Monthly Archives: August 2018

Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star is Born’ left critics with stars in their eyes

At this point, it takes a lot to get critics raving over a remake (of several other remakes).  But it looks like Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, in which he stars alongside Lady Gaga, achieved the impossible. It not only made reviewers go goo-goo for Gaga, but it also seems to have reminded them that unabashedly heartfelt melodramas still have a place in the world in 2018. The movie, which releases in theaters on Oct. 5, had an early screening for critics and audiences in attendance at Venice […]

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NASA holds out hope that the Opportunity rover will phone home

It’s make or break time for the longest-living rover on Mars.  NASA’s Opportunity rover has survived 15 years exploring the red planet thanks to solar power, but due to an extreme, planet-enveloping dust storm, the space agency hasn’t been able to communicate with it since June 10.  Now, however, the dust is clearing, and NASA is listening for the little rover to phone home once it powers up. “The sun is breaking through the haze over Perseverance Valley, and soon there will be enough sunlight present that […]

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Slide-out cameras are the next big thing for smartphones

Apple and seemingly every Android phone maker under the sun want us to embrace the smartphone notch, but things don’t have to be this way. There is a realistic path toward a phone with a true all-screen display without any ugly cutouts: cameras that slide up when you need them and retract when you don’t. If there’s any one thing that science fiction movies have taught me, it’s that pocket communicators (or phones as we call them) have only one final form: They’re just a screen. They […]

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Missing ‘Rick and Morty’ or ‘Bojack’? Try HBO’s hysterically offbeat ‘Animals’

The need to fill that niche, adult animated show hole in our lives right now is real. And we’ve got just the cure. HBO’s obscure comedy Animals, currently in its third season, is it’s own very unique beast (pun intended). But it shares a lot of DNA with the more known and watched heavy hitters of the adult animated show genre. At the very least, it’ll help scratch that itch while we wait until Sept. 14 for Bojack Horseman, and an indefinite amount of time for more […]

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8K TVs are here, and they’re totally pointless

Every now and then, TV manufacturers start a new trend to keep the hype for their products going. If you bought a TV in the last year, a salesman probably told you that some iteration of HDR is a must-have. Your current TV likely supports 3D — and I bet you haven’t used that feature in ages.  The hot new thing at this year’s IFA, Berlin’s trade show which gathers the largest consumer electronics manufacturers, was 8K TVs. I’ve seen those TVs, and I can tell you, […]

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Sprint’s new Unlimited Premium plan comes with an Amazon Prime subscription

Sprint is introducing a new, top-tier unlimited data option that it’s calling Unlimited Premium. The plan costs $90 per month — if you set up autopay — and it includes subscriptions to Hulu (with commercials) and Tidal Premium. Customers also get 50GB of LTE hotspot data, 1080p video streaming, and Sprint’s usual international service perks like global roaming and free talk/text/LTE in Mexico and Canada. But the most interesting thing about Sprint’s latest “VIP, platinum-style” plan has nothing to do with mobile phone service at all. This […]

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Our favorite rumor is dead: Google confirms no Pixel watch release this year

Google confirmed in an interview with tech site Tom’s Guide that it will not be releasing a “Pixel” smartwatch this year. Image: Stephen Lam / Getty Images By Michael Nuñez2018-08-31 22:20:24 UTC Sorry, folks!  Google is not releasing a smartwatch this year. The company confirmed on Friday in an interview with Tom’s Guide that it has no plans to release it’s own-branded smartwatch in 2018. Tech news sites have been in a frenzy over the past few months over what many believed was proof that the company […]

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How to pick the cloud storage service that’s right for you

Storing your most sensitive files locally on a hard drive is still (and probably always will be) the logical thing to do. But it’s not always the most convenient, which is why most of us look to cloud storage as a secondary option. It has its own set of benefits: it’s reasonably affordable, it makes sharing files easier, it’s ubiquitous across most operating systems and devices, and it’s just really nice to have a backup when your hard drive dies. There are several services to pick from, […]

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Save up to $650 during HP’s Labor Day sale

Have you been dying to outfit your home office with a brand new desktop? Biting your nails, waiting for the moment your ancient laptop finally gives up the ghost? Don’t let this situation get to death-rattle territory. Friends, it’s time to upgrade — and HP has you covered. From Labor Day through mid-September, the company is offering discounts on over 20 different laptops and desktops, with free shipping and returns, plus price matching. The biggest deal of the bunch is on the 15t Touch, which is discounted […]

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Beyerdynamic’s new earphones are designed to lay comfortably flat in your ears

Beyerdynamic announced a new line of earphones at IFA yesterday that are all coming soon. The Byrd line of earphones are notable for having a flat design so if you lay on your side, they supposedly won’t protrude into your ear. First in the collection is the entry-level, in-ear, wired Beat Byrd earphones (pictured above). They have an orange cable, and they look pretty standard besides the flat casing. Beyerdynamic claims they’ll have solid bass. The Beat Byrd earphone will be sold exclusively online on the company’s […]

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