Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Chicago museum will open 5,000sqft DARPA exhibit tomorrow

Chicago museum will open 5,000sqft DARPA exhibit tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry will be opening up an “in-depth and interactive” exhibit focused on DARPA, the government’s military research agency. DAPRA has existed for decades and has made many of its projects publicly known, but that doesn’t mean information about the agency itself is easy to come by. The exhibit will change that, featuring 5,000 square feet of displays and activities.

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Google Play App Security Improvement Program boosts app safety

Google Play App Security Improvement Program boosts app safety

Google is increasing security on the Android platform via the launch of its new Google Play App Security Improvement Program. The company calls this new program “the first of its kind,” and it involves two core components: information for developers about ways to make secure apps, and alerting developers about any security (or possible security) issues when the apps are uploaded to the Google Play Store.

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GoPro on rocket captures stunning videos in near-space

GoPro on rocket captures stunning videos in near-space

UP Aerospace Inc launched a 20ft. SL-10 rocket into space last November, and it did so with a GoPro action camera strapped to the side. That video was recently showcased by GoPro, showing stunning views of “near-space” as it reached an altitude of about 396,000 feet. In it, we see incredible views of Earth, space, and the rocket itself as its blasts free of its first stage.

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Garmin Vivomove is a fashionable activity tracker

Garmin Vivomove is a fashionable activity tracker

Garmin has introduced its new Vivomove wearable, an analog watch that happens to pack activity-tracking “features” and a battery that can run for a year. It is essentially a fashionable fitness tracker that disguises itself as a regular analog watch; features include sleep and step tracking, a waterproof construction (to 50 meters), and the ability to notify users when they’ve been inactive too long.

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Hulu says it will offer live television in 2017

Hulu says it will offer live television in 2017

Hulu has confirmed a recent report claiming that it will soon offer live television streaming. In a statement today, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said the company will roll out “live programming” in 2017, giving viewers something other than the service’s on-demand content. As with PlayStation Vue and Sling TV, Hulu’s live programming will include commercial breaks and will not require a separate cable/satellite subscription.

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GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

The GIPHY Keys keyboard has arrived on iOS, giving iPhone users a simple and sleek way to send just about any GIF their heart desires…regardless of what app they’re in. If you’ve ever used GIPHY on Facebook Messenger, you already know how it works — type a word and scroll through the resulting GIFs. Tap the one you want and it’ll be sent off to your talking companion, whether you’re chatting, texting, emailing, or something else entirely.

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Australia will use herpes to destroy pesky carp fish

Australia will use herpes to destroy pesky carp fish

Carp, a pest fish in Australia, will be facing an epidemic sometime around 2018, at least if the Australian government follows through with a newly announced plan. The nation’s deputy prime minister has announced “carpageddon,” a program that will use a herpes virus to eradicate the European carp and, hopefully, make it possible for native species to better thrive in local waterways.

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Google, Fiat Chrysler team to build 100 self-driving minivans

Google, Fiat Chrysler team to build 100 self-driving minivans

Google and Fiat Chrysler have announced a new deal that will have the Internet giant buying 100 or so plug-in hybrid minivans from the auto maker for its self-driving vehicle program. Google will work with Fiat Chrysler to integrate its self-driving technology directly into the minivans, which were launched in February. Engineers from both FCA and Google will be teamed up at a southeastern Michigan facility to work on the minivans.

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‘Dishonored 2’ arrives on PS4, Xbox One, PC on November 11

‘Dishonored 2’ arrives on PS4, Xbox One, PC on November 11

Dishonored 2 will be arriving on the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on November 11, Bethesda has announced. The game will launch worldwide on that day, but before then we’ll get some additional looks at the game, as well as more information that’ll be arriving starting May 7 with an exclusive story in ‘Game Informer.’ The game was first revealed at least year’s E3 event.

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Netflix has thumbnail selection down to a science

Netflix has thumbnail selection down to a science

Netflix has the art of choosing thumbnails down to a science, and it detailed that skill for the public today. It rightly points toward the difficulty thumbnails can present — you have a long movie or an even longer television show, and you have to figure out how to best represent that show using a single static image. The company says it has up to 90 seconds to catch someone’s attention, but that it takes a mere 13 milliseconds for someone to process a picture, with such artwork being the biggest influencer.

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India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here

Apple wants to sell refurbished iPhones in India, but the nation isn’t interested in letting that happen. According to an official with India’s telecommunications ministry, India has denied Apple’s request over fears that an influx of used iPhones will undermine the nation’s own Make-in-India program and local manufacturers who may not be able to compete with Apple otherwise.

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Twitter’s new Connect tab makes it easy to follow new accounts

Twitter’s new Connect tab makes it easy to follow new accounts

Twitter wants to make it easier to find new accounts to follow, and so it has introduced a new Connect tab that will help connect you with other Twitter users. The tab shows accounts that Twitter thinks you’ll want to follow based on who you already follow, the kind of tweets you “like,” current events, accounts from your local area that are popular, and more. The feature will be showing up on mobile soon.

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