Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now keeps track of where you go after your ride ends. The tracking spans the first five minutes after you reach your destination. The data gathered from this monitoring is used to improve Uber's service, including pickups and drop-offs. If you, like many users, aren't happy about being surveilled by the Uber app, you can disable the feature before your next trip.

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Nestle finally does something right, unveils chocolate breakthrough

Nestle finally does something right, unveils chocolate breakthrough

Many people have very strong — very negative — opinions about Nestle, and arguably for good reason. That's neither here nor there, though. The company has just announced something that it calls a scientific breakthrough: the ability to produce chocolate with 40-percent less sugar but no discernible change in flavor. The breakthrough features a sugar structure 'inspired by nature.'

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Limited-edition Star Wars jackets are the best Rogue One gear so far

Limited-edition Star Wars jackets are the best Rogue One gear so far

Forget trinkets and figurines and backside-illuminated posters — Columbia has just taken the wraps off a new line of jackets inspired by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and they're the best Rogue One gear launched so far. The jackets are designed based on three notable rebel garments, with the Rebel Jacket perhaps being the most eye-catching of the bunch. The jackets will launch on December 9, giving you just enough time to get one before the movie's theatrical premiere.

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Google Pixel camera bug: five workarounds that may solve the issue

Google Pixel camera bug: five workarounds that may solve the issue

Google's newly released Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are, in some cases, suffering from a serious camera issue that overlays magenta-colored streaks over images. This issue has been reported by Pixel owners over the last several weeks, and though Google is looking into the issue, there's no solution at this time. However, some Pixel owners report finding troubleshooting techniques, of which these are the five most successful methods.

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DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

The brave new world of live television is upon us, and it comes in three forms: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV NOW. Having multiple products to choose from is never a bad thing, but it does require more leg work. Which service has the features you can't live without? Is there some hard-to-find fine print you should know about? Does the service you're leaning toward offer the best value for your money? We've answered all those questions and more.

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Amazon Rekognition deep learning AI can figure out what’s in your pics

Amazon Rekognition deep learning AI can figure out what’s in your pics

Amazon has introduced its own deep learning artificial intelligence called Amazon Rekognition. This AI analyzes photos it is given and produces results related to them, detailing what is located in the photo as well as things related to the object. For example, it won’t just detect that a person is in the photo, but also their gender, facial expression, emotional state, what clothes they’re wearing, things they don’t have (like a beard), and more.

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White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

The White House has launched a new augmented reality app called ‘1600,’ and it works by overlaying a 3D version of the White House over the images printed on a dollar bill. The app is simple to use — you just pull up the camera and point it at any dollar bill you have available. The app takes care of the rest, raising a tiny White House on the front of the dollar until it is full size. A helicopter zooms in, people carrying flags appear, and more.

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Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon has announced that its Prime customers can now subscribe to Cinemax and HBO as add-on video subscriptions to flesh out the Prime Video library. The HBO subscription option is the most expensive of the two at $14.99/month, the same price you’d pay if you sign up for HBO NOW directly. The subscription options are part of Amazon Channels, which already offered Starz, Showtime, Sundance Now, and a bunch more.

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The Mummy teaser gives first look at Tom Cruise movie reboot

The Mummy teaser gives first look at Tom Cruise movie reboot

You may have missed the news, but fan favorite The Mummy is getting a reboot, and it’ll star Tom Cruise in the role first held by Brendan Fraser. Universal has finally given us our first look at the movie, doing so in two forms: a theatrical poster and a 15-second teaser. The teaser, as we'd expect, features an ancient monster, ancient artifacts, and Tom Cruise running really fast.

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Oculus Touch launch game lineup: Fruit Ninja VR, Surgeon Simulator, and more

Oculus Touch launch game lineup: Fruit Ninja VR, Surgeon Simulator, and more

Oculus has detailed the full roster of games that will be available when the Oculus Touch motion controllers launch. The list is comprised of 53 titles in total, all of them made specifically for virtual reality. The games will all be available on December 6 when the controllers arrive, and they cover a range of topics and themes, some of them -- like Surgeon Simulator -- being better suited for VR than regular consoles.

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NFL streaming: how to watch football without CBS All Access

NFL streaming: how to watch football without CBS All Access

CBS has announced that its users will be able to stream some NFL games starting this upcoming Sunday. CBS says this is a multi-year deal between it and the NFL; once it kicks off, CBS All Access will offer all the NFL on CBS games, including halftime coverage, Thursday Night Football, and more. If you're not a CBS All Access customer, though, or if you prefer greater access to NFL content, you've got a few other streaming options.

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Philip Morris’ new smoking gadget could replace its own cigarettes

Philip Morris’ new smoking gadget could replace its own cigarettes

Philip Morris has introduced a new smoking gizmo called iQOS, and it could one day replace the company's own tobacco cigarettes. The company introduced the product in the UK recently, describing it as a small electronic gadget that works by vaporizing tobacco rather than burning it. By doing this, per the claims, users will inhale the same amount of nicotine as they get from a cigarette, but without all the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke.

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