26 mind-blowing facts you never knew about Google
You probably use several of Google's products and services each and every day of your life — but how well do you really know Google?
We’ve all wanted to watch a show or movie late at night and missed the end of it because we were just so exhausted and fell asleep… but it doesn’t have to be that way for long. 3ders informs us that there’s a new 3D printed digital wristband that’s able to tell when you’ve fallen asleep and then instruct your DVR to start recording whatever you’re watching. More →
From the first alpha all the way up to its most recent update, Minecraft has never stopped growing. To this very day, Mojang is still consistently improving upon and adding to what has become one of the biggest games of the decade, but people still want to know what’s next. We finally have an answer… sort of. More →
Trolls are a staple of Internet culture but recently some Internet users have taken to exposing some of the very worst offenders who do things that go beyond run-of-the-mill online cruelty, such as sending out rape threats. Technology Review has written a lengthy profile of Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg, who tracks down some of the most vile trolls on the web and then publicly shames them by reading back things they wrote online. More →
The Canadian Competition Bureau wants to have a closer look at Apple’s contracts with local carriers, as it’s interested in whether or not they contain any special clauses that might harm competition in the region. Reuters reports that the Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday agreed to order Apple to turn over all such documents to the Competition Bureau. More →
Apple earlier this week released an inspirational holiday TV ad focusing more on the holiday spirit than on product placement, although the spot is obviously intended mainly to sell Apple devices. Similarly, Samsung has created a heartfelt holiday ad of its own with a similar focus, though Samsung’s product placement is a bit more obvious because of the way this “Holiday Dream” ad is put together. More →
Do you want to walk around and check out the world’s tallest building, but you have no desire to fly all the way to Dubai? Well now you can tour the Burj Khalifa and other landmarks like it for just $15, which is the cost of Google Cardboard from the Unofficial Cardboard store.
For those who don’t remember, Google recently offered a blueprint so that people could make simple virtual reality headsets for their Android phones using little more than cardboard and a pair of lenses. You can also buy a pre-made headset, of course, and now you have another great reason to consider it. More →
Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals Christmas campaign is slowly coming to an end, but the company still has a couple of special offers for customers who are looking for new gadgets. The company on Thursday is selling a new Windows 8.1 two-in-one tablet/laptop combo at a deep discount, with the promotion set to start at 8:00 a.m. More →
There are few things that are more heartbreaking to a gadget fan than a cracked smartphone screen. Gorilla Glass is incredibly strong, but it may never be strong enough to survive some of the nasty spills that smartphones often take. If there is one thing that’s even sadder than a cracked smartphone screen though, it’s probably a cracked tablet screen. For some reason, the larger scale makes it that much more heartbreaking.
If you have Apple’s iPad Air 2 and it recently became the victim of an unfortunate accident, you’ll need so cough up some serious money to get it fixed or replace it. If you’re handy, however, and you can manage to source parts at a decent price, you can save some money by fixing your iPad yourself in about 10 minutes. More →
Halloween might be spooky, but there’s no time of the year quite as terrifying for PC gamers as the Steam Holiday Sale. On Thursday, Valve launched the biggest PC gaming sales event of the year on its digital download platform. From now until January 2nd, Steam will feature hundreds of sales, but you’ll have to check back fairly frequently if you want to get the best deals. More →
Looking for a last-minute gift that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet? Hugely popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has you covered. In his latest video on last-minute holiday tech gifts, Brownlee lists a bunch of different products and accessories that are relative steals and cost $50 or less. More →
Cable bills have been rising at three times the rate of inflation lately but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to keep paying higher prices forever. Vox’s Timothy Lee talked with two anonymous Comcast customer service representatives who let him in on the secret tricks that cable customers can use to lower their bills. More →
We’ve known for a while that the A8 chip inside Apple’s iPhone 6 includes support for 4K video, although the device’s default camera software doesn’t have the ability to film in 4K like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 does. Just because your vanilla iPhone 6 doesn’t shoot 4K videos, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t get it to do so with the help of some apps. More →