Author Archives: 123

Brittany Roston is 88gadget.info's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

OnePlus owners get exclusive access to PUBG Mobile’s new 90fps support

OnePlus owners get exclusive access to PUBG Mobile’s new 90fps support

PUBG Mobile, the version of the battle royale game designed for smartphones and tablets, is now available with support for 90fps gameplay...but only on certain OnePlus phones. The companies announced a partnership last week that gives OnePlus 7T series, 7 Pro, and 8 series device owners access to this smoother gameplay, but that exclusively won't last forever. Certain countries are excluded from the feature, as well.

Continue Reading

Zoom gets fun new filters, plus lighting, smoothing and audio tweaks

Zoom gets fun new filters, plus lighting, smoothing and audio tweaks

Many people are still working remotely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and there's no sign of that changing any time soon. Though a number of software applications make it possible for coworkers to see each other face-to-face, they don't quite offer the personality of an office setting. Here to change that is Zoom with an update that adds amusing filters, among other things.

Continue Reading

Android TV gets big UI change and simplified service subscriptions

Android TV gets big UI change and simplified service subscriptions

Google has announced an Android TV update that, among other things, brings a home screen UI redesign that helps users find the content they're most likely to watch. As well, Google is making it easier for Android TV users to quickly sign up for services like EPIX NOW and Starz, offering a system similar to the way Fire TV users can subscribe to a new 'channel.'

Continue Reading

Huawei Mate 40 will be the last model packing a Kirin processor

Huawei Mate 40 will be the last model packing a Kirin processor

The anticipated Huawei Mate 40 smartphone will be the last model to feature the maker's own high-end Kirin processor, the company has confirmed, something that has resulted from the Trump administration's ban on trade with the Chinese phone maker. As a result of that ban, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) ended its business with Huawei and, as a result, the HiSilicon subsidiary behind its Kirin chips.

Continue Reading

NASA is getting rid of old, offensive space nicknames

NASA is getting rid of old, offensive space nicknames

NASA is taking steps to eliminate its use of offensive, inappropriate, or otherwise problematic nicknames given to various cosmic regions and objects. The decision comes amid growing calls for more diversity and inclusion, a process that involves tearing down old problematic structures that may be insensitive at best or, more often than not, actively harmful. The change is kicking off with one nickname in particular.

Continue Reading

Hulu has a new annual plan, and there’s a good reason to get it

Hulu has a new annual plan, and there’s a good reason to get it

Hulu has announced a new plan that mirrors a similar offering from its family-friendly sibling, Disney+. The two existing plans -- the one with ads and the one without ads -- aren't going anywhere and consumers will continue to pay for them monthly like usual. However, a third option -- an annual plan -- has joined them for those who know they'll be sticking with the service for a while, and there's a good reason to switch to it.

Continue Reading

Starbucks Japan transforms cafe into a public co-working space

Starbucks Japan transforms cafe into a public co-working space

Coffee shops, and Starbucks in particular, are associated with relaxing and getting work done, depending on your mission for the day. To help facilitate that, Starbucks offers coffee, laptops bars, and a large number of power outlets, but it is taking things a step farther in Japan with the introduction of a full and proper co-working space...that exists within a Starbucks store.

Continue Reading

Fortnite comic books are inbound, but not in the way you think

Fortnite comic books are inbound, but not in the way you think

Epic Games is gearing up to release Fortnite comic books, at least according to a new leak, but they won't be the kind you can wrap up for a gift. Rather, data-miners have found evidence of digital Fortnite comic books that will only exist within the game, making them accessible to players using a built-in comics reader. Here's what we know.

Continue Reading

Twitter is making it easier for users to spy state-affiliated accounts

Twitter is making it easier for users to spy state-affiliated accounts

Twitter is taking additional steps to address the potential for manipulation and election interference on its platform, stating that it has new labels specifically for media accounts belonging to states and governments. The labels provide context for users, according to Twitter, including on the accounts of those who are affiliated with the state media account, including people like editors-in-chief, senior staff, official spokespeople, and similar.

Continue Reading

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission has one last step before asteroid touchdown

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission has one last step before asteroid touchdown

NASA has announced that its OSIRIS-REx mission has one final step to complete before it can perform its planned touchdown on asteroid Bennu. The space agency plans to perform this final step -- a second rehearsal of the entire touchdown sequence -- on August 11, this one similar to the Checkpoint rehearsal it performed back in April. This upcoming rehearsal has been named 'Matchpoint.'

Continue Reading

Quibi short-form video service just launched an ad-supported free tier

Quibi short-form video service just launched an ad-supported free tier

Short-form video streaming service Quibi -- one that is designed to watch during short moments of free time using a smartphone -- has had a bit of rocky start. Though millions of people downloaded the app shortly after it launched in early April, the service hasn't caught on in any sort of significant way, raising questions over its viability in a crowded market -- something no doubt made harder by its niche design. What could help? An entirely free tier.

Continue Reading

Placebos can have a powerful effect even if they’re not a secret

Placebos can have a powerful effect even if they’re not a secret

The potential for placebos -- 'medications' that don't have an active ingredient, that is -- is well-known, though the exact reasons for their effectiveness remains a mystery. Generally speaking, a placebo is kept a secret; the idea is that if the recipient knows they're receiving a sugar pill or some other faux intervention, the positive effects will disappear. A new study suggests that is not the case, however, finding 'powerful' effects even in cases where the placebo is known to the recipient.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next