Technology

Fri
28
Mar
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Virtual Reality: Fad or Flop? Facebook Invests $2B

Facebook has made a major investment in virtual reality technology by purchasing Oculus VR, a virtual reality technology firm for $2 billion US dollars. For the past several years Oculus VR has been developing Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset ... that is said to revolutionize home entertainment. The Oculus Rift was first unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (or "E3") during the summer of 2012. The head-mounted display generated a great deal of interest among the video game community. This interest led Oculus VR to initiate an August 2012 Kickstarter campaign to further ... (view more)

Fri
14
Mar
John Lister's picture

Doctors Print New Face For Bike Crash Victim

Doctors in Britain have used a 3D printer to replace parts of the shattered face of a man who survived a serious motorbike crash. Although the surgery has only just taken place, Stephen Power's crash happened in 2012, where he spent four months ... unconscious in hospital. Mr. Power explained to the BBC that he broke his nose, jaw and both cheekbones in the crash, as well as his skull. Although he underwent several operations, surgeons had to act quickly to avoid breaking the bones around the eye socket and potentially causing major damage to his eyes. (Source: walesonline.co.uk ) After the ... (view more)

Wed
05
Mar
John Lister's picture

Facebook Drones Could Bring Internet Everywhere

Facebook is said to be buying a company that makes airborne drones. It seems it's not an attempt to carry out snooping or attack rivals, but rather a plan to extend Internet access to places it's impossible to reach at the moment. The company in ... question is Titan Aerospace, which manufactures what it calls "atmospheric satellites." Unlike traditional satellites, they operate around 20 kilometers (12 miles) above Earth, which is just short of the point of being in orbit. Drones such as the Solara 50 look and operate similar to an airplane, but have solar panels on its wings, ... (view more)

Fri
20
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Restaurant Delivers Food via Speedy Pneumatic Tubes

Don't think your fast food is delivered fast enough? Then you might want to check out one fast food cafe that delivers burgers, nachos, fries, and other fatty (and delicious) items using a series of pneumatic tubes. The advantage: food travels from ... the kitchen to the table at a speed of approximately 87 miles per hour (MPH). That system is currently being used by C1 Espresso, a hybrid burger joint / cafe located in Christchurch, New Zealand. The cafe's owner, Sam Crofskey, says he was inspired by the Tube Transport System shown in the popular animated TV series "Futurama". Pneumatic Tubes ... (view more)

Tue
17
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

FCC Votes to Lift Ban On In-Flight Smartphone Use

Tired of being told not to use your smartphone on a commercial flight? There's good news. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to lift the long-running and often criticized ban on in-flight cell / smartphone use. The FCC voted 3-2 ... in favor of ditching the measure late last week. But there's still one major hurdle left: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has final say on whether or not you should be allowed to use a handheld electronic device while a plane is in the air. "The FAA is the expert agency on determining which devices can be used on airplanes," noted ... (view more)

Tue
10
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

BlackBerry-Bieber Partnership? Guess Who Said No

There's something both pop star Justin Bieber and smartphone maker BlackBerry have in common: they're both Canadian. Even more precisely, they're both from Southwestern Ontario, the part of Canada that thrusts southwards into the American Midwest. ... Now, a new report says that Bieber, who is from Stratford, Ontario, attempted to help promote the struggling Waterloo-based BlackBerry. However, BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion, or RIM) officials turned down the deal because they had concerns about Bieber's staying power. BlackBerry Dismisses Bieber, Bets On Keys The report comes from ... (view more)

Fri
06
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Dual Screen 'YotaPhone' Consumes Way Less Power

A Russian company is selling a smartphone that features both front- and rear-facing screens. The manufacturer, Yota, says the layout is no gimmick and will help increase the device's battery life. The company first unveiled the 'YotaPhone', which ... runs the Android operating system, last year. Although some analysts questioned whether it would ever see the light of day, Yota says the phone is already available to customers in Austria, France, Germany, Spain, and Russia. It plans to expand sales to another 20 countries next year. The front of the phone features a traditional LCD color screen, ... (view more)

Wed
04
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Amazon Serious About Flying Drones Delivery Service

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... an Amazon drone delivering my Battlestar Galactica DVDs! Amazon says it's testing aerial drones capable of delivering packages to customers in less than an hour. However, it remains unclear how people will respond ... to the idea of having a small robot hovering at their front door. Amazon chief executive officer Jeff Bezos showed off the concept, tentatively called Amazon 'Prime Air', during an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS' evening news show "60 Minutes". (Source: cnet.com ) Drones Use GPS to Deliver Small Packages Prime Air uses eight-propellor drones ... (view more)

Fri
29
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

FDA Bans Controversial Genetic Home Testing Kit

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned a $99 genetic home testing kit. The agency says the company responsible for the kit, '23andme', failed to prove its marketing claims and insists that the product could put customers' ... mental and physical health at risk. 23andme was founded by Anne Wojcicki, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The company's kit allows users to collect a saliva sample and send it in for genetic analysis. The company then provides a report that can be used for tracing family connections. It also includes details about 240 health conditions ... (view more)

Wed
27
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Restaurant: Turn Off Your Phone, Get Big Discount

One restaurant owner is so desperate to rid his fine dining establishment of annoying smartphones that he's established a new rule: if everyone at a table turns off their mobile device, all pay half price for their meals. The incentive is the work ... of Jawdat Ibrahim, a restaurateur based just outside Jerusalem in Israel. Ibrahim says he got really tired of watching couples enter Abu Ghosh, his fine dining restaurant, and spend the entire meal texting or talking to others. In some cases, Ibrahim says people were so distracted by their phones that they had to ask his staff to re-heat their meals ... (view more)

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