Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft recently announced plans to launch Visual Studio for Mac, something it revealed in a blog post that was deleted a short while after it went live. Though the announcement appears to have been made prematurely, all the details are now public and it seems the preview will arrive during the company's Connect developer event. Once it does, the days of Mac users having to use a Windows or virtual machine to run the software will officially end.

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Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones boast 30+ hours of playback

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones boast 30+ hours of playback

Marshall has launched a new pair of wireless headphones, the Marshall Mid Bluetooth model. The new offering looks very similar to the Major II headphones the company released a while ago, but with some notable differences, namely a new hinge and ear cup design. The previous model's best feature is still here, though: crazy long battery life. Marshall says you'll get at least 30 hours of playback per charge with the Mid Bluetooth.

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Microsoft details Black Friday 2016 deals: sales start November 24

Microsoft details Black Friday 2016 deals: sales start November 24

Some companies have already started their Black Friday sales, but Microsoft isn't one of them. The company's deals won't be available until November 24, but they have been detailed ahead of time, giving you a chance to figure out where your money's going. In addition to expected items like discounted Xbox One consoles and Surface tablets, Microsoft is also offering deals on things like a year of Office 365.

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Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Pending court approval of the deal, Toyota will pay up to $3.4 billion to settle a lawsuit over Tundra, Tacoma, and Sequoia vehicles allegedly afflicted with faulty rust protection. The settlement doesn’t involve Toyota admitting that it failed to adequately protect the affected vehicles from rusting, but does represent what will likely end up being a huge financial blow to the company. As part of the settlement, affected vehicles found to have improper rust protection will be eligible to have their frame replaced.

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PlayStation Vue lost Viacom channels: 3 other ways to stream those shows

PlayStation Vue lost Viacom channels: 3 other ways to stream those shows

Earlier this week, Sony made a relatively quiet announcement: all of its Viacom channels would be disappearing from PlayStation Vue starting November 11. Subscribers still saw the channels in their guide when that date rolled around, but the show info was blank and you couldn't select them. Starting Saturday, subscribers were greeted with an on-screen message informing them about the channel removals, and many people are less than happy. Fortunately, there are some alternatives for streaming those now-missing shows.

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Minecraft for Windows 10 and Pocket will soon get ‘The Ender Dragon’

Minecraft for Windows 10 and Pocket will soon get ‘The Ender Dragon’

Minecraft Pocket Edition and Windows 10 edition will soon be updated to version 1.0, a big milestone for both versions and a notable update overall. Mojang says a bunch of features are coming to both versions of the game via this update — which it calls the “The Ender Update” — and the biggest one among them is “The Ender Dragon.” The dragon, a “misunderstood beast,” according to Mojang, is the “tangible end-game” for those who play Survival.

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Massive space junk with Chinese writing crashes in Myanmar

Massive space junk with Chinese writing crashes in Myanmar

Space junk makes a surprise appearance over some random city every so often, and sometimes it doesn’t all burn up in time to avoid a crash landing. That’s what happened recently in Myanmar, where some space junk reportedly containing Chinese writing crashed in a couple locations. Early reports suggest the debris originates from a Chinese satellite, though it doesn’t seem anyone has an official answer at this time. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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Freedrum lets you make real drum beats by air drumming

Freedrum lets you make real drum beats by air drumming

A new product called Freedrum promises to take air drumming to a whole new level, allowing anyone to create beats using a pair of smart drum sticks. You don’t need an actual set of drums to play them with Freedrum — rather, each stick is equipped with sensors and smart tech that works with your smartphone and a mobile app. The best part? You can put a pair of earbuds in and won’t have to hear anyone complain about your skills.

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Monday’s supermoon will be the closest since 1948, so don’t miss it

Monday’s supermoon will be the closest since 1948, so don’t miss it

It seems like supermoons are happening all the time, but some of them are indeed more special than others. This upcoming Monday, the moon will be the closest it has been to Earth since 1948…’making it an extra-super moon,’ says NASA. If you miss this upcoming supermoon, you won’t see another one this close until November 25th in the year 2034, a full 18 years from now. This super moon will be followed up by another one on December 14.

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Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Last month, hints surfaced indicating that Instagram is working on a live video feature. The move wouldn’t be surprising considering how many competing products already offer it. However, the company never outright confirmed that the feature is the pipeline…until now. Company CEO Kevin Systrom recently confirmed the news in an interview with the Financial Times, saying, “Live is really exciting for [Instagram]."

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Sphericam Beast VR camera targets studios with 6K 360-degree videos

Sphericam Beast VR camera targets studios with 6K 360-degree videos

Sphericam, the company behind the small angular VR camera from past years, is back with a new offering, this one targeted at big studios and organizations. Called 'Beast,' the camera is exactly what its name suggests: a major VR camera offering that records and produces extremely high-resolution 360-degree videos. We don't yet know how much this camera will cost, but Sphericam has announced all the specs and released some stitched videos created with the model.

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Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Have trouble remembering which recipes, projects, and other things you’ve already tried? Pinterest is here to help with its new ‘tried it’ feature, enabling users to mark pins they’ve completed as ‘tried’ for both your and other users' future info. Those who mark something as tried can leave feedback about their results, as well, helping others decide whether the project or recipe is worth their own time and effort.

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