• This is the Qylatron — the next generation in security and bag check

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 21:29 GMT

    Your TSA pre-checked status may not carry as great of an advantage if this new security system goes into effect. Thanks to Qylur’s brand new Qylatron Entry Experience Solution, we may have finally found a more efficient way of getting through airport security. The honeycomb-like machine is nothing short of the security system of the future — currently being tested at Levi’s Stadium, Home to both the 49ers and to some of the most sophisticated technology in the sports world (thanks Silicon Valley!), the Qylatron scans a visitor’s ticket, and then directs her to one of five microwave-sized pods to drop off her bags. The visitor walks through a metal detector, and by the time she’s reached the other side, she’ll either be able to retrieve her belongings (if nothing suspicious has been detected), or she’ll be locked out of the pod, alerting security to do a more thorough check. Bags are examined within the Qylatron using a combination of X-rays, chemical sensors, and machine AI, making for a much more sophisticated system than those currently in place at large venues or airports. And because Qylur claims that it can scan 600 passengers with one bag each in just an hour and requires the help of just four human operatives, the Qylatron is being heralded as the most sophisticated security machine ever. Related: Baby boomers are more security conscious than millennials, says Symantec Already operational in Disneyland Paris, the Qylatron has a bright future ahead. The TSA recently launched an 18-month trial for the Qylatron to be implemented in airports across the country, and with California football fans currently experiencing the efficiency of the Qylatron at Levi’s Stadium, this strange new machine just may become the new standard in security. “We expect several more rollouts in 2016 across stadiums, amusement parks, and other large public venues,” Qylur CEO Lisa Dolev said in a Wired interview.  So if you find yourself face-to-face with a Qylatron, step right up and don’t be alarmed. It’s just what 21st century screening looks like. Also watch: Raimond de Hullu's vision for Oas1s green buildings Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »This is the Qylatron — the next generation in security and bag check

  • MIT's ingestible tracker works like a high-tech stethoscope to measure vital signs from inside the …

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 21:28 GMT

    A new all-in-one vital signs tracker is boosting the field of medical ingestibles. About the size of a daily multivitamin, MIT’s new ingestible tracker can measures things like heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and more. Because of the nature of ingestibles, the tracker can only remain inside the body for a day or two, but while it’s in there, it can measure all these important vital signs from within the gastrointestinal tract. MIT’s device puts a new spin on previous attempts to develop ingestibles for medical purposes. Some ingestibles can already capture internal images or measure body temperature, and the latest research from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory combines this functionality with inspiration from the classic stethoscope. Related: Hands on: AmpStrip is a fitness tracker you stick on like a Band Aid This particular tracker uses audio recording technology that works like a tiny microphone to capture acoustic data. A proprietary signal processing system then translates these acoustic patterns into medical signals, such as heartbeat and respiration rate. Each source of sound has to be a distinguishable element of the tracker’s recording. In this way, researchers can single out noise produced by either the heart or lungs and cut out background interference. Military personnel would be able to make great use of an ingestible tracker. Immediate diagnostics for conditions like extreme fatigue, dehydration, hypothermia, or shock could keep soldiers safer and healthier in war zones. And although the ingestible device only remains in the body for a short time, a device as small as a multivitamin pill would be easy to transport so soldiers can re-up when necessary. Currently, doctors and nurses measure vital signs using things like electrocardiograms, pulse oximetry, and even traditional stethoscopes. These tools help doctors diagnose heart and lung diseases, but they also have certain shortcomings — such as the fact that they only return information for a short period of time. Conversely, MIT’s ingestible sensor would make it easier for patients under long-term observation. Existing long-term monitoring solutions typically require patients to wear uncomfortable external monitors 24 hours a day. This often leads patients to remove the devices for hours at a time, which creates inaccurate medical data. With this swallowable stethoscope, MIT’s research team could revolutionize the discomfort and inefficiency caused by old technologies. More »MIT's ingestible tracker works like a high-tech stethoscope to measure vital signs from inside the body

  • Don’t want to hand a $600 smartphone to a kid? Yip Yap has the perfect solution

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 21:23 GMT

    In today’s world, giving a smartphone to a child is not seen as that big of a deal, but it can still lead to disaster. Yip Yap has announced a new way to let your kid play mobile games and call people without borrowing your $600 smartphone. It is called Pipsqueak, a new Bluetooth mobile targeted at children aged three to eight years old. The device is cheap, built to last, and offers a lot of the functionality found on a regular smartphone. Related: YouTube Kids goes global following a sticky launch Parents can create an approved caller list, letting their kid call close family and friends. Mobile calls to the parent’s smartphone can also be diverted to the Pipsqueak. Since the device uses Bluetooth, it will use the parent’s cellular contract. Games will be available on the Pipsqueak, but instead of approving games from the Google Play store, Yip Yap will build or port them onto the mobile. Snake and Angry Pirates are the two games mentioned on the campaign page, but Yip Yap claims it will build a robust gaming catalog in the near future. Kids will also be able to listen to music and watch videos on Pipsqueak, which will sport 4GB of internal storage and up to 32GB of expandable storage. Yip Yap will handle media imports on its website, where parents can convert videos to fit the 2.4-inch display. A microphone is available on Pipsqueak, letting kids record their own voice and play it back in slow motion or high pitch. Yip Yap has added a soundboard to the device, which includes hundreds of noises — sound themes will be available on the website. Yip Yap Universe is already starting to design new games, videos, soundboards, wallpapers, and screensavers. Kids can also customize their Pipsqueak with seven color options and a swappable disc on the back. The Pipsqueak is available for $70 on Indiegogo, with a delivery date of May 2016. For those who don’t want to wait, a $90 option is available with December 2015 shipping. More »Don’t want to hand a $600 smartphone to a kid? Yip Yap has the perfect solution

  • RPG-brawler Dragon Quest Heroes coming to Steam in December

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 21:00 GMT

    Square Enix’s RPG-inspired beat-’em-up Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to PC platforms via Steam by the end of the year, and players eager to join the brawl can purchase the game prior to its release at a discount for a limited time. The bonus-bundled Slime Edition of Dragon Quest Heroes is currently up for pre-order via Steam for $54. Related:  Dragon Quest Builders embarks on a Minecraft-inspired journey in January Featuring an array of characters and creatures from Square Enix’s long-running Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Heroes opts out of the traditional turn-based gameplay of its ancestors and places players in the middle of sprawling battlefields filled with hundreds of enemy characters. Players head into battle alongside AI-controlled partner characters in a bid to capture enemy outposts and clear out invading armies. Dragon Quest Heroes is developed by Omega Force, creator of the popular brawlers Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. The company has produced multiple beat-’em-ups based on licensed properties in recent years, including Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage and One Piece: Pirate Warriors. Omega Force recently partnered with Nintendo in developing Hyrule Warriors, an over-the-top Wii U brawler inspired by the Legend of Zelda franchise. Dragon Quest Heroes follows suit with settings and narrative content adapted from Square Enix’s RPG series. The Steam version of Dragon Quest Heroes includes eleven Slime Weapons previously released as DLC for the PlayStation 4 edition. Also included are two bonus maps not featured in the game’s original console release. Dragon Quest Heroes promises strategy-oriented gameplay in addition to its brawling mechanics, allowing players to level up their party members to earn new combat skills. Monsters defeated in battle can also be enlisted and deployed to fight alongside the player, expanding the game’s tactical options. Dragon Quest Heroes will launch digitally via Steam for Windows PCs on December 3rd. Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »RPG-brawler Dragon Quest Heroes coming to Steam in December

  • Who's so vain? Carly Simon finally reveals who her hit song is all about

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:53 GMT

    Carly Simon is finally pulling the lid off of one of pop music’s longest-running mysteries, opening up about the subject of her classic 1972 song You’re So Vain. The singer says that the second verse of the hit is about famed actor/director Warren Beatty, with two other mystery men inspiring the song’s other verses, according to a recent interview with People. Simon and Beatty allegedly had a fling a few years before the song was written, inspiring her to pen the lyrics, “You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive/Well you said that we made such a pretty pair/ And that you would never leave/But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me/I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee.” Related: Tom Petty to bring classic cuts and new rarities to dedicated SiriusXM channel As far as the other two people with verses written in their image, Simon said she wouldn’t reveal their names until they suspected it was about them, saying, “Probably, if we were sitting over at dinner and I said ‘Remember that time you walked into the party and…’. I don’t know if I’ll do it. I never thought I would admit that it was more than one person.” The 70-year-old songwriter is preparing to release her memoirs, an upcoming autobiography she has titled Boys in the Trees, which likely contains more information surrounding the recording and original performances of the song, as well as the emotions that caused her to pen it in the first place. Rumored contenders for the other two men You’re So Vain centers around include Mick Jagger, and Simon’s ex-husband James Taylor. But, Simon says, Beatty, in a somewhat hilarious bit of irony — and even despite her going public about the fact that the track is about three people — still, “thinks the whole thing is about him.” More »Who's so vain? Carly Simon finally reveals who her hit song is all about

  • Looking to get a Moto X Style Pure Edition? Motorola adds 3 new designs

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:51 GMT

    In the holiday spirit yet? Motorola sure is. If you’re thinking of grabbing a Moto X Style Pure Edition — as a gift or for yourself — check out the three new unique designs Motorola is releasing in the lead up to the holiday season. The company is teaming up with designer Jonathan Adler, known for his home furnishings, on three eye-catching designs that will be available for pre-order on November 24. The designs are exclusively for the Moto X Style Pure Edition and will be available to purchase in the Moto Maker store on December 3. If you choose one of the special backs for your 32GB Moto X Style Pure Edition, you’ll pay $475 total. Related: 6 Moto X Style Pure Edition problems, and how to fix them The designs, as you can see above, include a polka-dot styled back, a back with two semi circles on the sides, and one with thick lines that resemble the shape of an X. This isn’t the first time Motorola released a limited-edition model of one of its devices. Last year, Verizon sold an exclusive Moto X (2014) with a football leather back. This year’s Moto X Style has leather and wood back options on Moto Maker. The Moto X Style Pure Edition, released in September, received high praise for its solid performance, much improved camera, beautiful and customizable design, as well as its low price, compared to other flagship smartphones. The phone has a higher pixel-per-inch density than the iPhone 6S Plus, sports a 5.7-inch screen, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor, along with 3GB of RAM. While the phone has average battery life, its fast charging capabilities sort of make up for it. The Moto X Style also has a MicroSD card slot if you ever need more space. Related: 10 handy Moto X Style Pure Edition tips and tricks The new designs add even more options to the already long list of Moto Maker customization options for the phone, and these ones are bound to be even more rare. Also watch: Motorola Moto 360 (2015) Review Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Looking to get a Moto X Style Pure Edition? Motorola adds 3 new designs

  • How to factory reset an iPhone (any generation)

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:45 GMT

    Updated on 11-19-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added updated info for iOS 9 and an explanation of the different reset options. A clean slate can do wonders in life, especially when it comes to the numerous gadgets and gizmos we use on a daily basis such as the Apple iPhone. Although performing a factory reset of your smartphone may not sound ideal — it essentially wipes your device of any and all personal settings and data you’ve acquired through the years — it’s occasionally necessary when troubleshooting your device for software errors or when retaining your private information is of the utmost importance, such as during a sales transaction or repair. Click on a link to jump to a section: How to factory reset an iPhone with iTunes How to factory reset an iPhone using the smartphone What do all the factory rest options mean However, restoring any iPhone to the original factory settings first available out of the box is simple a process requiring little more than your smartphone and a mere five minutes. Once completed, you’ll quickly notice all data and content — including songs, videos, contacts, photos, and calendar information — have automatically been deleted, thus safeguarding your personal information and preventing it from falling into the wrong hands should you sell your device. Here’s our quick guide on how to factory reset an iPhone so you can ditch the data before passing on your phone. The exact process for doing so may vary slightly depending on which version of iOS your iPhone is running, but it’s essentially the same regardless if you’re performing a factory reset using iTunes or merely your untethered phone. Furthermore, feel free to follow the same directions when performing a factory reset of your iPod Touch, iPad, or iPad Mini. How to factory reset an iPhone using iTunes Step 1: Prepare your iPhone for restoration Click the iTunes menu located on the left side of the main iTunes toolbar, select Check for Updates from the resulting drop-down menu and ensure you have the latest version of iTunes. If not, download and install the latest version thereof. Afterward, connect your iPhone to your computer via USB and click the gray  Back Up Now button when viewing the Summary tab for your given device in iTunes. Alternatively, follow our guide on how to use iCloud to back up the device you Apple’s remote servers. Although backing up your device is not necessary, doing so will store your photos, apps, contacts, settings, and other data so you can automatically restore other iOS devices from the backup down the line. Step 2: Restore your iPhone Once the backup is complete, click the gray  Restore iPhone button when viewing the Summary tab for your given device in iTunes. Click the  Restore button in the resulting pop-up window to confirm your decision, and if prompted, click the  Agree button to agree to the software license agreement and begin downloading the necessary iOS software file before restoring. Step 3: Ensure the phone was restored  Once the restoration process is complete — a process that may take up to several minutes — check to ensure the phone has been restored to the original factory settings. If done correctly, you’ll once again be presented with the iOS Setup Assistant upon startup, from which you can then restore your phone from backup or continue the process as if setting up a new phone entirely. It’s like it just came off the assembly line at Foxconn all over again. Next page: How to factory reset an iPhone using the smartphone How to factory reset an iPhone using the smartphone Step 1: Prepare your iPhone for restoration Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB and click the gray  Back Up Now button when viewing the Summary tab for your given device in iTunes. Alternatively, follow our guide on how to use iCloud to back up the device you Apple’s remote servers. Although backing up your device is not necessary, doing so will store your photos, apps, contacts, settings, and other data so you can automatically restore other iOS devices from the backup down the line. Step 1: Access the Reset menu Tap the main Settings icon when viewing the homescreen, select the General option on the resulting menu and tap the  Reset button at the bottom of the next page. Step 2: Reset your iPhone   Tap the blue  Erase All Content and Settings option second from the top, followed by the red  Erase iPhone option in the resulting pop-up window to confirm the decision. Step 3: Ensure the phone was restored Once the restoration process is complete — a process that may take up to several minutes — check to ensure the phone has been restored to the original factory settings. If done correctly, you’ll once again be presented with the iOS Setup Assistant upon startup, from which you can then restore your phone from backup or continue the process as if setting up a new phone entirely. Next page: What do all those different reset options mean? What do all those different reset options mean? When you’re resetting your phone, iOS presents you with a lot of different options, and it can be confusing to know which one to choose. Usually, you’ll need the full rest we’ve described above, but here’s an explanation of what the other options do, so that you can choose the best reset for your needs. It’s important to note that if you are selling your phone or turning it over to someone else, the only one that safely erases everything and takes your phone back to its original state is Erase All Contents and Settings. Reset all settings If you choose this option, you won’t lose all your data, but you will lose your settings and your Wi-Fi password. Manual settings will disappear, but you won’t miss your pictures, apps, or other content. Erase All Content and Settings This is the option we described at the start of this post, which erases everything from your device. Your settings, pictures, apps, and other data will all vanish for good — unless you preformed a backup like we recommended above. Reset Network Settings Sometimes you just need to refresh your network settings to get your phone connecting better. Choosing this option resets your network settings, flushes the cache, and deletes temporary files. It’s great for those of you who are having troubles with Wi-Fi connections. Reset Keyboard Dictionary Sometimes autocorrect can do more damage than good. If you feel like the iPhone is always suggesting typos and the wrong words to you based on your previous messages, you can reset the keyboard dictionary and start over from scratch. Reset Home Screen Layout Although most people like to set up their smartphone’s home screen with their favorite apps, sometimes it’s nice to refresh things. If you ever want to go back to the original home screen layout that came with your phone, you can choose this reset option. Rest Location & Privacy Sometimes when you start tapping around in settings, you can mess things up. If you want to go back to the phone’s original privacy and location settings, this is the rest for you. All your other info will remain intact. This article was originally published on Jan. 22, 2013 and updated on Aug. 11, 2014 to include an instructional video. Drew Prindle contributed to this article. More »How to factory reset an iPhone (any generation)

  • The 5 best phones you can safely hand over to your kids’ grubby paws

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:26 GMT

    These days, it takes more than simply ringing the steel triangle on your deck to round up the kids for supper. As generations have plodded along, the need for a more efficient way to maintain contact with our children from afar has only increased, bolstered by their growing thirst for independence and reliance on consumer technology. However, although cell phones have become the obvious solution for basic communication and contact in lieu of the landline — and to a lesser degree, the triangle — they still pose both a financial and safety risk. Updated on 11-13-15 by Rachel Grozanick: Added information on parental control apps and services, updated phone models and prices, and swapped out three previous options for new ones. It’s clear parents like to know where their children are, keep them safe from inappropriate websites or apps, and stop the wrong people from contacting them. Service plans like Kajeet allow parents to control the functions of their kids’ smartphones, limiting access to websites and contacts, controlling when the phone can and can’t be used, and apportioning the bill between parents and kids, if preferred. Related: 7 kid-friendly tablets to keep the little ones tamed However, adding a phone to your family can be enough change, without adding a new service, too. Thankfully, child-friendly cell phone alternatives are now abundant, as more companies address parents’ needs. Even though a phone is a great way for parents to maintain contact with their children, picking the right one isn’t easy. Parents must address crucial factors such as cost and control, while simultaneously appeasing their children with features like custom ringtones, games, photos, and texting, among other notable features. Moreover, the right cell phone allows parents to track their children via GPS, manage tasks, set call and game limitations, and even program speed dialing that’s accessible directly from front of the device. None of these phones boast the sheer power of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Apple’s iPhone 6S, but let’s be honest, kids don’t need it all. And pre-paid, no-contract devices offer more peace of mind than most things in life. Here are our top picks for the best smartphones and cell phones for kids, so you keep in contact with your loved ones at all times (even if they don’t want you to). The Best Kurio Phone ($130) Kurio no longer produces its smartphone offering for kids, but it’s still available from many different retailers and packs the biggest punch of all kid-geared phones — for parents and kids. The phone allows parents to keep track of their kids via a GPS monitoring system, and even allows them to set up “safe” and “danger” zones within the phone’s map. Kurio includes its unique kid-safe Web-surfing feature so parents won’t ever have to worry about their children stumbling across the wrong sites. Parents also have the ability to monitor any of the phone’s contacts, phone calls, text messages, or applications to their specific liking. Aside from the bevy of parental controls, the Kurio Phone grants supreme flexibility due to the fact it’s a fully unlocked Android smartphone. Parents pick the cell phone provider, the type of plan they wish to use, and have the option of avoiding constricting contracts. Kids get a cool phone with 25 pre-installed apps and without a the childish trappings that some kids — and most teens — dislike. Safe enough to allow parents to rest easy but powerful enough to give kids a taste of modern day smartphones, the Kurio Phone impresses across the board. The Rest FiLIP 2 ($150) There’s a total glut of smartwatch options for kids, but AT&T users definitely have the best option. The the FiLIP 2 is a wearable device which functions both as a locator and phone. The device syncs with a parent’s cell phone through a downloadable app for iOS and Android, granting parents direct control over the watch’s interface and the ability to set safe zones for cell phone usage. Additionally, the device boasts built-in location services, four color options (green, red, blue, and orange), and different-sized spacers so the watch can grow with kids. Parents can program the device to handle inbound and outbound calls for up to five numbers and even send their children short text messages that appear directly on the watch’s main display. Don’t have AT&T? Don’t worry — Verizon offers the GizmoPal VC100 and Swedish startup Tinitell has an unlocked watch that will work with any 2G GSM SIM card. Because really, who doesn’t like a watch that moonlights as a cell phone? Kisa phone ($135) Kisa, an Australian company, has created simple phones for the elderly, the vision-impaired, and kids. These phones allow children to call up to 10 pre-set phone numbers and to receive calls from anyone. With a large bright display that parents or children can customize by choosing from multiple options when they order, the Kisa phone is strictly rudimentary without a clunky or boring design. The back of the phone features an SOS button and can include allergy or contact information. The phone is light enough that kids could wear it on a lanyard to prevent it from getting lost on the playground. While the ordering and setting up process may be a little involved for non-Aussie parents (U.S. buyers must first purchase and activate a SIM card, then send it to Kisa in order for the phone to work) after the initial set up, changing the pre-programmed contacts is as easy as sending Kisa an email and using your own SIM card means you can choose the cheapest compatible carrier. Moto E 2 ($120-150) Taking the plunge and buying your kid a real, honest-to-goodness smartphone can be a bit scary, but it can also be worth the investment. Luckily, there are several great options that don’t break the bank — so you won’t be too upset if your kid’s trial run ends in a lost phone — but which still have many of the bells and whistles that merit springing for a smartphone in the first place. If your kid wants a phone that can grant her or him access to the Internet, let her or him download apps and stream video, isn’t super slow, and has a decent camera, the Motorola Moto E 2 is a great choice. Since the phone is Android operated, parents can use the app Kytephone to have full parental control without the hassle of servicing the phone through a separate provider. Best of all, you don’t have to sign up for a contract to get the phone at a reasonable price. Nokia Lumia 530 ($60) There are many perks to buying a Windows phone for your kid. Microsoft Office and OneDrive give your child the ability to access and complete homework on his or her smartphone. If your kid is really good at negotiating, that’s probably the angle he’ll use to convince you to buy him a smartphone but don’t be duped — he really wants a Windows phone because they’re uniquely designed to have special features for Xbox Live. We recommend the Nokia Lumia 530 because it has expandable memory — up to 128 GB — meaning your kid can take a bunch of photos, have a large music collection, and download lots of apps with no problem. Like the Moto E, the phone is unlocked, so you can purchase it for a very reasonable $60 and add a line to your pre-existing plan. Microsoft’s My Family can help you control which apps your child is able to download, but is definitely not as comprehensive a parental control plan as Kurio’s or the Kytephone app. More »The 5 best phones you can safely hand over to your kids’ grubby paws

  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Blue Ivy Carter provided guest vocals on new Coldplay album

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:20 GMT

    Coldplay’s new record A Head Full of Dreams will feature vocals from some big names, including the daughter of Jay Z and Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, and frontman Chris Martin’s former wife Gwyneth Paltrow. The two join a long list of names already known to have collaborated on the band’s upcoming seventh studio album, including Beyoncé herself, as well as Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, and pop singer Tove Lo, alongside recordings from Chris Martin’s own two children. Related: DJ Steve Aoki to collaborate with Bill Nye on new track What exactly each of the collaborators will contribute remains to be seen, but they were picked based on their close relationship to various members of the band. The group combines for an interesting mix of voices, especially the addition of Paltrow, who split with Martin in 2014, with the two officially divorcing in April of 2015. Martin described the impetus for the interesting series of partnerships, which were inspired by a poem called Guest House by 13th century poet Rumi according to a recent interview with the lead singer. “Everyone who got asked to sing on our album has an important part in our lives,” Martin said to the Wall St. Journal reporter, “I don’t want to get too hippie, but what I’m trying to learn in my life is the value of every human. Inclusiveness is the key thing, and it all comes from that Guest House poem. The “choir” started with my two kids coming in after school and recording. We recorded Blue Ivy Carter in New York when her mom Beyoncé was in the studio. It comes from learning about Greek tragedy, where the chorus chimes in at times. To me, when we use that sound, it’s to affirm what I’m saying. ‘We agree with you, Chris. Keep singing.’” Coldplay recently released the first single for the new record, an upbeat dance-pop number called Adventure Of A Lifetime. It’s the kind of club-style jam that the band hasn’t attempted before, and strikes new ground for the band and their millions of loyal fans. Overall, it appears Coldplay is taking a leap away from the introspective indie-pop of anthemic songs like Yellow and Clocks that originally brought them to international fame in the early 2000s. Regardless of what comes of this change of pace, it’s always impressive to see a band try to move beyond their roots for something new.  Head Full of Dreams will be released December 4. Also watch: Plugged Crown Headphones Review Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Gwyneth Paltrow, Blue Ivy Carter provided guest vocals on new Coldplay album

  • Beyond: Two Souls coming to PS4 next week, Heavy Rain out in 2016

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:19 GMT

    Quantic Dream’s cinematic adventure game Beyond: Two Souls is coming to the PlayStation 4 in North America on November 24th, studio co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere confirmed this week. The release follows up on Beyond‘s 2013 launch for the PlayStation 3, and the upgraded PS4 port will offer a slate of platform-exclusive features and additions. The previously released DLC chapter “Enhanced Experiments” will also be bundled as part of the digital package. Related: Cinematic adventures Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are coming to PS4, but only in Europe Beyond: Two Souls, the latest game from Indigo Prophecy developer Quantic Dream, is a narrative-driven adventure game and interactive film starring actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. Players navigate a twisting storyline that involves a young woman coming to grips with her recently discovered supernatural powers. The PlayStation 4 version of Beyond: Two Souls offers an alternate approach to the way its story is delivered, giving players the option of playing in-game events chronologically, instead of how they were originally presented on the PlayStation 3. The new feature is awarded as an unlockable bonus after completing Beyond: Two Souls for the first time. Beyond: Two Souls also boasts upgraded textures on the PlayStation 4, along with improved shadows, lighting, and motion blur effects rolled up into a consistent 1080p presentation. Controls for specific sequences have been improved for the PS4 edition, and the game will use the DualShock 4’s speaker to “improve immersion when playing as the Entity.” Players can additionally expect to see new social features in the upgraded PS4 version of Beyond: Two Souls. After each scene, player decisions are displayed alongside choices made by fellow players via the PlayStation Network. Quantic Dream revealed that its previous PlayStation 3 adventure game Heavy Rain is also due for a PlayStation 4 release in the coming months. Players who purchase the PS4 edition of Beyond: Two Souls will be entitled to a discount for Heavy Rain when it hits the PlayStation Network on March 1st, 2016. More »Beyond: Two Souls coming to PS4 next week, Heavy Rain out in 2016

  • Asus Zenbook UX305CA review

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:17 GMT

    Editor’s Note: We originally reviewed the UX305 in April of 2015. The review has since been updated to reflect the most recent version of the notebook. The Asus Zenbook was the notebook to buy when ultrabooks were first introduced, and over the intervening years it has remained one of the most impressive options available. Subsequent updates weren’t always been outstanding, but most were at least better than average, and a few pushed PC laptops to new limits. The outrageously expensive Zenbook NX500, with its Quantum Dot display, is one example. Yet not all systems in the lineup are expensive. In fact, Asus has pushed hard to keep prices down, and the fruits of that labor can be seen in the UX305CA. This 13-inch notebook packs an Intel Core m3 6Y30 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid state drive and 1080p display. All of this is available for as little as $700. On paper, at least, it compares well. The Dell XPS 13 is more expensive in base guise, but has less memory and storage space. Samsung’s 12-inch ATIV Book 9, meanwhile, retails for $1,200 despite mostly similar hardware. The LG gram 14Z950 and HP Spectre x360 also sell for several hundred more than this Asus. Can a $700 ultrabook really deliver, or does slashing the price mean cutting the quality? What color is the laptop? Trying to determine the color of the UX305 conjured horrific memories of the “what color is the dress?” debate. In different lights, to different people, it can appear silver, or gunmetal, or gray, or purple, and even the word cobalt was uttered once. The official name, which is “obsidian stone,” doesn’t help matters. Whatever you decide the color to be, there’s no debate it’s interesting, and uniquely Asus. The same can be said of the circular pattern etched into the laptop’s lid, a trait found nowhere else. Bill Roberson/Digital Trends Bill Roberson/Digital Trends Bill Roberson/Digital Trends Bill Roberson/Digital Trends While previous Zenbooks could be accused of aping the MacBook Air, the new model has a style all its own. It’s extremely thin, yet lacks any taper, and its dark gunmental-gray-purple finish covers both the exterior and interior. It’s more ThinkPad than MacBook, though an Asus logo on the lid makes it impossible to mistake the system as anything except an Asus. Related: Dell XPS 13 (2015) review Connectivity is better than expected, given the UX305’s size. It has three USB 3.0 ports, an SDcard reader and a combo headphone/microphone jack. The only potential disappointment is the mini-HDMI port, since this is not as widely used as mini-DisplayPort (still, an adapter is easy to find). Speaking of adapters, Asus ships the system with a USB-to-Ethernet dongle. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Thin laptops don’t have to have bad keyboards We’ve run into a lot of mediocre laptops in thin chassis. Most notebooks, like the LG gram 14Z950 and Samsung ATIV Book 9, manage a reasonable experience, but cramped quarters and poor key travel are common issues. Thankfully, the UX305 side-steps these issues entirely. It offers a spacious, supple key layout with an astonishing level of travel for the system’s thickness. There isn’t a Windows notebook on the market that’s less than half an inch thick, like this Zenbook, with a superior keyboard. There is a sacrifice required to achieve this result, and it’s the keyboard backlight, which is not available standard or as an option. Such an omission is unusual for a system in this price range, and buyers will have to decide if the superior keyboard is worth giving up convenient after-hours use. The touchpad doesn’t quite live up to the keyboard. There’s nothing wrong with it, exactly; its surface measures about four inches wide and three inches deep, which is respectable, and we had no issue with multi-touch scrolling. Yet it also doesn’t stand out, as it’s not overly large, or well textured, and the clicky left-right buttons have limited travel. Making the most of matte Opening the UX305 sprung a surprise on us; the system has a matte 1080p display (a 3,200 x 1,800 panel is option). That’s rare in systems not built explicitly for business use. The screen also doesn’t support touch, and that feature is not available as an option. Ditching gloss tends to limit maximum brightness and thus contrast, but the UX305 bucks that trend. The maximum brightness of 298 lux is similar to other notebooks. An Asus T300 Chi can hit 287 lux, and the Samsung ATIV Book 9 can reap an incredible 418 lux. The anti-glare coat is very effective, so this Zenbook is more usable in bright lighting than any of its competitors. Bill Roberson/Digital Trends Image quality was solid, if not exceptional. We measured a maximum contrast ratio of 720:1, which is excellent for any matte screen, and beats most notebooks we’ve tested. Color accuracy was solid, beating the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and LG gram 14Z950, though coming behind the HP Spectre x360 and the Dell XPS 13 by a hair. Black levels were solid at most brightness settings, though a bit high at maximum brightness, resulting in a slight loss of contrast from the maximum of 720:1 (achieved at 50 percent of maximum) to ratio of 680:1. Related: LG gram 14Z950 ultrabook review In practice, the solid image quality numbers translate to an enjoyable experience. Images looked accurate and thankfully avoided the washed-out appearance that can plague matte screens. Skin tones were rendered appropriately, which helped actors look their best, and the contrast ratio provided a sense of depth. I did notice that shadow details were at times obscured, however. Silhouettes in dark movies can become completely invisible as they blend into the rest of a scene. But here’s the thing to remember — this is a $700 notebook. For the price, there are very few screens that can come close. The only notebook with more image quality for your buck is Acer’s Chromebook 15 with a 1080p display. Audio quality takes a functional approach. Maximum volume was just enough to fill a small room with sound and there wasn’t much bass. The mid-range was crisp, however, so dialogue was easy to understand. That’s a good trait for fans of podcasts, audio books and video calls. Jogging to the finish line The UX305 was one of the first notebooks to embrace Intel’s Core m, and latest revision does not change course. It has th  Intel Core m3 6Y30, a chip with a measly 900MHz base clock but impressive 2.2GHz Turbo Boost. What does that mean for performance? Geekbench It seems this particular generational leap isn’t much of a leap at all, as the new UX305CA performs essentially the same as the old UX305FA, which had an M-5Y10 processor clocked at a base of 800MHz with a 2GHz Turbo Boost. Compared to other systems we’ve recently tested, the UX305 is certainly slower. The Surface Pro 4 is almost 50 percent quicker in multi-core performance and 40 percent quicker in single-core testing. This is not to say the Zenbook is inadequate or feels slow consistently, though, and it seems as if Intel has refined how the new chip performs in real-world situations. The old UX305FA dragged at times, especially while multi-tasking, but the UX305CA’s chip feels rather snappy. It does drag noticeably in demanding tasks — you’ll have to grab a beer and wait for almost an hour to encode even a short 4K video, for example — but for everyday use, the UX305 is sufficient, and it doesn’t feel slower than other systems in its price range. A 256GB solid state drive is standard on the UX305, which is notable. Most competitors have a 128GB SSD and ask at least $100 to double their storage. CrystalDiskMark recorded sequential read speeds of 467 megabytes per second and sequential writes of 422MB/s. These numbers are about average. The LG 14Z950 and HP Spectre x360 score similarly, but the Surface Pro 4 doubles the UX305CA’s write score, hitting 927MB/s. 3DMark BenchMark The Zenbook’s Intel HD 515 graphics solution put up a decent fight in 3DMark. Its Sky Diver test score of 2,699 is better than that achieved by the old model, and also beats the LG 14Z950, HP Spectre x360 and Dell XPS 13 we last tested. However, we haven’t seen versions of those systems with a 6th generation Core chip yet. The Surface Pro 4, which had Intel’s new HD 520 graphics, beat the UX305 with ease. The UX305 is okay, but it’s no powerhouse, and it’s not going to play new 3D games well. That was proven by a quick romp in  Heroes of the Storm. At 1080p resolution and low setings, with anti-aliasing off, the game averaged only 26 frames per second. Turning the detail all the way up reduced the already shaky gameplay to an average of 6 FPS. That’s certainly not playable. Core M doesn’t deliver in battery life, again Official specifications list the Zenbook at 12.3 millimeters thick, which works out to a hair less than half an inch. While the chassis is rounded at the edges, it’s not significantly tapered, so the official figure holds true throughout. We weighed the system at two and seventh-tenths pounds, which is slightly less than the 13-inch MacBook Air, and about on par with the Surface Book Pro 4 (when the Type Cover is attached). The LG gram 14Z950 is lighter, but most others in this category are a tad heavier. The Peacekeeper web browsing benchmark, a loop that runs until the battery dies, ate through a full charge in five hours and 25 minutes. Our web browsing loop, which is less demanding and includes some idle time, extended life to seven hours and two minutes. That’s a modest result, but it’ll be enough to put many users through a work day (since most people don’t use their laptop on battery every waking moment). On the other hand, the Asus’ life still feels a bit disappointing. Excellent portability is expected from a thin and light system like the UX305, but the only slightly more expensive Dell XPS 13 lasts far longer. The HP Spectre x360 and Microsoft Surface Pro 4 perform similarly. However, these competitors have standard Core processors, and so outperform this Asus in benchmarks. Related: Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013) review Power draw figures were typical for a modern notebook. We recorded seven watts of power consumption at idle with the display at half brightness, and eight watts with the display at maximum brightness. Full system load spiked at just 14 watts. These figures are low across the board, so the UX305 is a solid pick if you’d like a system with minimal power draw. Silent heat Like every passively cooled system, the UX305 has no fan to generate noise, which means it is perfectly silent. That’s a win for anyone who hates the whirr of a PC in the background. At idle the system’s external temperature reaches a maximum of 84.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which is extremely comfortable. The older HP Spectre x360 with 5th-gen Core processor was cooler, but the XPS 13 idled at 90 degrees, and keep in mind both of those alternatives have active cooling. Bill Roberson/Digital Trends At full load, the UX305 with Skylake only hits 100 degrees Fahrenhetti. That’s warm, but not for a system of its size, and certainly not for a laptop without a cooling fan. In this area the new UX305 not only beats the previous version, but also beats all the competitors we’ve recently tested. Warranty Like most laptops, the Asus Zenbook UX305 ships with a one year warranty on parts and labor. It is rare for a PC to ship with a standard warranty longer than this. Conclusion Asus’ Zenbook UX305 reaffirms the brand’s position as the premier building of budget ultrabooks. A mere $700 will snag you a lightweight system with a solid 1080p display, class-leading keyboard and twice the hard drive capacity found in most competitors. When all the pros and cons are tallied, this Asus stands out as one of the best values around. Intel’s Core M remains a bit weak, however. The chip consistently failed to deliver the incredible battery life it was supposedly built for. Sure, it sips power at idle, but under load it doesn’t seem much more efficient than any other Core processor. Of course, without Core M, the UX305 wouldn’t be as thin or as light as it is, nor could it be passively cooled. As compromises go, those asked by this Zenbook aren’t bad, and the downsides are offset by the price. There’s no competitor at $700 that offers so much for so little. Even the Dell XPS 13, though generally superior, delivers half the hard drive capacity and RAM at its entry-level $800 price point. If you’re on a budget and need a capable, portable laptop, look no further. The Asus Zenbook UX305 is for you. Highs Featherweight and super slim Outstanding keyboard High contrast, glare-free 1080p display Very affordable Lows Modest performance Available at: Amazon More »Asus Zenbook UX305CA review

  • This discreet wristband lets you shoot fireballs from your seemingly bare hands

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 20:13 GMT

    Have you ever wanted the power to shoot fireballs from your hands? With Pyro Mini, you finally can. You can wear this compact fireball shooter on your wrist, or hide it for maximum effect. Pyro Mini was created for professional magicians, but due to the fact that shooting fire from your hands is a universally desirable ability, Pyro and this new miniature version have caught the eye of more than just the magic community. For the curious, the device’s firepower relies on the functionality of flash paper: a highly flammable substance that is a staple for dramatic performers. Pack the right amount of flash paper and cotton into the small Pyro Mini wrist box, and you’re ready to go. With the press of a button, the balls launch out of the tubes and bust into flame. If you’re worried about burning down your apartment, the kit includes extensive instructions for getting the material proportions just right. Related: Capture the colors of July 4 with these simple tips for photographing fireworks Ellusionist The Pyro mini is made up of two main components. First and foremost, there’s the fireball launcher itself, which is essentially a set of two reloadable barrels hooked up to an electronic trigger system. This little module can be held in your hand, or worn on the wrist with a detachable strap. The compact, removable wrist strap is so discrete that you might as well tell people it’s magic when you shoot fireballs 40 feet into the air. The second piece of the Pyro Mini equation is a wireless trigger remote that can activate fireballs from a distance of about 30 feet. You can activate fireballs without even being in the room (but please play responsibly). Better yet, the entire Pyro Mini setup runs on a rechargeable battery that hooks up with a standard microUSB cable, and can last for up to 600 shots before needing to charge. “Magic is one of the oldest forms of entertainment, and audiences are becoming more discerning and street smart,” Ellusionist representative Geraint Clarke says. “It’s up to us to embrace the shift in technology and start to incorporate new and innovative design into the magic industry.” Pyro Mini only went on sale this week, and it’s already received a boatload of praise from magicians and mortals alike. The device comes with a full guarantee from Ellusionist, and you can order it for about $147 through the company’s website. More »This discreet wristband lets you shoot fireballs from your seemingly bare hands

  • Freddie Mercury to be immortalized in biopic from Theory of Everything writer

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 19:58 GMT

    The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten has been tapped to write the script for a new Freddie Mercury biopic from GK Films, tentatively titled Bohemian Rhapsody, according to Deadline. It’s a movie that has been in the works for quite some time, first making news when comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen signed on to star in 2010. Baron Cohen eventually dropped out from the project in 2013, and many in the industry considered the project dormant. But, having hired McCarten to pen the script, producers are now courting another British actor, Spectre’s Ben Whishaw (aka Q), to play Mercury. Related: The latest look at HBO series Vinyl shows a record exec on the edge Sony Pictures may also be on board to produce the film, holding the rights to the project until executives have an opportunity to read the new script. Whoever producers get to star, the studio will likely have an excellent screenplay. McCarten knows his way around biopics, having won two academy awards for his role as a producer and screenwriter for The Theory of Everything, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. And there’s already a story to adapt; Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan wrote a draft of the film back when Baron Cohen was attached. Baron Cohen reportedly left the project over creative differences with Queen’s surviving band members, who allegedly didn’t want a warts-and-all music film a-la  Walk the Line. Guitarist Brian May, however, said it was Cohen’s distracting comedic past that was the problem, and was quoted in Rolling Stone saying, “In the end, we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting. What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie.” The latest revision of the film has no set release date, and, with a script yet to be written and an unconfirmed cast, is probably still a few years away from the silver screen. More »Freddie Mercury to be immortalized in biopic from Theory of Everything writer

  • Halo World Championships prize pool gets a big boost from REQ packs

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 19:45 GMT

    After Halo 4‘s multiplayer community all but died shortly after the game’s launch, 343 Industries and Microsoft focused heavily on the eSports scene to ensure that Halo 5 didn’t meet the same fate. This included the “Halo World Championship” competition, which began with a prize pool of $1 million, and thanks to REQ pack sales in the new game, that number is now much higher. The Halo World Championship kicks off with “Online Ladders” on December 6, with the finals not taking place until late March. But this long wait should be worth it: As of now, the prize pool stands at $1.7 million, and this number will continue to increase with REQ pack sales over the coming months. There will be 16 teams in the final rounds, including six from North America, one from South America, two from Australia/New Zealand, one from Asia, and four from Europe. Registration information is available on the Halo World Championship’s official site. Related: Halo 5 update brings Big Team Battle and new maps If eSports isn’t your thing, 343 just also gave Halo 5 its first free content update, adding Big Team Battle mode (along with several objective-based variants), 48 new REQ cards, and the four new maps we detailed in a previous post: Guillotine, Recurve, Deadlock, and Basin. “Friendly fire” has also been disabled in the fast-death SWAT mode, which might be met with a bit of controversy. The majority of the new REQ cards are weapon skins and vehicle skins, including the “Woodland Scorpion,” the “Dying Star” Light Rifle skin, and the “Green Machine” weapon skin. Also included is the new “Shove It” assassination and a number of armor modifications, as well as a special card that is currently donated with “???” on the official announcement page. With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars Battlefront, are you still making your way back to Halo 5: Guardians‘ multiplayer? Let us know in the comments! More »Halo World Championships prize pool gets a big boost from REQ packs

  • Meet the app experts say ISIS used to send secret messages

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 19:45 GMT

    The notable customers page of startups is often riddled with celebrity names, big brands, or other cultural thought leaders. Every once in awhile, however, having great technology attracts some rather despicable attention, which is what happened to Telegram, a free Android, iOS, Mac/Windows, and Web app whose “Secret Chat” function was apparently utilized by terrorists associated with extremist group ISIS, using it to not only communicate but to also distribute documents like ISIS’ magazine, Dabiq. The function in question gives users the opportunity to send end-to-end encrypted messages, which theoretically means that only the senders and the receivers can read them. But as it turns out, when the whole world is against you, even supposedly secure, end-to-end encryption won’t protect you. As Motherboard originally reported, a Wednesday blog post from operational security expert “the Grugq” noted a number of issues with Telegram that may have rendered it relatively insecure when used by terrorists. “Telegram is error-prone, has wonky homebrew encryption, leaks voluminous metadata, steals the address book, and is now known as a terrorist hangout. I couldn’t possibly think of a worse combination for a safe messenger,” he commented. And of course, it doesn’t help that Telegram is now on ISIS’ case as well. Upon learning that their service was being used for more insidious purposes, the messaging app blocked 78 ISIS-related channels that operated in 12 languages, and added that the company was “disturbed to learn that Telegram’s public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda.” The company also has plans to implement tools that make it “easier … for our users to report objectionable public content in the upcoming update of Telegram this week.” This week we blocked 78 ISIS-related channels across 12 languages. More info on our official channel: https://t.co/69Yhn2MCrK — Telegram Messenger (@telegram) November 18, 2015 Related: Facebook user named ‘Isis’ has her account suspended But even without these (still much needed) updates, the Grugq points out that ISIS has overestimated their own technical prowess — “Users will make security mistakes and register with their personal mobile numbers,” said the expert, and as a recent tweeted of an ISIS forum thread reveals, members had indeed signed up for the service with their far more traceable, far less secure, individual cell numbers. While Telegram initially defended its accessibility to groups like ISIS, with Russian founder Pavel Durov saying in September, “I don’t think we should feel guilty about this. I still think we’re doing the right thing — protecting our users privacy,” the company is certainly facing increased pressure to crack down on terrorism in light of recent attacks. The app currently reports some 12 billion messages sent every day by their 60 million users, some of whom are allegedly members of terrorist groups. Also watch: How Power Companies Plan to Meet Electric Vehicle Charging Needs Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Meet the app experts say ISIS used to send secret messages

  • Volkswagen’s quirky Denim and Dune Beetles target hipsters and desert warriors

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 19:43 GMT

    Volkswagen is revisiting a pair of concepts with two new production-ready, special-edition Beetles for the LA Auto Show. First up is a tribute to the 1970s Beetle Jeans model called the Beetle Denim. Using the Volkswagen Beetle convertible as the starter, the automaker adds a Pure White or Stonewashed Blue exterior, dark-blue soft top with denim-like textured fabric, and a unique interior. Designers overhauled the cabin to include a light blue and silver dash, denim-inspired cloth and leatherette seats, and jeans-style pockets with red Beetle tabs. The Beetle Denim also comes with the brand’s MIB II infotainment system with a 5.0-inch display, a rearview camera and AUX/USB/iPod/Bluetooth connectivity. Men in Black II is not pre-loaded on the system, apparently. The only powertrain option will be a turbocharged 1.8-liter TSI four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That’s connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Volkswagen has capped production at 2,000 units and is calling the 2016 Beetle Denim a “value model,” so we shouldn’t expect too much of a price premium. Beetle Denim Also debuting on the LA show floor will be the production version of the German automaker’s Beetle Dune Concept (as shown last year). Inspired by “Baja Bugs” that tear up sandy terrain, the Beetle Dune wears a unique front fascia with a honeycomb grille, aluminum skid plate, polished aluminum rocker panels, black wheel arches, a graphics package, new rear bumper, a spoiler, and LED taillights. Keeping with the off-road theme, the 2016 Beetle Dune has a higher ride height than standard, wider track, and 18-inch Canyon-style wheels with all-season rubber. Should buyers want more dune-running goodies, Volkswagen will offer a Lighting Package with bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, and an LED license-plate holder. Inside there’s a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats with orange contrast stitching, an MIB II infotainment system with a 6.3-inch display, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Related: Volkswagen reveals its Beetle Dune concept in Detroit Like the Beetle Denim, Volkswagen’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed automatic will provide motivation. Both models will go on sale early next year and Volkswagen will offer a convertible version of the Beetle Dune soon after. More »Volkswagen’s quirky Denim and Dune Beetles target hipsters and desert warriors

  • That’s a Civic?! Honda’s 2016 Coupe looks better than any econobox has a right to

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 19:41 GMT

    Hot on the heels of the redesigned Civic sedan’s arrival in showrooms, the 2016 Honda Civic coupe has debuted at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Like the 10th-generation sedan, the Civic coupe benefits from a new platform, engines, and tech, but adds a little extra style as well. Styling is the major selling point of a coupe, and this one has plenty of it. The Civic coupe remains remarkably close to the well-received concept that debuted at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, with cab-rearward proportions and a fastback roofline. It’s longer, lower, and wider than the last Civic coupe, which is always a good recipe for a stylish automobile. Besides the deletion of two doors, the coupe shares many design details with the Civic sedan, including a front fascia with Honda’s new corporate grille treatment. The coupe does ride one inch lower than the sedan, and has its own taillight design that connects the two C-shaped lights with a piece running across the rear deck lid. Powertrain offerings are the same as the sedan’s. That means base models get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, while a 1.5-liter turbocharged four with 174 hp and 162 lb-ft is available as an upgrade. In the sedan, the 2.0-liter can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic, while the CVT is mandatory with the 1.5-liter turbo. Expect that to be the case with the coupe as well. Honda says the 2016 Civic coupe interior boasts 8.4 cubic feet of extra space compared to the outgoing model, likely a product of the new car’s slightly larger footprint. The seating position is also slightly lower than in the previous-generation coupe, for a sportier feel. Honda also tried to dress up this economy-car interior with a soft-touch instrument panel, real stitching on trim bits in higher-level models, and a smattering of LEDs. Related: 2016 Honda Civic first drive The coupe also gets the same tech upgrades as the Civic sedan. The headline item is a new Android-based Display Audio system with 7.0-inch touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. A Garmin-developed navigation system is available on certain trim levels, along with the Honda Sensing bundle of electronic driver aids. The 2016 Honda Civic coupe launches in March 2016 as the second body style in the 10th-generation Civic family. Honda will also offer a five-door hatchback in the U.S. at a later date, plus sporty Si and Type R models. More »That’s a Civic?! Honda’s 2016 Coupe looks better than any econobox has a right to

  • Catch up on all the Apple Watch 2 rumors and news

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 19:11 GMT

    Apple’s first plunge into the wearable world is just getting started, but rumors of the Apple Watch 2 are already heating up. Even though the launch of a second-generation Apple Watch is clearly in the distant future, Apple is presumed to be hard at work on the project, so no doubt the rumors will come pouring in about the device over the coming months. Updated on 11-19-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in report that Apple will use a second supplier to make more Apple Watch 2 units. Here are all the first rumors about the next Apple Watch: Launch date and supplier rumors Although Apple’s never said how many units of the first Apple Watch it has sold so far, reports consistently suggest that it’s a pretty high number — especially for a smartwatch. With analysts reporting that Apple may sell 10 million watches before the year is out, DigiTimes hints that the company may be looking for a second supplier to make more Apple Watches next year. Inventec, Wistron, and Foxconn are reportedly in talks with Apple regarding production of the Apple Watch 2. Of course, this is just a rumor, and nothing is final yet. Related: You can buy the official Apple Watch Dock online now Apple has its contractors sign strict non-disclosure agreements when building new products, but Quanta Computer’s chairman Barry Lam may have accidentally revealed the launch date for the Apple Watch 2. In minutes of an investors’ meeting, spotted by G4Games, Lam said the Apple Watch 2 was already in development, with a planned launch in the second quarter of 2016. Quanta is the sole manufacturer of the original Apple Watch, so it does seem likely Apple would continue to use the Taiwanese manufacturer for future wearable projects. Lam said that while stores will start selling the Apple Watch 2 in the second quarter, mass production will not start until the third quarter next year. That fits with analyst predictions for the Apple Watch 2 launch date. Related: Apple Watch reaches 7 million sales, but will miss ambitious analyst predictions Launching in the second quarter means that Apple will most likely reveal the Apple Watch 2 at its new March event, where it announced the original Apple Watch and 12-inch MacBook last year. Either that, or it announces the Apple Watch 2 at WWDC 2015, but that seems unlikely since WWDC is a software event for developers. No big design changes planned A new report out of South Korea, which was spotted by G4Games, states that the next Apple Watch will stick with its original design and form factor. The Apple Watch 2 will supposedly sport the same rectangular screen sizes with the same resolution, and the body of the watch will be identical to the current model. The report claims that the Apple Watch 2 won’t be any thinner — even though the display thickness is said to be shaved down — because the battery will be made larger. Apparently, both LG and Samsung are creating the displays for the next Apple Watch. This might allow the Apple Watch 2 to be compatible with all of the straps made for the original Apple Watch. A camera for FaceTime calls Apple wants to make the Watch 2 appealing even to those that already own the Watch, and plans to add some new features to make the wearable more appealing. That’s according to 9to5Mac’s intrepid Marc Gurman, who writes that future Apple Watches will sport a front-facing video camera for FaceTime conversations and much-enhanced wireless capabilities. Sources told 9to5Mac that it’ll sit near the top of a future Apple Watch’s display and enable wearers to make and receive video calls right from their wrists. That wouldn’t make the next-generation Apple Watch the first smartwatch to pack a camera — that dubious honor goes to the Samsung Galaxy Gear — but it’d be the first with camera placed in an orientation suited to video calling on a smartwatch (the Galaxy Gear’s faces outward). Samsung’s Galaxy Gear with camera. Related: Finally you can reserve an Apple Watch and pick it up in-store The feature, should it make it to market, would be a surprising but not entirely unexpected addition. Apple arguably laid the groundwork for a camera with FaceTime Audio audio integration in watchOS 2.0, the forthcoming Apple Watch update. However, many believe that the report won’t actually prove true. More iPhone-free activities However, video calling is no good without solid connectivity. That’s where making the Apple Watch “tether-less” comes in. Allowing the Apple Watch to do more without a Bluetooth connection to your phone is part of an internal Apple initiative, 9to5Mac claims. Apparently, a “more dynamic” wireless chip will let next-generation Apple Watches perform tasks without needing to be connected to an iPhone over Bluetooth. The current-generation Apple Watch already uses Wi-Fi for app updates and simple messaging, but the report implies that the new chip will enable features like heavier data transfer and router triangulation for improved location accuracy. Of course, FaceTime video and more powerful wireless connectivity will come at an unsurprising cost: power. In fact, 9to5Mac says the increased consumption will largely negate any battery improvements. It’s a trade-off that Apple may be comfortable with, Gruman reports. Through the course of market research, the company found that the majority of Apple Watch owners are satisfied with its current one-day battery life. Related: Apple shows off new Apple Watch features The FaceTime camera and improved wireless are as of now slated for a second-generation Apple Watch, which is expected to be introduced in 2016, but 9to5Mac reports that plans may change depending on the “roadmap” and “component availability.” More expensive models and new materials One apparent certainty for the next Apple Watch, though, is more expensive models. The company is exploring price points between the $1,000 stainless steel Apple Watch and $10,000 18-karat gold Edition. 9to5Mac suggests the material used to make the watch casing and strap will still dictate the price, and materials like titanium, tungsten, palladium, platinum, and so on may be introduced to the lineup. Some may question the wisdom of wrist-based video calling and platinum smartwatches, but others might call them the inevitable march of progress. Whatever your opinion, Apple’s plans are undeniably ambitious, and it’ll be interesting to see just what form they ultimately take. We’ll keep you updated here on all the rumors about the next Apple Watch. Previous Updates:  Updated on 11-13-2015 by David Curry: Added in report that the Apple Watch 2 may launch on Q2 2016. Updated on 07-02-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added report that the Apple Watch 2 won’t change much design-wise, but it may have a bigger battery. Also watch: How Apple Is Beating Intel at Its Own Game Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Catch up on all the Apple Watch 2 rumors and news

  • Milla Jovovich gets geriatric in new photo from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 19:09 GMT

    The Resident Evil movie franchise reaches its conclusion in 2017 with the appropriately titled  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. With filming on the final installment of the series now underway in South Africa, series star Milla Jovovich recently posted a photo from the set of the film featuring the makeup and prosthetics she’ll wear as an older version of Alice, the character she’s played through all five installment of the series so far. Related: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will indeed be the final movie in the series, says Ali Larter Posted to Instagram, the photo features the work of some talented makeup and prosthetic experts who helped Jovovich get into character as “Old Alice.” Jovovich has endeared herself to fans of the franchise with frequent updates from the sets of the last few Resident Evil films, offering up behind-the-scenes photos, video, and early peeks at the development of the films. Set in the immediate aftermath of the previous film,  Resident Evil: RetributionThe Final Chapter finds Alice once again battling the forces of the evil Umbrella Corporation. Now with its sights set on eradicating the remaining survivors of the undead apocalypse, Umbrella must overcome yet another challenge from Jovovich’s Alice, who must first regain the superhuman abilities she lost in the prior film if she has any hope of saving humanity. Along with Jovovich, the film also features the return of Ali Larter ( Heroes) as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen ( Game of Thrones) as Dr. Alexander Isaacs, and Shawn Roberts ( Edge of Darkness) as Albert Wesker. New additions to the cast include Ruby Rose ( Orange Is the New Black) as Abigail, Eoin Macken ( The Night Shift) as Doc, William Levy ( Cuidado con el ángel) as Christian, Fraser James ( Law & Order: UK) as Michael, and Japanese TV personality Rola as Cobalt. Franchise writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson also reprises his dual roles behind the camera for  The Final Chapter, having written all of the previous films and directed three of the five installments. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is scheduled for release in theaters January 27, 2017. More »Milla Jovovich gets geriatric in new photo from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

  • Comcast targets cord cutters with data cap dodging Stream TV

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 18:53 GMT

    It’s easier now to avoid paying for cable than it ever has been, with services like Netflix and Hulu offering television viewers alternate methods of accessing their desired content. Companies like Comcast are well aware of these huge changes reshaping the industry, and now we’re seeing their attempts to turn the tables. Today marks the launch of Comcast’s Stream TV service, which will initially be offered to the company’s Internet-only customers in Boston and Chicago. For $15 bucks a month, subscribers will be able to watch a library of on demand content as well as live streaming television from channels like HBO, ABC and FOX. Crucially, the service is exempt from Comcast’s monthly data caps. Stream TV does not require a cable box or subscription, but it’s beamed out to homes in much the same way, via the Comcast IP gateway. As a result, the company can easily differentiate the service from other use, and prevent any data usage from contributing to the user’s overall allowance. Related: Comcast will give you 2Gbps Internet service, but it’ll cost you It’s clear that Comcast feels that cord cutters are an audience worth chasing after. In Q3 of 2015, the company lost 48,000 cable customers but gained some 320,000 new broadband Internet subscribers. The past few years have made it easier than ever to access TV shows over the Internet, with everything from an Xbox One to the affordable Chromecast delivering online content to the living room. However, Comcast has been criticized by Netflix for its data cap practices, and the announcement of Stream TV seems poised to reignite those debates. The target audience for Stream TV seems to be consumers currently caught in an expensive Comcast cable package, but it remains to be seen whether it has enough clout to compete in such a competitive market. When Comcast’s Internet service isn’t being used to access the service, only recorded shows and on demand content is available. A national rollout of Stream TV is expected to follow the trial in Boston and Chicago. More »Comcast targets cord cutters with data cap dodging Stream TV

  • Intel's 10-core monster planned for Q2 2016 debut, according to new leak

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 18:49 GMT

    It wasn’t long ago that we reported on a leaked invoice sheet that was believed to detail some of the specifications of the new Broadwell-E CPUs, and now a roadmap is purported to point to a Q2 2016 release for the 6, 8, and 10-core monsters, according to a leak from Chinese tech site Benchlife. While the Broadwell-E line is rumored to include as many as seven different chips, the star of the show is definitely the i7-6950X. This 10-core chip supports Hyper-Threading for a total of 20 threads, and sports 25M of total cache. The other CPUs in the lineup boast six or eight cores, all of them with Hyper-Threading, and total cache ranges from 15 to 25M. The new chips will sit in the same LGA2011-v3 socket as the now fading Haswell-E line, but may require a firmware update to function correctly. The chips will also have the same 140W TDP, so there’s no need to upgrade the PSU for increased power consumption. The new chips support DDR4 RAM of 2133 or 2400MHz, up from 1866 and 2133 under Haswell-E. Benchlife.info Although the Broadwell-E chips might be the most exciting leak on the Intel roadmap, it also details some other releases for 2016, including the Kaby Lake-U and Kaby Lake-S lines, which should see the inside of machines in Q3 and Q4 respectively. At the SoC level, the Apollo Lake chips are set to replace Cherry Lake in late Q2 2016, expanding the 6.5W TDP to a range of 6-10W. Users looking to put a Broadwell-E chip into their machine should brace their wallets for impact. Initial reports say the basic Broadwell-E chips will retail for around $400, with eight-core CPUs running closer to $600. In search of the ten-core 6950X? That chip will easily break a grand, especially considering the Haswell-E top chips still retail for well over $1,000. Of course, Intel has yet to confirm any info on the new Broadwell-E line, but it appears the cat is out of the bag now. With an early 2016 release, it won’t be long before Intel breaks the silence. Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Intel's 10-core monster planned for Q2 2016 debut, according to new leak

  • Elephant Door can tell when someone’s trying to break in and scares them off

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 18:46 GMT

    Setting up an alarm system might be at the bottom of the list of things to do when you buy a new apartment, giving an open invitation for someone to steal all your valuables. Elephant Door offers a new way to set up an alarm system without having to fork out hundreds of dollars to cover each room. The new alarm fits onto the door with adhesive tape and can be accessed through a smartphone app or remote control. Related: So fresh and so keen: Pura is a smarter way to make your home smell nice Unlike a contact sensor, this device is supposed to know someone’s trying to break in before the door opens. The Elephant Door has a microphone and accelerometers inside to differentiate between when someone mistakenly touches the door handle and when someone is trying to break inside. For the latter, Elephant Door will send an alert to your phone and alert the authorities. An extremely loud alarm will signal anyone close that a robbery is taking place. It’s over 100 decibels, so hopefully you really won’t set it off just by jiggling the door handle — or unlocking it every time you come home. The alarm charges through micro USB and uses low-energy Bluetooth to connect. Alerts will be sent over 3G wireless, so the device needs a SIM card; no Wi-Fi options are available. https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/assets/004/854/482/c44923e9e72041dbff9a3dca158e8fa4_h264_high.mp4 Unlike other smart-home door devices, Elephant Door will not interact with the lock; it will just add another layer of protection. Users will also be able to attach the Elephant Door alarm onto a garage or back door. For businesses, multiple alarms can be placed at every door, and the business owner can switch all of the alarms off when it is time to open the store. Elephant Door is looking for $40,000 in backing to get the project underway. There are still some early-bird specials, so you can get one for $149. If the project gets funded and the team sticks to its timeline, it should begin shipping in June 2016. More »Elephant Door can tell when someone’s trying to break in and scares them off

  • Windows Phone market share drops to 1.7 percent, as Android and Huawei’s fortunes rise

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 18:30 GMT

    No matter what new smartphones or cool features Microsoft throws at consumers, it seems that Windows Phone isn’t sticking. Windows Phone’s market share dropped from 3 percent last year to 1.7 percent in the third quarter of 2015, according to data from the research analytics company Gartner. “Despite the announcement of Windows 10, we expect Windows smartphone market share will continue to be a small portion of the overall smartphone OS market as consumers remain attracted by competing ecosystems,” Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner, said in the announcement. “Microsoft smartphones will mainly focus on driving value for enterprise users.” Related: Why you absolutely, by no means should even consider buying a Windows Phone Only 5.8 million Windows units were sold worldwide in the third quarter this year, which is a big drop down from the 9 million sold in the third quarter of 2014. Microsoft is launching two flagship Windows Phone devices on November 20: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The new Lumias are the first phones shipping with Windows 10, which could also give the company’s phone platform the boost it needs. However, the 950 and 950XL are pricey and hard to buy. Only the Lumia 950 has carrier support in the United States, and only one carrier will sell the phone: AT&T. Customers on other networks have to buy the phones outright from Microsoft for $600 and $650, respectively. Limited availability and the high price tags may deter some customers, which isn’t a good thing for Windows Phone. There’s also no word on when the new OS will reach older Windows Phones. Android and iOS, on the other hand, fared better in the third quarter. Gartner’s data shows iOS rose its market share from 12.5 percent last year to 13.1 percent, and Android gained 1.4 percentage points, with its market share rising to 84.7 percent in the third quarter. Blackberry fell 0.5 percent to a measly 0.3 percent market share from last year. Also read: Hands on: Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL For manufacturers, Samsung still reigns as king, selling 83.6 million phones, which is much higher than last year’s 72.9 million sold. However, its market share did drop 0.2 percent to 23.7 percent. Huawei came in at number 3, right after Apple, enjoying a 2.5 percent market share growth in the third quarter, selling 27.2 million units — a big jump from last year’s 15.9 million. “Huawei continued its growth momentum, driven by smartphone sales in both its home market and global markets, particularly Europe, where sales were driven by its ever-growing brand visibility,” according to the report. Continued growth in emerging markets helped bolster smartphone sales, Gartner added, with Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and Oppo becoming more aggressive in those markets. Also watch: Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Windows Phone market share drops to 1.7 percent, as Android and Huawei’s fortunes rise

  • Don’t need 505hp? Alfa will offer a tamer version of the Giulia with a 276hp turbo four

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 18:25 GMT

    Fiat’s Alfa Romeo division has shed insight into what we can expect from the all-new 2017 Giulia when it finally touches down on our shores. The headline-grabbing model will be the Giulia Quadrifoglio  (pictured), which was introduced at an event held in Milan, Italy, last June. Aimed directly at the BMW M3, it stands out as the most powerful street-legal car Alfa has ever built in its illustrious, 105-year long history thanks to a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter V6 engine rated at 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The six spins all four wheels via an enthusiast-approved six-speed manual transmission. Alfa promises the Giulia Quadrifoglio will be capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds before going on to a top speed of 191 mph. To demonstrate its performance chops, the sedan recently lapped Germany’s famously tough Nürburgring track in 7 minutes and 39 seconds. For motorists who can do without 500 ponies, Alfa will also sell a much tamer version of the Giulia powered by a new, brand-specific 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses a large turbo to deliver 276 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost. Although the regular Giulia is expected to look markedly less aggressive than the Quadrifoglio, Alfa hasn’t published pictures of it yet. Related: Can eight brand-new models transform Alfa Romeo into Italy’s answer to BMW? Recent unconfirmed reports claim the sedan’s European debut has been delayed until about halfway through next year, meaning it’s not slated to arrive here until next fall or late next year. However, Alfa assures us that both versions of the Giulia are scheduled to join the mid-engined 4C and the topless 4C Spider in showrooms next summer at the latest. The Quadrifoglio model will cost approximately $70,000, a figure that will make it roughly $7,000 more expensive than the M3 and about $5,000 more than the Mercedes-AMG C63. Also watch: Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World (Sept 2015) Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Don’t need 505hp? Alfa will offer a tamer version of the Giulia with a 276hp turbo four

  • Tinder CEO Sean Rad gives disastrous interview that could jeopardize IPO

    Digital Trends - Thu, Nov 19, 2015 18:24 GMT

    Pro tip: An interview just prior to an IPO is not the time for a chief executive to unburden his soul. Too bad no one told Tinder CEO Sean Rad (who seems in serious danger of becoming the app’s former CEO yet again) before he gave what is undoubtedly the most uncomfortable, bizarre, poorly timed, and just all around so-bad-that-it’s-good interview of all time to the London Evening Standard. In addition to making thinly veiled threats against Vanity Fair’s Nancy Jo Sales (the author of the piece that prompted Tinder’s infamous Twitter meltdown), detailing his sexual exploits, and of course, getting very confused about the definition of “sodomy,” Rad may have also put the impending IPO of parent company Match Group in jeopardy as well. All in a day’s work! Anticipating the potential firestorm that Rad’s disastrous interview may have caused, Match Group issued an SEC filing yesterday evening whose main message was clearly, “We had nothing to do with any of that.” Though doubtless embarrassed by the absolutely absurd picture the Standard piece painted of Rad, the main objective of Match Group’s additional filing was to highlight inaccuracies in terms of Tinder’s numbers. That’s because false public statements by a corporate officer concerning business or financial results for companies that are planning to go public are a big no-no under the SEC regulations. And companies that are about to go public must observe a “quiet period,” during which their officers are to avoid public assertions about business results or prospects. “The article noted that ‘Analysts believe the [Tinder] app, which launched in 2012, has around 80 million users worldwide and records 1.8 billion “swipes” a day,’” the filing says. ” While these statements were not made by Mr. Rad, the Company notes that they are inaccurate and directs readers to the Preliminary Prospectus, which states that for the month of September 2015, Tinder had approximately 9.6 million daily active users, with Tinder users “swiping” through an average of more than 1.4 billion user profiles each day.” Related: Thinking about Tinder? With its latest updates, now’s the perfect time While experts note that nothing Rad said was problematic (or illegal) enough to completely destroy the IPO, the already shaky reputation of the dating apps under the Match Group umbrella is only being further damaged by Rad’s braggadocio (apparently, a “supermodel, someone really, really famous” has been “begging” him for sex “and I’ve been like, no”), his statements concerning his “modest” sexual history (only 20 sexual partners? Nice! Thanks for sharing, Rad), and his all-around failure on the PR front. In the written equivalent of the longest sigh in the history of humanity, Match Group also noted, “The article was not approved or condoned by, and the content of the article was not reviewed by, the Company or any of its affiliates. Mr. Rad is not a director or executive officer of the Company and was not authorized to make statements on behalf of the Company for purposes of the article.” So a word to the wise, Mr. Rad. Consider a little fact-checking before your next interview. Or better yet, just don’t give another one. Also watch: Hands Free "Heart Rate" Powered Tinder App For Apple Watch Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »Tinder CEO Sean Rad gives disastrous interview that could jeopardize IPO


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