Category: Technollogy

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Children are susceptible to peer pressure from robots

Children are susceptible to peer pressure from robots

“If your friends told you to jump off a bridge, would you?” It’s a warning you probably heard in childhood, a hypothetical example of the dangers ...
Google One launches with cheaper cloud storage plans

Google One launches with cheaper cloud storage plans

For some reason, Google is rebranding Google Drive storage plans under the name Google One. Along with the rebranding, Google is also improving its ...
T-Mobile is giving customers a free year of Pandora Plus

T-Mobile is giving customers a free year of Pandora Plus

T-Mobile just announced a major overhaul to its customer service at its latest Uncarrier event, but — in true T-Mobile fashion — it’s also offering ...
T-Mobile is completely overhauling how its customer service works

T-Mobile is completely overhauling how its customer service works

T-Mobile announced its latest “Un-carrier” initiative today in a fresh attempt to gain new subscribers and lure customers away from rival providers ...
Fitbit’s Charge 3 might include a full touchscreen and new smartwatch-like features

Fitbit’s Charge 3 might include a full touchscreen and new smartwatch-like features

Fitbit’s rumored Charge 3 fitness band might include some upgrades taken directly from the company’s smartwatch work. Android Authority says it rec ...
Yuneec’s latest drone comes with 4K shooting, voice controls, and face detection

Yuneec’s latest drone comes with 4K shooting, voice controls, and face detection

Yuneec has announced a new addition to its lineup of consumer drones called the Mantis Q. It has a bunch of features for a $500 drone: 4K video, vo ...
The existential loneliness of owning a USB-C phone

The existential loneliness of owning a USB-C phone

“Would you like to charge your phone?”the Lyft driver asksWish I could say yes but it’s too herculean a task before me, a string of cords splits in ...
Don’t be fooled by NYC’s new ‘Apple’ pop-up shop

Don’t be fooled by NYC’s new ‘Apple’ pop-up shop

You’re riding your bike down a busy street, and, suddenly, you see the marquee. “COMING SOON: APPLE POP-UP SHOP, AUGUST 16 - 18” it declares, in a ...
Bots didn’t flop; they just became invisible

Bots didn’t flop; they just became invisible

The hype cycle for bots exploded in 2016 as developers poured time and money into the dream of personal digital assistants. Facebook and Microsoft ...
How SpaceX is training NASA astronauts to fly on the company’s Dragon capsule

How SpaceX is training NASA astronauts to fly on the company’s Dragon capsule

SpaceX has its first passenger crews all picked out, their flight dates are set, and now it’s time to prepare them for the trip to space. On Monday ...
Microsoft and Amazon release preview of Cortana and Alexa integration

Microsoft and Amazon release preview of Cortana and Alexa integration

Microsoft and Amazon are integrating their digital assistants this week. A new preview is being offered to both Cortana and Alexa users that will a ...
Samsung’s Bixby button shows the potential and pitfalls of dedicated buttons

Samsung’s Bixby button shows the potential and pitfalls of dedicated buttons

In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives out devices. Button of the Month is a mo ...
OneDrive can now automatically backup your PC’s documents, pictures, and desktop folders

OneDrive can now automatically backup your PC’s documents, pictures, and desktop folders

Microsoft is rolling out a new folder protection feature for OneDrive. Folder protection will offer to automatically sync your documents, pictures, ...
Oppo F9 announced for India: unique notch, VOOC, and Gorilla Glass 6

Oppo F9 announced for India: unique notch, VOOC, and Gorilla Glass 6

Oppo has announced the F9, a phone with a notch that actually looks pretty great. Seriously, look at it — it’s smaller and less obtrusive than even ...
This cruel Bud Light smart fridge unlocks only when the Cleveland Browns win

This cruel Bud Light smart fridge unlocks only when the Cleveland Browns win

Football season is almost here, and Bud Light has put together something special for the fans of the eternally suffering Cleveland Browns: Clevelan ...
Toward a taxonomy of men online

Toward a taxonomy of men online

It is an indisputable fact that, online, there are Dads and there are Sons. Lesser known, however, is that there also exist two additional categori ...
These 3D X-rays are spectacular and really gross

These 3D X-rays are spectacular and really gross

There’s an image of a flayed human wrist wearing a watch that’s been making the rounds online. Generated by a new 3D CT scanner, the image shows bo ...
Verizon and AT&T have vastly different ideas about phone cases

Verizon and AT&T have vastly different ideas about phone cases

Helena Elicerio wants to make Verizon the go-to spot for phone cases. As Verizon’s phone case product manager, she’s betting accessories will defi ...
Microsoft’s translucent Phantom Black Xbox controller is a mesmerizing gaming gadget

Microsoft’s translucent Phantom Black Xbox controller is a mesmerizing gaming gadget

Microsoft has always had a knack for savvy design and top-notch aesthetics when it comes to video game controllers, and nowhere is that more appare ...
Asus Chimera G703GI review: bigger, better, more compromise

Asus Chimera G703GI review: bigger, better, more compromise

The trend for gaming laptops this year is all about being thinner and lighter. It’s now possible to buy a fully capable gaming rig that’s less than ...
How conservative ‘property rights’ groups are battling cities’ Airbnb rules

How conservative ‘property rights’ groups are battling cities’ Airbnb rules

Visitors to Miami Beach come to party, Commissioner John Alemán says. They get wasted, they make noise, and, in the eyes of some residents, cause a ...
Google Voice updated with new icon, contacts tab, and improved do not disturb

Google Voice updated with new icon, contacts tab, and improved do not disturb

Google is starting to pay attention to Google Voice again after making the calling service part of its business-focused product suite earlier this ...
Trulia Neighborhoods lets you see crowdsourced local reviews of an area before you move in

Trulia Neighborhoods lets you see crowdsourced local reviews of an area before you move in

It can be overwhelming to get a sense of what a neighborhood is like before moving there just by consulting multiple websites to piece together gen ...
Haptic feedback is making VR surgery feel like the real thing

Haptic feedback is making VR surgery feel like the real thing

How do you become a surgeon? Really, there’s only the one way. Read all the textbooks you like, but sooner or later you’re going to have to grab a ...
Sony’s charging nearly $7,900 for a music player with a gold-plated volume knob

Sony’s charging nearly $7,900 for a music player with a gold-plated volume knob

At the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show last week, Sony unveiled the newest additions to its Signature Series: a pair of snazzy looking in-ear ...
The Sandman is back with four new books in The Sandman Universe

The Sandman is back with four new books in The Sandman Universe

“Just tell great stories.” This past January, Neil Gaiman delivered that simple direction to four acclaimed fantasy writers assembled in New Orlean ...
How Wakandacon, the first Black Panther-themed convention, escaped the fan con curse

How Wakandacon, the first Black Panther-themed convention, escaped the fan con curse

I ’m a planner, and my dream, my whole life, has been to buy a house,” says Dave Barthwell while standing at a podium in front of several hundred m ...
Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV

Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV

Since the advent of streaming online video, industry insiders have wondered what impact it would have on the future of television. As more companie ...
DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor

DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor

Step by step, condition by condition, AI systems are slowly learning to diagnose disease as well as any human doctor, and they could soon be workin ...
The Walking Dead: The Final Season episode 1 review

The Walking Dead: The Final Season episode 1 review

When it first debuted in 2012, Telltale’s game adaptation of The Walking Dead felt like something completely new. Sure, there were plenty of zombie ...
Lenovo made a super thin laptop for people who travel for work

Lenovo made a super thin laptop for people who travel for work

Lenovo is adding two new notebooks to its Thinkpad line: the Thinkpad P1 and P72. The former is smaller than Lenovo’s earlier workstation laptops, ...
The Galaxy Note 9 is one step closer to the smartphone-computer dream

The Galaxy Note 9 is one step closer to the smartphone-computer dream

Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 9 last week, and it announced that the device would work with Samsung DeX, a desktop-style environment y ...
Elon Musk says he’s been talking to Saudi Arabia about taking Tesla private

Elon Musk says he’s been talking to Saudi Arabia about taking Tesla private

After days of speculation and conflicting reports, Elon Musk has broken his silence about his plan to take Tesla private. In a Monday morning blog ...
Motorola Moto Z3 review: identity crisis

Motorola Moto Z3 review: identity crisis

What is the Moto Z3 supposed to be? When Motorola had a bunch of journalists go out to Chicago earlier this month for a hyped product announcement, ...
Rise of enterprise: how Michael Dell played the game and saved his company from the brink

Rise of enterprise: how Michael Dell played the game and saved his company from the brink

The first reports broke over five years ago: Michael Dell was planning to take his eponymous technology company off the public market. The news cam ...
Roasting each other for our battery life in screenshots brought the internet together

Roasting each other for our battery life in screenshots brought the internet together

Who doesn’t look at the battery gauge on a smartphone screenshot first? When Randall Munroe, proprietor of the popular technology webcomic XKCD, po ...
The best solution for making batteries safer might be the most boring one

The best solution for making batteries safer might be the most boring one

Sometimes batteries explode. The footage is frightening, but scientists and startups have long been working to build a safer battery. They’re tinke ...
Why solar is likely to power the Home of the Future

Why solar is likely to power the Home of the Future

Right now in America, there are about 2 million homes with solar panels. Considering there are about 90 million single-family homes, that doesn’t s ...
Samsung has a new SmartThings hub and router with Plume’s mesh Wi-Fi tech

Samsung has a new SmartThings hub and router with Plume’s mesh Wi-Fi tech

Samsung is overhauling its SmartThings product line today, with two key new offerings: a brand new hub, which can now wirelessly connect to your ro ...
Bubble is a hilarious sci-fi spin on modern hipster culture

Bubble is a hilarious sci-fi spin on modern hipster culture

There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our new column Pod Hunters, we cover what we’ve been listenin ...
A new app from an Assassin’s Creed dev encourages you to stay in bed

A new app from an Assassin’s Creed dev encourages you to stay in bed

For the duration of #SelfCare — not quite a video game, yet full of gamified tasks — you will stay in bed. Created by Tru Luv, a studio founded by ...
Note 9 preorder bonuses and a cheap 3DS XL SNES edition are this week’s best deals

Note 9 preorder bonuses and a cheap 3DS XL SNES edition are this week’s best deals

A lot happened this week. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled, The Verge glimpsed into Magic Leap’s vision of the future for augmented reality, ...
The key to a fresh phone case is a swappable charm

The key to a fresh phone case is a swappable charm

Phone Case of the Month is a monthly series in which we live with, and subsequently review, our time with a phone case. Phone cases are one of our ...
This comic explores Dungeons & Dragons’ classroom potential

This comic explores Dungeons & Dragons’ classroom potential

The mainstreaming of the popular roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has significantly changed how people address and understand the game. It’s bec ...
Junior Disease Detectives is for teens — but I geeked out over it, too

Junior Disease Detectives is for teens — but I geeked out over it, too

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a graphic novel that uses trolls, aliens, and a county fair to explain how it investigates ...
Watch a spacecraft get blasted to the Sun tomorrow morning

Watch a spacecraft get blasted to the Sun tomorrow morning

Early Saturday morning, the United Launch Alliance will send up its most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, along with a spacecraft bound for the ...
The best instant camera for the beach

The best instant camera for the beach

Sometimes you need a break from toxic social media that’s filled with constant comparisons to how your friends are eating better, dressing better, ...
The Galaxy Home looks like everything but a speaker

The Galaxy Home looks like everything but a speaker

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Home yesterday, a Bixby-enabled speaker, which garnered public attention not for its arrival, but for its bewildering d ...
Facebook will start listing where its largest pages are managed from

Facebook will start listing where its largest pages are managed from

People managing Facebook pages with large American followings will now need to take extra steps to verify their identity, according to an announcem ...
Five things we still don’t know about Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker

Five things we still don’t know about Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker

Samsung gave the world a first look yesterday at the Galaxy Home, its take on a high-end, HomePod-like smart speaker. And much like Apple did with ...
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