Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Star Wars: Battlefront ‘Bespin’ expansion coming this June

Star Wars: Battlefront ‘Bespin’ expansion coming this June

Star Wars: Battlefront will be getting a new expansion called ‘Bespin’ this upcoming June. This will be the second digital expansion pack since the game’s release, following the ‘Outer Rim’ DLC, and it’ll include four new maps that’ll be available for all of the “most popular” game modes. What awaits gamers in the expansion pack? Among other things, says game producer Craig McLeod, you’ll get to “spend time in a carbonite chamber.”

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Sling TV’s new plan lets you stream to 3 devices at the same time

Sling TV’s new plan lets you stream to 3 devices at the same time

Sling TV, the Internet-based live television service, has introduced a new multi-stream plan that allows subscribers to stream to up to three devices simultaneously. The new plan is very similar to the single-streaming plan, but has a limited set of restrictions on certain channels, such as ESPN and ESPN 2, the kids’ extras like Disney XD and Boomerang, a bunch of Spanish-language channels, and more.

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SpaceX shares stunning photos of CRS-8 rocket droneship landing

SpaceX shares stunning photos of CRS-8 rocket droneship landing

Last week, SpaceX made history when it successfully landed its CRS-8 first stage on a droneship in the ocean, ushering in a future of reusable -- and thusly more economical -- rockets. The company had previously launched a Flickr account where it shares public domain images of some of its takeoffs and landings, and this time is no exception. SpaceX has uploaded a batch of images of the historic event, several of which are stunning.

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Inky the Octopus escapes from aquarium, slips down pipe to freedom

Inky the Octopus escapes from aquarium, slips down pipe to freedom

In a move that's straight of out the cephalopodic version of Shawshank Redemption comes the story of Inky, an octopus living held captive in a New Zealand aquarium. Three months ago, it has been revealed, Inky took advantage of a rare moment, slipping out of its enclosure when a maintenance worker failed to close the lid completely. It was a quick and dirty trip to the ocean from there, suction cup marks being the only sign of Inky's escape.

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Uber transparency reports kick off with data on second half of 2015

Uber transparency reports kick off with data on second half of 2015

Uber has released its first transparency report, putting it among the ranks of dozens of companies that have rolled out similar reports. In this case, Uber’s transparency report has details on the latter half of 2015, letting the public see what kind of requests were received and what kind of information the company ended up supplying to others. As well, Uber says it is the first company to include regulatory requests among its transparency report information.

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Toyota uBox SUV concept targets gen-Z with ‘bold’ customizable design

Toyota uBox SUV concept targets gen-Z with ‘bold’ customizable design

Toyota has a new concept SUV, and it was created by Clemson University graduate students. The SUV differs from other SUVs on the road, boasting a distinct geometric design philosophy and the decidedly untraditional name “uBox.” The vehicle concept was designed to appeal to generation Z, with the graduate students envisioning the needs of such drivers in the year 2020. The group recently showed off uBox on video.

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Facebook launches quote-sharing feature and button

Facebook launches quote-sharing feature and button

Facebook wants you to share quotes in text form, not screenshot form, and to encourage that comes a new quote-sharing button that makes it easy to copy text from a website into a Facebook status. The feature was recently detailed for developers, enabling them to add the share-quote button to their app or website. When a user highlights text to copy, a Facebook button will appear encouraging them to share the quote on Facebook.

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Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech has entered into an agreement to acquire Jaybird, an audio company that sells earbuds and more for athletes and sporty folks. Logitech will buy the company for $50 million in cash, as well as up to another possible $45 million depending on whether they hit some growth targets over the next couple of years. With this acquisition, Logitech will be furthering its expansion beyond PC speakers to include, in this case, audio wearable technology.

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JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

The new HTC 10 smartphone has a USB-C port, and just in time for it is the new JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds with a USB Type-C cable. These are the first sport earbuds for USB-C phones, according to JBL, that feature adaptive noise control and noise cancellation. In addition to blocking out unwanted ambient noises, the earbuds feature an in-line control and microphone, two color options, and more.

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‘Textalyzer’ bill wants cops to search phones for distracted drivers

‘Textalyzer’ bill wants cops to search phones for distracted drivers

A new bill has been introduced in New York that, if passed, would give police officers the authority to search a driver’s phone in the event of an accident. The bill speaks of a so-called ‘Textalyzer’ technology that will enable cops to “detect” if a cell phone was used “around the time of a crash” without giving them access to any personal data like phone numbers, chat logs, contacts, app data, or photographs. The technology is being developed by Cellebrite, the same company that helped the FBI unlock an iPhone without Apple's help.

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CDC says zika virus ‘scarier’ than thought as US prepares for outbreak

CDC says zika virus ‘scarier’ than thought as US prepares for outbreak

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detailed the state of zika virus preparations in the nation, saying the virus is “scarier” than the agency first thought. The outbreak first started in Brazil about a year ago, and has since worked its way north, affecting Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Hawaii, among other places. The CDC has found that zika-carrying mosquitos could make their way into more U.S. states than previously assessed.

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LSD unifies brain networks in an infant-like state, study finds

LSD unifies brain networks in an infant-like state, study finds

LSD can return the brain to an infant-like state, according to a newly published study. According to researchers with Imperial College London, LSD breaks down the individuality between brain networks, resulting in a more cohesive overall network that works in a more unified manner. This is compared to a sober adult’s brain, which has its various networks, such as hearing and vision, working independently.

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