Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Mars One finalist reveals concerns about “flawed” project

Mars One finalist reveals concerns about “flawed” project

In 2013, the world started dreaming big about travel to Mars when Mars One revealed its own big plan: to send people on a one-way trip to the red planet, something that horrified some and inspired others. The non-profit organization had a sensationalist way of going about things: it wanted video applications, and there were even rumbles about turning the project into a reality TV show. More than 200,000 applications were received, according to different sources that cropped up last year, but fast-forward into 2015 and the doubts have continued to grow.

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American Horror Story: Jessica Lange won’t be returning next season

American Horror Story: Jessica Lange won’t be returning next season

American Horror Story has successfully brought the macabre to television viewers, something few series have been able to do successfully. The show is known for its storyline styles: each season is its own story, and brings with it many of the main actors from the previous season, giving them new identities and roles. Jessica Lange has been with the show since Season 1, having played four different characters, and now she has revealed that her role on AHS came to an end with Freak Show.

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Impecca Alert Band: a brainwave fatigue monitor for drivers

Impecca Alert Band: a brainwave fatigue monitor for drivers

Tired drivers pose a risk to both themselves and those around them, and we've seen different types of technology that aim to keep groggy drivers alert. The Impecca Alert Band is counted among them, but comes in the form of a brainwave headset that stretches across one's forehead. As with other brainwave-monitoring headsets, the Impecca Alert Band keeps tabs on whether the driver is tired -- as indicated by their brain's data -- and then fires off an alert if it finds that you are. This will, in theory at least, allow drivers to get off the road before they become a safety hazard.

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Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Cablevision will offer HBO NOW to Internet subscribers

Those who subscribe to Cablevision's Optimum Internet service -- but not a television plan -- will have access to HBO NOW, it has been announced. This makes Cablevision the first cable provider of its sort to offer the new HBO service without requiring a pay-TV subscription in general, and it might serve to spur other service providers into doing the same. This proves good news for cable-cutters and those who in general aren't interested in having a pay-TV subscription, but who find HBO NOW appealing for its on-demand and Internet-only availability.

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Review: Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14

Review: Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14

If you've seen one ThinkPad, you've seen them all. Such was a common opinion back when ThinkPads were IBM's heavy, obtrusive bricks, but as Lenovo has shown in recent years, times have changed and so has the brand. ThinkPads have retained their business-chic stylings, but have been updated with slim, sleek, and -- more often than not -- flexible bodies. The ThinkPad Yoga 14 is no exception; the laptop has all the markings of being a ThinkPad (including that beloved keyboard), as well as a modern and robust design that'll help it appeal to the newest generation of techies. Does it stand out enough among Lenovo's other recent ThinkPads to be worth the attention, however? Read our review to find out.

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The Walking Dead spinoff series detailed: prequel timeline

The Walking Dead spinoff series detailed: prequel timeline

With The Walking Dead, viewers were thrust right into the action, scarcely seeing the world before it was filled with roving hoards of the undead. As we're reported before, fans will soon be able to enjoy the world and its madness all year thanks to a spinoff series that is in the works. Details have been slow to surface, but have been brought to light regardless and newest among them is a glimpse of the timeline: the spinoff series is set to be a prequel of sorts, starting farther back before the zombies arrive.

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Google’s Niantic Labs intro’s new “Endgame: Proving Ground” game

Google’s Niantic Labs intro’s new “Endgame: Proving Ground” game

Fans of Google's "Ingress" game, the digital game that takes place in the real-world, now have another similar offering to enjoy -- it's called Endgame: Proving Ground, and it ties into Google's previous Endgame: The Calling, which itself is based on a book. Things are just getting underway, so if you missed the last iteration, you can get in on the ground floor with this latest edition, something that is part of a much bigger game that we've detailed after the jump.

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Apple’s Activity app appears in iOS 8.2 when Apple Watch is paired

Apple’s Activity app appears in iOS 8.2 when Apple Watch is paired

Earlier this week on Monday, Apple dropped iOS 8.2 for the iPhone and iPad, and now as the business week comes to a close one developer has discovered a bit about the Activity app in particular, which he says shows up on the mobile's homescreen after the user has paired an Apple Watch. From there, one must use the Apple Watch to set the app's features, after which point it unlocks on the phone. He revealed the info in a tweet.

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Lyft sued by drivers claiming they were stiffed out of bonuses

Lyft sued by drivers claiming they were stiffed out of bonuses

If you've toyed with the idea of driving for Lyft, arguably the second best-known ridesharing service, there's a good chance you've seen some sort of incentive, such as a promised bonus for signing on or, if you're an existing driver, a bonus for getting someone else to sign up. Some drivers are complaining that they've been stiffed out of the bonuses they were promised, however, and now two have had a lawsuit against the company filed on their behalf in California.

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Vessyl smart cup delayed until late 2015

Vessyl smart cup delayed until late 2015

Projects that accept crowdfunding or pre-orders before being market-ready have their inherent risks, and that's something anyone who backs a project should understand. Though the creator may have perfect intentions, issues can surface that delays development, and the anticipated completion date ends up being pushed back and the shipping dates with them. Such has ended up being the case with Vessyl, a smart cup with a sleek design and on board tech that adds a dose of beverage-centric intelligence. The company behind it recently sent an update to those who pre-ordered.

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