California Could Be Considering Taxing Texting

It seems that residents of California might be able to expect their text messages to cost more than before. This is because the state’s Public Utilities Commission is considering a plan in which your text messages could get taxed, potentially resulting in higher text messaging rates by carriers.


Apple Wants To Make Group FaceTime Audio More Realistic

One of the new features Apple introduced in the latest update to iOS and macOS is group FaceTime calls. This is a long overdue feature that has been promised for years, and is finally available. However we imagine that like with most group video/audio chats, this can get messy when multiple people talk at once.


One In 10 Americans Expected To Own A Smartwatch In 2019

According to the shipment figures, wearable technology like smartwatches appear to be on the rise, with companies such as Apple shipping more units of their Apple Watch than they did in the previous year. So much so that according to market research firm eMarketer, it could get to the point where one in 10 Americans could own a wearable in 2019.


Tynker Junior Uses Games To Help Kids Understand Coding Fundamentals

There are multiple programming languages out there today depending on which platform you are coding on. However underlying all those languages is a fundamental concept which involves being able to understand problem solving, and that’s what Tynker is hoping to impart with its new app Tynker Junior.


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Google Pledges Not To Sell Its Facial Recognition Technology (For Now)

Companies like Google have developed a variety of hi-tech tools, and just like tool like a hammer or a knife, what it can be used for is up to the person using it, although admittedly sometimes certain tools do seem ripe for abuse. So much so that Google has announced that they will be holding off on selling their facial recognition technology.


Google Chromebooks Gets Better Screen Time Management Features

If you’re looking for a better way to manage screen time on Chromebooks, you’ll be pleased to learn that in an update to Chrome OS, Google has rolled out better screen time management features to the laptop. Prior to this, Chromebooks did come with parental controls although they were a bit limited.


Philips Hue Bulbs Can Now Stay Off During A Power Surge

Power surges and blackouts can happen from time to time for a variety of reasons. However the problem with such instances is that if you rely on connected objects like smart light bulbs, they can turn themselves back on when the power is back. This can be a bit problematic if you’re not home or if it’s in the middle of the night and everyone’s sleeping.


Apple Music Connect Will Be Shutting Down In 2019

Musicians and bands already have their own social media pages like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where they post updates like tour dates, new album releases, new music videos, and so on. Apple attempted to create its own social network with Apple Music Connect, but it looks like that experiment has since failed and will be shutting down.


Half Of Switch Owners Have Bought Zelda, Mario Kart, & Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo has a stable of classic franchises that are almost always guaranteed to do well whenever they launch. This is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that half of Nintendo Switch owners own a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and/or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


Unofficial Apple Music Player For The Web Launches

We’re sure that Apple would love for everyone to sign up with Apple Music. However the service isn’t available for all platforms, such as Linux where iTunes isn’t available, meaning that Linux users who want to listen to iTunes will need to rely on their phones. That’s one of the main reasons why Redditor NaveedGol decided to make a web version of Apple Music.


Google Maps Will Now Surface Lime Scooters And Bikes For Transit

Electric bikes and scooters are increasingly being adopted as cheaper means of urban transportation in cities across the United States. They can help you get someplace where it would take you 15 minutes to walk in half the time. You may have to wait for much longer to catch the next bus or get a ride-share, so to plug that last mile, Google Maps will show scooters and bikes from […]


Amazon Free Holiday Shipping Offer Extended

Amazon announced its free holiday shipping promotion last month. It waived the minimum purchase requirement for an order to qualify for free shipping for those who are not subscribed to Prime. Customers in the United States normally have to spend $25 to qualify for free standard shipping. This requirement was waived until December 14th. Amazon has now extended the deadline.


Google Launches Diabetic Eye Disease Screening AI Program

Google today announced that it has launched an artificial intelligence program in Thailand. The program’s purpose will be to screen for a diabetic eye disease that can cause permanent blindness. The company has previously launched a similar program in India. These programs are meant to showcase the social benefits of artificial intelligence.


Shenzhen Boasts The World’s First Fully Electric Bus Fleet

Shenzhen is one of the biggest cities in China. It’s a business hub, one that has its sights set firmly on becoming a global business leader in the future. It’s also leading in some other respects. Shenzhen now has the world’s largest fully electric bus fleet. All 16,000 buses in this megacity are fully electric.


SoftBank May Replace Network Equipment From Huawei

Huawei’s network equipment business appears to be in a bit of pickle these days. Amid growing concerns that the equipment may allow the Chinese government to carry out spying operations, mobile carriers in a couple of countries have decided against sourcing them from Huawei. A new report claims that Japan’s SoftBank is now considering replacing the Huawei equipment on its network.


Nintendo Won’t Restock NES And SNES Classic Mini Consoles

Nintendo hit its fans with a heavy dose of nostalgia in 2016 with the NES Classic mini console. It followed that up with the SNES Classic in 2017. Supplies have almost always remained tight, more so during the holiday season, and if you’ve been thinking about picking one you might want to get your hands on one soon before supplies run out. That’s because Nintendo has said that once they […]


Samsung Patches Bug That Allowed Full Take Over Of User Accounts

A security researcher found a bug on Samsung’s website which could have allowed hackers to fully take over a user account just by tricking the user into clicking on a malicious link. The vulnerability was reported to Samsung earlier this month by Ukrainian bug bounty hunter Artem Moskowsky.


NASA’s InSight Lander Sends A Selfie From Mars

NASA InSight lander’s selfie game is literally out of this world. It recently arrived on the Red Planet and to prove that it is indeed chilling up there on Mars, it has sent a selfie which shows the lander in all its glory. The image was posted on NASA’s official Twitter account.


Scientists Will Soon Drill Into An Ancient Antarctic Lake

Lake Mercer is a subglacial body of water that is believed to have formed thousands of years ago. It’s beneath 4,000 of Antarctic ice and is without a doubt one of the most isolated lakes on this planet. Scientists will soon be drilling into it so that they can explore this ancient lake and its contents as part of a project called Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access or SALSA.


Huawei P30 Pro May Feature Curved And Notched OLED Display

Huawei is done with its flagship product launches for 2018 and many of its fans are now looking forward to the upcoming models of its P series. There haven’t been a lot of rumors about these devices just yet. A source in the know suggests that the Huawei P30 Pro is going to have a curved OLED display with a notch.


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