Emerging Tech

Tanks for the beer! Robotic vehicle follows you around, brings you a brewski

[embedded content] We’re lovers, not fighters here at Digital Trends — but for this awesome tank robot, we’re happy to make an exception. Created by maker Balázs Simon, the WalaBeer tank is a homemade Alexa-connected vehicle that treks around your apartment with the express goal of delivering you a beer. To do this, it uses […]

Gears & Gadgets

Bring your own Linux to Windows with new open source tool

Enlarge Microsoft After starting with Ubuntu, Microsoft has added a number of Linux distributions to its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Linux runtime environment. A Windows machine can simultaneously offer an Ubuntu, SUSE, Debian, and Kali “personality,” providing users with a choice of the different distributions’ preferences and package management. But if your distribution isn’t […]

Gaming

Newzoo: Fortnite wins the global battle royale, but PUBG maintains Chinese dominance

Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale might not have chicken dinners, but players are finding it tasty. It’s been duking it out with PUBG Corp.’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for the No. 1 spot for the last couple of months, and market analyst Newzoo has some new numbers about the standings. Fortnite has claimed the top honors as […]

Computer

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Sure, you can buy a ready-made internet-connected weather station, security camera, or bathroom mirror that displays weather and traffic, but as tech tinkerers know, it’s a lot more fun to build your own. In the past few years, the brains of many such DIY projects have been a tiny Linux-powered desktop PC known as the […]

Photography

The best GoPro accessories to make the most of your next adventure

You can use a GoPro to film almost anything, but you’ll need some additional gear to tap into the action camera’s full potential. Fortunately, there exists an abundance of accessories from both GoPro and third-party manufacturers. While this speaks to the company’s immense popularity, it can also be overwhelming for consumers to navigate. If you […]

Mobile

Apple iPad (2018) hands-on preview

Research Center: Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018) Not so long ago, Apples in the classroom meant computers (in addition to a fresh piece of fruit for the teacher). As recently as five years ago, Apple had a good grip on the education market, with several large institutions announcing plans to hand out iPads for students to […]

Top Stories

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Congressional testimony by Silicon Valley chief executives is rare, and their appearances have each sparked a media circus. In 2013, Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, addressed senators about his company’s tax practices. In 2011, Google’s chairman at the time, Eric Schmidt, spoke about the company’s search practices in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. […]

Gears & Gadgets

Report: Snap Working on New Smart Specs

Word has it Snap is working on a new pair of connected sunglasses. Cheddar on Friday reported that Snap aims to “launch a second version of its Spectacles glasses this year followed by a more ambitious third version equipped with two cameras in 2019.” Spectacles 2.0 will reportedly be water resistant and come in some […]

Gaming

Video: Ars asks folks to explain their online handles

[embedded content] Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript. Identity online is a funny thing—it can be both mutable and permanent. The way you present yourself to different sites changes depending on those sites’ contexts and goals. You might be one person on a gaming discussion board, a second person on […]

Computer

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7373)

The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7373) is an attractive, reasonably priced convertible laptop. For $ 849.99 (as tested), it gives you a handsome aluminum chassis with an eighth-generation quad-core, instead of seventh-generation dual-core, Intel CPU. It has both a USB-C port and an HDMI port, so you don’t have to fuss with adapters for […]

Mobile

TPCast enables 4-person wireless VR with Business Edition Adapter for HTC Vive

Until now, going truly wireless with a single HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset was fairly easy — assuming you were willing to buy a TPCast Wireless Adapter. Today, TPCast is shipping the Business Edition (BE) Wireless Adapter, capable of simultaneously supporting up to four players with the same sub-2-millisecond latency of the original model. It is […]

Top Stories

It'll be harder to ditch your 'bloated' cable package if AT&T merges with Time Warner, Dish says

(Rick Wilking/Reuters) Amid sky-high cable bills, many TV viewers have sought to cut costs by firing their TV providers and switching to a relatively new crop of online alternatives offering fewer channels at a lower price. These “skinny bundles” are often streamed live over the Internet and on mobile devices, creating new experiences for TV […]

Mobile

Common iOS 11 problems and advice on how to handle them

Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, launched on September 19, and early adopters were quick to report several crucial bugs. The public and developer betas have been out since June, but it’s clear even the final version isn’t glitch-free. We’ve searched a variety of forums for the biggest problems people are experiencing on their iPhone […]

Emerging Tech

Ford’s giant ‘car vending machine’ is now open for business in China

[embedded content] We first heard about the extraordinary “car vending machine” at the end of last year. Now, Ford and Alibaba, who teamed up to design the system, have flipped the switch on the massive machine so that people can try it out for real. It’s located in Guangzhou, China, and offers a range of vehicles for […]

Gaming

One Strange Rock is a Cosmos for the Earth-bound that’s worth watching

[embedded content] One Strange Rock trailer, National Geographic. If you work or live in a city, it’s easy to forget how powerful and delicate nature is. Even if you do get quality outdoor time on a regular basis, it’s hard to hold in your mind how this dichotomy of strength and vulnerability expands across the […]