Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Things aren't looking so good for General Motors' gas-electric hybrid, with the company revealing that Chevrolet Volt production will be suspended for four weeks this summer. The reason revolves around slow sales numbers, and is also to shift focus toward preparing for the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt model, which will have certain different production requirements. The plant that makes the Volt will likely be staying open during the suspended production, however; that plant is under construction as GM preps to start building the new Volts and the Cadillac CT6.

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Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics is a mobile game allowing those on Android and iOS to play as Decepticons and Autobots, and earlier this week both apps received an update. Most notable with the update came support for Live Events, and so it makes sense that this would be the time for its maker, DeNA, to launch its first in-game event for the title. The in-game event kicked off today and will run to next week, bringing an assortment of goodies with it.

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Daredevil leak reveals red suit ahead of tomorrow’s premiere

Daredevil leak reveals red suit ahead of tomorrow’s premiere

Marvel's much-touted Daredevil series will be hitting Netflix tomorrow after ample teases and a lot of waiting. We've seen many trailers for the series, but they've shied away from revealing what his costume would look like -- something that recently surfaced in a leak. By all appearances it is a modern rendition of the classic uniform, drawing in a lot of classic cues for a satisfying final product. Even better, Netflix embraced the leak by showing us even more.

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FAA grants AIG permission to do inspections with drones

FAA grants AIG permission to do inspections with drones

The FAA has held a tight fist around its drone permissions, and though some have been granted permission for specific activities, the number of permissions given have been relatively small. That doesn't mean the FAA won't grant permission when it sees a reason to, and latest to receive its grace is insurer AIG, which joins USAA and State Farm in the freedom to use drones for conducting inspections. As with past cases, however, there are limitations on how they can be used.

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Bolt electric skateboard is smallest, lightest of its kind

Bolt electric skateboard is smallest, lightest of its kind

Bicycles, electric bikes, scooters, and similar contraptions are all green and energy-efficient ways to get around, but the lowly skateboard doesn’t get as much attention as it should when it comes to getting around campus or downtown. Electric skateboards are a valid option for those with the balance to wield them, however, and now there’s an ultra-light and small option called the Bolt. Its makers hail this as the world’s smallest and lightest electric skateboard — a necessity in a market packed with big, heavy offerings.

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Designer makes (nearly) combat-ready Batsuit

Designer makes (nearly) combat-ready Batsuit

If you dream of spending your nights prowling the streets on the lookout for ne'er-do-wells, those dreams just got a little more real (but still aren't advisable): a designer has created a Batsuit that is able to withstand the combat situations a real-life Batman might get himself into, including assaults with blades and punches to the body. It isn't quite as stylish as the latest theatrical Batman suit, and you're not going to be repelling down buildings with it, but it is impressive nonetheless.

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Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker to ship in US on April 20

Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker to ship in US on April 20

Jawbone has announced the availability of its UP3 fitness tracker, doing so alongside an apology for the delay and subsequent frustration that delay has resulted in. Says the company, the UP3 tracker is “in mass production”, and it’ll be shipping it out to eager customers starting April 20. The shipments will be going to those in the United States who have already pre-ordered the device through Jawbone's website, and will be doing so in the order they were placed.

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DARPA’s latest program will create evolving Skynet-like software

DARPA’s latest program will create evolving Skynet-like software

DARPA has some new plans up its sleeve, and they sound uncomfortably similar to SKYNET. Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) is the program, and it involves building software systems able to both survive for more than a century and adapt as needed to facilitate that — essentially, DARPA wants to create software able to recognize changes in a related ecosystem and “safely and dynamically incorporate optimized, tailored algorithms and implementations” in response.

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Orange is the New Black: Season 3 trailer launches

Orange is the New Black: Season 3 trailer launches

Netflix has released a trailer giving us a glimpse of Orange is the New Black's upcoming third season. The next season will be arriving on June 12, providing some summer entertainment during a season when fresh television content is hard to come by, and doing so in the same way the past two seasons have arrived: in a single big batch, facilitating those binge watching weekends. We've the rest of the details, as well as the trailer, after the jump!

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Uber adds auto rickshaws in India, accepts cash for first time

Uber adds auto rickshaws in India, accepts cash for first time

New Delhi has received a lot of Uber attention in recent months, and not only over the rape allegations that surfaced in December. The ridesharing service has introduced some new safety measures in light of that incident in the region, and now it has announced another service for the region: auto rickshaws. The launch of this service will bring a new first for the platform, as well, in the form of cash payments, eschewing its app-based mobile payment system used with its other services.

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