Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Instagram Explore feed gets event video channels

Instagram Explore feed gets event video channels

Instagram is pushing the video aspect of its service via the launch of new video event channels in its Explore section. These channels highlight videos from events, whatever they may be, so that you can get up to date on the things you missed. As expected, the channels are tailored to each user, so the highlights are of things you’ll probably actually want to see, like clips from your favorite band’s concert or a sporting event.

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Netflix deal brings service’s app to more in-room hotel TVs

Netflix deal brings service’s app to more in-room hotel TVs

Enseo, in case you’ve never heard about it before, is the source of the in-room entertainment you get at many hotels. Netflix has announced a new expanded deal with Enseo that will allow the latter company to bring the Netflix app to some of its devices for in-room enjoyment at any hotel in any country where Netflix is available. On the consumer end of things, this means you'll more frequently find the Netflix app provided on your hotel room's TV.

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Intel eyes a future where USB-C headphones reign supreme

Intel eyes a future where USB-C headphones reign supreme

The rumored impending death of the 3.5mm audio jack, at least in the smartphone industry, has people worked up into a frenzy. There are some arguments about why ditching it for USB-C would be best; there are ample arguments about why the transition would be a mistake. Some vow to never buy a phone that doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack; others say Bluetooth is the way of the future anyway, so who cares? Intel, it seems, is voting for that rumored USB-C headphones future, and it says there are some why it makes sense.

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Great Lakes’ second-oldest shipwreck discovered in Lake Ontario

Great Lakes’ second-oldest shipwreck discovered in Lake Ontario

When it comes to shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan usually gets all the attention. That’s not the case with the latest discovery, though, which has turned up the Great Lakes region's second-oldest shipwreck in Lake Ontario. The ship, which was built in America but owned by Canadians, sank in 1803. The team behind the discovery announced their find in a statement today, saying the shipwreck concerns the vessel “Washington," which has long been known to have sank during a storm.

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Lyft lets riders set precise pickup and drop-off locations

Lyft lets riders set precise pickup and drop-off locations

Lyft has announced refined drop-off and pickup options in its app, allowing users to chose the precise places their Lyft rider lets them out or picks them up. Lyft says the drop-off locations can be as exact as a specific door at a specific airport terminal, eliminating the need to call the driver and tell them over the phone where exactly you are. These precise drop-offs aren't available at all places across the nation, though.

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McDonald’s puts activity tracker toy wearables in Happy Meals

McDonald’s puts activity tracker toy wearables in Happy Meals

McDonald's has introduced new toys into its Happy Meals aimed at encouraging kids to be active, a toy that is shaped like an activity tracking smartwatch. McDonald’s is offering the toy at its U.S. and Canadian stores for the next four or so weeks, something that is supposedly targeting the combination of summer break and the summer Olympics excitement. There are half a dozen trackers in total, and while they aren’t actual watches, they do know how many steps you take.

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Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundles arrive on September 22

Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundles arrive on September 22

Microsoft has announced a pair of Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundles, saying they’ll be available soon in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Both bundles include the FIFA 17 game as a download, as well as a trio of Ultimate Team Loan Legends and more. The big difference between the two bundles is the amount of storage space you get for your games: one bundle includes a 500GB hard drive console and the other includes a 1TB hard drive.

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BLU Pure XR teased with an August 29 launch date

BLU Pure XR teased with an August 29 launch date

Blu has revealed a sneak peak of a new smartphone called the Blu Pure XR, something it describes as a ‘premium’ smartphone that will be officially announced this upcoming August 29. The company is remaining quiet about the phone’s features, but a product listing for the smartphone went live on Amazon briefly this month before being pulled; assuming it was accurate, we already know most of the phone's specs.

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Amazon orders ‘Jack Ryan’ exclusive series for Prime Video

Amazon orders ‘Jack Ryan’ exclusive series for Prime Video

It’s official: Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” is heading to Amazon Prime Video as part of an exclusive episodic series. The first season will be comprised of ten episodes; both Skydance Television and Paramount are co-producing the show with Carlton Cuse serving as executive producer alongside Graham Roland, Michael Bay, and several others. John Krasinski from “The Office” will be staring as the character Jack Ryan.

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth Headphones Review

Marshall Major II Bluetooth Headphones Review

Marshall excited music lovers a few years back with the unveiling of its then-new headphones, bringing its audio prowess to the most personal of audio items -- headphones -- alongside an iconic and refreshingly different design. The company has released some models since then, one of the newest being the Marshall Major II headphones. These particular headphones come in both non-Bluetooth and Bluetooth varieties, with the latter being a particularly welcomed addition. Many have questioned whether the wireless version is worth the extra cost, and so we got our hands on a pair to find out for ourselves.

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ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

Earlier this summer, some posts on Reddit surfaced pointing toward a new ASUS Chromebook C301SA model with decent specs and a very nice price tag. ASUS pulled the product page shortly after it drew attention, though, and there’s been no update on it since…until today. Someone has spotted that model Chromebook up for preorder through an online retailer, though it still hasn't reappeared on ASUS' own website.

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Westin, Marriott, and Hyatt hotels hit with payment malware

Westin, Marriott, and Hyatt hotels hit with payment malware

HEI Hotels has issued a notice alerting its customers about a credit card breach. The company first became aware of the issue when its bank card processor told it there was a possible security issue at play. HEI Hotels initiated what it says was an “extensive forensic investigation,” which turned up malware installed on payment processing systems at certain hotels. The current list of affected locations includes hotels under the Marriott, Hyatt, and Westin chains, among others.

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