Weekly Rewind: 10 important tech stories you may have missed

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James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer, dies in plane crash

James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer, dies in plane crash

Tragedy struck at the beginning of the week when news broke that the Oscar-winning composer James Horner was killed in a plane crash in Southern California. The 61 year-old first won an Oscar nomination for Aliens, and would later pick up two Academy Awards, one for best original dramatic score for James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, and the other for the movie’s hit song, My Heart Will Go On, co-written with Will Jennings and sung by Celine Dion. Stars of the silver screen were quick to pay tribute. Ron Howard called him a “brilliant composer.”

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Free-wheeling and wheel-free: Lexus hoverboard is straight out of Back to the Future

Free-wheeling and wheel-free- Lexus hoverboard is straight out of Back to the Future

It’s 2015 and we still don’t have a hoverboard. That’s about to change. Lexus announced earlier this week that it’s working on a real-life hoverboard, and it’s called Slide. While it’s far from what we saw in Back to the Future 2, Lexus is at least making our wildest dreams come true by making a real-life hoverboard. The website says that the Slide hoverboard is magnetic, with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets, made with a Lexus grille and natural bamboo — but that’s all of the details we know for now. The Slide hoverboard has been in development over the last 18 months by teams in Germany, and it’s being tested by a professional skateboarder in Barcelona. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see anyone riding on the overboard in the video, but Lexus is promising that we’ll get to see more updates on Slide in the upcoming weeks. For now, you can watch the teaser video in our full story.

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Verona dating app is now available for iOS

Verona dating app is now available for iOS

Verona is a dating app designed to connect Israelis and Palestinians, whether they’re looking for love or friendship. Developer Matthew Nolan was inspired to create Verona because he wanted to help bring about peace in the Middle East. The app gives Israelis and Palestinians the ability to chat in hopes of bridging cultural divides. The app uses Tinder’s now familiar system of swiping right for someone you like, and swiping left for those you don’t. If there’s a match, you can instantly start chatting and arrange to meet up for a date. Previously, Verona was only available on Android, but the app’s growing user base has pushed Matthew Nolan into releasing an app for iOS as well.

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Google introduces Chromebox for large meeting rooms

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In 2014, Google launched “Chromebox for meetings,” a service which allowed small businesses to get into video conferencing. Today, Google launched “Chromebox for meetings”, hardware which was built so larger businesses can hold their own video conferences. The first bundle can hold up to eight people in one room for the price of $1,000, while the second bundle can hold up to 20 people in one room for $2,000.

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Watch out major networks! Netflix is poised to dominate viewership in 2016

Watch out major networks! Netflix is poised to dominate viewership in 2016

Wall Street analysts at FBR Capital Markets suggest that Netflix could surpass major networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, in 24-hour viewership if it were measured by Nielsen standards, reports Variety. It can be challenging to compare because Nielsen ratings on standard broadcast TV can be off – most people view programs on DVRs and Video-on-demand way after the seven day window. Nielsen also doesn’t take online viewing into account, even though it’s growing in popularity.

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Cars

How Nissan’s ‘invisible-to-visible’ tech could pave the way for autonomous cars

Nissan is experimenting with what it calls “invisible-to-visible” (I2V) tech. It’s meant to connect cars to a virtual world, but will it work in the real world? That’s what we asked Nissan’s Roel de Vries.
Product Review

Mercedes-Benz fires its first salvo in the luxury electrification war

The EQC is Mercedes-Benz's answer to the Tesla threat, bringing performance, tech features, and luxury to the growing electric SUV segment. We headed to Norway, the electric car capital of the world, to get a taste of it.
Mobile

These 100 best iPhone apps will turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want to bring out the best in yours. Behold our comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps, from time-saving productivity tools to fun apps you won’t be able to put down.
Home Theater

Nura shrinks its personalized sound tech down to wireless earbud size for $199

Nura debuted the NuraLoop: Wireless earbuds with the same custom sound tech as the Nuraphone, but at a much lower price. Adjustable ANC and 16 hours of battery life make them a superb deal at the pre-order price of $159.
Mobile

Mad U.K. retailer slashes 99% off Google Pixel 3a price for a few lucky buyers

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Mobile

How to use recovery mode to fix your Android phone or tablet

If you’re having a problem you can’t seem to resolve with your Android device, or maybe you want to update it or wipe the cache, recovery mode could be what you’re looking for. Here's how to get your Android phone into recovery mode.
Mobile

The Realme X is so cheap and so good that it defies the rules of economics

The Realme X has a 48-megapixel camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor, an AMOLED screen, and a Snapdragon 710 processor, yet it costs from $220. We've tried out the phone to see if it's too good to be true.
Home Theater

Why you can’t buy Car Thing, Spotify’s first hardware device

Spotify created a voice-activated, in-car device that lets you listen to music and podcasts. But Car Thing, as it is known, is not for sale. Instead, it will be used to gather data from a limited set of customers.
Social Media

Be the master of your own Insta-verse with multiple Instagram accounts

Whether you own a small business or have separate Instagram accounts for your five cats, we'll walk you through the process of switching between your multiple accounts on your Apple or Android devices.
Mobile

Can Apple or Samsung steal the OnePlus 7 Pro's flagship killer title?

OnePlus has long been the go-to for flagship specs under a flagship price. But now Apple and Samsung have challengers in the arena, and they want the Flagship Killer crown for themselves. Who wins? We found out.
Deals

Turn your Apple tablet into a laptop with one of these iPad keyboard cases

A keyboard case serves to both protect your iPad and give you a set of laptop keys. You don’t have to shell out tons of cash for a good one, either; if you’re looking for a way to turn your iPad into a 2-in-1 laptop, check these deals…
Mobile

Google Pixel 4 will reportedly ditch physical buttons and display notch

The Google Pixel 4 will reportedly feature massive design changes, including the removal of clickable power and volume keys in favor of capacitive touch areas. The smartphone is also said to be dropping the display notch.
Deals

Here’s one thing you need to do before giving your child a smartphone or tablet

Monitoring your kids' digital habits can be a challenge in today’s high-tech age, but great parental control software like Qustodio gives parents a much-needed advantage. Learn how you can protect your child from online dangers.
Emerging Tech

Experts warn 5G could interfere with weather forecasts, reducing accuracy by 30%

Experts and officials have warned that interference from 5G wireless radios could seriously compromise the ability to forecast weather, including the prediction of extreme weather events like hurricanes.
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