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...
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...
Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame
And so Samsung has finally made it official. To no one’s surprise, the company is putting the blame squarely on the Galaxy Note 7’s batteries, which is pretty much what it did before the first (failed) recall. This time, however, it has gone into more details on the how and why. While still not naming Samsung SDI and ATL, Samsung … Continue reading...
Lavabit, the encrypted email once used by Snowden, returns to operation
Back in 2013, when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the US government’s mass surveillance programs, it was discovered that his preferred email provider was the encrypted service called Lavabit. As the government then tried to get its hands on the former NSA contractor, the federal authorities demanded Lavabit turn over its SSL encryption key. Instead, founder Ladar Levison shut … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost
Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales. Some people will love it, some will hate it. Whichever way the pendulum swings, and it will swing back and forth repeatedly the Nintendo … Continue reading...
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer
Crossovers are everywhere, but the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is choosing to see that as a big potential audience rather than an insurmountable problem. Convincing drivers to give up their sleeker SUVs and give a station wagon a chance is no small challenge, though. So, just as if you want a cat to swallow a pill you have to either … Continue reading...
5 games that’ll make Nintendo Switch a must-have
The release of the Nintendo Switch brings with it the dawn of a new generation of Nintendo-friendly games – awesome games. What we’re going to do today is pick out 5 of the best – or 5 of the most potential-filled games, as it were. Several of these games were released in one form or another on previous Nintendo devices … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly
In a roughly 14 hour period spanning Thursday night and Friday morning, we received an onslaught of Nintendo Switch news. A lot of new information was revealed, including details about the Switch’s release, its online systems, and its launch titles. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I’d been looking forward to these events since they were announced, and I thought I’d … 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...
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...
Here’s every Nintendo Switch game trailer released so far
We were hoping that Nintendo would have a lot of games to show off during last night’s Switch event, and boy did Nintendo deliver. With an impressive of number of games announced, that can only mean one thing: a lot of game trailers. Luckily for you, we’ve collected them all in this one place you don’t have to go searching … Continue reading...
Nintendo Switch: Everything you really need to know
Nintendo’s Switch reveal event has come and gone, and now that we’re on the other side of it, there’s a lot of information to get through. Nintendo announced everything from release date and pricing to which first-party titles will be launching for the console within 2017. With that in mind, here all are the Nintendo Switch details you need to … Continue reading...
Audi Q8 Concept first look: Next-gen MMI dashboard hands-on
We’re live at the North American International Auto Show this week, and we’ve managed to spend some time having a look at Audi‘s new Q8 concept. The new Q8 luxury SUV was revealed earlier in the week, and now we’re getting to take a look inside. The important thing to note about this concept is that it centers entirely around … Continue reading...
HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards
HTC has not one but two new Android smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, part of its new “U” family that promises to be more personable – and hopefully memorable – than previous handsets from the company. Intended to claw back some of the attention HTC has lost over the past couple of years at the hands … Continue reading...
2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD Review: Luxury, reinvented
Cadillac could’ve followed its luxury rivals, but instead the 2017 CT6 rethinks its segment, injecting both sporting enthusiasm and style into an unabashedly tech-savvy sedan. Though GM’s luxury arm has been making strides with its V Series over the past few years, charming fans of all-American muscle with potent four-door after potent four-door, the real challenge has been expanding from … Continue reading...
Can my phone be tracked?
Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked – the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we’re going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we’re going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It’s really not too big … Continue reading...
MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix
Consumer Reports is re-testing battery life on the latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, after Apple released a software update intended to address wildly varying runtimes. The patch, which is being released to the macOS beta channel today and will eventually be included for all users of the software, focuses on a buried setting in Safari, the browser which Consumer … Continue reading...
Razer’s secret project theft now has $25k reward
Earlier in the day, we told you that Razer was the victim of a theft in which two of its prototypes were stolen from its CES booth. We’ve received new details from Razer about the nature of the theft, with the company confirming what, exactly, was stolen and the reward it’s offering for information on the theft. As it turns … Continue reading...
Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ reboots Microbus as self-driving EV
Volkswagen has recreated the Microbus for the 21st Century, with the I.D. BUZZ Concept giving the beloved van an electric refresh. Making its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 today, the zero-emissions vehicle has seating for up to eight and all-wheel drive, along with a fully-autonomous driving mode. It’s part of VW‘s ambitious goal of making … Continue reading...