An emotional support peacock that was denied entry on a United flight shows the growing problem of pets on planes.United Airlines has confirmed a passenger's 10-month-old puppy died after suffocating in an overhead bin on a flight.Since the tragic incident, many people are expressing outrage on social media.United Airlines is in hot water after confirming that a passenger's pet dog died on one of its flights.The 10-month-old puppy died Monday evening during a flight from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport.Maggie Gremminger, who says she was a passenger on the flight, said the dog was traveling with a woman and her two children and was being kept in a TSA-approved dog carrier.
Hearthstone’s first of three expansions for the year 2018 was revealed as THE WITCHWOOD.This is the first of the expansions that’ll be sent out during the newest year in Hearthstone, the Year of the Raven.In this expansion we’ll find our fair share of odds and ends, glorious comedic relief, and the occasional game-changing feature addition.This new set will be released in the month of April.Otherwise we hope there’ll be absolutely no comedy whatsoever.This new set will contain 135 new cards, new cards that Blizzard calls “hair-raising.” This new set will contain King Genn Greymane, Gilneas, and worgens.
To bring awareness to how videogames are OBVIOUSLY the sole reason school shootings are happening in the U.S., The White House posted an awesome compilation of gaming gore on YouTube.Martin Shkreli, the man with the most punchable face ever made, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for security fraud.Hand over that Wu-Tang album on your way out.Brain implants are happening — are you ready for yours?There’s lots of legend and lore surrounding blockchain.Here are the 13 most common myths, debunked.
After four years, two number one albums, one infidelity scandal, two new babies and an incident in a lift we never really did get to the bottom of, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have announced they’re going ‘On The Run’ again.Yes, after much speculation about whether the royal couple of the music industry would be hitting the road together for a second time, Beyoncé officially confirmed the joint tour, imaginatively titled ‘On The Run II’ on Monday (12 March).The ‘On The Run II’ tour will kick off at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on 6 June, before hitting Glasgow’s Hampden Park on 9 June.Four days later, the pair will arrive in Manchester for a show at the Etihad Stadium on 13 June, before their final UK date at London Stadium on 15 June.From there, they’ll take the tour overseas to Europe, before some dates in North America in July and August.Despite speculation to the contrary, the original ‘On The Run’ tour never came to the UK, with their only European shows being two nights at Paris’s Stade de France.
Not all batteries are the same.Aside from the various ports you might see on one, such as USB Type-A, micro USB or USB Type-C, it’s also critical to consider the kind of power output your device requires if you want to actually juice up your laptop and phone.A lot of batteries out there might look like they can handle your laptop because they’ve got a huge capacity and a USB-C port, but that’s not the case!A Quick Test to Show You Why You Should CareI gathered up a small selection of some battery packs I had lying around and tried to power up three very different electronic devices: a 14-inch LG laptop, a Nintendo Switch, and a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.These three devices might all charge via USB-C, but they have very different power requirements, and as you’ll see from the test, a mismatch between a battery and a device can lead to some very dead devices.
WeChat, China’s most popular social media platform, has passed the one billion monthly active user mark.The milestone, which was achieved over the Chinese New Year holiday in February, was revealed by Tencent chief executive Pony Ma in China’s parliament this week.WeChat's global monthly active users reached 938 million in the first quarter of 2017, which was a 23% increase year-on-year.In November last year, the app announced its daily active users had reached 902 million.The growth brings WeChat closer to rival social apps such as What’sApp, which has 1.5 billion users, however, it is still well behind Facebook’s 2.1 billion users.The app, which is called Weixin in China, has become a deeply embedded aspect in Chinese life with the app used for everything from messaging, phone calls, buying movie tickets, booking travel and of course digital payments.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, or if you prefer, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, is coming on October 12 as the latest installment in the first-person shooter combat series.OK, yes, the next Call of Duty has a Roman numeral problem.But we’ll overlook that for now because Activision just confirmed that the fourth series in the Black Ops franchise will be the next Call of Duty game.2017’s Call of Duty: WWII brought the series back to its original World War II setting and saw its sales recover.Activision said it and developer Treyarch will hold a special event on May 17 to reveal the game, and it will launch the game worldwide on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12.Call of Duty games come out every year, generating well over $1 billion in revenues.
Did famed aviator Amelia Earhart die as a lost castaway on a remote island after her plane disappeared in 1937?A new forensic analysis of bones discovered on an island has at least one scientist feeling pretty confident about her unfortunate fate.Anthropologist Richard Jantz of the University of Tennessee took a fresh forensic look at a set of bone measurements gathered by physician D.W. Hoodless in 1941.The bones came from a skeleton discovered in 1940 on the uninhabited Pacific island of Nikumaroro.The actual bones disappeared decades ago in Fiji, but we still have some of the measurements, including humerus and radius arm bones.At the time, Hoodless concluded the bones must have come from a man, but Jantz believes he was mistaken.
Kids and adults go nuts for those snappy plastic bricks, but it appears the limit for Lego does, in fact, exist.Lego’s annual sales dropped for the first time in 13 years because it had a surplus of stock, the brick maker announced today.Lego had “too much” merchandise both in stores and in its distribution centres last year, a spokesperson told the BBC.“There wasn’t enough room to get 2017 toys into the stores, and the toy trade is driven by newness,” the spokesperson added.Lego saw an eight per cent drop in its revenue last year, with sales especially bleak in North America and Europe last year, falling 17 per cent.While the company bragged about launching hundreds of new products in 2016, there may simply be a limit to just how many plastic bricks a kid (or adult) might need.
Google offers free UK telephone calls via Home and Home Mini smart speakersGoogle has launched another challenge for UK telecom providers with the news that its Home and Home Mini smart speakers can now place free telephone calls to UK numbers.The feature has been available in the United States since August, but now people can utilise Google Assistant found the Home smart speaker to place calls hands free, to any UK landline and mobile phone.The development comes as Google announced in January this year that it was planning to roll out its voice-activated personal assistant to as many devices as possible during 2018 – including vehicles and smart screens.Google has said that this week it will update its Google Assistant on Home devices to allow Wi-Fi calling to any number in your contacts or any business in its directory.It should be noted that this will not need a landline to work, and will be completely free of charge.
It's a new month, and we've got an extra special weekend deals list for you.This week, Samsung's brand-new Galaxy S9 is available for preorder.With a little help from TechBargains, we've collected everything you need to know about the phone here.If Samsung's purple new Galaxy isn't your thing, we've highlighted a few more tech deals that we personally like.Galaxy S9 Preorders Are AvailableSamsung's 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9 (and larger Galaxy S9 Plus) are both available for preorder as of 9 p.m. PT March 1.
The hype surrounding AI has reached a fever pitch, but practical uses that are delivering concrete, practical business results are here, and it’s time to get real.Join this VB Live event hosted by Forrester Senior Analyst Brandon Purcell and Kayak Chief Scientist Matthias Keller to learn more about how to identify the AI use cases that can transform your business, and how to get started, stat.“Farmstead is one of those companies where AI defines our operation,” says Pradeep Elankumaran, CEO and co-founder.“AI helps us model our operation.”Farmstead, a new digital grocer, wants to solve for a very specific problem — and one that impacts the environment and the world, as well.The company sources high-quality local produce, and fresh fruit and vegetables are not what you’d call shelf-stable, he explains.
With yet another popular Nokia phone resurrected from the dead, a driverless car powered by a smartphone, and of course, the return of the Samsung’s Galaxy S-series, Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona has been lively, packed with plenty to see and experience.Like the blackout at CES this year, it’s all anyone could talk about at MWC.No matter the snow or the unusually cold weather, Digital Trends’ mobile team waded through the biggest mobile show in the world to find the best products for our annual Best of MWC 2018 awards.From a smartphone with brilliantly unique camera technology, to a software company bridging the gap between feature phones and smartphones, check out the most exciting tech we uncovered at this year’s show!
Netflix plans to add around 700 original movies and TV series to its line-up this year, totalling a spend of $8 billion.That’s two-thirds the GDP of North Korea.These plans were detailed by Netflix CFO David Wells at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco.It represents a healthy jump of $2 billion over the amount it spent on original content in 2017.Netflix streaming exclusives we’ve already seen in 2018 include Duncan Jones’s interesting but critically panned Mute and sci-fi TV series Altered Carbon.Other oddities to look forward to in 2018 include a TV reboot of sci-fi classic Lost in Space and the The Ballad of Buster Scruggs mini-series, directed by the Coen brothers.
If you’ve been thinking about grabbing yourself a quality Windows Mixed Reality headset, then now might be a good time to move, as there’s an impressive deal on Samsung’s offering over in the US – plus a discount on Dell’s Visor in the UK, too.Samsung’s HMD Odyssey headset (which comes with motion controllers) has had $100 knocked off the price on Microsoft’s online store in the US, and the same discount is applicable if you buy direct from Samsung.We loved the Odyssey when we took it for a hands-on spin, describing it as an “eye-popping joyride into the world of virtual reality”, and our main issue was that the cost is a little on the high side.But with this discount applied, this is a high quality headset which just became that much more tempting.As mentioned, that deal is a US-only affair, mainly because the Odyssey isn’t sold in Europe.However, folks in the UK who are hunting for a Windows Mixed Reality bargain should bear in mind that Microsoft has also knocked a hundred notes off the asking price of the the Dell Visor.
Amazon India has intensified its foray into grocery sector by opening 15 specialised fulfillment centres (FCs) for its app-only grocery delivery service, Amazon Now.As reported by The Times of India, Amazon will be utilising these centres to cater to the demands on the hyperlocal delivery platform.The news comes after China’s Alibaba's investment of $146 m in online grocer BigBasketDespite a decline in average online spend per buyer in 2016 due to demonetisation and less discounting, Forrester's data showed that online spending in India grew in the first half of 2017.Amazon vice president (India customer fulfillment) Akhil Saxena said: “We have put significant investments in building infrastructure for our various businesses here and we are scaling up and investing in our infrastructure and delivery network for Amazon Now so that we can increase our speed of delivery and provide a superior experience to customers."Amazon also recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Uttar Pradesh's Khadi and Village Industries Board to sell Khadi (handspun fiber clothings) products online.
The cruel joke at the center of this is the role that new technologies have played in creating the current political environment and the fracturing of political thought.Swayable was founded by three former physicists to help craft political messages that actually inform and persuade rather than simply incite and propagandize.Formed initially out of frustration with the country’s response to climate change, Swayable’s three founders — James Slezak, Valerie Coffman and Lyel Resner — hope to bring the experimental rigor of scientific testing to the efficacy of political messaging.BIRMINGHAM, AL – DECEMBER 12: Voters wait in line to cast their ballot at a polling station setup in the St Thomas Episcopal Church on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.Alabama voters are casting their ballot for either Republican Roy Moore or his Democratic challenger Doug Jones in a special election to decide who will replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
All eyes may be on the Galaxy S9 this week, but Samsung is still busy beavering away on its Bixby smart speaker, though it seems we’ll have longer to wait than expected.The company has long been believed to be working on a standalone way to bring Bixby into the home, following in the path of Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, and most recently Apple’s HomePod.That path hasn’t been an entirely easy one for Samsung to follow, however.Bixby’s launch on the Galaxy S8 was significantly delayed last year, with Samsung conceding that it took longer than expected to get the virtual assistant’s functionality right.Indeed, when it actually arrived on the Android smartphone, it initially lacked the voice interaction Samsung had originally promised, focusing instead on computer vision services such as being able to identify points of interest through the camera.That delay has apparently expanded to the Bixby speaker, too.
When investor and entrepreneur Jalak Jobanputra first visited a blockchain conference five years ago she got goosebumps.The experienced investor had heard of cryptocurrencies but now that they had truly come into maturity she was excited.Now, five years later, she’s building her entire VC practice around blockchain and sees bright days ahead for the technology.Join us Jobanputra, the founder of FuturePerfect Ventures, as we talk about her take on crypto, the future of investment, and the direction she’s headed in terms of investment and startup innovation.Technotopia is a podcast by John Biggs about a better future.You can subscribe in Stitcher, RSS, or iTunes and listen the MP3 here.
Airbnb has been breathing down hotels’ necks for years as it gains ground on the incumbents of the hospitality industry.Now, the company has taken yet another step closer to becoming the lodging platform of choice for travelers around the world.Last week, the short-term rental company debuted a series of new features on its website in a new initiative called “Airbnb for everyone.” Its point?This is partially because you will now be able to use Airbnb to book rooms in boutique hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, turning Airbnb into, well, a hotel company.While the platform has long been known for renting out your neighbor’s apartment or your friend’s home for a few days at a time, Airbnb is now looking to expand its options even further (and begin stepping on the toes of hotels in a very real way).Further, Airbnb is adding a few new “tiers” of service, all in the name of making the platform more accessible.