Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Braven BRV-PRO “tank-like” speaker brings outdoor accessories

Braven BRV-PRO “tank-like” speaker brings outdoor accessories

Braven has introduced its new BRV-PRO rugged Bluetooth speaker, something the company is bidding as a solid option for outdoorsy folks in need of a "tank-like" speaker. The BRV-PRO is both ultra-rugged and portable, and is being offered alongside accessories that improve its usefulness for certain users, including an extended battery pack to keep the tunes coming sans a convenient power outlet. The speaker is already available and the accessories will be coming soon, and we have all the details on what they have to offer.

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UberCARGO uses big vans to haul your stuff

UberCARGO uses big vans to haul your stuff

Uber keeps tacking new options onto its service, and often the new options are either initially limited to a specific region before wider availability or forever destined for only certain cities. It isn't clear which is the case for UberCARGO, which the ridesharing service recently introduced on its blog for its Hong Kong customers. With it, users will be able to order a large van or something of that nature and use it to have their gear hauled from one place to another.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 160, 170 IS hands-on: point and shoot simplicity

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160, 170 IS hands-on: point and shoot simplicity

Earlier this week Canon rolled out the red carpet for its new line of PowerShot cameras, and two among them are the tiny point-and-shoot ELPH 160 and 170 IS compacts we recently went hands-on with here at CES 2015. Those familiar with Canon's PowerShot lineup will immediately recognize these two as being part of it, with design cues from past models rolling over into the latest options, which are largely most notable for their feature upgrades over past offerings. What kind of features? Read out hands-on to find out!

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iON SnapCam wearable camera: 8MP and live streaming

iON SnapCam wearable camera: 8MP and live streaming

iON has introduced its SnapCam camera, a social-centric wearable POV shooter measuring in at 1.5-inches with a wireless connection to one's smartphone. Central among it all is the 8-megapixel sensor that allows users to create HD video and snap still images, as well as live-stream their daily happenings whenever they feel like it. Speed is one of the device's biggest bragging points, with iON saying users can have it taking a picture or recording a video in "less than a second".

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User creates functional text editor in Minecraft

User creates functional text editor in Minecraft

We've seen some pretty interesting (read: brilliant) creations in Minecraft, including the functional 1KB hard drive and functional iPhone including apps. Continuing with the created-in-Minecraft theme is yet another bit of functional blocky artistry, a text editor with a 5 x 10 character display and the ability to open saved files and display whatever you might feel like typing into it. The creation was made by user Koala_Steamed using redstone. Amazing? Right. Even better, we've a video of it in action after the jump.

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Honda fined for failing to properly report injuries, deaths

Honda fined for failing to properly report injuries, deaths

The rough times Honda has been having just got a little worse, with the auto maker being slapped with a record fine for failing to properly report information to the government on deaths and injuries that were tied to possible issues with its vehicles, as well as warranty claims. In recompense, Honda will not only be shelling out $70 million in fines, but will also be more carefully monitored by the government to ensure the issue does not happen again.

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Marvel’s Ant-Man: first full length trailer goes live

Marvel’s Ant-Man: first full length trailer goes live

Last week, Marvel teased eager fans with a pre-movie trailer video that offered clips from the actual first trailer -- only they were in tiny ant-sized windows too small for anyone to actually see. We blew up the clips and they gave a fuzzy, if somewhat frustrating glimpse at what was going on in the scenes, but ultimately it was a wait-and-see game until the actual trailer was released. Now it's here, and we get a full human-sized look at those clips, as well as nearly two minutes of other footage.

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Subaru recalls 199k vehicles over brake line issues

Subaru recalls 199k vehicles over brake line issues

Subaru has initiated a second recall of about 199,000 vehicles over potential troubles with their brake lines. Counted among the recall are many older models, with the total affected cars ranging from 2008 to 2014 model years. The information surfaced in an NHTSA report, which points towards the possibility of salt water reaching the brake lines, which could lead to rust and, subsequently, leaking fluid. The auto maker previously recalled these vehicles for the same issue, but the fix didn't work as intended.

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Cricket customers to score Deezer music service on Jan 31

Cricket customers to score Deezer music service on Jan 31

Deezer has been increasing its push into the US market, and among it comes a fairly big deal with Cricket Wireless, which will be the exclusive wireless provider of Deezer for mobile users (in the US). Thus far Cricket users have been left with lesser-known Muve Music, which has never been a terribly appealing service and, with Deezer inbound, is facing it final weeks of operation. On February 7, Muve Music will be discontinued, with its users being offered a Deezer trial as an alternative.

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Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Many headphones targeted at runners are of the earbud variety, which is usually the preferred form for those out running. Still, there are those who prefer over-ear headphones, and Gibson has moved to satisfy those users with its new Trainer cans. The Gibson Trainer headphones have some features that make them particularly useful for runners, including embedded LED lights that are intended to make runners more visible -- and, thusly, more safe -- when jogging at night. The device was made in partnership with Usain Bolt.

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