Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

Auto makers the world over are scrambling to create cars that can drive themselves, but they're not the only ones interested in such technology. NASA has set its sights on the technology, something we've heard bits and pieces about in the past. Today the space agency decided to show the fruits of its labor, however, posting a video on its YouTube account of the finished product. It is called the Modular Robotic Vehicle, MRV for short, and it can -- among other things -- drive itself when needed.

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‘Wonder Woman’ director Michelle MacLaren abandons movie

‘Wonder Woman’ director Michelle MacLaren abandons movie

The Wonder Woman movie that has been in the pipeline for a while just hit a big stumbling block: director Michelle MacLaren has decided to part ways with the production, with creative differences being cited as the reason. The announcement was made by the studio behind the film, though it didn’t go into any details about what the specific creative differences were. It’s a sad departure, not the least of which being due to Wonder Woman having been set to be MacLaren’s directorial debut.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) — better than ever

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) — better than ever

Lenovo has found favor among business users with its ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops, the latest of which has finally arrived. In many ways the 2015 iteration of the X1 Carbon is the same as the previous generation, bringing with it refinements that improve the overall product rather than any substantial changes to the design itself. It's still the same business-chic ultrabook light enough tote around while traveling but powerful enough to meet demanding needs; it is, however, a little more useable than the last version, the reasons for which we've detailed in this full review.

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iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

Apple has pushed out the iOS 8.4 beta update, and chief among its features is a revamped Music app, one that Apple touts as being "beautiful" and, of course, easier to use than the previous version without sacrificing functionality. The new Music app design is complemented by several new features that round out the user experience, including “streamlined” use of iTunes Radio, making it easier to go back to favorite stations and to choose from existing curated Featured offerings.

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This is why Citroen’s Aircross isn’t your typical crossover

This is why Citroen’s Aircross isn’t your typical crossover

Citroen has a new crossover concept, and it isn't your typical offering. The model -- which isn't guaranteed for production, at this point -- takes all the trimmings you'd expect in a modern vehicle and rehashes them in ways you mightn't think of, or builds upon them with additional technology atypical in your average crossover. It's a sort of intelligent comfort, with comfort getting a big focus without compromising the concept's technological edge. One of the included 12-inch televisions, for example, moves around to make sure all the passengers can see it.

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HP’s new DreamColor displays put your dumb human eyes to shame

HP’s new DreamColor displays put your dumb human eyes to shame

HP has some new monitors up its sleeve, and it is promising they offer the most precise colors yet offered by its myriad DreamColor displays. This makes them a tantalizing option for photographers and digital artists, animators, graphic designers, and they’re complemented by thinner construction, higher resolutions, better colors, and more over the previous generations. The HP Z32x, Z27n, Z25n, Z24n, Z24nq, and Z24nf make up the new offerings, and they’ve all been introduced at NAB.

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For BMW’s Cruise M-Bike, M is for Manpower

For BMW’s Cruise M-Bike, M is for Manpower

BMW has taken the wraps off a new bicycle designed in “tribute” to the maker’s own M automobiles, the aptly named BMW Cruise M-Bike. This is a limited edition bicycle — only 500 of them will be made — and it’ll be sporting the BMW M GmbH’s Austin Yellow Metallic coloring, as well as a “Bullneck” on the front frame’s top tube a la a motorcycle’s typical design. There's no gasoline powering this, however -- it is 100-percent bicycle with all the trimming any enthusiast could need.

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Panasonic HX-A1 wearable action cam records your POV

Panasonic HX-A1 wearable action cam records your POV

Panasonic has introduced its new HX-A1 action camcorder, a small cylindrical wearable camera that records the wearer's POV while remaining resistance to the environmental conditions to which it might be subjected. The A1, as it is being called, is poised to compete with other action cams like the GoPro and Sony's Action Cam, but it comes with a few features we don't often see in the category, including support for recording in completely dark settings and the ability to send footage to another camcorder as a sub-video within the main video.

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Marvel’s Ant-Man: new trailer gives bigger look at tiny hero

Marvel’s Ant-Man: new trailer gives bigger look at tiny hero

Ant-Man, despite its brief moment of rockiness, is an official movie Marvel has in the pipeline, and it is far enough along we've finally been graced with trailers. With the start of January, Marvel teased the movie using tiny video clips intended for, you know, ants. About a week later, Marvel released the upscaled regular human-sized version of that trailer, which gave us a nearly two minute look at the film and what all it offers. Now Marvel is back with an even longer trailer, and it shows so much more.

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Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Behold another world's first you get to witness during your lifetime: the first-ever holographic protest, which took place in Spain to protest new so-called "citizen security" bills that aim to, in part, cut down on the options citizens in the nation have for protesting. One such limitation on protest freedom will be a ban on protesting in front of Parliament. In response, a group of protesters used a bunch of holograms to protest in front of the lower house of Parliament, doing so both to catch ample public attention, and to show what the bills could result in -- having to use holograms in your place.

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