Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


‘The Departed’ is being turned into an original Amazon series

‘The Departed’ is being turned into an original Amazon series

Amazon is going to make an original episodic series based on the 2006 movie “The Departed,” doing so with its own Amazon Studios in conjunction with Vertigo Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, and Initial Entertainment Group. This new series, according to a recent report, has been written by Jason Richman and will fall within the ‘crime drama’ genre. This in the first time Warner Bros TV has made a major sale to Amazon Studios.

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‘Narcos’ season 2 arrives September 2, new trailer teases premiere

‘Narcos’ season 2 arrives September 2, new trailer teases premiere

Netflix has a lot of great shows, and it has a lot of obscure low-quality shows. The divide between the two is vast, and distinctly existing on the “great” side of the spectrum is Narcos, an original series chronicling the lives of DEA agents, drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the terror that rises in his wake. The show received ample praise in its first season, and soon after launching it Netflix promised there'd be a second season. Now that second season is nearly upon us, and Netflix has released a new trailer teasing it.

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Pinterest acquires Instapaper, the ‘save anything’ service

Pinterest acquires Instapaper, the ‘save anything’ service

Instapaper, the service that advertised itself as a 'save anything' tool, has been acquired by Pinterest, marking the latest evolution in both companies' platforms. With Instapaper, users are able to save anything from around the web to read later -- articles, recipes, etc -- on whatever device they'd like, whether it is their laptop, Kindle, smartphone or whatever else. For the average Instapaper user, nothing about this changes.

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Zero Breeze is a portable air conditioner for an increasingly hot world

Zero Breeze is a portable air conditioner for an increasingly hot world

The world keeps getting warmer, and maybe the thought of a summer day spent camping is ruined by the promise of triple-digit temperatures. The solution? In the future it may be a portable air conditioner like Zero Breeze, which in this case also functions as a Bluetooth speaker and a night light. The device looks something like a large handheld vacuum, but it’s not — it’s a small and quiet air conditioner that can be placed in a boat, a tent, or any other small space where heat may be an issue.

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Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook Messenger is testing a new feature that will make the app entirely more useable for some individuals: the ability to request adding a contact with another Messenger user rather than having to add that individual as a ‘friend.’ The new feature is aptly called ‘Add Contact,’ and would exist between Facebook friendship and messaging someone sans any formal affiliation with them; you can, for now, message someone who isn’t a friend by sending them a message request.

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Opera’s free VPN app arrives on Android

Opera’s free VPN app arrives on Android

In May, Opera unveiled an iOS app that gives Apple device owners free VPN access for their various Internet browsing activities. That itself followed the company's announcement earlier this year that it was adding a free VPN to its browser. If you're on Android and feeling left out, good news: Opera is finally launching a free VPN app for Android, too, the addition of which means most Internet browsers now have at least one way to use Opera's offering.

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Xiaomi accused of stealing Jawbone’s speaker design

Xiaomi accused of stealing Jawbone’s speaker design

Chinese company Xiaomi has been accused of ripping off one of Jawbone's speaker designs, an accusation that isn't the least bit surprising to anyone familiar with Xiaomi's long list of 'inspired' looks. The speaker in question is the Xiaomi Mi Speaker Box, a portable Bluetooth speaker that looks strikingly similar to the Jawbone Jambox speakers. Though both have their own individual design choices, the Xiaomi's speaker grille design is remarkably similar to the one found on the Mini Jambox.

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Parrot DISCO fixed-wing drone with headset launches next month

Parrot DISCO fixed-wing drone with headset launches next month

The Parrot DISCO, a small drone unveiled at CES 2016 with a design at odds with just about every other consumer drone, will be available starting next month for $1,299 USD, the company has announced. Unlike most consumer drones, which sport a few rotors (quadcopters), the Parrot DISCO features a pair of wings similar to what you'd find on a large drone or an ordinary airplane. The drone teases a bunch of fun possibilities, including FPV operation via a headset and drone-mounted camera.

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NASA STEREO spacecraft contact reestablished after 22 months

NASA STEREO spacecraft contact reestablished after 22 months

Nearly two years ago, NASA lost contact with the STEREO-B spacecraft operating as part of its STEREO Mission. The space agency has been trying to reestablish contact with that spacecraft since then, and now, about 22 months later, NASA has announced that it succeeded. NASA made contact with the spacecraft yesterday, and it will soon perform further tasks to determine STEREO-B's health, status, and other pertinent information.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch cheap Echo-only music service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch cheap Echo-only music service

Rumor has it Amazon is working on its own music streaming service that will cost $9.99/month and will compete with the likes of Spotify and similar. Now a new report says that’s only part of Amazon’s plans — the company is also reportedly working on a second music streaming service that will only cost half as much but will come with a big limitation: it’ll only be available on Amazon Echo. For Echo owners, though, that could mean paying a mere $4 or $5/month for music streaming.

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‘Adonis’ is Europe’s oldest tree with an age of 1,075 years

‘Adonis’ is Europe’s oldest tree with an age of 1,075 years

Europe’s oldest living tree is located in northern Greece and is, according to a team of researchers, more than 1,075 years old. Dubbed ‘Adonis,’ the tree is of the Bosnian pine variety, and it has recently been dated using dendrochronology — the science of analyzing tree rings. Using this data and the data of similarly old trees could help scientists understand the climate and related history of the region, as well as the effect those changes have on the trees.

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Apple acquires Gliimpse, a health data startup

Apple acquires Gliimpse, a health data startup

Apple has acquired Gliimpse, a startup that concerns itself with health data and making it easier for patients to access their medical records. Apple has, according to sources, acquired the startup, adding it to its own growing repertoire of health products. Though Apple has confirmed the acquisition, it hasn't provided any details; sources claim the acquisition took place earlier this year. Gliimpse has not commented on the business deal.

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