Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Yahoo updates app, homepage with streamlined design

Yahoo updates app, homepage with streamlined design

Yahoo has announced an update to both its US homepage and the Yahoo app; both changes bring a new design aimed at making it easier to “discover and create conversations” as well as news and other content. One of the big changes is consistency — the Yahoo app and the Yahoo US homepage are now in sync with each other, displaying the same content for a more streamlined process.

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Amazon tipped in plan to make ‘Spotify killer’ music service

Amazon tipped in plan to make ‘Spotify killer’ music service

Amazon is working on a more robust music service that will take on Spotify and other big-name competitors, according to a new report. Sources claim Amazon has been holding meetings in recent weeks about licensing deals for this rumored music service, though it is said to still be in its early stages. The service will offer a more robust library than Prime Music, according to the sources, and comes at a time when Amazon has seen the number of digital music sales decline.

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Sony unveils new line of USB Type-C flash drives

Sony unveils new line of USB Type-C flash drives

Sony has introduced a new line of USB Type-C flash drives, each with a sleek metal design and compact size. The line features drives in three different capacities: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, each featuring USB Type-C and Type A dual connectors for use with a wide array of devices, including Apple's Macbook. The product line will be available starting next month.

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Lenovo Yoga 700 Review: a beautiful update to a solid laptop

Lenovo Yoga 700 Review: a beautiful update to a solid laptop

Lenovo is back with an update to its Yoga 3 14, and the successor comes by the name Yoga 700. This model brings with it all the best things a Yoga laptop has to offer, but alongside updated hardware and overall improvements that make for a solid model update. We recently got our hands on the Yoga 700 and took it for a spin; read our full SlashGear review for all the details!

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New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

Hoverboards: some of them have been catching fire, and many companies have banned them all as a result, doing so out of safety concerns. In a statement today, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) announced that hoverboards are most certainly banned from the New York City Subway, as well as NYC’s buses, the Metro-North, Long Island Raid Road, Staten Island Railway, and the Access-A-Ride.

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BMW M6 GTLM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries unveiled

BMW M6 GTLM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries unveiled

BMW Team RLL has taken the wraps off a pair of BMW M6 GTM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries, one to be featured on one of the M6 machines in honor of the BMW 3.0 CSL’s 1975 racing season, and the other to feature on an M6 with a "design that looks to the future." However, both the designs center around a new icon BMW developed specifically to point toward 100th anniversary milestones; the maker’s upcoming Centenary Event on March 7 will be themed around “The Next 100 Years."

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Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

Circuit City to be resurrected this summer

There’s a good chance, assuming you live in the US, that you don’t have to drive far to find a long-abandoned Circuit City sitting unloved and unwanted. In late 2008 as the economy heaved, Circuit City announced layoffs and plans to close many dozens of stores. That was the writing on the wall, as by early 2009 it had decided the remaining U.S. stores would be shuttering for good. Though the world is no more hospitable thanks to things like Amazon, Circuit City is coming back.

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Starry Station router is simple, beautiful, and IoT-ready

Starry Station router is simple, beautiful, and IoT-ready

Founder of now-defunct Aero is back with a new company, and it is called Starry. As with Aero, Starry’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia is looking to change how things are done, not merely rehash the norm, and his latest attempt has set its focus on Internet, not television. Starry is in the process of deploying the first millimeter wave band active phased array technology for consumer-level Internet, but ahead of that comes something different: Starry Station, a router.

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Hulu and IFC Films strike deal over documentaries

Hulu and IFC Films strike deal over documentaries

Hulu is ramping up its documentaries game through a new partnership with IFC Films. Under this business deal, Hulu has scored the streaming rights to IFC documentary releases, including IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects documentaries. This comes at a time when Netflix has stepped up its own documentary efforts, and has seen ample success with “How to Make a Murderer."

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Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix hit a snafu during its expansion today, with the biggest telecom in Indonesia, PT Telekomuniksai Indonesia Tbk, blocking access to the service. The blockage is said to be over Netflix’s lack of a content provider permit, as well as objections to some content made available through Netflix. Concerns about adult and violent shows were cited as part of the reason for the banhammer.

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Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google has added mobile commenting to both Sheets and Slides, two of its office products. As well, it has also tweaked comments for Google Docs, making it possible to add someone else to a commenting thread by typing their name within a comment. While relatively small changes, they are welcomed additions that help bring Google’s online office products up to par with competing services, namely Microsoft’s Office Online.

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Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox has announced that under its partnership with Microsoft, it has added a pair of new integrations with Office Online and Outlook.com, expanding both services’ usefulness for subscribers. Subscribers can now co-edit files — that is, make changes to the same file at the same time, and see what the other is doing in real time. In addition, Outlook.com users can send documents directly to Dropbox.

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