February 8, 2019

Hulu’s PEN15 Soundtrack Misses The 2000s Like Mandy Moore Misses Candy

For those that miss Y2K like Mandy Moore misses candy, then the songs on the soundtrack of Hulu’s PEN15 are going to be a sticky nostalgic treat. The coming of age comedy looks at middle school through the eyes of Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, who, at ...
February 8, 2019

Rumor: Apple will stick with the same prices for its 2019 iPhone lineup

Apple over the past few weeks has implemented a number of initiatives designed to boost iPhone sales. Hardly a surprise, it's no secret that iPhone sales last quarter -- while still strong -- came in below initial expectations. In an effort to remedy that, Apple in recent weeks instituted price cuts in China while also ramping up its effort to convince users to trade in their existing devices for shiny new models. A recent Bloomberg report sheds more light on Apple's strategy in this regard:
In December, as Apple executives worried about demand, the company asked retail employees to promote the new iPhones using methods not seen before. Technicians were told to push iPhone upgrades to consumers with out-of-warranty devices. Senior sales staff had to make sure other retail workers were suggesting upgrades, and easels offering generous trade-in deals for the iPhone XR were erected in stores. Apple’s online homepage was also replaced with reduced iPhone pricing that required a trade-in of older models.
In light of Apple's efforts to inject a bit of life into iPhone sales, some have wondered if Apple might make its 2019 iPhone lineup more affordable than its current pricing matrix. Apple, though, enjoys its healthy margins and the idea that its 2019 iPhone lineup will be priced more affordably than its 2018 lineup is arguably far-fetched. To this point, a recent report from Droid Shout claims that Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup -- which will include successors to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max -- will not be available at a lower price point. Incidentally, Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup will likely introduce some compelling camera upgrades, with the iPhone XR successor likely to feature a dual-camera scheme and the iPhone XS Max successor rumored to feature a triple-lens camera on the back.
When it comes to pricing, our source claims the 2019 iPhone models will be priced the same as last year’s models. This means the iPhone XR successor might start at $749, while the iPhone 11 could start at $999. The ‘high-end’ iPhone 11 variant, on the other hand, could start at $1,099.
Droid Shout doesn't have much of a track record when it comes to iPhone rumors, so you'll likely want to take this report with a grain of salt. If the report, however, does prove to be true, we can only hope that Apple introduces a revamped iPhone SE which would provide users with a wallet-friendly alternative to the pricier iPhone X variants.
February 8, 2019

Did We Just Witness The Birth Of An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Chrissy Teigen Friendship?

Sunday’s Grammy awards may bring two of our favorite people to follow on Twitter together.

This week, representative for New York's 14th congressional district Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Lip Sync Battle host Chrissy Teigen formed an online friendship that could give way to a real one.

On Friday, Teigen tweeted at AOC, inviting the proud dancing queen over for a viewing party.

“hello my hero, do you wanna come over and watch the grammys with us? there will be pizza,” Teigen asked the Bronx native on the social media platform.

Ocasio-Cortez, apparently, was psyched to get the offer.

“yes! we can live-tweet me burning something in the kitchen,” the youngest woman to serve in the House responded.

yes! we can live-tweet me burning something in the kitchen

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 8, 2019

Though it's unclear why Teigen specifically called Ocasio-Cortez her "hero," AOC has been praised for her take on healthcare for all, criticizing big business lobbyists, and for proposing the "Green New Deal" to fight climate change.

Teigen recently shared a video of Ocasio-Cortez explaining campaign finance laws and how they pose a problem to our democracy.

Oh my god. This is just sensational. Please watch and retweet. pic.twitter.com/ackPHwAUce

— James Corden (@JKCorden) February 7, 2019

Will these women talk politics during the Grammys, or be too busy saving Teigen's kitchen from AOC's apparently subpar cooking skills? Let's just hope they find their way off Twitter and into a real-world friendship.

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February 8, 2019

This brilliant hand mixer actually uses heat to soften while it whisks

Wouldn’t it be great if every kitchen tool had nifty features that helped reduce the amount of time it takes to prep ingredients? Alas, some gadgets are smarter than others. Lucky for you, you found your way to this post so you’re about to meet one of the smartest kitchen tools we’ve come across in quite some time. The Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology is unlike any hand mixer you’ve ever used before. This brilliant mixer heats as it mixes, softening your ingredients so they combine more quickly. Traditionally tricky things like cold butter soften an impressive 12 times faster, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • This hand mixer softens with heat while mixing, allowing you to bake at a moment's notice, with fluffier results than mixing with non-room temperature ingredients
  • Softens butter 12x faster* by using innovative HeatSoft technology to bring cold butter to room temperature quickly *Compared to leaving butter out on the counter for 30 minutes
  • This 270-watt mixer offers 7 speeds for versatility, and even gives you an extra burst of power when you need it with a one-touch boost at the touch of a button
  • Mixer comes equipped with durable full-size beaters, dough hooks, and a whisk, so you can tackle a variety of baking projects
  • The convenient one-touch beater eject lever lets you remove beaters without getting messy, so they can go straight into the dishwasher
  • The removable magnetic nozzle is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • Comes with a convenient case for storage and portability
February 8, 2019

Nintendo touts the ‘very high number of women’ it employs as game designers

The number of and associated job duties for female employees was an area of focus during a Q&A session that Nintendo's leadership hosted with investors in Japan this week, with the actual Q&A being released and publicized today. As part of the discussion, a couple of key executives for the video gaming giant talked about the increasing number of female players flocking to video games, which has come in tandem with a focus on the representation of women within the companies actually making those games. Nintendo, for its part, acknowledged it still has work to do in some areas but that it counts "a very high number of females among our designers." Meanwhile, the company also admitted that it has a lower percentage of women compared to men over on the hardware development side of the company and that Nintendo wants to change that. “There are many female developers in the software development departments,” Nintendo director and senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi said during the session, according to a Kotaku report. “Especially, there are many design works involved in developing software, and very high number of females among our designers. Many of them have children, and we have created an environment to work with comfort even for those who have children. I think that (Nintendo) is a very good workplace where women can participate actively and find satisfaction in their work.” The Kotaku report goes on to cite data from the analytics group EEDAR, which found that women who own Nintendo's Switch console have grown from 30% of overall Switch owners in 2017 to 50% last year. Meanwhile, Nintendo's legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamto -- the creative genius behind many of its ridiculously popular franchises like Mario and Zelda -- also chimed in during the Q&A session, adding this: "The director of the Animal Crossing series is a woman, and there are many female designers working actively. When I had chances to look at other development companies in Europe and the US, they give the impression that they’re overwhelmingly male-dominated. Compared to companies like that, Nintendo has a lot of female developers energetically working." Which, again, is not to say the company doesn't have room to improve. Ko Shiota, a senior executive officer at the game company, acknowledged the engineering-related demographic discrepancy. Which, Ko added, is common in Japan even outside Nintendo. "It’s true in our company that compared to software development, the percentage of female workers in hardware development is low," Shiota said, but executives stressed they're not only aware of this but actively working on ways to fix the imbalance. So, good on Big N for paying attention to this and wanting to do something about it.
February 8, 2019

How Selena Gomez And Julia Michaels Captured My Mental-Health Struggle In A Song

Julia Michaels and Selena Gomez's song "Anxiety" captured something deeply personal for MTV News contributor Anna Sejuelas. She writes about the recognition she felt when she heard it.
February 8, 2019

Expand your Arlo Pro setup with new cameras for just $119.99 each, the lowest price of 2019

Pretty much everyone acknowledges that Netgear's Arlo system is one of the best true wireless home security camera systems on the planet. So why doesn't everyone use Arlo? Simple: Arlo cameras are really expensive. Whether you already have a system and want to expand or you plan to buy one and start building it out, today is definitely the day to pull the trigger. Why? Because Amazon has Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Add-on Security Camera refurbs in stock for just $119.99 each. That's the lowest price we've seen in at least 6 months, and it's a big discount compared to the $190 retail price.

Here's some additional info from the product page:

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • Add-on Camera only - Base Station Required
  • 100% Wire-free and Weather-resistant- Free of power cords hassles to place your camera where you need it indoor or outdoor(IP65)
  • Rechargeable Batteries - Arlo Pro cameras include rechargeable batteries that support fast charging
  • 2-Way Audio - Built-in mic and speaker enable push-to-talk capability, so you can listen in and talk back
  • 7 Days of Free Cloud Recordings - Arlo Pro comes with rolling 7-day cloud recordings. Live stream or view recorded video and audio for up to 7 days
  • Works with Amazon Alexa/Echo Show/Fire TV/Google Assistant - View your live video with a simple voice command. Works with IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, and more
  • Arlo Smart adds powerful intelligence to your Arlo cameras. Customize alerts to detect people, specific zones, and contact emergency responders right from your smartphone’s lock screen (optional service, includes 1-month trial).Wireless range:300+ feet line of sight
February 8, 2019

Sir Philip Green ‘paid employee £1m over harassment claims’

The Daily Telegraph says Sir Philip paid the female employee £1m after groping and kissing her.
February 8, 2019

See all of the Galaxy S10 color options expected to be available at launch

The last several weeks have seen an absolute torrent of Galaxy S10 leaks pour on to the internet, from press renders and live photos to videos and feature reveals. In fact, the leaks have been coming so fast and furious that we haven't had time to take a step back and examine the bigger picture. Thankfully, that's exactly what MySmartPrice and Ishan Agarwal did on Friday morning, piecing together several leaks to give us a detailed look at the multitude of Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e color options expected to be available on launch day next month. Earlier this morning, MySmartPrice published the first press renders of the Canary Yellow Galaxy S10e. The color will be unique to the S10e, which Samsung appears to be positioning as an iPhone XR competitor. But with the unveiling of the Canary Yellow model, we've now seen every color option for all three phones. With that in mind, self-described tech enthusiast Ishan Agarwal decided to put together a comprehensive comparison of every color option for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e. We'll start with the Galaxy S10e: While not quite as colorful as the iPhone XR lineup, the Galaxy S10e is a bit more festive than we're used to seeing from Samsung. Up next, we have the color options for the Galaxy S10, as well as the Galaxy S10+: Agarwal notes the ceramic variants aren't included in his comparison, and a blue color option is set to launch later this year, but this is pretty much what we expect to see on store shelves this March. Of course, before that, Samsung will unveil the phones at its Unpacked event in San Francisco on February 20th.
February 8, 2019

Sprint sues AT&T over ‘misleading’ 5G E icon

Even though the roll out of 5G smartphones hasn't begun, AT&T has decided to replace the 4G icon on select devices with a 5G E symbol in areas with support for AT&T’s fastest LTE technologies. AT&T has been widely criticized for its 5G E tactic, but there’s no indication that the company cares or is even the least bit interested in reversing course. The symbol has already started appearing on Android devices and just recently showed up on the latest iOS beta. AT&T's strategy, which arguably amounts to trickery, has been categorized by many as misleading at best and purposefully deceptive at worst. Consumers, though, aren't the only ones taking umbrage with AT&T's tactics. Yesterday afternoon, Sprint filed a lawsuit against AT&T over its 5G E sleight of hand. According to a report from Engadget, Sprint accuses AT&T of engaging in a "deceptive 5G E campaign" designed to confuse and mislead customers into thinking they're enjoying true 5G support. The end result, Sprint argues, provides AT&T with an unfair competitive advantage. The lawsuit reads in part:
The significance of AT&T's deception cannot be overstated. Following years of tremendous growth in both the number of data users and in the amount of data being consumed, consumers are now demanding wireless service with faster speeds, lower latency (i.e., faster connectivity), and greater capacity (i.e., the ability to accommodate more users) than current 4G LTE wireless service can deliver. ... By making the false claim that it is offering a 5G wireless network where it offers only a 4G LTE Advanced network, AT&T is attempting to secure an unfair advantage in the saturated wireless market.
Here's what the icon looks like on an iPhone. https://boygeniusreport.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/iphone-5g-e.jpg?quality=98&strip=all&strip=all AT&T, meanwhile, seemingly has no intention of backing down. In a statement on the lawsuit provided to Engadget, an AT&T spokesperson said:
We understand why our competitors don't like what we are doing, but our customers love it. We introduced 5G Evolution more than two years ago, clearly defining it as an evolutionary step to standards-based 5G. 5G Evolution and the 5GE indicator simply let customers know when their device is in an area where speeds up to twice as fast as standard LTE are available. That's what 5G Evolution is, and we are delighted to deliver it to our customers. We will fight this lawsuit while continuing to deploy 5G Evolution in addition to standards-based mobile 5G. Customers want and deserve to know when they are getting better speeds.
Now there's no getting around the fact that 5G E is impressively fast, but to be clear, that's not what Sprint's lawsuit is about. AT&T's response to the suit seems downright bizarre and off-topic, especially given that average consumers likely don't know the difference between 5G and 5G E, AT&T's marketing efforts notwithstanding. What's more, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson appeared on CNBC today and said that the company is "comfortable" with what it's doing and that they are "being very clear with our customers that this is an evolutionary step."