Roombas Could Find Wi-Fi Dead Zones

A Roomba robot vacuum will soon be able to map the Wi-Fi coverage in your home. It’s an official feature that makes an existing hack a little easier to use. The idea itself isn’t particularly new as a few folk had figured out it’s a slightly more efficient way to track coverage around a home […]

Gaming Addiction Officially Recognized

Addiction to video games is a mental health condition according to the World Health Organization. It’s going to add it to an official list used for both diagnosis and statistics. The condition “gaming disorder” is scheduled to be part of the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases, which is being updated for the […]

Apple Cuts Battery Replacement Cost Immediately

Apple says it will offer reduced price battery replacements for iPhones immediately. It had previously said the move — a response to revelations about a slowdown designed to prevent unwanted phone shutdowns — would come at the end of the month. The offer affects out-of-warranty models from the iPhone 6 or later and is good […]

Netflix Is Apple’s Most Likely Target, Analysts Claim

Apple has a 40 percent chance of buying Netflix in 2018 according to one pair of market analysts. While the number is somewhat arbitrary, by the analysts’ logic it might now be a better than even chance. The prediction comes from Asiya Merchant and Jim Suva of Citi, who listed the chances of several possible […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From September-December 2017)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. We round up the year starting in September when Google announced Chrome would let users block websites (on a domain-by-domain basis) from autoplaying videos with sound. That’s now been […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From July-August 2016)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. Turning to July, staff at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the first “double heavy particle”. Every particle is made up of a combination of six quarks that are each […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From May-June 2017)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. Turning to May, Elon Musk announced he’d formed “The Boring Company” to advance his dream of a series of underground tunnels beneath to carry cars on sled-like platforms, switching […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From March-April 2017)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. Turning to March, Richard E Grant said it was time for a female lead in Doctor Who. Four months later he got his wish with the unveiling of Jodie […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From January-February 2017)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. We kick off in January when Razer showed off its design for a fold-out triple-screen laptop for ‘big’ screen gaming on the move. It turned out to be so […]

Glass Polymer ‘Self-Heals’ At Room Temperature

A newly created glass polymer can ‘heal itself’ without the need for extreme heat. But suggestions it could be used for phone screens might be a reach. Several polymers already exist with self-healing properties, meaning that with the application of heat they can reform their bonds and thus repair cracks. Aside from the fact that […]

Apple Admits: We Do Slow Down Older iPhones

Apple has admitted it does intentionally slow down older model iPhones, but says it’s to make them work more reliably rather than to push people into upgrading. The admission comes despite recent benchmarking that suggested the idea older iPhones suddenly get slower when a new model is released is a myth. Benchmarking company Futuremark said […]

Portal Meets Bridge Constructor In New Game

A new Portal game is out, but it’s not the sequel you might be hoping for. And no, you’re not the first person to note it’s a case of Valve being allergic to 3. The game’s title of Bridge Constructor Portal functionally explains which two games it has merged, and it’s one of those partnerships […]