Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Facebook India MD to resign, but not over Free Basics failure

Facebook India MD to resign, but not over Free Basics failure

Facebook India’s managing director Kirthiga Reddy is resigning, it has been announced. After she steps down, Reddy will return to the US and seek “new opportunities,” apparently planning to remain with the social network at its Menlo Park headquarters. A successor is currently being sought, with Reddy reportedly working with Facebook’s Asia Pacific managing director William Easton and Asia Pacific VP Dan Neary.

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SyFy’s ‘Halcyon’ show to offer 5 VR episodes for Oculus

SyFy’s ‘Halcyon’ show to offer 5 VR episodes for Oculus

SyFy has a TV show in the works, and it will include 5 scripted episodes made specifically for virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. NBCUniversal International Network has ordered a total of 15 episodes from Canadian studio Secret Location, and will have the 10 non-VR episodes aired on SyFy channel and on the network’s website. The series, as expected given the network, is a science fiction show.

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DARPA FLA project drone zooms indoors at 45MPH

DARPA FLA project drone zooms indoors at 45MPH

DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program has resulted in a small drone that can zip through indoor corridors at just under 45MPH, doing so autonomously and without crashing. A specially crafted small drone was used, and it was equipped with a high-definition camera and a bunch of sensors onboard, enabling it to ‘see’ and avoid obstacles. The flight testing happened at the Otis Air National Guard Base in Cape Cod.

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Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare’s app is the latest option mobile users have for ordering food and having it delivered straight to their home or office. The new functionality comes via an integration with Delivery.com, a service that makes it easy for individuals to find local restaurants and merchants offering product delivery. Thanks to this integration, Foursquare users will be able to order meals, groceries, and more directly through Foursquare’s app, then have it delivered or go pick it up, whichever is preferred.

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Belief in angry gods (probably) made humans more agreeable

Belief in angry gods (probably) made humans more agreeable

Fear of a supernatural smiting may have spurred human societies towards a more agreeable, cooperative future, researchers suggest. Human societies are very complex, of course, and all share the same propensities for religion — though the storylines and theological talking points vary from one religion to another, many have the same common denominator: angry, punitive, surveilling gods who knew when you did something you shouldn’t and weren't afraid to backhand you for it.

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Need for Speed for PC trailer teases March 15 release

Need for Speed for PC trailer teases March 15 release

As promised, Need for Speed is arriving this spring — March 15, to be precise — a launch that had been delayed in September 2015. Though having to wait longer is always disappointing, the postponement was for a good reason: the extra time was needed to give PC gamers unlocked frame rates, something fans had been heavily requesting. It’ll all be worth it in the end, then, and as that end draws near, EA has revealed the PC version in a new trailer.

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American Airlines, Uber team to shuttle passengers home (and back)

American Airlines, Uber team to shuttle passengers home (and back)

American Airlines and ridesharing service Uber have teamed up to offer passengers a way to get from the airport to their home and back again, nixing the need to order a taxi or use long-term parking. Of course, anyone could order an Uber ride to or from the airport anyway, making the partnership seem a little redundant. That’s why American Airlines has added a “Remind me to Uber” icon to confirmation emails.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — the final trailer is here

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — the final trailer is here

The official final trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has launched, and it gives us more than two minutes of sometimes tense, sometimes explosive fighting, not to mention a solid look at what appears to be an even more solid movie. Batman is notably -- and perhaps rightly so -- concerned about Superman, and he's not planning to sit by and see whether his concerns are valid.

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Porter Ranch gas leak patched, perma-fix underway

Porter Ranch gas leak patched, perma-fix underway

For more than three months, a well near Porter Ranch in California has been leaking massive volumes of gas into the environment, forcing residents to be evacuated to leased houses and hotels. The incident has been called an environmental disaster, but now, finally, a fix has been put in place. According to Southern California Gas Co., the first step in a solution to the problem has been implemented and was successful. It is being described as a temporary fix, but the process of permanently blocking it is now underway.

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Report: James Woods gets OK to sue anonymous Twitter user

Report: James Woods gets OK to sue anonymous Twitter user

James Woods has been given permission to pursue a defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user, according to a new report. The ‘OK’ was given by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Recana in relation to a complaint filed by Woods against an unknown Twitter user who had tweeted that Woods is a “cocaine addict.” The legal issue has been ongoing for months, and at one point resulted in a letter from a Twitter attorney lambasting the defamation suit as being contrary to First Amendment rights.

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NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

A scheduled cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed, NASA announced yesterday, due to packing bags that have developed black mold. The bags are used to pack food, clothes, and other supplies being sent the ISS, and they’re made of fabric. Of them, two were found to have black mold present, and more possibly could be affected. The black mold's cause has not been determined at this point, but the space agency is looking into the matter.

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