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  • YouTube’s 'Creators for Change’ premiere at Tribeca's TV Festival
    You can find almost anything on YouTube these days, but with the "Creators for Change" program, the site had a specific goal in mind: Show how its platform could be used for social good. Tonight at the first ever Tribeca TV Festival, YouTube premiere…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 4:19am -
  • Intel's Project Alloy VR headset is dead
    Intel won't be releasing its Project Alloy VR headset platform anytime this year -- in fact, it won't be releasing the technology at all. The tech giant has officially killed the initiative, which aimed to provide partner companies an open reference.…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 3:16am -
  • Nintendo rolls out two-step authentication for online accounts
    Nintendo now supports two-factor verification to its Nintendo Accounts. This adds another layer of security by requiring codes generated from the Google Authenticator app, though it comes years later than most other gaming platforms.
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:44am -
  • Uber's new chief says the company is paying for its bad rep
    New company chief Dara Khosrowshahi has sent out an email to his employees about London, and it shows that the company might truly be under a different kind of leadership now. One that doesn't sound like it'll encourage "hustlin'" and overlook bad be…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 12:14am -
  • Climbkhana: Ken Block explains Pikes Peak assault in latest Gymkhana video
    By Carter JungClimbkhana is clever. And no, not because it's a portmanteau. Rather it's how Ken Block and his merry band of Hoonigan Media Machine misfits took something the internet clearly loves, hooning, and paired it with a picturesque mountain…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 11:05pm -
  • Fitness app company settles with FTC for nearly $1 million
    If you're going to create a mobile app that offers monetary rewards for meeting fitness goals, you should probably make sure you back your promises up. The Pact fitness app offers users a way to incentivize workouts by charging a fee when users miss.…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:04pm -
  • Lenovo’s leaked 25th-anniversary ThinkPad sports a familiar look
    The latest ThinkPad that Lenovo brought to CES back in January had a notably sleeker, more modern appearance than the line's traditional boxy black look. But it kept a couple features, like the red TrackPoint nub and 45-degree ThinkPad logo, that hav…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:39pm -
  • Apple extends iTunes movie rentals to 48 hours
    It used to be that when you rented a movie from Apple's iTunes service, you'd have 24 hours to finish watching it. You could start streaming the rental within 30 days of purchase, of course. Just a couple of weeks after Apple made 4K an affordable op…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:20pm -


  • Moto X4 Review: Hands-On
    The Moto X4 was released in early September 2017 at IFA/Berlin and was originally targeted at the mid-range market. The main features include a dual camera, hands-free support for Alexa voice assistant, Tempow Audio profile (TAP) a unique technol…
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 5:29pm -
  • Joker Origin Movie Script Might Be Finished Soon
    It was reported recently that DC is developing two Joker-focused movies. One of the new movies is a film that involves both the Joker and Harley Quinn. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie who portrayed the two characters respectively in Suicide Squad will…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:55pm -
  • Moto G5S Plus U.S. Release Confirmed
    Motorola launched the Moto G5S Plus in several markets across the globe. The Lenovo-owned company has confirmed today that this handset will also be launched in the United States. As you would have guessed by now, it’s a slightly improved version…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:41pm -
  • Flappy Bird Can’t Be Played On iOS 11
    Flappy Bird, the frustratingly popular game that took the world by storm a couple of years ago, still exists. Many of us have since been over the game once the hype died down but if you’re one of those who continues to play this game, keep in mind…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:30pm -
  • Bill Gates Still Not A Fan Of Ctrl-Alt-Del
    We’ve all found ourselves in situations when we’re mashing Ctrl-Alt-Del on the keyboard when our Windows PC freezes. We know it by heart and it’s normally the first fix we try when something goes wrong, nevermind the fact that it’s an awkwar…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:21pm -
  • Instagram Adds Face Filters To Live Video
    Instagram today announced that it has added face filters to live video. Users can try on these filters when they’re sharing live video. A variety of filters are being offered that users can choose from depending on their mood. They can easily try…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:10pm -
  • New ASUS Chromebook Flip Launched In The U.S.
    First teased earlier this year, ASUS has now launched its new Chromebook in the United States. It joins the expanding list of convertible touchscreen Chromebooks that are now available for purchase. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 weighs just 2 lbs an…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 4:51pm -
  • Fable Anniversary Xbox Backward Compatibility Being Worked On
    There are quite a few Xbox 360 titles that can be played on the Xbox One through the magic of backward compatibility. Microsoft has made some of the most popular Xbox 360 titles compatible with its current-gen console over the past few months. The l…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 4:35pm -

The Wirecutter

  • The Best Tricycles
    You can buy a brand-new tricycle that looks exactly like one you rode as a kid. But you probably don’t want to. After considering more than 30 of today’s tricycles and test-driving 11 of them with a dozen kids, we think most people should get the…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 7:33pm -
  • The Best Compression Socks for Most People
    To find the best compression socks for most people, we consulted folks who wear them for all manner of situations: while working on their feet, during pregnancy, while running, after working out, while traveling, and just because. After considering d…
    - 20 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 3:23pm -
  • Most Popular This Week
    Most read reviews this week: The Best Wireless Earbuds, The Best iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus Cases, and The Best True Wireless Headphones So Far. [See all 10 most popular reviews this week.]
    - 1 day ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:30am -
  • The Best Heating Pad
    After sorting through hundreds of reviews for dozens of look-alike models, interviewing a doctor, a safety expert, and a journalist obsessed with back pain, and then testing seven top contenders, we’d recommend Pure Enrichment’s Pure Relief XL Ki…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 6:50pm -
  • The Best Neti Pot
    After conducting 25 hours of research into the safety and efficacy of nasal irrigation, consulting experts, and considering 18 vessels, we think the Aromatic Salt Premium Ceramic Neti Pot is the best one for most noses. It was the easiest to clean an…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 2:55pm -
  • The Best Tabletop Radio
    After seven days of fiddling with knobs, adjusting antennas, and listening to endless AM and FM broadcasts using six top-rated radios, we think the best tabletop radio for most people is the Sangean WR-11. It has the simple controls, inviting sound,…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 2:54pm -
  • Dear Wirecutter: What Adventure Duffel Bag Should My Son Bring on His Travels?
    For your adventure traveling needs, we think the North Face Camp Duffel is a great versatile option for toting your gear around the world.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 10:00am -
  • The Best Amazon Kindle Cases
    We’ve tested Kindle cases for more than three years, spending hands-on time with more than a dozen of the most promising models, and our favorite case for the Kindle Paperwhite is the Omoton Kindle Paperwhite Case. It protects against everyday trau…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 7:50pm -

Gadgets and Gizmos

  • Fidget Spinners – stress relief, fad, menace or health magic bullet?
    The meteoric rise of fidget spinners in 2017 has surprised many, including me. These palm sized contraptions, fitted with bearings to make them spin, are hugely popular in the playground and are becoming more commonplace in the work environment. But…
    - 27 May 17, 8:24pm -
  • Apple iPhone 8 – News on dates, specs, prices and rumours
    It’s nearly that time again; that time when Apple dim the lights and unveil their new flagship iPhone. The internet has been buzzing with rumours ranging from mediocre to bat shit crazy and I’ve been pretty slow in gathering these together. But h…
    - 26 May 17, 8:49pm -
  • What Are the Snapchat Sunglasses All About?
    The release of new Snapchat sunglasses has raised more than a few eyebrows. So what are these glasses all about? Well, they have been described as being a bit like Google Glass, although they are a good deal cheaper and more limited in what they can…
    - 13 Dec 16, 5:41pm -
  • Samsung Considering Facial Tracking for Gear VR
    The battle for virtual reality supremacy has really warmed up in recent times. While the Samsung VR gear is widely seen as being an affordable option, there are other VR headsets that are regarded as being of higher technical quality. However, news o…
    - 7 Dec 16, 5:35pm -
  • Nike Self-Tying Sneakers Now on Sale
    Those of us who love Back to the Future have been craving self-tying sneakers for a long time. Well, provided that you have a healthy bank account then you can now get hold of the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 trainers. They only cost a mere £575, which some…
    - 5 Dec 16, 5:27pm -
  • Google Earth VR Will Transport You Anywhere
    The exciting possibilities of virtual reality are perhaps most clearly shown with the recent release of Google Earth VR. As the name suggests, this is an incredible way of seeing the Earth in all its glory by using a virtual reality headset on Google…
    - 29 Nov 16, 7:51pm -
  • Impressive OnePlus 3T Phone Now Launched
    One of the latest interesting handsets to get launched is the exciting looking OnePlus 3T. This manufacturer has gained something of a reputation in recent years for offering high spec phones at decent prices, so how does the new model stack up? Cert…
    - 24 Nov 16, 4:46pm -
  • Mini Countryman SE is First Hybrid Model
    Mini, the world famous manufacturer of tiny cars, has revealed to the world its first ever hybrid vehicle. The Mini Countryman SE was unveiled at the LA Auto Show and immediately made a big impression. This is a 4 wheel drive model but there is somet…
    - 22 Nov 16, 11:39pm -

Slash Gear

  • Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations
    Fitness app Pact wants to help users reach fitness goals by using a cash incentive…or at least it says it wants to. The app works by charging users if they don’t meet their weekly fitness goals and rewarding them with money if they do meet their…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 1:48am -
  • YouTube Plus subscription reference found in app code
    A tidbit found within the YouTube v12.37 apk indicates that Google’s video service may be preparing to launch yet another subscription option, this one called ‘Plus.’ The subscription seemingly would be a companion to the existing YouTube Red s…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 12:58am -
  • This AI turns simple sketches into Van Gogh paintings
    Cambridge Consultants has demonstrated an artificial intelligence system that takes simple sketches and transforms them into artwork that look like something created by Vincent Van Gogh or other famous painters. The system, which is nicknamed Vincent…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Sep 17, 12:13am -
  • A robot in China performed dental surgery on a living person
    Going to the dentist is a scary experience for many, but obviously not for the brave person who volunteered to undergo oral surgery performed by a robot. The procedure took place in China, where the robotic dentist successfully implanted a pair of te…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 11:28pm -
  • Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
    Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apple‘s two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and bo…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 11:00pm -
  • Target Restock next-day delivery hits 8 cities in move against Amazon
    Target has expanded its next-day delivery service into 8 new cities, all of them major metro regions like Chicago and Los Angeles. This is done as part of Target’s Restock service, a way for anyone to order certain goods online and have then arrive…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:34pm -
  • The $2,000 iPhone is coming
    Like many, I was unsurprised and generally unmoved by the iPhone X. We can blame leaks for that. The event wasn’t exciting, and judging by the opening which brought us words from Steve Jobs’ that had never been made public, it’s clear Apple wan…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:02pm -
  • Nyko wireless SNES controller is perfect for the Classic Edition
    Nintendo is teasing SNES fans with its Classic Edition, a modern version of the retro console that includes wired controllers for a more authentic experience. If you’re not so keen on having an authentic experience, Nyko has the controller you prob…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Sep 17, 9:32pm -