This has been a busy spring with Google shuttering some services while updating others. One service that has been updated is Google Drive, which combines Google’s online office programs and storage options. The look and functionality have both seen welcome upgrades that can be found in the Android app and Drive for PC. Drive for iPhone and iPad will see the updates soon.
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Google has created more than just a messaging app in Hangouts. The company created a unified platform for free group video chats, photo sharing, and text and video messaging. It works across all Google platforms so that you can use it on your computer through Google+, and on your Android mobile phone and tablet through downloadable apps.
Detroit and Michigan are experiencing a Chinese invasion. Chinese car companies are opening offices in Detroit and hiring laid off American auto engineers. Meanwhile other Chinese businesses are buying up land to create economic zones and cities within Michigan.
While most 3D printers are still too expensive for home use, there are a variety of online options for ordering 3D printed objects and for finding the equivalent of 3D blueprints for a variety of objects. One of those objects happens to be a plastic gun called the “Liberator”. That printed gun was recently successfully fired without the plastic body breaking.
Barnes & Noble announced that its two high end tablets are getting Google Play through a software update that started yesterday. By allowing Nook HD and HD+ owners to access Google Play from their tablets, the company is giving them access to over 700,000 apps, movies and TV shows not previously available and sets the Nook apart from the Amazon Kindle.
Most of the LED lighting innovations have surrounded developing a cost effective light bulb for lamps and standard light fixtures. The Klauf Light Bar (KLB) provides an LED and light fixture in one. The light is elongated similar to the florescent bulbs found in ceiling fixtures in schools and businesses. It can be used either mounted or as a hand held lighting source.
A non-profit group is looking for four people to start a permanent colony on Mars. The group has opened up the search so anyone can apply online. You can live out your SciFi fantasies and actually head out into space to be one of the first Earth colonies on another planet. The first manned one way trip to Mars is expected to lift off in 2023.
Having had the misfortune of smartphones that took accidental baths with disastrous consequences, the thought of water anywhere near my phone makes me shudder. PowerTrekk’s new charger just might change that reaction into a sigh of relief.
Now you can film your walks with your canine best friend from their point of view. Thanks to Sony, you can now see the world like your dog does. You will now have new home videos to share with family and friends. Heck you could live stream your walks or post videos of canine Frisbee games on Facebook or Twitter.
Intel is making some incredible predictions about its new Bay Trail computer processors. According to Intel CEO Paul Otellini we should be seeing $200 “touch-enabled” laptops with the company’s next generation Atom computer chip. That would make laptops cheaper than most current brand name tablets.
The new bracelet is considered to be a “personal alarm” for human rights activists in dangerous parts of the world. It can be activated by either pulling on it or pulling it off violently. Once activated it sends a signal that can get help to the person in trouble.
News reports indicate that we can expect an update of Google’s popular Nexus 7 sometime in July. ASUS will again be the manufacturer behind the tablet but there will be some significant differences with the update.
It’s amazing what you’ll find floating around the patent office. One item that recently popped up was an Apple patent filed March 28, 2013 for a new iPhone with a wrap around screen, no buttons and a conical shape. This is not your father’s iPhone nor yours for that matter.
Most electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids utilize lithium ion, lithium polymer, or nickel metal hydride batteries. There are inefficiencies in all of them. Most EVs have a range of only 100 miles. Hybrids usually can achieve electric only distances of about 30 miles. Those numbers have greatly limited the market for these zero and low emission cars. Phinergy’s metal-air batteries might just change that.
Usually when two people or companies get into a spat, very few bystanders get affected. This time a spat between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker is slowing down the global web. Everyone seems to have been affected in some way shape or form. It seems that Cyberbunker has unleashed a nuclear denial of service (DDOS) attack in the ongoing grudge match.
Barnes and Noble had a rough Christmas season and that means some Nook bargains for us. Right now you can buy a Nook HD + and get a Nook Simple Touch for free. So for $269 you get the high resolution nine inch tablet and the $79 E-Ink reader for free. Best of all, you can purchase a separate memory card to turn the HD+ into a true tablet.
A Dutch movie appropriately named “App” encourages movie goers to keep their mobile phones on during the movie. As a matter of fact there are additional aspects of the movie that you can only see using your cell phone.