Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Foodida crowdsources fast food delivery

Foodida crowdsources fast food delivery

We've all had those days where you're hungry, and nothing in the house sounds good, and you really don't feel like going out to pick up something. It usually ends with hunger motivating you to finally make or get something, but one of the obvious answers is to just get something delivered. But what happens when the food you want comes from a place that doesn't deliver?

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Facebook’s Messenger Platform bots want to be your middle-man

Facebook’s Messenger Platform bots want to be your middle-man

At Facebook's F8 conference today, Mark Zuckerberg talked a lot about bringing people together, and giving everyone access to share virtually anything. He then went on to talk about how widely-used their Messenger app is, going so far as to point out that the company is delivering a higher volume of messages every day, than phone companies transmit SMS messages. And now the company wants you to use those same messages for everything.

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Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Having worked in IT for more than a decade, I'm pretty skilled at picking out fake download buttons and ads that look like legitimate notifications. However, there are still plenty of times where one of these will make me pause, as I have to look for extra clues as to what it really is. If one of these ads is clever enough to give an IT professional pause, just imagine how easily tricked your elderly relatives are, when confronted with them.

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Fix Dark Souls III crashing issues with these tips

Fix Dark Souls III crashing issues with these tips

This is the big week for Dark Souls fans here in the US. While the game has been out in Japan for a little while already, the rest of the world is only just now getting access to the game. And so far, it's proving to be a far more difficult challenge than the previous two games, although for very different reasons.

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This Nintendo Zapper Glock fires 9mm rounds

This Nintendo Zapper Glock fires 9mm rounds

I'm pretty sure that the first gun of any sort that I ever held was grey and made of plastic. It had a red trigger, and I primarily used it for hunting ducks. Yes, it was the Zapper for the original NES. Well one handgun maker has dressed up a Glock to look just like that classic Nintendo accessory, and gotten a lot of heat over it.

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Here’s how to add a speedometer to Google Maps on Android

Here’s how to add a speedometer to Google Maps on Android

A couple of weeks ago, Waze announced they would be adding a handy new feature to their popular app. Since speeding is a problem that we've all had at some point, the people at Waze decided it was high time to start tracking our speed. So they integrated a speedometer into the app, which would warn you if you went too far over that limit. Well Google Maps is finally getting that feature on Android. But it's not exactly what you're expecting.

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This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

It's unfortunate, but the term 'hoverboard' tends to bring up more images of spontaneously-combusting two-wheeled scooters than cool devices that actually hover. Thankfully that trend is slowly starting to die off, largely due to the fact that most of them have been banned from making their way into the country. And that means it's the perfect time to show off something that can really hover.

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Phaeton is an 80’s arcade shooter with a classic high-score prize

Phaeton is an 80’s arcade shooter with a classic high-score prize

Back in the 80's, there was one way to prove that you were the best at a particular video game. All you needed to do was rack up your high score at the local arcade, and put your initials at the top of the board. If you were really good, you might even submit your score to Twin Galaxies, who kept track of all of the highest scores in the land. Well today, you can relive some of that enjoyment, thanks to author Ernest Cline.

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Hear all of Luke Skywalker’s whiny questions in one video

Hear all of Luke Skywalker’s whiny questions in one video

In The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker is a Jedi Master, the Hero of the Rebellion, and is completely mute. While his facial expression at the end of the movie conveys so many emotions, and begs so many questions, he doesn't have to say a word. That's a far cry from our first introduction to the character.

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Tesla recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs over faulty seat latch

Tesla recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs over faulty seat latch

The last couple of weeks have been great for Tesla. After unveiling the new Tesla 3, more than 325,000 people put down $1,000 to reserve their own. Unfortunately today the company has announced a recall on 2,700 Model X vehicles, due to a potential issue with their third-row seating.

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Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Some days you'll be working hard, and you'll get pretty thirsty. But have you ever been thirsty enough that you've thought to yourself "I wish there was a giant bubble that would expel a bottle of water right in front of me." Sure, that possibility might never have occurred to you, but prepare to have it haunt your dreams in the days to come, because it's a real thing.

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Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

It's been nearly a full year since Apple first introduced their take on the smartwatch. And with any Apple device that's been out for that long, it's due for a refresh. (Well, unless you're a Mac Pro, that is.) Yesterday we heard one report that the next update will be thinner, today we're hearing a much different tune.

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