Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Amazon Alexa will soon track down your keys with just a few words

Amazon Alexa will soon track down your keys with just a few words

We've all been there. You're in a hurry to get out the door, and you can't find your keys. You just saw them. They were on the counter, or was it your dresser? And it's in that moment that you think about attaching some device to your key ring that will let you find them, regardless of how well-hidden they might be. Well soon, Amazon might let you find your keys just by asking where they are, out loud.

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Dish Network will repair your iPhone, even if you’re not a subscriber

Dish Network will repair your iPhone, even if you’re not a subscriber

If someone from Dish Network shows up at your house, it's probably because you're getting your satellite TV service hooked up or repaired. Or maybe they're just trying to sell you service. But soon, they might be showing up to your house because you need your cell phone repaired.

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Google Keyboard update makes one-handed typing even easier

Google Keyboard update makes one-handed typing even easier

There are times when you're using your phone, and you just don't have two free hands to operate everything. If you need to occasionally use your Android phone with just one hand, you'll be happy to know that Google has recently released a huge update to their keyboard. And it's going to make your one-handed life a lot easier.

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WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

One of the big perks about using WhatsApp is the fact that the messages are encrypted. Since privacy has become a growing concern, more people are turning to encrypted methods of communication. Unfortunately, that's also why currently, no one in the country of Brazil can access the service.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Within my circle of friends, I've become something of a herald of virtual reality. Since I've got a headset, I'm talking about it fairly often, and people will ask me about it. And while I've gotten pretty good at describing the experience, nothing I can say will do it justice. It's just something you have to experience for yourself. And soon, you'll be able to walk into a store and try it out.

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Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode gets put to the test

Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode gets put to the test

The safety features on your car are there to protect you from all sorts of things. Primarily, they're designed to keep you as unharmed as possible when you face a collision. However, Tesla doesn't want to just protect you when you're involved in an accident, they want to keep the very air you breathe safe.

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GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

I enjoy riding my bike around town. I don't do it often enough, but when I do, it's nice to be able to travel around, get some breeze in my face, and just enjoy being outside. Of course, sometimes I just want to enjoy that without all of the hard work of pedaling up a big hill. There are two ways around that: I can either plan my route to avoid any hills, or I can get a little assistance.

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Mysterious ARG appears: What is the Order of 10?

Mysterious ARG appears: What is the Order of 10?

Have you ever heard a knock at your door, and found a package that you weren't expecting? When you review products for a living, that happens with some regularity. However, I've never opened up the box and still been puzzled by it. Today, I opened up a box to find a mysterious case, which only held further mysteries inside.

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CoD: Infinite Warfare release date confirmed, Modern Warfare Remaster detailed

CoD: Infinite Warfare release date confirmed, Modern Warfare Remaster detailed

We're pretty used to getting a new Call of Duty game every year. In fact, Since the original was released back in 2003, they haven't skipped a single year. And later this year we'll be getting not one, but two of them.

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World of Warcraft’s Duskwood gets a spooky makeover in Unreal 4

World of Warcraft’s Duskwood gets a spooky makeover in Unreal 4

In the early days of World of Warcraft, most places you visited (at least as an Alliance player) were fairly bright and cheerful. However, there was one location that always stood out for me. Duskwood felt a lot like the game's take on Sleepy Hollow. And one fan has remade the area in Unreal 4, and it looks even spookier.

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The plural of iPad is ‘iPad devices’ says Apple (You’re using other brands wrong, too)

The plural of iPad is ‘iPad devices’ says Apple (You’re using other brands wrong, too)

Yesterday I Photoshopped a picture of a stand that I built for my two iPads out of LEGOs. Do you know what's wrong with the previous sentence (except for the fact that I did no such thing yesterday)? I used all three of those brand names incorrectly, according to the companies that make them.

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