Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper will be shut down late next month, the social network has revealed, with Facebook advising users via an in–app message that they will not be able to access the app after July 29. Though Facebook Paper had initially garnered good reviews back in 2014, it didn’t draw in any significant number of users if the app download numbers are anything to go by. The writing has been on the wall for a while, though, as Facebook never got around to releasing an Android version and it last updated the iOS app in March of last year.

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Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go users can finally setup a private network if they so wish, but it’ll cost extra. The feature arrives with Karma’s newly announced ‘Premium Features,’ a pay addition to one’s monthly data subscription that enables support for a passphrase. Once added, the hotspot will only be accessible to those who have the password (just like any other WiFi network), allowing you to limit who is able to get on it. This a big change for the shareable data hotspots, but gives subscribers one of their most requested features.

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Sony 4K UHD TVs bring Android TV and HDR support

Sony 4K UHD TVs bring Android TV and HDR support

This week, Sony announced the pricing and availability for some new Ultra HD 4K televisions, of which there are three models in a total of five sizes. The highest end of the bunch, the XBR-X800D, brings with it HDR support while the XBR-X750D and the XBR-X700D will both gain HDR support later this year through a firmware update. In addition, the trio bring with them Android TV for Google Play access directly on the TV. All three models are available for preorder now.

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iPhone coming to MetroPCS tomorrow, but only in Florida

iPhone coming to MetroPCS tomorrow, but only in Florida

MetroPCS will start offering its customers the iPhone tomorrow, but it’ll only be available to those located in Florida. The T-Mobile subsidiary will offer the retired iPhone 5s as well as the newer and similarly sized iPhone SE. If you’re keen on the prepaid carrier but don’t want a tiny or older iPhone, you’ll also have the option of buying an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, though you’ll have to pay the full price for the handset upfront.

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AT&T promo gives subscribers a free movie ticket on Tuesdays

AT&T promo gives subscribers a free movie ticket on Tuesdays

AT&T, perhaps spurred by T-Mobile’s #GetThanked campaign, has announced a new promotion for its postpaid customers that will give them a free movie ticket when they buy one. Part of the “AT&T THANKS” program, the free ticket will allow subscribers to take a friend or significant other to the movies on a Tuesday for the price of one ticket instead of two, and it’ll be available every week per supplies and the length of the AT&T THANKS program.

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NHTSA: some older Honda and Acura cars need airbags replaced ASAP

NHTSA: some older Honda and Acura cars need airbags replaced ASAP

In a statement released today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that some older Honda and Acura vehicles need to have their airbags replaced as soon as possible and should not be driven until that replacement is made. The warning follows new test data that reveals “a particular subset” of Takata’s faulty air bag inflators have a much higher risk of exploding when the air bag is deployed. The vehicles covered by the warning are from the 2001 to 2003 model years.

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Street Fighter V trailer shows off tomorrow’s story mode release

Street Fighter V trailer shows off tomorrow’s story mode release

Tomorrow will bring the cinematic story mode update for Street Fighter V, and ahead of that release comes a trailer straight from Capcom showing off what you can expect. This is a major update, one that has been known for months and that brings the “A Shadow Falls” story mode. Capcom promises gamers will get a “ton of new content” with the update, and there will be two new characters joining the mix: Balrog and Ibuki.

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Ancient tombs may have served as telescopes for rituals

Ancient tombs may have served as telescopes for rituals

Ancient stone tombs in Portugal may have served as a sort of telescope to enhance one’s ability to see stars for ritualistic purposes. The tombs are 6,000 years old and made of stone, and they feature a peculiarly lengthy but low-height entrance. As well, researchers believe they may have found the particular star these ‘telescopes’ were aimed at: Aldebaran, a bright red star located in the Taurus constellation.

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BMW tipped in deal with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous car tech

BMW tipped in deal with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous car tech

BMW has teamed up with Intel and Mobileye, according to sources, as part of an autonomous vehicles project. The companies will help the auto maker develop technologies for self-driving cars, at least according to the sources; some type of announcement for the initiative will reportedly be made tomorrow, with executives from each company talking about the project.

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IMAX home theaters are a thing, but they start at $400k

IMAX home theaters are a thing, but they start at $400k

Can’t muster up the energy to travel to your nearest IMAX theater? IMAX will build you a top notch private home theater, but it’ll cost a pretty penny: the prices start at $400,000, and that doesn’t appear to include access to the movies themselves, which can run another $30,000 or more per year. These home theaters have proven popular in both China and the Middle East, and now they're picking up traction in Europe and North America, too.

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PlayStation Vue arrives on Android, PS4 gets thumbnail preview

PlayStation Vue arrives on Android, PS4 gets thumbnail preview

Rejoice, PlayStation Vue subscribers! Sony’s live television service has arrived on Android, allowing you to watch live TV from the comfort of your tablet or smartphone. This follows the recently announced Roku channel, and greatly expands the number of devices where PlayStation Vue can be watched. In addition to the new PlayStation Vue app, the service on PS3 and PS4 has been updated with some new (very welcomed) features like a video thumbnail in the guide.

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‘Paragon’ early access comes to PS Plus next month

‘Paragon’ early access comes to PS Plus next month

PlayStation Plus members will be getting early access to 'Paragon,' Sony has announced, with that early access being slated for July 5. Next month will also be bringing a handful of free games -- also for PlayStation Plus members -- including Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Prince of Persia: Revelation. The full lineup of free PS Plus games will include two for the PS Vita, two for the PlayStation 3, and two for the PlayStation 4.

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