Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Data Caps are coming, here’s what you need to know

Data Caps are coming, here’s what you need to know

Remember when you had to pay for the number of text messages that you were allowed to send and receive each month? It seemed pretty absurd at the time, especially when you consider just how little data is actually transmitted for each message. But the price wasn't there to offset the cost of transmitting each text message. Instead it was used as a way for the phone companies to earn additional revenue while driving down the cost of their most basic plans.

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Rocket League cross-play between PC and Xbox One goes live

Rocket League cross-play between PC and Xbox One goes live

When I was a kid, you were in one of two camps: Nintendo or Sega. You'd talk with your friends about which was superior and why. Of course, the real reason that you were on either side is because that's the console that you had at home. When you played with your friends, you just hooked up another controller, and everyone had a good time. But now when you choose a side in the console wars, you're generally prevented from playing with anyone that doesn't play on the same device. This is slowly changing, however.

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You can create a 3D avatar for the Ready Player One film

You can create a 3D avatar for the Ready Player One film

Have you ever wanted to be in a movie? Most of us will never see ourselves on the big screen, especially those of us with little or no real acting talent. However, if you have a bit of 3D modeling talent, you might just get to see your creation featured in an upcoming film.

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Wooting One analog keyboard hits Kickstarter

Wooting One analog keyboard hits Kickstarter

A few months ago, I wrote about an interesting new keyboard that was being worked on. Usually when a keyboard has a new feature, it's related to lighting, or displaying some sort of additional information. However, the Wooting One promises to do something that no other keyboard on the market can do.

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YouTube launches E3 streaming hub

YouTube launches E3 streaming hub

For the last 20 years, E3 has been the pinnacle of gaming announcements. Each year, publishers tease and announce some of the biggest titles that we'll see released over the course of the next few years. In addition, many of the biggest console hardware announcements are made at the same time.

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SteelSeries Rival 700 introduces tactile feedback to PC gaming

SteelSeries Rival 700 introduces tactile feedback to PC gaming

There are a number of things that separate PC and console gaming. In fact, there are probably as many differences as there are similarities. Over time companies have started implementing features on each that slowly close some of the gaps between the two. Today, Steelseries is releasing a new mouse that brings an old favorite console feature to the PC for the first time.

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Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

When you use a tablet, it's pretty simple to point your finger and poke at the screen. And this works great for most apps, as they're designed to be used by our fingers. However, there are times when you need a finer touch that your sausage fingers just can't produce. And that's why Adonit has been working hard on their new stylus.

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Twitter makes big changes to 140 character limit

Twitter makes big changes to 140 character limit

Twitter started off with a pretty simple premise. You get 140 characters to say whatever you want to the world. You could tweet at specific people, or just put your thoughts out there for all to see. Since its launch, it's slowly evolved to include Tweeting video, photos, and more. Currently, all of these extras eat into your character count, but not for long.

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Twitter for Android gets automatic Night Mode UI

Twitter for Android gets automatic Night Mode UI

It's a safe bet that nearly everyone with a smartphone has used it while laying in bed at least a few times. And there's at least one app that you open up that's always way too bright. Despite having your brightness turned all the way down, the white background can be painful to look at. This is why some apps have a special "night mode" which gives you a dark background with light text, as opposed to the other way around.

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Watch these X-Wing and TIE fighter drones duke it out in the skies

Watch these X-Wing and TIE fighter drones duke it out in the skies

Any Star Wars fan can probably tell you about all the times where they pretended to fly around their X-Wings and TIE fighters, pretending to have epic battles between them. This usually meant grabbing one or more and holding it in the air as you ran around making noises. Well now you can take your make-believe experiences to the next level, using drones.

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Lyft tests out scheduled rides up to 24 hours in advance

Lyft tests out scheduled rides up to 24 hours in advance

Ride sharing services have become increasingly popular over the last year or so. If I'm traveling in a city without a car of my own, I've stopped using taxis altogether. They're cheaper, and you can get them on-demand. But what about when you're trying to plan out your day, and you really want your car to get there at the exact time you want it? Soon you'll be able to do exactly that, with Lyft.

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Adobe uses shame to tackle software piracy

Adobe uses shame to tackle software piracy

Piracy is bad, and you shouldn't do it. But that doesn't stop many people from doing it. While it's hard to say which company has their software pirated the most, Adobe is a company that is no stranger to the issue. They've tried different methods to prevent piracy, but today they're taking a different approach, shame.

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