Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Piracy. Despite the near endless efforts to battle it, the Internet has always won out in the end and illegal downloads show no signs of going away. The ease of access that video streaming services and similar products offer has given consumers attractive (legal) alternatives, and many have embraced them. Still, if it is legal it will cost money (or it will end up being like Crackle), and some refuse to pay up, instead turning to torrents and unauthorized streaming sites.

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MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

Prepaid carriers aren't for everyone, but they offer perks that some users find more appealing than what they'd otherwise get with one of the big carriers. Often those perks include less expensive monthly service plans, something MetroPCS -- one of several better known prepaid carriers -- has targeted with its new monthly option. As of now, subscribers can get unlimited 4G LTE data for $50/month over T-Mobile's network, eclipsing the rate for unlimited 4G LTE data available through T-Mobile itself and many others.

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NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX will be upon us in the very near future, and ahead of the game the NFL has pushed out an update for both its iOS and its Android apps. Several changes come with the update, the most important of which is the (future) ability to stream the Super Bowl and the 2015 Pro Game for Verizon's subscribers specifically. Joining the streaming feature is some additional functionality, all of it centering around the big game on February 1.

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Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony has introduced a new pair of in-ear headphones, the MDR-AS600BT. As you might have guessed from the model name, these earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity (hence the "BT" at the end), as well as NFC for even quicker pairing with mobile devices. The headphones seem targeted at ordinary usage but include some features that would go along well while out running or in the gym, or when commuting on the train everyday. The headphones will be available starting February 13.

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HIRIS ‘wearable computer': home automation control on your wrist

HIRIS ‘wearable computer': home automation control on your wrist

You've probably used The Clapper at some point: it's a small device that turns lamps and other items on and off when someone claps nearby. It was a wonderful invention for the lazy among us, and now the same functionality is being promised through a "wearable computer" called HIRIS. This smartwatch of sorts allows wearers to control their connected home devices using various gestures like wrist turning and clapping, as well as bunch of other things like fitness and 3D tracking.

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Care-O-bot 4 is a multi-purpose robot launching later this year

Care-O-bot 4 is a multi-purpose robot launching later this year

Robots are the next big thing, and we've seen more than a few examples in the recent past. There's the Personal Robot, for example, and there's the hotel-centric Botlr that satisfies customers' most basic desires. Joining them is an update to the Care-O-bot, bringing it up to version 4, and with the update comes some big improvements thanks to the technology that has been developed over the last several years. Care-O-bot 4 looks like something out of Wall-e, and it can do everything from bring you a flower to use a laser pointer integrated into its arm.

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Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature arrives for all

Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature arrives for all

If you follow a lot of people on Twitter, keeping up with all of the tweets can be hard, particularly if you take a small break from browsing them. At the beginning of this month, Twitter began slowly introducing a feature called "while you were away" that addressed this issue. With it, users are presented with some tweets they probably wanted to see but missed the first time around, and as of today the feature is finally rolling out to all users.

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Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer has added to its already expansive lineup with the new HRM-7 studio headphones, a pair that is intended for use both in private studios and in general usage, skewing more toward the discerning and audiophile users out there. Pioneer has packed a few notable features into the cans, which -- as far as construction goes -- set their focus on comfort via the use of hybrid memory form ear pads. The comfort allows for long listening sessions without discomfort, while the audio features provide a high-quality listening experience.

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The Walking Dead’s return nears with another teaser trailer

The Walking Dead’s return nears with another teaser trailer

The Walking Dead will be returning on February 8, and leading up to it are some teaser trailers that seemingly reveal very little, but that have enough details subtly packed in to keep fans excited. Earlier this month we saw a new trailer teasing the return of Season 5 with an almost no-dialog slow motion fight scene. It took place in winter, and it included most of the characters, but beyond that nothing was revealed. AMC dropped a new trailer on YouTube today, and with it comes a bit more -- as well as something to be excited about.

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Piper nv home security camera brings night vision, 1080p video

Piper nv home security camera brings night vision, 1080p video

iControl Networks' Piper product lineup just got a little bigger with the addition of Piper nv for the North American market. With the Piper nv comes a connected home security solution wrapped up in single sleek tower, offering home owners (or dorm dwellers, etc.) a relatively inexpensive way to monitor their dwelling in conjunction with their mobile device. All the trimmings are there: there's video monitoring, wireless connectivity, night vision, and more. This builds upon the company's previous offering, and tosses some improved functionality into the mix.

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