Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

A video showing an NFC-clad sticker on a battery in a smartphone has gone viral today. This video suggests that this smartphone was using an NFC sticker to "record every photo of yours on your battery." What we're going to need to do right now is get very serious and very clear about this situation. Your battery - and the NFC antenna that may or may not be attached to it - is not stealing your photos and sending them to our estranged government overlords. It's just not.

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Nintendo’s Splatoon holds strong with new sales milestone

Nintendo’s Splatoon holds strong with new sales milestone

Nintendo's ink flinging game Splatoon has found itself a wide fan base, and that popularity is reflected in the game's recent milestone: more than one million units have been sold. Splatoon is a third-person shooter game with a distinct Nintendo flavor featuring Inklings (the squid-like creatures) that are controlled by players — when the Inklings are in human form, they shoot colored paint-like ink which splats other players. When in squid form, the Inklings can swim through the ink. There are guns, bombs, and a lot of amusement.

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Spike-back worm Hallucigenia’s head found after 38 years

Spike-back worm Hallucigenia’s head found after 38 years

The creature you're about to see lived on Earth about 508 million years ago, and today we get to see its head for the first time. We get to see its head in the right place for the first time, to be more precise. Before now, scientists had this lovely little beast upside-down and backwards. Not entirely unheard of when dealing with creatures that aren't as simple to identify as birds or mammals of many types, this creature was displayed wrong. Now, 38 years after its discovery here in modern times, "Hallucigenia" can stand upright.

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You’ll soon be able to car-share your MINI

You’ll soon be able to car-share your MINI

MINI will bake car-sharing technology directly into future models, allowing owners to loan their cars out when they don't need them. The functionality will initially integrate MINI into the DriveNow network, which operates short-term car rental in select North American and European cities. An optional add-on, the tech will temporarily make the car available for rent by the minute, something MINI believes will make city-dwellers more likely to consider owning a car themselves.

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Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Love bowling but hate having to wear those funny shoes? The Wii has been the long-running champ among alternative bowling methods, but those who own an Apple Watch will soon have another option. Rolocule Games has introduced the 2.0 version of its Bowling Central game for Apple users, and with the update comes Apple Watch support, allowing the wearable to be used as a sort of motion-based game controller. Presently Bowling Central has been available for the iPhone and iPad for use with the Apple TV, and is akin to the company’s previous Motion Tennis game.

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Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Back in April, we heard word that Amazon would be adding HDR video support to Prime Instant Video some time later on in the year, doing so with the promise of improved image quality. The new viewing options would be arriving on its own original shows, but the company had said that it was also working with other entities to bring HDR to other content, too. Fortunately, Amazon didn't make us wait too long for the feature to arrive. Today the company announced that Prime members can watch HDR versions of episodes from its own original shows.

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Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Facebook Messenger offers more features than chatting, and some use it even if they don't bother with their Facebook account. For those who fall into the latter group, there's good news: the recent Messenger update has brought a handful of changes, the most notable of which is that you no longer require a Facebook account to use the chatting app. Instead, users can just provide their phone number and go from there. The change has arrived with both the Android and the iOS apps.

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Chevrolet’s Bolt EV is already crushing its 200 mile target

Chevrolet’s Bolt EV is already crushing its 200 mile target

Chevrolet may only have shown off its Bolt EV concept in January, but pre-production models are already in testing as the car gets fast-tracked to market. "They’re running fast," Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of electrified vehicles at Chevrolet, said today in Detroit, "the fact that we can show you fifty-something cars running is busy." The early cars actually began trials back in April, each a hand-built prototype put through its paces for things like maximum range, cabin comfort, and the performance of the DC fast-charging system.

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Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford announced this week that they'd be shifting their Ford Smart Mobility program from its research phase to implementation. With this, their focus switches to new projects as programs like Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing are given the go-ahead with pilot programs. Ford showed of their third most versatile e-bike with the MoDe:Flex as well, able to be folded down and stored into any Ford vehicle where it's able to be charged. This bike also connects to the rider's smartphone using the MoDe:Link app.

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