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Kwikset's second-gen Kevo is ready to lock up your smart home
When it launched in 2013, Kwikset's Kevo smart lock was the first to allow users to unlock their front door with just a tap on the deadbolt. Today, Kwikset is launching the second generation Kevo with the same touch-to-open feature that made it The W...
Twitter's promoted stickers invade UK feeds
Playing its part in the ongoing game of shameless social network feature copying, Twitter launched stickers for all users last month. These let you spice up your pictures with emoji and other cartoony overlays before posting them, and you can also se...
VMware won't charge you to run a new OS in Fusion
Virtual machine software is theoretically a one-and-done purchase, but you know that's not how it works in practice. You typically end up buying an upgrade every year just to get the latest operating system support, whether it's in the virtual enviro...
Kim Dotcom will be allowed to stream his extradition appeal
The extradition case for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be streamed on YouTube, a New Zealand court has ruled. The German internet entrepreneur -- now living in Auckland, the nation's largest city -- and three of his former colleagues began a six-...
The compact Yuneec Breeze drone is built for 4K selfies
Yuneec is known for high-end drones with features like 4K and collision avoidance, but is going straight for Joe Consumer with its latest model. The Breeze is a $500 compact drone with five flight modes and an on-board 4K camera, making it ideal for...
EU Commission: Apple must repay its $14.5b Irish tax break
The European Commission has ruled that Apple was given up to €13 billion ($14.5/£11.1 billion) in an illegal sweetheart tax deal with the Irish government. The amount of money involved here dwarfs the EU antitrust penalties handed out to G...
Adieu, Chromebook Pixel 2
The best Chromebook that money can buy is slowly disappearing. As VentureBeat notes, the second-generation Chromebook Pixel is now unavailable in the US, with a mere "out of stock" message displayed in the Google Store. Google has said it's "committe...
'This War of Mine' studio reveals a dystopian steampunk PC game
11 Bit Studios made a name for itself with This War of Mine, a powerful game about the civilian casualties of war, and now the company is back with a second experience that peers into the heart of humanity. Frostpunk is a dystopian look at society as...
Amazon is cracking down on counterfeit goods
Amazon is cracking down on more than just counterfeit reviews -- the e-commerce juggernaut is waging a war against fugazi products, too. In order to sell Adidas, Asics, Hasbro, Nike and Samsung products, Amazon is asking for a $1,000 to $1,500 fee an...
Apple iPad, Mac rumors suggest upgrades for power users
While we prepare to see the next iPhone on September 7th, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has delivered another batch of rumors centered around Apple's iPad and Mac plans. According to his sources, along with a standalone 5K monitor the company is working on...
FCC backs down from municipal broadband case
After losing its bid to protect municipal broadband services, the Federal Communications Commission has apparently given up the fight to keep local competition in high-speed internet service. As Ars Technica reports today, the FCC has decided not to...
NASA uses a DNA sequencer in space for the first time
The crew of the ISS just took the first step towards making the orbital laboratory a little safer for its inhabitants. For the first time ever, NASA astronauts have sequenced DNA in microgravity. The experiment was actually a test to see if a MiniION...
Niantic is reversing bans on some 'Pokémon Go' accounts
Pokémon Go players who felt they were wrongly banned might get a reprieve. That's because developer Niantic has said that in its quest to block bots and data scrapers, some people who used third-party map apps to locate the virtual critters w...
LG delivers three new super-sized ultrawide monitors
LG has continued to push the limits of 21:9 aspect ratio monitors over the years and its latest three additions are something to behold. Ready to debut at IFA and coming to the US this fall, they include the "world's largest" 38-inch curved 38UC99 mo...
The FAA's commercial UAV rules are now in effect
Look alive, stateside drone pilots: the Federal Aviation Administration's initial set of operational rules for commercial UAV flights officially goes into effect today. Those rules were finalized back in June and govern any unmanned UAV under 55 poun...
What's on your HDTV: 'Narcos,' 'Killjoys,' college football
This week the NFL preseason is wrapping up as the college football season begins, which also means the end of summer TV and the beginning of fall programming. Battlebots and Killjoys both have season finales this week, while You're the Worst, Narcos...
Now Google Cast is built into every Chrome browser
Like Gmail prior, it honestly seems like Google Cast has been in beta forever. Well, it's actually only been two years according to Google, and that test period ends now. Cast is directly built into Chrome as of today and anyone can use it without ha...
Instagram Stories fights Snapchat by recommending users to follow
Instagram Stories' feature updates are no longer quite in lockstep with Snapchat's. It's gradually rolling out an update to the Explore section that displays a bar of Stories from people Instagram thinks you want to follow based on both your existin...
Surface Pro 3 battery issues disappear in today's update
The Surface Pro 3 has been plagued with a software problem that causes some tablets to quickly lose power once unplugged from a charger, but a firmware update released today squashes the battery bug. Microsoft first acknowledged the problem in July a...
Android 7.0 Nougat review: All about getting things done faster
After a surprise debut and months of previews, Android 7.0 Nougat is ready for prime time. The broad strokes haven't changed since we first met Nougat back in March (when it was just "Android N"), which means it's still not the game-changer of an upd...
Sensor tech predicts when senior citizens are at risk of falling
Falls are dangerous for anyone, but they can be particularly worrying for senior citizens whose bodies aren't as resilient as they used to be. University of Missouri scientists may have a way to prevent those slips. They've developed a sensor system...
'Dead or Alive' VR is basically sexual assault, the game
PlayStation VR is going to launch with a game that allows players to sexually assault a woman who is actively asking them to stop. Yes, that's exactly as gross as it sounds and yes, of course the game is Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. The game's virtual rea...
Kim Dotcom hopes to livestream his extradition appeal
Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom is in the fight of his life as he appeals his possible extradition to the US, and he wants everyone to know it. He's requesting that the Auckland, New Zealand court hearing his case should let him livestream the hearing...
Blu's Pure XR brings 3D Touch to Android for $299
Right on schedule, Blu has followed up last year's Pure XL with its latest affordable, feature-heavy (and unlocked) Android phone: the $299 4G LTE Pure XR. On its face, the XR version sports a curved, 5.5-inch 1080p SuperAMOLED screen with a (possibl...
The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung's enormous, pen-toting Galaxy Note was something of a curiosity when the original came out five years ago -- unwieldy and built for a niche audience. Since then, big phones have become the norm, and the Note line in particular has become ever...
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Anker's Newest Bluetooth Headphones Won't Fall Out of Your Ears, and We've Got the First Discount
Anker’s original SoundBuds still hold the title of your favorite affordable Bluetooth headphones
The 5 Films That Helped Define the Career of Gene Wilder
Monday brought the horrible news of the passing of Gene Wilder. The iconic comedic actor left behind an undeniably impressive and timeless body of work that was exceeded only by his own talent. To pay tribute, we put together this video of five films that helped define his unforgettable career.
Watch a Professional Knight Get His Metal-Plated Ass Handed to Him
Call me a coward, but getting bashed in the face by a scary Russian dude with a massive shield is not my idea of a good sporting time.
Russian Man Volunteers For First Human Head Transplant
In news that is so weird, you almost won’t believe it, a Russian man has volunteered to be the victim for the world’s first head transplant, which two doctors want to perform early next year. Valery Spiridonov—a 31-year-old Russian man who operates an educational software company out of his home in the small city of Vladimir, Russia—suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, which confines him to a wheelchair. The disease is genetic and usually fatal, a disorder “that wastes away muscles and kills motor neurons—nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that help move the body.”
Cursed Images Is the Last Twitter Account You See Before You Die
Spend enough time scrolling through social media and you’ll find one: A photo that’s too strange to just be “creepy,” too puzzling to just be “mysterious,” too sinister to just be “weird.” That, my friends, is an image that’s been cursed.
How a Tattoo Gun Is Made in Prison
People in prison are so damn resourceful that they can turn a pen, a Walkman, a couple of paper clips, a few rubber bands, and a set of batteries into a fully functional tattoo gun. The motor, battery pack, and switch come from a Walkman that’s torn apart, the ink obviously comes from the pen, the needle is made from the paper clip, and the rubber bands hold it all together.
This VR Proposal Will Warm Even the Coldest of Hearts
Conceptually I hate proposal videos; they feel emotionally cheap, but moreover, I’m one of those heartless single people who is neither endeared nor disdainful of happy couples.
This Is What it Must Feel Like to See the Invisible
It’s called the Schlieren effect and it means that you can see stuff that’s invisible to the human eye, like changes in air density. So when you turn on a hair dryer, you can see the blast of air it shoots out. When you open a can of Coke, you can see what’s escaping into the air. When you rub your hands, you can see the heat surrounding them.
A Previously Undiscovered Asteroid Just Came Very Close to Earth
On Saturday, a newly discovered 50-150-foot-long asteroid was spotted. Later that night, it flew by Earth at less than one-quarter of the distance to the moon. Don’t panic, though. It’s fine. We’re fine. Everything’s fine.
The New Yorker's Social Media Editor Rages Against Working at Facebook in Twitter Rant
The New Yorker’s social media editor Saira Khan went ballistic in a lengthy Twitter rant about her experience as a Facebook curator. Her tirade comes just three days after Facebook fired all human curators
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The Gun-Control Movement Gains a Few Hard Inches at UT-Austin
On the first day of fall classes on August 24 at the University of Texas, Austin, students were scrambling to catch florid plastic dildos flying over their heads, eager to display them on the outside of their backpacks. Outrageous? Embarrassing? Absurd? That’s the point. More than a thousand protesters— students and professors—were gathering beneath the campus’s clock tower to expose the absurdity of a gun culture whose laws encourage students to carry concealed guns onto college campuses but ban the open display of sex toys. At a pre-rally the day before, 4,000 of the playthings disappeared over the first 30 minutes in a mashup of outstretched limbs.
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All the Best Movies Coming to and Leaving Netflix in September 2016
September marks the beginning of fall, and that chill in the air means more excuses to sit inside binging on Netflix. This month, Netflix brings along som originals and some true classics.
What the CIA Said About Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam Before He Was Ousted
In November of 1975, Australia faced one of the most uncertain periods in its political history. The Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, was unexpectedly dismissed
Watch the Actor Behind Back to the Future's Biff Utilize His Fame in a Fascinating Way
Back to the Future fans know that Tom Wilson is the white whale of the franchise. Wilson played Biff, in multiple versions over three movies, but prefers not to talk about it or participate in any Back to the Future events. Instead, he channels his experiences into other outlets, including a new, pretty surprising one.
Mark Zuckerberg's Wife Can't Control His New Home Assistant
Mark Zuckerberg continues making news on his Italy trip, the latest being an update on the AI he’s building to help around the house. The Facebook founder revealed he’ll be ready to demo the assistant he’s been working on throughout 2016 next month. He also revealed that, “much to [her] chagrin,” his wife Priscilla cannot use the technology quite yet.
This $20 Sonicare Is a Lot Cheaper Than Filling a Cavity
If you want to dip your toes into the world of electric toothbrushes, Philips’ entry level Sonicare Essence line is an amazing value at $20 (after clipping the $5 coupon). I’ve been using this brush for years, and I still love it.
Legendary Actor Gene Wilder Dies at 83
Gene Wilder, the legendary comedic actor who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and so many others, has passed away at the age of 83.
This Tribute to Touching in Movies Isn't Too Creepy
I totally expected a supercut of touching in movies to be a bit on the creepy side but this compilation actually handles it with a surprising amount of grace. It includes some meaningful touchy scenes like Finn holding a light saber for the first time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fingers grazing the ring in Lord of The Rings, Ava in Ex Machina feeling her own prototype mounted on a wall, Wall-E and EVE embracing and so on.
Why Wouldn’t An Immortal Black Superhero Have Just Ended Slavery?
So, if a dark-skinned alien with Kryptonian-on-Earth levels of power landed in the Deep South in 1839 and found himself a slave, he’d just break the chains binding him and others, right? Not necessarily.
15 Things Obama Was Actually Watching in VR
Last week, we asked you to imagine
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Zombieland 2 Is Still Somehow in the Works
We’re coming up on the 7th anniversary of the star-studded, horror comedy Zombieland. That also means we’re coming up on the 7th anniversary of talk about a sequel. However, now that the original film’s writers have a new monster hit movie under their belt, they’re back at it.
How to Properly Wrap All Your Cables so They Don't Turn Into a Tangled Mess
Did you know there’s a special way to wrap your cables that not only keeps them neat and tidy, but also makes them perfectly unfurl without tangling when you’re ready to use them? It’s the de facto way to store cables in the video, film, and music industries, and it can also help lengthen the life of all your cords.