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

A few months ago it was reported that the folks at Beamdog would be releasing Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. For those unfamiliar with the Icewind Dale title, it was a game created by BioWare back in the day and is along the same veins as Baldur’s Gate. It features a similar-ish play style, graphics, and is also based on the Forgotten Realms’ universe.

Well the good news for old school RPG fans is that the game is finally here. The game has been released on Steam and is also available on Android devices. The game is also meant to be released on iOS devices like the iPad, although strangely enough we can’t seem to find it on iTunes. Perhaps it will pop up later. Read full post →Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Has Been Released

ipad mini retina review 1 640x426When it comes to tablets, it is safe to say that Apple is still leading the way. However if the recent numbers from the IDC are any indication, it looks like Apple is slowly starting to lose its market share. According to the latest figures, Apple’s Q3 2014 market share for tablets is sitting at 22.8% which still puts them in the lead.

However it is also down from last year where it was sitting at 29.2%. Samsung is a close second at 18.3% although this too is down from last year’s 19.3%, albeit it isn’t as big a drop compared to Apple. ASUS has also experienced a slight dip from 7.4% to 6.5%, but interesting enough Lenovo and RCA are the only companies to have experienced a slight growth, although they are still far from overtaking Apple or Samsung. Read full post →Apple And Samsung See Tablet Market Share Slip

pcalc widget1 640x480According to a report earlier today, it seemed that Apple has decided to disallow the inclusion of calculators in its widgets area. Apparently this goes against one of Apple’s policies that states that Notification Center widgets are not allowed to perform calculations. Developer James Thomson was asked to remove his PCalc widget as it was one of the apps that violated the alleged terms.

Well it looks like Apple has since had a change of heart. Either the Cupertino company realized that such a policy was never in effect, or they decided to just give in to the masses, we’ll never know, but they have since reallowed the PCalc widget. This was confirmed by an Apple spokesperson to the folks at TechCrunch. Read full post →Apple Has A Change Of Heart About Calculator Widgets

meijer logoWhile Apple and Google have been rivals in the mobile scene, it seems that fans from both camps have banded together against MCX’s CurrentC mobile payment method. This is due to the fact that MCX will not allow the use of competing mobile payment methods which effectively takes away the options of those using either Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or Softcard.

That being said, it looks like at least one member of MCX has bravely decided to stand up to its members. The retailer in question is Meijer who has recently told Michigan Live that they will not be stopping the use of Apple Pay in its stores, despite the fact that they are part of the MCX group. Read full post →MCX Member Meijer To Allow Apple Pay In Its Stores

msi gt80 640x517Due to the design of laptops which are meant to be portable, the keyboards that usually come with laptops tend to be a tad cramped and are usually low-profile so as to fit within the device without it being too thick. Well it looks like MSI is going against convention and has recently announced the GT80 Titan gaming laptop, a laptop that actually comes with a mechanical keyboard built-in.

The keyboard will be built by none other than Cherry, the same company behind the mechanical keyboard switches found in many mechanical keyboards today. They keys MSI has chosen are the Cherry MX Brown keys which have been designed to be light with quick actuation, while still providing a rather satisfying click when pressed. Read full post →MSI Teases GT80 Gaming Laptop With A Mechanical Keyboard

sweden haunted adThe world of advertising does have its fair share of interesting snippets as well as ideas that help get the job done, which ultimately, would be to have the viewer make a purchase of a particular service or product. Well, an amusement park over in Stockholm has come up with a rather a terrifying technique, inducing one of the most basic instincts in humans, that is fear, to frighten passers-by on the street so that attention can be turned to their latest attraction.

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