Samsung is trying to stem the blood loss caused when the Galaxy Note 7 failed and had to be recalled due to fire risk. In South Korea the smartphone giant is trying something new and interesting to keep customers in its home country with the brand. Under the new Note 7 trade-in program any South Korean user who trades their recall device in on a Galaxy S7 with flat or curved screens will be eligible for another upgrade later.
Forget wearable devices. In the future, you might be using wearable robots instead. No, you’re not getting into a robot suit, of course, but your suit might instead have tiny robots rolling and crawling all over. At least that’s the idea behind “Rovable”, a roving robot “wearable” developed by researchers from MIT and Standford University. While it seems to give a whole new meaning to “creepy crawlies”, the robots’ purpose isn’t whimsical. The goal is to eventually developer robots that can perform anything from activity tracking, notifications, calls, and perhaps even wardrobe repairs.
Star Wars and drones are almost the perfect mix, but very few have actually turned that into a commercially available dream come true. Sure, there are a few DIYs here and there, but few, if not none, you can buy off the shelf. Well, consider those prayers answered, at least partially, as Propel kicks off pre-orders for its Star Wars Battle Drones. They don’t only look like the real thing (almost), they are also half-decent but somewhat small drones that can travel at a max of 35 mph.
Almost all of us consider our smartphones to be our faithful companions. And yet, sadistic humans entertain themselves by putting these usually expensive devices to all sorts of "stress tests" just to see how long they last before they yield. Naturally, the newly launched Google Pixel was scratched, burned, bent, and dropped. For science! Seriously speaking, though, these tests try to demonstrate just how tough, or not, smartphones are. And like almost everything about it, the Pixel yielded a mixed bag of results.
The graphics card wars on the low-end is heating up. Addressing a gaping hole in its portfolio, NVIDIA last week revealed the new GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, both sitting on the lower end of its new Pascal line. Given the price tag, it was easily seen as encroaching on what is traditionally considered to be AMD’s turf. Naturally, the latter isn’t taking things sitting down and, while it hasn’t made much noise about it, prizes for its Radeon 460 and Radeon 470 VR-ready cars are dropping all around.
Elon Musk is a man with many dreams and many companies to make those dreams come true. But as far as moon shots, or perhaps Mars shots, are concerned, his dream of populating the red planet with inhabits, human or otherwise, is perhaps the most eccentric and most incredible, in the literal sense of the word, of them all. But to prove that he means business, and hard science, Musk took to Reddit to answer fans' and doubters' burning questions on how he plans to get people to Mars for good.
"Haste makes waste." That's an almost universally accepted nugget of wisdom that some people feel they're exempt from. That apparently includes Samsung, and now that folly is coming back to haunt it and bite it in the proverbial behind. Piecing together the timeline of incidents leading to the Galaxy Note 7's untimely demise, the Wall Street Journal painted a picture of a company that, in the desperation to look decisive and take swift action, may have, instead, actually brought about an earlier and total destruction of the Galaxy Note 7 and, perhaps, the Galaxy Note brand as well.
USB-C might be great and the future of connectors, but for MacBook owners, it's somewhat of a step backwards. Apple has long had a reversible port and while the USB-C finally makes that a standard everywhere, it lacks one particular MacBook feature: MagSafe. That is pretty much what fans of the MacBook Pro are dreading in Apple's upcoming press event, but famed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo might offer them some reassurance. According to him, while the MacBook Pros will indeed use UBS-C ports only for power, they might also include a "MagSafe-like" adapter.
One of the biggest disadvantages with buying a Nexus device, especially directly from Google, is the lack of reliable service centers to nurse the smartphone's wounds. When it became the "seller of record" for the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, it needed to make a few changes. Still lacking the resources, not to mention stores, to provide repair services, Google has instead partnered with uBreakiFix to offer repairs, even walk-in same-day ones, for the "Phones by Google" across the US and Canada.
Toyota unveiled its newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in Japan this week, but it's not a four-door sedan or crossover SUV; it's a bus intended for public transportation. The zero-emission bus uses the same technology as Toyota's new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and the plan is to have a fleet of 100 or so running in Tokyo in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Even before the iPhone 7 came out, people were speculating on what’s next for Apple’s 2017 iPhone. Some even believe Apple will skip it’s tried-and-true tick-tock release cycle and skip ahead to the iPhone 10 to coincide with the iPhone’s 10th anniversary (2007-2017; time flies). And there’s speculation the iPhone as we know it will turn into something completely different — something less like a phone and more like a pocket projector. And it’s all nonsense.