Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Apple Pay goes live in France and Hong Kong

Apple Pay goes live in France and Hong Kong

Apple Pay is now available in France and Hong Kong, allowing Apple users in both countries to use the company’s mobile payment system. As with Apple Pay in other supported countries, those in France and Hong Kong can use certain banking cards to make payments using their Apple Watch or iPhone; in France, MasterCard and Visa debit cards can be used, while in Hong Kong some MasterCard and Visa payment cards are supported, as well as American Express credit cards.

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Obi robot helps disabled diners eat

Obi robot helps disabled diners eat

Robotics company Desin has introduced a device called Obi, and it’s designed to help disabled individuals eat independently. Using a robotic armature with a spoon attached, a bowl with four sections, and some carefully designed buttons, the contraption serves as a diner’s hands when his or her own may have failed them. Obi was created to help individuals with conditions like multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinsons, and other conditions.

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Duolingo Tinycards for iOS take learning beyond languages

Duolingo Tinycards for iOS take learning beyond languages

Duolingo is known for its language-learning app, but soon enough it'll be known for its more general educational offerings, too. The company has launched a new iOS app called Tinycards, which will be heading to other platforms in the near future, and it expands beyond languages to help users memorize all sorts of things. The app is currently available for both iPhone and iPad.

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LG Action Cam LTE to arrive in ‘key markets’ soon

LG Action Cam LTE to arrive in ‘key markets’ soon

If you feel like you've heard about the newly announced LG Action Cam LTE before, it's probably because you have. The company first took the wraps off its camera back in May, and today it has re-introduced it to coincide with the device's launch in South Korea. If you live elsewhere and aren't content with the action cameras already available, however, LG says it will be bringing the action camera to 'key markets' beyond Korea in the coming weeks.

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‘Harpoon’ device eliminates open heart surgery for mitral valve repairs

‘Harpoon’ device eliminates open heart surgery for mitral valve repairs

A new device may revolutionize the world of mitral valve repair, making it possible for surgeons to fix this particular heart problem without having to perform open heart surgery. According to researchers investigating the device, which is called ‘harpoon,’ it has shown 100-percent performance and safety for this medical purpose. Unlike open heart surgery, using the image-guided contraption is safer for the patient, less physically taxing, and requires much less recovery time. In fact, the researchers estimate someone could leave the hospital the day after a mitral valve repair is performed with Harpoon.

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Golfer Bubba Watson shows off a 200hp jetpack ‘golf cart’

Golfer Bubba Watson shows off a 200hp jetpack ‘golf cart’

Golf carts are now officially old news thanks to professional golfer Bubba Watson and his newly showcased jetpack. It's a legit strap-yourself-inside-it-and-hold-on jetpack, only designed for whizzing around a golf course rather than battling fires or dealing with super villains. It's bizarre upon first glance, but entirely practical if you're crunched for time; while a golf cart has to drive around water traps, a jetpack can merely zoom above them, no detour necessary.

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‘Making a Murderer’ docu series is heading back to Netflix

‘Making a Murderer’ docu series is heading back to Netflix

Netflix saw incredible success with its documentary series “Making a Murderer,” and so it’s no surprise the company is bringing it back for another season. In an announcement today, Netflix said new episodes for the next season are in production now, and they’ll concern themselves with the continued story of Steven Avery. In this case, Netflix promises the next season will take a look at the post-conviction process and a bit of the drama surrounding it, too.

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Amazon now offers iconic articles and essays for Kindle owners

Amazon now offers iconic articles and essays for Kindle owners

Amazon has announced the launch of a new category of content called Kindle Singles Classics. In this case, the content is comprised of short work by notable authors that was originally published in other periodicals and publications. Much of this content is being made available in digital form for the first time, marking not only much greater availability to larger audiences, but more accessible preservation of some of the modern world’s greatest written works.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PlayStation 4 on October 11, Square Enix announced today, and it’ll be bringing PlayStation VR support with it. We heard last summer that the PS4 version of the game would be arriving in time for this year’s holiday season, and mid-October gives enough time to target those early Christmas shoppers. The October 11 release will be for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and it’ll bring with it a new story chapter dubbed “Blood Ties,” all the DLC that has already been released, and more.

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NFL tipped in plan to chip footballs for data analysis

NFL tipped in plan to chip footballs for data analysis

The NFL is planning to add data-gathering hardware to footballs used in this year’s preseason, according to a source, doing so to learn certain things about gameplay. The data gathered will help shed light on areas like kicking and officiating, and could be used to make changes to the game that’ll be seen as early as next year, at least according to reports.

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Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Strict regulations have been implemented regarding the use of drones, and while it is legal to operate them as a hobbyist, there are so-called “no fly zones” in which such flights are against the law. While in some cases it is okay to fly a drone, there are situations where it temporarily may not be acceptable — and a wild fire is one such example, as a drone could create risk if firefighters try to use planes to douse the flames. It's for this reason that one hobbyist drone operator was arrested in California.

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Twitch wants performers for a live talent show

Twitch wants performers for a live talent show

Twitch has slowly expanded its horizons, drawing in users for other-than-gaming streaming videos. There’s that bizarre social eating section, for example, as well the larger Twitch Creative community for all sorts of creative and artsy videos. Now, in celebration of that community and the new ways to stream via it, Twitch is calling for users who want to showcase whatever their creative talent is live at the TwitchCon Talent Show — it has specifically called for those with acts in dance, comedy, theater, music, poetry, art, and magic.

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