Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

The Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets have begun shipping, the company behind them has announced. Though they're shipping out to buyers a bit later than we'd originally heard, those who quickly pre-ordered should have their AR dev kit unit by the turn of the year. According to a recent statement by the company, more shipments will be heading out early in 2017, and customers will get a shipping notification in their inbox when their own order goes out.

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Uber now lets riders set a friend as their trip destination

Uber now lets riders set a friend as their trip destination

Uber is rolling out a new feature that allows its customers to choose a specific person as their trip destination rather than an address. This works via an in-app request for that person’s location, assuming they’re included in your phone’s contacts. As well, Uber has announced some custom Snapchat filters alongside Snapchat integration, enabling users to unlock these filters during a trip.

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Disney pens Snap deal to make video content for Snapchat

Disney pens Snap deal to make video content for Snapchat

Disney has announced plans to make shows for Snapchat, making it the latest powerhouse to pen a content agreement with Snap Inc. The deal is said to have been made with Disney’s ABC Television Group, which will be selling and otherwise controlling all of the ads related to the content it makes. We’ll see the Disney content on Snapchat start appearing early next month.

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Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Bad news, meat lovers: another study highlights cured meats as potential sources of health issues, especially for those with asthma or COPD. The study set out to investigate whether cured meats can make asthma symptoms worse, and the results indicate that is, indeed, the case. This is on top of carcinogenic factors associated with cured meats, also increasing one's risk of developing various sorts of cancer.

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Senator urges Uber to add in-app location tracking controls

Senator urges Uber to add in-app location tracking controls

US Senator Al Franken has fired off a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick urging the company to update its privacy policy and add in-app controls regarding its recently announced background location tracking. Though Franken says it seems the update is “well-intentioned,” he expresses concern about the change and urges Uber to ‘amend [its] privacy statement to reflect the company’s public assurances and justifications related to the most recent app update.”

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People just don’t want smartwatches

People just don’t want smartwatches

Smartwatches aren’t the hit some people had expected, and eMarketer’s latest forecast serves to highlight that fact. Though its forecast last year was fairly optimistic, anticipating a 60-percent growth in the wearables market this year, the company’s latest forecast is much lower at only 24.7-percent. That doesn’t mean consumers are abandoning wearables entirely, however, as fitness tracker growth is increasing while smartwatch adoption stalls.

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Sony Cyber-shot HX350 compact camera has 50x super zoom

Sony Cyber-shot HX350 compact camera has 50x super zoom

Sony has introduced the new Cyber-shot HX350, a digital camera that, despite its compact size, features 50x super zoom. The camera is targeted at photographers who are serious about their craft, but who need something smaller than a DSLR for certain situations. Joining the super-zoom feature is a Sony Exmor R CMOS 20.4-megapixel sensor and the BIONZ X image processing engine.

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Soylent fixed its sickness-inducing powder, but made an enemy in the process

Soylent fixed its sickness-inducing powder, but made an enemy in the process

Soylent has released the promised updated powder that, hopefully, eliminates whatever it was that made some of its customers sick. The powder is called formula 1.7, and as the company previously stated, it doesn't include algal flour, the alleged source of the illnesses. In the process, though, Soylent earned itself some ill feelings from now-former partner TerraVia, which supplied the algal flour that Soylent cited as the cause of the sickness.

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7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

Amazon's getting all the drone delivery attention, but it turns out the retailer has an unlikely competitor: 7-Eleven. We saw a video of 7-Eleven's first drone delivery back in July, and now the company has announced the completion of 77 such deliveries. The drone deliveries were performed by drone delivery service Flirtey, the first of its kind according to the company. The two companies have been working in collaboration since the first delivery in July, which culminated in regular weekend deliveries throughout last month.

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Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook has announced Live Audio, something it describes as another way for its users to go live. As the name suggests, this is a way for users to go live with audio only rather than video, giving creators another option within the Facebook platform. Among other things, Facebook Live Audio is better suited for emerging markets and places where connectivity is low, as live audio is less demanding then live video.

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AT&T Call Protect filters out spam and fraud phone calls

AT&T Call Protect filters out spam and fraud phone calls

AT&T has announced the launch of a new feature called Call Protect. With this, the carrier’s wireless subscribers can filter out spammy and otherwise unwanted phone calls, cutting down on how many ‘free sweepstakes’ and similar calls you receive. The Call Protect feature comes in the form of a mobile app, and includes things like temporary call blocking and automatic fraud blocking.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ‘Sabotage’ DLC for PS4 arrives January 31

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ‘Sabotage’ DLC for PS4 arrives January 31

The first DLC Map Pack for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released for the PlayStation 4 first, and it’ll be available starting January 31. The DLC is called “Sabotage,” and it’ll bring a few new multiplayer maps, as well as the fan-favorite co-op zombie experience, this one dubbed “Rave in the Redwoods.” Of course, other platforms will get access to the DLC some time later.

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