Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


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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Sling TV adds on-demand kids channel: here are four alternatives

Sling TV adds on-demand kids channel: here are four alternatives

Children's programming is an important part of the television industry, not just because kids comprise a large viewer base, but also because they're more likely to stick with something that becomes familiar to them at an early age. It's no surprise, then, that video streaming companies have been fleshing out their family-friendly and kids-centric programming, and Sling TV is no exception.

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Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has rebuilt its mobile app, making it cleaner and easier to use in comparison to the previous version. This update was necessary, says Uber, as the app had ‘become complicated and harder to navigate’ since the last big overhaul in 2012. By remaking it from the ground up, the app is now faster and, says the company, smarter — it can learn your routines if you’re a frequent rider, and pretty soon it’ll be able to tap your mobile’s calendar, too.

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Top 5 video games arriving in early 2017

Top 5 video games arriving in early 2017

Yes, yes, it's not 2017 yet. That doesn't mean we can't start looking toward the future, especially with the holidays upon us and some pre-order deals being available now. A handful of eagerly anticipated games are scheduled to go live in the first quarter of 2017, and you don't want to miss out on them. Keep in mind, none of these games have launched yet (at the time of publication, that is), so it is possible some of these titles may end up releasing later in 2017 than expected. According to current reports, though, these are going to be the hottest games of (early) 2017.

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BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry has penned a deal with Ford that will see it developing car software, the company has announced. This could prove a vital part of the company’s efforts to grow beyond the bounds of its failed mobile business, but the extent of BlackBerry’s automotive efforts aren’t clear at this time. Ford isn’t new to using BlackBerry-built software, though it has previously acquired it through Panasonic. With this new deal, the automaker will be getting it straight from BlackBerry.

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