Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


MagBak iPhone case sticks (almost) anywhere

MagBak iPhone case sticks (almost) anywhere

You probably do a lot with your phone that extends far beyond merely accepting calls and even sending messages -- there is watching videos, reading passages, monitoring data. Being able to mount a phone somewhere easily so that it is both accessible and hands-free is a common need, and one that is rarely fully satisfied. The folks behind MagBak are hoping to change that, however, with a new case that can stick nearly anywhere in your car, home, or somewhere else.

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Star Wars Speeder Bike drone puts mini trooper in the air

Star Wars Speeder Bike drone puts mini trooper in the air

Joining the growing number of drones crafted to be miniature flying replicas of movie staples is a new mini Star Wars speeder bike being piloted by a Scout Trooper. Any Return of the Jedi fan will recognize the replica, while hobbyist will note that at its core the drone is a quadcopter. We've got some footage of it in action, of course, and thanks to a tiny camera in the trooper's helmet, there's also some nice first-person video footage to join it.

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Tubi TV scores load of movies in Paramount deal

Tubi TV scores load of movies in Paramount deal

Cord cutters have another relatively little-known entertainment option with Tubi TV ("tubitv"), a service that has recently expanded by striking a deal with Paramount Pictures. Under the deal, Tubi has scored 50 of the company's older movies that are being provided for streaming for free, included among them being Top Gun. Tubi TV works in a way similar to Crackle, in that content is free but supported by advertisements that pepper the content. Tubi TV launched last year, and boasts a large library of content.

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ASUS ROG G501 gaming laptop unveiled

ASUS ROG G501 gaming laptop unveiled

ASUS has introduced a couple of refreshed gaming laptops, as well as one that is brand new: the ASUS Republic of Gamers G501 notebook. This machine has the looks gamers have come to expect from a tailored laptop -- black with red trimming -- but more importantly the hardware needed to play today's games. The machine features a 15.6-inch IPS matte display with a high 3840 x 2160 resolution, something that is joined by ample storage and memory, a powerful processor, and more.

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Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia has announced plans to recall its Soul SUV due to a bendy gas pedal, which can end up bending or breaking when the car is being driven. It's a fairly large recall at about 209,000 vehicles, but still smaller than some of the other automotive recall numbers we've seen thus far this year. Both the Soul and its electric counterpart have been included in the recall, both of them of the 2014 and 2015 model years. Fortunately, there are no known injuries or wrecks that have resulted from this problem.

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Knowtify smart outlet tracks which appliances are on

Knowtify smart outlet tracks which appliances are on

Knowtify is the newest smart outlet on the block, letting home owners swap out their traditional dumb outlets with a smart version that can do things like keep track of how much energy is being used. In addition, the company behind it -- Home Known -- promises that it has some other functionality you wouldn't ordinary imagine an outlet would provide, such as notifications about whether the garage door is open, the washer is finished, the television is on, and more.

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23andMe plans to make drugs based on customer data

23andMe plans to make drugs based on customer data

23andMe has had a somewhat rocky existence, first offering data on one's own ancestry and genetic data, then stripping that down to only ancestry information coupled with raw data that coupld be parsed for medical reasons by third-party companies. That was due to meddling by the FDA. That was recently changed with genetic test kit approval (though conditions apply), and now the company has made a very big announcement: it is planning to use customer data to make pharmaceutical drugs.

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Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

NPD Group's numbers are in from last month, and it shows overall strong sales in the gaming industry, with February having an 8-percent year-on-year increase. Sales for both hardware and games hit $955.6 million, with $378.2 million of that coming solely from hardware sales (a year-on-year 10-percent increase). Though software sales weren't quite that high, there was a 7-percent year-on-year increase with $338.9 million coming in. It was an overall good month for the industry, particularly Nintendo which saw high console and software sales.

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Atlas Wristband can track dynamic exercise moves

Atlas Wristband can track dynamic exercise moves

There's no shortage of fitness trackers out there, but the Atlas Wristband stands out among them for a couple reasons, the first of which is its somewhat unusual design. The display juts outward from the wrist strap, extending beyond the rectangular watch face. Also notable are the features it offers, the most notable of which is its ability to track dynamic exercise moves, such as bench presses and squats, as well as the number of repetitions that take place with each exercise.

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Melomind headset uses brainwaves to choose relaxation music

Melomind headset uses brainwaves to choose relaxation music

The latest brainwave headset to surface is called Melomind, and unlike the alternatives that promise to make you smarter or faster, this one aims to relax users by delivering customized music playlists that change to cater to one's current brainwave data. It works in conjunction with a mobile app (both Android and iOS) through which the data is parsed and the music is delivered; it essentially peeks inside of your brain when you're stressed and determines how best to calm you down.

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