Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Many things we search for online are things many other people are also interested in…and talking about. That talking more often than not takes place on Twitter, though, and so you’re forced to split your searching efforts with a little bit of Google here, a little bit of Twitter there. That comes to an end today, as Google has announced the two worlds have collided and its search results will include real-time tweets relevant to whatever you’re browsing, whether it’s a recent season finale or some popular segment of news.

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The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

Many people have a smartphone, but not everyone likes them. The non-smartphones lovers out there are finding that the non-smartphone handset options are decreasing, and so they resign themselves with owning one of the devices. Enter The Light Phone, a cell phone the size of a credit card that only does calls. It works with an existing smartphone, being bid as one’s “phone away from phone” as a prepaid GMS offering that uses an app that forwards calls from your smartphone when they arrive — and the two don’t have to be close to each other, meaning you can leave the smartphone at home.

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Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

When you choose a username in certain places — like Minecraft, for example — it’s expected that you abide by certain decency rules. No crude or offensive names and such. Many people don’t listen to such rules, of course, and so there are also word filters into place to weed out many of them. Humans are a creative lot though and so word filters can only do so much; many times offensive and crude names squeak through and enter into the wild, living on until spotted or tattled on. Such was the case with one Minecraft player who spent years playing with a particular crude name before getting hit with a light-hearted jab from Mojang itself.

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Flare: an all-in-one home security system shaped like a UFO

Flare: an all-in-one home security system shaped like a UFO

You're away from home and though you've a housesitter to keep the planets from dying, the place sits empty night after night and you've no way to know whether ne'erdowells will stay away. There are various smart home security systems on the market that offer peace of mind, mostly through connected alerts and access to video feeds. They typically involve placing sensors around the house, however, something the maker behind Flare decided to avoid. With Flare, the entire home security setup is promised to be available in a single UFO-shaped device.

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Starbucks taps Spotify to hawk music at loyal customers

Starbucks taps Spotify to hawk music at loyal customers

Starbucks is planning to team up with Spotify, it has announced, and the resulting deal will have benefits for those who enjoy both services (but perhaps most of all for those who are loyal Starbucks customers). Under it, workers at Starbucks stores will be given a Spotify Premium subscription and their influences will help shape the music that is played in-store. In addition, the Starbucks Mobile App will be able to direct users to playlists through the Starbucks’ mobile app. Other perks of the planned relationship between the two companies is a “Stars as Currency” option for Starbucks customers.

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Smart, JBL pack a crazy 16-speaker system in tiny Fortwo car

Smart, JBL pack a crazy 16-speaker system in tiny Fortwo car

Smart and JBL decided to get a little crazy together and the result is an insane (and probably incredibly fun) Fortwo car packed with 16 speakers and two subwoofers. The Smart Fortwo car is a tiny car, likely the smallest you’ll find zipping down your road. Fitting it with so many speakers, then, necessitated near-cramming to get it all packed in. As a result, it’s likely also the smallest car able to blast 5,720W and 150 dB of music. Why did Smart decide to undertake this project? you're likely wondering. The answer is exactly as it should be: just because it wondered if it could.

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Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Fiat Chrysler has gotten itself into hot water with the NHTSA, which made it known in the recent past that it is putting pressure on auto makers to improve their recall completion rates. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration announced today a future hearing during which it will examine whether the auto maker has been lazy about 20 automotive recalls totaling about 10 million vehicles, with numerous potential problems being cited. At this point the NHTSA is looking into whether the problems represent a pattern, and if so what it plans to do about it.

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GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

Telltale Games' upcoming title "Game of Thrones Episode 4: Sons of Winter" will be arriving very soon for a handful of devices, and ahead of that the company has decided to tease gamers with several screenshots, some of which tease actions and others that tease landscape -- and that, as far as we can tell, don't spoil anything too big about the game. This is the fourth installment in the series, and before all is said and done there will be two more episodes arriving in the future.

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Navy eyeing autonomous missile for Super Hornet aircraft

Navy eyeing autonomous missile for Super Hornet aircraft

The military has a big interest in all sorts of robotics and autonomous technologies, and many of them are directly related to weaponry, allowing machines to wage war in places where human loss would be too high. We've seen examples of this before, such as with the autonomous GuardBot robot ball, and now there's another example: an autonomous missile for a Super Hornet aircraft. As expected, the autonomous missile would be able to handle some of the mission entirely on its own.

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SpaceX teases Mars-bound future with retro travel posters

SpaceX teases Mars-bound future with retro travel posters

Back in January, NASA published some inspirational travel posters for far away planets based on real travel posters from the past. Now SpaceX has followed suit, only it wants your attention to be solely on Mars — the subject of its new three retro posters. The space company dropped the posters on its Flickr account over the weekend, and though we doubt this is what life on Mars would actually look like, it’s a fun way to dream of a future in space while enjoy the nostalgia of classic science fiction-like artwork.

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