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Google Maps is an indispensable tool for Android (and iOS) users, and it just received some very useful updates. The app now warns users when there are huge mass transit delays and offers the option to restrict data usage to only Wi-Fi. The new features are currently only available on select phones and will be... Read more...
Yahoo has some ‘splaining to do. A judge in an appeal case for a drug trafficker recently ordered Yahoo to present a witness and provide documents explaining how the company recovers deleted emails. According to Yahoo’s policies, deleted emails are not recoverable. The appeal will decide the fate of Russell Knaggs... Read more...
The Curiosity Mars rover now has a license to shoot at will -- the rover can now autonomously target rocks without human permission or control. Curiosity uses ChemCam, a software developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. It is designed to study the chemical makeup of rocks and soil on Mars... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a HP ENVY 13t Intel Core i5-6200U based notebook, a Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse, an Azio Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, and more. Full details for... Read more...
Nintendo really got the gaming community fired up two weeks ago when it announced the NES Classic Edition console. The miniature console packs in 30 classic games, one controller, and hooks up to modern HDTVs with an HDMI cable. The Japanese gaming company, still basking in the glory of Pokémon Go, then doubled... Read more...
The Internet is littered with memes describing awkward moments and perhaps now someone will make a new one describing that awkward moment when a service that prides itself on anonymity mistakenly shares your email address without thousands of others. So it goes with Glassdoor, an online portal where employees past and... Read more...
At this point we've reviewed quite a few high-end AC routers, including tri-band routers, flagship dual-band models, and even the latest MU-MIMO devices too. However, the one portion of the market we haven't covered much is the one that exists on the more affordable end of the pricing spectrum. We all know there are... Read more...
Famed tech informant Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter, claims Apple is gearing up to release its iPhone 7 model to retail on the week of September 12, and most likely on that Friday, September 16. And to be clear, he's referring to when you can actually go out and purchase an iPhone 7 model, not the launch... Read more...
It's a pretty remarkable thing that, for the most part, Moore's Law has been accurate for over 50 years, helping to set the pace for processor design for several decades. However, Moore's Law is in serious trouble of being broken if, as a group of researchers predict, transistors stop shrinking within the next five... Read more...
Windows 10 is a fine operating system that in many ways is far superior to its Windows 8.x and Windows 7 predecessors. Windows 10, however, has also gotten a pretty bad reputation due to steps that Microsoft has taken to push the operating system onto consumers in an effort to reach one billion installs by the end of... Read more...
Investors eager to ride what they assumed was the gravy train created by Pokemon Go didn't do their due diligence before rushing out to buy shares of Nintendo. Not that Nintendo minded—its market capitalization more than doubled to 4.5 trillion yen ($42.5 billion) as its share price shot up since Pokemon Go released... Read more...
Business is good over at Verizon. So good, in fact, that the nation's largest wireless carrier announced that it's entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Yahoo for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, the company confirmed this morning. Around this time a year ago, Verizon was closing its acquisition of AOL... Read more...
Ford has announced some pretty big news for its 2017 vehicle lineup. Earlier in the year, the Dearborn, Michigan-based company announced that Android Auto and CarPlay would be coming to all of its 2017 model year vehicles equipped with SYNC 3. Today, Ford expanded on that previous announcement to state that all of its... Read more...
When it comes to Microsoft’s gaming consoles, the upcoming Xbox One S is the “new hotness”, so to speak. The Xbox One S is 40 percent slimmer than its predecessor and includes a new wireless controller (which now supports Bluetooth), an additional USB port, 4K support, and an IR blaster. It will also be available in... Read more...
Gears of War 4 is already looking like it will be a pretty sweet Xbox One game. PC gamers, however, have a few reasons to get excited about the game as well -- it will boast a number of PC-specific features. Technical director for The Coalition, Mike Rayner, remarked, “Our focus on PC is to deliver a highly... Read more...
For many years, Redbox has been the spiritual successor to the movie-renting behemoths of the 1990’s. Customers have been able to find the little red kiosks at places like grocery stores and rent a movie for a day. Now we've learned that Redbox will be venturing back into streaming on a trial basis. A Redbox... Read more...
While Pokémon GO and Netflix are fun apps, they can also be huge data drains when not on WiFi. Google Play is investing in improvements to reduce the data that needs to be transferred for app installs and updates, while making data costs more transparent to users. Google recently rolled out a new delta algorithm... Read more...
A significant portion of the talented folk working at Cyanogen Inc. have been laid off or are in the process of being let go, according to multiple reports. The reported layoffs are heavily concentrated on the company's Android ROM division, which builds alternative versions of Google's open source operating system... Read more...
Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog rejoice. During the Sonic 25th Anniversary Celebration at Comic-Con, SEGA revealed two new Sonic games: Sonic Mania and an untitled original game for release on consoles and the PC platform sometime in 2017. Sonic Mania is a 2-D, pixel-style art game. Its classic gameplay reimagines Zones... Read more...
If you’re one of those folks that lollygags around when it comes to updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS, you might want rethink that strategy. Apple released iOS 9.3.3 last week, and tucked inside the software update were some operating system tweaks and the usual bevy of security patches. One... Read more...
Comcast just announced its plans to introduce Xfinity Prepaid Services. This is a pay-as-you-go plan which allows customers to “refill” their subscription at any time for seven- or thirty-day periods. The service will be available later this year in Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, and Indiana and nationally by... Read more...
If you are a Overwatch fan, get ready for one of the first international tournaments for the game. ELEAGUE, FACEIT, and Blizzard just partnered up to bring fans the Overwatch Open in Europe and North America. Players will be competing for their share of the $300,000 USD prize pool. Karen Brodkin, President of... Read more...
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