Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

The Roku app can do more than just toggle to the next Netflix episode, and with its latest update (for both iOS and Android) it can do even more. With the update comes Roku Feed and voice search, both of which were previously announced last month and are also now available on the current generation Rokus, including Roku TVs. Those on Windows Phone, as I’m sure they expect, will have to continue waiting for these features, as they’ll be coming on “a later date”.

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Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

While Uber is busy battling away in some places and leaving others, its biggest competitor Lyft is slowly expanding its own presence, and part of that expansion is hinged on drawing in drivers and riders...and then keeping them. The company has announced its latest incentive in that regards, a partnership with Verizon Wireless that gets part of drivers' mobile bills reduced. Perhaps more import, however, is that under this partnership Verizon will start selling some Android handsets with the Lyft app pre-installed, getting it directly into the hands of potential riders.

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus may have curtain eruptions instead of jets

Saturn’s moon Enceladus may have curtain eruptions instead of jets

NASA has revealed that what have appeared to be geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus may, in fact, be “curtain” eruptions — basically long meandering eruptions that form wall-like structures down the moon’s surface. These eruptions are composed of ice and vapor, and can measure in at hundreds of miles in length. They have appeared to be geysers due to optical illusions based on the viewing angle and such. In a video, available after the jump, NASA shows how these optical illusions may work.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer rehashed in 16-bit stylings

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer rehashed in 16-bit stylings

The Internet can’t get enough of modern media being turned into 16-bit masterpieces. We’ve seen numerous examples via the always wonderful (and somewhat disingenuously named) 8-bit Cinema, for example, and some have even taken to creating philosophy videos in fun pixelated stylings. It’s no surprise, then, that someone has created a rendition of the latest Star Wars movie’s trailer rehashed as a 16-bit video game, bringing back memories of playing Star Wars games on the SNES. Video after the jump!

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Tom Hardy wants to play Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’

Tom Hardy wants to play Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’

It's no secret that some actors have pushed to take on the roles of iconic superheroes (and super villains), and now Tom Hardy can be counted among them. He has had many notable roles in popular movies over the years, and now he's pining for his own slot in the Marvel universe -- he will take just about anything he can get (within reason), it seems, but he is particularly interested in the role of "The Punisher", the anti-hero who brings about his own sense of justice to the streets.

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Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch has been vocal in the recent past about its smartwatch ambitions, and its focus lies on the battery life — arguably, the Achilles heel of wearables, something often poor enough that many have elected to hold out until better battery tech comes about. Back in February we heard word that Swatch was planning to launch a smartwatch sometime in the next three months, and at the time there was again mention of the company’s battery tech efforts, including a portfolio boasting flexible power packs and bendable batteries.

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Elon Musk: Tesla home batteries “basically sold out” through mid-2016

Elon Musk: Tesla home batteries “basically sold out” through mid-2016

After speculation of such, Tesla recently introduced home batteries as part of its Tesla Energy division. These Powerwall (residential) and Powerpack (industrial) batteries, as they're called, are Tesla's way of ushering in a new future of sustainable energy, and they provide an enticing opportunity for those who may have otherwise been hesitating about switching to solar energy. During the Tesla earnings call today, company CEO Elon Musk touched on the topic of batteries, saying that the company has “basically sold out” the product all the way through the middle of next year.

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SpaceX: Good news, future Dragon crew, you wouldn’t have been pulped

SpaceX: Good news, future Dragon crew, you wouldn’t have been pulped

SpaceX has successfully tested its Dragon launch abort system, having done so with a dummy in the Dragon capsule to see how well potential future occupants would handle such an event. Sensors were used to gauge what kind of forces the dummy was exposed to during the aborted mission, and according to a tweet SpaceX has since fired off, it held up perfectly fine. In fact, SpaceX says that had humans been in the capsule they would have been "in great shape".

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Sony renews superhero series ‘Powers’ for second season

Sony renews superhero series ‘Powers’ for second season

Sony has renewed its superhero series “Powers” for a second season, something that has been officially revealed by the powers that be at Sony. The series is a drama based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis, and revolves around a police officer working in the department’s “Powers” division where crimes encompassing those with special powers are handled. This was PlayStation's first scripted drama series, having originally been destined for FX before Sony swooped in to nab it. More details after the jump!

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Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Today Snapchat released updates for its iOS and Android apps, bringing both to version 9.7.0. There are a couple new features, but the most notable of the two aims to make users more aware of (or, perhaps, more inclined to use) Discover, the discovery feature the app added in the relatively recent past. Though the feature has been around since January, statistics show that it isn't being utilized very often...something Snapchat is apparently hoping to change with this newest update.

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