Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Dropbox files can now be shared directly in Facebook Messenger

Dropbox files can now be shared directly in Facebook Messenger

The list of things you can do within Facebook Messenger keeps growing. As of today, Dropbox files can now be shared directly with your friends and family within Messenger chats, eliminating the need to leave the app, copy URLs, or download files. To use the feature, you'll need the most recent Dropbox app for Android or iOS, depending on your device; they're available now through the respective app stores.

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Hitachi EMIEW3 customer service robot runs on a ‘remote brain’

Hitachi EMIEW3 customer service robot runs on a ‘remote brain’

Hitachi has a new robot, and it’s poised to take on Softbank’s Pepper. The new robot is called EMIEW3, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, and it’s humanoid in shape with a “remote brain” platform. The robot — or some future version of it — could be deployed in stores to seek and approach customers, offering assistance when applicable. The original version of this robot, EMIEW, was introduced in 2005.

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I-1 Instant Camera revives the Polaroid spirit in digital form

I-1 Instant Camera revives the Polaroid spirit in digital form

The Impossible Project has taken the wraps off its I-1 instant Camera, a Polaroid-like camera combining the best of past and present technology to form a simple digital camera that produces instant prints. In this case, the cameras uses the maker’s own type 600 film, which was created as a replica of Polaroid’s now-discontinued 600-type product — the camera is compatible with that, as well, in case you still have some lying around in a dusty box.

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ is back, and it’s hopelessly disappointing

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ is back, and it’s hopelessly disappointing

AMC found itself a mega-hit with the launch of The Walking Dead, so much so that it has created a 'prequel' companion series called Fear the Walking Dead. The first season of Fear the Walking Dead wasn't very good, to put it kindly. Fans were willing to look the other way, though, banking on the hope of a better second season with The Walking Dead season 6 serving as a buffer between the two. Now FTWD's second season is upon us -- airing only a week after TWD's terrible season finale -- and it's every bit as disappointing as the first season. Warning: spoilers ahead.

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Radioactive boars are taking over Fukushima farmland

Radioactive boars are taking over Fukushima farmland

Since the earthquake and resulting nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, radioactive boars have been breeding in great numbers, and now only a handful of years later they’ve become a major pest, affecting nearby farmland and posing big problems for residents in neighboring cities. Boars are enough of a problem — radioactive boars are another issue altogether, as they must be disposed of in a safe manner. The growing number of boars have caused nearly a million dollars in damage to crops, and the number will continue to rise if a solution isn’t found.

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Inconsistent emoji designs muddle conversations

Inconsistent emoji designs muddle conversations

Be careful which emojis you're tossing around -- what you're seeing may not be what your compatriot is seeing, and that's how sometimes-comical misunderstandings happen. Emojis on their own are great; the little expressive icons add context and flavor to otherwise bland text with little effort. The problem is the lack of consistency across platforms, and as a new study points out, some emojis lose all meaning in translation.

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DARPA wants ‘shape-shifting’ vaccines that evolve with viruses

DARPA wants ‘shape-shifting’ vaccines that evolve with viruses

Vaccines are great, but they’re no match for most viruses in play at any given time. This is due largely in part to the ever-changing nature of viruses and the expense and difficulty in developing new vaccines to target them. DARPA wants that reality to change, citing the numerous concerning viruses, past and present, that affect humanity. Under the “INTERCEPT” program, DARPA seeks “shape-shifting” vaccines that adapt to kill off viruses as they evolve.

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Kepler spacecraft stable again as team seeks emergency mode cause

Kepler spacecraft stable again as team seeks emergency mode cause

NASA researchers were recently surprised to find its Kepler spacecraft in Emergency Mode, something that had started about 14 hours before a course change the space agency had planned. That maneuver was cancelled and mission researchers began work on recovering Kepler, announcing today that they successfully brought the spacecraft out of Emergency Mode yesterday. As of Sunday morning, Kepler was stable and it is now in its lowest fuel-burning mode.

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SpaceX successfully lands rocket on sea droneship for first time

SpaceX successfully lands rocket on sea droneship for first time

SpaceX has made history, successfully landing one of its rockets on a droneship in the ocean. A video shows the rocket pulling off a perfect landing, gracefully sliding down out of the sky and onto the landing pad, no hiccups or issues to be seen. This marks a first for the company; President Obama chimed in to congratulate it, saying, "It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration."

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BlackBerry’s prepping two mid-tier Android phones

BlackBerry’s prepping two mid-tier Android phones

BlackBerry’s Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, was a flop. The company points toward too high of a price tag as the reason, and so this year it will introduce a pair of lower-priced mid-range smartphones that, it hopes, will be more inline with its customers’ budgets. The news was shared by BlackBerry CEO John Chen in an interview recently; when exactly we’ll see the phones launch wasn’t detailed, though.

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Dish’s Hopper 3 DVR adds 4K streaming support for Netflix

Dish’s Hopper 3 DVR adds 4K streaming support for Netflix

Dish Network has announced that its Hopper 3, currently its most advanced DVR, can now stream Netflix content in 4k Ultra HD resolution. The support starts as of today, and involves the Ultra HD content Netflix has available in its library. This adds Netflix’s content to Dish’s already present library of 4K-resolution shows and movies, which includes content from Mance Media, Sony, and The Orchard.

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Model 3 demand spurs Tesla to boost production plans

Model 3 demand spurs Tesla to boost production plans

Tesla was floored by the level of demand for its newly unveiled Model 3 car, and it has stated it is "currently increasing” its production plans to reduce how long customers have to wait for their orders to arrive. Earlier this week, Tesla confirmed it has received more than 325,000 reservations for the Model 3, and it promised the problems that hampered the Model X launch won't affect the latest model.

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