Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Uncharted shipwreck discovered during MH370 search

Uncharted shipwreck discovered during MH370 search

A previously unknown shipwreck was discovered by searchers during a search for the missing flight MH370. The shipwreck is said to be in the southern Indian Ocean, and it involves a 19th century cargo ship. Which cargo ship isn't known, since it wasn't uncommon for them to sink during the voyage -- whether this one will end up being identified is unknown at this point, but researchers have taken a greater look at the shipwreck since its discovery. Pics after the jump!

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Bee colony losses in the US decrease a tiny bit

Bee colony losses in the US decrease a tiny bit

Bee population numbers are important, so much so that data on colony information has been tracked for the past several years, but particularly the last handful of years. The Apiary Inspectors of America, Bee Informed Partnership, and United States Department of Agriculture recently published the preliminary data on honey bee colony losses as determined in the ninth annual national survey. Though there was still losses (as expected), the numbers are slightly better than the last year, with the losses dipping below the previous winter's numbers.

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FreedomPop to launch service in the UK this summer

FreedomPop to launch service in the UK this summer

FreedomPop, the service that offers free and, in some cases, discounted smartphone service has announced an expansion into Europe, with the first steps of that involving a launch in the United Kingdom as its first free mobile phone service. Though the launch was announced today, the service will not be going live in the UK until later on this summer. This follows a relatively long life in the United States, where it has recently boosted what it has to offer.

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TCL Roku TVs expanded with 3800 and 3850 Series

TCL Roku TVs expanded with 3800 and 3850 Series

TCL and Roku have announced a couple new lines of smart televisions loaded with Roku’s set-top box software: the 3800 Series comprised of three televisions, and the 3850 Series comprised of four televisions. With these, users are able to enjoy Roku’s software without needing one of the Roku boxes or the streaming stick. These join an already expansive line up of Roku smart TVs from TCL, which has been working with Roku for a while now. More details after the jump!

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Garmin eTrex 20x, 30x handheld GPS bring high-res displays

Garmin eTrex 20x, 30x handheld GPS bring high-res displays

Garmin has announced an update to its eTrex handheld GPS devices, the eTrex 20X and 30X. A lot of the features of the original handhelds, as well as their design (more or less), are retained in the upgraded versions, but they bring with them some notable improvements, perhaps the most important of which are high-resolution displays. Both units are designed for outdoor use, including being both water-resistant and rugged, and feature a 2.2-inch high-resolution display that can be read in sunlight.

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Canon warns EOS 5D DSLR main mirror could detach

Canon warns EOS 5D DSLR main mirror could detach

Canon has issued a service advisory warning EOS 5D users that a problem with adhesive could result in the main mirror detaching. The camera's available servicing period comes to an end this upcoming September, making it important that users get the problem fixed soon if it has occurred. The issue itself stems from the adhesive potentially deteriorating over time, causing the mirror to possibly come loose and obviously making the camera essentially useless (if you like to the use the viewfinder, that is). There are pics showing the potential issue after the jump.

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TripMode for OS X guards your mobile data usage

TripMode for OS X guards your mobile data usage

With the speeds you get on 4G LTE networks, it’s easy to forget to keep your data use in check while tethering. One thing turns into another, then you realize you’ve burned through half your data in a single day. There are mobile data alerts and limits that can be set on smartphones (though, of course, one might be using a dedicated hotspot device instead), but that's not ideal -- what's better is blocking unnecessary data use when needed, something TripMode for OS X does automatically.

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iMbrief smart briefcase lets you channel your inner spy

iMbrief smart briefcase lets you channel your inner spy

iMbrief is a briefcase that stands above ordinary briefcases due to the inclusion of all sorts of technology: there’s security features, digital storage options, GPS for tracking its location, a battery to charge devices, and more. This is all wrapped up in a relatively plain-looking briefcase that doesn’t visually stick out in the board room or on the plane. Overall, it is designed to meet the needs of modern users who frequently travel and have all the electronic goodies one would expect.

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QromaScan digitizes, organizes your physical photographs

QromaScan digitizes, organizes your physical photographs

Digital photographs have become the norm, but the odds are high you've physical photographs still stuffed into shoeboxes somewhere. Digitizing the photographs is ideal for preservation's sake, but cumbersome and lengthy -- scanning individual photographs takes a lot of time, and after a couple dozen of them, having digital copies doesn't seem so important. Enter QromaScan, a small photo booth of sorts with a related app that, when combined, aim to make the entire scanning and tagging process fast and simple.

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Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin motorcycle coming to US

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin motorcycle coming to US

Honda has announced plans to bring its CRF1000L Africa Twin motorcycle to the United States, something that will happen starting some time early next year. Honda made the announcement earlier today, saying that it is bringing back “one of motorcycling’s most celebrated and evocative names”. It previously unveiled its True Adventure prototype back in November of last year at EICMA, something that it said revealed its intent. The bike will first be launching in Europe (this upcoming autumn, to be precise).

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