
    The recent rash of bank system hacks goes deeper than you might have thought -- it also includes stealing cash directly from ATMs. Researchers at Group-iB have published details of MoneyTaker, a group of Russian hackers that has stolen close to $10.…
    - 10 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 12:38pm -
  • Xbox One can now stream YouTube video in 4K
    The Xbox One X and S both allow you to watch 4K video, but the consoles didn't have a way to watch YouTube in 4K. That is, until now. This week, Microsoft is rolling out an app for both versions of the Xbox One console that provides support for 4K vi…
    - 10 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 12:19pm -
  • I tried (and failed) to become an Instagram guru
    The life of a rock star social media celebrity may not be as worthwhile as building hospitals in war zones, but it looks a hell of a lot more fun. Imagine all of those trips behind the red velvet rope to a world where beautiful people like and respec…
    - 10 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 12:00pm -
  • Trump to sign directive ordering NASA to return to the Moon
    President Trump's administration hasn't been shy about wanting to put people back on the Moon, and now it's taking action to make sure that happens. In a statement, the White House said the President would sign Space Policy Directive 1, which orders.…
    - 11 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 11:43am -
  • Apple confirms it's buying music recognition app Shazam
    Well, that was fast. Following reports on Friday that Apple was planning to buy music recognition app Shazam, CNBC reports that Cupertino has confirmed the purchase. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but TechCrunch estimates the agreement to be wo…
    - 11 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 11:24am -
  • The best gifts for a console gamer
    Don't worry, we're not out to start a console war in our comments: If you're in the market for a new games system, the Xbox One S, PlayStation VR, Nintendo Switch and 2DS XL all made it into our holiday gift guide, for different reasons. Once you fig…
    - 11 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 11:15am -
  • Google's Pixel AR stickers are available starting today
    During Google's Pixel 2 event in October, the company teased its upcoming AR stickers and starting today, Pixel users can actually get their hands on them. Those with Pixel phones running Android 8.1 Oreo will have access to AR stickers like Foodmoji…
    - 11 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 11:00am -
  • Ataribox pre-orders start this week, without any game details
    Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to sn…
    - 12 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 10:42am -
  • Netflix leads the streaming pack with nine Golden Globe nominations
    Nominations for next month's Golden Globes ceremony were announced this morning and streaming services had a pretty decent showing. Netflix led the pack with nine TV nominations while Amazon and Hulu each received three.
    - 12 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 10:21am -

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    • Intel Pentium Silver, new Celeron take on Qualcomm’s challenge
      Although we still have to really see how it performs in the real-world, it was pretty clear that Qualcomm took a big shot at Intel when it introduced the Snapdragon 845 together with Microsoft. It struck at the heart of some of the biggest complaints…
      - 56 mins ago, 11 Dec 17, 9:19pm -
    • Apple App Store now offers pre-orders, launch notifications
      Apple exercises a firm and strict hold on anything and everything that gets into its App Store, and for good reason. Not only does it ensure the quality of the app selection, it also ensures the integrity of Apple’s name. In the past, it only allow…
      - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 8:42pm -
    • NFL live games will be available on any mobile carrier in 2018
      Verizon subscribers have long had the perk of live NFL mobile game streaming, but that will change next year. Verizon and the National Football League have announced a new deal that will bring live game streaming to any carrier in the US starting in…
      - 3 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:43pm -
    • UA Sport Wireless Flex earbuds use LEDs to keep runners safe
      Under Armour has teamed up with JBL to launch the UA Sport Wireless Flex, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds designed specifically for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The UA Sport Wireless Flex feature a Flex Zone neckband, enabling the user to adjust the…
      - 3 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:46pm -
    • Xbox One YouTube app gets 4K and 60fps support
      Xbox One owners can now stream YouTube videos in 4K resolution using the console thanks to a new app update. The update adds support for the Ultra HD resolution, giving users the feature they’ve been requesting for many months. The console’s app…
      - 4 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:49pm -
    • Republic Wireless Relay is designed to curb smartphone addiction
      Republic Wireless has designed a new device for kids called Relay, and it is intended to curb smartphone addiction. Relay is described as a smart walkie-talkie, one that doesn’t feature a screen but enables families to stay connected via voice. The…
      - 5 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:07pm -
    • Science made a safer avocado, but you can’t get it yet
      If you’ve ever prepared a meal containing an avocado, you’re likely aware of how annoying the process can be. The large seed in the center makes slicing an avocado a little more tricky than other fruits, a problem compounded by the slippery flesh…
      - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:25pm -
    • Your HP notebook may have been hiding a keylogger
      Today we’re hearing out a rather worrying vulnerability in a large range of HP notebooks. Apparently, these notebooks came with a deactivated keylogger installed, which is enough to give pretty much anyone pause. The good news, however, is that HP…
      - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:51pm -
    • Google ‘appsperiments’ test three new mobile photography tools
      Google has taken the wraps off what it calls “appsperiments,” an awkward moniker for a trio of new experimental apps that all center around mobile photography. These apps were designed to help explore “the potentials of mobile photography,” s…
      - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:40pm -
    • PUBG Xbox One: Unlock times and controller layout revealed
      It’s a big week for Xbox One owners. Tomorrow, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – one of the biggest game releases of the year – is coming to console by way of an Xbox One launch. Given the game’s meteoric rise on PC, you can bet that Xbox One…
      - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:56pm -
    • Stranger Things season 3 may not arrive until 2019
      Netflix recently confirmed that it has ordered a third season of its hit original series Stranger Things. However, the announcement was very slim, merely confirming that season 3 will happen without any additional details to go alongside it. The bigg…
      - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:45pm -
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit Android with Google AR Stickers
      Android users were gifted a set of AR “stickers” today from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Google. To attain these stickers, users had only to download the AR Stickers app if they’d not already done so, then open up their standard Camera app. Thi…
      - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:21pm -
    • Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes
      Amazon has bestowed Alexa with new abilities, ones that surround its alarm functionality. Alexa can be used to set an alarm; that is nothing new. However, thanks to a new update, these users can now set Alexa to wake them up with specific music, brin…
      - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:57pm -
    • BlackBerry KEYone gets a big Christmas discount
      Despite the rise of the iPhone and Android, BlackBerry is still chugging along. These days, it’s TCL making phones under the BlackBerry brand, and one of its more recent releases is the BlackBerry KEYone. A smartphone for people who miss the days o…
      - 9 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:41pm -
    • Galaxy S9 tipped release specs: An early look at 2 models
      Today we’re having a peek at the Galaxy S9, what Samsung phone lovers will likely be considering when it’s time to trade in their Galaxy S7 or S8 this Spring. This next smartphone from Samsung will almost certainly come in two sizes, the same sor…
      - 9 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:26pm -
    • Galaxy S9’s answer to iPhone X security gets an upgrade
      It used to be that you’d see phone manufacturers competing over screen size or screen resolution. Though that still happens to some degree, a lot of the focus on new smartphones has shifted to security features. What started with fingerprint scanne…
      - 10 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 12:30pm -
    • Apple Shazam acquisition just confirmed: A match made in Music
      This morning Apple and Shazam announced that the former would acquire the latter in a deal that’ll combine the two companies. This acquisition will connect users to a library of content identified by audio clips. Much like the Google Pixel ability…
      - 11 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 11:28am -
    • Ataribox pre-orders go live later this week
      This week is going to be a big one for Atari – perhaps the biggest week in a long time for the company. Atari’s new Ataribox goes up for pre-order later this week, marking Atari’s return to the console game after decades away. The only question…
      - 12 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 10:39am -
    • Google Home Max is now available for purchase
      Since the day the Google Home Max was first revealed, we knew Google planned to launch it in December. Google never really got more specific than that, but late last month, a listing from Best Buy revealed a release date of December 11. That day is n…
      - 13 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 9:15am -
    • GM Planning to use carbon fiber in truck beds
      It’s only been a few model years since Ford started using lots of aluminum in the bed of their trucks to help reduce weight while increasing performance and fuel economy. Other automakers are planning to follow suit. GM is looking to a more modern…
      - 14 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 8:17am -
    • Study finds that humans may have reached limit of lifespan
      A new study has been looking at some of the aspects of humanity that are most important to mankind including height, lifespan, and physical performance. The study has found that humans have biological limits and that humanity may have already reached…
      - 15 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:34am -
    • MANHART MHX6 Dirt² Concept packs 900hp of off-road fury
      A company from Germany has created what might be the coolest off-road BMW concept ever designed. The vehicle is the MANHART MHX6 Dirt² Concept and it is based on the BMW X6M with some major updates to the car for performance and off-road prowess. Th…
      - 15 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:00am -
    • Chrome Remote Desktop is now on a web browser
      If you are one of if not the only “techie” in your family or circle of friends, you are most likely acutely aware of how difficult it might be to remotely troubleshoot their computers over the phone or, worse, over text or instant messaging. That…
      - 16 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:19am -
    • Nokia 6 gets an Amazon Prime Exclusive discount, LG G6+ coming
      Even if you missed the storm of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are companies more than happy to satisfy your shopping cravings all the way to next year. Amazon, for example, is putting some of its already discounted Prime Exclusive phones on ev…
      - 17 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:29am -
    • Galaxy A8 (2018) might have Samsung’s first dual front cameras
      Despite its prowess in mobile photography, Samsung hasn’t been quick to jump on the dual camera bandwagon. It was only with the Galaxy Note 8 that it really puts is weight on the matter, with relatively positive results. It still hasn’t gone dual…
      - 18 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:43am -
    • Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road
      Just a few months ago, Apple was believed to have given up hopes, albeit temporarily, of making its own autonomous vehicle. Of course, the company has neither confirmed nor denied it was even working on one, but it seems it never really took that off…
      - 18 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:01am -
    • Google Maps will soon make sure you don’t miss your stop
      Google Maps and Waze, both owned by Google, have changed the way many of us travel. Their usefulness, however, has so far been best experienced by those walking or driving themselves. Commuters, sadly, aren’t as lucky. That will change soon, accord…
      - 19 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:17am -
    • Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app
      Samsung had a nearly perfect 2017 if not for one nitpick. It obstinately placed the rear fingerprint scanner in an inconvenient and odd location. Granted, that flaw wasn’t as bad as exploding phones, but it, unfortunately, marred the Galaxy S8’s…
      - 20 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:29am -
    • Bitcoin goes mainstream with futures trading on Wall Street
      There must have been a great deal of confusion, apprehension, and even ridicule in ancient times when people moved from directly trading goods to the abstraction of wealth we call “money”. We might now be entering such times again with the birth…
      - 21 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:29am -
    • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection brings 12 titles together
      Some games have almost become synonymous with the genres they represent. First person shooters have Doom, JRPGs have Final Fantasy, and MMOs have WoW. When it comes to arcade fighting games, there is probably no name that rings louder than Street Fig…
      - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 17, 7:25pm -
    • Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when
      There might be hope for Android Wear smartwatches yet. It hasn’t been a year since Android Wear 2.0, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, came out (which should have actually rolled out late last year) and now a new major update is coming to Google’s s…
      - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 17, 6:38pm -
    • This PlayStation Plus 1-year subscription deal is under $40
      A rare deal on PlayStation Plus membership has brought a year’s subscription down to under forty bucks, just ahead of the holidays. The deal sees the twelve month subscription, usually priced at $59.99, brought down to $39.99. That’s a saving of…
      - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 17, 3:49pm -
    • This is the McLaren Senna: Compromise is not an option
      What’s a driver to do when a “regular” McLaren isn’t quite fierce enough? The answer might be this, the McLaren Senna, latest model in the British automaker’s legendary Ultimate Series and named after the even more famous Formula 1 driver A…
      - 2 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 7:28am -
    • T-Mobile Apple Watch Series 3 deal discounts wearable for the holidays
      Thinking about picking up an Apple Watch Series 3 for yourself or someone else this holiday season? T-Mobile is hoping you’ll get the device through it, and to help sweeten the deal comes a special offer: $50 off the wearable starting today. The de…
      - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 9:53pm -
    • Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8
      Samsung has brought back its $400 trade-in promotion, giving customers a way to get a substantial discount on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones. This isn’t the first time Samsung has offered this deal — in fact, it was…
      - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 8:02pm -
    • Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9
      Samsung has patented smart clothing that is able to harvest energy for powering personal gadgets or embedded sensors. The patent details a shirt that contains this energy-harvesting technology, making it not just a shirt that could charge your gadget…
      - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 7:04pm -
    • Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function
      Google has an update for the Google Home Mini that restores its touch functionality, a feature that was stripped away shortly after launch due to a potential issue that some device owners faced. The update is bringing back the functionality, but doin…
      - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 6:00pm -
    • Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina
      Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where the city of Charlotte is located, was hit with a ransomware attack this week that took out major city servers and has forced some officials to work with old fashioned pen and paper. The ransomware was able to…
      - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 5:10pm -
    • Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control
      Jony Ive, Apple‘s legendary designer, is reclaiming direct management of the Cupertino firm’s product design teams. The decision comes after Ive stepped back from direct control over Apple’s various designers in order to focus on a somewhat lar…
      - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 4:49pm -
    • Gen 3 Pokemon GO Cheat Sheet Update
      The Gen 3 Pokemon GO update is live, right this minute, and it’s time to drop in on the most updated cheat sheet available. This cheat sheet makes sense of the Pokemon out in the wild right now, right alongside what’ll be coming in the immediate…
      - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 4:38pm -

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    • Watch Rocket Lab try a second time to fly its rocket to orbit
      In the next few days, US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab is set to launch its experimental Electron rocket for the second time — a test flight that will validate if the vehicle is ready for sending small commercial payloads to orbit. The rocke…
      - 10 mins ago, 11 Dec 17, 10:05pm -
    • The FCC and FTC announce partnership to watch the internet burn
      A draft agreement announced by the FCC and FTC today outlines how the agencies will work together after net neutrality is killed. Under the plan the FCC will review complaints from consumers about ISPs, and determine if they are disclosing bad…
      - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 17, 8:52pm -
    • Atari plans to open preorders for its Ataribox home console this Thursday
      Preorders for the Ataribox, the classic game company’s take on a NES Classic retro console, are slated to go live this Thursday, according to a report from CNET citing an email from Atari sent out today to interested consumers. The Ataribox w…
      - 3 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:47pm -
    • Apple now lets you preorder apps in the App Store
      Apple has launched a simple but useful new feature for the App Store: the ability to preorder apps and have them automatically download upon their release.A developer will now be able to put their app in the App Store up to 90 days in advance…
      - 4 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:25pm -
    • SEC chairman Jay Clayton urges investors to exercise ‘extreme caution’ around ICOs
      America’s chief financial regulator is warning investors against cryptocurrency scams. SEC chairman Jay Clayton released an official statement today urging caution on cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings. “If an opportunity sounds too…
      - 5 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:12pm -
    • Bongs for kids, profits for companies? Scholar Emily Dufton on the past and future of marijuana activism
      The 2016 election seemed like a tipping point for marijuana legalization. Almost 60 percent of Americans support legalizing the drug, and voters in California — the state with the largest economy — decided to approve recreational weed, effe…
      - 6 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:12pm -
    • This Instagram Story ad with a fake hair in it is sort of disturbing
      Instagram Stories are fantastic. We all love watching short movies about every person we’ve ever met or cared about, all day, in the middle of anything. But because there’s almost nothing left that doesn’t involve money in a loud, tacky w…
      - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 3:15pm -
    • Google just launched three new photography apps
      Google just announced three new photography applications: Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS only). The releases are part of a new “appsperiments” program that Google just launched.The new program…
      - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:57pm -
    • Trump wants NASA to send astronauts to the Moon — but how exactly?
      President Donald Trump is officially directing NASA to send astronauts back to the Moon, as a pit stop to eventually send people to Mars. The move is part of a new order, Space Policy Directive-1, which Trump signed today during a very brief ce…
      - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:38pm -
    • Cortana now supports Google Calendar
      Microsoft is now allowing its Cortana digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. The software giant has added a new Gmail connection to Cortana, which will enable the digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. If you’re a Window…
      - 8 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:22pm -


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