Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER has introduced a new taser designed for the consuming public; it is a self-defense weapon, of course, but one that is less dangerous and lethal than carrying a concealed firearm. Called the TASER Pulse, this new TASER comes in the form of a handgun, but features a plastic look with bright yellow trim and a lightning bolt on the front. This is the first TASER for consumers since 2007.

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Time Warner Cable hiking rates for some subscribers

Time Warner Cable hiking rates for some subscribers

Time Warner Cable is increasing the rates for some of its subscribers, stoking ire that -- though not quite as vitriolic as that directed at Comcast -- is often present. The price increase is coming for subscribers in New York state, and follows the Charter Communications merger approval state regulators gave TWC earlier this month. Time Warner Cable informed subscribers of the upcoming price increases via an email.

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Surface Pro power cords to be recalled over damage issues

Surface Pro power cords to be recalled over damage issues

Microsoft is recalling some power cords for older Surface Pro models, according to a new report. The recall will reportedly take place due to overheating concerns, and may be of a trade-in variety, meaning owners will hand over their old potentially faulty cord in exchange for a new power cable. The recall, if the source is correct, will be officially announced this upcoming Friday.

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Five planets will align starting tomorrow morning

Five planets will align starting tomorrow morning

Starting tomorrow morning and lasting into February, five planets will align in what is a rare but favorite celestial event. It has been more than 10 years since Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter aligned in the night sky in such a way that anyone could see them with the naked eye. Some of the planets will be a little more dim than others, though, so you should probably bring binoculars as a backup.

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McDonald’s new fries in Japan are covered in chocolate

McDonald’s new fries in Japan are covered in chocolate

Japan gets all the fast-food oddities, and McDonald’s latest creation is no exception. In a statement today, McDonald’s Japan introduced its new McChoco Potato, a “twist” on the company’s long-standing potato french fries. This technically makes the side dish a desert, which is great. Not so great is the McChoco's limited release in Japan...for now, at least.

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Verizon FreeBee sponsored data program unveiled

Verizon FreeBee sponsored data program unveiled

Verizon has introduced a new sponsored data program called FreeBee Data. Under this, companies are able to sponsor subscriber mobile data under one of four different categories, including things like covering the data used by watching a 30-second video or streaming 30 minutes worth of audio. Verizon will offer both per-gigabyte and pay-per-click options.

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Apple’s new EEO-1 filing paints different diversity picture

Apple’s new EEO-1 filing paints different diversity picture

Apple’s EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report for 2015 was released quietly this past weekend, and in it we see a different snapshot of the company’s workforce diversity than the one last presented by Apple. Yes, the company has seen improvements in the realm of diversity among its employees. However, the numbers presented in the report aren’t quite the same as the ones we saw before, and they show relatively little change.

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Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon Dash Replenishment: first devices now available

Amazon has taken the wraps off its first round of available devices covered under the Amazon Dash Replenishment service, and they're comprised of printers, a blood glucose monitor, and a GE washer. Under the service, these items and eventually others like the will be able to order needed items when supplies run low, no involvement from the owner necessary (after setup, that is). More connected devices will offer the feature soon.

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Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

We’ve seen older models akin to them in the past, and now the company behind the product is back with refined versions of its Keyport, a multitool designed for the modern world. There are two new versions this time around, the Keyport Slide 3.0 and the Keyport Pivot 1.0. Both models are modular and can be customized, and are inspired by classic multitools, only they bring a modern twist.

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Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook is part of a new initiative in Europe that is fighting hate speech and extremist content both offline and online. The new effort is called the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), and it is a partnership between Facebook, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, and the Institute from Strategic Dialogue.

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