Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Samsung Galaxy S8 facial recognition security is easily fooled

Samsung Galaxy S8 facial recognition security is easily fooled

If you're planning to pick up the Galaxy S8 and use facial recognition to secure the handset, think again. A new demonstration of the feature shows it being easily fooled using a photo of the handset's owner, and coinciding with the revelation is word from sources that Samsung allegedly considers the feature as just 'for fun.' The phone also offers fingerprint and iris scanning security.

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Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix has some episodic animated hits, such as BoJack Horseman, and now it is preparing to offer its first major animated movie: America: The Motion Picture. This animation will be rated 'R' and will feature Channing Tatum as the voice behind George Washington, the movie's lead role. The movie is said to feature a 'revisionist history' storyline.

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Spotify ‘Traffic Jams’ shows artists creating music during LA rush hour

Spotify ‘Traffic Jams’ shows artists creating music during LA rush hour

If you've ever been stuck in Los Angeles traffic, you know it can be a long while before you're finally free. A single trip from A to B can take well over an hour, and that's just enough time to create an entirely new piece of music...at least if you're one of the artists featured on Spotify's new 'Traffic Jams' show. The show features two artists who have never worked together before meeting up in a car and creating a masterpiece before traffic starts moving.

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Comcast Xfinity Internet gets pay-as-you-go prepaid option

Comcast Xfinity Internet gets pay-as-you-go prepaid option

Comcast has launched Xfinity Prepaid Internet for everyone located in the company's service area, giving many people the opportunity to get Internet service in a way that isn't dissimilar from how prepaid phone plans work. The prepaid Internet comes with the option of refilling the service for either one week or one month (30 days). Unlike the regular Comcast service, Xfinity Prepaid doesn't require a credit check and doesn't shackle customers to a contract.

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SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a planned launch today that would involve sending off a recycled rocket, something that would be a game-changer for the company if successful. The launch indeed went on as planned, and it was a massive success all around. Not only did the reused first stage part of the rocket work exactly as intended, it safely landed back on Earth for future use.

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Jupiter shown with stunning detail in NASA’s newest space pics

Jupiter shown with stunning detail in NASA’s newest space pics

While Mars is NASA's biggest focus at the moment (as far as space is concerned), it is ramping up its efforts related to Jupiter, and recently announced the name of a planned mission to the planet. In the present, the space agency has a small spacecraft called Juno in orbit around Jupiter, where it has begun snapping and sending back photos. The photos have been made available to the public in raw form, and now amateur enthusiasts have released their own stunning post-processed versions of the images.

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Tiny fish foils predators by injecting them with opioid venom

Tiny fish foils predators by injecting them with opioid venom

The tiny fish Meiacanthus nigrolineatus, also known as the fanged blenny fish, doesn't look like much, but it has a secret weapon to keep predators at bay: venom. This venom is used to stop predators in their tracks, causing their blood pressure to drop and their ability to eat the blenny to diminish. While most fang-based venom causes extreme pain in the victim, the blenny fish's venom is different because it contains, among other things, an opioid peptide.

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Google adds direct fitness class booking on desktop and mobile

Google adds direct fitness class booking on desktop and mobile

Summer is approaching, and that means many people are making a last-minute scramble to get in shape ahead of upcoming vacations and trips to the beach. Just in time to help is a new feature from Google called 'Reserve with Google,' a way to find nearby fitness studios and then book an appointment with them directly. The feature is launching on both desktop and mobile devices, and, at times, includes promotions for users.

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Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook has expanded the charity aspects of its platform, making it possible for users to launch personal fundraisers. These fundraisers are available across six different categories, including Education, Crisis Relief, Medical, Personal Emergency, and more. Those who use the platform to raise funds will pay about seven percent in a fee that goes toward Facebook's various costs including vetting and fraud protection.

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Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Change an Uber pickup location after ordering: here’s how

Have you ever ordered an Uber car, only to realize after the driver is en-route that the pick-up location is incorrect? If so, you're not alone. Users have long requested a way to adjust the pick-up location after ordering a ride, making it possible to fix a mistake without cancelling the car and starting over. Now, thanks to a new update, this feature is available: here's how to use it.

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Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

The very limited nature of tweets is part of Twitter's appeal, but at times the 140-character restriction can get in the way of expressing a full thought. To help solve that latter problem without opening the floodgates to long tweets, Twitter is adjusting how reply tweets count their characters, making it possible to produce longer replies without technically boosting the character limit.

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Telegram debuts voice calls, uses emoji codes to verify security

Telegram debuts voice calls, uses emoji codes to verify security

Messaging app Telegram may not be as popular as competitors WhatsApp and Messenger, but it is working hard to stay caught up with all the latest and greatest features. Chief among its latest efforts is the introduction of voice calls, enabling users to call each other over WiFi or mobile data for free. With this voice call functionality comes a new security verification feature, as well: emojis codes.

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