Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Samsung Milk Music launches on the Web

Samsung Milk Music launches on the Web

If you're not a Samsung device owner, you might not be very familiar with the maker's Milk Music service. It has thus far been limited to those using one of Samsung's Galaxy devices, but that changed today, with the maker bringing its music service to anyone who wants it. The service is still limited to those aforementioned mobile devices if you're wanting to use it on Android, but anyone can sign up and use the service on the Web now, with both free and subscription options being available.

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Rocketbook digitizes notes, then erases them in the microwave

Rocketbook digitizes notes, then erases them in the microwave

Try as we might, some of us cannot substitute writing on paper with writing on a display, no matter how sensitive the device and precise the stylus. Still, digital copies are the best way to store notes, and notebooks that digitize what one writes have been the long-running compromise, giving the best of both worlds. Rocketbook is one example of this, but with a twist: when writing with a specific pen, one can microwave the notebook for 30 seconds to erase the papers, making the same paper notebook reusable.

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Chrysler recalls continue: ignition switch troubles hit 703k cars

Chrysler recalls continue: ignition switch troubles hit 703k cars

Chrysler has issued multiple recalls this year over different automotive troubles, and it doesn't appear that'll be ending any time soon. Suffering a similar problem seen last year with General Motors, Chrysler has recalled about 703,000 vehicles over potential problems with the ignition switch, which could slip out of position, something that can cause a car to stall, among other things. This issue proved deadly when it affected GM's vehicles, and it has previously affected some of Chrysler's own cars.

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Hyundai Genesis cars recalled over potential water leak

Hyundai Genesis cars recalled over potential water leak

Hyundai is back with another auto recall, this one due to a possible water leak and the electrical problems it could cause. This follows the auto maker's Hyundai Elantra recall from earlier this week, which was made due to problems with the electric power steering (it might stop working). This new problem, which affects some of its newest Genesis vehicles, is arguably less serious than the sudden loss of power steering, but it could cause problems with shifting.

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Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google is working on Android for virtual reality, according to sources that have surfaced. The work is being done by a small team presently, they say; the Android version being worked on is destined to power VR applications. The team has been described as "tens of engineers", meaning that while small it is not only a handful of people -- this new platform, whenever it should arise, will be made freely available. Google has declined commenting on the rumor, which follows Facebook's own heavy investment in VR.

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T-Mobile fires out invite for NYC event

T-Mobile fires out invite for NYC event

T-Mobile, busy doing its best to usurp the wireless carrier industry and grab for itself a bigger roster of subscribers, is back with another tease promising something big to be coming in the near future. What is it? The company doesn't say, of course, and we can't say for sure, though it no doubt has something to do its its seemingly endless "Uncarrier" efforts. The event will take place in New York City, and says the carrier, "This one's a real piece of work!"

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Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

It has long been known that installing Java meant having to keep an eye out for that pesky adware Ask Toolbar, which would be selected by default and, unless you explicitly made it known you didn't want it, would appear to muck up your browser -- assuming you were using Windows. Nothing about that has changed. What has changed is who this toolbar now affects: Mac users in addition to Windows users. Oracle has begun bundling Java for Mac with the Ask Toolbar.

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Imgur renews mobile focus with new iOS app

Imgur renews mobile focus with new iOS app

Imgur, a long-running staple of the Reddit community, has decided to begin dabbling in mobile apps again, resuming its app-based efforts following a failed attempt in the past. Earlier this week, the company released an app for iOS users on the App Store, and with it mobile users can more easily browse content on the website alongside an attractive design and the tools you'd expect. Android users will still be stuck with third-party options for now, but an official option will be surfacing soon.

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The remainder of Silk Road’s bitcoins have been sold

The remainder of Silk Road’s bitcoins have been sold

Remember the trove of bitcoins nabbed from the illicit underground market Silk Road? The US Marshals have been slowly auctioning them off in batches, something we've been reporting on over past months. The end of this week saw yet another bitcoin batch auction, but it was more notable for one big reason: it was the last of them. The auction took place on March 5 starting at 8AM, with registered bidders being able to email in bids for a batch of 50,000 bitcoins (split up into smaller blocks). Who bought the digital currency has not been revealed.

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Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard Entertainment has announced its new "Heroes of the Dorm" tournament for, you guessed it, college students. These students will be battling for a litany of prizes, the best ones probably being the funds for tuition (in excess of $450,000 is up for grabs). While it's a fun shot for college students to get a leg up in their college (and perhaps gaming) career, it's a big milestone for eSports in general: for the first time ever, ESPN will be offering live televised coverage of an eSports event.

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