Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Star Trek coffee table doubles as one-of-a-kind pinball machine

Star Trek coffee table doubles as one-of-a-kind pinball machine

Every living room needs a coffee table — where else are you going to put the remotes and beverages? — but nothing says the coffee table has to be boring. If wood and glass isn't your style, you can always give Alter Furniture’s new Star Trek-themed table a try — it doubles as a fully functional and quite dazzling pinball machine, giving your home a touch of arcade style.

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Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Something fishy is going on, and it involves a bunch of Spotify accounts. A Pastebin text document recently surfaced online containing what appears to be the login details for hundreds of Spotify accounts, and some Spotify users are surfacing with claims that they've been locked out of their own accounts, in part. Spotify, however, has denied that it has been the victim of a hack, leaving many in the dark about what exactly is going on.

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Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser has a new line of Bluetooth headsets, and they’re designed to offer high definition audio even in tough environments — windy days spent outdoors, for example, which render many headsets useless. Among other things, the new Sennheiser headphones feature enhanced noise filtering, as well as a wider range of styles to suit various wearer needs and comfort levels. Sennheiser’s SpeakFocus, ActiveGard, and WindSafe technologies are all present.

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Charter’s TWC acquisition gets approval from Justice Department

Charter’s TWC acquisition gets approval from Justice Department

Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable has been given the green light by the U.S. Department of Justice, it has announced, allowing the two companies to be merged into one. Under the deal, the merged entity will be known as New Charter; as well, Charter Communications will be buying Bright House networks. The deal is significant, and will lead Charter to become the second largest broadband Internet provider in the U.S.

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Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia’z OZO virtual reality camera will soon be used by Disney to create VR content for its movies and more. This comes via a new partnership between Nokia and Disney announced today, which will have Nokia supplying its VR software and equipment to Disney for what it describes as “special VR content." This isn’t the companies’ first instance of working together, though — Disney used Nokia’s tech to produce a pair of 360-degree videos for The Jungle Book.

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Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook’s London-based ‘friend-sharing’ team is secretly working on a standalone camera app that would encourage users to share photos and videos on the social network, according to a pair of sources. The app will open directly to a camera, sort of like Snapchat, the sources say, and will involve Facebook’s Live Video by enabling direct video livestreaming. However, the sources caution that the standalone app may never be released.

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HP Elite x2 Review

HP Elite x2 Review

HP has a new Elite tablet, and it is the most striking to date. The HP Elite x2 is a convertible system composed of a tablet with a hinged kickstand and a keyboard that attaches to the tablet using a magnetic connector. Anyone familiar with the Surface Pro, as one example, will be familiar with the design nature of the new Elite tablet. How does HP's offering hold up compared to competing models? Read our full review to find out!

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Apple’s ‘Find My…’ tool leads Thai police to gang hideout

Apple’s ‘Find My…’ tool leads Thai police to gang hideout

Apple’s “Find My iPhone, iPad, and Mac” tool enables anyone with an iCloud account to figure out where they left their device, or where a thief has taken it. Assuming the proper features are enabled, the account will provide a map showing where exactly the gadget is located, aiding in recovering the device. The feature was recently used to track down a stolen iPad mini in Thailand, and it happened to take Thai police to a gang hideout, leading to a few arrests.

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Walmart Pay is arriving soon as iOS app updated with support

Walmart Pay is arriving soon as iOS app updated with support

Walmart Pay, the company’s own mobile pay alternative to Apple Pay and similar mobile payment systems, was announced late last year with the promise of coming to both iOS and Android. Though the payment option isn’t live in stores yet, it has made its way to the company’s iOS app, showing up in version 6.8 released this week. With it, users will be able to pay at the register with their phone, will receive a digital receipt in the app, and more.

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China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants its own rover on Mars by 2020

China wants to have its own rover rolling around Mars by the year 2020, and it said in a recent statement that its efforts are proceeding as planned. The project would involve sending a spacecraft to orbit Mars, then have it land on the planet where it — or a rover it deploys — will travel around much like the Curiosity, Opportunity and former Spirit rovers. China has had previous success landing its own rover on the moon.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

A couple months after the NHTSA started investigating the shifters in certain vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to recall 1.1 million vehicles to address rollaway issues many drivers have experienced. The trouble, it seems, are the shifters in these recalled vehicles and many drivers’ mistaken assumption that they shifted the car into park. According to the NHTSA, “hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries” have resulted from the poorly designed electronic gear shifters.

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AT&T Access gives low-income families Internet at $5/month

AT&T Access gives low-income families Internet at $5/month

AT&T is offering discounted home Internet service through its new Access program, giving individuals experiencing financial hardship the opportunity to get home Internet for as low as $5-per-month. The service is being offered in places where AT&T home Internet is available and, says the company, it is “designed to help bridge the digital divide.” Installation and equipment fees are waived in the Access program.

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