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Apple Rumored to Release LTE-Equipped Apple Watch

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The rumor mill pegged Apple as working on a smartwatch for several years before the Apple Watch finally launched. The long development timeline gave everyone else a chance to launch their wearable platforms, but wearables haven’t been the explosive success technology firms had hoped. Even Apple’s eventual Apple Watch launch was only successful compared with other smartwatch makers. Now, the Cupertino company is said to be working on a new version of the Apple Watch ...

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Hellblade is One Patch Away From Greatness on PS4

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Historically, there has been a stigma associated with budget game releases. If there wasn’t enough confidence to charge full price, there was a good chance the game was a real stinker. Thankfully, that paradigm has changed completely, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an excellent example of what can be achieved in a half-price game with a smaller scope. Set in medieval Europe, Hellblade tackles some heavy topics. Abuse, mental illness, death, and spirituality are all ...

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Battle.net is Back and Starcraft Remastered Has Gone Live

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. There’s a pair of announcements from Blizzard about their new version of Starcraft and a second name-swap. First, Starcraft Remastered is now officially available. This new version of the game is a faithful reproduction of the original as far as its playstyle and visual effects, but the original assets have been reimplemented in native 4K and the game now supports 16:9 aspect ratios, leaderboards, replays, ladder ranks, player profiles, and cloud saves. More significant changes, ...

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Airbnb ‘Smart Locks’ Bricked By Bad Firmware Update

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Smart-lock manufacturer Lockstate has egg all over its face after bricking its own customers’ locks and making them inoperable. The company has previously partnered with Airbnb to make its locks available to owners who want to remotely lock or unlock their houses before or after guests arrive, and some of these buyers got hit the hardest when the company destroyed its own hardware. The problem arose because Lockstate sent a firmware update for Lockstate 7i ...

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$2.9 Million Pizza-Making Robot Still Can’t Make Pizza

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Fear of AI and robotics is fairly common in humans. There have been ample predictions about how the robot/AI revolution will destroy an enormous number of jobs, while potentially posing an existential risk to the long-term survival of the human race. In the real world, however, our robot designs are much closer to a manufacturing robot on an assembly line than, say, Data (or even Bender). Case in point: Rodyman, the $ 2.9 million robot. ...

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Russian Rocket Engines May Have Fueled North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. North Korea has been a problem for multiple US presidents in recent history, but the country’s ability to launch an ICBM has dramatically accelerated in recent years. It hasn’t been clear how the country achieved this technological breakthrough, but evidence suggests it may have been fueled by Russian rocket engines. Michael Ellman, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, argues that the only plausible source for the engines is a Russian or Ukrainian company. Prior ...

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Cassini Probe Dips Its Toes in Saturn’s Atmosphere

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA’s Cassini probe has been studying Saturn and its moons since 2005, and it’s almost time for the spacecraft to call it a day. The probe is running low on fuel, but scientists intend to get the most out of Cassini before it’s no longer capable of doing science. Earlier this year, mission managers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) kicked off the Grand Finale, which will eventually send Cassini spiraling into the clouds of ...

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AMD’s Vega Arrives to Mixed Reviews, Modest Results

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. It’s been over two years since AMD last launched a high-end graphics card that could compete in the upper echelons of the GPU market. That gap is literally unprecedented in the modern era. Starting with the launch of the 3D Rage in April 1996, ATI/AMD have consistently churned out a new GPU every 12 to 18 months. Expectations for the company’s new Vega GPUs have been high, but reviews of the Vega 56 and Vega ...

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New Android Malware Secretly Records Audio

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Your phone rides around in your pocket or bag all day, making it a great eavesdropping device. After all, it has a constant internet connection, a microphone, and plenty of your personal data. Online criminals have sometimes created spyware apps that aim to make phones into listening devices, and a particularly nasty version of this is currently spreading through the Android device ecosystem. The so-called “SonicSpy” malware has even popped up in the Play Store, ...

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Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Weaponized drones aren’t new. The US military, and more recently that of other countries, have been using large, expensive, missile-equipped models for remote strikes for many years. But lightweight drones have been limited by the amount of gimbal required to deal with recoil, and the weight of a weapon plus ammunition. Startup Duke Robotics says it is changing all that. Its TIKAD system combines a remote-control weapon system with a purpose-built, eight-rotor drone. The combination ...

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