Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Personal Robot is an AI assistant on wheels

Personal Robot is an AI assistant on wheels

The age of personal robotic assistants is upon us, and soon enough they'll gravitate from our phone and laptops to dedicated devices able to roll from place to place, offering up help when needed and tending to small tasks we don't have time to do ourselves. The idea is an old one, and though the technology to pull it off is much newer it isn't unheard of at this point. We've seen free-moving assistant robots in the past, and here to challenge them all is the Personal Robot.

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Nintendo’s amiibo sales neared 2.6 million last year

Nintendo’s amiibo sales neared 2.6 million last year

Some found Nintendo's amiibos to be an oddity when they were announced, but high demand soon followed and the small figurines garnered quite a bit of attention as a result. Collectors have swooped in to buy up the more rare amiibos, for example, and rumor that some would be discontinued caused a mini revolt across the Internet. Fast-forward and 2014 has officially reached its ends, and now that the new year is underway we've gotten a look at numbers showing just how popular Nintendo's small characters are.

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Onewheel skateboard takes boardsport to the next level

Onewheel skateboard takes boardsport to the next level

Skateboards are becoming increasingly archaic with the introduction of powered and uniquely designed alternatives like the Hovertrax we recently detailed, as well as the Onewheel board. The Onewheel, as its name suggests, features a single wheel that is operated with an integrated motor and battery, allowing riders to travel at speeds up to 12MPH for several miles between charges. Thanks to this motor and the use of a very big rubber wheel, the Onewheel is also able to go places an ordinary skateboard can't: off-road.

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TomTom RIDER targets motorcyclists with tailored “exciting” routes

TomTom RIDER targets motorcyclists with tailored “exciting” routes

Many of us use our smartphones for GPS purposes, and some use a smaller tablet instead due to its larger screen size. Still, many drivers prefer to use dedicated GPS units for their navigation needs, and that includes motorcyclists. TomTom is back with a new product for that latter group of users in particular with its new RIDER device, and it comes with a unique twist: a sort of "choose your own adventure" feature for tailoring routes to terrain preferences.

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe has been steadily busying itself with migrating its photography-centric software to mobile platforms, and as is common it first turned its sights on iOS. Speaking of Lightroom in particular, the company first brought the mobile version to the iPad, then made it available for the iPhone, as well. Now the wait for Android users has finally reached its end, with Adobe launching the app in the Google Play Store on Wednesday. As with the desktop version, Lightroom mobile lets users edit photographs.

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Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sometimes something odd catches us off guard -- like Sony releasing a new firmware update for the PSP after years of nothing at all. Such is really the case, with the PlayStation Portable being on the receiving end of a new firmware version that improves stability and not much else. It is somewhat of a head-scratcher that Sony has decided to release new software for the handheld, particularly in light of the fact that gamers haven't seen an update since August of 2011.

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Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

No vacation is complete without a camera to record every moment of it, and as such Marriott and GoPro have teamed up to provide guests at select hotels a complimentary HERO4 action cam. This'll benefit guests in obvious ways -- they'll have access to a rugged camera able to handle rough environments, and it'll serve as a way for GoPro to get its tiny action cameras into consumer hands. Marriott, on the other hand, might find a bit of favor in consumer eyes again following it ill-fated WiFi-blocking petition.

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Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Live Nation is a familiar company to those who like to get their concert fix, and thanks to a new partnership with Uber, those fans can get to where the shows are with less hassle -- at least, that's the promise. As of now, Live Nation app users can request an Uber ride straight from within the LN app, which will show all the pertinent details like estimated ride cost and when the ride will arrive. This is available for both iOS and Android users.

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Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft's relatively new Band wearable (check out our review) has received its first big content update, and with it comes a particular focus on Guided Workouts, which is said to be one of the more popular offerings consumers get with the device. Likewise the Health app has been updated as part of this, and Microsoft promises this is the first of what will soon be a series of updates -- more details on those future updates will be forthcoming soon enough.

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Man gets 5 year sentence for swatting prank

Man gets 5 year sentence for swatting prank

Swatting is perhaps the best example of one of the worst "pranks" you can pull on someone, and the punishments for being caught are severe. With this, someone calls in a bomb threat or something similar to get a SWAT team and/or law enforcement sent to an unsuspecting victim's home or location. The risks of this are high, but that hasn't stopped people from swatting regardless, and now prison sentences are starting to follow. Such is the case for swatter Jason Allen Neff.

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