The FAA is now refunding people who registered their drones

If you registered to fly your drone, but only fly for fun, you can now remove your name from the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration database and get your $5 back. The FAA now has a page on its website where hobbyist drone operators can apply for de-registration and a refund. Currently, if drone operators…

Instagram introduces a fun new way to reply to Stories

Instagram is offering more video messaging options to 200+ million Story users — specifically, friends can now respond to your Story with photos, videos, and Boomerangs of their own, bypassing text entirely. Video replies work the same way as normal Story posts — text, stickers, and other bells and whistles go over the image. The…

Samsung is baking Bixby into a speaker to take on Amazon and Google

Following Apple’s announcement of its HomePod last month, Samsung is now the latest tech giant to hop on the smart speaker bandwagon. The Wall Street Journal reports that the South Korean hardware maker is baking its Bixby assistant into a voice-activated device. It’s presently codenamed Vega, and has been in the works for over a…

Nokia is teaming up with Zeiss to make phone cameras great again

Besides durability and inventive product design, Nokia was also known for the impressive cameras on its N series and Lumia line of phones. It’s now looking to reclaim that glory by teaming up with its old partner in crime, lens maker Zeiss. The German optics firm hasn’t worked with Nokia on the first bunch of…

An Introduction to the React Framework

React (also known as React.js or ReactJs) is a powerful JavaScript library that uses server-side rendering (SSR) with a unique twist—one that allows it to provide a flexible, performance-oriented, componentized solution for the “V” in MVC (Model View Controller). If you’re looking for instant page loads, or the ability to handle long lists of dynamic…

Baidu Just Released An Open Source Autonomous Driving Platform

As promised previously in April 2017, Baidu Research has released their Autonomous Driving platform – Apollo. By making it Open Source, they declare Apollo as the “Android of Autonomous Driving Industry.” This is the first step in their goal of developing fully autonomous cars for open city roads by 2020. Baidu Research has released its…

Alibaba made an Echo competitor called the Tmall Genie

China’s Alibaba is among the largest internet e-commerce sites in the world (right up there with Amazon). So it’s not too surprising that today the company announced the Tmall Genie, an Amazon Echo-like smart speaker. Instead of Amazon’s Alexa, the Tmall Genie features the AliGenie voice assistant. Feature-wise, Alibaba is offering much of the same…

Samsung entry level Galaxy J series turns Pro

Budget phones are often very popular due to the attractive pricing. If you are planning to get one, you might want to consider Samsung’s upcoming Pro version of the Galaxy J Series. The J Series is the South Korean electronic giant’s entry level offering, in contrast to the mid-range A series and the flagship S and…

All Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019

All new cars launched by Volvo from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely battery-powered, in what the company called a “historic end” to building models that only have an internal combustion engine. Between 2019 and 2021, the firm will introduce five 100% electric models, and ensure the rest of its conventional petrol and diesel…