Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Kindle Convert turns your scans into proper ebooks

Kindle Convert turns your scans into proper ebooks

During that magical transition period from physical music discs to digital files, you likely bought your first MP3 player and then stared down the massive pile of CDs filling your bookcase. Thus came the long process of ripping your physical media so that you could use it on the newest piece of technological marvel, and all was well in your world. We're seeing that same kind of transitioning happening with books, with many beholding their slim Kindle and likewise eyeballing all those heavy books lying around, but merging the two together isn't quite as simple.

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Suzuki Celerio recalled over serious brake failure issue

Suzuki Celerio recalled over serious brake failure issue

Another day, another auto maker announcing a recall. Such has become a theme over the past several weeks, with 2014's rocky automotive landscape rolling over into the new year. The NHTSA has warned that 2015 could bring with it an uptick in automotive recalls, and thus far that warning has proven true. The recalls aren't being seen only in the US, of course, as evidenced by Suzuki -- which announced plans to pull from the US market in 2012 -- following in line with its own recall.

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Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft wants a place on your Android smartphone, and it seems to figure one of the best ways to get there -- and be seen multiple times every day -- is by targeting the lock screen. Such is the nature of its new Picturesque lock screen app for Android handsets, giving users on Google's mobile platform a free alternative to the default lock screen. Picturesque is the brainchild of Microsoft Garage, the place where Microsoft workers bring their own projects into existence, and it is available now in the Play Store for (just about) anyone to grab.

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Ford Police Interceptor update teased ahead of Chicago debut

Ford Police Interceptor update teased ahead of Chicago debut

You've likely seen more than a few Ford Interceptor vehicles over the years -- maybe you've even been pulled over by one or two, it happens. As with all things, the cars police officers drive around are regularly updated to ensure our law enforcement has the latest and greatest, and that includes the SUV version of Ford's Police Interceptor model. We've seen the 2015 version, but the newest of them all hasn't made its appearance...not yet, at least. We'll be seeing it later this month when it makes its official debut on February 12, but ahead of that Ford has teased the model.

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Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Avast has dropped the bomb on a new variety of Android malware permeating the Google Play Store, something that has found its place on millions of users' devices in the form of games and other simple -- and seemingly legit -- content. Those who have had an adware-infected computer at one time or another will be familiar with the intrusion; all goes well for the infected user for a while, but after some period of time has passed, advertisements begin appearing when the phone or tablet is unlocked, hawking products that are, in some cases, legit.

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Sigma dp3 Quattro appears ahead of launch on maker’s website

Sigma dp3 Quattro appears ahead of launch on maker’s website

Sigma's anticipated dp3 Quattro hasn't yet made its official debut, but that doesn't seem to matter: Sigma has made the camera's page live on its website, listing it as "coming soon". It's anticipated we'll be getting all the official details on Sigma's newest entrant next week at CP+ in Japan, but until then we've only what we can glean from the maker's website...as well as four high-resolution images, giving an intimate look at the model. We've a gallery after the jump.

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Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive includes physical keypad

Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive includes physical keypad

The cloud and micro SD cards make toting data around easy, but sometimes a USB flash drive is the best choice. Protecting sensitive data on a flash drive has largely involved creating an encrypted partition or using an application like USB Safeguard. Toshiba is doing away with all of that via its new Encrypted USB Flash Drive, an ordinary flash drive with one big obvious difference: a physical mini-keyboard on the back. With this keyboard, users can enter their passcode and gain access to their otherwise secured content.

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‘The Walking Dead’ mid-season premiere: watch the first 2 minutes

‘The Walking Dead’ mid-season premiere: watch the first 2 minutes

The Walking Dead's return is only a handful of days away, and to keep us anxious for the debut have been a series of painfully sparse teaser trailers. Now that we've scored glimpses and peeks at what the rest of the season will hold, AMC has decided to ramp up its cruel teases by releasing some footage: exactly two minutes from the start of the return's first episode. There's nothing about the footage that can be considered spoiler-worthy (unless you haven't caught up with all the available episodes yet).

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Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon has a lot of projects up its sleeve, and just as students have settled into their spring semester the company has shifted its focus to colleges and universities. The company revealed yesterday that it has partnered with a trio of colleges under its Amazon Campus initiative, and not long after we heard rumbles that the Internet retailer is eyeing those RadioShack stores that'll soon be up for grabs. Among it all, Amazon has unveiled its first-ever staffed location for order pick-ups and drop-offs, representing a big milestone for the company.

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Twitter’s Instant Timeline gives new users a feed full of content

Twitter’s Instant Timeline gives new users a feed full of content

Think back to when you created your Twitter account -- it was a lonely timeline and you were prompted to follow a bunch of accounts in order to change that. This resulted in following friends and maybe a bunch of others randomly, then picking through them over time, getting rid of some, following others, until you were getting the tweets you really wanted. Twitter isn't satisfied with this new-user experience, and so has addressed it with a new feature called Instant Timeline, something that does exactly what its name suggests.

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