These fearsome giant otters roamed China millions of years ago
Otters may be one of the most endearing and beloved animals out there, but their ancestors may well have inspired fear rather than affection. Researchers discovered evidence of a new species of otter, distinguished by a far larger body and a set of intimidating jaws. Dubbed “Siamogale melilutra”, the evidence of a distinctly different otter species draws new connections between … Continue reading...
As chip sales save 2016, Samsung looks to Note 8 for 2017 profit
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 may have tested the old “any publicity is good publicity” adage, but bumper chip demand has paved the way for a surprisingly successful 2017, the company predicts. Sales of memory chips helped assuage the financial hit from recalling millions of Note 7 handsets over fears they could explode, the South Korean firm said today, with record … Continue reading...
LG’s Android Wear 2.0 watches got some blurry pics
Android Wear, and smartwatches, might be making a comeback. That is, if the recent spate of leaks and teasers are any indication. TAG Heuer and Casio definitely seem to still be invested in the wearable line. The latest to come our way are these two small res images of LG‘s upcoming Android Wear 2.0 watches, one with a larger, sporty … Continue reading...
Faraday Future hit with $1.8m lawsuit in sizzle reel spat
Would-be Tesla crusher Faraday Future has found itself in another legal mess, being hit with a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay for a high-tech virtualization of its electric car. The automaker made headlines at CES 2017 earlier this month, when it took the wraps off the Faraday Future FF 91, a luxury sedan with high-tech autonomous driving abilities. However, … Continue reading...
Faraday Future hit with $1.8m lawsuit in sizzle reel spat
Would-be Tesla crusher Faraday Future has found itself in another legal mess, being hit with a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay for a high-tech virtualization of its electric car. The automaker made headlines at CES 2017 earlier this month, when it took the wraps off the Faraday Future FF 91, a luxury sedan with high-tech autonomous driving abilities. However, … Continue reading...
12.2-inch Lenovo Yoga Book: bigger but not better
There are times when size does matter and times when it doesn’t. There are even more times when bigger doesn’t mean better. Like this still unannounced Lenovo Yoga Book that popped up at Amazon. Sporting a larger, laptop-size 12.2-inch display, this convertible sports many of the features its famed predecessor has but none of its portability. And in some cases, … Continue reading...
Tesla’s Elon Musk promises 12-18 month hardware upgrades
Tesla owners wanting the latest and greatest should get used to a smartphone-style upgrade cadence, CEO Elon Musk has suggested, revealing the EV automaker’s aggressive plans for new hardware roll-outs. The California car company has become notorious for pushing out wireless software updates that bring new features to owners’ existing vehicles, at times to the consternation of safety regulators. However, … Continue reading...
Tesla’s Elon Musk promises 12-18 month hardware upgrades
Tesla owners wanting the latest and greatest should get used to a smartphone-style upgrade cadence, CEO Elon Musk has suggested, revealing the EV automaker’s aggressive plans for new hardware roll-outs. The California car company has become notorious for pushing out wireless software updates that bring new features to owners’ existing vehicles, at times to the consternation of safety regulators. However, … Continue reading...
LG G6 debuting late February, without Snapdragon 835
Samsung and Qualcomm now have something in common. Both have had literally hot flagship, the Snapdragon 810 for Qualcomm and the Galaxy Note 7 for Samsung. Unsurprisingly, the two have forged a partnership that, also unsurprisingly, will be to the exclusion of other players in the field. Case in point is the LG G6, which will be supposedly be unveiled … Continue reading...
GOES-16 satellite delivers first batch of stunning high-res Earth photos
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather satellite GOES-16 has sent back its first ever batch of photographs, and in them we get a high-resolution look at our own planet. The satellite took off from Cape Canaveral back in November, and has since been traveling around snapping photos from space of Earth. The GOES-16 takes photos at four times the … Continue reading...
AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day
As of this upcoming Friday, AT&T will offer its subscribers an ‘International Day Pass’ that offers unlimited text and talking in more than 100 countries. The pass will last for the duration of 24 hours, with the idea being that you can pay for an entire day abroad rather than stressing over the exact number of minutes and texts you … Continue reading...
Civil War short ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ touts bleeding-edge VR cinematography at Sundance
 Filmmakers are still trying to wrap their heads around VR, and the results are a mixed bag — but as the technology to create catches up with cinematic techniques honed over decades, new and interesting experiences are popping up right and left. One recent example is this short film shot for viewing in VR that had to vault a few of the technical challenges that have held the medium back. Read More ...
Dubai firefighters demonstrate jetpack fire extinguishers
Back in November 2015, the city of Dubai revealed plans to develop jetpacks for firefighters, enabling the city to better address fires on the upper levels of skyscrapers and similar structures. The announcement was made alongside a deal between the city and the Martin Aircraft Company, which would provide up to 20 jetpacks. Now, more than a year later, one … Continue reading...
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release-day branding confirmed
Samsung confirmed this week that they’d be keeping the “Note” branding for products, unafraid that their Note 7 fiasco would hold them down. Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh suggested that they would “bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8.” In that single sentence, Samsung confirmed not only the existence of the Note branding’s continued existence, but the … Continue reading...
Android Instant Apps enter live testing at long last
One of the coolest things revealed during last year’s Google I/O conference was the concept of Android Instant Apps. For those who may have forgotten, Instant Apps is centered around the idea of accessing certain Android apps without having to navigate to the Google Play Store and download them first. It was an impressive feature when it was previewed at … Continue reading...
Xbox One S 1TB bundles with Halo Wars 2, Forza Horizon 3 revealed
If you’re thinking of picking up an Xbox One S but aren’t really interested in any of the bundles that are currently available, you may want to hold out a few more weeks. Today Microsoft announced a new pair of bundles that will feature two of the Xbox One’s biggest games. Even better is the fact that they’ll contain 1TB … Continue reading...
Apple releases macOS 10.12.3 with MacBook Pro GPU and battery fixes
 Apple has just released an update to macOS Sierra. 10.12.3 is a bugfix update, but it brings some much needed changes for the new MacBook Pro released late last year. With today’s update, Apple has issued a couple of fixes for the graphics chipset in the 15-inch model. Apple has also fixed the Safari icon fetching bug that was affecting battery life. There are many screenshots and videos… Read More ...
Apple releases macOS 10.12.3 with MacBook Pro GPU and battery fixes
 Apple has just released an update to macOS Sierra. 10.12.3 is a bugfix update, but it brings some much needed changes for the new MacBook Pro released late last year. With today’s update, Apple has issued a couple of fixes for the graphics chipset in the 15-inch model. Apple has also fixed the Safari icon fetching bug that was affecting battery life. There are many screenshots and videos… Read More ...
Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students
Today Acer unveiled the next entry in its TravelMate line of notebooks. The TravelMate Spin B1 is a convertible notebook that’s targeted at commercial customers and students, mostly because of its ruggedness and support for Windows Ink through the included stylus. Of course, ruggedness means compromises in other areas, most notably aesthetics in this case. Indeed, if you want a … Continue reading...
Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students
Today Acer unveiled the next entry in its TravelMate line of notebooks. The TravelMate Spin B1 is a convertible notebook that’s targeted at commercial customers and students, mostly because of its ruggedness and support for Windows Ink through the included stylus. Of course, ruggedness means compromises in other areas, most notably aesthetics in this case. Indeed, if you want a … Continue reading...