Emerging Tech

Sirin Labs’ Finney is no token effort — it’s a full-fledged crypto-phone

Andy Boxall/Digital Trends New smartphones usually stand out because of an innovative camera, a super-fast new processor, or another established feature being treated to an update. The Sirin Labs Finney phone isn’t about any of those things — it’s a phone centered on cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain, and that makes it very unusual. Does this […]

Gears & Gadgets

Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

Enlarge Benjamin After endless difficulties with the Windows 10 October 2018 update—finally re-released this month with the data-loss bug fixed—it seems that now it’s the Office team’s turn to release some updates that need to be un-released. On November’s Patch Tuesday two weeks ago, Microsoft released a bunch of updates for Office to update its […]

Emerging Tech

It’s no longer illegal to ‘hack’ your electronics to repair them

Battles over the “right-to-repair” movement continue to intensify, but those in favor of it have just scored what appears to be a huge win. That’s because the Librarian of Congress and U.S. Copyright Office just proposed the introduction of new laws which will give both customers and independent repair shops the ability to carry out […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google Home Hub—Under the hood, it’s nothing like other Google smart displays

The Google Home Hub. Ron Amadeo A side view. Ron Amadeo Here’s the back. Ron Amadeo The Home Hub is tiny. Here it is next to the smaller Pixel 3. Ron Amadeo Here it is next to my Pixel 2 XL. Ron Amadeo I can cover the whole screen with my phone. Ron Amadeo Google […]

Top Stories

It’s Google’s Turn in Washington’s Glare

It’s Google’s Turn in Washington’s Glare ImageKeith Enright, Google’s chief privacy officer, testified before a Senate committee Wednesday about data protection.CreditCreditJoshua Roberts/Reuters By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Cecilia Kang Sept. 26, 2018 WASHINGTON — Google executives, after months of mostly avoiding the harsh spotlight put on their internet peers, are being grilled in Washington this week […]

Gears & Gadgets

iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster!

Enlarge / iOS 12 is the rare update that actually noticeably improves performance across a range of older devices. Andrew Cunningham When we tested iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S, it was clear that it was slower than iOS 10 had been but that the iPhone 5S’ hardware was fast enough to keep everything usable. […]

Gaming

Blue Yeti Nano USB mic review — it’s the real deal

If you watch enough YouTube or Twitch, you’ll start seeing a lot of the same broadcasting and recording equipment. When it comes to microphones, you’ll see a lot of people using the Audio Technica AT2020 or the Blue Yeti. The latter is especially difficult to miss because it’s huge — but Blue Microphones is about […]

Gaming

The RetroBeat: It’s time for a new Chrono Trigger

Square Enix is a company that is on its 15th Final Fantasy and 11th Dragon Quest. That isn’t counting dozens of spinoffs. Square Enix loves it role-playing game franchises. But Chrono Trigger still only has one real sequel … that came out way back in 1999. I was thinking about the fate of Chrono Trigger after […]

Emerging Tech

VR experience shows caregivers what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease

[embedded content] When many of us think of virtual reality, the immediate association is with gaming. VR is capable of transporting us to amazing other worlds totally unlike anything we experience here on Earth. But VR can do so much more than that — as we’ve explored through previous stories looking at virtual reality as […]

Top Stories

$100 Million Was Once Big Money for a Start-Up. Now, It’s Common.

ImageCreditJon Reinfurt SectionsSkip to contentSkip to site index $ 100 Million Was Once Big Money for a Start-Up. Now, It’s Common. Known as a mega-round in Silicon Valley, large-scale fund raising is producing a frenzy around tech companies with enough reach and momentum to absorb a large check. CreditJon Reinfurt In late April, when Mike […]

Photography

For Monaris, it’s a photography career launched on an iPhone and Instagram

Paola Franqui doesn’t have your typical photographer’s backstory. She didn’t start taking pictures as a kid after a revered family member handed her an old camera. She never even had big dreams of becoming a photographer. Her story started very simply when she downloaded Instagram, and instantly became fascinated with the art and human emotion […]

Emerging Tech

You know that brain-training app you downloaded? It’s probably worthless

The idea of brain-training apps able to improve our cognitive abilities by playing games seemed like the perfect middle finger to everyone who ever told us to stop playing Sega and get on with some homework. Sadly, a new piece of research suggests that maybe we should have listened to our parents after all. According […]

Gaming

Nintendo Virtual Boy emulator lets you enjoy VR like it’s 1995 again

Virtual reality might not have quite taken over in the way some predict it will, but there is no denying that it’s come a long way in a short space of time. Case in point? Comparing the Virtual Boy, Nintendo’s ill-fated, red-tinted head-mounted display, with today’s HMDs. While the Virtual Boy deserves credit for being […]

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Trilobites: It’s Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

It’s Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles. A new tool allows researchers to manipulate molecules in three dimensions, recalling physical models used to visualize forests of atoms in the past. By Veronique Greenwood July 3, 2018 There was a time when biochemists had a lot in common with sculptors. Scientists […]