Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


‘Simpsons’ full series marathon coming to FXX (again) in November

‘Simpsons’ full series marathon coming to FXX (again) in November

This isn't deja vu, it's just happening again: FXX plans to have another The Simpsons every episode marathon starting around Thanksgiving and running into early December, the same thing it did back in 2014. The first "Every Episode Ever" marathon was a big hit following FX's acquisition of The Simpsons back catalog rights, and involved airing every episode of the series in order.

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Neverwinter: Storm King’s Thunder hits PS4 on October 18

Neverwinter: Storm King’s Thunder hits PS4 on October 18

Next month, PlayStation 4 owners will get Neverwinter: Storm King’s Thunder, Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have announced. The game will be available on October 18, bringing gamers new content and features versus the previous title, including things like a new tier of dungeon, a trio of new adventure zones, guild alliances, an Ostorian relics system, and more. The new game will feature Catti-brie and Wulfgar, characters from R.A. Salvatore’s novels.

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Uber in New York City gets ride scheduling

Uber in New York City gets ride scheduling

Uber is great if you need to catch a ride somewhere, but lacks when you have to catch a ride at a specific time — if no drivers are close by, you’ll be forced to wait however long until a driver swings by. To help deal with that issue comes a scheduled rides feature for those located in New York City. With it, you can schedule a ride ahead of time to ensure there’s a car ready to pick you up right when you need it. This is part of the feature announced in June, which already went live in Seattle and many other places.

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Rollei Actioncam 430 is a small 4K adventure camera

Rollei Actioncam 430 is a small 4K adventure camera

A tiny action camera was recently shown off at Photokina, and though it doesn't have the same household name status as GoPro, it does come in a similar form factor. The Rollei Actioncam 430 is small and rectangular in shape with a small display, rugged body, and protruding lens. Like other action cameras, the Actioncam 430 is designed to record your various adventures, including ones involving water (thanks to a waterproof case).

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Minecraft: Education Edition launches November 1

Minecraft: Education Edition launches November 1

Minecraft: Education Edition will be available starting November 1, marking the full release after months of being available under a limited early access program. According to the company, more than 35,000 teachers and students have been taking part in the early access program, and their feedback has been used to help refine the final product. Those who want to try before they buy should be sure to grab the early version before November 1 rolls around.

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Sony Xperia XZ will cost $699 in the US

Sony Xperia XZ will cost $699 in the US

Those in the United States will be able to get their hands on the Xperia XZ and X Compact soon, and ahead of their launch comes the official price tags: the Xperia XZ flagship will cost you $699 USD (32GB/3GB RAM), while the X Compact will be less at $499 USD (preorders available now). These are the prices for the unlocked phones, of which the Xperia XZ will be available on October 2 and the X Compact on September 25, with the unlocked versions being offered at Best Buy, Amazon, and some other select retailers.

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Huge Yahoo data breach confirmed: 500m accounts hit

Huge Yahoo data breach confirmed: 500m accounts hit

Yahoo has confirmed that it suffered a massive data breach, saying its investigation into the matter reported in August has revealed that at least 500 million user accounts are affected. The hack and subsequent data theft took place in late 2014; the company, per its investigation, says it believes a state-sponsored actor was responsible. The potentially exposed data is extensive, including things like user email addresses, names, birth dates, hashed passwords, phone numbers, and possibly security questions/answers of both the unencrypted and encrypted varieties.

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Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Water bear protein enables extreme radiation resistance

Tardigrades, also known as ‘water bears' and 'moss piglets,' are microscopic critters able to withstand a slew of environmental conditions that would kill off most other life: very high levels of radiation, extremely hot and cold temperatures, and even the conditions of outer space. Researchers with the University of Tokyo decided to zero in on one of those realities in particular, the resilience to radiation, and they may have found the answer — a particular protein.

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Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech Z337 Bold Sound is a desktop speaker with Bluetooth

Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth, the company’s first desktop speaker that can play music via Bluetooth rather than an audio cable. Thanks to the Bluetooth support, users are able to stream their audio from any device that supports it — a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or similar device. The Z337 Bold isn’t limited to just Bluetooth audio, though, also offering RCA input and a 3.5mm audio jack for a wired connection.

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Mini AT-AT Walker stores your pens, cables, and office supplies

Mini AT-AT Walker stores your pens, cables, and office supplies

If your desk is looking messy (and you happen to really like Star Wars), a new accessory from Japan will help you get things sorted: it is an organizer with spots for your coins, paperclips, and other small items, as well as slots for wrapping charging cables around the legs and a space for pens and pencils. Despite being an organizer, the AT-AT Walker has movable legs, and can be positioned in different ways to suit your tastes. The device is presented by Premium Bandai; shipping outside of Japan will be available.

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YouTube will livestream the election debates, too

YouTube will livestream the election debates, too

Both Facebook and Twitter will be livestreaming the 2016 Presidential debates, and now YouTube has announced that it will be, too. The company is pushing for individuals to get out and vote this election season, and in that spirit it has announced the #voteIRL campaign. Livestreaming and campaigns such as this both largely target young viewer bases, the same group that is unlikely to have a regular cable subscription through which to watch the events.

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Michael Kors x Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 camera launches next month

Michael Kors x Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 camera launches next month

Fujifilm has teamed up with Michael Kors to offer a limited edition Instax Mini 70 camera. Instant cameras are a hot item right now — we’ve seen new ones announced this month from both Leica and Polaroid — and no doubt someone out there would like to get their hands on a classy model. This limited edition Mini 70 is designed to be stylish with a gold color and the Michael Kors signature printed on the camera’s back.

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