Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Ancient tombs may have served as telescopes for rituals

Ancient tombs may have served as telescopes for rituals

Ancient stone tombs in Portugal may have served as a sort of telescope to enhance one’s ability to see stars for ritualistic purposes. The tombs are 6,000 years old and made of stone, and they feature a peculiarly lengthy but low-height entrance. As well, researchers believe they may have found the particular star these ‘telescopes’ were aimed at: Aldebaran, a bright red star located in the Taurus constellation.

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BMW tipped in deal with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous car tech

BMW tipped in deal with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous car tech

BMW has teamed up with Intel and Mobileye, according to sources, as part of an autonomous vehicles project. The companies will help the auto maker develop technologies for self-driving cars, at least according to the sources; some type of announcement for the initiative will reportedly be made tomorrow, with executives from each company talking about the project.

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IMAX home theaters are a thing, but they start at $400k

IMAX home theaters are a thing, but they start at $400k

Can’t muster up the energy to travel to your nearest IMAX theater? IMAX will build you a top notch private home theater, but it’ll cost a pretty penny: the prices start at $400,000, and that doesn’t appear to include access to the movies themselves, which can run another $30,000 or more per year. These home theaters have proven popular in both China and the Middle East, and now they're picking up traction in Europe and North America, too.

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PlayStation Vue arrives on Android, PS4 gets thumbnail preview

PlayStation Vue arrives on Android, PS4 gets thumbnail preview

Rejoice, PlayStation Vue subscribers! Sony’s live television service has arrived on Android, allowing you to watch live TV from the comfort of your tablet or smartphone. This follows the recently announced Roku channel, and greatly expands the number of devices where PlayStation Vue can be watched. In addition to the new PlayStation Vue app, the service on PS3 and PS4 has been updated with some new (very welcomed) features like a video thumbnail in the guide.

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‘Paragon’ early access comes to PS Plus next month

‘Paragon’ early access comes to PS Plus next month

PlayStation Plus members will be getting early access to 'Paragon,' Sony has announced, with that early access being slated for July 5. Next month will also be bringing a handful of free games -- also for PlayStation Plus members -- including Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Prince of Persia: Revelation. The full lineup of free PS Plus games will include two for the PS Vita, two for the PlayStation 3, and two for the PlayStation 4.

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OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

OnePlus 3: Brexit may force price increase

The surprising ‘Brexit’ vote may force OnePlus to increase its prices, the company said in a statement. Note, that price increase hasn’t happened yet, and if it does come about (hint: it probably will), it’ll be one of the “hard choices that need to be made,” per OnePlus’s statement. The reality of the situation — that is, the impact Brexit has had on the Pound — will in all likelihood result in the company’s second-ever price increase, though.

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Lenovo Miix 310 Review: an affordable 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 310 Review: an affordable 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo has a new 2-in-1 PC for those who want the convenience of a tablet and the truly usable form factor of a proper laptop. Unlike some competing 2-in-1 systems, the Ideapad Miix 310 features a keyboard with a hinge — attach the tablet portion to the keyboard and the combination of the two feels nearly identical to an ordinary laptop. It’s not just a laptop, though, and it's all the better for it. Is the Miix 310 the inexpensive 2-in-1 you've been waiting for? Read our full review to find out!

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Sony developing robot able to bond with humans

Sony developing robot able to bond with humans

During a Corporate Strategy Meeting today, Sony detailed plans to create a robot with which humans will be able to form an emotional bond. Named as one of the company’s new future initiatives, this yet-unnamed robot will “be…able to grow to inspire love and affection,” and will also be “capable of forming an emotional bond with customers.” It appears the robot will be targeted at retail stores, not private homes.

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Hitachi will offer HD and 4K Roku smart TVs this fall

Hitachi will offer HD and 4K Roku smart TVs this fall

Hitachi is onboard to make Roku smart TVs, the company has announced. This upcoming fall, Hitachi will offer a line of Roku TVs with both HD and Ultra HD 4K resolution, all of them with various sized displays and Roku’s own OS. The televisions, as with the TCL and Hisense versions that have been available for a while, will give users access to Roku’s streaming channels while eliminating the need to have a separate set-top-box or Roku Streaming Stick.

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Ancient pay stub reveals worker was paid with beer

Ancient pay stub reveals worker was paid with beer

A 5,000-year-old clay tablet is the oldest known pay stub in the world, and it has revealed an interesting relationship between one ancient worker and his boss: the worker was paid with beer. The pay stub was discovered in what is now modern day Iraq, and it is written in cuneiform, appearing to be a gibberish of lines and chicken scratch to most of us. A trained eye, though, will see a person with his head leaned toward a bowl and another container with a shape that indicates beer, as well as marks that show how much beer the worker got for his labor.

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Apple gave employees rainbow Apple Watch bands for Pride 2016

Apple gave employees rainbow Apple Watch bands for Pride 2016

Apple gave some of its employees a limited edition rainbow Apple Watch band for Pride 2016, according to a bunch of tweets from recent days. Pride festivals recently took place in cities around the world, and California was no exception. Apple employees who took to the streets with a place in the official Pride parade were bestowed with the unique — and no doubt now-valuable — very limited edition bands.

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Dell Interactive Conference Room Monitor is a 70-inch touchscreen display

Dell Interactive Conference Room Monitor is a 70-inch touchscreen display

Dell has taken the wraps off a gigantic touchscreen display, the Dell Interactive Conference Room Monitor (C7017T). The display is a step up from interactive whiteboards, allowing users to draw with their finger or a stylus as well as watch presentations and do other things you’d otherwise need a projector for. The monitor isn't being targeted at the average consumer, though, instead being intended for educational institutions and businesses in need of an Interactive Flatpanel Display.

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