Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


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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DARPA program seeks ‘rugged drugs’ that don’t expire

DARPA program seeks ‘rugged drugs’ that don’t expire

Much like the food in your fridge and the cleaning supplies in your closet, the drugs — both over the counter and prescription — in your medicine cabinet have an expiration date. While that expiration date isn’t a hard and fast rule in most cases, at least according to past research on the matter, it does mark a time when one can expect the medication to start losing potency, making it difficult to take proper dosages. Thanks to a new synthetic protein recently detailed by DARPA, however, that reality may itself soon be obsolete.

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Pluto’s moon Charon is home to a ‘super’ Grand Canyon, says NASA

Pluto’s moon Charon is home to a ‘super’ Grand Canyon, says NASA

We’ve see many highly detailed, usually stunning images of Pluto over past months, and now NASA is back with a similarly great photo, only this time it’s of Pluto’s moon Charon. As with other photos taken by New Horizons recently, the image is very detailed and high in quality, and in it we see a massive ridge etched into the moon — one so big it appears a piece of the celestial body is about to chip free.

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2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S leaks in full ahead of debut

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S leaks in full ahead of debut

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S has leaked online in all of its glory ahead of its official debut later this month in Germany. The leak includes half a dozen images showing the vehicle without any cover or disguises, and includes shots both under the hood and of the interior. With the photos, we see confirmation that the model feature a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, among other things.

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Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt display, the company has confirmed. The monitor, which is the only one Apple sells and has traditionally been slow on the updates, is still available to purchase through Apple's website, as well as Apple Stores and authorized retail stores for however long the existing supplies last. Once they're gone, though, they will be gone for good.

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Climate change may cause big spike in NYC heat deaths

Climate change may cause big spike in NYC heat deaths

We've seen record-breaking warmth across the globe for many months straight, and some places, unfortunately, have had to deal with extremely high temperatures. With those high temperatures come heat strokes and, in some cases, heat-related deaths, something expected to increase in coming years if steps aren't taken to mitigate the issue. New research, for example, says New York City could see more than 3,000 heat-related deaths a year by 2080 if preventative measures aren't pursued.

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This website texts your enemies Game of Thrones spoilers

This website texts your enemies Game of Thrones spoilers

Feel like getting even with your friends over whatever funny-in-their-own minds prank they pulled on you? Have an enemy two cubicles over who makes your work life miserable? A website promises to get even on your behalf, assuming your enemy watches Game of Thrones. For a small fee, the website will send anonymous GoT spoilers to whatever number you provide. Note: possible spoiler after the jump, depending on how far behind you are in the series.

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TVPRO HD6 is a tiny PC shaped like an ordinary webcam

TVPRO HD6 is a tiny PC shaped like an ordinary webcam

It’s not difficult to find a tiny PC; finding a unique one that isn’t simply another stick-shaped device is more difficult, however. That’s why the newly surfaced TVPRO HD6 stands out so much — at first glance it looks like an ordinary webcam. Give it a second look, though, and you’ll notice that it is in fact an entire PC (a very small one, yes), complete with an array of the ports you need most, as well as a couple of speakers on each end and a camera in the middle.

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Netflix taps Internet star Cameron Dallas for unscripted show

Netflix taps Internet star Cameron Dallas for unscripted show

Cameron Dallas, perhaps most popular via his Vine videos, has been tapped by Netflix for a new unscripted original series that, at this time, doesn’t appear to yet have a title. Netflix announced the new show on Wednesday, saying it will revolve around Dallas and a “close circle” of his friends while he works on building up his career and, presumably, going about whatever it is he does in a day.

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Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio’s capital Columbus has won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City competition, and as such will get $40 million in federal funds and another $10 million from the company Vulcan. The city has detailed its plans for the money, saying the combined $50 million will be used alongside locally raised funds to, among other things, connect the impoverished community Linden with a nearby job center using self-driving vehicles.

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Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram has announced a new feature called “Picked for You” that groups videos by each user's favorite interests and topics, making it easier to find new video content rapidly. These new "Picked for You" channels will be found under Explore, and will include everything from comedians to musicians and more. According to the company, it has seen users increase their video watch time on Instagram 150-percent over the past half year.

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