Author Archives: Adam Westlake


PlayStation Experience 2016: the biggest trailers and game announcements

PlayStation Experience 2016: the biggest trailers and game announcements

This weekend saw the 2016 PlayStation Experience (PSX) held in Anaheim, California. Similar to E3, the event lets Sony focus on its own PlayStation gaming platform, but without rival companies competing for attention. It's also on a bit of a smaller scale, allowing gamers to get hands on time with new and upcoming games, as well as for partnering publishers to make some big announcements.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer debuts with Baby Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer debuts with Baby Groot

It's a day that comic book and movie fans equally look forward to: when Marvel releases a new trailer for an upcoming film from its growing Cinematic Universe. This time it's a new teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and as you'd expect, it's full of action, humor, and the rag-tag group of heroes we came to love in the first movie. But without a doubt, the star this around will be the adorable Baby Groot.

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Amazon Snowmobile service is a semi-truck with a giant hard drive

Amazon Snowmobile service is a semi-truck with a giant hard drive

Last week, Amazon announced a new service for uploading large amounts of data to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage. Dubbed Snowmobile, it's an actual 18-wheel semi-truck hauling a storage container filled with hard drives. See, it's not meant for times when you need to back up your photo or video collection, but rather for an entire company's data, such as a movie studio's archives or a government agency's library of satellite imagery.

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BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ spotted in leaked images, complete with physical keyboard

BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ spotted in leaked images, complete with physical keyboard

We've known for some time that the BlackBerry of years gone by is nearly dead and gone. The company has already abandoned its BB10 OS in favor of Android, and soon it won't even be making its own phones. But one element it continues to cling to for its devices is the physical keyboard. Case in point is the "Mercury," the codename for the much rumored, and possibly last, "traditional" BlackBerry phone.

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Marvel vs Capcom Infinite confirmed for 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, PC

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite confirmed for 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, PC

Just as was predicted last week, this weekend's PlayStation Experience (PSX) event saw the announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, the fourth entry in the mash-up fighting game series. A teaser trailer was revealed featuring Capcom's Ryu and Mega Man facing off against Iron Man and Captain Marvel from the Marvel side. While the game made its debut at an official PlayStation event, Capcom has confirmed it will be released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in late 2017.

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Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Just when it seemed like Apple's much-rumored self-driving car project was on the verge of collapse, more evidence surfaces that Cupertino still has plans in place. A recent letter from Apple to the US's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dug up, where the former writes that it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

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One of the earliest Nikon cameras auctioned for $406K

One of the earliest Nikon cameras auctioned for $406K

Photography can easily become a very expensive hobby, especially when hunting down older, well-preserved cameras and lenses. But when it comes to truly historic equipment, that's where you can easily drain your bank account. Case in point: the oldest remaining Nikon camera — believed to be the third one ever built by the Japanese company — was just auctioned for $406,000 in Austria.

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Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

These days, it's becoming more and more common to see luxury car brand names appear on products that aren't cars. This includes Ferrari on a phone, BMW on a bike, and even the Porsche Design team, which slaps the German maker's name on anything it can get its hands on. But this Lamborghini speaker from Italy's Ixoost takes things to a whole new level.

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Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay officially launched in Spain this week, making it the latest European nation to accept Apple's contactless mobile payments service. It also comes shortly after similar debuts in Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. Using compatible iPhone models or an Apple Watch, Apple Pay will allow users to make fast and easy payments at 27 Spanish retailers simply by holding their device over an NFC terminal.

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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

The streaming music market is already a crowded one, but that isn't stopping iHeartRadio, the conglomerate behind over 800 US radio stations, from jumping in. With updates to both its iOS and Android apps this week, the service has debuted two new paid subscription plans that allow users to stream music on-demand, thanks in part to a new partnership with Napster.

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Windows 10 Creators Update to include new accessibility features for braille, narration

Windows 10 Creators Update to include new accessibility features for braille, narration

The Creators Update for Windows 10 is still a ways off from its spring 2017 release, but Microsoft continues to share what's in development and what users can look forward to. The latest blog post from the company details some of the accessibility features that will be included with the update, allowing the Windows 10 OS to be just as easy to use for those with disabilities.

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