Monthly Archives: July 2014

What’s Unique With Moto 360 Smartwatch?

The looming release of Moto 360 smartwatch has been highly anticipated. Together with Samsung Galaxy Gear and LG G watch, these are what Google earlier stated  that are “huge assortment of smartwatches” to be available soon”.

Among Android watches , Moto 360 is by far the only one with a circular screen which makes it still look like a classic timepiece. And of course it is  more comfortable to wear  compared to other rectangular wearables.moto 360

Droidles, Tiny 3D Printed Robot

A new crowdfunding at Indiegogo features an interesting small and interactive two-wheeled robot called  Droidles . Judging from the way it looks, it is just an ordinary toy. Or maybe a little charming for kids . But this 3D printed device is enabled with open source hardware and firmware allowing even amateur programmers to learn new robotics.droidles

In a blog statement, Jay Hurley, the lead developer said ” A cloud network will allow Droidles to share code, grow or evolve new abilities,” . The robot is also equipped with a music engine and LED lights to enhance the sense that Droidles are communicating with their user and other robots.

For only $89.00, you get to create your own robot and webpage where you can view, edit and experiment with their personality programs, share programs with other users, and try out programs made by other users, created by other Droidles, or generated by the cloud service.

What Makes Amazon Fire Smartphone Stand Out?

Amazon’s first smartphone is finally out today. Basically, it is the world’s largest online store  packed in a gadget .  And there’s more about Fire phone that it wants to show off.

Online shopping has never been easier with instant access to  Amazon’s  extensive portal and the help of Firefly. Firefly is essentially scanning app you can use to compare prices. By just clicking a specific button, it can scan, identify bar codes,  business cards and various products among the 100 million items available- books, movies, music and pretty much anything you like. It can also recognize sound, including music and scenes in movies and TV shows. Then just click and purchase right away.

Survey Reveals Passengers Demand Faster In-Flight WiFi

Being constantly connected to the internet has become more of a need. Even when people are traveling in the sky.

A recent survey  conducted by Honeywell Aerospace, a major supplier of in-flight connectivity hardware,  between June 6 and June 19, 2014, among 1,045 Americans age 18 and over who have used in-flight Wi-Fi  are clamoring for even faster connections and are willing to even pay more for it or encounter inconveniences. Here are some of the most surprising behaviors of the connected passengers.

Flexible and Printable Battery That Will Revolutionize Wearables

Imagine a smartwatch that fits perfectly in your wrist. Or a smartphone as slim as a credit card. That could soon be a reality.  At least, that’s what this new startup hopes.

Imprint Energy has developed a bendable, long lasting and rechargeable battery that will lead to  new  developments of wearable electronics.

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Meet Jibo, The World’s First Family Robot

How would you like to own a  personal assistant robot for only $499?

Jibo, which almost look like Eve from Wall-E, is an 11 inch tall, 6 pounds robot that can be your photographer when you have a party at home, read stories to your children, order you pizza or shop online. And more as it learns and adapts to your needs.

Creator Cynthia Breazeal, an MIT professor social robotics expert, said in an interview that “Jibo doesn’t replace people and human relationships; rather, it is designed to support, complement and extend what we need from others in an affordable, effective and delightful way so that we can succeed, thrive and grow.”

 

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With These Casing, Your Smartphone Will Never Look The Same

Bored with your ordinary and lifeless smartphone casing? Check out the following casing that will stand you out and make people turn heads. Thinking about outside-the-box.

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Bring out the child in you with these Lego inspired casing.  You can actually make your own creation.

Get Ready Siri, BlackBerry Is Bouncing Back With Voice-Enabled Assistant

Move over Siri, Google Now and Cortana! Blackberry Assistant is here. The app, together with Blackberry Passport smartphone, will be available starting this  fall.

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The Assistant can perform various voice-activated tasks such as searching your inbox and calendar, access the web or social networks, writing and sending emails as well as creating calendar entries or even checking the weather.  It is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices, making it suitables for hands-free car use. The new feature will also complete tasks using the Passport’s new touch-sensitive physical keyboard, usually without leaving the app.

Old Rivals Apple and IBM Team Up To Sell More iPhones and iPads

Steve Jobs hated IBM. And vice versa. But past is past. After all, business is business.

Apple turns to IBM to develop apps for iPhones and iPad aimed at business consumers.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

Goodbye Siri in China?

Apple’s Siri may no longer be available in China as the U.S. company lost the lawsuit against Shanghai based Zhizhen Network Technology. The decision came after China’s State Intellectual Property ruled that Zhizhen’s patent of voice-controlled service, called Xiao i Robot is valid.

In its court filing,  Zhizhen claimed  that it has started with the speech recognition technology as early as 2003 and had applied for a  patent in 2004 and had been granted in 2006. However, Apple countered that Siri used a different process in its voice-recognition tech. It can be noted that Siri software has become available on the iPhone 4S model only in 2011, which  was developed by Siri Inc.in 2011.