Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

If you've gotten your fill of health-tracking wristbands and jewelry and are wondering what else you can monitor, there's the BitBite, a smart earbud of sorts that keeps track of your eating habits and lets you know when you need to lay off the midnight snacks or boost the size of your lunch. It does this by tracking chewing, and tosses in things like voice recognition, which allows the user to say what they're eating for it to be properly logged in the related app.

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Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Following the now-official Spotify for Uber service, new rumor about the music streaming service has arisen -- this time revolving around podcasts. The discovery was made by developer Ethan Lee, who spotted reference in Spotify's code pointing to a podcasts feature that is "ready to go." Joining this was also the discovery of a reference to some feature called "Magic", but little is known about it -- including whether it references an existing feature or if Spotify has yet another announcement up its sleeve.

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YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

The YotaPhone 2, shown off earlier this year at MWC 2014, will be making its official launch in a couple of weeks, according to the folks at Android Central. Yota Devices, the company behind the handset, will be having an event in London on December 3 for the second-iteration of the phone we saw back during CES 2013, and though no new details about it are forthcoming at this point, it looks to have the same dual-screen construction.

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Researchers use artificial intelligence to create magic tricks

Researchers use artificial intelligence to create magic tricks

A group of researchers at Queen Mary University in London have taken to creating magic tricks using artificial intelligence -- something they've made available for anyone who is interested over on the QMagic site. There are four tricks so far, including one that involves having a smartphone guess what a playing card is, and another that turns one's smartphone into a "crystal ball" that can read minds. Even better, the app-based tricks have been released in the Google Play Store for others to enjoy.

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Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

Facebook at Work service rumored in testing for business users

If you can't resist the urge to get on Facebook while at work, the company's new rumored work-in-progress will either alleviate your guilt or feed your addiction. It's called Facebook at Work, and according to sources that spoke to the Financial Times it'll be targeting the likes of Google, LinkedIn, and more by providing a platform specifically for business users. The new site, says the sources, will look more or less like Facebook with both groups and newsfeeds, but will bring with it things like the ability to collaborate over documents.

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Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

We've seen airless tires of various sorts for years, some of them nearly solid, others made with metal spokes or fins that promise a more comfortable ride. The benefits of these types of tires are numerous, the biggest two being longer lifespan and elimination of flats. For all the research and work that has gone into them, however, there is still a notable lack of variety available on the market. Michelin will be changing that soon, recently revealing that its airless Tweel tires will be entering production.

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Sweden mulls over gender equality labels for video games

Sweden mulls over gender equality labels for video games

The Swedish agency Vinnova has given a gaming industry trade organization a grant to pursue a new project looking into whether video games in the nation should be labelled according to gender equality themes. The news comes from The Local, which reports that the project is inspired by the Bechdel Test, and that under it the association -- Dataspelsbranchen -- will work alongside multiple game developers to evaluate the issue. The project specifically aims to evaluate how women are portrayed in games and other gender-related issues.

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Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

Kim Dotcom banned from Mega over piracy claims

As you might recall, Kim Dotcom -- the subject of numerous legal battles and founder of file-hosting service Mega -- soft-launched his own single album Good Times back in January. It has been available through Mega for some time now, but began having troubles back in September when IFPI -- which represents many big-name music labels -- started hitting it with takedown requests over alleged copyright infringement. That had rolled out into a story of unknown pranksters and blindly sent takedown requests, and now months later Kim Dotcom has been banned from his own site for sharing his own album.

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Surface Pro 3’s latest ad takes jab at the MacBook Air

Surface Pro 3’s latest ad takes jab at the MacBook Air

Microsoft rolled out its latest ad for the Surface Pro 3 over the weekend, and in it is the same tired theme we've seen before: comparison with an Apple product, in this case a MacBook Air. It's short and sweet at 30 seconds, and focuses on the features offered by the Surface Pro 3 ("...it has got a USB!") while a MacBook Air sits next to it relatively ignored. Festive imagery is sprinkled throughout, no doubt encouraging viewers to grab one for the holiday season.

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Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

If you're no longer satisfied with only being able to see little ellipses as your chat partner types a message, the text messaging app Beam will likely strike your fancy. It leaves no room for edits -- at least, no room for private edits. Rather, everything you type is shown in real time to the person on the receiving end, for better or for worse, meaning you'd better think carefully about what you want to say before taking to the keyboard.

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