Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


BitTorrent News ‘BTN’ network will launch at the RNC

BitTorrent News ‘BTN’ network will launch at the RNC

Only a few weeks have passed since news about BitTorrent’s planned live news channel, BitTorrent News, first surfaced. The company recently announced the appointment of its news director, and now it has officially announced a launch date: July 18, the same day as the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. BTN will have a team composed of half a dozen individuals live on the ground.

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Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

The Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone, first unveiled back during Mobile World Congress, will go up for preorder on July 15. The preorder won’t just be for the phone, however: buyers will get the phone bundled with a VR headset for $349.99 USD, making it a relatively cheap way to get a nice phone with a better-than-Cardboard way to view 360 and VR content. Sales will officially start in early August for the higher price of $399.99 USD.

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Skype for Linux Alpha brings better UI, new emoticons and more

Skype for Linux Alpha brings better UI, new emoticons and more

Linux users now have access to a new version of Skype. In an announcement today, Skype revealed the availability of an alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client, saying “the launch … ensures we can continue to support our Linux users in the years to come.” In addition, the company has announced that individual and group voice calls on web.skype.com now works for Chrome on Linux and for anyone using a Chromebook.

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Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW editing support

Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW editing support

More than a year ago, Adobe added RAW image editing support to its Lightroom for Android app. Now, finally, it has brought the same support to its iOS version of the app, allowing iPhone and iPad owners to edit RAW photos on their mobile Apple device. This brings the app up to version 2.4; some changes for the Android app have also been released.

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Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Many beers you buy in the United States will soon come with nutrition labels on the bottle, it has been announced. Brewers participating in the Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, which includes HeinekenUSA, Anheuser-Busch, and MillerCoors, will include a small label that shows things like serving size, alcohol content per serving, how many calories is in the beer, the amount of carbs, protein, and fat. So far, the brewers that have agreed to this voluntary labeling account for more than 81-percent of the beers sold in the U.S., meaning just about any beer you get your hands on will have the label.

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ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC has relaunched a streaming service that takes a page from Crackle’s book — it offers the network’s older shows for free, as well as a handful of original series. The service is ad-supported rather than requiring a pay TV subscription or monthly payments, which is the case with FOX's new livestreaming service and the vast majority of VOD streaming options like Hulu. The content will be offered under "ABCd."

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Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut has announced chatbots for both Facebook Messenger and Twitter; with them, social media users can view current deals, ask questions, and more. The chatbots were introduced at the 2016 Venture Beat MobileBeat Conference in San Francisco recently, and they’ll be rolling out to the public this upcoming fall. This makes Pizza Hut the latest national pizza chain to embrace messaging technology; Domino's rolled out something similar not too long ago with emoji ordering.

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Study: monkeys in Brazil used stone tools 700 years ago

Study: monkeys in Brazil used stone tools 700 years ago

Capuchin monkeys used stone tools to open cashews 700 years ago, according to a new study from the University of Oxford, and it may just be the tip of a larger discovery about monkeys and tool usage. While that discovery itself isn’t that big of a deal — past studies have found evidence of monkeys using tools — it is notable because of the region in which these tools were found: Brazil. In past studies of this sort, the evidence for monkey tool usage has been found in parts of Asia and Africa.

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DJI and Hasselblad launch drone bundle for aerial photography

DJI and Hasselblad launch drone bundle for aerial photography

Remember back in November when DJI acquired a stake in Hasselblad? We’re seeing the fruits of that today, with the two companies launching a drone bundle that includes all the equipment needed to take some great aerial photographs. As expected, the bundle is composed of hardware from both companies, with Hasselblad taking care of the photography aspects and DJI furnishing the drone itself.

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Sen. Al Franken quizzes Niantic about Pokemon GO data collection

Sen. Al Franken quizzes Niantic about Pokemon GO data collection

Pokemon GO — it’s wildly popular, and it’s also the source of more than a few conspiracy theories, most of them all pointing first and foremost at privacy concerns including that pesky full Google account access issue (which has since been limited). In a letter dated July 12 and sent to Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, Senator Al Franken has expressed concerns about the app possibly “unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent.”

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Rovio ditches Windows Phone, eases off PC games

Rovio ditches Windows Phone, eases off PC games

Rovio has bid farewell to both Windows Phone and the PC, advising its users in an email recently that it is dropping support for both platforms. If you haven’t downloaded the Rovio game you want onto your Windows Phone device or PC, it appears you’re out of luck, at least in certain cases (some PC games remain available for Windows 8.1). Both the Bad Piggies and Angry Birds games for PC have had their development suspended, and they’re being pulled from digital shelves.

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Polaroid Swing for iOS snaps moving photos

Polaroid Swing for iOS snaps moving photos

Polaroid, the popular but battered company that faced huge changes as smartphone cameras began dominating the consumer photography market, has launched a new mobile app for iOS called Polaroid Swing. The app isn’t a photo app in the traditional sense — rather than taking a picture, applying a filter, and then uploading it to a social network, Polaroid Swing records a one-second-long “moving photo” that's like something out of Harry Potter.

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