Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Google Hangouts gives users 1 free minute for international calls

Google Hangouts gives users 1 free minute for international calls

Perhaps you don't make international calls too often and so you don't bother paying for international service on your phone. Or, alternatively, maybe Hangouts is your voice communication service of choice. Regardless, Google is encouraging Hangouts users to make their international calls with the service, doing so by offering a single free minute that'll get you 60 seconds of talk time with a pal across the globe. The bonus minute is only going to be around until the strike of the new year, however, so don't dally.

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Netflix puts up clever GIF posters that mirror the weather

Netflix puts up clever GIF posters that mirror the weather

Your daily Internet browsing likely involves at least a GIF or two, and communication is quickly incorporating the animation snippets as visual alternatives to words. It makes sense, then, for someone to try out an advertisement campaign that brings these GIFs to the nearest street corner, and it isn't surprising Netflix would be the company to do it. Given its vast library of videos, Netflix has no shortage of clips to choose from, and it is using them in a creative way.

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Amazon’s new diversity report tells a familiar tale

Amazon’s new diversity report tells a familiar tale

We've seen many diversity reports this year, and they all have one thing in common: a relative lack of diversity. Amazon has joined Facebook, Twitter, Google and others by posting its own numbers, and in them we see that same familiar tale comprised of people who are mostly white and mostly male. The company revealed its workforce statistics in a total of four categories, both for the overall company and for its managers when it comes to gender, and the same narrowed down to just those in the US when it comes to race.

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Tronsmart’s latest Android box boasts octa core processor

Tronsmart’s latest Android box boasts octa core processor

If you're looking for something a bit more powerful than a Chromecast or similar device, Tronsmart has rolled out the red carpet for a new Android set-top box that boasts, among other things, an octa core processor. Because it runs Android, users can use apps on their television from the Google Play Store, never mind how tricky it might be controlling them using the included remote. The box is called the Tronsmart Draco AW80 Meta, and it is available now through certain online retailers.

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HTC RE camera in orange is delayed

HTC RE camera in orange is delayed

HTC's L-shaped RE Camera, recently announced earlier this month, is offered in multiple colors: navy blue, teal, white and orange. Those who decided to take the plunge by pre-ordering the camera might be in for some bad news (if they opted in for the most popular color): orange is sold out and thus has been delayed. While, in a way, the status is good news for HTC, which is apparently seeing solid demand for the RE, it is bad news for those who were pining to get their camera soon.

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Sony promises VR will be showcased at PlayStation Experience

Sony promises VR will be showcased at PlayStation Experience

In case you missed it, Sony has a big community event planned for its gamers this coming December. The company has been teasing this event in bits and pieces, dangling precious few details amidst big promises that things will be spectacular. We recently found out about ticket availability and pricing, and now that sales have started, Sony has again taken to its blog with some promises. Among the tech and events attendees can expect to see at the PlayStation Experience, as it's called, is the company's virtual reality technology.

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British Museum now lets you 3D print artifact replicas

British Museum now lets you 3D print artifact replicas

3D printing is slowly but surely becoming more available to the average consumer, and the possibilities for it are vast. While the technology is being used to tackle projects as expansive as home construction and food in space, it is also being utilized at the simpler level for creating things like replacement knobs and personalized action figures. Among those simpler uses is the ability to print your own replica of historical items.

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Hungary’s Internet tax nixed following massive protests

Hungary’s Internet tax nixed following massive protests

Hungary's government isn't doing so well financially, and so it decided the best way to address the issue was to tax the Internet. As you'd expect, both citizen and ISP alike were unhappy with the decision, with service providers in particular warning that the planned fees would be a massive -- potentially crippling -- burden. The government dismissed the concerns, and massive protests in the streets soon followed. In response, the government has announced that it has shelved the taxation plan...temporarily. It may, however, return again in the future.

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JookBox speaker lets every listener add to its playlist

JookBox speaker lets every listener add to its playlist

The wireless speaker market is getting crowded, being packed by big players like Sonos and smaller brands alike. That doesn't mean there isn't room for new products, however, only that they need to stand out in some way to catch attention. BSX Electronics has achieved that with its new JookBox Bluetooth speakers, boasting that they're the first of their kind that allow multiple people to add music to a central party playlist from their own devices. In addition, JookBox offers three wireless syncing options.

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Razer Naga Epic Chroma Mouse targets MMO gamers

Razer Naga Epic Chroma Mouse targets MMO gamers

Razer, which recently introduced a new speaker system targeted at gamers, has unveiled a new gaming mouse designed specifically for use with MMOs. The maker brags its newest device has a hearty number of buttons at 19, and that it brings with it millions of color options. "The new Naga Epic Chroma gives MMO gamers more freedom than ever before," brags the company's CEO. Sound exciting? The Naga Epic Chroma mouse will be making it official debut on November 7 at BlizzCon.

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