Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


dokiWatch is an advanced smartwatch for kids

dokiWatch is an advanced smartwatch for kids

Most wearables for kids are limited in functionality, and often revolve around tracking for the parents’ peace of mind. dokiWatch is different — it features more advanced features, including fitness tracking, calling functionality, and an electronic pet to care for. The watch includes a kid-friendly design, as well, able to withstand the rough-and-tumble nature of childhood.

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SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal Music Group have reached a major licensing deal that gives SoundCloud access to a large catalogue and wide range of artists. This isn’t SoundCloud’s first licensing deal, but is its biggest to date; Universal Music Group has a large roster of big-name artists. In the recent past, SoundCloud struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association, a consortium that includes Warner Music Group.

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Uber’s new ‘second chance’ for rejected drivers raises concerns

Uber’s new ‘second chance’ for rejected drivers raises concerns

Uber has announced plans to give some drivers who initially failed its background check a second chance to become a driver. This is good news for those who have moved beyond their past and are trying to earn a living, but has raised some concerns among some...mostly those who already worry about the company's driver vetting. Uber, however, isn't giving everyone a second chance.

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GoPro to layoff 7% of workers after poor holiday sales

GoPro to layoff 7% of workers after poor holiday sales

Following a poor holiday season, GoPro has announced that it will be laying off 7-percent of its workforce. As well, the company expects that its revenues for the last quarter will be substantially lower than analysts had estimated. GoPro expects to report revenue of $435 million, while analysts were expecting the company to pull in $521 million or thereabouts in its fourth quarter.

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LEGO Marvel’s Avengers: DLC adds Ant-Man, ‘Civil War’ content

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers: DLC adds Ant-Man, ‘Civil War’ content

TT Games’ Arthur Parsons, game director, announced today that LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will soon receive a DLC that brings in content from Ant-Man and the upcoming movie Captain America: Civil War. The DLC will be free to gamer owners, but will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 3. The game already includes content related to half a dozen Marvel movies.

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Mumbai institutes ‘no selfie’ zones following death

Mumbai institutes ‘no selfie’ zones following death

Growing weary of the ever-present selfie? Mumbai, India now has several regions where taking selfies is no longer permitted, an action spurred by the unnecessary death of one woman. These fifteen no-selfie zones are places in the city of Mumbai that officials have determined are dangerous for snapping a picture of one’s self. Places include the Girgaum Chowpatty beach.

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New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

Small drones are just powerful enough to get an operator in trouble. Whether the operator is intentionally doing something forbidden like using a drone to snoop or something accidental like veering into protected air space, a new tool has been designed to snatch that drone out of the sky while keeping innocent bystanders safe. Simply referred to as the “Drone Catcher,” this new tool takes down drones by shooting a net at them.

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NASA image shows ‘snail’ traveling across Pluto

NASA image shows ‘snail’ traveling across Pluto

It may not be as interesting as crabs on Mars, but a relatively new NASA picture shows what some say is a snail-like being on Pluto. The image was captured by the New Horizons spacecraft as it made a flyby of the planet back in July. Pictured in a somewhat barren landscape is a ‘snail,’ or better put, an object that looks like a snail. Some enthusiasts hope it is a glimpse of alien life, but the real answer is (probably) far more mundane.

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Researchers discover remains of ancient bus-sized crocodile

Researchers discover remains of ancient bus-sized crocodile

Researchers have discovered the remains of an ancient crocodile that lived in the sea and was about the size of a modern bus. This particular prehistoric crocodile was previously unknown to scientists; it has been dubbed Machimosaurus rex and was discovered in Tunisia. Said University of Bologna’s Federico Fanti, the paper’s lead author, “It’s just big. It’s almost the size of a bus.”

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Netflix’s Reed Hastings unveils $100m philanthropic fund

Netflix’s Reed Hastings unveils $100m philanthropic fund

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that he is funding a new philanthropic fund called the Hastings Fund. This will be a $100 million effort targeted at education through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he said. A couple of recipients have already been announced, as has the fund’s CEO: Neerav Kingsland. The Hastings Fund, among other things, plans "to partner with communities."

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