Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


FAA gives four more companies drone approval

FAA gives four more companies drone approval

The FAA has granted four more companies approval to use drones for commercial purposes, adding to the permission it previously granted to seven Hollywood companies seeking to use drones on movie sets. According to a statement made by the administration on Wednesday, a total of five exemptions were granted, with one company receiving two of them and the other three each receiving one. This makes for a total of 11 companies that have received exemptions.

Continue Reading

Mazda’s new bioplastic offers better finish than paint

Mazda’s new bioplastic offers better finish than paint

Mazda has developed a new bioplastic that can be used on exterior car parts, and according to the auto maker, this new material offers a higher-quality finish than is possible with traditionally painted plastics. This joins Mazda's previous bioplastics developed for interior car parts, building upon that to include resistance to weather, scratches, and impacts so that it can handle constant exposure to the outside world.

Continue Reading

Lenovo recalls power cables over fire risk

Lenovo recalls power cables over fire risk

Lenovo has recalled power cords in the United States and Canada over an issue that could potentially cause a fire or risk of burns. About 500,000 of the cables are located in the US, while the remaining 44,000 are located in Canada, and all of them were made between February and December 2011. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 15 incidents have been reported outside of the United States, but there have been no reports from within Canada or the US.

Continue Reading

Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

The number of places where you can buy things with Bitcoin just got a bit bigger. Microsoft has announced that its customers can now use the cryptocurrency to pay for Xbox services and mobile content, doing so by first using the currency to add funds to a Microsoft account. Microsoft isn't the first well known company to add support for Bitcoin payments. In July, Dell announced that it would start accepting Bitcoin payments in partnership with Coinbase, and other companies like Overstock have also begun accepting the digital money.

Continue Reading

Google News to shut down in Spain

Google News to shut down in Spain

Google News has faced a fair bit of opposition in recent times from publications struggling to sustain themselves in the digital age. Many publications have demanded Google pay for showing news it sources from them, even if it is only a snippet, and the Internet giant has strongly opposed such measures. While Google did see victory in Germany last year, it hasn't had the same fortune in Spain, and now it has announced plans to shutter its service there.

Continue Reading

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

Apple has announced plans to release the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular connectivity in China this week. Both slates will support a variety of high-speed cellular networks, and will otherwise bring with them the same features as the WiFi models, which were previously launched in the region. Apple has detailed the pricing, and though it didn't say when the slates would arrive, it seems they're listed on the company's China website now.

Continue Reading

Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

If your nights or wee morning hours are spent penning the next great novel, but you find that a laptop -- with all its wonderful distractions -- is putting a damper on your efforts, the folks behind Hemingwrite feel your pain, and their solution is a distraction-free typewriter. The Hemingwrite typewriter offers the best features of classic typewriters with some modern tweaks necessary for a primarily digital world, including cloud backups and an e-paper display.

Continue Reading

Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter is a wonderful place to share thoughts, but its open nature means users are sometimes subjected to abusive tweets from trolls and angry individuals. The microblogging site has been targeting that issue extensively this year, including changes to its 'Block or report' feature and its partnership with WAM! In light of its public efforts, EA's Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore has been vocal about its dismissal of his own harassment report.

Continue Reading

Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone wants to make fitness a communal goal, and to help facilitate that is its newly announced UP for Groups. As its name suggests, UP for Groups allows teams of people (ten or more individuals) to participate in healthier living together. Jawbone is specifically targeting businesses, which it says have requested ways to "support and amplify" fitness tracker usage in the workplace, but the new offering is just as applicable to schools and any other organization or collective.

Continue Reading

Relio tiny USB light features tripod mount, 200 lumens

Relio tiny USB light features tripod mount, 200 lumens

If you enjoy mobile photography and often find situations where the lighting is less than ideal, Relio wants to be the solution to your problem. The tiny cube is a USB-powered light available in different hues offering what is said to be the most powerful output in its category, offering smoother light output than you'd get by using a flashlight or similar device. The USB light includes a mount for use with a standard tripod.

Continue Reading

Prev 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next