Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature called 'Status' that works in much the same way as Snapchat. The feature was discovered in the most recent public beta version of WhatsApp for both iOS and Android. With it, users can post status updates in the form of photos and videos and share them with friends. The status updates expire and disappear after 24 hours, and can include things like text and doodles.

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Canadian military investigates strange Arctic ‘pinging,’ only finds walruses

Canadian military investigates strange Arctic ‘pinging,’ only finds walruses

Locals have been reporting an unusual ‘pinging’ sound in the Arctic that reportedly scares animals and is strong enough to be heard through boat hulls. In light of these reports, Canada’s military has set out to investigate and, hopefully, find an explanation for the pings. According to military officials, aircraft-based searches were carried out over the region in which the noise has been reported, but thus far no sources have been identified.

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Loupedeck is a physical console for Lightroom photo editing

Loupedeck is a physical console for Lightroom photo editing

A new product called Loupedeck aims to revolutionize post-processing for photographers, offering physical controls that work with Adobe Lightroom. The console, as they call it, is similar to a keyboard, but with dials, knobs and buttons that correspond to various things in Adobe’s image-editing software. Rather than having to waste time scrolling, clicking through menus, and dragging on-screen items, photographers can edit their images using a simple, yet feature-heavy, console.

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Parrot Bebop 2 has new follow-me features, but they’ll cost you

Parrot Bebop 2 has new follow-me features, but they’ll cost you

Parrot has added follow-me features to its Bebop 2 drone, but you’ll have to pay to get them in the FreeFlight Pro app. Using this mode, users can have the drone position itself so that the operator is always in the shot, something that is itself made possible with three different technologies: visual recognition, GPS, and altimeter vertical tracking.

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YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube has given its creators a handful of new comment features, better enabling them to refine and tweak the conversations found on their videos. Creators can, for example, give a ‘heart’ to their favorite comments, making it easy for readers to identify which comments are worth reading. There’s also the new ability to pin comments to the top of any comment feed, ensuring viewers see it chief among the rest. YouTube has also detailed some features it plans to launch in the near future.

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Cork turns old wine bottles into a Bluetooth speaker

Cork turns old wine bottles into a Bluetooth speaker

A new Kickstarter campaign is offering one of the more unique Bluetooth speakers we've seen: it is called Cork, and it attaches to the top of just about any bottle. When put in place on a bottle, Cork's tinny sounding audio becomes more robust and deep. The idea is that sans the bottle, Cork is very small and early to carry around. When it's time to listen to some music, the odds are high you've got some kind of bottle around to help out.

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Will.i.am’s Buttons Bluetooth earbuds promise ‘immersive’ sound

Will.i.am’s Buttons Bluetooth earbuds promise ‘immersive’ sound

Will.i.am has a new pair of earbuds called “Buttons,” and they come with a giant rounded look generally atypical amongst in-ear headphones. The Buttons are a wireless Bluetooth offering that, says i.am+, offer ‘immersive’ sound alongside a larger premium nature. The design is said to be inspired by vinyl records, though form seems to get precedence over functionality, as the battery offers as little as six hours of playback per charge.

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HTC bringing VR arcades to a mall near you

HTC bringing VR arcades to a mall near you

Many have lamented the loss of arcades, but that may change in the future. HTC has launched a flagship arcade in Taiwan called Viveland, giving the public a destination to play high-end VR games at consumer-friendly rates. Viveland just recently opened in Taipei, where HTC’s Vive VR system is the center focus. The arcade facility includes all the trimmings, among them being booths that feature high-end stereo systems and more.

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PlayStation 4 includes free COD: Infinite Warfare on November 4 – 5

PlayStation 4 includes free COD: Infinite Warfare on November 4 – 5

Sony has announced that PlayStation 4 consoles purchased on November 4th and November 5th will include a free copy of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the latest addition to the popular game franchise. The promotion is being offered through ‘select retailers,’ according to PlayStation Brand Marketing Vice President John Koller. As well, it will only be available to customers in the United States and Canada.

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LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass syncing across multiple devices is now free

LastPass has announced that its syncing feature is now free to use across multiple devices, including things like your laptop, tablet and smartphone. Whatever devices you use the service on, your passwords will sync across them and it won’t cost you anything. Premium members will still keep exclusive access to the other premium perks, however, including things like going ad-free and sharing with up to five users.

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Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Late last week, a report surfaced revealing that Facebook enables advertisers to exclude certain people based on race. With this feature, advertisers can make sure their advertisements are only seen by certain people — only whites, for example — while excluding others including Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans. The feature is available for advertisements that can't legally make those exclusions.

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Amazon bookstores give Prime members discounts, everyone else pays more

Amazon bookstores give Prime members discounts, everyone else pays more

Amazon's physical bookstores, which are thus far found only in select major cities, give Prime members discounts on books while everyone else (read: non-Prime members) pay the list price. The discount/no discount doesn't apply to Amazon devices, however, meaning everyone pays the same price for a Kindle or an Echo. While this may not be a big deal for occasional book buyers, it could add up substantially for those who frequently pick up the latest releases.

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