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google maps tool helps public find drug take-back locations

google has partnered with the drug enforcement administration to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis. thanks to this partnership, anyone with unneeded prescription pills will be able to easily find a place to recycle them using google maps. the company has created a locator tool that enables anyone to search for and find a take-back location for dropping off prescriptions drugs.the tool has been revealed ahead of national prescription drug take back day, which takes place on april 28 (this saturday). during it, the public is encouraged to turn in any prescription drugs they no longer need, the idea being that destroying/recycling the drugs will ensure they can’t be pilfered and used by someone else, helping fuel their addiction.of cou...




sony x mount is an xperia accessory for dualshock 4 controllers

sony has introduced a new accessory for mobile gamers: the x mount. this device is designed specifically for the maker’s xperia smartphones and the dualshock 4 game controller included with the playstation 4. by combining the two — the mount and the ds4 controller — mobile gamers are able to comfortably play on their smartphone using the full-size controller they’d otherwise use on their console.mobile phone game pad controllers are nothing new — some are designed to accommodate an existing controller, others are full controllers with the mount built int...




the bmw m850i xdrive coupe is a 530hp jekyll and hyde

bmw’s new 8 series coupe is shaping up to be the company’s most exciting car in years, at least if the latest details on the bmw m850i xdrive coupe are anything to go by. the two-door – a production version of the concept 8 series bmw revealed last year – won’t go into production until later this year, but the automaker’s testing is well underway. indeed, according to bmw it’s now in the final stages of the series production development process. that’s a particularly important phase, too: after all, it’s when a car is expected to prove its mettle on various different road surfaces and tracks. still, the m850i xdrive coupe does have a few tricks up its sleeves to make sure it aces those tests – whether you’re more focuse...




asus chromebox 3 desktops with chrome os now available to preorder

in early january, asus introduced multiple products including the chromebox 3, a miniature desktop that runs google’s chrome os. chromebox 3 is the latest model in asus’s chromebox lineup; this one features an 8th-generation intel core processor, among other things. now, four months later and only a couple weeks after acer launched its own alternative, asus has officially started taking preorders.asus has quietly launched the chromebox 3; chrome unboxed spotted units up for preorder at tiger direct. a total of four models exist, each with slightly different hardware. in the cheapest tier, asus’s chromebox 3 is offered with a celeron processor at $249.99 usd. more powerful alternatives are available, though, if you’re willing to pay m...




how to get the new gmail update

this morning google released a new version of gmail and we’ve taken our first look – now it’s your turn. the way to get this newest version of the quintessential google email experience is quite simple, actually. it involves just a couple of taps (or clicks) of buttons in the standard gmail interface online. before you go too far – this article isn’t about any update of the gmail app you might be using on android or ios. instead, it’s an update to gmail online – in a web browser. this update is made primarily for desktop users. features that come here first will make their way to other platforms immediately if not soon.to update: all you’ll need to do is open gmail in a web browser, first. next, tap that gear/cog in the upper...




snap spectacles 2 official unveiling tipped for next week

snap is expected to unveil the second-generation of its snapchat spectacles soon, an updated wearable featuring a camera built into a pair of sunglasses. spectacles weren’t a huge hit the first time around, but apparently were popular enough to justify launching an updated model. spectacles 2 first appeared on april 11 in fcc documents, and now a report claims we’ll be getting the official announcement very soon.according to wired, snap — the parent company behind the mobile app snapchat — will be launching the updated spectacles product some time next week. the wearable will join new snapchat features that further expand what users can do with the app both in the near and distant future.snap has slowly shifted its attention toward h...




microsoft moves to stop halo online mod: here's the good news

it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but microsoft has taken notice of “eldewrito,” a fan-made mod for halo online. as die-hard halo fans know, halo online was a russian-only multiplayer game based on halo 3 that was released for pc a few years back, with 343 industries eventually pulling the plug on the game. the eldewrito mod, which was released last week, allows players to access halo online through player-hosted servers, with features like stat tracking and ranked games to boot.obviously, there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the eldewrito mod for halo online, as halo 3 never officially made its way to pc – the series became an xbox exclusive after the launch of halo 2. the mod launched on april 20 with its versio...




asoif fire & blood history book inbound, winds of winter delayed again

george rr martin, the author behind a song of ice and fire — the book series that inspired the tv show a game of thrones — has announced that the next book in the series won’t hit shelves this year. it’s an update series fans have come to expect; in fact, anything other than a delay announcement would be surprising at this point. however, martin did reveal something fans can look forward to.the next book in the series, which is called the winds of winter, won’t be arriving this year. the book has been repeatedly delayed and fans have increasingly lost hope of ever getting it. the wildly popular hbo tv show based on the book series has since outpaced the novels.however. martin says that a book on the history of fictional world weste...




iphone 9 incoming: the 5 points of detail

apple’s iphone 8s or iphone 9 might well be released within the next few months. what we’ve got for specs thus far sit squarely in the realm of rumors and insider tips. not unlike previous years at this point in the process, we’re fairly sure we’ve got in line our most basic idea of what’s coming soon. first, a chart that you’ll want to take a peek at. this chart is not finalized, nor is it meant to be looked upon as officially sourced at all whatsoever. instead, this is just a chart of expectations for apple’s next smartphones with info based on rumor, insider tips, and informed speculation. these devices are almost inevitable, but their details are not.again, what you see above is not to be bet upon or taken as any sort of un...




moto z3 leaks lovely looks in one shot

the next moto z smartphone appeared on the web on april 25th as a single 2-sided render. this image showed the front and the back of this moto z3 device, the third-generation smartphone in a line of plug-and-play modular smartphone devices. this device will likely be revealed officially by motorola and/or lenovo very, very soon. this device is rumored to roll with a 6-inch super amoled touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution. that’s with a 2:1 ratio (18:9 they say) with corning gorilla glass 3 on top. this is a slight adjustment from the moto z2 that had a slightly more traditionally-shaped display – this one’s corners are a tiny bit more round.see too: our own moto z2 force reviewthis device likely has android 8.1 oreo or later ...




inexpensive touch-sensitive paper instantly digitizes written notes

researchers have introduced a new touch-sensitive paper that can track input and automatically digitize it. the system involves conductive film and a carbon-loaded paint applied to paper, among other things. the end result is a type of paper that detects touches from both fingers and writing instruments, transforming the process of digitizing handwritten content.the touch-sensitive paper was developed by researchers with carnegie mellon university; they demonstrate the prototype on video (below) and detail their work in this paper. as shown in the video below, the paper is connected to a macbook using a usb cable. the drawn content is instantly transferred to the laptop.the researchers indicate that a single-use touch panel could be used wit...




ford just announced a shocking change to its range

ford has taken an axe to its north american line-up, cutting non-suvs, crossovers, and utilities until only two cars remain. the shock move came as part of ford’s q1 2018 financial results, with revenues up 7-percent year over year. however, it’s bad news if you’ve been waiting for ford to roll out a new sedan. by 2020, ford points out, it expects almost 90-percent of its portfolio in north america to be trucks, utilities, and commercial vehicles. that’s going to have a huge impact on the sort of options you’ll find in your local ford dealership. indeed, many of the cars currently there simply won’t exist any more. “given declining consumer demand and product profitability, the company will not invest in next generations of tra...




new gmail: 5 features you need to know about

earlier today, google announced and detailed a new redesign for gmail. while we originally thought this redesign would solely focus on the web implementation of gmail, it turns out that there are also some new features coming to mobile as well. in short: this redesign looks to be a massive one, with a lot of new features centered around security and ease-of-use. while all of them are important in one way or another, here are five features in particular worth knowing about.1. confidential modeperhaps the most exciting thing coming to gmail, at least from a business perspective, is its new confidential mode. this will allow senders to set their emails to expire after a certain amount of time or revoke access to an email after it’s been sent....




alexa and echo dot kids edition: just a few facts

alexa comes in a new package as of this week, the echo dot kids edition, complete with three lovely kid-friendly color casings. this device is basically an echo dot with a few tiny differences. the hardware is literally the same – one speaker to blast out sound or alexa responses, and 7 far-field microphones for top-notch listening for voice commands. what’s different is the skin – with colors – and the services that come pre-activated with the product.what’s the big deal?the echo dot kids edition is just a regular echo dot with a skin casing on it. the reason you’d want one is to save yourself some cash if you’d already planned on buying both an echo dot and a freetime unlimited subscription for your child. sold separately, th...




opera touch mobile browser launches with one-handed surfing in mind

opera is launching a new mobile browser today, and it’s making some big promises about how it will change the way we browse on on our phones. dubbed opera touch, this new browser is centered around one idea: letting you browse with one hand, leaving your other hand free to do anything your heart desires. in a world so focused on multitasking, opera touch might actually be a mobile browser worth downloading.opera cites some in-house research that shows 86% of smartphone owners prefer to use their phones with one hand, though points out in blog post today that most mobile browsers typically require two hands to use. opera touch attempts to put all of your critical controls within reach of your thumb, which in turn means that you won’t have...




cut and paste emoji: google gun goes watergun, a short history

today google bent the knee to the emoji overlords, changing their people-killing-pistol into a lovely classic water gun. in the past, google was seen as a bastion of gun-related freedom, keeping their 6-shooter at their side while the weak companies – only apple, that is /s – went from gun to water gun. but let’s not get too excited about how the world runs its typed-images databanks, shall we? back in 2013, google had the best gun emoji of them all. where most other companies chose pathetic standard 6-shooters, google’s gun emoji was a blunderbuss. yes! the most insane name for a gun ever conceived of – and a major part of one of the greatest films ever made: looper (2012). the blunderbuss, complete with a horn barrel for ultimate...




playstation plus free games for may revealed

as alarming as it may be to realize that we’ve arrived at the end of april, the fact that may is right around the corner means that it’s time for sony to reveal a new slate of playstation plus games. those who are planning to pick up detroit: become human when it launches later on in may might want to have a look at this new batch of playstation plus games, as one of them comes from detroit‘s director, david cage.yes indeed, one of ps4’s free ps plus games for may is beyond: two souls, the last title that cage directed before detroit: become human. many playstation 4 owners have likely played beyond: two souls by this point, as it launched on ps3 in 2013 and ps4 in 2015. however, if you haven’t and you’re wondering if cage’s un...




sonic mania plus release date revealed with a snazzy new trailer

last year, sonic mania surprised us all as a wonderful love letter to the genesis-era sonic the hedgehog games. sega is looking to recapture a little bit of that magic later this year with the release of sonic mania plus. not only will sonic mania plus be released at retail – something we didn’t get with the original, which was a digital-only title – but it will also toss some new content into the mix for good measure. today, sega finally revealed when we can expect sonic mania plus to arrive, and the good news is that it’ll be here relatively soon.sega has announced a release date of july 17 for sonic mania plus. the company also debuted a new trailer animated by the one and only tyson hesse, who did a lot of the pre-release materia...




esa's gaia provides most detailed star catalog ever and it's gorgeous

the esa has been running its gaia mission for a while now and that mission has produced what is hailed as the “richest star catalog to date.” the star catalog has precision measurements of about 1.7 billion stars and has given us new details that have never been seen before of our milky way galaxy. the images here are the result of 22 months of charting the sky.the data provided by the esa includes positions, distance indicators and motions of over a billion stars. data also includes high-precision measurement of asteroids within our solar system and stars beyond the milky way galaxy. early analysis of the data has offered up details about the makeup of our galaxy, how stars move, and information about the formation and evolution of the ...




2019 lexus es shows off the future of lexus interiors

lexus has unveiled the 2019 es that shows off the next generation of the automakers entry-level luxury car. the new es rides on the all-new global architecture called the ga-k platform. lexus says that the new es is 2.6-inches longer, .2-inches lower, and 1.8-inches wider than the outgoing es.the wheels of the car have also been pushed further to the corners with a 2-inch longer wheelbase and .4-inch wider track. the outside of the car is all-new with a sportier design than previous models, but it still looks like a lexus. led taillamps are integrated and the f sport version gets a rear spoiler, dark lower valance, and badging to set it apart.three new wheel designs are offered for 2019 models with standard 17-inch and a pair of 18-inch opti...