Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Xbox Inflatable is Microsoft’s pool accessory for Australia Day

Xbox Inflatable is Microsoft’s pool accessory for Australia Day

Microsoft is no stranger to introducing oddity products. There’s the Xbox Onesie, for example, the hooded set of pajamas designed with the Xbox logo and giant pockets for stowing your controller. Now the company is back with another unusual product, this one being a giant pool inflatable designed to look like an Xbox One controller.

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Resident Evil 7 biohazard Season Pass will include ‘banned footage’

Resident Evil 7 biohazard Season Pass will include ‘banned footage’

Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be available on January 24, and with it will come the option of a Season Pass. As with other games’ season passes, those who pick it up will pay a flat fee to cover whatever DLCs Capcom has planned, and we now know what other perks it will include: access to ‘banned footage’ volumes 1 and 2, among other things.

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Heroes of the Storm is getting a new hero: Valeera Sanguinar

Heroes of the Storm is getting a new hero: Valeera Sanguinar

Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm is getting a new update, and with it will come a new character: Valeera Sanguinar. Blizzard first announced the news in a tweet a couple days ago, and has further detailed the character in its newly released patch notes. This patch has ‘just arrived’ in the Public Test Realm, says Blizzard, and can be playtested until January 23.

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NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA has released a video showing a simulation of the Huygens probe’s descent and landing on Saturn’s moon, Titan. This probe’s landing is notable as the most distant landing to ever take place on another celestial body, says the space agency, and is also the only time something like this has landed on a ‘body’ located in the outer solar system. The probe's landing happened back in 2005, though the video itself is new.

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Evernote 8.0 for iOS redesigned for speed and simplicity

Evernote 8.0 for iOS redesigned for speed and simplicity

Evernote has introduced an updated and redesigned version of its iOS app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Evernote 8.0 features a new design that aims to provide both ‘speed and simplicity,’ says Evernote, while making it easy to get and then stay organized. Says the company, the entire Evernote experience has been reimagined from the ground up for the latest iOS iteration.

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China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China, in order to meet its stated Five Year Plan coal capacity goal, has stopped the development of 85 coal power projects across 13 different provinces. The news was recently announced by China’s National Energy Board’s Electricity Division, which says the projects would have totaled more than 100 million kilowatts of power. The notice says these projects were “ceased or postponed,” making it unclear whether any will be resumed in the future.

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NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

Barnes and Noble can’t win, it seems. The company’s troubled ereader devices received a needed and surprising refresh with the NOOK Tablet 7, a 7-inch tablet with a $50 price tag unveiled just a few months ago. Unfortunately, news surfaced shortly after launch that the tablets had a malware issue. Now the company is pulling the product off shelves entirely, but for a different reason: it seems there’s an issue with the device chargers.

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BLAST military project can detect brain injury from explosions

BLAST military project can detect brain injury from explosions

The Office of Naval Research is funding a new project to develop BLAST, the Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test technology. This system, once created, will help identify potential traumatic brain injuries in soldiers and other military personnel who are within range of some kind of blast, potentially getting them necessary medical attention promptly. Such technology may help prevent serious brain injury resulting from multiple traumatic blast exposures.

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Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

The Japanese broad tapeworm has been identified in Alaskan-caught salmon, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, providing a good reason to think twice before eating any raw fish. The parasite, known as Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, has been cited as responsible for about 2,000 cases of known human infections, the vast majority of them in Japan, South Korea, and similar regions.

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AMC unveils James Cameron docuseries on the evolution of sci-fi

AMC unveils James Cameron docuseries on the evolution of sci-fi

The television network AMC has announced an upcoming documentary series (docuseries) from James Cameron that’ll explore the origins and evolution of science fiction. The series currently has the working title “Story of Science Fiction,” though there’s a good chance we’ll see that change by the time the show launches. Cameron, of course, is behind such notable works as Avatar, Aliens, The Terminator, and more.

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NASA mobile game lets you grow plants on the ISS

NASA mobile game lets you grow plants on the ISS

NASA quietly launched a mobile game last month that allows gamers to grow their own virtual plants aboard the International Space Station. Called “Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth,” the game takes players aboard the ISS, where they meet the crew, gather items, float around, and ultimately get their own mission: experimental plant growth.

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Airbus autonomous flying car prototype may enter testing this year

Airbus autonomous flying car prototype may enter testing this year

Traveling by car can be incredibly frustrating and time consuming in the world’s largest cities, a problem that’ll only get worse if suitable mass transportation options aren’t developed. While trains are one great option, the future may hold a better solution: autonomous (“self-piloting”) aircraft dubbed flying cars that transport groups of people via the air rather than the ground.

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