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Gift Guide: Black Friday tech deals that are actually worth checking out –

Black Friday approaches! In a year where asking Alexa what day today is feels totally normal, this Black Friday seems like it came out of nowhere. As we say pretty much every year, a lot of Black Friday deals are… not that good. While there are certainly deals to be found, there’s also a lot […] → Read More

Pokémon GO will bump its max level cap to 50 and add more Pokémon soon –

Since launching four years ago, hitting level 40 in Pokémon GO meant hitting the top. You could still keep catching Pokémon and gathering XP, of course — but that shiny level badge wasn’t going up any higher. That’ll change later this month with an update that bumps the cap to 50, introduces new Pokémon, and […] → Read More

Hulu will increase the price of its live TV service again on December 18th –

It’s price hike season! Just a few weeks after Netflix bumped up prices on a bunch of its plans, it looks like Hulu will soon be charging more for its Live TV service. The company has confirmed to us that it will be bumping the monthly cost of Hulu + Live from $54.99 to $64.99 […] → Read More

PSA: macOS is a little broken this morning, with many non-Apple apps hanging at launch –

If you’re on a Mac running a relatively new version of macOS and it’s having all sorts of weird issues right now: you’re not alone. We’re seeing a flood of reports from both users and developers of an issue preventing apps — particularly those not made by Apple — from properly launching. Most are reporting […] → Read More

Here’s everything Apple announced at the “One More Thing” event today –

Ready for more Apple news? Because it’s time for more Apple news. This morning the company hosted its third event in as many months, where they finally detailed how and why they’ll be shifting Macs to chips designed and built by Apple and showed off the first Macs that’ll make the jump. New MacBook Air, […] → Read More

All Slingbox devices will stop working in two years –

Back before just about every major TV network built a streaming app of their own, watching live TV on your smartphone was… tricky. One of the first relatively simple options was the Slingbox. You’d set it up between your cable box and your TV, plug it into your network, and bam: you’re streaming live TV, […] → Read More

The PlayStation 4 will be able to play PlayStation 5 games remotely –

Well, isn’t this a nice little surprise? This morning some PlayStation 4 owners are reporting the sudden and unexpected arrival of a new “PS5 Remote Play” app. While the app doesn’t do much yet (the PS5 isn’t out yet, after all), it seems meant to let you keep a PlayStation 5 in one room and […] → Read More

Apple acknowledges AirPods Pro issues, will replace those that crackle and rattle –

Are your AirPods Pro earbuds making weird noises? You’re not imagining it — and you’re not the only one. Just a few months after Apple started shipping AirPods Pro, some users started noticing that one or both of their earbuds were rattling or crackling. The noises would reportedly get worse whenever the user moved, and […] → Read More

Netflix is raising prices on most of its plans in the US –

Time for another Netflix price hike! About a year and a half after the last price increase, Netflix is bumping up the cost for most of its monthly plans in the US by one to two dollars. Here’s how the changes break down: The “Premium” plan (4k and 4 simultaneous streams) will go from $15.99 […] → Read More

Quibi says it will shutdown in early December –

Quibi is shutting down — we know that much for sure. But when? If you’re looking to blast through all 25 episodes of the Reno 911 revival series before Quibi calls its quits, how long do you actually have? While it seems even Quibi isn’t 100% certain yet, they’ve at least now given users a […] → Read More

Google Assistant, Maps, and Search can now help you figure out where to vote –

Election Day approaches! Still not sure where the nearest polling place or ballot drop box is? Google wants to help. This morning the company rolled out a handful of features across Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Search, all meant to kick in when a user seems to be looking for information on voting locations. […] → Read More

Here’s everything Apple announced at its “Hi, Speed” iPhone event today –

Just shy of one month after their last event, Apple was back today with another one. Everyone had a pretty good feeling this would be the one where they announced this year’s new iPhone… instead, Apple announced four new iPhones, plus a new HomePod for good measure. Didn’t have time to follow along live? Here’s […] → Read More

Adobe’s ‘Liquid Mode’ uses AI to automatically redesign PDFs for mobile devices –

We’ve probably all been there: you’ve been poking around your phone for an hour, deep in some sort of Google research rabbit hole. You finally find a link that almost certainly has the info you’ve been looking for. You tap it.. aaaand it’s a fifty page PDF. Now you get to pinch and zoom your […] → Read More

Here are the 19 companies presenting at Alchemist Accelerator Demo Day XXV today –

When Alchemist Accelerator shifted its Demo Day to virtual earlier this year, Alchemist director and founder Ravi Belani told me it was a move he expected the team to stick with for some time. Nearly half a year later it’s time for another Demo Day — and sure enough, with the pandemic still ongoing, it’s […] → Read More

Kiri is a screen-free smart toy meant to help kids learn languages and more –

After six months of sheltering in place (and now weeks of hiding from wildfire smoke) alongside a toddler who never seems to run out of energy, I’m the last person who would try to make anyone feel bad for giving their kid some screen time. But if a company wants to build a toy that […] → Read More

Rally wants to make big group video calls more fun, more real and maybe less exhausting –

Another day, another video meeting. Or video happy hour. Or video birthday party. Another grid of 30 faces, all sort of trying to have one conversation. While it’s beyond wonderful to have access to these big group video chat platforms during this pandemic dumpster fire, they’re all a bit… exhausting. Part of that is just […] → Read More

Three years later, Google Maps is back on the Apple Watch –

Google Maps has had a sort of spotty relationship with the Apple Watch over the years. Google first shipped a Watch-friendly build of Maps back in September of 2015, just months after the Apple Watch first hit the shelves. In 2017, however, Google nixed Map’s Watch support with little more than a suggestion that it’d […] → Read More

Hear Y Combinator’s Eric Migicovsky and Chrysalis Cloud’s Kate Whitcomb talk hardware at Disrupt 2020 –

As has been said so many times before: “Hardware is hard.” But has building a hardware company gotten any easier over the years? Or has 2020 introduced all new challenges of its own? At Disrupt 2020 — our first ever entirely virtual Disrupt! — we’ll be joined by two people who have tons of insight […] → Read More

Nintendo is remaking the first portable gaming system it ever built –

Quick, what was the first portable gaming system Nintendo made? If you said “Game Boy”… solid guess, but not quite. For nearly a decade before Nintendo released that iconic gray beast, it was making the Game & Watch — a collection of handheld devices, each dedicated to playing just one or two simple games and, […] → Read More

Here are the 94 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 2 –

And we’re back! Today was part two of Y Combinator’s absolutely massive Demo Day(s) event for its Summer 2020 class. As we outlined yesterday, this is the first YC accelerator class to take place entirely online, from the day zero interviews all the way on through to their eventual demo day debut. We talked with […] → Read More