OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition now in the US
Black is the new black, or at least as far as high-gloss black smartphones are concerned. Ever the contrarian, OnePlus is adding a different twist. It’s not glossy mind you, but not its usual matte or old standstone either. It’s all black but still also all metal, giving the new OnePlus 3T Midnight Black a very dark visage while still … Continue reading...
HTC Vive aims high with Ready Player One, Vive Trackers, and more
Virtual reality, the hottest thing in gaming and computing these past weeks, has seemingly taken a backseat to the Nintendo Switch, the glitchy Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the ambivalent Iron Fist. HTC, however, is making sure you don’t forget. It has just unloaded a bunch of news, all at the same time, showcasing how virtual reality, and the HTC Vive … Continue reading...
Between robots’ ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ zones, a sort of robot friend zone proposed
 It goes without saying that working with robots and heavy machinery is more than a little dangerous. While better practices and ethical companies are still less common than they should be, smarter robots are another, parallel solution. German research outfit Fraunhofer suggests an intuitive model for human-robot collaboration in industrial settings. Read More ...
Americans are eating less beef, and the climate is benefiting from it
Americans are eating less beef, and the results of that are positive: the average American diet’s carbon footprint has shrunk by 9-percent, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the environment. Such is the conclusion of a new analysis that found a significant decrease from 2005 to 2014. Multiple dietary changes in America are cited as the cause of … Continue reading...
Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat
Both the U.S. and the U.K. recently banned most consumer gadgets from flights originating from several countries, a move that Canada is also considering implementing. The move is unusual given that the bans went into effect only hours apart, leading to speculation about possible security threats that had been discovered. Now, according to a new report, we have more info … Continue reading...
Elon Musk’s tipped Neuralink wants to put chips in the human brain
Elon Musk has launched a new company called Neuralink, according to sources, and it aims to develop a technology that could connect human brains with computers. This connection would allegedly be facilitated via small electrodes implanted in the brain, enabling the individual to download and upload thoughts. Though the existence of the company has been confirmed, Musk’s precise role within … Continue reading...
ESA shows off sweet new renders of the Exomars 2020 rover
 Late last year the European Space Agency doubled down on its Mars mission, dedicating half a billion euros to the next phase of its Exomars 2020 program — and now we are seeing the benefits of that enormous investment: a pretty awesome new render of the rover they plan to deploy to the Martian surface. Read More ...
T-Mobile refreshes prepaid plans with $45, $55 and $75/month options
T-Mobile is rolling out refreshed prepaid phone plans, one coming in at $45/month and the other at $55/month. Both plans offer users unlimited everything — talk, text and data — with their own respective limits on high-speed 4G LTE data. Both of those plans are also being joined by a new T-Mobile One prepaid plan set at $75/month; that option … Continue reading...
Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]
The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most … Continue reading...
Aurora Cloud Access Camera: a wireless ‘lifestyle’ cam with color low-light video
Zyxel has launched its new Aurora Cloud Access Camera, a so-called ‘lifestyle’ camera that enables consumers to keep at eye on their home, family, pets and more. The system is composed of a camera and a related mobile app, the combination of which provides things like access to a 1080p video feed, 2-way audio, push notifications and more. The camera … Continue reading...
Faraday Future cancels plans to build an assembly factory in California
 Faraday Future, the would-be Tesla rival facing well-documented challenges in terms of capitalization and efforts to bring its first production vehicle to market, has scrapped plans to construct an assembly facility and “experience center” (read: showroom) in Vallejo, California on Mare Island. The car maker had already secured a negotiating agreement with the Vallejo city… Read More ...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will live again as a refurb
The ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 will rise again, Samsung says, in the form of ‘refurbished or rental phones.’ Such information was provided as part of Samsung’s overall statement on how it will handle recycling the mass of Note 7 handsets in a way that is friendly to the environment. In addition to refurbishing the phones when possible, the company will … Continue reading...
Apple releases iOS 10.3 as well as macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates
 It’s patch day at Apple. The company just released four new versions of its four operating systems for all its devices — iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. Some of those updates are more important than others. Let’s start with iOS 10.3. The new version adds Find my AirPods and we already covered what you can expect from the new feature. You can see them on a… Read More ...
T-Mobile adds Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection
If you’re the type of person who likes to pick up phone insurance from your carrier, then you may be pleased to hear that T-Mobile has added Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection. Some carriers already offer ways to sign up for Apple Care in-store, but the big news here is that it’s being added to Premium Device Protection … Continue reading...
GoTenna Pro meshing radio aspires to deploy next to rescue, fire, and security teams
 Keeping in touch when there’s no communications infrastructure for one reason or another is nice for you and me, but critical for disaster response, forest fire control, and military operations. GoTenna wants its new Pro device to be part of that by providing powerful, reliable, off-grid comms in a package a fraction the size and weight of existing systems. Read More ...
Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]
Live Location is now part of Facebook Messenger whether you want it or not – whether you’re all about seeing where your significant others are at all times, or never wanted to know that information in the first place. For those that do not yet have access to this feature, we’re running down the ways in which it can be … Continue reading...
Wells Fargo lets you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money
 Wells Fargo just announced that you’ll be able to use your phone or smartwatch to withdraw money from 13,000 ATMs in the U.S. As spotted by MacRumors, the bank says that it will support Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. 5,000 ATMs should already support those NFC payment systems, others will follow suit. TechCrunch first reported that Bank of America and Wells Fargo were both… Read More ...
ChefSteps Joule Review: If Apple cooked sous-vide
ChefSteps’ Joule wants to be the iPod of home sous-vide. The Internet of Things has reached the kitchen, and few gadgets please ambitious home chefs like a sous-vide cooker. Distilling what once was limited to professional kitchens into a one-two punch of sleek hardware and user-friendly software, if Joule was any more helpful it’d be eating your dinner for you. … Continue reading...
PS4 Pro update enables 4K video playback in Media Player
PS4 Pro owners will be getting the ability to play 4K video on their consoles later today. The fact that the PS4 Pro doesn’t offer a 4K Blu Ray player has caused at least a little bit of controversy, so those who were disappointed that it’s missing may be relieved to receive 4K playback in some form. Once the update … Continue reading...
Lyft will soon let you round up fares for charity
It’s never been easier to send money or pay for something without cash. Beyond the plastic card that’s so common (and commonly abused), there are mobile payment systems and online shopping. Most of these methods, however, are usually employed at the service of commerce and profit. It’s high time to use those convenient payment methods for charitable purposes as well. … Continue reading...