xenexAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 20 patients would be on the receiving end of an infection whenever they stay at the hospital. That sounds like a pretty high chance – 5%, to be exact. Well, for a certain hospital over in Fort Worth, the hospital intends to fight this particular issue with an ultraviolet light machine which resembles a droid from the world of science fiction. Over at the Texas Health Resources Southwest Fort Worth, a robot known as Xenex will move around operating rooms on its routine, sending out ultraviolet light in order to kill potentially dangerous microbes.

Kathy Rhodes, the infection prevention co-ordinator, shared, “We put this in the room, close the door and it gives a pulsated ultraviolet light that actually essentially ruptures the bacteria and viruses and kills them on the spot.” The Xenex robot was purchased over a year ago where it came with a $82,000 price tag. The Xenex robot stands at 3 feet in height, where it will raise its round head for approximately two feet as it turns its head 360 degrees while emitting the pulses of UV light, performing what is known as environmental cleaning. Do you think that all hospitals should employ such robots to get the job done?

diablo-3There is nothing quite like a patch to fix up issues in a game, and hopefully for gamers of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, a patch will be issued soon so that the game-breaking save bug would be fixed and gamers are able to move on with their lives without seeing all of their hard work go down the drain. I guess this is why it always pays to have at least a couple of save game slots in existence. Well, here we are with word that the Diablo 3 PS3 patch has been issued so that it will be able to fix whatever annoying crash issues that had plagued gamers for some time already, although those who are rocking to the Xbox 360 from Microsoft will have to sit it out for the moment and wait a little bit longer.

A post on Battle.net touts that the folks over at Blizzard does not quite yet have an ETA on when the Xbox 360 patch will be madeavailable to the masses. Apart from that, it remains unclear as to whether the Xbox 360 version is currently in the pipeline, or whether it has already been completed but simply needs certification from the folks over at Microsoft. Either way, both patches should carry the same content and fix similar issues, so whatever we see in the PS3 patch notes ought to be an indicator of what is to come.

adduplexMicrosoft as well as Nokia have both been doing their bit to promote the Nokia Lumia 1020, which is all well and good considering how that happens to be their flagship device. Heck, there has even been a special Windows commercial that was made for The Walking Dead TV show, but in terms of popularity, both the Nokia Lumia 520 as well as its sibling in the US, the Nokia Lumia 521, remain as the most widely used devices that run on the Windows Phone mobile operating system platform. The online ad network AdDuplex, which rolls out monthly reports on the Windows Phone devices which hook up to its service, earlier announced this week that the Nokia Lumia 521 happens to be the number one Windows Phone device in the US as it carries a 19.2% market share.

This would mean that the Nokia Lumia 521 has at long last, passed the previous number one device, which is the Verizon exclusive Lumia 822, while the Nokia Lumia 520 takes the position of seventh place on the list. In terms of the worldwide market share, however, the Nokia Lumia 520 continues to hold the lion’s share of the market where Windows Phone handsets are concerned. If you were to jump aboard the Windows Phone bandwagon, just which particular model would you go for?

gs4-mini-la-fleurWhat do you think of special editions when it comes to hardware such as smartphones and tablets? Recently, we did talk about a Hello Kitty edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 tablet, and this time around, the folks over at Samsung do seem to be interested in working on a La Fleur Edition of its Galaxy S4 Mini. Of course, the La Fleur edition is nothing new at all, as we have already seen similar of such special editions introduced in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S Duos, and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.

SamMobile claims that the S4 Mini La Fleur will be introduced to the masses before the holiday season, where it will arrive first in red. In all probability, it will not be a global launch, which means it ought to hit only select markets. Just like the original Galaxy S4 Mini that you see above in a lovely shade of purple, the La Fleur Edition ought to come in both single SIM and dual SIM versions. In terms of its hardware specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini La Fleur should be similar to the standard model, and it will most probably arrive with a version of Android Jelly Bean in tow that will hopefully be upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat, apart from a 4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD display, a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera, an 8-megapixel shooter at the back with an LED flash, a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, and a 1,900 mAh battery.

yahoo-ad-shareIt has been over a year since Marissa Mayer became the CEO at Yahoo, but her dynamic leadership has not managed to bring a permanent boost to the company as its revenues and profits still remain down, never mind that Ms. Mayer has not stopped purchasing other start-ups that she figured out would be essential to make sure that Yahoo has a strong future ahead. In fact, during the previous quarter, Yahoo picked up a total of eight start-ups, including Xobni, an e-mail service, and Bignoggins, a programming house that does fantasy sports mobile apps, in addition to rolling out 15 new product updates.

Ms. Mayer claimed that the slew of products unveiled and acquired resulted in a 20 percent increase in Yahoo’s traffic, which actually touched the 800 million monthly user mark in September, which was the first reversal in Yahoo’s traffic decline in a couple of years. The growth, of course, did not take Tumblr into consideration, even though Yahoo picked up the service sometime last May.

Unfortunately, Yahoo, a company that used to be the biggest seller of display ads, has ceded its share of the display advertising market for years. This particular market share is tipped to drop to 7.7% from a 8.6% market share last year, whereas Google and Facebook’s share of the market is said to grow and touch 17.4% and 17%, respectively.

all-glass-mac-pro-2013Earlier this year during WWDC 2013, Apple took the wraps off their new Mac Pro which features brand new hardware along with a rather interesting design that is a pretty obvious departure from the previous generation Mac Pros. The next question we’re sure some of you guys are asking is when will the computer be released? Apple has given us a “fall” timeframe, and it looks like production could soon be kicking into gear as Flextronics is currently in the process of hiring 1,700 people to work on a “next-generation desktop computer” at their factory in Austin, Texas.

The company declined to reveal what they were working on, but given that the Mac Pro will see assembly in the US, and with Flextronics being Apple’s rumored US manufacturer and with the plant located pretty close to Apple’s local offices, many believe that this recent wave of hiring could be to help Apple begin the manufacturing process of the Mac Pro. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now and don’t get your hopes up just yet, but rumors have pegged the Mac Pro’s release for sometime in November, so to hear Apple and their partners getting ready to begin production and assembly would not be a stretch of the imagination.

While Apple’s iPhone has a variety of accessibility options, one thing it does lack is that while it might tell users how to navigate the phone, that’s pretty much where it ends. Of course we expect it’s not really Apple’s job to describe the world to the visually impaired, and that’s where handy apps like MySmartEye comes in. It was developed by the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped and StarHub, a local carrier. Basically what the app does is that it relies on what they called “microvolunteers”. To see the world around them, all the user has to do is snap a photo, upload it to a gallery, and these microvolunteers basically help to describe the photos as detailed as possible. The description is then read back to the user via the app’s text-to-speech feature.

It is definitely a pretty awesome idea although given that it will rely on volunteers to keep it active, descriptions of photos might not necessarily be instant and could take minutes, hours, or even days before your photo is processed, but we suppose the more volunteers there are, the faster the process should be. The app is free for download and if you’re interested in checking it out or helping out, hit up the iTunes App Store for the details.

retina-macbookproApple’s 22nd of October event is expected to cover the launch of OS X Mavericks and new iPads in the form of the fifth-gen iPad and the iPad mini. However recent reports have suggested that Apple could be doing more than that and could be announcing updated MacBook Pro laptops as well. Given that Apple had announced updates to its iMacs, MacBook Air, and even the Mac Pro, it is surprising that nothing was mentioned about the MacBook Pro which gives rise to the possibility that this event might be addressing just that.

Apple’s computer lineup has been updated to Intel Haswell chips, save for the MacBook Pro, so it is more than likely that at least one of the updates to the laptop would be the switch to Haswell. It is unclear as to what other specs we might be able to expect in the update, although we wouldn’t mind if the MacBook Air’s “all-day” battery life made an appearance in the updated MacBook Pro as well. Other possible specs include 802.11ac WiFi which was found on the new MacBook Airs, so that’s another feature worth looking forward to. In any case we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled so if a new MacBook Pro is what you’re after, check back with us on the 22nd of October for the details.

cannabis-cancerCancer is a modern day health scourge for humans, and somehow or rather, I cannot help but lay some of the blame due to the amount of chemicals that are around us as well as our consumption of processed food. Our ancestors certainly had a far lower rate of cancer compared to today, but then again, they had other stuff to worry about such as the Spanish Flu and what-not. The fight against cancer has seen a fair amount of advancements made in our favor, but it has not yet managed to eradicate the disease once and for all. For some, cancer is still a death sentence. Here is an interesting bit of news though – a new study claims that the non-hallucinogenic parts of cannabis could be processed into a potentially highly effective anti-cancer drugs.

Dr. Wai Liu said, “This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine. The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising. These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own.”

Sounds like the dream drug for many, eh? Of course, plenty more research needs to be performed in this area before such a claim can be justified or proven, so let us not count our chickens before they hatch.

polaroid-cameraNikon Corporation, with its principal place of business located in Tokyo, Japan, as well as Nikon Inc., having its main place of business located in New York, USA, have collectively come together to file a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Sakar International, Inc.. The charge against Sakar? For allegedly performing an infringement of the design patent as well as trade dress right owned by Nikon. Nikon is looking for an injunctive relief against Sakar in the lawsuit so that the latter will no longer be able to manufacture and sell their Polaroid brand digital still camera that is known as the “Polaroid iM1836″.

We did talk about the Polaroid iM1836 earlier on in the year, where it was touted to be a digital camera which was powered by the Android mobile operating system, making it an early leader in such a department. Nikon claims that the Polaroid iM1836 has infringed upon their Nikon 1’s design, and they are not too happy with it. Nikon also claimed to have “negotiated with Sakar to amicably solve this problem”, but they were unable to arrive at an agreement. Hence, the necessity of a lawsuit (and some lawyers getting a nice payday from this, too).

Do you think that the Nikon 1 is the base design for the Polaroid iM1836, or is Nikon throwing a baseless accusation from the layperson’s point of view? [Press Release]