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I've got one problem with last night's Game of Thrones episode that I just can't shake off

Last night's Game of Thrones episode 6 sure was something else. It brought us plenty of action, and an unexpected twist that most of us didn't see coming — but we should have. That said, I've got one question about last night's episode that I've meant to ask for a few days now. Before I do, mind ...

This is the only eclipse photo you need

If your friends are anything like mine, every single social app that encourages over-sharing is full of blurry eclipse photos right now. As it turns out, turning up the digital zoom to 11 isn't the greatest way to capture a generational event, but luckily, NASA's got you covered. A NASA photographer ...

Watch these forklift-riding thieves nab an entire ATM

The greatest concern for most of us when it comes to visiting an ATM is remembering out PIN and making sure a skimmer isn't stealing our info, but they do things a little differently in Arkansas. Rather than scraping PINs or strong-arming visitors, some seriously ambitious thieves decided to just ...

The world's smallest iPhone charging cable fits on your key chain

There’s nothing worse than being on the go and knowing that your iPhone battery is about to die. You watch in agony as that little orange battery icon turns red, and then your phone powers down before you know it. Portable phone chargers are great, but it’s not always convenient to carry ...

The Galaxy Note 8 is almost here, but Samsung is already planning something better

The Galaxy S9 is already in development at Samsung, some reports said earlier this year, and a new rumor indicates the handset might offer a feature not available on any of the new Android flagships launching around the same time. According to prolific leaker Ice Universe , Samsung appears to have ...

When you can actually expect Android Oreo on your phone

In a ritualistic ceremony conducted while out of sight of the sun, Google officially named the eighth version of Android "Oreo" today. At the same time, it also pushed the final version of Android to AOSP, which means that Oreo should be landing on devices in the very near future. As ever with ...

Big changes are coming to Tesla software, Elon Musk reveals

One of the more remarkable and revolutionary features to come from Tesla was its introduction of over the air software updates for the Model S. Historically, once you drove a new car off the lot, the only way to enjoy new features or improve performance involved spending a significant amount of ...

Compromised replacement screens can be used to hijack your phone

Shattering your phone's display on the pavement is a terrible feeling, but according to a recent study, you might have more to worry about than just the cost of replacing it. In a paper presented last week at a workshop in Vancouver, four researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in ...

Apple plans to kill Touch ID with facial recognition, report claims

A new iPhone 8 report from Korea provides some of the same details mentioned in previous leaks, but also an interesting tidbit about one of the iPhone's newest rumored tricks, the facial recognition system. Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, The Korea Herald says the iPhone 8 will not have ...

Watch a Tesla Model X beat a Lamborghini Aventador in a drag race

We all know that Tesla's flagship Model S is a speed demon, but you might be surprised to learn that the company's Model X is also force to be reckoned with on the race track. Though the Model X is an SUV, the Model X P100D features the same type of jaw-dropping acceleration available on the Model ...

Intel's new 8th gen processors are here, but not the ones you expected

After teasing its 8th generation Core processors at Computex this May, Intel finally took the wraps off of the chips this week, unveiling a new family of processors that offer up to a 40 percent performance jump over last year's Kaby Lake chips. But these aren't the Coffee Lake or Cannonlake chips ...

Get ready for the Galaxy Note 8 with these hot cases from Lumion

We're now just two days away from Samsung's hotly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 unveiling, and Android fans couldn't be more excited. In fact, it's entirely possible that the Galaxy Note 8 is the most eagerly awaited Android smartphone of 2017. Last year's Galaxy Note 7 was a smash hit until an ...

Amazon's 15 best daily deals: Philips Hue, $80 off Echo, 65″ Sony 4K TV, $40 AirPods rivals, more

Back to school shopping season is in full swing right now, which is obviously both depressing and exhilarating at the same time. Amazon has plenty of killer deals to take the edge off, though. Highlights from today's roundup include great deals on the newest Philips Hue bulbs and the Hue Motion ...

iPhone 7s and 7s Plus leak shows brand new phones with the same old design

In 2016, Apple surprised many of its fans by releasing two new phones that featured the same design as the iPhones they were replacing. That concept isn't terribly strange since Apple reuses designs all the time. What was odd about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, however, was that they weren't "S" ...

Watch the first trailer for the 'Game of Thrones' season finale

Last night's new episode of Game of Thrones was something else, and it sets everything up for a massive season 7 finale. We don't expect any major battles in this one, even though the trailer does tease one. But before we go any further, I'll warn you that major spoilers follow, so don't proceed ...

We have no idea when the Amazon Echo will be back under $100, so get one while you can

The Amazon Echo has been nothing short of a game-changer for Amazon, which can now lay claim to having one of the most widely used virtual personal assistants in the world. Siri who? Alexa has thousands of skills and that list continues to grow each and every day. Of course, people want to do much ...

Here's the full list of games getting Xbox One X enhancements

If you’ve got an extra $499 laying around, you can preorder the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition right now, Microsoft announced a few hours ago. Don’t get too excited about the new console, though, as it’ll only ship on November 7th. If you’re wondering whether there ...

Samsung leaked the Galaxy Note 8 a few days before its launch

It's not like it was the bestest kept secret in the universe, but the Galaxy Note 8 just starred in its biggest leak yet. Samsung briefly posted the phone on its website a few days ago, or just enough for plenty of people to catch a glance at the next big thing. The unlocked version of the Galaxy ...

HTC permanently slashes Vive price to $599, down $200

The HTC Vive is the most popular high-end virtual reality headset on the block, and now it's a whole lot cheaper to own one. HTC announced today that it is permanently reducing the price of the Vive system to $599, which is a full $200 cheaper than its previous $799 price. If you've been ...

How to watch 'Game of Thrones' season 7, episode 6 for free

We're finally going beyond the Wall this week. I know that because the episode is called "Beyond the Wall," and because HBO accidentally leaked the episode earlier this week. This is the second episode of Game of Thrones to leak this season, but I managed to stay strong and avoid watching it until ...

You can preorder the Xbox One X and the Project Scorpio Edition right now

Two months after taking the wraps off of the Xbox One X at E3, Microsoft has officially opened preorders for what it is calling "the world's most powerful console." Selling at a suggested retail price of $499, Xbox One X supportsHDR, wide color gamut, 4K Blu-ray HD playback and the entire Xbox ...

Watch what happens when a Tesla owner gets his 97 year old grandfather into a Model S

When it comes to video reviews of Tesla's Model S and Model X, there are certainly no shortage of them one can find on YouTube. And while most are rather informative, even entertaining at times, a lot of them end up blending together after a while. That said, a new viral video making the rounds ...

Xbox at Gamescom live stream: Watch it right here at 3 PM EDT

The months following E3 can be somewhat slow when it comes to gaming news, but Microsoft will have a few announcements to make at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this afternoon. We don't expect to hear much in the way of new games for the Xbox One, but we should learn more about upcoming Xbox One X ...

While you're watching the eclipse, solar power companies are going to have a really bad day

The internet is about to explode with anticipation for Monday's solar eclipse. Traffic jams have backed up the entire state of Oregon, Harbor Freight is out of welding masks, and vets are issuing guidance for how dogs should deal with the eclipse. But while everyone is running around in a panic ...

Amazon's sale makes now the perfect time to find out why everyone's obsessed with Google Wifi

Google is known far and wide for its software and services. Can you even imagine what life would be like without products like Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps? Of course, Google has also seriously stepped things up in recent years where its hardware efforts are concerned, and there is perhaps ...

Apple Watch sales expected to jump by 33% in 2018

For a company that typically likes boasting about unit sales, Apple has made a point of never releasing Apple Watch sales figures. Even though Tim Cook has routinely said that Apple Watch sales have steadily increased since its initial release -- even going so far as to categorize Apple Watch sales ...

Echo is under $100 for back to school

The bad thing about back to school shopping is when everything is said and done, you have to... you know... go back to school. But the good thing is that you can save a ton of cash on much more than just back to school supplies, and Amazon just kicked off a huge sale that perfectly illustrates our ...

Watch a motorcyclist fly over 250 feet off a cliff and live to tell the tale

There's nothing remotely cool about accidentally flying 250 feet off of a cliff — that is, unless you survive and your motorcycle's camera records the entire thing. A motorcyclist named Matthew Murray found himself in these unfortunate and painful circumstances after he accidentally veered off a ...

Watch Tina Fey blast Trump in hilarious cameo on 'Weekend Update'

If one were to put together a list of the funniest and most influential Saturday Night Live cast members in history, there's no denying that Tina Fey would not only make the cut, but that she would be close to the top of the list. Since leaving SNL in 2006, Fey has been busy with a host of other ...

7 different iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases are discounted in this big Amazon sale

Is your iPhone lacking in the protection department? You're so close to Apple's next-generation iPhone launch, so it would really be a shame to drop your phone now and break it. After all, you're going to need its full trade-in value to go toward the pricey iPhone 8. Lucky for you, Amazon has a big ...

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

It's that time of the week when we look at the many, many sides of cinematography. We've got a fine selection of new movie trailers for you, as well as a reminder that The Hitman's Bodyguard and Logan Lucky are in theaters this week. On top of that, the second-to-last episode in Game of Thrones ...

Scientists remotely hacked a brain, controlling body movements

Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body's central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn't authorize. It's an incredibly scary thought, but scientists have managed to accomplish this science fiction nightmare for real, albeit on a much small scale, ...

Federal commission wants AT&T to pay $4 billion in fines for misleading DirecTV ads

The Federal Trade Commission has claimed during court proceedings that AT&T should pay $3.95 billion to settle a false-advertising lawsuit filed against DirecTV, the satellite TV subsidiary, back in 2015. The FTC says that DirecTV pulled a common trick, advertising one rate without making it ...

Digital rights group warns that Google's stance on neo-Nazis is 'dangerous'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns the decision by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare to expel white supremacist site the Daily Stormer from their services has worrying free speech implications. In a statement released Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation warned the tech companies' move ...

Korner is a $99 smart security system that's perfect for apartments

Are you paying $40, $50, or even $60+ per month for a traditional home security system? It’s obviously important to ensure that your family is safe and secure, but $480-$720 per year is a whole lot of money to spend on a system that some experts believe to be unnecessary. ...

Instant Apps, Android's best new feature in years, isn't just for new phones

One of the best new Android features Google imagined was launched last year, on paper. The company unveiled Instant Apps at Google I/O 2016, a bold dream of running specific apps on phones and tablets without the user having to actually install them. But Google certainly took its time to deploy ...

Samsung will offer big freebies to sell the Note 8 before the iPhone 8 launch

Samsung's in a precarious position. It needs the Galaxy Note 8 to be a success, given the way the Note 7 debacle went. But it's launching just weeks before Apple is slated to unveil the iPhone 8, a supposedly massive upgrade that people have been waiting years for. Even if Samsung comes out with a ...

Apple is working with Hollywood to change the movie industry forever

Movie studios, always keen on diversifying their revenue streams, are contemplating a move that would allow companies like Comcast and Apple to stream new movies just a few weeks after they originally hit theaters. According to a report from Bloomberg, Warner Bros. and Universal are eagerly hoping ...

T-Mobile has a huge sale on two LG flagship phones

T-Mobile is rolling out a buy-one-get-one-free deal on LG's current flagship phones, the LG G6 and LG V20. Provided you meet the terms and conditions of the deal, T-Mobile will give you a rebate for the second phone you buy -- meaning you're essentially getting two Android flagships for $250 ...

iOS 11 brings so many new features to the iPad that Apple had to make new videos

Apple would like you to know that iOS 11 will totally transform the iPad into the PC killer it keeps promising over the years, and the company has a new ad campaign for it. iOS 11 brings over a ton of iPad-specific features that may totally transform the way you're currently using it. iOS 11 is the ...

8 free iPhone games that just launched on the App Store this week

What do you think would happen if you mashed up Clash of Clans and Temple Run? That question has been answered this week with the release of Gold Ambush All Stars on the App Store -- an endless runner that's also a city builder. It's one of eight great, completely free games you should check out on ...

The Galaxy Note 8's pricing just leaked, and you're not going to like it

Next week, Samsung fans in various markets will likely be able to preorder the Galaxy Note 8. At least, according to several leaks we've seen. Some reports even claim the phone will be available in stores in the States, which wouldn't be surprising considering that Samsung wants to sell as many ...

Amazon's 15 best deals: Sony sound bar, 2017 MacBook Pro, 27″ curved monitor, SmartThings, more

We're closing out the week with a great roundup of Amazon's best new daily deals. Highlights from today's post include one of Sony's best sound bars for under $200, $45 off a killer 27-inch curved monitor, half off Samsung's insanely popular SmartThings Hub, $50 off a 4TB portable ...

The brains behind the iPhone 8's brawn was just pictured for the first time

Apple's iPhone 8 is now just weeks away from being unveiled. If the company sticks to its recipe from years past, we can expect an unveiling during the first couple of weeks in September, and the iPhone 8 will likely be released alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in the weeks that follow. ...

McDonald's is convinced this is what the iPhone 8 will look like

It's not often we see a massive food chain get involved in the iPhone leak game, but McDonald's Australia just stepped up to the plate by providing us with a look at the McDonald's mobile app running on an iPhone 8. The simplest explanation is that McD doesn't know what it's doing, or it wants to ...

Fitfort's 4K action cam is basically a GoPro, but it costs $66 instead of $400

I love GoPro’s HERO5 Black action camera as much as the next person, but $400 is a whole lot of money to dump on a device that most people don’t use very frequently. Even when it goes on sale, it’s still in the $300 range. That’s why the FITFORT 4K Action Camera is so ...

The iPhone's most secure component was 'hacked' but there's no reason to panic

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s in September 2013, and its signature feature was the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. Marketed as Touch ID, the security feature would let users unlock the phone and authenticate App Store payments. The introduction of Touch ID paved the way for Apple Pay, ...

It's Galaxy Note battery recall season, but this time it's not Samsung's fault

The Galaxy S8 already proved that Samsung fixed the battery problems that caused the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall last year. There's no reason to worry about that the imminent Galaxy Note 8's battery safety, as Samsung can't afford another Note disaster after last year's events. That said, it is ...

What to expect in PlayStation 4 system update 5.00

The PS4 is the most dominant of the current generation of game consoles, and it's about to get even better thanks to the upcoming rollout of system update 5.00. In addition to the earlier leaked news of 1080p, 60fps streaming to Twitch for PS4 Pro users, the new update will also include new options ...

Best Buy's got a 50-hour iPhone 7 and MacBook 'Black Friday' sale you should check out

Looking to buy some of the best gadgets out there for a lot less than the sticker price? In that case, you should check out Best Buy's 50-hour sale event kicking off Friday, August 18th at 10:00 PM CST. We're looking at some interesting deals on iPhone 7, MacBooks, and iPads. But this isn't an ...