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A journey far below Earth’s crust. A global team of intrepid scientists. And a bounty of a quadrillion ton of diamonds, which are darn near impossible to reach. No, it’s not Dwayne Johnson’s next summer blockbuster, but a new discovery from geologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other universities. Their findings? That, based on sound waves, there is likely an unimaginably large haul of diamonds buried more than 100 miles below our planet’s surface — far deeper than any drilling expedition has been before.

The discovery is the result of an anomaly in seismic activity data kept by agencies like the United States Geological Survey. Scientists are able to use this data to gain an understanding of what the Earth’s interior might look like, since sound waves move at different speeds depending on the temperature, density, and composition of the rocks they travel through. By analyzing this data, the researchers suggest that a fraction of the cratonic roots — the oldest and least movable sections of rock beneath the center of most continental tectonic plates — is probably made up of diamonds.

“This problem was an integrated puzzle that required input from lots of different scientists to work out,” Joshua Garber, from the Earth Science department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told Digital Trends. “We know that seismic waves generated by earthquakes pass through certain parts of the mantle faster than we expect. We tested numerous combinations of different possible constituents that could explain...

Between web apps and Android apps in Chrome OS, there’s a lot you can get done on Chromebooks. However, there still might be certain things about Windows you miss.

You might not have thought it was possible, but you have a few different options for bringing some of that Windows goodness to your Chrome OS machine. There are a multitude of ways to make this work — and we can show you where to go. Here’s how to use Windows on a Chromebook!

Before you begin

Before setting off on this adventure, there are a few important caveats to getting Windows up and running on your Chromebook. As always, and most importantly, messing with your operating system, firmware, and BIOS can have serious effects on your system. You’ll want to back up any important data away from your computer before you begin.

If something does happen and you find yourself unable to use your Chromebook, you can create a USB drive from another computer to try and recover the system. This will erase all of your data though, so make sure to back up anything that isn’t saved to Google Drive.

With that out of the way, let’s begin with the first (and easiest) method.

Method 1: Free Online Apps

If you...

Dodge has yet another new version of the evergreen Challenger, and it’s focused on drag racing. It’s called the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 — the last part of that convoluted name references the length of a typical drag strip (1,320 feet, or a quarter mile). The new model isn’t as quick as the defunct, 840-horsepower

It had a rocky beginning, but Star Trek: Discovery ended its first season as a critical and commercial success for streaming platform CBS All Access. To the delight of fans, the show received an official “Make it so” on season 2, ensuring that the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery will have more adventures among the stars.

The most recent update on the second season of Star Trek: Discovery offers the first, official photos from the next story arc of the series. There’s no official premiere date for the season yet, but here’s everything we know about Star Trek: Discovery season 2 so far.

First contact … with season 2 photos

CBS released a pair of photos from season 2 ahead of the Star Trek: Discovery panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The photos feature returning series lead Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, as well as a new, alien character reportedly named Linus.

A new leader

The troubles for Discovery didn’t end with the first season it seems, as the series made some big moves behind the scenes in mid-June 2018.

According to The Hollywood Reporter,...

If you watch CNN, you’ve likely witnessed the commercials for its CNN Go streaming app, which introduce the “new” (as of a couple years ago) virtual reality division. The ad shows reactions from people who’ve never tried VR before as they slip on a smartphone-based headset and react to the life-altering moment of experiencing VR for the first time.

The commercial is only a couple years old but, in the accelerated timeline of technology trends, it looks like something out of a 1980s Spielberg flick. It promises a naive and slightly disturbing future, like a World’s Fair exhibit gone wrong.

In truth, consumers are done with VR. Sales numbers, as tracked by Amazon sales rank data at Thinknum, make that crystal clear.

Amazon releases its numbers via API several times a day, to help track how products are selling across its multitudes of product categories. Those sale ranks figures make it clear all the major VR headsets in a tailspin, with no signs they’ll pull out of it.

Sony has pushed virtual reality with its PlayStation VR headset. At first, Sony saw decent sales, and its version bundled with Skryim has been most successful in moving PlayStation VR. In February 2018, that bundle saw a favorable rank of 29 among all video game products. Today, it sits...

For decades, ever-increasing population growth has made people worried about the long-term sustainability of our planet. Perhaps the biggest concern? How best to feed everyone. Looking for a solution to this problem, scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have been searching for a means by which plants can create their own fertilizer. Such a breakthrough could mean that farmers would no longer have to buy and manually spread it on their crops in order for them to grow.

Their innovative solution involves a genetically engineered bacteria that is able to pull fertilizer out of thin air. Because bioavailable nitrogen is a critical nutrient for crop productivity, this could turn out to be an agricultural game-changer.

“A long-term and sustainable solution will be the plants fixing their own nitrogen,” Himadri Pakrasi, a professor in the department of biology in arts and sciences, told Digital Trends. “The energy required can come from the sun via photosynthesis. However, biological nitrogen fixation in bacteria is catalyzed by nitrogenase, an enzyme that is poisoned by oxygen, the product of photosynthesis. The exciting news from our study is that we have been able to engineer functional nitrogenase in cyanobacteria that perform photosynthesis and also produce oxygen. This is an important step toward engineering nitrogen-fixing crops in the future.”

For their study, the researchers were able to isolate genes in a cyanobacteria called cyanothece, which carries out photosynthesis during the day and uses nitrogen to create chlorophyll for photosynthesis during the night, and then splice them...

Apple isn’t the only fitness watch company making its way into the gym. Garmin now is extending its reach into the personal training and fitness realm by partnering with Gold’s Gym, one of the top fitness franchises in the world. The first fruit of this collaboration is a new Garmin version of the popular Gold’s AMP app that bundles in support for the latest Garmin fitness wearables.

Released in 2017, the Gold’s AMP app is a combo fitness coaching and music app designed to free you from tedious and unmotivating workouts. The app uses upbeat music playlists to keep you moving and audio coaching that encourages you throughout your workout. The app has thousands of DJ mixes in a variety of music genres and more than 100 workouts for both indoor and outdoor activities. It’s like having the best music and a great trainer right by your side while you push yourself to run farther, bike faster or lift more no matter what level you are at. You don’t even have to be a Gold’s Gym member to use it, the app is available to everyone.

The new Garmin integration keeps the audio coaching and curated music of the original Gold’s AMP app and makes it even better by connecting it to Garmin’s latest GPS smartwatches and its fitness trackers. In this first version, Garmin owners working out with the AMP app will be able to track their heart rate in real time within the app....

Updating laptops to the newest generation of Intel processors shouldn’t be this difficult. Every year Dell, HP, and Asus handle it as a simple way to keep computers up-to-date without having to do a complete redesign every year.

Easy, right? Yet Apple has managed to completely fumble it.

No entry level update

We knew there was something fishy about this year’s MacBook Pro when we first saw the listing. While the $1,800+ models have refreshed 8th-gen CPUs, the lower-end models were conveniently left off the update. These cheaper models, ranging from $1,300 to $1,600, are stuck with the same 7th-gen Intel processors introduced over a year and half ago.

With word that Intel is about to drop 9th-gen processors next month, you can see where this is all going. The most affordable models will soon be two generations behind. It’s the MacBook Air’s problem all over again.

The most expensive models have problems

Despite the lack of updated entry-level options, we were happy to see Apple bring Intel’s Core i9 to the higher-end 15-inch MacBook Pros. We’ve tested these chips on other laptops and witnessed the processing power firsthand.

But even here, Apple took the easy route here and hoped nobody would notice.

Within days of the first fans ordering their new MacBook Pros,...

Not to be outdone by Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod, Samsung has been reportedly developing an artificial intelligence-equipped smart speaker of its own. According to the Korea Herald, the Seoul, Korea-based electronics giant’s upcoming, unannounced device will tap Bixby, Samsung’s omniscient digital assistant, to respond to questions and commands with voice.

Here’s everything we know so far, including new information on price, shape, and launch date.

Release date, pricing, and availability

Samsung’s premium smart speaker was previously confirmed to launch in the second half of this year. Following the company’s debut of the Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress 2018, the CEO of Samsung’s mobile division, DJ Koh, announced that the smart speaker will “make its debut in the second half of this year.” This is a bit later than original reports suggested, which had us hoping for a launch in the first half of 2018.

Most recently, in an article about a Samsung foldable phone, The Wall Street Journal reported Samsung as likely to launch the Bixby Smart Speaker within the next month. Samsung’s Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 9 is scheduled for August 9, which could also be the speaker’s debut.

That said, there have been a number of delays already, as earlier rumors placed the product launch in late 2017. Problems the English language version of Bixby may have delayed the project.

According to a 2017 report published in The Investor, Samsung questioned its decision to create a smart speaker in such a...

HumanEyes announced details on a new consumer 360-degree camera, the Vuze XR. It’s a compact, dual-lens camera with an integrated handle and a neat party trick: The back-to-back lenses can flip forward to transition from 360-degree two-dimensional video, to 180-degree three-dimensional video.

The company’s previous Vuze VR camera (which we found to be a good performer in our review) focused on combining 360-degree immersive video with stereoscopic 3D, but this resulted in a rather large, eight-lens device that limited how you could use it. The Vuze XR, by comparison, is much more portable and designed to be taken anywhere.

While 360-degree content can be easily consumed on just about any device, from your smartphone to your desktop computer, the 180-degree 3D mode will require some sort of virtual reality headset (see our favorites here). For this reason, we’re not sure how...

Most Android phones come with a little automatic clicking noise whenever you take a picture with the camera. If this feature drives you crazy — and we don’t blame you — or if you really need a silent photo for another reason, you can turn it off. Learn how to turn off the camera shutter sound on your Android phone as we walk you through a few easy methods.

Note: The camera shutter sound is a legal requirement in some countries, like South Korea, to reduce the risk of people taking photos without consent. 

Master volume settings

Most Android phones have physical master volume buttons on the side. These buttons control all volume on the phone, not just the volume related to calls or music. If you want a very fast way to disable shutter click sounds, these master buttons are your best option.

Step 1: Tap the volume down button while watching the screen. Once the volume is all the way down, the volume will switch to a vibrate mode, and then — if pressed again –most models will make your phone totally silent. Either vibrate or full silence should mute the shutter noise.

Again, this option should work with almost every Android phone or tablet, including Samsung, LG, and Google Pixel phones. But you still have to remember to restore volume again when you are done taking...

Sometimes the default fonts supplied in the latest version of Windows 10 just don’t cut it, and you want something a little more exciting for your PowerPoint presentation or graphic design project. Fortunately, there are thousands of fonts you can download (as long they’re just for personal use) and installing them couldn’t be easier. In this guide we’ll teach you how to install fonts in Windows 10, step by step.

In addition to installing fonts, we also provide instructions on how to remove unwanted, possibly troublesome fonts and restore the default Windows 10 font selection if you need to.

For a look at how to install fonts specifically for Adobe Photoshop, we have a guide for that too.

The easy method

Step 1: Find the font you want to install, whether it’s from Microsoft’s newly instigated font storefront in the Microsoft Store, or from a website of your choosing, and download it.

Step 2: The font may or may not be packed into a zip file. If it’s zipped, right-click on the file, select “Extract All,” and then follow the instructions to put the font into a folder of your choosing.

Step 3: After extraction (or accessing the file at its downloaded destination), right-click on the file and select “Install.” That’s it!

Drag and drop

If you’d rather...

True wireless earbuds might not be for everyone, but they do have a lot of advantages over normal earbuds, namely no wires to snag. Even so, they aren’t perfect, with lower battery life than standard wireless earbuds. That is beginning to get better, however, and the Aria true wireless earbuds from xFyro, now on Indiegogo, claim the best battery life we’ve heard of so far.

Until now, the best battery life we’ve encountered in a true wireless earbud is The Headphone from Bragi, which offers six hours of playback time. The xFyro Aria claims eight hours of playback time, and the company says the included charging case can charge them three more times, for a total battery life of 32 hours, with a 15-minute charge giving three hours of playback time.

That said, we haven’t had the chance to see these in action, and we don’t know what caveats there might be. Playback volume, for example, can affect battery life, so it’s possible that the testing that provided these numbers was done at extremely low volume. If the headphones actually do provide eight hours at usable volume, it would mean each earbud would need a fairly large battery, which could have a negative impact on sound quality.

Skepticism aside, the Aria earbuds boast a lot of features aside from their battery life. The earbuds sense when you put them in or take them out...

Movie magic isn’t just on the screen — it’s also in your ears. We’re not just talking about excellent sound design or breathtaking surround sound technology like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. We’re talking about the music.

Long after you exit the theater and floss the popcorn out of your teeth, the best film soundtracks stick in your head. Sometimes you hum along to them with your family and friends, like the incredible first line of Star Wars (you’re hearing it right now, aren’t you). Other times, you’re not even aware how integral they really are (the hollow austerity of Interstellar, for example). But they’re always there, viscerally drawing out your emotions.

To celebrate these cinematic musical masterpieces, we’ve put together a list of our favorite film soundtracks, separated by scores and soundtrack compilations, in no particular order. Whether you’re a lover of the purpose-composed epics that propel your favorite films’ plot points, or a follower of the perfectly assembled playlist that colors a film’s overall tone, you’ll find something to love below.

Best original scores Star Wars saga — John Williams Arguably the most iconic film music ever written, John Williams’ epic themes for the Star Wars films are not only instantly recognizable around the globe, but they also created a film score renaissance, bringing back the grandiose scores from cinema’s earlier days. To create the Star Wars backdrop, the legendary composer drew heavily from space-themed classical compositions like Gustav Holst’s Planets series, using diverse layers of strings and...

Nintendo wants to win you back. Following the failure of its last home console, the Wii U, the publisher of Mario and Zelda announced very quickly that it was hard at work on a new console. Though the legendary publisher made some amazing games in the meantime — such as Super Mario Maker and Splatoon — it felt like Nintendo was holding back, and fans accepted that because they knew a new era was on the horizon. Going into our Nintendo Switch review, the question was, “can Nintendo turn things around with new hardware?” The answer is a resounding “yes.”

What’s in the box

The Switch is a “hybrid” game console. It’s designed to plug into a TV just like a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, or it can be carried around as a portable device, similar to the Nintendo 3DS, or Game Boy.

The Switch itself is a small tablet with a 6.2” LCD multi-touch display. Inside, the console has a custom Nvidia Tegra processor and 32GB of internal storage. It also has what you’d expect in a portable device: an...

AllTrails (iOS/Android) has been a popular smartphone app among hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers for some time now and has even earned a spot on our list of the best hiking apps. With its online community consisting of more than 8 million users, the AllTrails app and website offer crowdsourced info on more than 50,000 trails, including reviews, photos, and first-hand reports on current conditions. But a recent update to the app promises to deliver some nice improvements designed to make it even more valuable to outdoor enthusiasts.

The latest version of the AllTrails app includes a new map layer that the company says was rebuilt from the ground up to provide the best possible trail map its users have ever seen. Among the improvements are better labeling of local, state, and national parks, with the borders of those parks clearly visible on the maps themselves. This new design element was implemented to make it easier for hikers to find new places to explore, both at home and while traveling. Using their phone’s built-in GPS capabilities, users simply open the app and see which parks are nearby their current location.

But that isn’t the only improvement that outdoor athletes will find after updating the app. AllTrails says that its cartographers have completely redesigned the maps that it uses in an effort to improve legibility. These subtle, but important,...

There are plenty of people out there who base their research on studying robotics. However, robots can help us carry out study in other fields, too — as a new folding grabber robot developed at Harvard University makes clear. Harvard’s innovative RAD robot (that’s short for “Rotary Actuated Dodecahedron,” although it’s pretty rad as well) is designed to be able to perform delicate feats, such as catching underwater creatures with ease and, crucially, without injuring them in the process.

It does this using what can be described as a Poké Ball on a robot arm, capable of closing over an object without damaging it. It has so far been put through its robotic paces in an aquarium and deep in Monterey Canyon, off the coast of central California, where it was used to catch a jellyfish, a squid, and an octopus.

“We first tested the RAD sampler at Mystic Aquarium to see if could catch jellyfish,” Zhi Ern Teoh, a postdoctoral researcher who worked on the project, told Digital Trends. “We were concerned that as fluid is expelled during the closing phase, the flow would also push the jellyfish away. Turns out, the speed at which we close is slow enough such that jellyfish remain in the grab zone.”

Far Cry 5 has a dark, austere story that invokes modern political tensions. It also has a Grizzly bear named Cheeseburger.

The latest chapter in Ubisoft’s open-world first-person shooter anthology series wants to convey that it breaks new ground. Unlike its predecessors, the game pits you against a religious cult in the U.S., not the government of a country the game’s western audience would deem “exotic.” Surprisingly, Ubisoft has used the change in setting as a chance to dial the gore up to eleven. Far Cry games have not shied from graphic violence, but this game inundates you with it.

Far Cry 5 is also a less restrictive playground than its predecessors. After a short introduction, you can go to every corner of its world map and take on most of its content. You can go where you want and do what you want. You can hike to a remote spot in the woods and go fishing. You can ignore the game’s story and simply blow shit up.

These two halves are at odds. Far Cry 5 is a story-driven experience with something to say about the human condition. It’s also a game where you can steal a monster truck with guns on it, or take breaks from saving lives to do stunts that would make Evel Knievel jealous. Many games, including past Far Cry titles, have swung between deadly serious and funny in the same package — but this one swings so hard in both directions that the game begins to fall...

Millions of patient health records may be at risk after LabCorp, one of the largest medical diagnostics companies in the United States, discovered that its systems had been breached during the weekend of July 14. After detecting suspicious activity on its network, it took immediate action to take parts of its system offline, LabCorp revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

“This temporarily affected test processing and customer access to test results on or over the weekend,” LabCorp said in its SEC 8-K filing. “Work has been ongoing to restore full system functionality as quickly as possible, testing operations have substantially resumed today, and we anticipate that additional systems and functions will be restored through the next several days. Some customers of LabCorp Diagnostics may experience brief delays in receiving results as we complete that process.”

Though LabCorp has not revealed any additional information about the breach or if its systems have been fully restored, the company stated that it has reported the attack to law enforcement officials. The FBI confirmed that it was notified of the breach, but did not provide additional details. “The FBI is aware of reports of a ransomware attack involving LabCorp’s network system,” the agency said in a statement to WFMY News 2. “We are monitoring the situation, but cannot comment on whether or not the FBI is involved in any investigation.”

Given that ransomware may have been involved, it appears that the attack may have been financially motivated, though...

Headphones are everywhere, invading our ears in a conquering horde. And like hordes, they come in every style, color, and configuration you can imagine. As reviewers, it can be daunting. As shoppers, it can be downright intimidating.

Don’t fret, though. Whether you’re a new iPhone or Google Pixel 2 owner who needs a set of excellent wireless cans (i.e., not the Pixel Buds), a frequent traveler looking to block out the outside world, a runner in need of a sweat-proof option, or just a music lover, we’ve got you covered. The headphones on this list are the ringers. The value picks. The top guns.

So stop tearing your hair out and peruse our curated collection of the absolute best headphones for you, your ears, and your wallet.

Best headphones Category Our rating Sony WH-1000xM2 Best overall 5 out of 5 Oppo PM-3 Best over-ear headphones 4.5 out of 5 Audeze Sine Best on-ear headphones 4.5 out of 5 V-Moda Forza Best in-ear (earbuds) 4.5 out of 5 Jabra Elite Active 65t Best fully wireless earbuds 4.5 out of 5 Shure SE112 and SE112 Wireless Best budget headphones 4.25 out of 5 Jabra Elite Sport Best workout headphones 4 out of 5 Yamaha HPH-MT8 Best for the studio 4.5 out of 5 V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless Best durable headphones 4 out of 5 1More Triple Drivers Best Lightning earbuds 4.5 out of 5 Sony WH-1000xM2 The best