minecraft uk map1It looks like Minecraft, the recently acquired entity by the folks over at Microsoft for a whopping $2.5 billion, has been used rather creatively in different ways in the past, including the recreation of Jurassic Park. However, that is not all, since a map that features the U.K. (Scotland included, I presume) which was made out of Minecraft blocks has just received an upgrade. Ordnance Survey (OS) are the ones behind this map, where it showed off 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq miles) of Britain that required over 22 billion (!) blocks to get the job done.

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Robots are pretty useful to have around, but they can prove to be rather tricky to program in order to handle everyday tasks, going to show how complex and wonderfully created our brains are. Mobile robots do prove their worth in homes if they could be able to locate people, places and objects in an accurate manner, and instead of relying on a slew of cameras and laser technology, how about using a different method – through RFID tags?

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Somehow, there is value in a waterproof camera which is capable of snapping photos as well as videos even when it is soaking wet all around. Having said that, such cameras are more often than not rugged in nature, and there are a few of such players in the market. Contour is one of them, but they have not exactly been offering stellar performers for quite some time, but their latest model, the Contour ROAM3 might just break the duck, so to speak.

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Samsung Gear S 21 640x426Well, we have already spent a fair amount of time with Samsung’s recently revealed Gear S smartwatch earlier this month, and came away more than pleased with it. Bac then, there was no concrete information concerning a release date, but it seems that there is more definite information revealed today thanks to Samsung’s official statement. Samsung mentioned that the Samsung Gear S will arrive over to the U.S. later this fall, where it will be made available through all four major mobile carriers, namely AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless. As for the individual pricing, that remains to be seen, and it will most probably be largely connected ot how the carriers want to sell them.

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facebook logoWhen it comes to drones, it can be a particularly sticky issue for the layperson. However, Yael Maguire, engineering director at Facebook Connectivity Lab prefers to drop the use of the word “drones” where “beaming” Internet to the developing world is concerned, as he is a whole lot more comfortable with “planes.” Still, a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, and Facebook as well as Internet.org intend to enlist the help of Internet-connected drones to help let the last 15% (an estimate) of the world’s population who have yet to get connected.

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delivery startupWhen the proverbial seven year itch strikes, many a time one would want to try something new. Perhaps it is time for a change in your career, or perhaps to take a different direction that will open up the doors to new frontiers. Having said that, for those who have personally enjoyed the local Apple Store in recent times, you would have to credit former Apple executive Ron Johnson for the job that he has done in the past. It looks as though Johnson intends to make a comeback to the retail scene, and he intends to do so with a brand new startup that will offer “a high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets.”

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nintendo europe 2dsNintendo’s 2DS is not exactly a piece of hardware that evokes a sense of overwhelming excitement, but perhaps a change in its aesthetics might just persuade those who are sitting on the fence to make the jump. In a nutshell, Nintendo has announced a version of the Nintendo 2DS comes with a clear red or clear blue case design alongside having Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire pre-installed to help you get started right out of the box.

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The iPhone 6 Plus is definitely a beleaguered handset, as though it is the poster boy for bullying compared to its smaller sized sibling. Perhaps this is because the handset is easier to procure compared to the iPhone 6? Regardless, we have seen the iPhone 6 Plus go through a fair number of abuses – or tests, if you will, such as a drop test, being shot at with a 50-caliber rifle, being placed under liquid nitrogen while meeting its grisly end afterwards, not to mention being bent using one’s bare hands alone. This time around, when the iPhone 6 Plus goes up against thermite, you know for sure what the foregone conclusion is – it might not even need any human hands to bend in such a case as its courage melts in the face of 2,500 to 3,000-degrees centigrade (4,500 to 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit).

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moto360 bootloader unlockedIt goes without saying that each time there is a new batch of hardware that hits the market, you can be sure that hackers will be there to try to tinker and find their way around the software which has been loaded, prodding and looking out for any kind of potential “weakness”, so to speak. Hence, the first batch of Android Wear smartwatches that arrived did not have too much time before they were rooted and had their bootloaders unlocked in order for custom ROMS to be installed. The new Moto 360 from Motorola proved to be rather resilient in its own right, and since it relies on wireless charging, it is rather challenging to find a method to plug in a USB cable so that USB debugging can be enabled.

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You do not have to be the Incredible Hulk in order to bend the brand new iPhone 6 Plus, and with reports coming in of the larger sized latest generation smartphone from Apple actually bending even when placed in the front pocket of your pants or jeans, another question arises – can the iPhone 6 Plus actually bend using one’s bare hands alone? The outcome to that question can be seen in the video above.

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