Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Cops flood Waze with fake police sightings

Cops flood Waze with fake police sightings

A lot of navigation apps dot the app stores, but Waze stands out of among them for one particular reason: it lets users know when a cop has been spotted in any particular region. Though not always accurate, this has been a favorite feature among users, and an excellent way to help avoid getting a speeding ticket. As you might have heard, though, law enforcement isn't so happy about the feature, going so far as requesting that Google/Waze eliminate the feature in the name of officer safety. That request didn't pan out, and now officers are using a different tactic.

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Fitbit to users with irritated skin: “take a break” until it heals

Fitbit to users with irritated skin: “take a break” until it heals

Fitbit is no stranger to skin irritation complaints. Last year, the company recalled its Force fitness band following numerous skin irritation complaints. Those who wanted a replacement could get one, but the company maintained that only a small number of users had experienced the allergic reaction to the bands. That issue hasn't gone away, however, and users have complained of on-going irritation troubles. As a result, Fitbit isn't doing another recall -- it is telling wearers to stop wearing it so much.

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BitTorrent Originals TV shows inbound from Rapid Eye Studios

BitTorrent Originals TV shows inbound from Rapid Eye Studios

Netflix isn't the only company looking to produce original television shows for an increasingly digital audience. Yesterday BitTorrent announced that it has partnered with Rapid Eye Studios, and that together they will be launching new BitTorrent Originals via its BitTorrent Bundle platform. The original TV content will be first available exclusively through BitTorrent Bundles, later opening up to other distribution options, including things like DVDs and other services. This follows BitTorrent Bundle's unveiling back in 2014, and opens another avenue to content creators.

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Whiteboard sticker turns your laptop lid into a scratchpad

Whiteboard sticker turns your laptop lid into a scratchpad

If your laptop has a touchscreen and you feel the impromptu need to scribble out notes, all you need is a stylus. If it doesn't have a touchscreen, you can turn to your tablet, and if you don't have a tablet, you can turn to your smartphone (and, of course, there are things like Wacom slates). None of those sound appealing? You can go the old-school route, but who wants to carry about paper pads and pens? Enter the whiteboard laptop sticker.

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Nike steps up with new SNKRS app

Nike steps up with new SNKRS app

Nike has introduced a new app for sneakerheads, the aptly named SNKRS app. It's being described as an "inside source" to Nike's products for those in the United States specifically, and once the user ties (pun intended) their Nike account to the app, they'll be able to personalize their experience, get updates on the latest shoes-centric news, and browse through the different designs and offerings. In addition, the app gives a behind-the-scenes kind of look at different footwear and the story behind them.

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuts with style updates

2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuts with style updates

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has debuted ahead of its fall release, and with it comes details showing a well-rounded upgrade over previous models. There's new styling complemented by some new safety features, a new interior option, and more. This comes at a time when Chevrolet has seen sustained success with its compact SUV -- last year brought yet another year of increased sales, with 2014 hitting 242,242 units. The auto maker has seen growing Equinox sales for five consecutive years now.

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Exploding meteor caught on dash cam in New Zealand

Exploding meteor caught on dash cam in New Zealand

Thanks to the increasing number of dashcams on cars across the globe, we've seen fireballs of various sorts caught on camera in places that mostly lie within Russia. Yet another has been caught on camera, this time in New Zealand where a meteor can be seen zipping into view between the clouds, then exploding with a bright light followed by zooming out of view. Unlike some of the massive fireballs we've seen in other videos, this one was relatively fast and simple, and punctuated with a quick woo! from the driver.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches after multiple setbacks

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches after multiple setbacks

SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket after previous setbacks, and though all went well with the launch itself, plans to recover the booster had to be scrapped due to severe weather at the landing site. This follows previous planned launch dates which were delayed repeatedly -- in a tweet, Elon Musk said that they could not "delay any longer". This marks a successful launch of the DSCOVR probe, which is destined to orbit nearly 1 million miles in space.

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Apple shakes up labor practices with ‘bonded servitude’ ban

Apple shakes up labor practices with ‘bonded servitude’ ban

Apple has taken another step to address criticism about working conditions among its suppliers, banning 'bonded servitude'. This means that henceforth workers will not be forced to work for free until they have paid off the costs associated with hiring them, something that at times amount to more than a full month's salary. Apple has previously said that more than a month's salary in fees was excessive, and now it is banning saddling the workers with the hiring debt altogether.

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Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Earlier this month rumor surfaced that Microsoft had acquired the calendar app Sunrise, something the company has confirmed on its blog today. Says Microsoft, it decided to acquire the app because it thinks "a reinvention in the way people use calendars" on their handsets is needed, and with Sunrise it aims to increase productivity options for mobile users. This follows the company's Acompli acquisition. The terms of the deal weren't revealed, but Microsoft does say it'll be bringing in the Sunrise team.

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