Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


An easier way to order someone else an Uber ride has arrived

An easier way to order someone else an Uber ride has arrived

There are two primary reasons you may need to order someone else an Uber ride: they don't have a smartphone or they're too incapacitated (read: drunk) to do it themselves. In that case, you can use your own phone to order them a ride, but it's a hassle and not one that many people enjoy. Here to fix that is Uber itself, which has rolled out a feature greatly enhancing the ordering-a-friend-a-car experience.

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Bluesmart Series 2 smart luggage features built-in GPS and a ‘supercharger’

Bluesmart Series 2 smart luggage features built-in GPS and a ‘supercharger’

Following its original offering back in 2014, Bluesmart has launched its latest product, the Series 2. The luggage is designed for frequent travelers and anyone who is security-minded, offering features like auto-lock that keeps the bag secured, GPS + 3G luggage tracking, and even a built-in 'supercharger' for powering a phone or laptop. The Series 2 is being crowdfunded on Indiegogo.

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Chromebook ‘Eve’ tipped with fingerprint sensor, Assistant, and high-res display

Chromebook ‘Eve’ tipped with fingerprint sensor, Assistant, and high-res display

Google is rumored to be developing a new breed of Chromebook, one that will include a model that is supposedly going by the codename 'Eve.' This model, if online tidbits of info are to be believed, will sport a bunch of welcomed features, not the least of which is a fingerprint sensor and a key dedicated solely to Google Assistant. The company creating 'Eve' is still a big mystery, but some of its other features -- including a very-high-resolution display -- aren't.

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This ‘robot’ doesn’t need a power source to move around

This ‘robot’ doesn’t need a power source to move around

Researchers have managed to create a sort of 'robot' that can move without requiring a power source, instead gaining its mobility skills via increased humidity levels. This was accomplished using a sheet of graphene oxide cut into a vaguely insect-like shape, including four legs. After exposing the graphene oxide sheet to a flash of bright light, researchers found that it will 'bend' when the air around it experiences a large humidity increase.

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T-Mobile LTE-U arrives for customers in a handful of US cities

T-Mobile LTE-U arrives for customers in a handful of US cities

T-Mobile has announced that LTE-Unlimited, otherwise known as LTE-U, is now available to customers in a handful of cities in the US. These cities include some big places like Las Vegas and Brooklyn, as well as some smaller places like Dearborn, Michigan and Richardson, Texas. If you do live in one of these regions and you're a T-Mobile subscriber, there's still a catch: your phone has to support LTE-U and yours probably doesn't.

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Mohu Leaf Glide HD indoor TV antenna has a 65-mile range

Mohu Leaf Glide HD indoor TV antenna has a 65-mile range

Mohu has announced a new indoor antenna product that enables users to pick up over-the-air television channels from nearby stations without mounting an antenna in their lawn or on the side of their house. The Mohu Leaf Glide supports high-definition channels and is attached to the inside of a window, resembling a large white piece of paper or vinyl. Once installed, and assuming it is placed in an adequate location, users should be able to pick up channels as far as 65 miles away.

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AT&T expands rural Fixed Wireless Internet into 8 new states

AT&T expands rural Fixed Wireless Internet into 8 new states

AT&T's Fixed Wireless Internet service has just expanded into 8 new states, extending connectivity options in more rural regions through the US. Fixed Wireless Internet is designed specifically for AT&T's rural customers, and involves the company installing an antenna on the customer's property that then works with the closest cell tower. The result is wireless Internet that is at least 10Mbps in speed.

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Samsung Pay adds Discover support: here’s how to add your card

Samsung Pay adds Discover support: here’s how to add your card

Samsung Pay, the Korean company's mobile payment system, has finally added support for Discover credit cards, filling a big gap that left out some users. Samsung quietly added the support to its Android app, enabling anyone with a Discover card to add it to their digital wallet. Not familiar with Samsung Pay? We've got all the details on how to add your card.

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Deep-sea mining may cause ‘irrevocable’ biodiversity loss

Deep-sea mining may cause ‘irrevocable’ biodiversity loss

A letter from experts newly published in Nature Geoscience warns that deep-sea mining missions may cause biodiversity loss that is 'irrevocable.' The loss of biodiversity in these regions is 'unavoidable,' according to the letter, and is something that must be taken into account when such missions take place. The effects of how the environment will respond to deep-sea mining is still a 'tremendous uncertainty,' according to one expert, underscoring the need for mining practices to include protection measures.

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Alexa update turns your Echo devices into intercoms

Alexa update turns your Echo devices into intercoms

Amazon is making Alexa a bit more sophisticated with new support for hands-free intercom functionality, enabling the various Echo devices to be used as an intercom system throughout your home. The support is available on the Echo, the smaller Echo Dot, and the display-based Echo Show, but you have to do a couple things first to get the feature up and running on your own devices.

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Samsung ‘SmartCam’ 1080p home security camera surfaces online

Samsung ‘SmartCam’ 1080p home security camera surfaces online

It appears Samsung is gearing up to launch a new consumer-tier security camera, one designed for use in and around one's home. The camera has appeared on Best Buy's website with the name 'SmartCam,' though the Korean company hasn't officially announced the product at this time. The listing shows the camera as featuring a 1080p resolution with WiFi support. The launch date isn't known, though.

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Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

The Lyft app will soon get an update that tries to make rides overall faster by suggesting better pick-up locations for riders...even if that means you may have to do a bit of walking to get there. The update will arrive in both the iOS and Android apps, and will be optional -- if you're set on wanting picked up at a specific location, you'll still be able to choose it when ordering a ride.

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