Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Tesla: “Hubris” soured Model X launch, but we learned our lesson for Model 3

Tesla: “Hubris” soured Model X launch, but we learned our lesson for Model 3

Tesla Motors has announced its Q1 2016 deliveries were nearly 50% greater than the same quarter last year, with deliveries being comprised of 12,240 Model S cars and only 2,400 Model X vehicles. The auto maker says it is still “on track” to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 new cars this year, a target all the more necessary given the unanticipated demand for the newly launched Model 3. Whether Tesla can actually hit those numbers is yet to be seen.

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Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

The FAA has been working for months to iron out drone regulations, being forced to toe the line between public safety and the needs of innovation. Drones hold a lot of promise in many fields, but current restrictions mean many companies aren’t able to use them — forcing some like Amazon to head to other countries for testing. According to a new report, that could change soon, as the government is said to be working on changes that could allow commercial drone flights over populated regions.

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Lenovo Ideapad 300 15.6″ Review

Lenovo Ideapad 300 15.6″ Review

Lenovo is back with another Ideapad, and it’s an interesting model. The laptop, at its lowest configuration, is very budget-friendly, but you don’t necessarily have to make big compromises to hit that low price point. The 15.6-inch glossy display makes for a large overall laptop, one that presents its bulk well. How does the laptop hold up in everyday life, and will it meet your needs? Read our review to find out!

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Possible North America Viking settlement spotted from space

Possible North America Viking settlement spotted from space

A second Viking settlement may have been found in North America, and it’ll be detailed in an upcoming NOVA documentary called “Vikings Unearthed.” The discovery was made from space, in that archaeologists spotted evidence of the settlement in photos taken by a satellite. The discovery was made some time last summer, and though the precise location of the settlement hasn’t been revealed to the public, it is somewhere in the southern region of Newfoundland.

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China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

Reports that swear they're not April Fools' pranks claim China has banned April Fools' day, citing annoyance and incompatibility with the "western tradition." April Fools' day is, of course, a day for unabashed suspicion — it’s also fun, and companies have fully embraced it to release all sorts of amusing (and sometimes incredibly frustrating) jokes. China will have none of that, though; the nation’s state-run news agency has stated that April Fools' isn’t inline with its “cultural traditions, or socialist core values."

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Capcom creates mobile division, has four games in pipeline

Capcom creates mobile division, has four games in pipeline

Capcom has announced a reorganization within the company, establishing a new dedicated mobile business division tasked with bringing some of Capcom’s biggest properties to mobile. According to the company’s announcement, Capcom plans to “aggressively release titles utilizing its IP,” citing three brands in particular: Mega Man, Monster Hunter, and Sengoku BASARA.

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Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

In December, news surfaced that Egypt had shut down Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service, news that itself followed the social network’s troubles in India. The move was a sudden one, and officials made no public announcements about their reason for pulling the plug. According to new sources who have surfaced, Free Basics was canned because Egyptian government officials wanted access to spy on users, something Facebook reportedly rejected.

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Killer Drone is a chainsaw-wielding, snowman-killing drone

Killer Drone is a chainsaw-wielding, snowman-killing drone

It’s a drone unlike any other, and it recently went on a rampage in the snowy fields of Finland, killing icicles and snowmen alike. It’s called Killer Drone, and it is equipped with a full-sized, fully remote operated chainsaw able to cut through anything the drone gets close to. Is it awesome? Yes, yes it is. It is also potentially lethal, and so as mom and your terrified neighbors would say, please don't try this at home.

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DJI sues drone maker Yuneec over alleged infringement

DJI sues drone maker Yuneec over alleged infringement

DJI has hit Chinese drone maker Yuneec with a patent infringement lawsuit, claiming the latter company has infringed upon two of its patents. DJI, of course, is best known for its Phantom drones, one of the most recent of which is the Inspire 1 RAW. Yuneec is lesser known, but has some sophisticated offerings of its own, not the least of which is the Yuneec Typhoon H drone.

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Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell has taken the wraps off some new upgrades for its Dell Precision Tower Workstations, which will enable them to meet the needs of VR content creators. As such it, has refreshed the Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910 Workstations, as well as the Rack 7910. Joining these model upgrades are newly introduced recommended minimum hardware configurations for those who need a computer capable of running the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets.

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Judge rules Uber CEO must face antitrust lawsuit

Judge rules Uber CEO must face antitrust lawsuit

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick must face an antitrust lawsuit over alleged price-fixing, a judge has ruled. Uber itself was not named in the lawsuit, which claims Kalanick conspired with drivers to charge prices determined by an algorithm (in the Uber app), as well as hiked rates known as surge pricing. Efforts were made to have the lawsuit dismissed, but presiding U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff has given it the go-ahead.

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Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit has released its 2015 Transparency Report, the followup to its 2014 report with updated numbers on government requests and more. Says Reddit, it aims to show users a couple different types of data, namely the number and variety of requests it gets for user information and content removal, as well as how many requests it gets that it is legally required to act on. It seems this time around, Reddit may have received a National Security Letter, as well.

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