Who said that the days of original comic superhero glory have faded. A few loyal cronies and myself still pride ourselves in the collections of age-beaten copies we have hoarded and keep ‘doodling’ new concepts of possible super heroes we could introduce to the world. All said and done, this is a great way for everyone to enjoy a share of good things that are steadily rolling in from the likes of Marvel and DC Comics. In fact, the former has tied up with Disney recently to announce a new Creativity Studio app. Armed with an accompanying stylus, the app allows folks to develop their very own and original comic character. The duo have achieved this through a collaboration with eKids. Disney have an existing Creativity Studio app but have upgraded it in order to make it compatible with the stylus.
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What took them so long, some would wonder. But then it’s better earlier than not to have a Google Glass release that helps users who are bound to prescription glasses. It’s been a long time coming but those who are subjected to wearing glasses will now be able to leverage the advantages of Google Glass 2. The glass will also include a mono ear-bud that will most likely take the place of the bone conduction speaker that’s had its share of discomforts to offer. It goes without saying that audiophiles would not really celebrate the Mono aspect. Google Glass users, a.k.a. Google Explorers, will get three invites to the Glass program so that they can infect up to three accomplices with it. Existing users will have to keep refreshing their email page to make sure that they do not miss out on an update, as and when it comes. The trade-in program is expected to commence by this November.
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Starbucks is always looking for an innovative way to promote its coffee and of course their various locations across the globe. They’ve tied up with popular social network Twitter to boost their gift card promotion. By syncing your Starbucks account with your twitter account you can link your credit card to it and will then have access to their Tweet-a-Coffee beta program. You can then tweet – @tweetacoffee – and the giftee’s twitter ID so they can receive a bonafide Starbucks gift card from you. If you’re a VISA card holder, the company’s got something a little extra – if you’re one of the first 100,000 Tweet-a-Coffee users who link their VISA accounts with the program, you’ll get a $5 gift card for yourself as well when you send one to someone else. How’s that for repaying a good deed.
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If you want to stalk your lady, you have a number of ways to do it. A private detective for once is a real pain in the gonads, and heavy on your pockets too. So why not invest in something as cool as a Tweeting Bra. This socially active bra automatically tweets as soon as it is clasped or unclasped. Now, there are many exceptions to this rule. A woman need not necessarily unclasp her bra to cheat on a husband. She could have a bug trapped in there, have a doctor examine it or may be go out shopping for a new bra and try on another pair. In fact women can even cheat on their husbands without taking of their bra! There are umpteen ways to make that a possibility. Pun laid apart, the real purpose of the bra is good, to promote self-examinations that help detect breast cancer early.
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Google Glass, meet i-Air, the all new virtual reality styled goggles with a Minority Report type heads up display. So that’s a lot to take in but so is this tech. Developed by a Taiwanese non-profit R&D organization, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), these goggles offer users floating displays that they can interact with using their fingers and various gestures. This technology is being developed for an array of devices, including PCs, wearable computers and mobile devices. The idea is to use this kind of ‘floating-in-air’ display for a variety of profiles like surgeries and other set ups that will allow users to work with hands-free input.
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Today at Abu Dhabi, Nokia has unveiled some big products – going by the size, if not popularity. Along with the two new phablets – Lumia 1520 and 1320 — which are the biggest smartphones Nokia has ever launched, the company finally took the wraps off its much awaited Windows RT tablet. Though Nokia’s entry into the tablet market has been anticipated for many years now, and some even consider it to be a little too late, but we all know things were not so good behind the walls. But post-Microsoft’s acquisition plans and better than expected sales figures; it seems the ship is finally steadying out. The initial rumors of the 10 inch Nokia tablet came last year and then a few leaks seeped in at relatively large intervals, but Nokia has largely managed to stay quite about the device.
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If you’ve ever watched Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, then you must know how adorable the cute little Beemo (BMO) is. Michael Thomas, a software developer and a BMO fan, has made a teeny-tiny model of the Gameboy-like character using LEGO and a Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Using a Model B Raspberry Pi board along with a 4GB SD card, Michael made the out shell with LEGO and used a 2.5″ TFT display from Adafruit. Powered by an external battery, it runs on Raspberry Linux OS and can play games and 1080p videos.
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Fujitsu has come up with a new waterproof 10.1-inch tablet named “Arrows Tabs F-02F” in Japan with NTT DoCoMo. The tablet is equipped with LTE 4.2 and comes with a quad-core 2.2 GHz (MSM8974) processor and 2 GB RAM. The internal memory of the slate is 64 GB but can be increased with the help of Micro SD card. Other features include 1.3 MP camera, NFC, 1Seg TV tuner, and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet sports a WQXGA 10.1 inch LCD display with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels with a “Xevic” video engine.
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We have seen folks gilding phones and aligning themes with car brands. What we have also seen are some of them taking some real mean pieces of technology and turning them into cuddly companions. That’s just what Samsung have done with the Galaxy Tab 3.7.0. The tablet has received a major Hello Kitty makeover, complete with a logo at the back and sorts. The innards and performance of the table will pretty much remain the same. It will arrive with wallpapers and themes revolving around Hello Kitty. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is generally armed with a 7-inch WSVGA display with 1024×600 resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3.2MP and 1.3MP cameras.
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It goes without saying that a Google Glass update is all it takes to trap your attention. Kind as we are, we do not use it to ambush you into a nonsensical release. What we do have here is indeed an update, one that may bring out the rare common-man benefit from the Google Glass angle. The latest addition allows wearers to view public transit directions on the device in real-time, thus keeping away the prospect of getting lost or astray. The directions offered will include details such as where one should transfer to another bus or train as well as time estimates of how long one may take to reach a destination. This, surely, takes Google Maps and puts it on wearable eyewear. One may argue that the price of the glass automatically proves that it isn’t what a public transport patron would use, but then we did see the mighty Sergey Brin riding the New Your City subway, wearing the device, some time ago. Was he checking this feature out? We will never know, nor do we care, since it’s everyone’s for the taking now.
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