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Google and MLB team up for behind-the-scenes Daydream VR videos

Jul 27 2017
Sports teams are no stranger to VR; after all, the NFL partnered with Google Daydream to produce an exclusive series called All or Nothing last year. Major League Baseball has also collaborated with Google Daydream on a video game and the MLB.com At...

Airbnb helps you tell everyone why you left that dive early

Jul 27 2017
Airbnb is changing its online reviews system so it's easier to leave feedback for a property you vacate before your stay is complete. Previously, the only way to do this was through Airbnb's customer service department, which is something most people...

'Marjorie Prime' imagines a world where AI keeps us from grieving

Jul 27 2017
Despite humanity's astounding technological advances, the one thing that we've never been able to invent our way out of is our own mortality. But what if you never actually had to lose the ones you love? That's the premise of upcoming sci-fi flick Ma...

Sony's A7S II camera shot 4K video from outside the ISS

Jul 27 2017
Sony has revealed some dazzling 4K video shot by its low-light champ A7S II from the ISS, showing the US and Japan by day and night. The mirrorless, full-frame model is not the first 4K camera on the International Space Station -- the 6K Red Dragon p...

Facebook helped blunt Russian meddling in French elections

Jul 27 2017
Facebook played a key role in identifying and stopping Russian interference in the recent French election, a US congressman has revealed. During the attack, Russian intelligence operatives attempted to spy on Emmanuel Macron's election campaign by po...

Viral cooking videos control Buzzfeed's $150 Bluetooth hot plate

Jul 27 2017
If you've ever been reading Buzzfeed and thought "this is a company that should get into the hardware business," well, you're in luck. The media company has paired with GE to bring you a Bluetooth-enabled induction cooktop that pairs with their all-n...

Samsung’s budget phones are cheap, but that’s not enough

Jul 27 2017
Samsung leads the pack when it comes to high-end Android phones, but its understanding of the mid-range and budget market is seriously lacking. On Monday, the company unveiled its new Galaxy J7 and J3 unlocked handsets, which cost $220 and $150 respe...

Samsung's PhoneCast app streams videos to your Gear VR

Jul 27 2017
Samsung's Gear VR has a sweet 200-inch virtual screen you can use to watch videos. Unfortunately, what you can watch is limited by the fact that it's not compatible with third-party apps. The good news is that the Korean conglomerate's new applicatio...

US scientists have genetically modified human embryos

Jul 27 2017
A team of scientists from Oregon have performed the first known instance of gene editing on human embryos in the US, according to MIT's Tech Review. Shoukhrat Mitalipov from Oregon Health and Science University and his team have reportedly corrected...

LG's G6 wasn't the hit phone the company craves

Jul 27 2017
After almost breaking even last quarter, LG's mobile division is back to its subpar self. In the last three months, the manufacturer's handsets lost it $117.27 million. The company is pinning the blame on "weaker than expected" premium smartphone sal...

Google Play Music and YouTube Red to merge into single service

Jul 27 2017
YouTube Red and Google Play Music will eventually merge to create a new service. The move comes after months of speculation following Google's decision back in February to combine its YouTube and Play Music teams. According to The Verge, YouTube Musi...

Tesla will livestream the first Model 3 deliveries tomorrow

Jul 27 2017
Elon Musk promised to hand over the first 30 Tesla Model 3s at a special soirée tomorrow (July 28th), and buyers and fans of the EV are psyched. Rightfully so -- it's the most important electric car ever, with sales estimated at around 400,000...

The top Twitch clip involves a horror game and Jack Daniels

Jul 27 2017
Tom Wheldon started streaming on Twitch as JurassicJunkieLive two months ago. He was an intrepid tinkerer and a veteran video creator who started making YouTube videos before it was the cool kids' multi-million-dollar industry. Wheldon regularly disc...

GoPro QuikStories automatically creates a sweet edit for you

Jul 27 2017
If you've spent more than five minutes on social media recently, you'll know that "stories" are the hot new currency. Sharing your day with your followers keeps you and your friends coming back for more. While stories have largely been the realm of a...

A billion people use WhatsApp daily

Jul 27 2017
One billion people check WhatsApp every day. Not every month -- it hit that number way back in early 2016 -- but every single day. The Facebook-owned chat app has announced the milestone number in a post thanking its users, though it was also mention...

Blizzard is increasing ‘Overwatch’ penalties for bad behavior

Jul 27 2017
Blizzard is doubling down on its punishments for nefarious Overwatch players. Aside from the permabans in place for cheaters, the developer will also penalize anyone who abuses, harasses, spams, or griefs others. Players in violation of the rules wil...

Over a million Americans quit Twitter in just three months

Jul 27 2017
Controversial presidential announcements and celebrity revenge porn are all in a day's work for the social network everyone loves to hate. Now, Twitter has announced its most recent financial results and things aren't looking good for the microblog b...

Russian charged over $4 billion bitcoin laundering scheme

Jul 27 2017
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has charged a Russian Bitcoin exchange operator with 17 counts of laundering up to $4 billion since 2011. Alexander Vinnik was arrested earlier this week by Greek police, and shortly afterwards, security firm Wizsec...

The Morning After: Thursday, July 27th 2017

Jul 27 2017
Hey, good morning! Looking good, in that line-drawn, '80s way. There's now a phone with a miniature screen for your selfie shots, and A-Ha is back in fashion. Oh, and we've got a Boring elevator.

‘EVE: Valkyrie’ studio's 'Sparc' hits PSVR on August 29th

Jul 27 2017
CCP Games announced last month that it would be following up its popular EVE: Valkyrie VR game with the Tron-like VR sport title Sparc. Today, the studio announced it'll come out for PlayStation VR on August 29th for $30.

Sky’s made its own surround sound TV speaker with Devialet

Jul 27 2017
Not content with building set-top boxes, internet and satellite-fuelled TV services, Sky is branching out into high-end audio. The company has partnered with premium speaker maker Devialet on the Soundbox, a wireless, all-in-one sound system that sit...

Jazz star Esperanza Spalding to record an album on Facebook Live

Jul 27 2017
Other artists keep their music under lock and key until it's fully polished, but jazz star Esperanza Spalding wants to "rely on improvisation and first instinct" for her next album. That's why she's writing, recording and arranging 10 songs for it --...

Medium snaps up Talkshow and its public chat app

Jul 27 2017
Talkshow's namesake chat-in-public app never really caught on, but that doesn't mean the team's story has ended just yet. Co-founder Michael Sippey has revealed that Medium has bought Talkshow Industries. It's a tiny outfit, but it's important enou...

'Take On Me' app turns your home into an '80s music video

Jul 27 2017
A-ha's classic video for "Take On Me" was the result of painstaking effort -- it took 16 weeks to rotoscope the frames, creating that signature blend between the real and hand-drawn worlds. Now, however, you only need an iPhone to recreate the look...

Samsung secured record profits in the second quarter

Jul 27 2017
As expected, Samsung registered a record operating profit of 14.07 trillion won ($12.6 billion US) in Q2 2017. Interestingly, the breakdown reveals that while its mobile division's (including Galaxy S8 / S8+) sales were up over the same period last y...