Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Rolls-Royce’s autonomous ship control center is crazy futuristic

Rolls-Royce’s autonomous ship control center is crazy futuristic

It’s no secret that Rolls-Royce is working on autonomous ships for commercial use (read: self-operating cargo ships) — we heard about them years ago, and work on them has been relatively quiet since. That changed this month, with Rolls-Royce detailing what it envisions the future will hold in this regard; there will be the autonomous ships themselves, of course, but also control centers where the ships are monitored and controlled. If the company’s concept video and photos are anything to go by, these control centers will be insanely futuristic.

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Xbox Fitness shutdown begins, service will go dark next year

Xbox Fitness shutdown begins, service will go dark next year

Today brings sad news for Xbox Fitness users -- Microsoft has announced plans to "scale back" the service, and by that it means that it's going to do away with the workout service entirely. The fitness product will be phased out gradually, giving users time to transition to something else. Starting today, no content can be purchased on Xbox Fitness. For those who have already bought content, you can continue to enjoy it; December 15 is when things start going south.

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Microsoft pays $10k judgement over forced Windows 10 update

Microsoft pays $10k judgement over forced Windows 10 update

Microsoft has paid a $10,000 judgement to Windows user Teri Goldstein, who sued the company after an authorized Windows 10 update allegedly wrecked havoc on her computer, causing issues that, according to Goldstein, ultimately hampered her travel agency business. Microsoft has been heavily criticized for pushing Windows 10 onto users, often in sneaky or unauthorized ways; though it has paid the judgement, the company still maintains that it did nothing wrong.

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Streaming video services found in half of U.S. homes

Streaming video services found in half of U.S. homes

Following years of reports about the growing number of cable cutters and those augmenting their traditional television subscription with streaming video, Nielsen has announced a new milestone for SVOD services: they're now found in half of all U.S. households, making them as ubiquitous as the ever-loved DVR. Per its latest ‘Total Audience Report,’ the number of U.S. adults using live television with DVR and watching time-shifted TV has nearly reached the same level as AM/FM radio users.

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Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

If you use Uber, you’ve probably noticed that most drivers have a streaming service of some sort running, which makes it easier to switch to a type of music the rider likes if they request. Perhaps that’s why Uber has announced a new perk in which drivers located in the US, New Zealand, and Australia can stream music from Pandora without advertisements, though it is limited only to times they are actually driving.

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Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video has added support for Dolby Vision HDR content, the company has announced. Service users located in the United States can now watch certain videos in Dolby Vision, assuming their television supports it. This new support joins Amazon’s previously launched UHD high dynamic range content, though depending on who you’re talking to, the Dolby Vision content is usually favored for having higher quality.

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Lenovo Pocket Projector Review — a 110″ display in your bag

Lenovo Pocket Projector Review — a 110″ display in your bag

Lenovo has tablets with built-in projectors, but that's not practical for some. If you want to enjoy the same kind of projector sans the entire tablet arrangement, there's the new Lenovo Pocket Projector. As the name suggests, this newly launched projector is small...small enough to fit in many pockets, and definitely small enough to fit in whatever bag you're using. Is the image quality worth it, though? Read our review to find out!

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Sigma sd Quattro camera launches next month for $799

Sigma sd Quattro camera launches next month for $799

Sigma introduced the sd Quattro cameras in February, but did not detail pricing or availability. That changed today, with the company (finally) dropping both details: you’ll be able to purchase the sd Quattro next month for $799 USD, a price that jumps to $999 USD if you purchase the camera bundled with the Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC HSM Art lens. The company will also be launching the new Sigma EF-630 flash next month for $379 USD, and a USB docking station for $79 USD.

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WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls everyday

WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls everyday

WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls every day, the company has announced. The calls are made using WhatsApp Calling, a feature that lets you stay in touch with others via voice calls versus the chats the app is most commonly used for. The voice calling feature is a nice alternative to using one’s phone to make the call — it is arguably more convenient, but can also be safer in the privacy sense, at least if certain whistleblower leaks are to be believed.

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Netflix offline viewing tipped for late 2016 launch

Netflix offline viewing tipped for late 2016 launch

Netflix is great for those times you're around a solid WiFi connection, but forget about it for those long car rides and plane trips. Amazon nicely fills that void, with many of the movies it offers through Prime Video being available to download. Netflix subscribers have long hoped they'd get their own offline viewing feature, but Netflix has always downplayed the request, going so far as to say last September that it won't be happening any time soon. A new tipster, though, says we may be seeing just such a feature by the end of this year.

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Making your phone battery last all day (without using a power bank)

Making your phone battery last all day (without using a power bank)

Our phones are always with us, and they're our only tool for doing most things anymore: getting in touch with someone, finding an address or phone number, navigating somewhere, taking a picture, and all that fun stuff. As such, a low or dead phone battery is harrowing. We'll keep the phone on a charger when possible, but getting through a day without having to charge is ideal...and, fortunately, entirely possible.

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Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden has launched its first electric highway, something that is serving as a test of sorts for a potential wider rollout later on. This is part of the nation’s stated goal of ditching fossil fuel-based transportation in the future, making it possible for electric trucks to operate across a two kilometer stretch of freeway. The electric highway features electrified cables running overhead; electric trucks connected to them get their power through the lines, eliminating worries about batteries and range while curbing pollution and more.

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