Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

Keurig Kold soda machine discontinued, company lays off 130 workers

It's sad news for Keurig, but not terribly surprising: the company's pod-based soda machine, the Kold, has been discontinued. Consumers weren't interested in the Keurig Kold, and it's not hard to see why -- the machine cost nearly $370 USD and each pod, which produced one soda beverage, cost about $0.50. Considering a 12-pack of soda cans typically costs between $3 and $5, it would have taken a lot of soda consumption to make the machine worthwhile.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra is a smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Suunto Spartan Ultra is a smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Suunto has taken the wraps off a new sports watch called the Spartan Ultra. With the Ultra name comes some ultra features and durability — the company says its newest watch, which will be arriving in August, features a polyamide casing reinforced with glass fibers, a waterproof construction that’ll hold up to depths as far down as 100 meters, and an optional grade-5 titanium bezel.

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Study: archerfish can learn to accurately recognize human faces

Study: archerfish can learn to accurately recognize human faces

Fish are generally regarded as dumb, but maybe that’s not a fair assumption. At least one type of fish, the archerfish, is able to recognize human faces, according to a new study. Researchers with the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Oxford found that archerfish can learn to recognize different people with a pretty high level of accuracy, doing so despite its lack of a superior visual cortex, the kind found in primates.

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This is why your Instagram photos suck (and how to fix it)

This is why your Instagram photos suck (and how to fix it)

Instagram is full of beautiful photographs. If you've been on the service long enough, you've probably found a bunch of accounts that regularly post mind-blowing images. Each one is beautiful in its own way; you imagine taking photos like it, carefully cultivating your own Instagram account into a trove of skilled, captivating pictures. Reality, though, hasn't worked out this way. Your pictures aren't so great and maybe you're feeling discouraged, but don't fret. Anyone can take great Instagram photos with the right steps.

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Navy testing (for a secret project) may cause GPS outages out west

Navy testing (for a secret project) may cause GPS outages out west

The military is up to something and it may cause GPS disruptions in the American west, according to a notice from the Federal Aviation Administration. It's not clear what exactly is going on, but the FAA's advisory specifies the epicenter of the possible disruptions being China Lake, California, which is home to the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Weapons Station. The disruptions start today and will run throughout the remainder of the month.

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‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ season 8 trailer reveals new guests

‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ season 8 trailer reveals new guests

Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is heading into its eighth season, and the first trailer for that season has arrived. In it we get a look at some of the comedians who will be joining Seinfeld in season 8, including John Oliver, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lorne Michaels, and Margaret Cho, adding them to the already extensive (and impressive) list of past guests.

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Zika virus breakthrough: researchers find protein that inhibits infection

Zika virus breakthrough: researchers find protein that inhibits infection

University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers have made a breakthrough in their evaluation of the zika virus, finding that a “very small protein” found in every human greatly inhibits the virus’ ability to infect cells, and may also keep the virus from killing brain cells. The protein is called “interferon-induced protein 3,” IFITM3 for short, and is the first reported weakness discovered in with the zika virus.

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Microsoft Planner is rolling out to all eligible Office 365 subscribers

Microsoft Planner is rolling out to all eligible Office 365 subscribers

Microsoft Planner will be rolling out to all applicable Office 365 customers, Microsoft has announced, with today marking the start of the software’s general availability. The rollout will be taking place over “the next several weeks,” heading out to those with Education and Premium subscription plans, Office 365 Enterprise E1-E5, and Business Essentials. When it makes its way to you, you’ll simply see a Planner tile pop up in the Office 365 launcher.

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BlackBerry Priv is ‘really struggling,’ AT&T exec says

BlackBerry Priv is ‘really struggling,’ AT&T exec says

The BlackBerry Priv, the maker’s Android smartphone, isn’t doing so great. According to a recently surfaced source, AT&T has seen too many units being returned, with the handset overall “really struggling” to establish itself amongst its competition. The lagging sales are despite efforts on BlackBerry’s part to boost sales — back in April, for example, the company lowered the handset’s price in the U.S., U.K., and Europe, bringing it down to the same general price range as the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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Netflix is making its first India-based original series

Netflix is making its first India-based original series

Netflix has announced plans to create an original series based on Indian author Vikram Chandra’s “Sacred Games” novel. The show will be shot in India, and will be made in partnership with Indian production house Phantom Films. Netflix describes the show as being a “Hindi-English series,” and as with the company's other original productions, the show will be available to all Netflix subscribers across the globe.

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‘Pacific Rim 2’ adds John Boyega in lead role

‘Pacific Rim 2’ adds John Boyega in lead role

The movie Pacific Rim 2, which at one point had seemed doomed, will be happening and John Boyega of Star Wars fame will have the lead role. The movie is set to start production near the end of this year, and Boyega will be onboard as the son of Idris Elba’s character from the fist installment. Pacific Rim world creator Guillermo del Toro praised Boyega, saying, “The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man … The World saving the world was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job."

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Harvard researchers create ‘muscles’ for soft-bodied robots

Harvard researchers create ‘muscles’ for soft-bodied robots

Humans are soft, easily bruised creatures, and robots are, well, not so soft. If a hard-bodied robot swings its arm around, not realizing your face is nearby, you're going to get a black eye, and no one wants that to happen. Soft-bodied robots are ideal for this reason -- it's harder for them to accidentally injure you -- and Harvard researchers have taken steps toward bringing these gentler robots to life. In a recently published study, the team details a new type of actuator that functions like a muscle.

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