Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Waffle Houses become Roadie pick up destination

Waffle Houses become Roadie pick up destination

In the good ol' days, you responded to a classifieds ad and met up with the person in a mutually convenient parking lot for safety reasons. If you had something to deliver, you entrusted it to a neighborhood kid and paid a few bucks for their assistance. As with all things, that morphed over time, and has led up to where we now find ourselves: with smartphones and apps that connect people together, making it easier to operate with a "share-economy" sort of service. Roadie is one example, and it has revealed that Waffle House is on-board to serve as a mutual meeting ground for users.

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Power/Rangers short movie is all kinds of dark

Power/Rangers short movie is all kinds of dark

There's this thing you grew up with, and it was kind of cheesy, and you can acknowledge that as an adult. That doesn't dampen your fondness for it, of course, but now that you look at it with adult eyes you see all the parts that could have been, that would have been had you not been such a young not-yet-jaded soul. Power Rangers can be counted among those cheesy nostalgic staples, and thanks to "Dredd" product Adi Shankar, we can revisit that world with all its dark elements laid bare.

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Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

If you logged into your Outlook account today, you were likely greeted with a message bearing grave news (or mention of a feature you didn't even realize was available): Facebook and Google chat are going away. Until now, Outlook users were able to tie in their other accounts and chat with contacts on both of those aforementioned services -- something that was incredibly convenient and oft requested. All of it is set to fizzle away in the next few weeks, however, and Microsoft isn't being 100-percent clear about why.

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Fogo smart flashlight integrates GPS, Bluetooth

Fogo smart flashlight integrates GPS, Bluetooth

Technology makes the most convenient gadgets a little better, and the Fogo flashlight is one example of this. Fogo is a relatively small and ordinary-looking flashlight, but it packs some tech into it that makes being in the great outdoors a little easier and a little more safe. Chief among Fogo's features is the integrated GPS, which works alongside a small display to help users navigate without the aid of a smartphone or dedicated GPS device, and Bluetooth for connecting to a different device.

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LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG's curved G Flex2 smartphone is now rolling out across the globe, according to the maker. This roll out comes ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. The Flex2 will be available through big-name carriers in markets across the world, including France, Germany, the UK/US, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Says LG, "key markets" in those aforementioned regions will be revealing availability during Mobile World Congress, during which we'll be getting all the details as they arrive.

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Uber and SafetiPin partner to improve safety

Uber and SafetiPin partner to improve safety

Safety is a top concern among many aspects of life, whether you're walking through a city or taking an Uber ride. Knowing how safe any given area is helps one plan routes, and helps regions improve areas that might be less than savory. A recent partnership between Uber and SafetiPin will help improve safety in some regions by merging the ridesharing service's drivers with SafetiPin's data collection efforts, ultimately collecting details that can be shared with city officials to improve any issues in a region.

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TWC follows Comcast’s lead with offensive name change

TWC follows Comcast’s lead with offensive name change

Whether Comcast and Time Warner Cable will become one in the business world is yet to be seen, but the two appear to already be kindred spirits when it comes to customer service. Comcast was recently in hot water when customers stepped forward showing bills in which their names had been changed to something offensive: in those cases, there was A*****e Brown and Super B***h Bauer, among others. Now a Time Warner Cable subscriber has come forward with a similar story, revealing that her own name was changed.

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UnaliWear Kanega Watch: a wearable for the elderly

UnaliWear Kanega Watch: a wearable for the elderly

There's no shortage of wearables on the market, but their uses tend to be narrow, focusing on health, fitness, and bridging the land between your smartphone and your wrist. We've seen some devices crop up that tailor their functions to a more defined user base, but that user base is typically children. The UnaliWear Kanega Watch takes the opposite approach, targeting elderly users in particular with features that both facilitate independence while putting a caretaker's mind at ease. Medication alerts, directions home, and more are all available.

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LinkedIn reaches settlement with disgruntled users

LinkedIn reaches settlement with disgruntled users

Privacy concerns are at an all time high, and for good reason: joining the Snowden revelations have been a steady stream of security breaches among different companies, many of which have left users' sensitive data vulnerable or completely exposed. It's no surprise, then, that users didn't take kindly to discovering LinkedIn's security measures weren't as robust as they'd been led to believe. Such a revelation came to light in the summer of 2012 when hackers grabbed a trove of passwords.

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UberEATS delivers users lunch in Barcelona

UberEATS delivers users lunch in Barcelona

Uber is, in the general public's eye, that newfangled way to get a ride using your phone. Some cities have banned it, others have battled it, and some have welcomed it despite fierce protests from residents. Still, they all have something in common -- they view Uber as a way to get a ride. The service has been pushing beyond that narrow definition, however, and it is showing no sign of stopping, having recently announced its latest effort: UberEATS, a food deliver option for users in Barcelona.

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