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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:44 PM mt

Google Pixel 2 XL will reportedly cost 849 for 64GB 949 for 128GB



Google plans to announce full details on its next Pixel smartphones the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at an event on October 4th. As that date moves closer,Droid Life has today published new images of the larger, LG-made device. The Pixel 2 XL will come in two color options at launch: theres a black version, which is reminiscent of the original, and a new white/black combo that has a black rear glass pane. Its certainly a unique look, and the power button on the white model is colored orange. That doesnt look to be true of the black unit. Hopefully the front of the device will be black in both cases to better blend with that all-screen display.

Droid Life reports that the Pixel 2 XL will start at $849 for 64GB of storage and bump up to...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:44 PM mt

Tinder Gold gave me 3000 more date options than I could deal with



When Tinder released its upgraded, pay-for-perks version to iOS users, it was an immediate success. Tinder Gold shot to the number one spot in the top-grossing iOS apps within a single day; even today, more than two weeks later, its only dropped to number two. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people want to skip swiping on one face at a time and jump straight into a pool of potential suitors. Also unsurprisingly, I am one of those people.

My initial reaction to Tinder Gold hovered somewhere between hell yeah lemme get in there and Tinder as we know it is over. Regular Tinder is a game you play with others to see if theyll like you back. By removing that stipulation of one swipe at a time, Tinder isnt just watering itself down. Its...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:43 PM mt

Proterras big electric bus can go 1102 miles on one charge



With cities and countries about to put bans on internal combustion engines in the next couple of decades, electric bus technology needs to advance. Proterra thinks it just proved its already there.

On Tuesday, the California-based company said its Catalyst E2 Max went 1,102.2 miles on a single charge, a world record for the longest distance traveled by an electric vehicle without recharging. The test was performed at Navistars proving grounds in Indiana, and the results were confirmed by that company.

For our heavy-duty electric bus to break the previous world record of 1,013.76 miles which was set by a light-duty passenger EV 46 times lighter than the Catalyst E2 max is a major feat, Matt Horton, Proterras chief commercial...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:43 PM mt

Google's next Daydream VR headsets will reportedly come in three colors



Google's hardware event on October 4th will likely involve updates to the company's Pixel phone and, according to Droid-Life, the Daydream VR headsets. We don't have details on the headsets' new specs, but Droid-Life says we can expect three new colors charcoal, fog, and coral and a price bump. They'll be priced at $99, compared to $79 last year.

The build of the headsets looks slightly better, judging off the leaked photo. They might even incorporate a new material; Droid-Life speculates that they might be made of nylon as opposed to the prior jersey fabric. As for the price bump, we expect Google's partners to release more expensive third-party Daydream headsets, meaning the company isn't trying to capture the low-end market and...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:42 PM mt

Googles Pixel 2 will come in new kinda blue color



On the heels of a number of other Google leaks that Droid Life published this afternoon, we now have a clear look at the forthcoming Pixel 2. The follow-up to last years Google Pixel (the smaller of the two Google phones), which is being announced on October 4th, will come in three colors: kinda blue, just black, and clearly white. Droid Life says to expect roughly the same kind of pricing structure as last years Pixel. That means a 64GB option for $649, and a 128GB option for $749 $200 less than the reported Pixel 2 XL pricing.

Like last years Pixels, the Pixel 2 will be made by HTC (which Google is reportedly considering buying). The Pixel 2 XL, however, is reportedly being manufactured by LG. Exactly how big a difference that...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:42 PM mt

Three at-risk species are now protected under the Endangered Species Act



Three new species have been added to the endangered species list: Arizonas Sonoyta mud turtle, the Hawaiian bird iiwi, and a fish called the pearl darter thats found in the Southeastern US. This means certain federal protections will be put in place to keep the animals from going extinct.

The three join over 150 other species that have been protected as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act through the years. Eleven more species are currently being considered for protection, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. A decision is expected by the end of the year.

The Endangered Species Act was passed by Congress in 1973 to boost the conservation of threatened and endangered animals and plants. When a...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:41 PM mt

These concept smart glasses let you control your phone by scratching your nose



Using a phone or smartwatch when youre supposed to be talking to someone has become an accepted rudeness in the 21st century. So, a group of researchers have a possible solution to this minor societal ill: prototype smart glasses that let you control a computer just by rubbing your nose. Yes, you can reject a call, pause a video, or skip a song, simply by scratching your schnoz.

They arent (sadly) available to buy right now, or wed all be wandering the streets, pawing at our noses like coked-up advertising execs. The glasses were designed as an experiment by researchers from South Koreas KAIST University, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and Georgia Tech in the US, to create a way to control a wearable computer without...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:41 PM mt

Google Pixelbook leak reveals a high-end Chromebook with stylus support



It looks like Google is bringing back the Chromebook Pixel just under a slightly different name. Droid Life has uncovered photos and details of an upcoming Chromebook called the Google Pixelbook. Itll be seriously high-end for a Chromebook, just like the original Pixel, but this time around, itll also support a stylus and flip around to function like a tablet.

The Pixelbook will reportedly come in only one color, silver, and have three different storage tiers: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Those will sell for $1,199, $1,399, and $1,749 at which point you could have easily bought five cheaper Chromebooks instead. One particular oddity: despite the high price, the Pixelbook apparently wont ship with its stylus, called the Pixelbook Pen,...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:40 PM mt

Hulus live TV service finally makes its way to Roku



Hulus live TV service and redesigned app are finally coming to Roku devices. The new service has been slowly rolling out for months now, and its launched on almost every other platform, including Apple TV, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazons Fire TV and Fire Stick, and even the 12-year old Xbox 360.

Roku represented one of the last major platforms left to get the live TV service and new interface, leaving just Sony as the final holdout. Tthe PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 have the new interface, but not the live service something that will likely remain the case for a while, given that Sony has its own PS Vue over-the-top TV service. The updated app will be available on the Roku Ultra, Roku...

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Tuesday September 19, 2017 @ 04:07:40 PM mt

Amazon is telling customers that people bought gifts for their non-existent baby



You know that story about how Target was able to predict that a teen girl was pregnant based on her shopping habits? Retailers have a lot of information about you based on things you watch and stuff you buy online, and they use this informative to send marketing emails, coupons, or product suggestions to get you to buy more things. But it looks like Amazon might be a little off on this latest attempt. The company appears to have sent a bunch of random customers emails saying a gift from their baby registry has been purchased, sending unintended recipients into mass confusion.

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