Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader arrives this month

Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader arrives this month

Lexar has introduced its new Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader, and it’ll start shipping it later this month. The reader is aimed at videographers and photographers with professional-level requirements, enabling them to transfer 4K-resolution and RAW images at high speeds using SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology. The reader, as its name suggests, works with XQD 2.0 cards.

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Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast and Walt Disney Studios have teamed up for a new content licensing deal that brings top movies to the Xfinity On Demand TV store, the biggest of which is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Under the agreement, Comcast subscribers will be able to download the new Star Wars movie, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean and more directly from their television using the service provider’s set-top box.

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Rock Band 4 for PC scrapped as funding campaign falls short

Rock Band 4 for PC scrapped as funding campaign falls short

Bad news, folks. Harmonix has scrapped plans to bring Rock Band 4 to PC (for now, at least) due to the funding campaign's failure to meet its goal. The developer had sought funding on Fig, where it had a goal of $1.5 million with plans to contribute the other needed $500,000 itself if the campaign was fully funded. As of yesterday’s deadline, Harmonix has raised about half its goal at $792,000, and it says it won't be proceeding as a result.

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Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon adds same-day deliveries to 11 new metro areas

Amazon has rolled out same-day free deliveries in 11 new metro areas, expanding the number of places where Prime subscribers can get items the same day they order them. The newly added cities span the nation, and include places like Cincinnati, Sacramento, Nashville, Stockton, Tucson, and more. With this latest addition, Amazon's free same-day deliveries now cover 27 metro areas across more than 1,000 towns and cities.

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Orah 4i camera livestreams 4K VR videos with 3D audio

Orah 4i camera livestreams 4K VR videos with 3D audio

VideoStitch has launched the Orah 4i, a small camera capable of livestreaming 4K-resolution 360-degree video with 3D audio specifically for virtual reality applications. The company, perhaps best known for its 360-degree VR video software, has put the camera up for preorder at a discounted rate; company CEO Nicolas Burtey said in a statement, “We have developed a solution that
streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets–all with the push of a button.”

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Tigers have been poached to extinction in Cambodia

Tigers have been poached to extinction in Cambodia

The Indochinese tiger is extinct in Cambodia, it has been announced, and humans are to blame. Poachers targeting both the tigers and the prey they need to survive have driven the tigers from Cambodia’s forests, and though conservationists plan to reintroduce them into the region, they face an uphill battle. Conservationists working in the nation made the announcement on Wednesday, saying, “Today, there are no longer any breeding populations of tigers left in Cambodia, and they are therefore considered functionally extinct."

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Sony UMC-S3C compact high-sensitivity 4K camera arrives in August

Sony UMC-S3C compact high-sensitivity 4K camera arrives in August

Sony has introduced its new UMC-S3C, a compact 4K camera promised to offer high-sensitivity in a lightweight body. According to the company, the UMC-S3C has the highest sensitivity of any camera in its class, and enables users to record Ultra HD video in dim and dark conditions. In addition to recording 4k video, the camera can also snap 12-megapixel still images. Sony plans to launch the camera this upcoming August, but has given all the details on it today.

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Facebook: Messenger basketball game played by many, mastered by few

Facebook: Messenger basketball game played by many, mastered by few

Last month, Facebook updated Messenger with a “hidden” basketball game in honor of March Madness, and now it is back with some stats: as expected, tens of millions of people played the game, which simply involves swiping your finger to flick a basketball into a basket. What wasn’t expected, though, is how terrible most of us are at the game. According to the social network, not even 1-percent of users who played reached a “best score” of 30 or more.

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NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

The autonomous race cars set to compete in the Roborace Championship will have NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 as their artificial intelligence brains, the company has announced. This is the first global autonomous competition of its kind, and it’ll be pitting software against software rather than human driver against human driver. A total of ten teams will be competing, each of them having a pair of autonomous race cars running Drive PX 2.

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R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp is a droid for your studies

R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp is a droid for your studies

When the time rolls around to finish up some work or hit the books, you head to your desk, only something feels off. Your desk seems a bit too generic, a little too all-business-and-no-play. It's functional, yes, but sometimes you need something a more, just a touch of personality to carry you through those long evenings. What's better than an astromech droid illuminating your books?

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T-Mobile Binge On and Music Freedom expand to cover 100+ services

T-Mobile Binge On and Music Freedom expand to cover 100+ services

T-Mobile has expanded its Binge On and Music Freedom programs to cover an additional 16 services, bringing the total number to more than 100. The newly added options include ESPN Radio, Amazon Music, TV Land, Spike, Nickelodeon, and more. As with other services covered by Binge On, subscribers can stream content from these destinations without having it apply toward their data cap, addressing one of the biggest issues with mobile content consumption.

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Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Zipline, a California startup, will soon start supplying remote areas of Rwanda with medical supplies via drone-based drop shipments. The shipments will begin in July, and will be made possible using fixed-wing drones able to travel many miles. Zipline will operate the service for the nation’s government, and will be able to get much-needed supplies, like emergency medication, to remote regions within a single day rather than the weeks or months other methods can take.

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