iPhone 8 tipped to have even stronger water resistance
Water resistance, perhaps even more than dust proofing, has become an expected feature of almost every high-end smartphone these days. After all, if you’re paying premium price for such a sophisticated device, you’d expect it to survive a few, hopefully minor, mishaps. Until the iPhone 7, however, Apple’s smartphones haven’t exactly joined that trend. But now that it has, it … Continue reading...
Xbox One S laptop made real, courtesy of Ben Heck
Benjamin “Ben” Heck might be best known for tearing things apart, but he also leaves an army of rebuilt, modded, and re-designed gadgets in his wake. The latest to get the privilege of being reincarnated in a new body is the Xbox One S, which Heck tore down late last year. Feeling uninspired to put it all back together again, … Continue reading...
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mystery to finally end next week
This has honestly gone far too long. Although things seem to be winding down for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, there is still some amount of closure needed. To be specific, Samsung still has to officially explain, once and for all, why the phablet that was supposed to be the crowning glory of Android smartphones in 2016 was, instead, cursed … Continue reading...
LG G6 promised not to explode
The incident involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has had everybody reeling, from consumers all the way up to other smartphone makers. 2017 will most likely be marked by OEMs boasting about how safe their smartphone will be, particularly when it comes to batteries and heat management. LG is kicking off that trend by explaining the steps it has taken … Continue reading...
More Nintendo Switch details: 2TB microSD card support, no Miiverse or StreetPass
While almost all the details about the new Nintendo Switch console have been revealed, there’s still a few things that leave eager gamers wondering about their potential future purchase. Most of the hardware specs have been sufficiently outlined, but one troubling item is the fact that the Switch only comes with 32GB of internal storage, a paltry amount compared to … Continue reading...
Apple debuts AirPods ads highlighting Siri and pairing
You’ll still be hard-pressed to find Apple‘s new AirPods in stores anywhere, ever after the holidays, but Cupertino has taken to rolling out a new series of television commercials for the wireless headphones, highlighting and promoting their key features. The ads, which began appearing on TV this weekend, feature the dancer Lil Buck using the AirPods as he walks down … Continue reading...
Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing
It appears Amazon may be up to another one of its mysterious, experimental projects. It’s been discovered that the company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to test wireless communication technology in areas of Washington, all without stating the exact purpose. There are a few hints that the tests could be related to Amazon’s desire to begin … Continue reading...
Chinese app stores ordered to register with government
In what may seem like a totalitarian move on the surface, the Chinese government’s Cyberspace Administration has announced that it will require all the country’s app stores to register with their offices. While this certainly opens the door to more direct government control, the move is said to be in the name of consumer protection, with a goal of cracking … Continue reading...
Now you can play Portal on an Apple II
If for some reason you still haven’t played Valve’s hit game Portal, I implore you to go to Steam or your favorite console’s digital marketplace and download it right away. It really is as good as everyone says. However, if you have played it (and the acclaimed sequel) before, but wish you re-experience it on your aging but beloved Apple … Continue reading...
SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully
A round of congratulations are in order for SpaceX, as the Elon Musk-led agency successfully returned to flight on Saturday with the launch of a rocket that delivered 10 satellites into orbit, followed by a first stage booster landing atop a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. This was SpaceX’s first launch in over four months, following the August launchpad … Continue reading...
Electric self-driving shuttle bus begins testing with passengers in Las Vegas
If you’re in downtown Las Vegas during the next week, you might spot a small, pod-like shuttle bus driving passengers up and down Fremont Street. Operated by transit company Keolis, the electric vehicle is fully autonomous, and offering free rides to the public. Officials says it’s also the first self-driving vehicle of its kind to be tested on public roads … Continue reading...
Volvo is taking its Sunfleet car-sharing service global
These days, just about every big-name car manufacturer is launching their own car-sharing service. This includes GM, Ford, BMW, and Toyota. But it turns out that Volvo has been doing it for almost 20 years already, running the Sunfleet service in its home country of Sweden since 1998. Now Volvo reveals that its ready to expand the service and take … Continue reading...
Volvo is taking its Sunfleet car-sharing service global
These days, just about every big-name car manufacturer is launching their own car-sharing service. This includes GM, Ford, BMW, and Toyota. But it turns out that Volvo has been doing it for almost 20 years already, running the Sunfleet service in its home country of Sweden since 1998. Now Volvo reveals that its ready to expand the service and take … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app supports time limits, game ratings
Parental restrictions and controls have been a part of the software on game consoles for years now, but the soon-to-be-released Nintendo Switch has an innovative take on this: moving the controls to a smartphone app. Amid the plethora of new details on the console and its games, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, coming to both iOS … Continue reading...
Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role
Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position, it has been announced, and he will be moving on to focus on his role as chairman for Snapchat-owner Snap, Inc. Lynton has served as head of the entertainment division for the last 13 years, and was among the executives affected by the studio’s huge security breach in … Continue reading...
Lego Batman Movie’s Batmobile made life-size with help from Chevy
The Lego Batman Movie will be hitting theaters in less than a month, and to help promote it the Lego company teamed up with Chevrolet to take the film’s latest take on the Batmobile and build a life-size version of it out of — wait for it — (almost) nothing but plastic Lego bricks. While it may look like the … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch online service: monthly games not really ‘free,’ smartphone-based multiplayer chat
As you’ve probably already heard, Nintendo has finally announced its new Switch console in full, and there’s a lot to be excited for, including all the interesting ways games can be played on the system, both at home and on the go, as well as the new game lineup, which includes a fantastic-looking new Zelda title. However, in the day … Continue reading...
Autonomous Nissan Leaf begins testing on London streets next month
Car-maker Nissan has announced that it will be deploying a fleet of its Leaf electric vehicles outfitted with self-driving technology on the streets of London next month. This will mark their first public test of autonomous cars to be held in Europe. Nissan adds that it has received the permission of the necessary local authorities and the modified Leafs will … Continue reading...
Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine
Following recent news that an indictment and fine were nearly finalized, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced a $1 billion fine against Takata, the company behind faulty air bags. In addition to the fine, the Justice Department has indicted three company executives. Takata as a company will plead guilty to fraud. Though the news has just been publicized, the … Continue reading...
Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps
Uber just got much more convenient, assuming you’re a Google Maps user, thanks to a new integration with Google’s navigation app. Rather than opening the Uber app and copying an address into the destination field, Google users can now find their location using Google Maps, then choose the small ride-hailing icon as the transportation method, enabling travelers to order an … Continue reading...