Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


OnLive game service is shutting down April 30

OnLive game service is shutting down April 30

OnLive, a gaming-centric company offering a cloud platform, among other things, has announced that it will be shutting down later on this month. The move isn't surprising, given the company's financial troubles and recent layoffs, and according to a statement from the company, Sony will be swooping in to "acquire important parts" of the company. Unfortunately for those who use it, one of the important parts isn't its continued operations, and so all will be going dark on April 30.

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Netflix tipped in near-deal for ‘Full House’ series reboot

Netflix tipped in near-deal for ‘Full House’ series reboot

Netflix is pushing for original content, and it has found a lot of success in doing so. According to a new rumor that has surfaced, part of that original content will involve rebooting your childhood favorites for a little nostalgic lure. Whether you consider Full House a childhood favorite is its own issue, but regardless it is going to be coming back -- at least if sources are correct -- and it'll apparently have the cringe-worthy title "Fuller House". Reportedly there is a 13-episode season just on the brink of becoming reality.

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Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Neobase gadget offers a private social network

Social networks have their benefits, but for some the downsides -- lack of privacy chief among them -- is too big of a downside to risk it. The folks behind the new Neobase have come up with something they bid as a solution. This "Private Network Device", as they call it, allows the owner to create their own private social network that is entirely within the owner's control. There's no cloud involved; all the content on the Neobase's social network -- which can be shared with others -- is stored on the device itself, cutting out all the middle men and, theoretically, proving more secure because of it.

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Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype has announced some new updates today, chief among them being the introduction of Skype 5.3 for Android, bringing some features that have already been available in the iOS version. Skype promises this is a big update, and amongst the new features are improvements to the app's design itself, boosting the visual appeal of Skype's chat and making the overall experience a bit "more consistent". The new chat layout in Android is similar to the layout those who use the service on the desktop and iOS have had access to, among other things.

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‘Pacapong’ game cobbles together Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong

‘Pacapong’ game cobbles together Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong

Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Pong...all games that have been entertaining gamers for a long while, and are now the source of a new game that has cobbled them all together in a masterful way. The game is called "Pacapong", and largely revolves around a modern Pac-Man board with Pong paddles on both sides, Space Invaders dropping down around them, and Pac-Man being flung through the board -- between the ghosts -- into the paddles. It's a wonderful way to put your skills to the test, and a refreshing twist on the long-standing classics.

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U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is the latest company to target the growing issue of distracted driving, and it is doing so in the form of a free online course. The course includes a bunch of information about distracted driving and what exactly it is...something many people don't realize includes things as simple as reading a text message while driving. Many auto makers have also been tackling the issue in their own ways, particularly as governments push for technology that will help prevent the problem and institute new laws covering more devices.

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Snapchat releases its first transparency report

Snapchat releases its first transparency report

Snapchat has joined the roster of tech companies that are releasing information on government data requests. Today on its blog, the service announced the arrival of its first Transparency Report, which lays out numbers on the data requests it has received from governments located around the globe, as well as the types of requests these numbers represent. In addition, Snapchat has said it will be releasing new transparency reports bi-annually. As with other companies, there are some limitations on what it is allowed to report and when it can release certain info.

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Honda S660 concept roadster to enter production

Honda S660 concept roadster to enter production

At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced a car style that we seldom see from the auto maker: a nifty little two-seat roadster. It was a concept and there was no guarantee that it would ever enter production, but fast forward more than a year and Honda has decided to make the concept a reality, at least in Japan where the little roadster will be hitting showrooms at some point, and will be joined by a special edition in limited quantities.

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Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

There's no shortage of mobile game pads, and likewise there's an emulator to meet every nostalgic gaming need. Form is as important as function, however, and Hyperkin's latest concept -- the SmartBoy -- is an exciting prospect, one that the maker is teasing plans to actually produce. The SmartBoy is a device that houses one's smartphone, providing Game Boy-like controls with a similar design, while providing compatibility with existing Game Boy cartridges -- meaning you'll be able to play classic games sans ROMs and hassle, and with a pleasantly retro twist.

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Samsung unveils curved soundbars, Radiant 360 R7 speaker

Samsung unveils curved soundbars, Radiant 360 R7 speaker

Samsung has introduced a variety of new products today, and counted among them is a new line of curved soundbars and the new Wireless Audio Radiant 360 R7 speaker. These present consumers with a few new audio options to round out their entertainment system, and is joined by the new televisions Samsung has also unveiled today. Most of the new products will be launching later on this month, though a couple of the curved soundbars are available as of now.

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