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Amazon offering ‘hoverboard’ refunds, government says

January 21st, 2016

Amazon is offering refunds to customers who bought ‘hoverboards’ on its website, according to the U.S. government, amid ongoing safety concerns about the technology. Reports continue to swirl about hoverboards, which are actually two-wheeled scooters, catching fire.

Scientists may have just found a ninth planet and it’s massive

January 20th, 2016

Scientists believe they may have found a giant planet in our distant solar system, possibly the long-sought after Planet X. It is believed to have a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the Sun on average than does Neptune. As a result, it would take this new …

Widow wins battle with Apple over deceased husband’s password

January 19th, 2016

A widow in Canada has won her battle with Apple after the tech giant demanded that she get a court order to obtain her deceased husband’s Apple ID password. CBC reports that 72-year-old Peggy Bush ran into difficulties getting the password from Apple after losing her husband David to lung cancer in August. Bush wanted …

Scientists stunned by brightest-ever supernova

January 15th, 2016

Scientists may have spotted the most powerful supernova ever seen, some 3.8 billion light years away in deep space. Named ASASSN-15lh, it looks like a huge ball of hot gas and is radiating the energy of hundreds of billions of Suns. Ten miles across at its center, this object is putting on quite a show, …

Intel’s newest processor is arriving in PCs – and it has a weird math bug

January 14th, 2016

If you bought a PC over the holidays chances are it came with Intel’s newest processor. That chip also comes with an obscure bug – that, fortunately, doesn’t appear to impact the average consumer. Intel’s newest chip – branded as the 6th Generation Intel Core processor and codenamed “Skylake” – is its first redesigned chip …

Crazy Xbox Bill

Teen racks up $8,000 Xbox bill, report says

January 12th, 2016

Smooth  move, Xbox. Pembroke, Ontario parent Lance Perkins got the shock of a lifetime on Dec. 23 when he discovered his 17-year-old son had racked up nearly $8,000 on in-app purchases through his Xbox video gaming system.

David Bowie fans flock to social media to pay their respects

January 11th, 2016

Fans of David Bowie flocked to social media Monday to pay their respects to the music legend.  Bowie, 69, died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. The rock and roll icon was a top trend on Twitter, which reported 2.79 million David Bowie-related Tweets shortly after 10 a.m ET.  Earlier on Monday, Twitter UK …

CES 2016 showcases innovative new drones

January 7th, 2016

Drones are more popular than ever at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. This year’s show saw a record number of exhibitors at the Unmanned Systems Marketplace, and it looks like the sentiment is shared nationwide. According to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, more than 181,000 drones have been registered with the federal government since a database began on …

Google Government Threat

Google Translate ‘technical error’ labels Russia as evil kingdom of ‘Mordor’

January 6th, 2016

Russia is home to the Lord of the Rings’ fiery, evil kingdom of Mordor, and its foreign minister is a “sad little horse,” according to a Google Translate “technical error” that left the search giant scrambling. Internet users began noticing the translations in the service’s Ukrainian to Russian function over the weekend, and posted screenshots …

Windows 10 now on 200 million devices worldwide

January 4th, 2016

Despite some concerns about bugs and even privacy, Windows 10 is proving a huge hit. The company has announced that 200 million monthly active devices around the world are running Windows 10 and the pace is accelerating. More than 40 percent of new Windows 10 devices have become active since Black Friday and Windows 10 …