Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

Back in mid-March, Verizon settled with the FCC over 911 service outages that happened in April of last year. Verizon wasn’t the only wireless carrier that was swept up into some 911 outages, however, and now T-Mobile has followed in the carrier’s footsteps with its own FCC settlement. The big difference, though, is how much it will pay to settle the matter. While Verizon settled for $3.4 million, T-Mobile will be paying $17.5 million to settle the legal matter.

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Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Have you ever wondered what other people in your city are listening to? If so, Spotify's newly created Musical Map will be of particular interest. The map uses Spotify's glut of data to create playlists based on the listening habits of users across 1,000 cities around the globe. The map presently includes cities in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Clicking on a city will pull up a link to a playlist on Spotify that was created to show what kind of music is popular in the region.

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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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Pocket for iOS updated with text-to-speech feature

Pocket for iOS updated with text-to-speech feature

Pocket, the wonderful app that lets users save articles and other content for reading later on, has updated its iOS app with a text to speed feature. With this feature, busy users can have their saved articles read to them while they do other things the same as an audio book. It's a handy feature, one that makes it easier to work through one's saved articles while driving to or from work or while doing other things that require your attention to be (mostly) elsewhere.

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Zipbud Slide updated earbuds ‘zip’ to prevent tangles

Zipbud Slide updated earbuds ‘zip’ to prevent tangles

Zipbuds, the company that had decided to battle with tangled headphone cords, first introduced its zip-able earbuds around this time last year as a Kickstarter campaign. The design allowed wearers to "zip" the two audio cables together, preventing tangles. The crowdfunding campaign proved successful, and Zipbuds has since launched additional models such as a pair of Zipbuds that glow. This week the company launched its latest product lineup: Zipbuds Slide.

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Angry Birds 2 arrives on July 30

Angry Birds 2 arrives on July 30

Angry Birds might be feeling dated, but it still enjoys a massive user base and as such presses on. The latest announcement from Rovio arrived today, and it brings good news for faithful gamers: Angry Birds 2 will be arriving on July 30. Rovio brags about its download numbers (three billion or so at this point), as well as the large number of spinoffs, gear, and other notable moments marking the game’s life. What it wasn't so wordy about is the game itself.

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LEGO Batman’s Robin to be voiced by Michael Cera

LEGO Batman’s Robin to be voiced by Michael Cera

The success it saw with The LEGO Movie has spurred Warner Bros. to create an offshoot film called "LEGO Batman" that, predictably, centers around a LEGO version of Batman. When news of the movie first surfaced, it was indicated LEGO Batman would be taking the slot that had originally been reserved for the second LEGO Movie, and that it will be arriving in 2017. Today it was revealed that Michael Cera will be voicing Robin in the movie, joining a cast that largely comes from the LEGO Movie.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

GoPro and Toyota have teamed up and as a result the auto maker's mid-size Tacoma pickup truck has a camera mount...one designed to work with GoPro's action cameras. The mounts will come as a standard feature in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and mark an industry first. The potential appeal is easy to see: GoPro's cameras are devices one would take on their adventures, and a pickup truck is something one might take off-roading. Pair the two together and the result are some fun, probably muddy video footage.

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Three things to know about the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12

Three things to know about the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12

Lenovo has another ThinkPad, the Yoga 12, and we took it for a spin recently. We have got all the details about it in our recent review, and we encourage you to check it out for yourself. We know, though -- life is busy business and maybe you don't have the time right now. That's where this condensed version comes in. We've picked out the three most notable aspects of the new Yoga laptop and laid them out for your edification.

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HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

HERO4 Session teardown cracks GoPro’s latest camera

GoPro recently introduced its new GoPro HERO4 Session, a cube-shaped camera that greatly resembles Polaroid's Cube camera. The Session deviates a fair bit from the other HERO cameras. Aside from being cube-shaped, it features single-button operation and is only a fraction of the regular HERO4's size. Now the folks at iFixit have gotten their hands on the small camera, and they've given us a look inside by busting it open.

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