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Microsoft lowered the price of Xbox One by $50 post-Black Friday sales

Microsoft wants to keep its console sales buzzing now that its Black Friday sale is over. The tech giant is launching a “limited time” sale that cuts the price of any Xbox One bundle by $50, whether it’s an Xbox One S with Battlefield V (now $250) or an Xbox One X with PUBG (now $450). It’s not as good a deal as during the

Scientists measure the brightness of the universe more accurately

Scientists measure the brightness of the universe more accurately

You’d think that it would be virtually impossible to determine the collective brightness of the observable universe, but a team of scientists has come surprisingly close. They’ve completed the most accurate measurement of the universe’s light to date using both reams of Fermi Space Telescope gamma ray data and some unusual tricks. They searched for the background light of the

Apple may release AirPods with wireless charging in early 2019

Apple may release AirPods with wireless charging in early 2019

When Apple effectively scrubbed all mention of its AirPower wireless charging mat when it didn’t show up a year after its unveiling, that raised a question: would the wireless charging case for AirPods meet a similar fate? Not necessarily. Historically accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that AirPods with wireless charging support should arrive in the first quarter of

Samsung’s foldable phone may only be available on EE in the UK.

Foldable Smartphone by Samsung

Earlier this month at its developer conference, Samsung (somewhat) showed off its upcoming foldable smartphone. Thanks to several rumors, we know that the handset will likely cost an arm and a leg when it arrives early next year, but we don’t know which carriers it will land on. Thanks to a tip given to Gizmodo, we might

DJI uses 9 new accessories to make the Ronin S universal joint more practical

DJI uses 9 new accessories to make the Ronin S universal joint more practical

We called DJI’s DSLR and mirrorless Ronin S gimbal “essential YouTube equipment,” and it just got even more so with nine new accessories. The most interesting for filmmakers is the $169 Focus Motor for manual focus lenses. It consists of a motor, rod mount set and focus gear strip that can handle a wide variety of lens

Tim Cook save Apple’s search deals with Google

Tim Cook save Apple's search deals with Google

Apple’s Tim Cook is always on hand to explain why his company is better at privacy than its rivals (read Google and Facebook), which have been mired in data scandals of late. When Cook said personal information is being “weaponized against us with military efficiency,” while calling on GDPR-style rules in the US, it was clear who his targets were.

Apple and Microsoft are fixing serious iCloud errors in Windows 10

Apple and Microsoft are fixing serious iCloud errors in Windows 10

The return of Windows 10’s October update wasn’t welcome news for everyone. Microsoft says it’s “working with Apple” to solve an iCloud for Windows bug that creates problems updating or syncing shared photo albums when using the latest Windows release. Suffice it to say that’s a serious problem if you’re interested in seamless access to your photos across your

Volkswagen owners can use Siri Shortcuts to unlock their cars

Volkswagen owners can use Siri Shortcuts to unlock their cars

If you’re a Volkswagen driver, you now have another way to lock and unlock your car, start and stop electric charging and check your remaining estimated mileage. That’s because VW has added Siri integration to its Car-Net app. You can also use Siri to turn on alarms, start the defroster, set the temperature and remind yourself where you parked.

Samsung foldable phone can cost over $1,700

Samsung foldable phone can cost over $1,700

Less than a week since Samsung unveiled its “Infinity Flex” display for its upcoming bendy smartphone, a new report from South Korea claims to know the name, price and release date of the device. The Yonhap News Agency‘s industry sources suggest the phone will be dubbed the “Galaxy F” — a name that’s been floated about

Report: Apple launch first 5G iPhone in 2020

Apple launch first 5G iPhone in 2020

The first 5G smartphones should arrive in 2019, but don’t expect Apple to rush to join them. A Fast Company source claims Apple intends to use an Intel 5G modem, the 8161, in its 2020 batch of iPhones. Apple is reportedly using a precursor 8060 chip for prototyping, but has “heat dissipation issues” (due to the sheer demand needed for

Ford and Baidu collaborate to test autonomous Cars in China

Ford and Baidu collaborate to test autonomous Cars in China

There’s a new partnership in the autonomous vehicle game as Ford has announced it will be teaming up with Chinese internet company Baidu to work on autonomous vehicles, with testing set to begin in Beijing by the end of the year. The initiative hopes to achieve SAE L4 (a classification that measures level of human involvement) autonomous

Robots will build robots in $150 million Chinese factory

Robots will build robots in $150 million Chinese factory

Swiss robotics company ABB has revealed that it’s spending $150 million to build an advanced robotics factory in Shanghai — one that will use robots to build robots. The company will rely on its YuMi single-arm robots, which it once used to conduct an orchestra, for small parts assembly. It also plans to make extensive use”of its

Elon Musk: Model Y prototype approved to go into production

On Tesla’s earnings call after announcing its first quarterly profit, CEO Elon Musk chatted about the company’s upcoming products. While claiming it has “the most exciting product roadmap of any company on Earth,” Musk mentioned the Model Y crossover EV we’ve only seen hints of so far, and said “I recently approved the prototype to go into production.”

Microsoft adds Dictation to Office Web Apps to Help with Dyslexia

Microsoft adds Dictation to Office Web Apps to Help with Dyslexia

Microsoft has made voice dictation available for desktop Office users for months. Now, though, it’s making the feature available to web users in the name of aiding those with dyslexia. The browser versions of both Word and OneNote will enable dictation sometime in the “coming weeks” so that dyslexic students can write more effectively than they would

Google Store Launches Mail-in Repair Service for Pixel Devices

Google Store Launches Mail-in Repair Service for Pixel Devices

If you’re in the US and have a broken Pixel device, you might be able to get Google itself to fix it for you instead of a third-party company. The Google Store has just opened a virtual Repair Center, giving you the option to mail the tech giant your Pixel and Pixel 2 devices to be looked at and