Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon will have a physical bookstore opening in New York City in 2019, and now it has been made known that two more stores are in the pipeline: one for Chicago and the other for Portland. These stores will join the existing physical bookstores Amazon has launched in Seattle and pegged for select other cities, and underscores the company's latest effort in the world of books: resurrecting the bookstores it killed off with the launch of the Kindle.

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Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s introduced a pizza delivery drone in the summer of 2013, and now it is going to start testing actual pizza-by-drone deliveries soon. The testing will take place in New Zealand, and is being done in partnership with drone company Flirtey. The company isn't offering too many details about its plan at this time, though it does say it will kick off the testing later this year and that it'll happen alongside ordinary (read: people-powered) pizza deliveries.

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Mazda recalls 190k CX-7 SUVs over possible steering issue

Mazda recalls 190k CX-7 SUVs over possible steering issue

Mazda is recalling 190,102 CX-7 SUVs due to possible loss of steering resulting from a ball joint issue. The affected vehicles fall between the 2007 and 2012 model years; Mazda plans to fix the recalled vehicles in a staggered manner starting with the 2007 and 2008 model year cars, as well as 2009 to 2011 model year cars located in certain states (those with salty winter roads, namely).

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Spotify adds ‘Concert’ tab with tour dates to artist pages

Spotify adds ‘Concert’ tab with tour dates to artist pages

Spotify has made its artist pages a little more convenient with the addition of a new “Concerts” tab. As the name suggests, this new tab collects concert information -- namely, tour dates -- in one easy to access location. This expands upon Spotify’s previously launched concert-centric features, including the personalized concert recommendations and an 'On Tour' section with geographic targeting.

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Million dead fish wash up in New Jersey: low oxygen levels blamed

Million dead fish wash up in New Jersey: low oxygen levels blamed

This week, more than an estimated million dead fish washed ashore in New Jersey, something experts are saying was likely caused by a combination of events, among them being inadequate levels of oxygen in the water. The fish were found in water bodies in the northern New Jersey city Keansburg; officials finished cleaning the dead fish remains this morning, all the while increasing the estimate of how many died.

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E Fun Nextbook 10.1 tablet launches with detachable keyboard

E Fun Nextbook 10.1 tablet launches with detachable keyboard

E Fun has launched a new budget Windows 10 device called the E Fun Nextbook 10.1. This device is a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard and is targeted at students who need something cheap and mobile for simple schoolwork. Despite its low price point ($180 USD), it comes with a decent array of specs, including things like Bluetooth, multi-touch support, and a built-in webcam. The tablet is available now exclusively through Target stores and Target's website.

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Post-update Windows 10 PCs crash when Kindle is plugged in

Post-update Windows 10 PCs crash when Kindle is plugged in

Some Kindles are crashing PCs that have received the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, an issue that has come to light shortly after news that many webcams were broken by the update. According to recent reports, when some Kindles are plugged into these PCs, the computer will crash, resulting in a blue screen of death and forcing the computer to reboot. The extent of the issue isn’t known at this time, as the information about it largely comes from affected Kindle/PC owners. Judging by these reports, though, the Kindle Paperwhite seems to be particularly affected.

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Best Buy’s Oculus Rift demos will span 500 stores this holiday season

Best Buy’s Oculus Rift demos will span 500 stores this holiday season

Best Buy will be increasing the number of stores with Oculus Rift demos to 500 for this upcoming holiday shopping season, the retailer has announced. This is a steep increase over the 48 store demos that were announced in May, will give more consumers the opportunity to find out what VR is like for themselves. In addition to the 500 Oculus Rift units, Best Buy is also demonstrating PlayStation VR at 200 rotating destinations.

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Amazon Vehicles is a new destination for car shoppers

Amazon Vehicles is a new destination for car shoppers

Amazon has announced a new destination targeted at car enthusiasts called “Amazon Vehicles.” The platform allows Amazon users to explore vehicles using a bunch of different filtering options, such as body type, make and model, mileage ratings, transmission type, and more. It’s the ultimate window shopping for cars, allowing one to find a vehicle, customize it, and see how much it costs.

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Google Fiber goes live in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber goes live in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber has gone live in Salt Lake City, giving residents in the region the opportunity to sign up for Google’s high-speed and relatively inexpensive gigabit Internet service. Sign-ups are being taken until October 20 of this year; those interested are able to search with their street address to see if it is possible to get service at their home or apartment. Both residential and small business plans are being offered.

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The Division DLC delayed as ‘lingering issues’ get precedence

The Division DLC delayed as ‘lingering issues’ get precedence

Ubisoft says that ‘lingering issues’ are necessitating a delay in the launch of The Division DLCs, with Survival now being slated to release separately from Update 1.4. The update will be released this upcoming October, dealing with bugs and more, while Survival’s release has been pushed back to some time later this year and, as a result, the “Last Stand” release has been pushed back to some time in early 2017. Specific dates haven't been provided at this time.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ‘Pink Gold’ option heading to US

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ‘Pink Gold’ option heading to US

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in a new ‘Pink Gold’ color will be launching in the United States in coming days, the company has announced. The new color will be a Best Buy exclusive, and will be Samsung’s answer to Apple’s reasonably popular Rose Gold iPhones. As a little extra incentive to get the new color into owners' hands, Best Buy will be giving customers who both buy and activate the device a $150 Best Buy gift card.

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