New Alexa Away Mode skill aims to scare off burglars with goofy audio

Among the many tricks homeowners can use to deter break-ins while they’re away is to leave things like lights or a radio/TV on, in turn making burglars think that someone is home. But there’s a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa that puts an interesting twist on this idea. Dubbed “Away Mode,” the skill will play […]


Ballistix Sport AT gaming memory gets TUF

Ballistix has announced the immediate availability of Ballistix Sport AT memory in support of ASUS’ TUF Gaming Alliance. Developed as a collaboration between ASUS, Ballistix, and other trusted industry partners, TUF Gaming Alliance endeavours to ensure easier system building, the best compatibility, and complementary aesthetics from components to cases. “Our TUF Gaming Alliance relationship with […]


Apple chipmaker TSMC closes factories after computer virus attack

Some of the biggest tech product companies in the world might be struggling with constrained supplies of processor chips in the weeks to come. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the largest chip manufacturer in the world, was revealed to have been hit with a computer virus on Friday, resulting in temporary closure of several production […]


Captain Picard is back: Patrick Stewart confirms new CBS Star Trek series

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is to return, with Sir Patrick Stewart again to star as the iconic Star Trek character in a new series. The show, as-yet untitled, will be made for CBS All Access, with Stewart confirming the news today on his Twitter account and in an announcement at the Star Trek convention. Chatter of […]


Decoding Car Safety Ratings – The Stars and the Ratings Explained

What do you look for in a new or used car? Do you consider the styling, comfort, features, and engine horsepower? Whether buying or leasing a vehicle, the car safety ratings should be your top priority. Nothing beats the feeling of driving a ‘safe’ vehicle. The car safety ratings will mean the difference between life […]


Blizzard reveals Nerf Overwatch D.Va pink blaster joining Reaper model

Last month, Blizzard announced that toy gun brand Nerf would be launching a new Nerf Rival Blaster model styled after Overwatch character Reaper’s Hellfire Shotgun. Now Blizzard is back with a similar announcement, this time revealing a Nerf edition of character D.Va’s Light Gun, bright pink color included. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until 2019 […]


US Thule Air Base wasn’t hit by a meteor, but it was close

Exaggerated reports appeared earlier this week claiming a US Air Base in Greenland had been struck by a meteor. That’s not true, the Air Force has said, but it did confirm that a meteor hit miles away with considerable force. The event happened in late July, but went mostly unnoticed until Australian media picked up […]


GameFly video game streaming service will shut down this month

Video game rental and subscription company GameFly will shut down its streaming service this month, according to a new report. August will be the last month for subscribers to stream video games using the platform; the system will be shuttered on August 31. GameFly’s Netflix-like video game rental service, which mails physical discs to customers, […]


Eating insects may improve gut bacteria, reduce inflammation: study

Insects are a common food item in some parts of the world, but have been slow to catch on in the US. Despite the potential environmental benefits of consuming edible insects, many people remain adverse to the idea of eating crickets, ants, and similar critters. A newly published study may help change their minds, finding […]


DNC advisory warns Democrats to avoid Huawei and ZTE phones

The Democratic National Committee has advised Democrats and their staff to avoid purchasing and/or using smartphones made by ZTE and Huawei, both Chinese companies, citing potential security concerns. Both companies have been in the US government’s crosshairs for years, with officials and politicians worrying that these devices may be used by the Chinese government to […]