Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Apple TV now has an Adobe Lightroom app

Apple TV now has an Adobe Lightroom app

There's a new and arguably not very useful app for your Apple TV (assuming you're using the 4th-generation model): Adobe Lightroom. The app is only for viewing photos, the idea being that you can easily access them from your Creative Cloud to show friends and family your latest shots on the big screen. You will need a Creative Cloud subscription to use the app, of course, as well as uploaded photos.

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Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Do you like browsing Twitter before bed? If so, the Android app was just updated with a feature that makes doing so a bit more friendly: night mode. When activated, the bright Android app for Twitter is toggled over to a theme that's much easier on the eyes in a dark room. Turning the night mode on is as simple as flipping a switch; you can turn it off whenever you want, as well, to get the light theme back.

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VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO is being acquired by LeEco, the companies have announced, a deal that costs $2 billion and will involve VIZIO, for the most part, operating as a LeEco subsidiary. Both VIZIO's hardware and software businesses are being acquired; while they’ll operate as a subsidiary, the company’s data business will be spun out into a separate private company, says LeEco. Both companies are benefiting from the acquisition, with VIZIO giving LeEco its massive user base in North America and LeEco, for its part, being poised to expand VIZIO across the globe.

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Dell XPS 12 Two-in-One Laptop Review

Dell XPS 12 Two-in-One Laptop Review

Consumers are increasingly gravitating toward so-called "convertible" laptops -- that is, tablets that attach to a keyboard, giving users the best of both worlds. Dell's new XPS 12 is no exception, at least not in terms of its foundational design: it has a folio cover, magnetic keyboard, detachable tablet, and stylus. We've seen all that before, and we'll see it again. The finer details are what makes or breaks a new offering, of course, and so we've spent a couple weeks putting Dell's new two-in-one through the wringer. Spoiler: the results are largely great.

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Audi aims to offer three electric vehicles by 2020

Audi aims to offer three electric vehicles by 2020

Audi plans to offer a trio of electric vehicles by the year 2020, according to company CEO Rupert Stadler. These electric cars, if everything goes as planned, will make up between 25-percent and 30-percent of the auto maker’s sales by the year 2025, a big goal that underscores Audi’s push into the electric vehicle market. Stadler reportedly announced this plan to Audi managers some time last week, and more recently discussed the matter to a German newspaper. In addition to launching electric vehicles, Audi is also said to be planning an autonomous vehicle to be developed under a subsidiary named SDS Company.

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Sega Mega Drive console with 80 built-in games goes up for preorder

Sega Mega Drive console with 80 built-in games goes up for preorder

Nintendo recently announced plans to capitalize on nostalgia with the NES Classic Edition, and now Sega is doing something similar. Now available for order is the Sega Mega Drive, as well as a Mega Drive/Genesis handheld console, to commemorate the 25th Sonic anniversary. The console costs about $65 USD, as does the handheld version, and comes packed with 80 integrated games including Mortal Kombat 1 - 3, a handful of Sonic games, Golden Axe 1 - 3, and a bunch more.

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Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

A skirmish started this weekend when the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent out a tweet announcing that Facebook was blocking links to the DNC email links, and many were quick to jump on the issue, calling it censorship and pointing out that the block was happening mere days before the Democratic National Convention. At the time, Facebook users were advised to use archive.is to try and share the links, and now a couple days later, Facebook has unblocked the links, calling it an accident.

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Study: ordinary cinnamon turns poor learners into good students

Study: ordinary cinnamon turns poor learners into good students

Cinnamon may be a tool in a student's learning arsenal. According to a new study coming from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, cinnamon is transformed into sodium benzoate by the liver after ingestion, and it then makes its way into the brain where it boosts hippocampal plasticity. The result of this, at least in the mice used in the study, was a fairly rapid improvement in their ability to learn new things and remember them. While synthetic sodium benzoate is found in many processed foods, cinnamon, it turns out, is basically a slow-release way to consume the chemical.

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NHL and MLB out of market games will be streamed on Twitter

NHL and MLB out of market games will be streamed on Twitter

Twitter has announced a new deal that’s good news for hockey and baseball fans — starting soon, the social network will livestream out-of-market NHL and MLB games, while a new show from 120 Sports called ‘The Rally’ will stream as an exclusive nightly show for highlights. According to Twitter, this new deal is made possible through its partnership with MLBAM; anyone in the United States will be able to watch the livestreamed games, including those who aren’t logged into a Twitter account.

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US Air Force’s new initiative trains operators for space battles

US Air Force’s new initiative trains operators for space battles

U.S. Air Force Space Command has announced its new Space Mission Force initiative, a plan that will train satellite operators to respond to various threats and to control satellites in threatening environments. The Space Mission Force is more than a year into planning, and it comes from the Space Command’s head Gen. John Hyten. In the event space becomes a “contested environment,” this new USAF program will make sure a greater number of satellite operators are able to engage in so-called space battles.

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Blair Witch sequel is the latest surprise movie announcement

Blair Witch sequel is the latest surprise movie announcement

Earlier this year, movie lovers were pleasantly surprised (and later horribly disappointed) with the unexpected announcement of a Cloverfield sequel, which had been kept secret all the way up until its official announcement. In recent days we've been blindsided with the same kind of totally unexpected movie announcement: there's a new Blair Witch sequel, and it'll be hitting theaters on September 16.

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Titanium-gold alloy makes ultra-hard artificial joints

Titanium-gold alloy makes ultra-hard artificial joints

Researchers have developed a new type of alloy that is said to be four times harder than most type of steel, the end goal being artificial joints that are harder and more durable. In the present day, titanium is the preferred type of metal for these artificial joints. In the future, though, a titanium-gold alloy may be used instead, with the mixture being about three parts titanium to one part gold. The alloy is four times harder than titanium.

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