Light Start – Samsung flip-phone, metal machine, Stranger Things 3, and Batman Ninja

Samsung will be launching a new luxury flip phone, the W2018, next year You know that Samsung still makes flip-phones, right? They’re generally for the Asian market, where that type of device never really went away. In fact, it has surged in popularity to the point where Samsung can make something like the newly announced W2018 — a luxury flip-phone. Luxury how? Dual 4.2in HD AMOLED di...[Read More]

Android’s snooping and Uber’s 57m data theft overshadowed by danger to net neutrality

Which was the more damaging shock revelation last week of corporate malfeasance?  Was it that ProPublica discovered Google’s Android operating system tracks its users despite them opting out of such tracking, and after a factory rest of the phone? Or was it Uber revealing how it failed to reveal a hack that exposed 59m people’s details last year? In the case of Uber it is yet another s...[Read More]

These are the games you can play for free on Xbox Live Gold in December 2017

Not to be outdone, Microsoft has given up their slate of free games being offered up for free to its Xbox Live Gold users for December 2017 – and that’s whether you’re an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One gamer, though you’re missing out if you’re still on the last gen. Even if you are, you’re grabbing Child of Eden, perhaps the best Kinect game ever made, and the weirdly...[Read More]

Why Silicon Valley wants you to text and drive

As self-driving cars come closer to being common on American roads, much of the rhetoric promoting them has to do with safety. About 40,000 people die on U.S. roads every year, and driver errors are linked to more than 90 percent of crashes. But many of the biggest advocates of autonomous vehicles aren’t car companies looking to improve the safety of their existing products. Huge backing for self-...[Read More]

These are the games you can play for free on PlayStation Plus in December 2017

December means a lot of things to a lot of people but to a gamer it means time. Time to play the games you’ve bought and haven’t been able to start, time to complete the ones that you did, and time to sleep late because you were up all night playing. Sony’s PlayStation Plus service doesn’t make using that time any easier, though, as there are always at least a few titles th...[Read More]

Keeping score of ‘friends’ on Facebook and Instagram may be harmful to your health

Ever felt like your peers have more pals than you do? These days, with the rise of social media apps like Facebook and Instagram, it is easier than ever to benchmark the number of “friends” you have against your peers. So, if you find yourself wondering how your social networks compare with other people’s, our latest research, published in Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, suggests tha...[Read More]

Redefining ‘safety’ for self-driving cars

In early November, a self-driving shuttle and a delivery truck collided in Las Vegas. The event, in which no one was injured and no property was seriously damaged, attracted media and public attention in part because one of the vehicles was driving itself – and because that shuttle had been operating for only less than an hour before the crash. It’s not the first collision involving a self-driving...[Read More]

How websites watch your every move and ignore privacy settings

Hundreds of the world’s top websites routinely track a user’s every keystroke, mouse movement and input into a web form – even before it’s submitted or later abandoned, according to the results of a study from researchers at Princeton University. And there’s a nasty side-effect: personal identifiable data, such as medical information, passwords and credit card details, could be revealed when users...[Read More]

TV meets social live streaming with the VOOV app

Live video streaming isn’t new, but it’s tough to stand out on platforms like YouTube when you’re competing with the likes of Taylor Swift. Plus, there’s no overlap with regular broadcast TV with existing video streaming services. What is new, meanwhile, is VOOV, South Africa’s social live streaming app, brought you (and us) by Tencent, the same company behind music streami...[Read More]

The 15 best Mario games of all time

It’s been 36 years since Mario – first called “Jumpman” in those simpler days – first leapt into our hearts in the original Donkey Kong, and we’ve savoured nearly every moment since with the loveable action-plumber. He’s appeared in hundreds of games now, spanning all manner of genres, platforms, and styles, but Nintendo’s leading man has an incredible legacy fo...[Read More]

We need robots that can improvise, but it’s not easy to teach them right from wrong

Industrial robots have existed since the 1960s, when the first Unimate robotic arm was installed at a General Motors plant in the United States. Nearly six decades on, why don’t we have capable robots in our homes, beyond a few simple domestic gadgets? One of the reasons is that the rules and conventions that govern our everyday lives are not as perfect as the rules that govern the process of, say...[Read More]

Win 1 of 3 Nintendo Classic Mini SNES consoles

With the overeating, sunbathing and other sedentary activities the festive season promotes, we know we shouldn’t be giving you even more reasons to stay seated… but we also know you’re grownups, and you can make your own decisions. So, we’re giving away three Nintendo Classic Mini SNES consoles to three lucky people. Because you might be grownups, but that doesn’t mea...[Read More]

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