Study Reveals Britons Spend More Time On Tech Than Sleeping

A recent study by a UK Communications regulator reflects an excessive use of technology that disrupts our normal life.

Research by Ofcom reveals that UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes a day on media devices, compared with the average night’s sleep of eight hours and 21 minutes.

Among those surveyed, more alarming are the habits of 16-24 years old who squeezed 9 hours 8 minutes each day by multi-tasking and using different media and devices at the same time.

For the first time since 2009, TV viewing has fallen to under 4 hours per day and people have turned to tablets and smartphones.

On a positive note however, the report suggests that children were  found to have an advanced understanding of technology devices, with six-year-olds having the same level of knowledge as the average 45-year-old.

Samsung Hints September 3 Release of Galaxy Note 4

Watch out iPhone 6, Note 4 will be unveiled a few day earlier.

Samsung has recently sent a teasing press invite with caption “READY? NOTE THE DATE!” The September “Unpacked” event will be held simultaneously in 3 cities – New York, Berlin and Beijing. The launch is in tradition with previous announcement of Note 3 last year at IFA Berlin .

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The new device  is anticipated to have a 5.7-inch screen, will feature a more premium feel  using metail in its casing,  minimum 32GB of storage, built-in water resistance and fingerprint scanner to unlock the device like S4. If the new jumbo smartphone is to follow last year’s arrangement, it could be available for market by September 24.

You Can Now Download A Movie in Less Than A Second

Good news errant downloaders. You can now download a 1GB movie in 0.2 milliseconds ( given your computer can keep up ).

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have reclaimed a world record for  data transfer  when it managed to transfer fully 43 terabits per second by using single multi-core optical fibre, which was developed by Japanese firm Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT).

The previous record was held since 2011 by the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie in Germany, who created a network able to reach speeds of 32 terabits per second.

Hilarious Encounter With An Apple Employee

We had a a rather amusing  encounter with an Apple employee yesterday. For starter, its not often that you stumble upon somebody who works for the most valuable  brand in the world. And everyone was pleased to welcome a visitor from Austin, Texas. Immediately after he introduced himself, I could see the spark in everyone’s eyes. Of course, it was a perfect opportunity to ask a very important question.

You guessed it right, we  asked him about the upcoming iPhone 6.  What else could we ask about?  It is the most anticipated smartphone release of 2014. And the most profitable product of Apple.

Is it true that there will be 2 versions : 4.7 and 5.5 inches? Will the display be made of sapphire glass? His answer startled most of us. But not me. He just simply said “To be honest, I have no idea. Of course he could not tell even if he knows something. He must adhere to the iCode of silence in the highly secretive culture in Apple.

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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