BLU to use Google’s updater instead of Chinese “spyware”
2016 may be remembered as being unkind to smartphone makers, be it because of slumping, or at least plateauing, sales, or distinct problems and scandals that rocked even mainstream news. Miami-based BLU Products would have had a normal year if not for the one last minute issue that gripped its business. Security firm Kryptoware discovered and reported that some of … Continue reading...
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back the single-player way
Almost every game these days have an online element to them, either really playing with others online in a massive persistent world or simply going into one-off skirmishes. Some gamers, however, have a deep love for keeping things single. Such gamers might find solace and joy in the announcement of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first time in over 15 years … Continue reading...
The Mummy has a hint of Mission Impossible because Tom Cruise
This isn’t your grandfather’s The Mummy. In fact, it isn’t even the 1999 The Mummy. While the former lies squarely in the realm of horror and the latter standing along the lines of family-friendly adventure, the 2017 representation of the iconic monster is 100% pure adrenaline-pumping action. And how can it not be with Star Trek Into Darkness director Alex … Continue reading...
The Mummy has a hint of Mission Impossible because Tom Cruise
This isn’t your grandfather’s The Mummy. In fact, it isn’t even the 1999 The Mummy. While the former lies squarely in the realm of horror and the latter standing along the lines of family-friendly adventure, the 2017 representation of the iconic monster is 100% pure adrenaline-pumping action. And how can it not be with Star Trek Into Darkness director Alex … Continue reading...
GoPro Karma drone’s Grip now on sale by its lonesome self
We’re still not sure when the Karma, GoPro’s first ever and ill-fated drone, will return. IF it will return, which may be in doubt given GoPro’s financial troubles. But while the Karma itself may not be here, or may never be again, it’s legacy will live on. Or at least part of it. GoPro has just made available the Karma’s … Continue reading...
AirDroid has gaping security holes, hopefully not for long
AirDroid is one of the treasures of the Android world, a product of the platform’s more open nature. In a nutshell, it allowed Android users to control their devices from a web browser, to send or read messages, manage files, or even mirror the device’s screen. That power, however, has apparently come at a price. Although AirDroid has existed for … Continue reading...
GoPro releases the $299 Karma Grip handheld stabilizer
 The GoPro Karma Grip is now available. The camera maker announced today that the handheld stabilizer is for sale in select stores and GoPro.com for $299. This is the same handheld grip that shipped with the Karma drone — at least before the drone was recalled for battery issues. The Karma Grip competes directly with the DJI Osmo though both offer distinct advantages as I and.… Read More ...
PlayStation Experience 2016: the biggest trailers and game announcements
This weekend saw the 2016 PlayStation Experience (PSX) held in Anaheim, California. Similar to E3, the event lets Sony focus on its own PlayStation gaming platform, but without rival companies competing for attention. It’s also on a bit of a smaller scale, allowing gamers to get hands on time with new and upcoming games, as well as for partnering publishers … Continue reading...
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer debuts with Baby Groot
It’s a day that comic book and movie fans equally look forward to: when Marvel releases a new trailer for an upcoming film from its growing Cinematic Universe. This time it’s a new teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and as you’d expect, it’s full of action, humor, and the rag-tag group of heroes we came to love … Continue reading...
Amazon Snowmobile service is a semi-truck with a giant hard drive
Last week, Amazon announced a new service for uploading large amounts of data to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage. Dubbed Snowmobile, it’s an actual 18-wheel semi-truck hauling a storage container filled with hard drives. See, it’s not meant for times when you need to back up your photo or video collection, but rather for an entire company’s data, … Continue reading...
BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ spotted in leaked images, complete with physical keyboard
We’ve known for some time that the BlackBerry of years gone by is nearly dead and gone. The company has already abandoned its BB10 OS in favor of Android, and soon it won’t even be making its own phones. But one element it continues to cling to for its devices is the physical keyboard. Case in point is the “Mercury,” … Continue reading...
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite confirmed for 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, PC
Just as was predicted last week, this weekend’s PlayStation Experience (PSX) event saw the announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, the fourth entry in the mash-up fighting game series. A teaser trailer was revealed featuring Capcom’s Ryu and Mega Man facing off against Iron Man and Captain Marvel from the Marvel side. While the game made its debut at an … Continue reading...
Amplify lets you play synchronized songs across every phone in the room
 Say you’re at a party, and someone wants to get a silent disco going. Everyone opens their phone, someone yells “play,” and hopefully everyone gets it started at the same time. Well, that works, but it could be better. So at the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon, a few developers in the United Kingdom built an app to make sure everyone’s at the same part in the song. Read More ...
Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions
Just when it seemed like Apple‘s much-rumored self-driving car project was on the verge of collapse, more evidence surfaces that Cupertino still has plans in place. A recent letter from Apple to the US’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dug up, where the former writes that it is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and … Continue reading...
One of the earliest Nikon cameras auctioned for $406K
Photography can easily become a very expensive hobby, especially when hunting down older, well-preserved cameras and lenses. But when it comes to truly historic equipment, that’s where you can easily drain your bank account. Case in point: the oldest remaining Nikon camera — believed to be the third one ever built by the Japanese company — was just auctioned for … Continue reading...
One of the earliest Nikon cameras auctioned for $406K
Photography can easily become a very expensive hobby, especially when hunting down older, well-preserved cameras and lenses. But when it comes to truly historic equipment, that’s where you can easily drain your bank account. Case in point: the oldest remaining Nikon camera — believed to be the third one ever built by the Japanese company — was just auctioned for … Continue reading...
Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts
These days, it’s becoming more and more common to see luxury car brand names appear on products that aren’t cars. This includes Ferrari on a phone, BMW on a bike, and even the Porsche Design team, which slaps the German maker’s name on anything it can get its hands on. But this Lamborghini speaker from Italy’s Ixoost takes things to … Continue reading...
Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express
Apple Pay officially launched in Spain this week, making it the latest European nation to accept Apple‘s contactless mobile payments service. It also comes shortly after similar debuts in Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. Using compatible iPhone models or an Apple Watch, Apple Pay will allow users to make fast and easy payments at 27 Spanish retailers simply by holding … Continue reading...
FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans
This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don’t count against users’ monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it’s their own Go90 video service. The FCC’s wireless communications chief … Continue reading...
iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming
The streaming music market is already a crowded one, but that isn’t stopping iHeartRadio, the conglomerate behind over 800 US radio stations, from jumping in. With updates to both its iOS and Android apps this week, the service has debuted two new paid subscription plans that allow users to stream music on-demand, thanks in part to a new partnership with … Continue reading...