Watch the trailer for Netflix’s ‘Carmen Sandiego’ reboot

If you've been wondering where in the world Carmen Sandiego is, the answer is on Netflix. The famous international criminal is getting an animated reboot on the streaming platform, and the first trailer for the upcoming series arrived today. The 20-e…
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‘Hitman: Absolution’ and ‘Blood Money’ remasters arrive January 11th

Following the success of Hitman and Hitman 2, Warner Bros. and IO Interactive are looking to strike while enthusiasm is high by releasing a remastered collection of older games in the series. The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection includes Hitman: Absolut…
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Infiniti unveils its electric QX Inspiration concept

Infiniti is surprisingly late to the EV game, considering what its rivals are doing and the fact that parent Nissan has been making the Leaf since 2010. It just unveiled the QX Inspiration, a concept rather than a production car, that it will show of…
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The NFL wants Alexa to be your playoff watching companion

Just in time for the start of the playoffs, the NFL has released a new skill for Amazon Alexa devices. "A Rookie's Guide to the NFL" will guide fans and folks who are new to the game through the 2019 postseason, with information about teams, rules, p…
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Leaked Moto Z4 Play renders reveal it will maintain Moto Mods, surprisingly

  I must hand it to Lenovo, for all the many issues and shortcomings their Moto phones have had, especially when it comes to updates, it appears they will actually continue supporting their ‘Moto Mods‘ on their upcoming Moto Z4 Play. Lenovo debuted their line of semi-modular phones back in 2016, with the introduction of the well-reviewed Moto […]

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Red teases ‘Lithium,’ a 3D camera for its Hydrogen One phone

At $ 1,300, RED's Hydrogen One smartphone was never really aimed at consumers, so now it's starting to reveal a strategy for its bread-and-butter pro cinematographer market. On Facebook, it showed off "Lithium," a 3D camera that essentially uses the H…
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You can now make donations directly through Google Assistant and Google Home

  Google wants to make it easier to donate to your favorite charities and organizations, and they started that process by allowing donations directly from the Play Store last year. Now they’re going a step further and adding quick donation options right into Google Assistant and your local Google Home devices. The process really is […]

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LG’s 2019 TVs add HDMI 2.1 and 8K

CES 2019 hasn't started yet, but LG is already drip-feeding information about this year's OLED and LCD TVs. While it didn't mention the rollable OLED we're expecting, it did list model numbers for two 8K sets, with an 88-inch Z9 OLED and SM99 8K LCD…
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Moto G6 Plus finally receives its Android Pie 9.0 update

One of the draws of Motorola‘s G-series only a few years ago was its nearly-stock Android system and fast updates – almost like a proto-Android-One setup. However, ever since Google sold Motorola to Lenovo in 2014 and was relegated to merely a brand, the classic phone manufacturer’s devices have disappointingly gone from being amongst the first […]

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New gaming platform will debut one short game each day of the year

A new gaming platform called Meditations could be a great fit for people who love playing those random online games a few minutes a day to decompress. It promises to launch one new "tiny game" every day in 2019, each one accompanied by text to serve…
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Netflix pulls Hasan Minhaj episode critical of Saudi Arabia government

Netflix rarely finds itself thrust into political debates like other internet giants, but it won't enjoy that luxury in 2019. The streaming service has pulled the second episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia after the country alle…
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx has started orbiting asteroid Bennu

After NASA's OSIRIS-REx arrived at asteroid Bennu in early December, its ground team quickly started measuring and mapping out the celestial body. They needed all the information they could get in order to enter Bennu's orbit, since the asteroid has…
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Bootleg version of ‘One Cut of the Dead’ accidentally released on Amazon

One Cut of the Dead, a comedic zombie film that has been making waves on the Japanese film circuit, was briefly available to stream on Amazon Prime Video yesterday. Just one problem: it was never supposed to be. Third Window Films, the distributor of…
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Beijing uses face-detecting smart locks to curb public housing abuses

China's ever-growing reliance on facial recognition is spreading to public housing. Beijing is ramping up the use of face-detecting smart locks in public housing projects to bolster security for tenants (such as denying access to strangers) and crac…
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Our favorite games of 2018

It didn't take long for us to declare 2017 a pretty great year for games, with a spectacular roster that included Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus and Assassin's Creed Origins. In our roundup last December we also listed what we wer…
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OnePlus drops the Android Pie 9.0 update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T

Haven’t been impressed by the notches on the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T? Well, there’s good news for anyone hanging on to the OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T; OnePlus is officially rolling out Android Pie to those devices. The update includes OxygenOS 9.0, so you’re also getting some OnePlus goodness on top of everything that […]

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LG G8 set to have a waterdrop notch and 3D sensing camera, but it won’t be 5G

Right now most manufacturers are working on getting a 5G prepared for release in 2019, with a ton of speculative eyes on Samsung. LG has also been rumored to launch something with Sprint, though, with many of us thinking that the LG G8 might be the company’s first 5G phone. Turns out, though, that the […]

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[Video] Check out our BenQ Trevolo S electrostatic speaker review!

Electrostatic speakers are a different kind of speaker than you’re used to, and they manage to avoid the clipping and distortion that you get from traditional speakers at high volumes. We had a chance to test drive the Trevolo S speaker from BenQ to see just how they are, and our own Kent Oki dug in […]

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EU offers bounties to help find security flaws in open source tools

The European Union believes it has a simple way to bolster its digital security: offer lots of cold, hard cash. The European Commission is launching bug bounties in January that will offer prizes in return for spotting security flaws in 14 free, open…
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Android’s stock texting app now includes anti-spam safeguards

Your Android phone's text messages could soon be relatively junk-free without needing help from carriers. Android Police has learned that Google is rolling out spam protection to the Messages app for at least some users. It's not clear just what th…
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Essential Phone is finally out of rope, showing out of stock from most retailers

The Essential Phone was a flawed but extremely promising device, but it really struggled to overcome some of the mistakes and missteps from Essential out of the gate. Miscommunication, stock issues, and some software issues plagued the device, and it never really took off. Even ridiculous sales couldn’t do much to help the phone gain […]

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2018 is the year AI got its eyes

Computer scientists have spent more than two decades teaching, training and developing machines to see the world around them. Only recently have the artificial eyes begun to match (and occasionally exceed) their biological predecessors. 2018 has seen…
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LG is the latest to join the South Korean FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm

LG has announced that they’ll be throwing their hat in the ring against Qualcomm with South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, who is currently in the midst of a lawsuit against the chip maker for unfair practices. The lawsuit has been going on for some time now over Qualcomm’s alleged patent abuse. The lawsuit was brought […]

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[TA Deals] Grab this discounted 4K UHD Action Camera for $70

Didn’t get that action camera you wanted for Christmas? Don’t worry, you can pick one up after the holiday hangover for yourself, and you won’t have to spend much on it, either. Talk Android Deals is running a discount on a 4K UHD action camera that includes several extra mounts, which means you can get […]

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911 mobile services are gradually returning after CenturyLink outage

911 services are gradually coming back online in several states and cities following an outage. An outage at a CenturyLink data center affected 911 mobile calls in Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Seattle, Salt Lake City and other locales.
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The Morning After: Instagram experiments with our swipes

Friday already? That was quick! Not quick enough for Instagram, which faced blowback for an aggressive app design change (it was just a test — for now). As we scowl in Facebook's direction, a Fake Alexa setup app tricked parents around the world and…
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[TA Deals] Protect yourself online with a discounted Heimdal Thor Premium subscription (80% off)

You can never be too careful when you’re dealing with personal information on the internet, and Heimdal Thor is here to help. It combines two award winning security programs from Heimdal security to protect your device from malware and security threats by utilizing machine learning. Stop ransomware, data leakage, viruses, APTs, exploits, & other advanced […]

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Google Pixel 3 Lite set to release on Verizon in Spring 2019

Remember that plasticky Pixel 3 Lite that leaked not too long ago? Well, since Google is the worst at keeping their plans hidden, it looks like we might see that phone sooner rather than later. The latest rumor pegs the Pixel 3 Lite and the Pixel 3 XL Lite heading to Verizon in early spring […]

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[TA Deals] Grab a discounted subscription to ProtonVPN for 50% off!

It’s hard to overstate the importance of having a reliable VPN, and right now we’re offering some hefty discounts on multi-year subscriptions to ProtonVPN. It comes from the same company responsible for ProtonMail, a service that offers securely encrypted email. They already have a background in keeping your data secure, so you know their VPN […]

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Tesla’s Supercharger network will cover all of Europe in 2019

Elon Musk has revealed on Twitter that Tesla is planning a Supercharger expansion that will cover "100 percent of Europe" next year. "From Ireland to Kiev (Ukraine), from Norway to Turkey," he added, in response to a tweet that some parts of Ireland…
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AMC’s MoviePass rival ends 2018 with more than 600,000 subscribers

How is AMC's MoviePass competitor faring as 2018 winds to a close? Quite well, if you ask the theater chain. AMC reports that Stubs A-List has over 600,000 subscribers as of the end of the year, or six months after its June debut. As the company h…
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[TA Deals] Snag the RankActive SEO Toolkit for life with this discount! (98% off)

SEO is tough, and anyone in charge of a blog, site, or anything even slightly related to the internet needs to be their toes when it comes to managing your search rank. Fortunately there are some extra tools and tricks to help you out. We’re currently offering a deal on the RankActive SEO Toolkit, including […]

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Amazon advised US government on a portal that could make it billions

A key Amazon executive and former Obama administration official privately advised the US government on a procurement portal that could be worth billions to the company, the Guardian reports. Director of Government Anne Rung corresponded with an offic…
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[TA Deals] Save 85% on the Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit

Want to get started tinkering with an Arduino for a New Years resolution? We’ve got a cool deal on a starter kit + training course bundle to get you started, and it includes everything, including the hardware, for one low price. The course bundle includes three workshop courses and a Zero to Hero course with […]

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Google Duo hits a major milestone with 1 billion downloads from the Play Store

Huawei isn’t the only one breaking records, as Google has officially crossed the 1 billion download threshold with their video calling app, Duo. It did it just in time for the end of 2018, too. Part of the reason why Duo has hit such high numbers is because it’s a pre-installed application for new Android […]

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Live Albums on Google Photos gets a bump up to a 20,000 item limit

Earlier this year Google announced a new feature for their Google Photos services called Live Albums. When initially released, Live Albums came with a limit of 10,000 photos and videos. In a recent change, Google has bumped that limit up to 20,000 items, which matches the limit on shared albums. Live Albums are private albums […]

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Uber offers settlement to some drivers over worker status

Uber drivers may in the US are out of luck pursuing class action lawsuits that would force the company to treat them as employees. They might, however, get something for their trouble — with some caveats. TechCrunch has learned that Uber has offer…
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California issues its first approval for an autonomous ride service

Which company did you think would be most likely to offer an autonomous ride service in California? A heavyweight like Waymo or Uber? No — it's an up-and-comer. The state's Public Utilities Commission has revealed that self-driving car startup Zo…
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SpaceX completes its first US national security mission

SpaceX managed to squeak in one more milestone before the end of 2018. The private spaceflight company successfully launched its first-ever US national security mission, carrying the US Air Force's equally new GPS III satellite into orbit. The effo…
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Google Pixel 3 is the best scoring single lens Android phones from DxOMark

   The Pixel 3 has a phenomenal camera, and if you’ve seen the photos you don’t really need any numbers to tell you that. But if you do like numbers, you’ll be interested to see that the Google Pixel 3 has taken the highest DxOMark score for all single lens Android phones with a score of 101. […]

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Aronofsky’s VR series ‘Spheres’ opens to the public in NYC

The Darren Aronofsky-backed space-themed virtual reality series Spheres will finally be available for public viewing starting on January 18th. It'll debut as a VR experience viewed through Oculus Rift headsets at the Rockefeller Center in NYC, with s…
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Recommended Reading: The best of 2018

Surface Go is Microsoft's big bet on a tiny-computer future Lauren Goode, Wired We're taking a look back at the most popular Recommended Reading stories of the year this week. At the top of the list is Wired's detailed piece on the $ 399 Surface Go…
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Huawei P30 to ramp up the camera game

According to a new leak shared by Evan Blass, the forthcoming Huawei P30 will introduce some major enhancements in terms of camera hardware and functionality. Despite Google’s prowess with the single lens Pixel 3 phones released this fall, most smartphone manufacturers continue to push the boundaries with camera hardware by expanding the number of lens […]

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UK police arrest two over Gatwick airport drones

Drones flying around London's busy Gatwick airport have disrupted air travel since Wednesday evening, but now the Sussex Police Department has announced two arrests connected to the incidents. The airport reopened for service Friday morning, but the…
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Mars Express orbiter snaps stunning image of Korolev crater

The European Space Agency has released a gorgeous composite image of Mars' Korolev crater, an 82-kilometer-wide crater situated in the planet's northern lowlands. The ESA's Mars Express orbiter snapped pictures of the crater over the course of five o…
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The Galaxy S10 Edge might bring back Samsung’s old Edge branding

Remember the Galaxy S7 Edge and that entire family of Edge phones from Samsung? After the Galaxy S8 all of their flagship phones adopted a curved edge display, so the Edge name was dropped for just the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. But that name might be coming back with the Galaxy S10, since not […]

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Amazon goofed, accidentally allowed one Echo user to listen to someone else’s recorded messages

Amazon has apparently made a pretty big mistake with their Echo devices by giving a user in Germany access to someone else’s recorded messages. The error wasn’t the Echo or Alexa’s fault in any way, so don’t freak out about your Echo Dot in the corner, but it’s still a fairly big mess up on […]

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The first Open Beta build for the OnePlus 6T is now ready to download

The OnePlus 6T launched back on October 30th, I mean 29th, and it’s generally been well received, offering value for money at an admittedly higher price than ever before. With the gorgeous Thunder Purple variant and the speedier McLaren Edition that sports a whopping 10GB of RAM, OnePlus is keeping its latest handsets firmly in […]

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Lenovo Z5 Pro GT offers 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and Snapdragon 855 in one monster package

Lenovo has released the first flagship phone of 2019, and we’ve still got a couple weeks left in 2018. The Z5 Pro GT has a terrible name, but enough hardware to trade blows with pretty much everything that’s going to come out next year. Honestly it might even be okay to match up with some […]

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Vodafone takes on Santa with the UK’s first 4G drone delivery

5G might be grabbing all the headlines recently but 4G, or LTE if you prefer,  hasn’t suddenly become obsolete overnight, with carriers still pushing the limits in terms of functions and usage. The Vodafone network has just performed the UK’s first drone delivery using a 4G signal from a portable router to control the delivery vehicle. The […]

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