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I didn't see the eclipse in totality, but it was still pretty great

Like more than a few stories in my life, this is one of procrastination and regret. Yesterday's total solar eclipse was the first to be viewable from the US in my lifetime, and my hometown of Lincolnville, South Carolina, was right in the path of tot...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 6:00 am

Verizon's always-on throttling is an afront to customers and net neutrality

Well, it was nice while it lasted. Today, Verizon (the biggest carrier in the US) announced it was doing away with its simple and fair unlimited wireless data plan and complicating things by instead offering three plans. Two of those cost more, and a...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:45 am

Uber's more flexible driver policies promise fewer cancelled rides

If you've used Uber long enough, you've probably encountered drivers who've canceled trips simply because they weren't convenient. They didn't want to travel far or had an appointment to make, for instance. You might not have to put up with those sur...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:34 am

Home and factory robots can be hacked to harm humans

Last month, cybersecurity firm IOActive let everyone know that Segway MiniPro hoverboards were vulnerable to hacks and outside control via their Bluetooth connections. Now it has revealed that industrial robots from Universal Robots and consumer mode...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:19 am

How RFID tags became trendy

As far as wireless technologies go, radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the oldest. Patented in 1983 by the late British inventor Charles Walton, RFID made it possible for new, cutting-edge tech such as near-field communication (NFC) to e...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:00 am

SNES-inspired 3DS XL hits Europe in October

Miss out on the SNES Classic pre-orders that went up (and promptly sold out) overnight? Nintendo has a consolation prize for you. Sort of. The storied game-maker will release a Super Nintendo-themed 3DS XL this October 13th. There's a catch though: I...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:47 am

Medium is letting some users hide their posts behind a paywall

If you come across a piece on Medium you can't read without an account, don't be surprised. Medium has expanded its Partner Program to give users a way to earn money from their articles by publishing behind a paywall. The company has been testing the...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:30 am

'Final Fantasy XV' comes to your phone this fall

Square Enix is bent on bringing Final Fantasy XV to every platform imaginable, and that includes the phone in your pocket. It just unveiled a Pocket Edition of the road trip role-playing game that will hit Android, iOS and Windows 10 (yes, despite i...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:16 am

Astro's email app packs a virtual assistant you can talk to

Virtual assistants have been quick to invade our phones and our homes — is it any surprise that they're creeping into our email accounts, too? A startup called Astro built a chatbot (imaginatively named "Astrobot") into its email app earlier th...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:00 am

Tencent becomes the exclusive Chinese home of the NFL

The NFL has signed a deal with Tencent that'll see the Chinese giant becoming the exclusive home of the game for the next three years. As well as most pre and regular-season games, Chinese fans will be able to watch both the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl....

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:59 am

‘Stranger Things’ is already headed for a third season

Netflix is releasing the second season of Stranger Things on October 27th, but the show is already set to come back for a third season. In an interview with Vulture, Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Stranger Things confirm that a third season is...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:41 am

'State of Decay 2' forces you to pick who becomes zombie food

State of Decay 2 wants you to decide who lives or dies -- and whatever happens next. The sequel aims to double-down on what made the 2013 original work: a more sophisticated game world, and bothy more elaborate skill trees and settlements, whether th...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:20 am

One week with Alexa

My morning routine is simple: I wake up when my phone's alarm goes off, I go back to sleep, wake up again, contemplate more sleep, get dressed, make coffee and listen to one of Alexa's "flash briefings" before I start slinging words on the internet....

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:00 am

Verizon's new unlimited plans throttle video all the time

Verizon's revival of the unlimited data plan was supposed to be a good thing: it was bringing back worry-free service that let you use your smartphone as much as you like. Unfortunately, the carrier is making things complicated again. In the wake of...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:49 am

Researchers want astronauts to put their biological waste to work

Researchers at Clemson University are presenting work at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society that could change how astronauts handle waste in the future. For long trips -- to Mars, for instance -- astronauts will need...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:25 am

You can buy Nintendo games with Paypal now

PayPal has been on the Xbox One and PS4 stores since day one of each, but so far, Nintendo users haven't had the option. That has changed, though, as Nintendo says that Switch owners can now pay for games with PayPal directly on the console's eShop o...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:02 am

DJI won't let you fly your Spark drone without a safety update

DJI is no stranger to imposing limits on drones unless you take certain actions, and that's truer than ever right now. The company is releasing new firmware for the Spark this week to tackle problems with in-flight shutdowns, and it's giving users an...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 1:43 am

The eclipse caused people to look away from their screens

Turns out all it takes for people to put down their phones is a once-in-a-lifetime event. In case you missed it, the eclipse took over the sun (and our lives) yesterday. Flocks of people headed to the towns and cities within the path of totality to c...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 1:23 am

Fixed-wing drone lands on vertical surfaces like a bug

Scientists have borrowed a few tricks from Mother Nature in order to create a drone capable of landing flush against a wall. The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) looks like a small airplane and flies like a glider, but on approaching a flat surfac...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 1:02 am

Comcast tries using Roku to hook college kids on cable

A few years after launching the Xfinity on Campus service, Comcast says it's now available for over 100 schools -- up by 60 percent from last year. Originally, its streaming TV setup only worked through phones, PCs and tablets, but this fall new and...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 1:00 am

NHS could trade free cinema tickets for hitting fitness goals

Just as insurers are looking to wearables to motivate people to lead healthier lifestyles, the NHS is now also exploring a scheme that would reward active participants with discounts on shopping, fitness gear and gym memberships, as well as free cine...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 12:40 am

AccuWeather’s iPhone app may track you even if you opt out (update)

AccuWeather on iOS might be deceiving users and violating Apple's developer terms of service, security expert Will Strafach has discovered. If you deny it access to location info, the popular app reportedly still sends WiFi data, namely your router n...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 12:30 am

Netflix nabs the next film from ‘Jason Bourne’ director

Netflix is causing waves on this year's film festival circuit with buzzy productions, such as Okja and Mudbound. Despite facing resistance from theatre chain owners upset with its distribution tactics, it seems its presence at awards ceremonies is se...

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 12:01 am

Linksys’ new router puts your gaming needs before everyone else’s

You might not think twice about your router (unless it crashes), but gamers looking for every edge do. For those folks, Linksys has unveiled the $300 WRT32X Gaming Router, a model it developed in collaboration with Rivet Networks. It uses that compan...

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 11:35 pm

Samsung's Bixby assistant is finally available worldwide

Samsung has faced a tough slog getting Bixby to the masses, but now its voice assistant is accessible in more than 200 countries including the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa. It's been available in South Korea and the US since July, when it l...

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 11:01 pm