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The Mac Mini has been waiting 3 long years for an update (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep.106)

Tim Cook responds to a customer about the future of the Mac Mini, and the latest iPhone X updates.

iOS

AfterShokz Trekz Air: A surprisingly compelling wireless sports headphone

The lighter and slimmer Trekz Air takes bone-conduction headphones to a new level.

Headphones

Want to score an iPhone X? Here are the best preorder tips

Here's how to avoid getting on the backorder list.<p>It's widely expected that the iPhone X will be in very, very limited supply when Apple begins taking preorders on Oct. 27. In order to have one in your hands on launch day, well, it's going to take a bit of luck and a lot of planning ahead.<p>1. Set an …

iOS

Star Wars fans get surrounded by Stormtroopers, face Kylo Ren

Complete with the First Order leader force-choking a member of the Resistance.<p>Fans walking into the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" exhibit at New York Comic-Con this month ended up in an actual movie-style confrontation between Stormtroopers, the Resistance and Kylo Ren.<p>The Star Wars YouTube page …

Star Wars

Google's Pixel 2 gets bent out of shape during torture test

Commentary: The torturers at JerryRig Everything get ahold of Google's new phone and it doesn't appear to stand up so well. Especially the back.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's agony releasing a new device.<p>No sooner is it out in the …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Get your stylish hatchback on with the 2019 Audi A7

Audi

Alfa Romeo brings Italian style to its Stelvio SUV

Alfa Romeo

KFC's Twitter follows all the Spice Girls for a reason

Fried-chicken giant KFC pulls off a brilliant social-media joke through the careful selection of people it follows on Twitter.<p>Sometimes the best jokes are just hiding out in plain sight, waiting for you to notice them.<p>Fried-chicken chain KFC may be a division of a massive global fast-food company, …

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Hideo Kojima loves Blade Runner 2049

The Metal Gear gaming legend professes his profound love for Blade Runner in Rolling Stone.<p>Reading about auteurs talking about auteurs is almost always fascinating. Hideo Kojima, creator of countless Metal Gear games and the still-in-development Death Stranding, wrote his own review of Blade Runner …

Science Fiction

Crazy AI cam called Cherry Home knows you by your skeleton

Startup security company Cherry Labs wants its system of cameras with built-in sensors to be the eyes and ears of your smart home. The system, called Cherry Home, uses a separate processor and advanced AI to not only see what's going on, but map the room it's in, recognize the people in the room, …

Home Automation

Finally! The Nokia 3310 comes to the US for $60

Nokia's retro phone will be in stores on Oct. 29.<p>If you've been mooning over the all-the-rage Nokia 3310 throwback phone, moon no longer. It's coming to the US on Oct. 29. The catch: The $60 phone will only work with 3G networks. That makes it fine for calls, games of Snake and the occasional email …

Nokia 3310

Get the iPhone X ASAP

Five tips to get the Apple's new iPhone on launch day before it goes out of stock.

IPhone X

Amazon Echo (2017) review

New Amazon Echo: new look, new price, same Alexa smarts<p><b>The Good</b> With a variety of new designs, the new Amazon Echo is better-looking than the original, just as smart, and a lot less expensive. The addition of an aux out jack lets you connect it with your existing audio setup. It's also a slightly …

Amazon

808 Audio debuts Amazon Alexa voice-controlled speaker

Add another Amazon Alexa-enabled voice control speaker to the growing list: The 808 Audio XL-V ($130).<p>I saw an early version of it back in June and thought it looked similar to the original Amazon Echo. That's partially because 808 Audio has made cannister-style wireless Bluetooth speakers for a …

Amazon

Facebook Messenger now lets you pay pals with PayPal

Facebook's payments get a boost ahead of Apple's peer-to-peer Apple Pay.<p>Facebook Messenger can make payments to friends, and has already worked with Paypal. But it can now make payments to people using Paypal using peer-to-peer, too (in the US, for now). The service is live on iOS, and is coming to …

Banking

How to enable the Pixel 2's Do Not Disturb while driving feature

The toggle is a little buried in the Settings app, but it's there.<p>In an attempt to make all of us safer drivers, Google has added a Do Not Disturb mode that automatically turns on when it detects you are in a moving car.<p>Here's where to find the setting:<p>Open the Settings app then go to <b>Sounds</b> > <b>Do not</b> …

iOS

Chinese phone maker Vivo entering Hong Kong, Russia and beyond

One of China's biggest phone makers is branching out to more countries, including Singapore and Taiwan.<p>You may not have heard of Vivo, but you would have seen its phones in "Captain America: Civil War."<p>Besides making product placement cameos, the Chinese company is actually the world's fifth …

Hong Kong

Samsung's cheapest fridge is actually kinda nice

It's nothing fancy, but this Samsung top freezer has a lot to offer at just $850.

Samsung

Google's AlphaGo Zero destroys humans all on its own

The new artificial neural network taught itself to master the ancient game Go within weeks, without any tips from humans.<p>Google's new artificial intelligence can defeat both humans and other AIs. Fortunately, the only battlefield where it fights and wins is the ancient board game Go.<p>AlphaGo Zero, …

Artificial Intelligence

2017 Tokyo Motor Show preview: A taste of the wacky, wonderful future

Packed with edgy concepts, electrified powertrains and forward-thinking tech, this year's expo looks poised to recapture its past magic.<p>There's no doubt about it, the Tokyo Motor Show's importance on the global scene has been on the wane for upwards of two decades. Blame a home market where outside …

Trucks

Recreating Rachael in 'Blade Runner 2049'

Science Fiction

How 'Blade Runner 2049' made Sean Young young again

Cutting-edge visual effects resurrect a character from the original film for a pivotal scene in the sequel.<p>Sci-fi sequel "Blade Runner 2049" harks back to the 1982 original in lots of subtle ways. But the most striking callback has to be the return of one of the original movie's major characters …

Movies

iPhone launch X-pectations: 2-3 million units, per KGI

Noted analyist Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone X might be hard to find at first.<p>As predicted, the upcoming iPhone X looks like it might be in limited supply.<p>A morning report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) now says that there will be somewhere between 2-3 million iPhone X models …

IPhone X

Honest Ads Act looks to regulate election ads, Nielsen to track streaming services

Today's major tech stories include the bipartisan Honest Ads Act that would regulate political advertisements online, Nielsen's plan to track viewership on subscription streaming services and Alphabet leading a $1 billion investment in Lyft.

Advertising

2017 Zero SR has electric style

Electric Vehicles

World's first panoramic sunroof airbag ready to deploy

Korean supplier Hyundai Mobis hints its novel safety device is headed for a premium SUV.<p>Even as auto companies are innovating toward the promise of a crash-free future thanks to advancements in self-driving and connected car technology, there's evidently still room for new passive safety …

Transportation

Equifax hack may shake up US consumer data laws

Federal lawmakers are pushing to give you more control over your data, after hackers stole information from 145 million Americans.<p>There's nothing like a disaster to prompt a call for change.<p>In early October, Congress grilled Equifax's former CEO, Richard Smith, in four separate committee hearings …

Identity Theft

Take a look at Harman Kardon's Cortana-enabled smart speaker

Gear & Gadgets

Harman Kardon Invoke review

The first Cortana-enabled smart speaker is here<p><b>The Good</b> Sound quality is better than Amazon's line of speakers and an Invoke purchase includes unlimited Skype calling.<p><b>The Bad</b> Cortana needs a much wider set of skills, as Alexa does more and offers more integration with smart home platforms.<p><b>The</b> …

Audiophile

Zero SR electric motorcycle full review

Amazing torque and solid looks are let down by disappointing range. Check out our full review.

Electric Vehicles