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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Sep 28, 2018.

Bloomberg’s Extension Lets You See Context You’re Missing

Bloomberg’s Extension Lets You See Context You’re Missing

Right now, if you wanted to figure out the stock price of some company you’re reading about online, you’d have to pop over to another tab, do some googling, and pray the right numbers come up.

A trip to Google Finance or Wikipedia may relieve you of the urge to know, but if you’re often trying to put things in perspective, constantly hunting for context could be a hassle, especially on your...

Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Sep 10, 2018.

Build a Raspberry Pi Happiness Tracker to Log Morale

Build a Raspberry Pi Happiness Tracker to Log Morale

If you’re still using the office’s water cooler to judge your office’s morale, you might need an upgrade. Sometimes keeping track of how you feel can be as simple as pressing a button. That’s what SEO specialist and programmer Katja Budnikov accomplished after constructing an office happiness tracker during her company’s hackathon.

With a Raspberry Pi, LEDs, and four buttons, the happiness...

Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 11, 2018. 16 comments

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is Cute, But Way Too Big

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is Cute, But Way Too Big

At Samsung’s Unpacked event, the company confirmed what we already knew, and announced its Samsung Galaxy Note 9 phablet. It also announced a new wearable: The Samsung Galaxy Watch, the fourth device in Samsung’s line of wearable gadgets. With LTE connectivity, a slew of new health features, and three different colors, it seems Samsung is stuffing every feature it can find inside the thing....

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 09, 2018. 18 comments

If This Leak Is Legit, the Pixel 3 XL Will Be Google's Ugliest Phone Yet

If This Leak Is Legit, the Pixel 3 XL Will Be Google's Ugliest Phone Yet

If you’re worried that Google might change its mind about including the hated notch on its rumored Pixel 3 smartphone, don’t be: You’re still getting that terrible notch, if this alleged unboxing of a Pixel 3 XL is the real deal.

According to Android Police, a Ukranian blogger published images and video on Telegram of an alleged Pixel 3 XL production unit—Google’s sequel to its last...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 08, 2018. 7 comments

Snapchat Files All-Caps DMCA Takedown After the Source Code It Leaked Hit Github

Snapchat Files All-Caps DMCA Takedown After the Source Code It Leaked Hit Github

A portion of Snapchat’s source code was leaked and hosted on the code repository platform GitHub (recently acquired by Microsoft ) before a copyright takedown request from Snap led the company to remove the offending leak.

The leak occurred after a botched update to the company’s Snapchat iOS app in May. While the leak itself was quickly rectified, and no company or user data was compromised,...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 08, 2018. 11 comments

Bose Has a Pricey Winner With Its Sleep-Friendly Earbuds

Bose Has a Pricey Winner With Its Sleep-Friendly Earbuds

Sleeping on the weekends is rough. My apartment is across the street from a bar that grows only louder and more crowded in the height of summer, so a good Saturday night snooze is usually out of the question. Raucous drinkers, the thump of the bass from the building, and the sound of my air conditioner create a cacophony nearly impossible to ignore. I’m not a fan. But Bose thinks its...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 07, 2018. 18 comments

Plume Made Good Wifi Cheap

Plume Made Good Wifi Cheap

I’ve always had a frustrating relationship with the Internet thanks to where I lived. Long hallways or brick walls were in the way of a strong connection, requiring me to get inventive with Ethernet cables, antenna extenders, and SSID names. Mesh networks, which use multiple routers working in tandem to eradicate dead spots, have largely solved those internet issues, though they also cost...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 04, 2018. 7 comments

The Cost of Buying a $100 Phone

The Cost of Buying a $100 Phone

No one gets a cheap phone because they want to have a sub-par experience filled with stuttering and lagging apps. People get cheap phones because they’re cheap, and usually work just enough to justify the low price point. Take the Alcatel 1X, for example. It’s neither novel nor intriguing. It’s not trying to impress you. Hell, it runs on an operating system designed explicitly for...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 04, 2018. 18 comments

Samsung, U OK?

Samsung, U OK?

Another day, another “leak” of what appears to be Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. It’s natural Samsung would be more than willing to express excitement for its sequel to the Galaxy Note 8 —a phone that didn’t exactly take the world by storm. But for this device to so thoroughly and steadily leak prematurely, just days before release, is starting to feel a bit... off. Product...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 03, 2018. 5 comments

Generation Z Will Have to LipSync in Front of Dying Grandpas on a Whole New App

Generation Z Will Have to LipSync in Front of Dying Grandpas on a Whole New App

Musical.ly, the lip-syncing video creation app harnessing the heinous amounts of free time teens possess (with mixed results), has grown considerably since its 2014 launch. But just like the transition from middle to high school, sometimes it’s time for a reboot. Today, Musical.ly is being shut down, and its users are being migrated to TikTok, a similar video creation platform owned by...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Aug 01, 2018. 4 comments

Facebook Starts Showing You How Much Time You Waste on Facebook

Facebook Starts Showing You How Much Time You Waste on Facebook

Facebook is finally releasing its time-management feature , which will definitely not make you feel bad about yourself.

As expected, the new feature, which is being integrated into Facebook and Instagram apps on iOS and Android, will show you exactly how much time you’ve spent staring into the void that is your Instagram or Facebook feed, and let you know when enough’s enough according to...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 31, 2018. 13 comments

Gee, I Wonder What People Will Look at in Google's New VR Web Browser

Gee, I Wonder What People Will Look at in Google's New VR Web Browser

First it was the Kindle that allowed the world to enjoy its romance novels without fear of public embarrassment. Next, Google will let everyone browse the web in the privacy of virtual reality with its Chrome browser and Daydream VR headset.

Chrome is now available for the VR platform, bringing the dream of a web browser right to your face. No longer will you need to protect your viewing...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 30, 2018. 5 comments

Now Every Alexa Device Should Know Which One You're Yelling At

Now Every Alexa Device Should Know Which One You're Yelling At

Keeping multiple voice assistants in your home can lead to the occasional misfire, causing a far-flung device in the bedroom to react while you’re attempting to extract the weather forecast from the one in your living room. Amazon addressed this quirk with its own Echo devices in 2016, and now it’s bringing that improved listening functionality to all third-party devices. Every Alexa-enabled...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 29, 2018. 15 comments

LinkedIn Just Gave You a New Reason to Make Fun of LinkedIn

LinkedIn Just Gave You a New Reason to Make Fun of LinkedIn

LinkedIn, a social network for people who enjoy soul-crushing banality, knows you get more than a few emails from randos wanting to add you to their “professional network.” Sick of reading messages from these random acquaintances looking to discuss synergy-based solutions and B2B services? Well, now you can listen to them instead, thanks to voice messaging, the newest feature being added to...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 28, 2018. 5 comments

Google’s Smart Speakers Are Getting a New Feature I Can Actually Get Excited About

Google’s Smart Speakers Are Getting a New Feature I Can Actually Get Excited About

Google has been steadily improving its smart speaker with updates facilitating more fluid conversations, as well as the addition of routines for chaining together multiple tasks with a single command. Now Google is adding scheduling to the mix, which means your mornings can start just the way you want them, at the same time, every time—so long as you don’t mind sticking to a strict...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 27, 2018. 15 comments

Here's Why Google Chrome Is Telling You Your Favorite Sites Aren't Secure

Here's Why Google Chrome Is Telling You Your Favorite Sites Aren't Secure

Google’s throwing its weight around and using its latest edition of its Chrome browser to make the web a little safer by shaming sites that haven’t implemented the more secure data transfer protocol HTTPS--which keeps bad actors from digitally watching over your shoulder as you browser. BBC reported the browser’s URL bar will not show the phrase “Not secure” when visiting sites that have...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 27, 2018. 16 comments

Japan's Emperor Is Stepping Down Soon, Which Could Cause Major Headaches for Computer Calendars

Japan's Emperor Is Stepping Down Soon, Which Could Cause Major Headaches for Computer Calendars

For most people, resigning from your job doesn’t necessitate the invention of any new computer characters, just a new Twitter bio. But as The Guardian reports, when Emperor Akihito, Japan’s current ruler, abdicates the Chrysanthemum Throne next year, that’s exactly what the country will need. Currently, there’s no computer character available to represent the next era on the Japanese...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 26, 2018. 8 comments

The Future of Self-Driving Cars Is... Getting Rides to Walmart

The Future of Self-Driving Cars Is... Getting Rides to Walmart

If you already rely on ridesharing services to run errands or grab groceries, a self-driving car that shuttles you to pick up your pre-bagged tailgate party snacks may sound like a no-brainer. And that’s essentially what Waymo is up to: In Phoenix, Arizona, Waymo is expanding its self-driving car program by targeting the customers of Walmart, the Element Hotel, and Avis. Newly announced deals...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 24, 2018. 14 comments

Samsung's Giantest Giant TV Could Be Coming to Homes Next Year

Samsung's Giantest Giant TV Could Be Coming to Homes Next Year

At CES 2018, Samsung showed off “The Wall ,” a 146-inch 4K TV that uses MicroLED display technology to make TVs larger than anything currently available. According to a report from the Korea Herald, Han Jong-hee, president of Samsung’s visual display business, claimed a consumer version of The Wall is on the way, and will be a little cheaper than someone who wants a 12-foot-wide TV might...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jul 19, 2018. 5 comments

Alexa, Is My House on Fire?

Alexa, Is My House on Fire?

Many devices are now pulling double-duty these days. Game consoles are entertainment streaming devices. Smartwatches tell you the time while also telling you which of your coworkers is demanding your attention. Lightbulbs are burglar deterrents, at least when they’re not setting the mood. So Onelink’s Safe and Sound, a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm with an integrated speaker and voice...

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