Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Netflix has 150+ hours of HDR content in the pipeline

Netflix has 150+ hours of HDR content in the pipeline

Netflix is excited about HDR, and it wants you to be excited about it, too. The technology brings better overall video quality — brighter highlights, more detailed dark scenes, and a broader ranger of colors, among other things. While HDR content is available now from various places for your viewing pleasure, it isn’t available in any sort of abundance. That changes soon thanks to Netflix, which has announced plans to add more than 100 hours’ worth of HDR content to its library by this upcoming August.

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Viber rolls out encryption for Android, iOS, and desktop

Viber rolls out encryption for Android, iOS, and desktop

Viber, the messaging service that has never quite reached a WhatsApp level of fame, has announced the launch of full end-to-end encryption, following in the footsteps of some other services to better provide users with protection against government spying and more. The feature is available on all devices Viber supports, including Android, iOS, Mac, and PC. The feature is rolling out to users now.

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Apple Pay arrives in Singapore for American Express cardholders

Apple Pay arrives in Singapore for American Express cardholders

Apple Pay has gone live in Singapore for American Express cardholders, the company has announced. The news was made public today, with support for other popular banks being set to roll out in the 'coming months.' Once the support goes live, Apple Pay users in the nation will be able to add their American Express cards or other major bank cards to the platform, making it easier to pay with the card using their Apple device.

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Street Fighter V will get character ‘Guile’ this month

Street Fighter V will get character ‘Guile’ this month

Capcom has dropped a bunch of new details for Street Fighter V’s April update, and chief among it is that the character Guile is coming back. Guile was featured as one of the original eight in World Warriors in the second Street Fighter game, going on to have a notable presence in the franchise. With April’s update, the character will be made available to gamers for free (until the Zenny shop finally launches, that is).

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Apple’s WWDC 2016 will be June 13 – 17 in San Francisco

Apple’s WWDC 2016 will be June 13 – 17 in San Francisco

Earlier today, Siri began telling people that Apple’s WWDC 2016 conference would be held from June 13 through June 17. Apple has now confirmed that news, saying it will take place in San Francisco. The chance to buy tickets will be given randomly, with registrations starting now and running through April 22 at 10AM PDT. This is the same so-called 'lottery' process Apple has used in the past.

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Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

There are speakers, and then there are speakers. When I first saw a picture of Fluance's Fi70 wireless speaker, it was on a pedestal and I imagined it to be something somewhat hefty but not enormous. I realized I was mistaken when a 100lbs box appeared on my front porch. Though officially referred to as a wireless speaker, the Fluance Fi70 is more appropriately described as a sound system aggregated together into a convenient, awfully heavy box. How does it sound? In one word: incredible.

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Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

We’ve known for a long while that Netflix planned to ‘un-grandfather’ a lot of subscribers into its previously-increased higher monthly price, and the time of reckoning is upon us. In May 2014, Netflix increased the price of its two-streaming HD plan to $9.99/month, an increase of two dollars. Those who already subscribed at the $7.99/month price point would be grandfathered in, though, and remain at that price…until May 2016, a couple weeks from now. In a recent letter to shareholders, Netflix detailed that un-grandfathering and how it's putting your extra two dollars to use.

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YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

In February, we heard a rumor that YouTube was working on a feature that would let users livestream 360-degree video. Fast-forward to today, and the service has officially announced the livestreaming option, saying it is “taking immersive video even further” with the new feature. It has been just a tad over one year since YouTube added support for 360-dgree videos, and this marks the latest evolution of that functionality.

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Mt. Paeku, the DPRK’s mysterious volcano, studied for first time

Mt. Paeku, the DPRK’s mysterious volcano, studied for first time

In North Korea, it is called Mount Paektu. In China, it’s known as Changbai. Measuring about 9,000ft in height, the volcano has laid dormant for many, many years after having once exploded so violently it sent debris as far away as Japan. To gain a better understanding of the volcano and when another eruption could occur, an international team of researchers have been granted access into North Korea to study it, possibly learning more about its history and what humans can expect from its future.

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Lexar’s Lightning microSD dongle makes iPhone file transfers easy

Lexar’s Lightning microSD dongle makes iPhone file transfers easy

Your iPhone is great for uploading images, videos, and other files to the cloud when you're out and about, but getting those files from your gadget to the phone isn't always fast or simple. Wireless connections are sometimes an option, though they can be slow, and some items simply don't offer WiFi, such as older digital cameras. Enter Lexar and its new microSD reader with a Lightning connector.

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‘FlexCase’ project puts e-ink secondary display inside phone case

‘FlexCase’ project puts e-ink secondary display inside phone case

Microsoft Research and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria have teamed up to create “FlexCase,” a prototype smartphone case that features a secondary e-ink display for extended touch-based activities. The display isn’t just for displaying data, though — sensors coupled with flexible panels allow the user to control the main display using various taps, bends, and twists.

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Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro adds dock, keeps pocket-friendly size

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro adds dock, keeps pocket-friendly size

InFocus, maker of the pocket-sized and budget-friendly Kangaroo desktop PCs, is back with a new Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro model, another highly portable model that, in this case, offers support for the new Dock Pro with an array of connectivity options. The computer runs Windows 10 and can be used with any supported display (VGA, HDMI) to serve as an on-the-go computer, home server, school computer, or any number of things.

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