Teenage Engineering’s IKEA collection lands in stores next month

The core of the FREKVENS collection (FREKVENS translates to “frequency”) is a portable, modular music system. For $70, you can get the Bluetooth-enabled, 8-inch-tall speaker, which claims to have a 10-hour battery life and comes in black and red or black and yellow. If you need more bass, there’s a $150 speaker with a subwoofer,…

‘Picard’ is the Star Trek show we’ve been waiting for

It doesn’t take long for the show to fill in the gaps of what happened: After the Romulan supernova (which was first introduced in the J. J. Abrams Star Trek reboot), then-Admiral Picard convinced Starfleet to relocate the Romulans. But after a terrorist attack from rogue artificial lifeforms, Starfleet decided to pull back and focus…

How to buy a smart display in 2020

Amazon vs. GoogleIf getting a smart display intrigues you, the first question you have to ask yourself is whether you’d rather be in Amazon’s ecosystem or Google’s. If you have a lot of Google products in your home, like Nest thermostats or Nest cams, then a Google-powered model makes more sense. If you have Amazon…

The Morning After: Motorola’s foldable Razr arrives February 6th

Fall 2020 is getting closer.Microsoft gets the ball rolling on Surface Duo appsMicrosoft has released a preview toolkit to help developers make apps for its Android-powered Surface Duo, including Java frameworks and emulation that can handle the two-screen device. This is rough code, to put it mildly, but it should help studios get started on…

Tinder is working on a panic button for dangerous situations

If a date turns ugly, users will be able to trigger an alarm via the Noonight tool within the Tinder app. They’ll then be instructed to enter a code. If they don’t, they’ll receive a text from one of Noonlight’s dispatchers. If they don’t respond to that message, Noonlight will call them, and if there’s…

Apple drops Flash from its latest Safari browser preview

Apple was actually one of the first companies to ostracize the troublesome Flash software, which was riddled with vulnerabilities and security flaws. The company refused to support Flash on iOS back all the way back in 2007, and since then others have followed suit, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Mozilla. In 2017, Adobe itself announced…

Now everyone can play ‘Mario Kart Tour’ multiplayer

At launch, Nintendo’s Mario Kart for mobile devices (iOS, Android) had a major missing piece: multiplayer. Now Mario Kart Tour has kicked off the second round of its beta test for head-to-head racing, and this time it doesn’t require that players purchase a $5 Gold Pass subscription for access. Being able to race your friends…

DirecTV satellite is at risk of explosion due to battery issues

The company already switched the batteries off and has been operating Spaceway-1 using power generated by its solar panels. However, it’s expected to pass through Earth’s shadow in late February where only batteries can serve as its power source. That’s why DirecTV has to send it 300 kilometers above geostationary orbit, at a place where…

Microsoft accidently exposed 250 million customer service records

Security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech discovered the vulnerability on December 29th. Microsoft quickly fixed the issue two days later. It says the exposure was caused by a “misconfiguration” of one of its internal customer support databases. The company claims it found no evidence of “malicious use.”The server included conversation logs dating as far back…