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massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in greece

a spider web spanning nearly 1,000ft has appeared in greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared. this isn’t an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one — it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.read: spiders spiked with graphene weave ultra-strong websthe spider web appeared in aitoliko, a city in western greece. though it is huge, local reports indicate the web appeared essentially overnight, with locals awaking to a horrifying surprise. such large nests appearing rapidly are rare, though not unheard of.the web was c...




xperia xz3 pre-order comes bundled with xperia ear duo

given the flood surrounding apple’s new iphones and the subsequent rollout of ios 12, it’s easy enough to forget some of the recent flagship phones that came just days before it. especially when said flagship phone is a sony. the xperia xz3 debuted last month without much fuss or fanfare, typical of sony, and it is now finally being made available to us consumers. but while the $900 price tag remains, sony is throwing it in a bundle to at least soften the blow.the xperia xz3 is a bit of a mixed bag. on the one hand, it has just enough new features to make it a slight upgrade from the xperia xz2 earlier this year. on the other hand, that might not be enough to actually make it that tempting to buy. good thing that there’s a deal going o...




galaxy note 9 bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

samsung’s latest flagships are nearly perfect but they all have one consistent flaw. no, it’s not bixby per se but the obtrusive bixby button at the side. samsung dared to make it impossible to disable that button on the galaxy note 9 but, after major backlash, it said it would reconsider. reconsider it did but not in the way users hoped. the latest update to bixby doesn’t bring back that option but, instead, offers a way to make it harder to accidentally trigger bixby in the first place.bixby may not be all that bad. sure, it doesn’t have the same scope as, say, google assistant, much less amazon alexa. but for something that’s barely two years old, it’s a bit impressive how much it can already do, especially when it comes contr...




esa and nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

the european space agency has teamed with nissan to develop an off-road mobile observatory capable of traveling to the world’s darkest regions. the new vehicle, which is described as a concept at this time, is named the nissan navara “dark sky.” according to the space agency, this concept includes a trailer featuring a high-powered observatory-class planewave telescope.light pollution is a big problem, though many places in the world are working to ensure there are always places free of artificial light. these dark sky parks are certified by the dark-sky association as places where human light isn’t found, offering photographers, nature enthusiasts, and more the opportunity to experience the night sky.getting to these very dark place...




huawei mate 20 leaks confirm curved sides

huawei has been making fun of samsung and apple after their respective smartphone announcements and, in little less than a month, we’ll find out if it won’t deserve such mockery as well. granted, almost everything about the huawei mate 20 and mate 20 pro have more or less been confirmed leaked or, in the case of the kirin 980 processor, officially announced. but if you’re still waiting for more, then here are two that show off the smartphone’s very curved and very reflective edges.curved screen edges have more or less been a samsung thing. there are a few oems that dared sport that now-dubbed “infinity display” (perhaps after an infinity pool) design, but no one dared to make it last more than one or two generations. huawei may b...




amazon echo sub, smart plug with alexa leak ahead of official launch

it was only a few days ago that a report claimed amazon would be introducing at least eight new alexa-based internet of things devices, and now two of those alleged products have leaked. one, the amazon echo sub, is said to be a smart subwoofer with a circular design; the other is a smart plug that brings alexa to any power outlet.both leaks come from pocket-lint, which published images said to show both devices. the first, a connect subwoofer with alexa built-in, brings 100 watts of bass to the echo product family. this model is said to have a down-firing 6-inch design with a cloth-covered exterior and support for stereo setups.a screenshot of an amazon product page for the device explains, “pair with two of the same compatible echo devic...




2019 cadillac ct6-v renamed as beloved cts-v put out to pasture

cadillac’s most potent v-series cars are gaining a new member, with the 2019 ct6 v-sport graduating ahead of its launch to ct6-v status. the news will see the roughly 550 horsepower super-sedan replace the fan-favorite cts-v, which will be discontinued after the 2019 model year. the ct6 v-sport was announced back in march, the first vehicle to feature cadillac’s first ever twin-turbo v8. sitting at the top of the ct6 line-up, the car has all-wheel drive as standard, and is expected to spit out 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. the automaker is playing performance figures close to its chest, though estimates are high. now, cadillac says, the car is getting a rename ahead of its arrival at dealerships. rather than just a v-series car...




amazon may open thousands of cashierless stores by 2021

amazon was slow to launch its store of the future, amazon go, but that could change in a big way over the new few years. according to a new report, amazon may open as many as 3,000 amazon go cashier-free stores by 2021, giving people all over the nation the opportunity to buy groceries without standing in a checkout lane. the information comes from bloomberg, which reports that it got word from “people familiar with the matter.” based on their claims, amazon is looking into launching as many as 3,000 amazon go locations, competing with other convenience stores, such as 7-eleven and gas station shops.unlike those destinations, amazon go works in an entirely different way: customers enter the store with the amazon app on their phone. a var...




newegg hack exposed customers' credit card data for a month

online retailer newegg suffered a security breach that left customer credit card details exposed for around a month, according to a new report. the site was hit by the same hackers behind the recently disclosed british airways breach, as well as a previous one involving ticketmaster in the uk. customers impacted by the security issue will be notified by email.news of the site’s breach came from riskhq and volexity, which point toward malicious javascript code that was on the page secure.newegg.com, where it would grab customer payment card details during the checkout process. that info would then be sent to the domain neweggstats[dot]com, according to the reports, for the hackers to access. in a tweet on its twi...




the audi e-tron is great news for tesla drivers

tesla may have had the early bird advantage in electric cars, but while increasing competition from vehicles like the new 2019 audi e-tron may give elon musk’s business plan a headache, for drivers it’s all good news. the new electric suv won’t just headline audi’s new electric car strategy when it arrives in dealerships next year: it’ll also mark a turning point in a new ev infrastructure that’s great news for tesla drivers too. tesla did its prep work when it launched its electric car business, not only developing the cars but the supercharger network to recharge them. even today, it’s a feat unmatched by any individual automaker. while we’ve seen a growing number of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid models on the roads, the...




meizu 16x detailed: fullscreen metallic ceramic jealousy

the meizu 16x was just revealed in the same price range as the pocophone f1 and honor play (2018). this is a smartphone with extreme chops, especially for its price, giving us another reason to be joyful in the tech news universe. not only because this phone looks pretty great, but because it’s another sign that we’re moving out of the blah zone!no longer are we in the mobile market where only apple dictates the look and feel of every smartphone. no longer are we seeing big ugly buttons all over the place, and antenna lines for aesthetic’s sake, and phones made to look like the iphone in general. nay, because here’s meizu.the meizu 16x is very similar to a phone revealed by the same manufacturer earlier this year. take a peek at the ...




playstation classic pre-orders go live: here's where to get one

earlier today, sony announced the playstation classic. this new mini console promises 20 ps1 games pre-loaded onto a shrunken-down replica of the original playstation console, which just so happens to be celebrating its 25th birthday this year. though it won’t be here until december, it’s gone up for pre-order today from a number of different retailers.if you already know that you want a playstation classic, it might not be a bad idea to pre-order one. the nes classic and snes classic were both met with a lot of enthusiasm at launch, with the nes classic being notoriously difficult to find for much of its original retail run. by the time the snes classic hit shelves, stock issues certainly got better, but they weren’t solved entirely.i...




google emergency location service for android arrives in the us

back in 2016, google announced the launch of emergency location service in android, a feature that provides 911 call centers with important location data. in the couple years since that introduction, google has expanded the els feature to android users around the world, brining it to 14 countries. now the company is back with another update, this one involving t-mobile and rapidsos.emergency calls depend on accurate location information, something the caller isn’t always able to provide. cell phones have presented a troubling issue when it comes to locating callers, but google’s emergency location service feature in android aims to solve the problem. with this, emergency call centers get fairly accurate location data based on things like...




steelseries arctis 3 with wired, bluetooth audio gets 2019 upgrades

steelseries has updated its arctis 3 gaming headset, which includes wired and bluetooth connectivity, to include new audio and comfort enhancements. the headset is particularly suitable for use with the nintendo switch, enabling owners to connect the headset to the console using the wired connection and to the nintendo switch online app using the bluetooth connection.the arctis 3 model was originally introduced in november 2017 as a gaming headset boasting simultaneous audio support, that enabling users to connect to both a wired and wireless audio source at the same time. that same functionality remains in the updated version of the arctis 3 bluetooth, but additional improvements have been made based on user feedback.the memory foam ear cus...




red dead redemption 2's online mode gets a november beta

for months now, rockstar has been drip feeding us information about red dead redemption 2‘s single player offerings, but today it went in a different direction to reveal some details about the game’s online mode. dubbed red dead online, we learned today that it won’t actually be launching alongside the main game in october. instead, it’ll be following closely behind with a beta that’s releasing in november.rockstar says that red dead online will be “an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original red dead redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways.” as you’d expect, red dead online will draw heavy inspiration from the gameplay found in red dead redemption 2, wit...




white shark cafe: why sharks travel to this one spot

there’s a spot in the pacific ocean between hawaii and mexico where great white sharks hang en masse. this is the white shark cafe, and it’s not the plot of a fictional story – it’s a real place. originally discovered 14 years ago by stanford marine scientist barbara block, this year a team of researchers took the plunge to see what was up – or down, rather. every december of every year for the past 14 years (at least), there’s been a massive meeting of great white sharks in the pacific ocean. almost like they were holding an annual get-together to plan on how to remain ferocious enough to be shown in feature films in hollywood. scientists from stanford university and the monterey bay aquarium in ca, usa, led an expedition this y...




fortnite purple cube transforms loot lake into giant bounce pad

the giant purple cube in epic games’ hit battle royale game fortnite has apparently reached its destination, a spot many fans had guessed would be the final resting place: loot lake. the map’s giant lake, home to small islands and an isolated house, is now a giant, gelatinous blob of purple bouncy magic.fortnite fans watched the cube with great interest earlier today, entire livestreams having been dedicated to following the cube’s progression as it rested, nearly tipped, at the edge of the lake. many questioned whether the cube would roll into the lake or pass alongside it, but around noon today, the answer arrived: it entered the lake.the event was caught on video by a number of players who report seeing the purple cube melt into the...




apple watch series 4 review roundup: do you need it?

early apple watch series 4 reviews seem to agree that the device is different from last year. early reviews seem to agree that apple watch series 4 is one of the best, if not flat-out the best smartwatch in the world right this minute. the element that doesn’t seem to have been agreed upon by all early reviewers is this: should you buy?the new apple watch has a larger display than the previous model. gen 3 had either a 740 or 563 sq mm display, while gen 4’s models are 977 or 759 sq mm. as it is with most devices, you’ll only really notice the difference if you’ve experienced both. the new watch’s display size alone doesn’t necessarily provide a lot more functionality – it’s the new norm.“off your wrist, those changes are h...




iphone xs, xs max, xr battery sizes revealed ahead of launch

apple’s newest batch of iphones begin launching later this week, and though apple has revealed most of the specifications for each device, there are still a few that are unknown. specifically, the spec sheets for the iphone xs, xs max, and xr don’t share any details on ram amounts or battery sizes, and those a fairly crucial details for people who are comparing and contrasting these phones with competitors. thankfully, we may not have to wait for launch to learn these specifics, as new regulatory filings spill all of the juicy details.as reported by macrumors, these three new iphones recently made a pass through china’s ministry of industry and information technology for approval ahead of launch. macrumors tracked down the listings for...




cat s60 review: hardcore to a fault

the world’s first thermal imaging smartphone is the cat s60, a device first introduced back in february of 2016. this smartphone is part of a collection of android-based devices made by the folks at cat, aka caterpillar. we’ve not traditionally reviewed a lot of android devices this far from their original release date for several reasons, one of which is android updates.it’s more of a cat than an androidthis is not a phone for android fans. it did not move beyond android marshmallow, and only received the most crucial of firmware updates. like back in october of 2017, it got a firmware update to solve the blueborn vulnerability. not much after that.instead, this is a smartphone for people who work in rugged environments and could bene...