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Play Store apps can offer introductory discounts on subscriptions

Soon you'll be able to save some cash while trying out a pay-per-month app.<p>Subscription services have been on mobile devices for a while. Netflix, Hulu, Marvel Unlimited and others have made shelling out a few dollars a month part of our on-the-go digital lifestyle. But if developers who rely on …

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HTC set to bring VR to ‘thousands’ of arcades in Asia by end of 2017

Arcades haven’t really been popular in the States since the 90s. As gaming consoles have gotten cheaper, it just became a lot easier for people to have advanced gaming experiences without leaving their living room. With virtual reality, systems are still quite costly and there’s an opportunity to …

EVGA issues patch to stop its GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 cards from catching fire

EVGA issued a patch to its GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 graphics cards this week after some users reported that their cards overheated and sometimes caught on fire. Is this the year of exploding gadgets? <i>Tom’s Hardware Germany</i> initially reported an issue with EVGA’s cooling system. The site …

GoPro's production issues cut into its sales and stock price

The company has high hopes for the Karma and Hero5, but it could be 2017 before it's profitable again.<p>Despite including the release of its new Karma drone and Hero5 camera, GoPro's quarterly earnings report had some bad news today. With sales falling to $240.6 million (compared to $400 million in …

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NASA wants to use a pulsing laser to sniff for life on Mars

It’s a version of the lidar technology used in self-driving cars.<p>Scientists at NASA announced Wednesday that they’re working on a version of lidar technology to detect life on Mars called the Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument, or BILI.<p>Lidar is the laser-based radar-like system used to measure distance …

Particles

How Adidas Uses Plastics Found in the Ocean for New Gear

German sportswear maker Adidas is finding a home for wasteful ocean plastic: in your running shoes and soccer jerseys.<p>On Friday, Adidas unveiled the …

New MacBook Pro Models Lack Optical Audio Out via Headphone Jack

Apple appears to have removed optical audio output support from the headphone jack on its new 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys, suggesting it is unlikely to have made the transition in the Touch Bar equipped models either.<p>Optical audio output is used to link Macs to home theater setups and …

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Report: Smartwatch sales aren’t falling — shipments increased 60% year-on-year

Are smartwatch sales tanking? Analysts are divided. A recent IDC report suggesting that smartwatch shipments plummeted by 50 percent over the past year has been rebuffed by rival analyst firm Canalys this week.<p>On the back of IDC’s claim that total shipments — the volume of devices sent to retailers …

Samsung will ban the Note 7 from connecting to mobile networks in New Zealand

The equivalent of turning off the lights when your kids won’t go to bed<p>Despite a global recall, airline ban, and numerous financial incentives to get a new phone, some stubborn souls are still using their Galaxy Note 7s. The next step? Stop them connecting to mobile networks. Samsung announced …

86-year-old woman accused of pirating Metro 2033, told to pay $5,000

Critics call dragnet application of Canadian law misleading and unfair<p>An 86-year-old woman in Canada received a demand for $5,000 in a notice from a collections company that accused her of illegally downloading a copy of <i>Metro 2033</i>.<p>Christine McMillan of Ontario was bewildered by the threat, and had …

The Flash loses its second director following creative differences

That’s two in less than a year<p>Just eight months after Seth-Grahame Smith departed Warner Bros. stand-alone <i>Flash</i> film, director Rick Famuyiwa is following suit.<p>Famuyiwa, best known for directing 2015’s Sundance hit, <i>Dope</i>, confirmed to Variety today that he had left the project. Famuyiwa cited …

Sonic the Hedgehog film to be produced by Deadpool director Tim Miller

From R-rated Deadpool to family-friendly Sonic<p>Sony Pictures has hired <i>Deadpool</i> director Tim Miller to serve as an executive producer on the company’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.<p>Miller will partner with Jeff Fowler on the project; it would be Fowler’s …

An open laptop may have leaked the next Tomb Raider title

Maybe public transportation isn’t the best place to work on secret documents<p>A sharp-eyed metro rider may have unearthed the title of the next Tomb Raider game after spotting it on an open laptop on a Montreal train.<p>Reddit user Tripleh280 snapped a picture of a presentation on an Asus laptop screen, …

Apple's Jony Ive says touchscreen Macs wouldn't be useful, but he's wrong

When Apple unveiled the Touch Bar on its new MacBook Pros, it prompted many a Windows user – including yours truly – to wonder “why include a small touch strip when you can have a real touchscreen?”<p>According to Jony Ive, touchscreen on a Mac just wouldn’t be particularly useful. At least, that’s …

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Chrome boosts page load speeds with clever bits of code

Prioritizing most-used functions has led to speed increases across the board.<p>Google's main selling point for Chrome has always been simple: speed. With the browser's latest update, 64-bit Chrome 53 and 32-bit Chrome 54 on Windows, the internet juggernaut is upping performance again. By using …

More info on Microsoft’s partner VR headsets coming in December

Microsoft revealed that partners including Asus, Dell, Lenovo and others are going to be building VR headsets for use with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and that these would start at $299, but we don’t know much beyond that about this third party-supported push into Windows VR. Microsoft told …

Starbreeze deal gives you more freedom to move in VR

It's acquiring Nozon, a company specializing in VR parallax effects.<p>If Starbreeze is going to get you wearing VR headsets in IMAX theaters and pods, it'll have to create a wow-inducing experience... and it might have taken one step closer toward that goal. The company has bought Nozon, a visual …

The Moto M will likely come with a massive 5,100mAh battery

Purported renders and photos of Lenovo’s Moto M surfaced online earlier this month, and now the phone’s specs are available too, thanks to the tech blog Krispitech. The Moto M will reportedly come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a …

LG Announces New UltraFine 4K and 5K Monitors Designed For Apple's Latest MacBook and MacBook Pro

Hot on the heels of Apple’s newly updated MacBook and MacBook Pro event, LG has announced a pair of premium, high-resolution displays designed to integrate with the MacBook’s latest design language and feature set. The new LG UltraFine 5K and UltraFine 4K are 27” and 21.5” displays, respectively, …

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Tesla announces plans for solar roof, second-gen residential battery system

Shareholders on November 17 will vote on whether or not to approve Tesla’s $2.6 billion all-stock offer to purchase SolarCity. In the lead-up to the …

Microsoft Reveals Its Secret Ingredient For Success

You’ve either got it, lost it, or want it. This week proved that Microsoft, after a long solace in the digital desert, has returned. It has a clear strategy for growing its cloud services, the software is working well, and the Surface hardware has added the last ingredient to the mix… desire.<p>It has …

Toyota engineers say they have finally tamed volatile lithium-ion batteries

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Engineers at Toyota say they have tamed volatile lithium-ion battery technology, and can now safely pack more power at no significant extra cost, giving the Japanese automaker the option to enter the growing all-electric car market.<p>While rivals including Tesla Motors and Nissan Motor Co …

Apple ditches iconic startup sound on new MacBook Pro

That familiar and, dare I say, invigorating chime that signals the startup of your Mac computer is officially dead, at least on the new MacBook …

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