Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 business ultrabook

Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 business ultrabook

It's Lenovo's most beloved business laptop: the X1 Carbon. The fourth-generation model has been released, and it's as beautiful as ever, bringing the best aspects of the X1 Carbon line and refining them with updated hardware, a lighter weight, and a thinner body. Lenovo boasts the laptop as being “Ultrathin, Ultralight, Ultratough.” With a price that can top a couple grand, it’s also pretty expensive. Is the latest Lenovo X1 Carbon worth the upgrade? Read our full review to find out!

Continue Reading

Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Tired of hearing about hovering somethings or others that, at the end of the day, don't hover at all? Feeling a bit jaded? Colin Furze’s latest creation will change all that -- he has a homemade hoverbike, and it is exactly what it's said to be: a bike that hovers over the ground thanks to a lightweight metal frame and two big spinning (probably lethal) rotors.

Continue Reading

Periscope for iOS adds sketching to live broadcasts

Periscope for iOS adds sketching to live broadcasts

Periscope pushed out an update for its iOS app yesterday, bringing it up to version 1.3.8. The update brings several changes, but the big one is “a new way to express yourself,” says Periscope (if you’re on iOS, that is). The feature is called Sketch, and it lets you sketch on the screen while broadcasting. Three primary colors are available with the feature, but there’s also a color dropper to select a different shade from the live video as it is broadcasting.

Continue Reading

Facebook: 60% of government requests ban notifying affected users

Facebook: 60% of government requests ban notifying affected users

Facebook has released its new Global Government Requests Report, and this time around it includes some case studies as examples of the types of requests it gets. The report also includes a bigger bit of information — the company says that about 60-percent of the government requests it received in the second half of 2015 included gag orders that prevented Facebook from notifying the affected users. On the flip side, though, Facebook has been able to disclose national security requests in bands of 500 rather than the previous 1000 it had to use before.

Continue Reading

Researchers map individual words to specific brain regions

Researchers map individual words to specific brain regions

Researchers with the University of California, Berkeley, have detailed how the so-called “semantic system” in the human brain works, and their work could one day help form treatments for injuries and diseases that affect one’s ability to speak. The study’s lead author Alex Huth was one of several volunteers who listened to more than two hours’ worth of radio shows while positioned inside an fMRI machine, shedding light on how the brain reacts to words and, eventually helping create a map of sorts.

Continue Reading

Peacocks’ special feather structure creates trippy, hypnotizing ‘dance’

Peacocks’ special feather structure creates trippy, hypnotizing ‘dance’

Peacocks, perhaps nature's most trippy bird, shake their tail feathers when it's time to attract a new mate. Why? Shaking those feathers -- called "train-rattling" -- causes an illusion where the eye-like circles on the feathers become more prominent, seemingly floating outward and hanging in the air. Those circles exist to lure in peahens, but have fascinated more than a few humans, too. Now a new study has taken a closer look at this 'train-rattling' dance and uncovered a few equally fascinating secrets about how it works.

Continue Reading

Harman Kardon GO + Play next-gen speaker sports steel handle

Harman Kardon GO + Play next-gen speaker sports steel handle

Harman Kardon has taken the wraps off its next-generation GO + Play, a wireless speaker that supports three devices at once and includes a built-in handle for easily toting it around. The company boasts ‘premium’ materials in its construction, including stainless steel for the handle and fabric for the finish. The speaker will be launching in May for $299 USD with a bunch of other features rounding it out.

Continue Reading

X-Doria Defense Lux Impression cases launch for iPhone 6s

X-Doria Defense Lux Impression cases launch for iPhone 6s

X-Doria has announced that its Defense Lux line has expanded with new Impression cases for the iPhone 6s. The cases are minimalistic in design, but constructed to keep the phone safe in a variety of situations, featuring MIL-STD-810G military grade durability. These cases join the maker’s Gear and Defense Shield cases to offer protection for Apple’s smartphone.

Continue Reading

DirecTV adds live out-of-market games for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers

DirecTV adds live out-of-market games for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers

DirecTV has announced that NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers will soon be able to stream out-of-market regular season football games on Sunday afternoons, removing the need to upgrade to an NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscription. Subscribers will be able to stream the games live on their favorite devices -- tablets, smartphones, and other connected gadgets. The new season of live NFL games starts September 11.

Continue Reading

TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB DVR records local over-the-air channels

TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB DVR records local over-the-air channels

TiVo has taken the wraps off its new TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB, a DVR that doesn’t require any sort of monthly subscription fees and that, says the company, has a new 1TB hard drive (able to record up to 150 hours of high-definition content). The DVR can be used to record content from local channels available via an OTA HD antenna, giving cord-cutters a way to record episodes and movies available freely over the air

Continue Reading

Facebook saw big advertising, mobile increases in Q1 2016

Facebook saw big advertising, mobile increases in Q1 2016

Facebook’s first quarter 2016 financial report is in, and the numbers are fantastic across the board. In the quarter ending on March 31, Facebook saw its year-on-year total revenue increase 52-percent, hitting $5.3 billion in comparison to the same quarter last year ($3.5 billion). “We had a great start to the year,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. “We’re focused on our 10 year roadmap to give everyone in the world the power to share anything they want with anyone."

Continue Reading

Samsung developing VR headset that doesn’t require a Galaxy phone

Samsung developing VR headset that doesn’t require a Galaxy phone

Samsung is working on another virtual reality headset, and it may not require one of the maker’s Galaxy smartphones to work. Company R&D head for software and services Injong Rhee revealed the project at a conference today, saying, “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone.” The future VR devices may have gesture and hand tracking and compete with high-end VR devices like the Oculus Rift.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next