Microsoft Band Hero 2 640x463One thing is for sure – interest in the world of wearable technology is definitely on the uptrend, and the Microsoft Band which was just released earlier today for $199 a pop is now sold out, not to mention having lines forming over at retail stores, now how about that? What makes this all the more remarkable is how Microsoft Band actually crept up and made its way into the scene, since there was nary a press event (apart from a leak) beforehand to have it build up hype for the overall release. It seems that taking the “ninja” route this time around has paid off handsomely for Microsoft.

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bing image searchThe folks over at Microsoft did update their Bing image search engine not too long ago, and earlier this week, there was also a new update that allowed users to actually run search queries through Bing using emoji in lieu of words, which is a novelty, really, although there are some moments where being able to do so might just come in handy, especially in the instant messaging generation, don’t you think so? Well, a brand new feature has been introduced to Bing today, where it allows users to be able to perform a search for animated GIFs in an easier manner.

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firephone display2 640x426There are many factors when it comes to the success or downfall of a particular piece of hardware, and where smartphones are concerned, this extremely cut-throat business environment leaves very little room for error. In fact, it was not too long ago that the Amazon Fire Phone received a writedown of $170 million – which is not going to hurt the company’s bottomline too much, but it is still a massive bleeding of money no matter which angle you look at it from. The device did not manage to pick up high scores in reviews, not to mention garnering a fair amount of customer review scores that resided on the low end side of things, not to mention taking a massive critical hit, if you will, on its unsold stock in the recent quarterly report. Amazon’s reason behind the issues behind the Fire Phone? Its price, apparently.

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xiaomi budget tabletXiaomi, a company that has been speculated to being the third largest smartphone manufacturing company in the world, did roll out their very first version of a tablet earlier in 2014. It does look as though the company could now be developing a second model that will arrive with a larger sized display – we are talking about 9.2” here, which would be really huge, alongside a less powerful processor – but that should not matter, since it ought to be able to help get the job done in the process – without breaking the bank, that is.

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us theaters google glassIt was just yesterday when we brought you word on how the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as well as the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has decided to advise movie theaters to utilize a zero tolerance approach when it comes to wearing various “intelligent” devices to the cinemas. In other words, all wearable technology with video recording capabilities oughto to be banned. Does this include the budding segment of devices known as smartwatches? It really depends on the individual theater operator, really.

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play books updateIt goes without saying that from time to time, companies would update their fair share of apps online in order to bring them up to speed, and to make them relevant with the rest of the industry, and for the users as well. It seems that Google Play Books for Android has just been updated, and to make sure that your eBook reading experience will be more parallel to that of reading actual paper-based books, this update allows you to skim through eBooks now.

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ambulance droneDrones might have come into negative light recently, including an instant where it reportedly came close to crashing into an aircraft – which could end up in disastrous results, not that the world needs another aviation disaster to round off the coming to the end of 2014. However, there are positives to be drawn from the use of drones for sure, where a Dutch-based student has recently unveiled a prototype of what is known as an “ambulance drone”. This particular drone happens to be a flying defibrillator which is capable of reaching heart attack victims within minutes – as there is no need to weave through rush hour traffic, buying perhaps some precious life-saving minutes in the process.

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ampyI suppose it is just a matter of time before someone would come up with the idea of actually riding the wearable technology wave, and to work on a battery that will be able to recharge itself – through the use of kinetic energy, of course. Hence, here we are with what they call “Ampy”, where Ampy happens to be a spare battery pack that will certainly come in handy during times of trouble. It is currently a Kickstarter project, so if you would like to see it in the flesh, perhaps it would be best to rope in the rest of your circle of influence as well as family members to contribute their fair share of investment, too.

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bistroFacial recognition – it does sound as though there is a certain magical element about it. How about when it comes to facial recognition for cats? It looks as though the world of biometric security systems have now arrived for your feline friend, and who knows? In the near future, one might even see the use of paw prints in order to access their trust account just in case anything happens to you. I jest on the last bit, but facial recognition for cats is very real. Enter the Bistro face recognition food bowl.

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Andy Rubin and Android logoAndy Rubin was one of the creators of Android and has been working at Google for quite some time now. He had at one point stopped working on Android and left to work in Google X where it seems that his interest was in building robots. However it looks like that has changed as The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) is reporting that Rubin has left the company.

According to the report, Rubin will be leaving Google completely and will be creating his own startup company in which he will be helping new hardware-based companies get off the ground. No doubt this loss to Google will not be a small one. Google’s CEO Larry Page has commented on Rubin’s departure, saying, “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable—with a billion plus happy users. Thank you.” Read full post →Android’s Creator Andy Rubin Departs From Google