Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

The Wilson X Connected Football introduced earlier this year is now available for pre-order with shipping being scheduled to start September 8. Those who preorder the smart football will also receive a copy of Madden 17 for free, with versions being available for both the PS4 and Xbox One. The football contains Bluetooth connectivity and a bunch of sensors, and joins Wilson's existing Wilson X Connected Basketball.

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Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon has a pretty effective method for choosing which original shows it is going to proceed with — it makes the pilot episodes for its most promising upcoming shows available to Prime subscribers, using their feedback in part to determine whether they’re going to proceed with a series. In a first, Amazon is also going to make the pilots available to the general public for one day by streaming them on Twitch.

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As of today, e-cigarette makers must get FDA product approval

As of today, e-cigarette makers must get FDA product approval

The day some have feared and others have long awaited is finally here: the FDA’s e-cigarette regulations go into effect today, and they require retailers to, among other things, request identification from any prospective buyers who look like they may be younger than 27. The move aims to curb the ease by which minors have been able to acquire ‘vaping’ devices, and is joined by a ban on e-cigarette vending machines with the exception of facilities with access that has been restricted to adults only.

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Snapchat pens multi-year deal with NBCUniversal for original shows

Snapchat pens multi-year deal with NBCUniversal for original shows

NBCUniversal has penned a multi-year deal with Snapchat that will have it creating new shows of one sort or another for the messaging app. These original shows will in some way hinge on NBCU’s more popular shows like SNL and The Tonight Show, but it isn’t clear at this point exactly what form these shows will take. We do know, however, that the show “The Voice on Snapchat” will be the first to premiere.

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‘Stranger Things’ will (likely) be back for a second season

‘Stranger Things’ will (likely) be back for a second season

Netflix has a big summer hit on its hands called 'Stranger Things,' and we can expect to see a second season, at least if comments recently made by company CEO Reed Hastings are anything to go by. When asked about the show's future, Hastings said Netflix "would be dumb not to" release a second season. As is typical for Netflix, the company hasn't released any viewership numbers for the show; however, ratings are strong and expansive across the web, and social media reveals a largely very positive reception among viewers.

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Six Flags launches another VR experience for its rollercoasters

Six Flags launches another VR experience for its rollercoasters

Back in March, Six Flags announced plans to offer virtual reality experiences on its real-life rollercoasters this summer, something it followed through with and is now expanding. In a statement today, the company announced the launch of another rollercoaster VR experience, this one called “Rage of the Gargoyles.” The VR experience involves wearing a Samsung Gear VR headset while riding the rollercoaster, providing all the thrills of a real ride with the mystique and wonder of a fantasy world.

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Apple acquires Turi, an AI and machine learning startup

Apple acquires Turi, an AI and machine learning startup

Apple has acquired Seattle-based AI and machine learning startup Turi, according to sources, for around $200 million. Apple has not confirmed details about the acquisition, instead proffering its blanket statement that, on occasion, it buys small tech companies and generally doesn’t talk about why. Sources say the Turi team will probably remain in Seattle, but it isn’t known what exactly Apple has planned for the company.

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Siberian mine reveals rare mineral version of man-made material

Siberian mine reveals rare mineral version of man-made material

A Siberian mine has revealed a big surprise: a rare mineral that is the naturally occurring version of a man-made material called a metal-organic framework, or MOF. The man-made material was revealed in the 90s and has many potential uses, including things like sequestering carbon, and is now known to exist in nature. The discovery, which was recently detailed in the journal Science Advances, has been more than half a decade in the making, and raises hope that other varieties of MOF minerals may be discovered in the future.

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FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

While some types of sponsored content are easy to spot, that kind of transparency hasn't quite made its way into the social media realm. Tweets, status updates, Instagram photos and more dot the digital landscape with celebrities holding or using products, slyly showcasing notable brands to their thousands or millions of followers. Often times, these posts are advertisements the individual is getting paid to publish...but rarely are the statuses flagged as such.

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NASA’s Mars Rover game puts players on the Red Planet

NASA’s Mars Rover game puts players on the Red Planet

As of today, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been rolling around Mars for four years. To coincide with that, NASA has released a new side-scrolling game called Mars Rover for iOS, Android, and desktop that takes players to the Red Planet…a version of it, anyway. The game tasks players with operating the rover as it finds and identifies substances like water -- if you're not careful, the rover may get a flat tire, get stuck in a crater, or tip over backwards.

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Study: mythological Chinese flood may have really happened

Study: mythological Chinese flood may have really happened

China’s ancient flood myth may be more fact than fiction, a new study suggests. According to the story, China was hit with a massive, cataclysmic flood about 4,000 years ago that lasted for more than two decades and ultimately helped shape the first part of Chinese civilization. Though the story is grand, it has thus far lacked evidence and as a result has encountered its fair share of critics. That may have changed, though, as researchers have found the first instances of evidence for such a massive flood.

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Dish unveils new low-cost skinny bundle with channel add-ons

Dish unveils new low-cost skinny bundle with channel add-ons

Dish Network has announced the launch of Flex Pack, a skinny bundle of sorts that starts at $29.99/month and gives subscribers more freedom in regards to which channels they get. Anyone who has subscribed to Sling TV or PlayStation Vue should be familiar with the bundle — it includes a core package of channels and then has eight optional add-on channel packs grouped by category, such as a Kids Pack and a News Pack.

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