Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips has a new line of audio products called Nitro, and the line presently has three products in it: the NTX400 tower speaker, the HX50 headphones, and the HX10 earbuds. All three items are unique because of the colorful LED lights embedded in them. When you listen to music, these LEDs illuminate and keep pace with the music, making your tunes visible for yourself and anyone else who’s around to enjoy.

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Urbanista Seattle headphones let you share your music

Urbanista Seattle headphones let you share your music

Swedish company Urbanista has announced a new pair of headphones called “Seattle.” The Seattle headphones have an on-ear foldable construction with a fairly plain design and, in the case of three out of four models, a single-color scheme. The company hails this as Scandinavian minimalism, and it does hold its own sort of appeal compared to the myriad of complex, flashy alternatives. The headphones are designed for modern users, and as such has an integrated microphone for taking calls, as well an interesting social feature.

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Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 is a ‘premium’ 2k Android tablet

Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 is a ‘premium’ 2k Android tablet

Asus has launched a new “premium” tablet called the ZenPad 3 8.0, a high-end offering that mixes together a sleek design and high-quality display to trump many competing products in the 7.9-inch category. ASUS took the wraps off of it this weekend, doing so quietly to the surprise of many; the model appears to be an alternative to the Verizon-centric ZenPad Z8 from June.

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CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

The Centers for Disease Control have issued a warning for the Wynwood arts district in Miami, an area of the city where fourteen cases of zika virus have surfaced. The CDC advises pregnant women to avoid traveling in that area, and advises those who have visited the district since the middle of June to avoid getting pregnant for a minimum of two months. As well, pregnant women in Wynwood and those who have visited are being advised to get tested to see if they’re infected with the zika virus.

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Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol has announced the arrest of the alleged ringleader behind a global online scam network, the agency has announced. The work was done in conjunction with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission, and involved the arrest of a 40-year-old Nigerian who went by the name of ‘Mike.’ According to Interpol, this individual is believed to be behind scams that total more than $60 million and involve compromised email accounts from around the world.

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HBO ‘Westworld’ science fiction series premieres October 2

HBO ‘Westworld’ science fiction series premieres October 2

HBO’s science fiction series Westworld will premiere on the network this upcoming October 2, the company has announced. The show stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden, among a larger notable cast, and will be a 1-hour episodic series airing in a ten-episode season. HBO first announced plans to develop the show back in August 2015; it is based on Michael Crichton's 'Westworld.'

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HoloVit screen puts a small hologram on your desk

HoloVit screen puts a small hologram on your desk

There’s a new product seeking crowdfunding on Indiegogo called HoloVit, and it promises to bring holographic videos to your living room. The HoloVit is a clear screen of some sort that works with your existing tablet, phone, or other display-centric device. Videos recorded with a black background show only the video’s subject on the clear screen, making it appear as if a small hologram is hanging out on your table or desk. It appears to work somewhat similar to that DIY iPhone hologram we saw a few years ago.

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Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Last month, Amazon was granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that listen for a specific keyword in order to suspend the noise-cancelling feature. They could, it seems, be set up with something like your name as the keyword, causing the headphones to suspend the noise-cancelling aspect whenever someone nearby says your name. The headphones can also listen for specific noises or patterns of noises — a car horn, perhaps, for extra safety while jogging.

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Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips has announced a new line of connected wearable devices, including a blood pressure monitor, a health watch, body analysis scale, and an ear thermometer. According to the company, these are the first in a larger product line of smart health products, with each one being medical-grade and designed to work with the HealthSuite Health companion app. The company will be launching the four products on August 1.

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Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo III owners will be getting patch 2.4.2 very soon, and with it will come a trio of new difficulty levels — levels XI, XII, and XIII. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, the patch will update existing items and add new items, including updates to a lot of Legendary and Set goods and additions to the Legendary items and powers. The update goes on from there, including some UI tweaks and some enhanced Adventure Mode rewards.

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Instagram will soon let all users filter and block comments

Instagram will soon let all users filter and block comments

Instagram will give all of its users the ability to moderate the comments on their posts, according to a new report, with the feature being set to rollout gradually soon and more broadly in the next handful of months. This news follows Instagram’s launch of comment moderation for businesses, something that allows them to block comments that contain words and phrases flagged as offensive. In this case, the planned moderation feature will be going live for high profile accounts first, aiding in the elimination of abuse and more.

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Batman: The Killing Joke can now be preordered on Blu-ray

Batman: The Killing Joke can now be preordered on Blu-ray

Warner Bros announced plans last year to create an animated adaption of “Batman: The Killing Joke,” an R-rated movie with Mark Hamill voicing the Joker. The movie made its limited theatrical debut this month as promised, giving the first round of fans a chance to catch the movie before everyone else. Now, for everyone who enjoyed it or haven't yet had a chance to see it, the Blu-ray and DVD versions are available for preorder from Amazon.

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