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  • Google Hangouts gives users 1 free minute for international calls

    1 November 2014, 5:30 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Perhaps you don't make international calls too often and so you don't bother paying for international service on your phone. Or, alternatively, maybe Hangouts is your voice communication service of choice. Regardless, Google is encouraging Hangouts users to…
  • Netflix puts up clever GIF posters that mirror the weather

    1 November 2014, 2:04 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Your daily Internet browsing likely involves at least a GIF or two, and communication is quickly incorporating the animation snippets as visual alternatives to words. It makes sense, then, for someone to try out an advertisement campaign that brings these GIFs…
  • Amazon’s new diversity report tells a familiar tale

    1 November 2014, 12:54 am by: Brittany Hillen

    We've seen many diversity reports this year, and they all have one thing in common: a relative lack of diversity. Amazon has joined Facebook, Twitter, Google and others by posting its own numbers, and in them we see that same familiar tale comprised of people…
  • Tronsmart’s latest Android box boasts octa core processor

    1 November 2014, 12:07 am by: Brittany Hillen

    If you're looking for something a bit more powerful than a Chromecast or similar device, Tronsmart has rolled out the red carpet for a new Android set-top box that boasts, among other things, an octa core processor. Because it runs Android, users can use apps…
  • HTC RE camera in orange is delayed

    31 October 2014, 11:12 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    HTC's L-shaped RE Camera, recently announced earlier this month, is offered in multiple colors: navy blue, teal, white and orange. Those who decided to take the plunge by pre-ordering the camera might be in for some bad news (if they opted in for the most…
  • Sony promises VR will be showcased at PlayStation Experience

    31 October 2014, 10:20 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    In case you missed it, Sony has a big community event planned for its gamers this coming December. The company has been teasing this event in bits and pieces, dangling precious few details amidst big promises that things will be spectacular. We recently found…
  • British Museum now lets you 3D print artifact replicas

    31 October 2014, 9:28 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    3D printing is slowly but surely becoming more available to the average consumer, and the possibilities for it are vast. While the technology is being used to tackle projects as expansive as home construction and food in space, it is also being utilized at the…
  • Hungary’s Internet tax nixed following massive protests

    31 October 2014, 8:39 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Hungary's government isn't doing so well financially, and so it decided the best way to address the issue was to tax the Internet. As you'd expect, both citizen and ISP alike were unhappy with the decision, with service providers in particular warning that the…
  • JookBox speaker lets every listener add to its playlist

    31 October 2014, 8:00 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    The wireless speaker market is getting crowded, being packed by big players like Sonos and smaller brands alike. That doesn't mean there isn't room for new products, however, only that they need to stand out in some way to catch attention. BSX Electronics has…
  • iStabilizer tabArm review: more than a tablet hinge

    31 October 2014, 7:50 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Even though we’re routinely trying to cram all we can into a single device, there are plenty of scenarios where two devices just makes more sense. With videography, using a tablet as a prompter, or to keep notes on what you’re talking about handy, is a…
  • Samsung Chromebook 2 review: worth the wait?

    31 October 2014, 6:50 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Back by overwhelming demand is the Samsung Chromebook, now in its second iteration. The latest, simply named Samsung Chromebook 2, is the linear successor to the Samsung Chromebook, which dominated Amazon’s top sales list, and can be widely credited with…
  • Samsung cites “collusion” as reason they didn’t pay Microsoft

    31 October 2014, 6:01 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Earlier this month, news broke that Microsoft had sued Samsung for unpaid royalties. The South Korean electronics giant is being sued for $6.9 million in unpaid interest on a $1 billion patent royalty charge. Rather than pay the relatively small amount,…
  • Verizon wants AT&T, T-Mobile customers, offers more data

    31 October 2014, 5:16 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Today, Verizon is taking steps to bring in new customers, offering them more data and credit for switching service. Starting November 1, if you move to Verizon, and choose a More Everything plan at the $80 or $100 price points, you’ll get an extra chunk of…
  • Nexus 6 hands-on – A whole lot of Lollipop

    31 October 2014, 5:13 pm by: Chris Davies

    A new Nexus is always a big deal, but the Nexus 6 is big in every sense. Google and Motorola opted to go large for the latest pure-Android smartphone, giving Lollipop a vast 5.96-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD touchscreen in which to ply its "Material Design" wares.…
  • The new MB Chronowing is more “watch” than “smart”

    31 October 2014, 4:34 pm by: Nate Swanner

    As smartwatches flood the market, each seems to try to do more than the last. A brighter screen, a more contextual set of alerts, maybe even a working relationship with other apps or devices. Within that spectrum ,there are some that even attempt to look more…
  • Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

    31 October 2014, 4:07 pm by: Chris Burns

    How do you beat the competition in the gaming console business? If you're Microsoft and you've got an Xbox One, the most recent and best answer you might have is cutting costs. They've currently got a holiday sale on their Kinect-less Xbox One, knocking the…
  • Trent Reznor working on music delivery at Apple

    31 October 2014, 3:52 pm by: Nate Swanner

    With Apple’s purchase of Beats, there’s a silent partner that has remained as much so far. Though he wasn’t a major player for Beats, Trent Reznor did hold the title of Chief Creative Officer, and that’s going to translate to Apple. Somehow. We’re…
  • Evolve Big Alpha: PS4 edition down for the count

    31 October 2014, 3:24 pm by: Chris Burns

    Those of you with an Xbox One or PC are in luck if you love the idea of hunting down massive monsters with your best buddies - the Evolve Big Alpha has begun! Those of you wishing to play on a PlayStation 4, well, there's not too much good news to be had.…
  • Roku gets Play Movies & TV to duel with Android TV

    31 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Roku was on the forefront of making low-cost, reliable streaming devices for your living room, bedroom, or anywhere else you might have a TV and a shelf. They held sway until the Chromecast came in and knocked them off their low-cost pedestal, too.…
  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes in engine test [Update]

    31 October 2014, 2:49 pm by: Chris Davies

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has crashed during today's test flight, with the high-speed rocket plane coming down east of Mojave. Virgin Galactic first confirmed an incident had taken place via Twitter, with a terse message saying the space plane "has…
  • DROID Turbo VS Moto X: Camera Tests

    31 October 2014, 2:45 pm by: Chris Burns

    It's time to do battle. The DROID Turbo and the Moto X (2014 edition) are ready to rumble in the Camera jungle. What you're going to be seeing here are two devices that are both being carried by Verizon right this minute, both of them made by Motorola, both of…
  • Google’s ‘Nearby’ may also be dubbed ‘Copresence’

    31 October 2014, 2:05 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Earlier this year, we relayed to you info about a service dubbed “Nearby”, which is believed to be Google’s way of having otherwise disparate devices in communication with one another. It seems that service might be nearing our devices, though it’s not…
  • Microsoft Band vs the Wearable Competition

    31 October 2014, 2:01 pm by: Chris Davies

    You'd need a very big wrist to wear this year's crop of fitness bands and smartwatches, but Microsoft believes the new Microsoft Band can elbow out the competition. Straddling the line between smartwatch and health tracker - not to mention spanning not only…
  • BBM’s new Snapchat-like features rolling out now

    31 October 2014, 1:19 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Once Blackberry made BBM available to other platforms, the rush to check out an old favorite was on. We all ran to download the “new” app, find a friend, and revisit old times. Sadly, BBM was pretty much as we all remembered it; a straight-up chat…
  • Atari E.T. Xbox documentary to premiere on November 20th

    31 October 2014, 1:06 pm by: Chris Burns

    Atari: Game Over is a documentary that's part of a gaming series that'll be coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this fall. We'd heard about it before - we've even seen photos of the digging up of the E.T. site in the desert. But now we get to see it up close and…
  • Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

    31 October 2014, 12:39 pm by: Nate Swanner

    You’re probably not used to Facebook being cautious about your privacy. For a long time, they weren’t, with several snafus leading to the release of private data in a very public way. The social giant has just taken a bold step in the opposite direction,…
  • Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

    31 October 2014, 12:34 pm by: Chris Burns

    Speaking this week on the future of Google and the technology-infused world at large, Larry Page made some rather interesting comments on you and the way you'll be working. Not at a job you don't like. Not in a menial labor job that can be done by robots.…
  • Starbucks delivery in 2015 teases coffee chain

    31 October 2014, 12:16 pm by: Chris Davies

    A periodic trip to Starbucks is a daily grind for many, but the coffee chain is looking to streamline that with the ability to not only order a drink through its app, but have it delivered too. The service - which will include both drinks and food items - is…
  • Halo 2 Documentary released for Xbox One and Xbox 360

    31 October 2014, 11:39 am by: Chris Burns

    Along with the anniversary of the release of Halo 2 comes the release of a documentary for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users that allows them to see the making of the Anniversary Edition of the game. Halo 2 is coming in a pack with the rest of the Halo games in The…
  • Sonos for Android Wear will put controls on your wrist

    31 October 2014, 11:24 am by: Chris Davies

    Sonos is testing Android Wear support for its whole-home music platform, allowing wearers of smartwatches running Google's platform to quickly control playback. The new functionality would mean listeners could access play/pause controls as well as skip tracks…

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