While the Nintendo Wii U does not normally support remote play with the portable Nintendo 3DS in the same manner as that of the Sony PlayStation 4 and its handheld console, the Sony PlayStation Vita, this does not mean that such a setup is impossible. Apparently, there is a Gamespot report that the upcoming Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will boast of a menu which touts the device to function as a controller whenever one plays on the Wii U version of the game.
Assuming the menu happens to be accurate, not to mention that Nintendo sees it fit to be included in the final version of Super Smash Bros., chances are one will also be able to perform a character progress transfer from the Nintendo 3DS handheld over to the Wii U.
It looks as though the beta of Opera Mini for Windows Phone has just been spotted with a brand new update, where the version number would now be bumped up to version 0.9.0.3, making it the second update to roll out since its general release. While the app itself was released quite recently, a fair number of users have already issued complaints about Opera Mini for Windows Phone crashing right after it starts – and thankfully, it does look as though this particular update has finally sorted things out, squashing all the relevant bugs that need to be squashed.
In other words, this particular update has fixed whatever issues there were previously, making your life a whole lot manageable. In fact, you ought to be able to browse through the Internet faster as content-heavy webpages that contain plenty of images and graphics will load faster. Opera Mini for Windows Phone will also do its bit to help you save every single byte, as it reduces webpages down to 10% of their normal size, resulting in faster and more affordable mobile Internet.
It was earlier this week when Windows 9 build 9834 managed to find its way over to the Internet, where we managed to bring you a video of the Start menu button in action as well as a leaked screenshot. Apart from checking out the new Start menu as well as virtual desktop on a deeper level, there is yet another feature that looks set to arrive – and that would be Storage Sense.
Storage Sense first made its presence known in Windows Phone 8.1, where one was able to manage one’s internal and external (microSD memory card ) storage easily, and with Storage Sense, it is a whole lot easier to understand just what is taking up space on your device, ranging from apps to games, photos and videos. In other words, Storage Sense intends to be a total storage management solution in a single app, and it looks set to arrive alongside Windows 9 to boot.
It goes without saying that just about every single electronic device that one comes across these days will arrive with a kind of printed circuit board (PCB) in it. In a nutshell, PCBs happen to be an integral segment of modern technology, but there is one particular drawback which might prevent them from being further incorporated into everyday life – they happen to be rather inflexible. Researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) might be on to something new this time around, by making use of computerized knitting technology in order to come up with fabric circuit boards (FCBs).
The FCBs which were developed by scientists Qiao Li and Xiao Ming Tao at HKPU happen to be a combination of conductive fibrous metal materials as well as traditional fabric. These wires happen to be the equivalent of the circuits on a regular board, while the fabric would function as the mounting material that will ensure that all are in the correct orientation, while delivering insulation for different circuits. Expect these finished FCBs to carry 3D circuits which will be resistant to bending, stretching, and washing.
GreatCall has released some senior-friendly devices in the past, such as the Jitterbug J phone as well as the Jitterbug Touch 2, and those will target a specific demographic – the young would definitely look elsewhere if they were to settle for a smartphone. This time around, GreatCall has revealed that they have yet another smartphone which will cater for senior citizens and older users, where the handset is known as the Samsung Touch3.
Just what does the Samsung Touch3 bring to the table? Well, one of the main selling points would be its user interface – everything has been simplified to the bare basics, especially the user interface, in order to make it a no-brainer to use. Of course, there will be select apps including the phone, messaging, camera, and help which will always be in the front and center, sporting large fonts for easier readability.
Drinking and driving are definite no-nos, and if you so happen to want to paint the town red on that particular weekend, then you might want to have a designated driver on hand – or at least a few phone numbers of cabs that you can call once the partying is over. Having said that, wearable technology might help usher in a new age of more health conscious individuals, and with Metamorphosis, an experimental wearable, the day and age of such an era might arrive sooner rather than later.
Metamorphosis will be able to respond to the wearer’s level of alcohol consumption, where it has been specially designed with pleated origami sleeves. These pleated origami sleeves will be able to expand and contract, as it reflects the drinker’s confidence levels as he or she consumes alcohol. In a nutshell, the more alcohol that one consumes, the higher the sleeves will go, puffing up like a peacock strutting its feathered glory. Of course, it indirectly informs the rest of the world just how fast someone has consumed alcohol as well as one’s intoxication levels.
When dusk falls, and you want to paint the town red with the rest of your mates, here is a unique way to do so. Sure, one of the easiest ways to capture the attention of those down the street would be to cruise in the latest 2-door ride. How about taking the road less traveled? The people over at Darkside Scientific would not want to rely on gimmicks such as custom undercarriage lights and LED kits, but rather, will rely on a variant of electroluminescent paint known as LumiLor.
What makes electroluminescent paint so cool on a sporty looking 4-wheeler is because you are able to have control when it is on, and neither will it be so bright that others who share the same road with you will be distracted, so much so that you might end up in an accident. Darkside Scientific has paraded a custom deployment of this kind of paint with some custom electronics which will enable various segments of the painted area to light up in an independent manner.
It was rather big news when earlier this week, it became known that up to 5 million Gmail usernames and their corresponding passwords were published over at a Russian Bitcoin forum. Google has continued to maintain that they have strong reason to believe that the security breach was none of their fault, but this does not mean that Gmail users should continue using the very same password as though nothing had changed. Automattic, the company that operates hosted blogging service WordPress.com, has taken the route of “better safe than sorry” to reveal that pre-emptive measures have been taken in order to secure thousands of its own accounts – and this is done by resetting 100,000 accounts which use a similar password as that found on the associated Gmail addresses.
Automatic’s Daryl Houston explained, “We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account.”
The Meizu MX4 was announced earlier this month, being the flagship smartphone from the China-based manufacturer, but back then, there was no mention at all when it came to the international availability of the handset. It is a good thing that patience is a virtue, as we have discovered that Meizu would enable just about anyone around the world to be able to place a pre-order for the smartphone, with shipping set to commence later this month.
Expect to fork out $449 for the 16GB model of the Meizu MX4, while those who would prefer to have double the internal memory right from the get go can settle for the 32GB Meizu MX4 for $489 a pop – and at such prices respectively, they will arrive unlocked.
It looks as though much has been leaked concerning the upcoming BlackBerry Classic smartphone, and if all of that are not enough for you, then it would be ideal for you to check out yet another leak of the BlackBerry Classic as you can see above. The BlackBerry Classic is certainly shaping up to be quite a unique device, where it will feature a tool belt that comes complete with Call, Menu, Back and End buttons, alongside a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes.
So far, hardware specifications for the BlackBerry Classic remains unknown as at press time, although whispers on the street point to a 3.5” display, an 8MP shooter at the back (instead of the rumored 13MP camera), 2GB RAM, a 2,515mAh battery, an aluminum frame, as well as a rubberized rear panel. This happens to be an effort by the folks over at BlackBerry to help those who have a great affinity for BB7’s BlackBerry Bold hardware to finally take the plunge when it comes to the BlackBerry 10 OS, thanks to a form factor that is not too far removed from that of the BlackBerry Bold – hence its name, the BlackBerry Classic.
Google has just loosened their purse strings to pick up yet another company, where this particular entity is known as Polar. What does Polar do? They happen to be a mobile and desktop polling company, and apparently the reason behind the purchase of Polar is to strengthen their cause when it comes to user engagement among publishers as well as brands with their users.
Employees of Polar will be moving to the Google office, and that looks as though it is going to be the only “disruption” that will happen, especially when you consider how their work will continue as usual. The main objective of Polar is to help increase user engagement on Google’s social media platform, or perhaps to look for a solution when it comes to assisting brands which rely on social networks to market themselves better when online.
The toilet, or porcelain throne as some of us call it, can be a place of respite and peace, while for others, it is where you release your pent up bowel’s frustrations in one fell swoop. Regardless of how you treat your toilet, it is worth taking note that modifications can be made to “jazz it up”, so to speak, and Thomas Ruecker, an engineer from Finland, came up with the idea of a tweeting toilet after he was retrenched from his job.
Taneli Tikka, Ruecker’s ex-boss, tweeted “Silly sensor IoT question: does anybody know about “smart toilets & sinks” something that measure liquid flow? # of flushes? etc. ”
Hence, the birth of the the loToilet which is capable of tracking water usage with every single flush, where it will then tweet it from its Twitter handle @IoToilets. This unique device is able to perform precise measurements, although it will only tweet rounded-off usages. Ruecker will continue to work on improving it so that the tweeting toilet will be a whole lot more precise in nature down the road.
Remember the six million dollar man? Well, it looks like the age of the bionic man is about to make its way to the mainstream consciousness very soon, as researchers at Arizona State University had a request from the Pentagon’s research arm, DARPA, to see whether they can cobble together robotic augmentations for ordinary humans to turn them into, well, superhumans. Hence, the “4 Minute Mile” Project (4MM) that will see a jetpack help soldiers be as fleet footed as the first messenger who helped deliver the message across the original ‘marathon’.
A certain Mr. Kerestes shared, “If you think of a Navy SEAL or an Army soldier that has to get in somewhere quick and do whatever they’ve gotta do, but maybe get out of there just as quickly, so these devices can really help soldiers to not only accomplish their goals and succeed in their missions, but potentially save human lives as well.”
Driving at night can be pleasant due to the cool temperatures and the lack of glare from the sun, but there is another issue to combat – the possibility of falling asleep at the wheel, not to mention the glare of headlights from the opposite direction as sometimes, the drivers on the other side forget to turn off their high beam. Well, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh claimed to have come up with what they call “smart headlights” which will be able to offer bright illumination of the road ahead without causing any kind of glare to motorists in oncoming vehicles.
Of course, these headlights are not finalized yet in their development, as they still remain experimental. How then, do they work? Well, they start by tracking any oncoming vehicles in the vicinity, before instantaneously dimming only the specific rays of light which would otherwise end up in the eyes of the oncoming motorists.
Dr. Srinivasa Narasimhan shared, “With our programmable system, we can actually make headlights that are even brighter than today’s without causing distractions for other drivers on the road. We can do all this and more with the same headlight”
The age of product placement in movies has certainly come about full swing, and if you have watched the first Transformers movie, I am quite sure that you would have seen a fair number of products placed strategically all over the place. Having said that, if you love all things Marvel on the silver screen, then you might be pleased as punch to know that there is a possibility of you picking up the lovely looking Hydra Edition HTC One M8, which is actually a regular HTC One M8 that comes with a Hydra emblem at the back.
Surely flashing the Hydra Edition HTC One M8 in front of your mates whenever you pull your smartphone out of your pocket to make or receive a call is a surefire way of giving rise to the green eyed monster in your friend to rear its ugly head. There is no way one is able to drop a cheque just to pick up the Hydra Edition HTC One M8 no matter how much you desire one, since it can only be won in a competition – where one of ten special numbered versions of the phone can be yours if you happen to be a winner. This is a collector’s edition, no doubt about it, and there will be at least 10 (or perhaps, at most 10) of the Hydra Edition HTC One M8 handsets available, which makes it almost as desirable as owning the Tesseract itself.
When we talk about solar chargers, most of the time it would be an image of a large scale charger placed on the roof of a house. However, with the Solarade, things might change in the future. The Solarade happens to be an extremely tiny solar charge that works just as fast as though your device is charging from a regular wall outlet. Touted to be the world’s fastest solar charger by the people behind it, it is also the smallest of its kind in its class. Starting off its life as a Kickstarter project earlier this year, the Solarade measures a mere 9″ x 6.5″ x 0.7″, where it tips the scales at 6.5 oz.
Just like how we should not judge a book by its cover, so too, we should not judge a solar charger based on its size. The Solarade will be able to generate clean renewable electricity from the sun in an efficient manner, and it does not come with any battery storage whatsoever for one simple reason – that would enable it to charge compatible mobile devices in a direct manner.
Whine all you want about how the iPhone 6 (as well as the iPhone 6 Plus, of course) does not really push the envelope when it comes to technological breakthroughs, the demand for it is still sky high. In fact, an industry expert has stepped forward to lay claim that Apple customers’ desire for the new handsets are now attributed to both ‘habit and necessity’ instead of for technological innovation in the right direction.
According to James Hart, Strategy Director at global media agency Carat, he mentioned that Apple has such a monopoly over its customers, the Apple brand’s ‘consumer love’ is starting to be taken over by a ‘modern form of ‘slavery’.
The Internet is a cool place to hang out in, but there are times when you might want to think twice about the security of your accounts. After all, we have heard our fair share of stories concerning leaks and the ilk, so much so it is always better to be safe than sorry, don’t you think so? If you love to share some of your life online, but do not want the “evidence” to remain there for all eternity, fret not – Digg’s co-founder Kevin Rose has come up with what he calls “Tiiny”.
Tiiny happens to offer thumbnail-sized images and videos that will disappear after a while, all appearing in a grid that is refreshed constantly. There will be snapshots as well as video footage from your friends, and they are unable to be resized so that the nitty gritty details are unable to be determined. Theoretically, this means you can share a whole lot more about what you have been up to, without having to settle for any kind of permanence on the matter. I suppose it is somewhat a give-and-take relationship – you want the world to know what you’re up to, and yet you do not want a permanent, indelible mark left online.
Rumors of the Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera has been going on for quite some time already, but here we are with a snapshot of the elusive shooter. Touted to be a top-of-the-line mirrorless camera from the folks over at Samsung, it is set to be announced later this coming Monday, September 15th. As for the hardware specifications, you will be able to check it out right after the jump.
The Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera is said to arrive with 28.2 effective megapixels, sporting a 23.5 x 15.7mm CMOS sensor that will be accompanied by a 3” Super AMOLED touchscreen tilting LCD display. There will also be an XGA EVF (OLED) with an eye contact sensor, all of it crammed into a weather-sealed body that comprises of magnesium alloy. Connectivity options will include Wi-Fi and NFC, where one would also be able to enjoy 4K video recording capabilities to boot. It is definitely going to be one of the more interesting cameras that are in the market at the moment.
Have Street View, will travel. I suppose that can be considered to be the new mantra these days, especially when you consider how Google’s Street View has gone places, such as the Angkor Wat as well as the higher institutions of learning. How about dropping by the deserts of Egypt, where the Great Pyramids beckon, not to mention the eternal Sphinx staring into space? New Street View imagery is available in Google Maps, allowing you to take a virtual walk through the timeless monuments that is full of rich history, all without running the risk of a wayward bullet zipping past your head.
One thing that you are unable to do, however, would be to explore the insides of the Pyramids of Giza, since the Street View vehicle is definitely unable to enter such cramped conditions, and neither can the Street View Trekker make its way in. Still, regale in the wonder of the Great Sphinx, which is the oldest and largest known monumental sculpture in the world, as it measures 73 meters long and 20 meters high.