Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios
Qualcomm is pushing hard into the Internet of Things, embracing Google’s Android Things OS as well as unveiling a pair of tiny, radio-packed chipsets for connected gadgets. Announced ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017 next week, the new tech is all about making smart home kit and other connected devices more power-efficient, smaller, and smarter. For device-makers, it’ll mean speedier … Continue reading...
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Review: A powerful gaming all-in-one
You don’t often associate gaming PCs with all-in-ones, but with its new IdeaCentre Y910, Lenovo is doing just that. Often times, all-in-ones feature middle of the road hardware in an effort to strike a good balance between size, thickness, and power. That’s not the case with the Y910, as tries to pack as much high-end hardware it can into a … Continue reading...
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Review: A powerful gaming all-in-one
You don’t often associate gaming PCs with all-in-ones, but with its new IdeaCentre Y910, Lenovo is doing just that. Often times, all-in-ones feature middle of the road hardware in an effort to strike a good balance between size, thickness, and power. That’s not the case with the Y910, as tries to pack as much high-end hardware it can into a … Continue reading...
SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second
Saturday was set to see yet another rocket launch from SpaceX, the private space company led by Elon Musk, this time with a goal of delivering supplies to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch at 10:01AM ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, however, with a mere 13 seconds left on the … Continue reading...
Samsung chief’s arrest, bribery, corruption, scandal, and a horse (Made Easy)
Samsung is involved in an alleged bribery scandal that includes the president of South Korea, $36m in funds, and an equestrian horse. The scandal involves Samsung’s de-facto leader Lee Jae-yong (aka Jay Y. Lee), the grandson of the founder of the company*. It also involves South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her suspension from power amid impeachment proceedings – also … Continue reading...
Unlimited Data plans from Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: a brief review
In a matter of just a few days, we’ve gone from two major US carriers offering unlimited data plans to all four. After the past few years, it seems very strange to say this, but unlimited data is back. This time around, though, these plans come with a lot of caveats, and it can be hard to keep things straight … Continue reading...
2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review: American Cheese
The 2017 Lincoln Continental had a strong start: indeed, few auto-show cars capture the spirit of their predecessors – and the attention of the buying public – like the 2015 Continental Concept did. Unapologetic in its lavishly-chromed exterior and purple shag-pile cabin, it was far from the milquetoast sedans that had ill-borne the Continental name up until their demise in … Continue reading...
Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government
GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of … Continue reading...
Verizon’s Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know
In case you missed the news, Verizon has decided to bring back unlimited data plans. The largest wireless carrier in the US has likely been feeling the pressure from T-Mobile and Sprint’s own unlimited plans. Of course, these days “unlimited” seems to mean “limited in these specific and annoying ways,” so is the same true for Verizon’s plan? Here’s everything … Continue reading...
ROLI BLOCKS Review: Modular music system has room to grow
ROLI has made a name for itself with weirdly tactile, expansively flexible musical instruments, and its ROLI BLOCKS promise to bring that to the mainstream. The British company built its reputation among electronic musicians for its rubbery-buttoned keyboards that allow for hitherto-unachievable levels of expression; problem is, even the smallest Seaboard RISE is $800. On paper, therefore, the much cheaper … Continue reading...
Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup
Ford will pump $1bn into a self-driving car artificial intelligence startup, Argo AI, with former Google and Uber experts at the helm. The investment will be doled out over the next five years, the automaker says, as Argo AI cooks up a smart and adaptable computer that can take over driving responsibilities from humans. The hope is that the resulting … Continue reading...
Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup
Ford will pump $1bn into a self-driving car artificial intelligence startup, Argo AI, with former Google and Uber experts at the helm. The investment will be doled out over the next five years, the automaker says, as Argo AI cooks up a smart and adaptable computer that can take over driving responsibilities from humans. The hope is that the resulting … Continue reading...
How Fire Emblem Heroes inspired one guy to spend $900 on week 1
This week in Fire Emblem Heroes – launch week, mind you – one fellow spent a whopping $900 (or more, so he suggests) on gacha. Gacha is the monetization technique used in random-toy vending machines around the world, here used to distribute characters in Fire Emblem Heroes. While the game itself is free to play, users are encouraged to attain … Continue reading...
US judge orders Google to turn over foreign emails in FBI case
Google has been ordered by a US court to turn over emails stored on servers outside the country to the FBI, in turn complying with a search warrant related to fraud investigation. The order came from Philadelphia’s US Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter, who ruled that transferring the emails to the US for FBI review did not technically count as seizure … Continue reading...
2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls
It was as the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive surged at triple-digit speed into a hairpin and pirouetted neatly, rather than rolling into a spectacular fireball, that I had cause to question the laws of physics. “Sports sedan” is an overused phrase these days, applied liberally and shamelessly to any four-door with 200+ horsepower and a set of fancy wheels, but … Continue reading...
FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon
Right through December of last year, the FCC had ongoing investigations into telecom giants including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile over their use of zero-rated data services, viewing them anti-competitive and in violation of net neutrality rules. Unfortunately, these investigations were opened under outgoing FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, and part of President Trump’s restaffing has been appointing Ajit Pai as the … Continue reading...
2017 Chevrolet BOLT EV first drive: The first electric car truly for the everyman
I’m not convinced with the new BOLT EV’s tail-lights, but in just about every other way this all-electric car is a knock-out. A no compromise, zero-emissions vehicle capable of delivering up to an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge, it’s fun and dynamic to drive, with plenty of interior space. If you take nothing else away from this article, … Continue reading...
Tim Cook teases new Apple iPhone, smart home, more
An exciting new iPhone, advanced wearables, and a seamless smart home: Tim Cook was light on specifics but not short on the big picture as he described Apple’s year to come. Speaking on his company’s financial results call, in the afterglow of a record-breaking quarter which saw iPhone sales beat expectations and Mac turn around its decline, Cook name-checked a … Continue reading...
ISPs will no longer send copyright notices to combat piracy
The days of content software receiving notices of copyright infringement from their internet service providers are about to come to an end. The Center for Copyright Education announced today that it’s killing off its Copyright Alert System, which began seeing use four years ago. The system would send a number of warnings to consumers when ISPs, studios, and artists detected … Continue reading...
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Review: Curved-edge Values
This week we’re having a peek at the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, a device released internationally at a key time in the company’s history. Given the look and the feel of the device at hand, this is also a key time for the company to do battle against one of its biggest adversaries in the market: Samsung. With no new … Continue reading...