Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Apple updates MacBooks with new CPU, better battery life

Apple updates MacBooks with new CPU, better battery life

As predicted yesterday, Apple is giving their line of 12" MacBooks a refresh this week. While they might not be major changes, the update is definitely a welcome one. The refresh includes bringing the latest, sixth-generation Core M processors. The new CPUs clock in at up to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds hitting 3.1 GHz.

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Australian Post to begin test mail delivery via drone

Australian Post to begin test mail delivery via drone

I don't get a lot of snail mail these days. Well, plenty of things show up in my mailbox, but very seldom are any of them not pieces of junk mail. This is because all of my bills are delivered online, and aside from the holidays, no one sends letters anymore. As it turns out, this is a problem for postal carriers. One that technology may help with.

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GameTrust is GameStop’s new game publishing division

GameTrust is GameStop’s new game publishing division

GameStop has been a staple in the gaming industry for many years. Over the last decade or so, the company that makes its money selling new and used games has had to explore new opportunities in order to stay profitable. Their latest move will see them not only selling new games, but publishing them, as well.

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Keurig finally introduces recyclable K-Cups

Keurig finally introduces recyclable K-Cups

For the coffee lovers out there, Keurig may have been one of the best things to happen to the hot drink since Starbucks. The handy little pods allow you to make a single cup of Joe in the flavor of your choice, in short order. Unfortunately the pods are made from a non-recyclable plastic, which means that they continue to pile up in landfills everywhere.

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12-MacBook refresh is coming this week, signs say

12-MacBook refresh is coming this week, signs say

Apple likes to keep a tight lip on when they plan to release updates models of their popular laptops. Unless it's a major change, they will quietly update the line with little fanfare leading up to the announcement. However, thanks to one retailer, we have a pretty good idea of when the next MacBook refresh will be happening.

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Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

It's been a little while since we've heard anything about the Authors' Guild and their lawsuit against Google. The Guild sought legal action against the search engine giant for their Google Books project, in which they scanned millions of books. The reason we haven't heard much about this case in a while is because Google won the lawsuit back in 2013. But that didn't stop case from continuing.

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Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

When a new piece of technology comes out and radically changes the market, there will always be people who are afraid of it. With the case of drones, this has lead to people having serious concerns about privacy. And in some cases, people have resorted to shooting down the flying gadgets to prove their point.

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Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon just recently announced their plans to allow customers to subscribe to their video streaming service for a monthly fee. This has understandably confused a lot of people. After all, subscribing to Prime Video on a monthly basis actually costs more than buying a regular Prime membership. But the move is actually a brilliant one by Amazon, and they couldn't have timed it better.

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LinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobs

LinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobs

Online dating has changed a lot in the few years since I last used it. Users want to see everything on a single page on their phone, and will give a simple swipe to the left or right to determine whether or not they like someone. Well it turns out that finding a job after college might be as simple as swiping left or right, just like on Tinder.

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Red Dead Redemption prequel map leaks

Red Dead Redemption prequel map leaks

When most people think of Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto is probably the first thing that comes to mind. The studio is also behind the popular Red Dead series. Gamers have been hopeful that the series would get another installment on the current-gen consoles, and it looks as though their wish might be granted.

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Super Meat Boy launches on NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Super Meat Boy launches on NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Games like Dark Souls are known for their ability to frustrate players with sheer difficulty, and unexpected death traps. While that's a big deal now, back in the NES era, games like that were somewhat commonplace. A few years ago one developer decided to recapture the insane difficulty of 90's games, and gave birth to Super Meat Boy. And just when you thought that game had made it to every available platform, it makes its way to yet another.

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GM recalls a million Silverado and Sierra trucks due to seat belt issue

GM recalls a million Silverado and Sierra trucks due to seat belt issue

This hasn't been a good week for car recalls. So far we've seen Tesla, Bugatti, and BMW recall a large number of vehicles, collectively. Not to mention all of the faulty airbags that Takata has been trying to address. And now GM is recalling more than a million trucks, due to an issue with the seat belt.

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