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Is Facebook making a modular smartphone?

Modular smartphones sound great on paper. They're devices that would significantly outlive traditional handsets, as the user would be able to upgrade the hardware by simply swapping the old parts with newer one. They're also devices that would let the user customize a phone to meet his or her ...

The 'Game of Thrones' creators are moving from Westeros to America

If you hoped that the Game of Thrones showrunners would keep making spinoffs after the HBO hit series is done, you should know they have other plans that do not include dragons or white walkers. That's right, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will move away from the Game of Thrones universe, but they ...

Nintendo says the 3DS is here to stay, but not everyone is convinced

Will the Switch make Nintendo's handheld consoles obsolete? According to Nintendo, the answer to that question is a resounding "no," but some analysts are convinced that the age of the handheld is over now that the Switch has become a viable platform for gaming at home and on the go. In an ...

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 lunar sample bag just sold at auction for an insane amount

Back in May, we told you about the upcoming auction of a true piece of space travel history: Neil Armstrong's very own lunar sample bag which not only flew into space on the Apollo 11 mission but was also carried by the famous astronaut on the lunar surface and filled with dust and rock from the ...

You can now explore the International Space Station using Google Street View

Most of us — okay, nearly all of us — will never have the opportunity to set foot inside the International Space Station. The multi-billion-dollar floating laboratory and astronaut bed and breakfast is a pretty exclusive destination, and unless you're ready to dedicate your life to science and ...

Apple is still researching advanced battery designs for EVs

Amid speculation that Apple was intent on designing and manufacturing its own branded car, word surfaced last September that Apple was completely "rethinking" its strategy in the automotive space. What followed after that were a number of layoffs and a shift of focus, with reports indicating that ...

Gorgeous Hubble photo of Mars 'photobombed' by tiny moon

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope consistently delivers breathtaking views of the planets in our galactic neighborhood, but when it set its sights on Mars recently for a series of snapshots it captured more than just Mars. After taking a series of 13 different images of the planet, astronomers realized ...

Nintendo's latest trademark hints at a possible N64 Classic Edition

Following the explosive success of the NES Classic Edition last year, more miniaturized retro consoles from Nintendo seemed inevitable. And inevitable they were, as the company officially unveiled the SNES Classic Edition late last month, set to launch on September 29th for $79.99. There was ...

Get 31 different GoPro accessories on Amazon for $19

Amazon has had some great sales lately on popular GoPro cameras like the HERO Session and the HERO5 Black, and tons of our readers have gotten in on the action. If you’re a GoPro camera owner in search of a solid deal on some key accessories, you’ve come to the right place. After all, an ...

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is officially launching August 23rd in NYC

Samsung just made the worst-kept secret in technology official. It has send out invitations to an Unpacked event in New York City on August 23rd. The invite doesn't technically say that it's for the Note 8, but the giant stylus on the invite couldn't be any more obvious if it was writing WINK WINK. ...

Australia the latest country to have no idea how encryption works

Australia is the latest country to seek ways to access information passed between smartphones via encrypted apps, information that might be relevant to criminal investigations and counterterrorism operations. The Australian government wants to be able to spy on encrypted means of communications, ...

Nokia's first iPhone 'killer' was briefly confirmed

HMD Global's new Nokia is more and more exciting than the old Nokia that refused to make Android phones. The new company is currently selling a bunch of affordable Nexus-like devices that run a pretty vanilla version of Android, and it's preparing an assault on flagship handsets from Apple, Samsung, ...

Trump's controversial, confusing laptop flight ban is now over

Four months after the institution of a peculiar ban on laptops carried by passengers coming from specific departure points in the Middle East and Africa, it has now been lifted. The restrictions, brought forth by the Trump administration, were linked to possible terrorist efforts to embed explosives ...

Amazon's 15 best daily deals: Logitech Harmony Elite, Roku Stick, back to school supplies, more

Prime Day was last week, but this week's daily Amazon deals have been nearly as impressive as what we saw during Amazon's huge sales event. Highlights from today's list of Amazon's best daily bargains include $85 off the wildly popular Logitech Harmony Elite universal remote, $15 off a ...

Legendary Pokemon are finally coming to Pokemon Go this weekend

Following months of hints and speculation, Niantic finally announced on Thursday that Legendary Pokemon will arrive in Pokemon Go starting this weekend. As expected, Legendary Pokemon will appear at Gyms in the form of Legendary Eggs. If a groups of trainers can defeat the Legendary Raid Boss that ...

Scary bug gives hackers complete control over your iPhone – update to iOS 10.3.3 right now

Android often makes the news for being the mobile platform that's most susceptible to malware. But that doesn't mean that iOS is completely safe. In fact, it turns out that hackers can take over your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and control it without your knowledge. So you'd better update your ...

Exclusive: I might know the truth about Touch ID on the iPhone 8

With less than two months to go before Apple is expected to take the wraps off its 2017 iPhone lineup, it's a bit peculiar that there are still so many questions that remain unanswered. By this time in years past, little if any mystery still remained. This year, we don't even know what Apple's new ...

Amazon has a rare sale on Apple's official Smart Battery Case for the iPhone

There are about a million battery cases out there for Apple’s iPhone line, ranging dramatically in price, design, and features. Here’s one you can get for just $21 that’ll double your iPhone’s battery life, for example. Of course, nothing will ever integrate with an Apple ...

OnePlus says it will fix the OnePlus 5's dangerous 911 bug

A few days ago, a OnePlus 5 discovered a terrifying bug that made it impossible to call an emergency number, posting the entire story on Reddit. Instead of successfully making a 911 call, the phone would reboot, which is quite a scary scenario for anyone looking to get help in a situation that ...

Android continues to increase its sizable lead over iOS in the US

With as much attention as Apple receives, it's easy to forget that Android is the most popular mobile OS around the world and in the United States. In fact, as rumors swirl about a potential delay for the iPhone 8, CIRP reports that Android has increased its market share at the expense of Apple. ...

Somehow, Kylie Jenner made Beats worse

While not as audibly terrinble as they used to be, Beats headphones are still the opposite of understated refinement. The brand is all about ostentatious consumption, so it actually makes perfect sense that Beats, Kylie Jenner, and a French fasion house are teaming up to produce the worst special ...

Walmart's new robot can recognise the misery on your face

The days of being able to unhappily make your way through a Walmart with limited human interaction may soon be coming to an end. The retail giant is said to be developing facial recognition software designed to identify shoppers in checkout lines who appear to be unhappy or even angry. Once an ...

Scientists detect 'strange signals' coming from nearby star

When it comes to the search for life outside of our Solar System, there are a number of ways we could eventually discover it. Exploring with probes, orbiters, and robots is often how sci-fi movies and books explain humanity's discovery of extraterrestrial life, but in reality we might first detect ...

Drones become newest crime-fighting tool for police

Just one week after the sheriff's department in Cecil County, Md., got its brand new drone up and running, it was asked to investigate a case of stolen construction equipment. Authorities in neighboring states suspected half a million worth of bobcats and other small machines were hidden in a house ...

Samsung has a new Galaxy S8 deal you'll want to see

Samsung partnered up with US carriers to offer people buying one Galaxy S8 an extra Galaxy S8 free of charge, as long as you trade in your current smartphone. Pay $100 more and you can get a free Galaxy S8+ instead — here are all the details. But this deal still requires you to pay for two ...

Congressman asks NASA scientist about ancient Martian civilizations, and things get awkward

Being an elected official means that you should probably have a working knowledge of whatever topic it is you're planning to publicly address at any given time. Many government talking heads fall far short of that requirement on a regular basis, and the latest example is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of ...

The newest Pokemon Go update confirms Legendary Pokemon are coming soon

Just over a year after launching Pokemon Go, developer Niantic is finally preparing to unleash Legendary Pokemon into the real world. This Tuesday, the Pokemon Go team published a blog post announcing a new update for the game, which is set to roll out this week. The details weren't all that ...

Cop accidentally frames himself planting drugs on body camera footage

Baltimore news outlets have published body cam video from a supposed drug bust back in January. The video appears to show a cop planting drugs in a trash pile, before going back to the road, activating his body camera, and "finding" the drugs that supposedly belonged to a suspect. The cop was using ...

Our worst iPhone 8 nightmare came true in these new leaked photos

With the 10th anniversary of the iPhone approaching, there was never any doubt the lead-up to the launch of the iPhone 8 was going to be a circus. Somehow, the past few months have been even more dramatic than we expected, with leaks flooding on to the internet at a breakneck pace and rumors about a ...

Behold: The most stunning iPhone 8 we've seen so far

Apple's tenth-anniversary iPhone 8 will finally be unveiled in mid-September and released later that month. Or perhaps it won't hit store shelves until October. Maybe Apple will even wait until October to announce the iPhone 8 just ahead of release. Or maybe the company won't be able to launch the ...

You had no idea the Google search bar was hiding these 10 Easter eggs

Google is the most visited website on the planet by a wide margin. Most people can't even remember what life was like before Google, and there's a good reason: it was a dark, dark time. Sadly, I'm old enough to remember the dawn of the internet — gopher search, anyone? These days, many people ...

Amazon's 15 best deals: Ultra-slim Sony sound bar, smartest Alexa smart plug, Omen laptops, more

We've got some truly terrific daily deals for you to check out on Wednesday, and it all begins with a killer deal on Sony's insanely slim HTCT390 Sound Bar. Other top highlights include the smartest Alexa smart plug you'll ever come across, a 4K action cam as good as a $350 GoPro for just ...

This might be Apple's ingenious trick to prevent iPhone 8 delays

Recent reports have stated that the iPhone 8 will see significant delays, with some of the bleakest forecasts saying the phone may hit stores in November or later. But a new report reveals one ingenious way for Apple to prevent iPhone 8 "delays." Rather than announcing the iPhone 8 during a regular ...

This might be the most innovative Wi-Fi router out there, and you've never even heard of it

If you’re in the market for a new home Wi-Fi system and you need thousands upon thousands of square feet of coverage, we highly recommend a mesh wireless solution like the Google Wifi System or our favorite option, the AmpliFi HD. If you live in a normal size house and you don’t have ...

The curious case of the ugly Galaxy Note 8 design

The Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled in about a month, which means it's the talk of the town right now in Android universe. We know the handset will represent a bigger Galaxy S8 version that will feature additional features including a dual rear camera on the back and a built-in stylus. We've also ...

Google fights to keep search relevant with new personalized feed feature

Google is still the dominant search engine out there, but the future isn't necessarily bright. Voice assistants that aren't powered by Google tech are getting more and more popular with users, and they could one day completely replace our need to google for information. And these assistants are ...

Tesla has a massive new structure at its Fremont factory

Tesla's new battery "Gigafactory" gets so many headlines that it's easy to forget that the car company does still have another factory. The original Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont is still where all the cars get built, and new photos show that it's growing at speed. A report ...

Leak reveals the design of a brand new version of the Galaxy S8

About a month ago, Samsung seemed to accidentally confirm the unannounced Galaxy S8 Active by publishing documents with the name of the phone on Knox. The documents have since been removed, but this week, Roland Quandt found a listing on Amazon for a Galaxy S8 Active screen protector that just so ...

Rumors persist suggesting major iPhone 8 shortages at launch

The good news is that Apple's forthcoming iPhone 8 is arguably the most highly anticipated and technologically advanced smartphone release we've seen in years. The bad news, though, is that if you've been angling to replace your current iPhone and are interested in the iPhone 8, you may have to wait ...

Global cyber attack could cost $53 billion, report warns

In the last 12 months, we've had Wannacry, Russian election hacking, and a Gmail scam that hit millions. But we haven't yet had a Hurricane Katrina-style cyberattack hit anywhere in the world. It's just a matter of time until that happens, researchers reckon, and the effects could be devastating -- ...

Robosuicide: Security robot 'drowns' after plunging into fountain

Hate your job? Craving a vacation? Turns out you're in some surprising company. On Monday, a robot that was 'hired' to patrol a Washington, DC office building made quite the splash when it rolled into a fountain and took a dip. MAN ATTACKS SECURITY ROBOT IN SILICON VALLEY, POLICE SAY In doing so, ...

Google rolls out new security measures to prevent reprise of Google Docs phishing scam

Earlier this year, a nasty and somewhat sophisticated phishing scam targeting Google users began spreading rapidly. The phishing campaign worked by sending unsuspecting users a message indicating that someone from within their contacts list had shared a Google Doc with them. An accompanying link ...

Samsung is secretly rooting for the iPhone 8

Competing against Apple's iPhone must be an excruciating task for Samsung. While it's publicly dreaming to beat the iPhone with every Galaxy S or Galaxy Note model it launches, Samsung must secretly want the iPhone to succeed. The more iPhones that sell, the better for Samsung's bottom line. A new ...

This smartphone controlled paper airplane has a built-in live streaming camera

Remember that awesome smartphone controlled paper airplane we told you about a few weeks ago? The one that’s way more fun than any boring old quadcopter drone? Well, we’re about to one-up ourselves because we found something even cooler. If you’re willing to shell out a little ...

The Nintendo Switch will be back in stock at Best Buy and Target this week

If you've been waiting for the right time to restart your hunt for a Nintendo Switch, this is the week to do it. Shortly after GameStop sent out a press release informing customers that it would be receiving more Switch units every day this week, Best Buy and Target began advertising the Switch in ...

Analyst agrees that the iPhone 8 will be absurdly expensive

With two months to go until Apple unveils this year's iPhones, we think we know plenty of things about the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s models hitting stores this year. The design is probably final by now, and Apple is preparing for mass production. But the iPhone 8 will likely see mild-to-significant ...

Amazon's 15 best daily deals: Beats Solo3, Bose QuietComfort headphones, MacBook Pro, GlowBowl, more

We've got a fantastic roundup of Amazon's best daily deals for you to check out on Tuesday, so we're going to get right to it. Highlights include five different pairs of popular headphones that are all discounted — headlined by the Beats Solo3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones and the Bose ...

This is the Nokia phone that will fight the iPhone 8

HMD Global is already busy selling new Nokia-branded handsets in a bunch of markets around the world, including the reinvented Nokia 3310 feature phone, and three entry-level to mid-range Android phones. But the Finnish company isn't done releasing new devices this year. HMD is expected to unveil a ...

You can get a free Galaxy S8 from every major carrier starting today

If you've been waiting for the perfect time to get your hands on the perfect smartphone, your wait is now officially over. There's no question whatsoever at this point that Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are as good as it gets. Inside and out, Samsung has achieved something special with these ...

AirBar transforms your MacBook Air into the touchscreen Mac you've been waiting for

At this point, it seems like Apple might never release a laptop with a touchscreen. The company reverses course all the time — remember when Steve Jobs scoffed at the idea of native third-party apps on the iPhone? — but over the years Apple has never wavered when it comes to rejecting ...