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Samsung Gear Live vs LG G Watch

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Update: Some details of this article have been updated.

The time has finally arrived – the first smartwatches running on Google’s dedicated wearable OS, Android Wear, has been announced and will go on sale very soon.

Unfortunately, neither of them is the Moto360 we are truly excited about (it was promised to be released “soon”, though), but let us take a look at the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch.

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BlackBerry assistant to take on Siri and Google Now

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and then there is Google Now. BlackBerry has long been said to be developing a competitor as we reported back in March, although they have been mum, until now.

The Canadian company has now confirmed that it has a competitor in the works and will be showing up on the company’s next major release. It will be called BlackBerry Assistant and will be part of the OS 10.3 update to its latest generation operating system. (more…)

Apple partner with IBM to tackle enterprise market

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

ibm-vs-appleA few decades ago Apple and IBM were going head-to-head in the personal computer market and no, if any, quarter was given in their epic corporate battles. Fast forward to today and you will find these two once fierce enemies have teamed up as business partners. Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership which will bring together Apple’s hardware capabilities and IBM’s software and service capabilities to tackle the enterprise market.

The US stock market favors this development with both companies’ stock increasing by around 2%. This deal very closely resembles the deal struck between IBM and Microsoft almost 33 years ago which saw Microsoft grow into a tech giant by piggy-backing on IBM’s PC platform. (more…)

The smartest cat feeder in the world (video)

Published by on Jul 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Facial recognition for cats, that’s what we’re talking about here. Taiwanese company 42ARK launched an Indiegogo campaign Tuesday for a device that uses facial recognition technology to feed cats.

The new technology start-up is promising to use “cutting-edge cat facial recognition technology” to battle cat obesity in the US, using built-in scales and sensors to let felines know when they’ve had enough.

A built-in camera at the front of the device uses “cat facial recognition technology” to ID each of the felines that drop in for a bite to eat, while weight sensors underneath both the animal and the bowl calculate exactly how much they have eaten. This information is then transmitted via users’ home Wi-Fi to a connected smartphone app where owners can review their pet’s “diet history”, access a “health analysis report” and even take their photo or watch them eating their lunch in real time. (more…)

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s extreme flight (video)

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Air companies have to push the technology as far as possible to make sure their machines are as safe as possible. They are often pushed to the limit, with extreme manoeuvres to show that they can be usable in a hairy situation.

Boeing is getting ready to launch the new, longer variant of its 787 Dreamliner, budded the 787-9. Air New Zealand will be the first to take delivery of this more efficient, beautiful machine.

With a very light load on board, Boeing was able to show off the 787’s capabilities with some extreme manoeuvres, including steep takeoffs and high-bank turns just feet off the ground. Would you want to be in a plane doing this? Take a look in the video below: (more…)

BarkCam – the app that will capture the perfect pic of your pooch

Published by on Jul 16th, 2014, No Comments

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If you’re an animal lover fond of taking pictures of your furry friend, then you’ll understand the headache that ensues when you’re trying to get your pet to sit still so you can capture them smiling at the camera.

This is what the BarkCam app looks to eliminate and help you look like a sane person when trying to get your pet’s attention.

The app, which was developed by Bark & Co, a New York based, pet-focused startup, is designed to do the attention grabbing for you, so all you have to do to snap a pretty pic, is to press the shutter button on your smartphone.

Bark & Co are also the pet-loving masterminds behind the BarkBox – a subscription-based, dog-centric service that delivers delicious doggie treats an toys to your door every month. It’s almost like Rubybox, but for your dog.

The app, in all its clever quirkiness, allows you to choose from an array different sounds to grab your dog’s attention. These include squeaky sounds, doorbells, bag of treats rustling and of course, the ever important cat meow.  (more…)

Beats gives German soccer team gold headphones

Published by on Jul 16th, 2014, No Comments

Gold headphones for Germany

What do you give a national soccer team that have just won the World Cup to remember the momentous occasion by? Sure, they’ll always have the gold medal and memories that’ll last forever – but in this day and age, you may want to step it up a notch.

And that’s where Beats comes in. The company has announced that they are gifting the entire German soccer team as well as their coach with limited edition Golden Beats Pro headphones.

Oh, and it’s real gold, darling. (more…)

Fly from Tokyo to San Francisco in 90 seconds

Published by on Jul 16th, 2014, No Comments

No, sorry, this isn’t some brilliant new space age technology people are dreaming up that will never occur. It is something a little simpler and more majestic then that.

Over 3,400 separate images were combined to make the time lapse video above from a Boeing 747-400 en route from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to San Francisco.

If you are dreading a long haul flight that is around the corner, maybe this video can calm your nerves and let you forget the headaches associated with commercial flights.

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