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Comcast's new TV remote can also find your lost cellphone

If you're anything like me, you probably use Find My iPhone to retrieve a phone from the depths of your couch or laundry hamper a few times a month. Things like Tile do already exist to lighten the burden on the more forgetful among us, but Comcast and its new Xfinity Mobile division are trying ...

Costco teamed up with MoviePass to get you an absurdly cheap cinema subscription

Movie fans who wished for a Netflix-like service for going to the cinema have at least one such subscription-based product. Launched this summer, Moviepass costs $10 per month, and lets you watch as many new movie releases as you want. That's incredibly affordable, and the price dropped even ...

Live streaming TV is going to destroy cable, not save it

Streaming TV has had a stellar year. DirecTV Now, AT&T's cord-cutting cable alternative, has signed up a million people thanks to some aggressive promotions, and a raft of new services have launched. Anyone looking for TV sans cable can choose from Fubo, YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, PS Vue, DirecTV ...

Uber's latest honest mistake? Charging $14,000 for a $20 ride

Imagine going about your day, calling an Uber for a short $20 ride only to discover that you've been charged more than $14,000. Yes, this is one of Uber's latest honest mistakes. The company did refund the money eventually, but not immediately. And this isn't the first time its system has ...

How the iPhone X's Face ID is already growing an entire new industry

After 10 years of iPhone, it's still Apple's number-one product, and one that's at the forefront of smartphone innovation. Apple rivals could very well take the lead,  but they consistently fail to set the pace in the industry. And that's even though the features of the latest iPhone may have been ...

Apple's new iMac Pro has a chip that's going to revolutionize Mac security

According to a number of early reviews, Apple's brand new iMac Pro is an absolute beast of a machine. Hardly a surprise, Apple at WWDC this past summer proudly boasted that it's the fastest and most powerful Mac ever created. While detailed performance reviews will likely emerge over the next few ...

Apple just brought the worst thing about the game industry to the App Store

Taking a page from the video game industry, Apple has now opened app pre-orders to all developers on iOS, macOS and tv OS. You might remember last year when Super Mario Run appeared on the App Store weeks before its launch with an option to remind customers when it was available to download. Now any ...

We need to talk about Android's upgrade problem

Android and iOS have been doing battle ever since 2008, and in that time, there have been some long-running problems with both operating systems. The iPhone's notification system is a mess, Android took way too long to put a battery percentage on the status bar -- oh, and Android's upgrade system is ...

Nintendo insists you'll be able to buy a Switch in time for Christmas

The Switch has been selling in stores and online for less than 10 months, but that's enough time to sell more than 10 million units, according to Nintendo. The console became an instant hit when it launched in early March, and it has remained a sold-out device throughout the year in some markets. ...

Researchers find ancient ticks full of dinosaur blood, but don't dream of Jurassic Park just yet

Researchers working with ancient amber thought to be nearly 100 million years old have discovered something that sounds like the beginning of a new chapter in the Jurassic Park franchise: a host of ticks which appear to have feasted on dinosaur blood. The ticks, which have been identified as two ...

After years of copying the iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy S9 will finally copy Apple's smartest strategy

Samsung wrote the book on copying Apple... literally. No, seriously — back when the company was still trying to break through in the smartphone market, Samsung actually created a 132-page internal document to help its designers and engineers copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. The South Korean ...

Every Sonos speaker is back on sale, and the Play:1 just dropped to its lowest price ever

Well what do you know... it looks like Sonos still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Sonos sales are relatively rare occurrences, and they typically take place around Black Friday and one or two other times each year. This year, however, Sonos is stepping things up a notch. All of the company's ...

Apple's brand new iMac Pro will be released on December 14th

Apple's most powerful Mac ever finally has a release date. The company quietly listed the launch date on the iMac Pro's webpage today. Available 12.14,' Apple's website reads, without providing any other details. That's right in time for Christmas, but it's unclear at this time whether December 14th ...

Today's top deals: Philips Hue lights, Nest Cams, Chromebooks, All-New Fire TV, more

Amazon's December deals somehow seem to get better each day, and Tuesday is no exception. Highlights from our roundup of today's top deals include the first ever discount on the already-insanely-cheap WyzeCam home security camera that includes 14 days of cloud storage for free , $81 off the ...

Google's new photography apps for iOS and Android use AI to do things other apps can't

It's difficult for some people to imagine at this point, but dedicated point and shoot cameras used to be a big part of our lives. Anytime people went out to celebrate, traveled somewhere on vacation, or went to a family gathering, they would bring cameras with them to capture those memories. These ...

This $23 gadget lets you stream 1080p video from any iPhone or Android to your TV

OK, this is just awesome. While some households go all-in on either iOS or Android, others are split. In fact, there are plenty of people who use both platforms themselves, like an Android smartphone and an iPad for browsing the web on the couch. If both major mobile platforms are represented in ...

This might be the creepiest viewership statistic Netflix has ever shared

There's no denying that Netflix is one of the greatest tech companies of our time. It provides a simple to use and affordable service, it has a steady stream of new releases, and it has a pretty good track record defending net neutrality. But the following tweet easily qualifies as the creepiest ...

Will the Galaxy S9 have a fingerprint sensor under its display after all?

For a long time this year, it was believed that Apple's iPhone X would have a Touch ID sensor embedded under the screen. As we got closer to the phone's launch, it became clear that Apple replaced it with 3D face recognition technology. Then Apple told everyone that Touch ID wasn't even in the cards ...

T-Mobile won't pay any tax until 2024, thanks to Trump

Telecoms companies have been lining up to kiss the ring ever since Donald Trump was elected. Between massive tax cuts and net neutrality repeal -- both of which are on the cusp of becoming reality -- it's a great time to be a multi-billion-dollar telecoms company. But just how happy are companies ...

A new Google Maps feature will make sure you never miss your bus or train stop

As any recent transplant to New York City can tell you, smartphone apps are vital for finding your way around the city until you get a hang of the subway system. Google Maps is already one of the best options for navigating via the bus or the train, but according to a report from TechCrunch, it ...

Alex Jones's review of the Amazon Echo is as bonkers as you'd expect

Alex Jones: radio host, fighter of interdimensional vampires, and hawker of multivitamins, has found a new beat. In a segment over the weekend, the Info Wars host decided to put Amazon Alexa on the witness stand and try and bully her into revealing her agenda. As you'd probably imagine, Jones ...

How to get rid of the keylogger inside HP laptops

Keyloggers are nasty programs that keep track of everything you type on a computer. It's one way someone could spy on everything you do, and how hackers could steal your login credentials for various online services. In short, nobody wants keyloggers on their computers. That's why you have to act ...

The iMac Pro could still be released before Christmas

With less than three weeks left in the year, Apple should be getting ready to start selling the iMac Pro in stores — or at least take orders for it. That is if the company wants to keep its word that the iMac Pro will be launched in stores by the end of the year. There's no indication that Apple ...

OnePlus 5 and 5T can't stream Netflix or Amazon Prime Video in HD

With affordable prices and competitive specs, OnePlus has carved out a niche for itself in recent years. Even having hit a few rough patches along the way, the independent smartphone manufacturer has seen repeated success, most recently with the OnePlus 5T, which served as a mid-cycle upgrade for ...

Scientists obtain Tasmanian Tiger genome, and might even bring it back from extinction

Earth lost a truly unique species when Benjamin, the last known thylacine — commonly called the Tasmanian tiger — died in captivity in early September of 1936. Despite an impressive number of alleged sightings of the animal in the years since, no actual documented examples of the species have ...

Even Google is helping Apple secure iOS 11 now

Just as iPhone jailbreaking appeared poised to take its last breath, a report from Motherboard last week revealed that the first publicly available iOS 11 jailbreak is in the works -- and Google is behind it. According to the report, Ian Beer -- a security researcher from Google's Project Zero -- ...

No, you shouldn't mortgage your house to buy Bitcoin

Until very recently, Bitcoin was a pleasant fantasy for people who wanted to start crypto-micronations in the ruins of failed European cities. But thanks to recent rampant speculation, the price of Bitcoin is hitting all-time highs on a minute-by-minute nation, and more and more people want in. Now, ...

This is one of the most important devices for any home, but so many people forget about it

Most people think that their internet goes down every time the power goes out in their home. Technically that’s true, we suppose, but it’s only because your modem and Wi-Fi router need power to operate. If you want to ensure your computers, phones, and other smart devices stay connected ...

Scientists finally know why meteors explode just before hitting Earth

Mankind hasn't had to deal with much in the way of deadly meteors over the years, but on the few occasions when one of the pesky space rocks does target Earth, they often self-destruct in the air before it even reaches the ground. For years, researchers have puzzled over why that happens, but a new ...

Meet the wireless keyboard that never needs to be recharged

Wireless keyboards are the way to go, obviously, but changing batteries or recharging your keyboard is a pain in the butt — even if you only have to do it once every month or two. What you might not know, however, is that there are wireless keyboards that never need to be recharged. Check out ...

The perfect way to show off the notch on your iPhone X

I criticized the design of Apple's new display a number of times ahead of the iPhone X's release last month. In the wave of leaks that swept over the web ahead of the phone's unveiling in September, the "notch" appeared to mar an otherwise sleek design. Even when Apple announced the phone and showed ...

Today's best deals: Nest Cameras, Philips Hue lights, Logitech Harmony Elite, GoPro Hero5, more

Amazon is really turning up the heat as the holidays approach, and Monday's deal roundup is packed full of examples. Highlights include big discounts on the Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor home security cameras, low prices on the Philips Hue Color Starter Kit and Philips Hue White Starter Kit, ...

Face ID rivals on Android? Apple's Phil Schiller says 'they all stink'

Face ID is the future of authentication, at least on the iPhone, starting with the iPhone X. But the TrueDepth camera is likely coming to other Apple products in the near future, including iPads and MacBooks. Many people will say that Apple did not invent facial recognition and the iPhone X isn't ...

Sony's true wireless earbuds might be pricier than AirPods, but that's because they're better

As someone who owns and loves Apple’s AirPods, I can happily admit that there are better options out there for cord-free Bluetooth earbuds. I can also confirm that the Sony WF1000X Premium Noise Cancelling True Wireless Headphones can be counted among them. Sony doesn’t get everything ...

Apple seems ready to catch up with iPhone X demand

The iPhone X remains sold out internationally, but, as we told you in the past, you can find iPhone X units in stores, as new stock comes in every day. But Apple managed to considerably improve deliveries, and it seems it'll soon catch up with iPhone X demand around the world. In other words, if you ...

Galaxy S9 might not copy the iPhone X's Face ID, but it'll have a better iris scanner

The Galaxy S9 may not be unveiled in early January, as some reports had suggested, but that doesn't mean the Galaxy S9 rumors have stopped coming in. New reports reveal major details about the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphones, including faster iris scanning, and dual-SIM support. It doesn't look like ...

The best smart home gadgets for apartment dwellers

2017 has seen plenty of trends, but one that seems to actually be sticking is the smart home. I'm not talking about Wi-Fi-connected kettles or Bluetooth water bottles; those are dumb, but believe it or not, there's a handful of smart home devices that are actually good. Unfortunately for ...

This portable home theater is like nothing you've seen before, and it's never been cheaper

The Nebula Mars Portable Cinema might look vaguely like your typical portable projector, but it's an entirely different breed. This compact device features unrivaled brightness for this class at 3,000 lumens, and it also has best-in-class battery life, capable of delivering three straight hours of ...

16 different Amazon devices just went on sale, including Kindles, Echo speakers, and the new Fire TV

With the holidays just around the corner, Amazon is stepping up its efforts to ensure that its popular product lines are on shoppers' collective radar. Of course, there's no better way to do that than by slashing prices on just about every popular device in Amazon's product portfolio. Beginning ...

Dungeon Run brought me back to 'Hearthstone' for the first time in months

After years of diligently playing Hearthstone each and every day to collect my daily rewards, I began to slip over the summer. As much fun as I'd had with the digital CCG over the years, I was finally beginning to feel burnt out. It wasn't anything that the game was doing wrong -- it was just time ...

Amazon's All-New Fire TV and Fire TV Stick were just discounted for the last time in 2017

The holidays aren't here quite yet, and now is your perfect opportunity to save some money on the perfect gift for anyone left on your list. For the last time in 2017, Amazon's latest Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have been discounted. The All-New Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD price has dropped for just the ...

Black Friday is over, but that won't stop Sam's Club from having another sale

Black Friday is long gone but that doesn't mean Christmas sales are over. Green Monday is almost upon us, with eBay and Target already unveiling new sales promotions for next week. But it's Sam's Club Bonus Black Friday' sale that you have to check out, as it's got an unusual twist: it's all based ...

Verizon hits back at T-Mobile over 5G claims

A battle is raging between the different mobile carriers to be the first to deploy 5G. But there's a few difficulties with that, namely that the 5G standards aren't finalized yet, and no-one actually defines what "deployed" means. Verizon announced late last month that it will have commercial 5G ...

The best wireless charger for the iPhone X is on sale at its lowest price ever

Why would anyone buy a $50 wireless charging pad when they can buy one for $13 on Amazon? Because the RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger really is that much better than cheap chargers. This charger is made from premium aluminum that complements your iPhone or Android phones, and it features a ...

6 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

We've got less than a week to go, Star Wars fans, and we'll finally get to watch the second part of Disney's new trilogy. Many of our questions will hopefully be answered in The Last Jedi, but plenty of mysteries will linger on. After all, this is just the second part. A third, and final episode ...

This 'volunteer fire reporter' is singlehandedly saving local news

Local news is, objectively speaking, dying. The shift away from broadcast TV to online media outlets, which are almost exclusively national, make it challenging for a local newspaper or TV station to stay afloat. Luckily, one brave and enterprising woman is making it her job to get you the news you ...

The Earth is making a weird noise, and researchers have no idea why

Thanks to humans, the Earth is a pretty noisy place. We're loud creatures — certainly more so than any other animal ever to walk the planet — and we're even louder when we get together with other humans. But the Earth isn't totally silent, even without noisy animals all over its surface, and ...

T-Mobile is having a sale on the newest Apple Watch Series 3

While we've seen a frenzy of deals on the older Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 recently, discounts on Apple's shiniest new wearable are difficult to come by. T-Mobile's deal probably won't have you smashing down the doors of the nearest store, but $50 off is $50 off, so I suggest less ...

This $16 gadget lets you make s'mores indoors without burning your house down

If you’re looking for the perfect gift this chilly holiday season that’s sure to warm the hearts and stomachs of anyone you give it to, we’ve got just the thing. The Sterno 70228 Family Fun S'mores Maker is quite possibly as close as you’ll ever come to the perfect gift. Is ...

Scientists claim humans have peaked, and will never be taller, stronger, or live longer than we do today

If you look at the entire timeline of human existence, we live longer in modern times than we ever have, and we're continually beating world records with physical achievements that set new high bars for human capability. With that in mind, it might be tempting to imagine that humans will just keep ...