October 23, 2019

Amazon adds thousands of Counter pick-up locations in the US

While Amazon's competitors were scrambling to match its same-day and next-day delivery options, the e-commerce giant was apparently working on its more experimental approach to deliveries. It launched its Counter pick-up option in the US back in June...
October 23, 2019

The 2020 Honda Fit will use the automaker’s new hybrid system

Honda has debuted the 2020 Fit at the Tokyo Motor Show, where the automaker has also revealed that it will have a hybrid option. In fact, it will be the first compact car to use its new two-motor hybrid system called the e:HEV. The company has...
October 22, 2019

Google’s celebrity Q&A app Cameo comes to Android

Google is making it easier for public figures to interact with their audience following the expansion of its Cameos app. The app was released for iOS last year, but now it's available on Android too, as discovered by 9to5Google.
October 22, 2019

Sony launches a $250 version of its Koov robot coding kit

Sony has launched a smaller, more affordable version of Koov, its candy-colored coding toy for kids. A Koov kit contains blocks, motors and sensors kids can put together to create robots and small machines they can program. It can make classes...
October 22, 2019

Amazon is blowing out PC accessories, digital storage, Wi-Fi extenders, and more – today only

Well what do we have for you today, bargain hunters? It looks like Amazon is looking to spice things up on Tuesday because the nation's top online retailer is running a massive Gold Box deal on all sorts of PC accessories, digital storage, home networking gear and more. You'll find crazy prices on all sorts of popular devices, like an ultra-fast TP-Link Wi-Fi range extender for $20.98, a 2TB Seagate external hard drive (that's $10 less than the 1TB model!), a SanDisk 256GB Extreme microSD card for $40.39, and a 64GB flash drive for just $8.79. That's just the tip of the iceberg though, because you'll also find deeply discounted PC monitors, mice, hard drives, portable SSDs, and even $90 off a great 15-inch Acer laptop.

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October 22, 2019

Dark mode update for Gmail rolls out to Android 10 phones

One of the main features of this year's iOS 13 and Android 10 releases is dark mode, a feature supposed to increase battery life on devices featuring OLED screens dramatically. That's a side benefit, as dark mode should make it easier on the eyes to use a smartphone or tablet at night or in low-lit environments. However, one of the issues with dark mode is that, while it's enabled at a system level, some app developers also have to update their apps with dark mode designs so that you can take advantage of dark mode in apps. Google may have brought dark mode to Android 10, but not all of its apps support it. One such example is one of its most popular apps, Gmail, where dark mode had been in testing since September. The good news, however, is that dark mode is rolling out to Gmail users who have Android 10 devices. The bad news, however, is that most handsets out there are still on Android 9 or earlier. If you do own a Pixel phone and have installed the latest Android update on your handset, then you'll be able to take advantage of dark mode, both when it comes to the operating system and the apps that support it. To enable dark mode on Gmail for Android, all you have to do is tap the hamburger menu on the left side of the search bar, head to the Settings app, and then look for General settings where you'll find the Theme. That's where you get to choose between three options, including Light, Dark, and System default, as seen in the following screenshots (via PhoneArena). Once you enable dark mode, the background will switch from light to dark, while the text goes from black to white. That's the only thing that changes inside Gmail, as well as other apps that support it. Over on iPhone, Gmail should automatically respect the system default setting, so if you turn on dark mode in iOS, you will get a dark mode experience inside the Gmail app.
October 21, 2019

BGR is hiring a Nights and Weekends Editor

Do you worry each day that you might be fired if your boss catches you spending hours exploring Reddit, watching viral videos, and reading about the latest tech? Well, how about this: We’ll fire you if you DON’T spend hours each day exploring Reddit, watching viral videos, and reading about the latest tech. BGR is in search of a new Nights and Weekends Editor to cover everything from consumer tech and gadgets to entertainment, science, and more. This is a remote position that can be based anywhere, but you’ll be expected to work nights from 5PM to 12AM ET during the week as well as daytime hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The right candidate for this job will be able to:
  • Identify stories that BGR readers will find informative, entertaining, or optimally, both
  • Write compelling headlines that draw in readers without baiting
  • Quickly compose and self-publish content that is free of spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Meet and exceed traffic goals
  • Multitask efficiently
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment
Candidates must have prior online publishing experience and will ideally be based in the United States or Europe. Please include links to prior published works in your cover letter. Experience with WordPress is preferred but not required. This is a salaried position that also includes a traffic-based bonus plan. Click here for more information and to apply. About BGR: BGR is a leading online destination for news and commentary focused on consumer technology, entertainment, science, and more, as well as a top digital buying guide and deals site. It is America’s #1 source of breaking mobile news, and a technology category leader among early adopters, savvy technophiles, and casual readers alike. What started as a small, niche publication has grown to become one of the largest and most respected tech sites on the web, with as much as twice the monthly traffic of other well-known market leaders like Engadget and TechCrunch, according to ComScore. About PMC: Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a monthly audience of more than 180 million and empowers more than 1 million global CEOs and business thought-leaders in markets that impact the world. Our dynamic events, data services, and rich content entertain and educate today’s fashion, retail, beauty, entertainment and lifestyle sectors. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 11 countries worldwide, Penske Media is the way global influencers are informed, connected, and inspired. To learn more about PMC and its iconic brands, visit www.pmc.com.
October 21, 2019

Test shows dark mode really can save battery life on OLED iPhones

Dark mode is a key feature on iOS 13, but can it really extend your iPhone's battery life? If it's an OLED model, the answer seems to be a firm yes, according to tests done by PhoneBuff. They used robotic devices to perform identical tasks on two iPh...
October 21, 2019

Los Angeles Fire Department wants to double its drone fleet

It's not just law enforcement finding success with drones. The Los Angeles Fire Department's Battalion Chief Richard Field told TechCrunch that he intended to double the drone fleet just five months after a partnership with DJI began. On top of the...
October 20, 2019

Nobody really knows if there are other ‘Earths’ out there

Are there other Earth-like planets out there in the cosmos? We simply don't know. Scientists have been peering into space for centuries and, thanks to advancing technology, we have spotted other worlds that might be capable of supporting life, but the evidence is sorely lacking. To help answer the question, researchers from UCLA came up with a new framework for analyzing the makeup of exoplanets using data from the W. M. Keck Observatory and other high-powered telescopes. Based on their observations, the researchers are making a rather bold declaration: Earth isn't terribly unique. The researchers focused on nearby white dwarf stars and the rocky material that orbits them. By studying the light coming from these systems, scientists can determine what elements are abundant. This reveals the composition of the rocky bodies that orbited the star, offering a clue as to what kinds of planets or objects orbited it. “By observing these white dwarfs and the elements present in their atmosphere, we are observing the elements that are in the body that orbited the white dwarf,” Alexandra Doyle, a UCLA graduate student that led the study, explained. “Observing a white dwarf is like doing an autopsy on the contents of what it has gobbled in its solar system.” The researchers found that elements like silicon, carbon, and oxygen were present, along with hydrogen and helium. This list of "ingredients," so to speak, matches up well with our own planet, and suggests that worlds with a similar makeup aren't terribly rare. That being said, Earth is the only planet that we know of that hosts life in any form. Astronomers have observed planets both in our own system and elsewhere and, as far as we know, we really struck the jackpot with this blue marble we call home. Rocky worlds with a similar composition to Earth aren't a guarantee when it comes to finding life, and countless other factors — distance from a star, type of star, an abundance of water, etc. — are believed to play major roles as well. Rocky worlds like our own being common doesn't necessarily mean we'll find life on any of them, but it's still an interesting data point as we continue our search for life beyond Earth.