Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Aivvy Q smart headphones learn your music preferences

Aivvy Q smart headphones learn your music preferences

Wireless headphones are convenient, but the overall listening experience isn't quite as streamlined as it could be -- making playlists, finding songs, downloading albums, and similar things all distract from the music listening experience. The Aivvy Q headphones are bid as a way to remove those hassles without suffering for it, and that is thanks to integrated smart technology. The Aivvy Q headphones learns the listener's music preferences over time and takes over the experience, including allowing the user to listen to music offline without setting up a local library.

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Hulu introduces GIF collection to meet (mostly) any need

Hulu introduces GIF collection to meet (mostly) any need

GIFs are a staple of the Internet, serving as a way to express an emotion or a statement without text, and as a convenient way to show snippets of animations without posting or viewing an entire video. Getting those GIFs has become easier over the years, including the introduction of YouTube's own GIF creation tool, and latest to provide them is Hulu. Most fittingly, it has launched its new GIF portal on Tumblr, and as expected, they're clipped from the service's streaming options -- mostly modern television shows.

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George R.R. Martin on board with ‘Captain Cosmos’ HBO series

George R.R. Martin on board with ‘Captain Cosmos’ HBO series

The television series Game of Thrones will be heading into its sixth season next year, and fans had clamored about it, fearing that it would introduce parts of the series story that haven't yet been published. That fear has been put to rest, and Martin has promised to increase his focus on finishing "The Winds of Winter", the sixth installment in the book series. That doesn't mean he'll be spending all of his time working on that, however, and thusly enters the upcoming HBO series "Captain Cosmos".

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Mortal Kombat X launch trailer arrives

Mortal Kombat X launch trailer arrives

With the launch nearing quickly, the official Mortal Kombat X trailer has finally arrived, and in it we see exactly what you'd expect: a lot of fighting, a lot of blood, and a lot of brutal fatalities. All of this is accompanied by a System Of A Down's soundtrack, which isn't surprising given the band's Shavo Odadjian directed the trailer, and it leads up to the game's launch, which will be taking place next Tuesday. We've the trailer after the jump!

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Snapchat update makes relationship status visual with emoji

Snapchat update makes relationship status visual with emoji

Snapchat has pushed out an update that shows your relationship status with users you snap via emoji, which are private to each user and appear next to some of the friends in your Snapchat feed. This new emoji status feature replaces the previous -- and not well loved by all users -- "Best Friends" feature. The disappearing-images service has also released a visual guide on what each emoji designation means, all of which is styled in such ways that it'll probably find favor amongst its teenager users and not much else. We've all the details after the jump!

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Apple employees to get 50% Apple Watch discount

Apple employees to get 50% Apple Watch discount

In a letter to employees today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced (among some other things) that all Apple workers will receive a 50 percent discount on the Apple Watch, with the exception of the Edition variants, which will have a $550 discount. Even better, the discount will take effect on the Friday when pre-orders kick off, meaning workers won't be forced to wait a little while to enjoy the discount -- something that has been the case with some past devices.

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Razer Forge TV pre-order reveals May 1 shipping date

Razer Forge TV pre-order reveals May 1 shipping date

Razer's little gaming console, the Razer Forge TV, went up for pre-order today...and then was pulled without explanation. We first got a look at the console back during CES 2015, and it is, in true Razer fashion, a stylish dark console with green trim and a matching controller. The Forge TV is a set-top box akin to things like the Fire TV and the Apple TV, but it has a dedicated gaming slant, including related peripherals designed for use when you're lounging on the couch or in the recliner.

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Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

The most notable smartphone to come out of Russia is the YotaPhone, which is currently in its second iteration and soon to arrive on Indiegogo. The phone is notable because of its dual displays, one of which is an e-ink panel that sips battery life and is, arguably, more ideal for viewing certain kinds of content (ebooks, perhaps) than a regular LCD screen. The phone has caught quite a bit of attention on its own, but it looks like the Russian government is leaving nothing to risk, using unofficial trolls to tout the device online.

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Arya’s Needle sword replica forged by Man at Arms

Arya’s Needle sword replica forged by Man at Arms

The team behind Man at Arms have been busy over the last couple of weeks, and they've taken the wraps off their latest crowdsourced inspiration: Arya's Needle, the sword she wields in Game of Thrones. Fans wanted to see the creation come to life, and the team made it happen, forging the sword the same way it does all of its creations: using a mixture of modern technology and archaic -- but certainly effective -- forging technologies, not the least of which involves a lot of fire and beating with a hammer.

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Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Serving divorce papers just became a bit easier, with a judge in Manhattan ruling a Brooklyn resident can serve her husband with divorce papers using the world's most popular social network. It seems the reason revolves around the defendant's perpetual lack of a physical address, and his unwillingness to make a personal appearance to be served, as well as his perpetual availability for contact through Facebook...making it the only way to serve the papers. Some have called this a necessary ruling for the modern age.

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