• CBS’s streaming service debuts a $10 per month ad-free tier

    CBS’s streaming service debuts a $10 per month ad-free tier

    CBS’s streaming TV service for cord cutters, CBS All Access – and soon to be home to the new “Star Trek” series – is today rolling out the option of a commercial-free subscription for the price of $9.99 per month. The existing subscription is still available at $5.99 per month, and includes the same content lineup. The launch comes at a time when the network… Read More

  • Hands-on with Lenovo’s strangely fascinating new Yoga Book

    Hands-on with Lenovo’s strangely fascinating new Yoga Book

    The Yoga Book is nothing if not compelling – but, then, compelling has never really been an issue for the company. Each year, like clockwork, Lenovo tries to push the boundaries of what a tablet can/should be. While other companies are still dipping their toes in the keyboard case waters, Lenovo just goes and, say, drops a projector on the thing. This year’s Yoga Book might be… Read More

  • Qrates lets you press your hot beats onto vinyl

    Qrates lets you press your hot beats onto vinyl

    Hello, fellow young people! I, like you, love vinyl. It offers richer, more realistic (pet) sounds and it is great for lugging from squat house to squat house and for sharing on a portable record player while you enjoy some fine beverages on the front stoop of your Williamsburg duplex. But how can you press your own music onto vinyl with a minimum of (hot) fuss? A Tokyo-based team has the answer. Read More

  • DOE small biz voucher awards include vehicles and fuel cells

    DOE small biz voucher awards include vehicles and fuel cells

    The US Department of Energy has awarded $8 million in Small Business Vouchers to 43 businesses, including ten projects aimed at making hydrogen fuel cells cheaper and more efficient, and six projects that will improve vehicle fuel efficiency, including better batteries. In addition to funding from the DOE, participants in this second round of the SBV project will be working with 12 of the… Read More

  • Lenovo’s latest convertible tablet brings a drawing pad into the fold

    Lenovo’s latest convertible tablet brings a drawing pad into the fold

    If nothing else, Lenovo has certainly demonstrated that it’s not afraid to experiment with form factor. The company’s Yoga line has offered some of the most interesting takes we’ve seen on the tablet space. They have been met with a varying degree of success, sure, but the company always seems game to try something a little different. The Yoga Book certainly offers one of… Read More

  • Hasselblad’s True Zoom Mod turns the Moto Z into a camera with a giant viewfinder

    Hasselblad’s True Zoom Mod turns the Moto Z into a camera with a giant viewfinder

    The latest add-on Motorola’s Moto Z line brings some serious photo taking gravitas to the compelling modular offering. The Hasselblad True Zoom essentially turns the handset into a skinny camera with an enormous 5.5-inch viewfinder. Given everything we know about our friends at Hasselblad, it’s no surprise, really, that the modular backing is a really lovely looking bit of hardware. Read More

  • India’s financial giant Paytm nabs $60M at $4.83B valuation, raising $240M more

    India’s financial giant Paytm nabs $60M at $4.83B valuation, raising $240M more

    On the heels of large investments made in Flipkart and Snapdeal, another e-commerce juggernaut in India is closing in on an outsized round of funding to tap into India’s fast-growing, smartphone-fuelled economy. Paytm — a catch-all digital commerce platform that lets users create online and mobile digital wallets and use its e-commerce platform to pay for goods, services and… Read More

  • Facebook shows commitment to video with new 360 video stabilization

    Facebook shows commitment to video with new 360 video stabilization

    With new 360 video cameras hitting the shelves — alongside matching headsets — in time for the holiday season, millions of new users will be looking to consume VR content. Facebook recognizes that one of the biggest impediments to the enjoyment of 360 video is excess motion. The company released a demo today of its new 360 video stabilization technology. The new technology… Read More

  • Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping its MyRocks storage engine as open source. MyRocks is currently being used by Facebook to… Read More

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