Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is a fully electric big rig

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is a fully electric big rig

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the Urban eTruck, a fully electric transport truck with a total admissible weight of up to 26 metric tons and travel range up to 200 kilometers. The model is said to be the first fully electric truck able to haul heavy loads, and it aims to help usher in a future of emissions-free transportation in the distribution sector. Daimler Trucks anticipates being able to bring this technology to market “at the beginning of the next decade.”

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Dropbox AdminX tools make life easier for IT

Dropbox AdminX tools make life easier for IT

Dropbox wants to make things easier for business users, and so it is rolling out new "AdminX" tools. These tools aim to make things easier for administrators controlling the Dropbox accounts, including providing a central place for them to control which users have access to specific files and folders. The overall admin experience has been ‘reimagined,’ as well, so that it is more intuitive than in the past. Dropbox says it has made the changes in part based on feedback about what account admins want.

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Apple has sold its billionth iPhone

Apple has sold its billionth iPhone

Apple has just announced a new major milestone for the company: it has sold its billionth iPhone. Company CEO Tim Cook made the announcement to Apple employees this morning, saying, “iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day.”

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Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad has added a new category specifically for successful Kickstarter products, making it easier to find crowdfunded gizmos and gadgets that were successfully brought to market. The products themselves aren't necessarily new to Amazon -- launchpad is the destination where you find such items -- but this tweak makes it easier to find Kickstarter-funded items specifically.

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PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

Sony has revealed the list of free games coming for PlayStation Plus subscribers next month. There are six games total, with the two PlayStation 4 offerings being comprised of Tricky Towers and Rebel Galaxy. There are a couple PlayStation 3 titles, as well, and two for the PlayStation Vita, with one of those titles, Ultratron, also being available for the PS3 and PS4 as well.

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17th century shipwreck turns up old cheese and gold coins

17th century shipwreck turns up old cheese and gold coins

A shipwreck dating back to 1676 has turned up (another) cache of goodies, the most notable among them being a tub of ripe, smelly cheese (or, perhaps, butter). The shipwreck was found off the coast of Sweden, and it included some other less-pungent goods, as well: some old pharmaceuticals, 14 gold coins, and a diamond ring. Unfortunately, most of the ship’s crew died when the ship sank.

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Review: Bear notes app for Mac

Review: Bear notes app for Mac

A new app has caught the attention of Mac users far and wide -- it's called Bear, and it promises to be the only notes app you need. Getting your hands on Bear isn't easy, at least not right now, as it is still in beta and rolling out to interested users in limited batches. If you're waiting for your own download link, be patient -- Bear is absolutely worth the wait. Apple's own Notes app looks positively archaic in comparison.

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Spider silk microstructure found to have unique acoustic properties

Spider silk microstructure found to have unique acoustic properties

Researchers have learned another thing about spider silk, and as with past discoveries, it may lead to the development of new materials for use among humans. This time around, a group of researchers from Rice University and beyond busied themselves with studying the microstructure of spider webs, doing so to learn how they transmit phonons — that is, quasiparticles of sound. As it turns out, spider silk possesses something called a phonon band gap.

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VAIO C15 laptop combines bold colors and high price tags

VAIO C15 laptop combines bold colors and high price tags

VAIO has introduced its new C15 laptop, and while it looks like it is only available in Japan right now, it's a model to keep an eye on. The C15 laptops feature an unusual color design, with multiple colors being paired together in bold, large stripes across the keyboards and lids. The company bids these as premium laptop offerings, and the price matches that notion: the model costs a little more than $900 USD.

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Microsoft project uses machine learning to identify flowers

Microsoft project uses machine learning to identify flowers

You can use your phone to figure out what song is playing on the radio, and there are even some apps that try to figure out how many calories are in your meal based on a snapshot of it. Now, thanks to Microsoft Research Asia and the Institute of Botany Chinese Academy of Sciences, there’s a way to do this with flowers. The idea is that we’re surrounded by flowers all summer long, but probably can’t identify many of them. If a particularly striking one finds your eye, you can use this recognition project to upload a photo of the flower and get information about it in return.

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Samsung Gear 360 cameras will be sold at Lollapalooza

Samsung Gear 360 cameras will be sold at Lollapalooza

The elusive Samsung Gear 360 camera will be made available for purchase in the U.S. at Lollapalooza, marking the latest - and still very limited -- way buyers have been given to get their hands on the model. Only a limited number of the Gear 360 units will be on hand, and they’ll be offered for $350 USD, the same price we saw the last time some models went up for sale. Though the Gear 360 has already been officially launched in the U.S., it has only thus far been available to purchase at last month’s VidCon in California.

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Apple’s Q3 2016 saw highest App Store revenue ever

Apple’s Q3 2016 saw highest App Store revenue ever

Apple has taken the wraps off its third quarter 2016 financial numbers, with CEO Tim Cook saying its latest quarterly figures “reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter.” Among other things, the company saw its services business grow by a major 19-percent year-on-year while its App Store revenue reached its highest point ever.

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