The Almost Indestructible Nokia 3310 May Return

The Nokia 3310 may be making a comeback. A Finnish manufacturer is reportedly ready to unveil a new version of the legendarily resilient handset next week. According to Venturebeat’s Evan Blass, it’ll be one of four handsets launched by HMD Global Oy. That’s the company which currently holds the rights to make phones under the […]

Ultimate Streaming Box Caavo Looks Awesome But Awesomely Expensive

A new set-top box aims to make it far easier to use multiple streaming video and gaming devices, combining both the cables and interfaces. But it costs an eye-watering $400. Caavo aims to solve two different common problems in this age of trying to get streaming video on to a television set: dealing with a […]

Humble Offers Bumper $30 Charity Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle offers almost 40 games for a total of $30. It includes The Witness, which by itself normally costs more than that. Some of the games included are Stardew Valley, Nuclear Throne and Invisible Inc. There’s also early access versions of Subnautica and Overgrowth and remastered versions of Day of the Tentacle […]

Verizon Latest To Bring Back ‘Unlimited’ Data

Verizon has joined the other major carriers in bringing back an “unlimited” mobile data plan. But as so often, there’s some big caveats. The new plan is $80 a month and covers unlimited voice calls, texts and data use on one line in the US, as well as 500MB of data while visiting Canada. Customers […]

Cold Tea Provokes Engineer Data Storm

An engineer from an electronic laboratory disappointed by a gadget has used science to back up a humorously scathing review. ‘Dirty Hormonal’ decided to prove that the USB-powered mug warmer not only didn’t work as advertised, but couldn’t possibly do so while remaining safe. The engineer, who reports having a physics degree and electrical engineering […]

“Pink Noise” Could Save Hearing In Crashes

Think car crash injuries and you probably think concussion or whiplash. But Mercedes-Benz wants to tackle another risk: hearing damage caused by the sound of the impact. IEEE, which spotted an upcoming “Pre-Safe Sound” feature in a new car range, notes that a crash can produce sounds inside the car of 145 decibels, which can […]

Netflix Show Merch On The Way

Netflix wants to license its original shows for merchandise such as toys and comics. The move follows a successful test of Stranger Things merchandise at Hot Topic. The news came to light in a job listing spotted by Bloomberg. The ad mentions that the idea is for licensed merchandise to act as a promotional tool […]

IMDb Closes Message Boards

IMDb is to close its message boards and private messages. It stopped short of blaming trolls but said the boards “are no longer providing a positive, useful experience” for most users. Announcing the move, the site said users were increasingly switching to IMDb’s social media pages to discuss movies and communicate with editors. It didn’t […]

New FCC Chief Takes First Shot Against Net Neutrality

The new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has ditched an investigation into “sponsored data” plans by mobile operators. It may be the first of many steps to loosen the FCC’s enforcement of net neutrality rules. Net neutrality has been at the heart of a long-running debate over the FCC’s powers to regulate internet providers. […]

Firefox OS Bites The Dust

Mozilla has abandoned work on a Firefox operating system. The system was first developed for smartphones and then repositioned for connected devices such as smart TVs. The Firefox OS project started back in 2011 with the idea of making a completely open mobile operating system that would make it easier for developers to make apps. […]

Google Drops Hands Free Payment Apps

Google is ditching an experimental payment tool that let users pay by phone without removing the handset from their pockets. It says it may use some of the features of the Hands Free app to improve Android Pay. The idea was to make mobile phone payments less hassle than using a payment card, even one […]

Google Mistakes Doctors For DOSers

Medical staff in the United Kingdom have been advised to use Bing after Google mistook the National Health Service for a botnet. The NHS, which provides and administers publicly-funded healthcare in the UK, employs more than a million people. Unfortunately that adds up to so many people searching Google via the NHS network (and its […]