Author Archives: Elise Moreau


Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

EA confirmed yesterday that it would be pulling its two Rock Band games from the iTunes App Store by July 31, 2012. Although gamers will still be able to play them locally, both Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded will not be available to download after the 31st. There was actually a bit of hint about it back in May when gamers opened the game and were shown a message stating that the game would expire by the end of the month. EA said it was an error, but it may have suggested something about the games' eventual removal from the App Store.

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LG renames Quick Voice to Q Voice with English version to launch in 2013

LG renames Quick Voice to Q Voice with English version to launch in 2013

LG recently launched its Quick Voice service in Korea to challenge Apple's Siri and Samsung's S Voice. About a month after launch, the company is rebranding it to compete with Samsung’s S Voice and has changed its name to Q Voice, which is expected to debut with an English version in 2013. Currently, Q Voice is limited to Korean-speaking LG users and offers standard voice control functions that have been integrated with 11 Android apps.

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Kinect-controlled trashcan catches trash tossed in the air

Kinect-controlled trashcan catches trash tossed in the air

Playing a game of real life paper toss just got way simpler, all thanks to a new trash that can swiftly move across a room to catch any airborne piece of trash you toss past your shoulder. The Smart Trashbox actually uses Kinect technology that operates on a wheeled base and is configured to an integrated circuit board. And even though this sort of thing was likely designed for lazy people or people with bad aim, we're pretty sure it could be used purely for entertainment purposes too.

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NASA tests inflatable heat shield prototype

NASA tests inflatable heat shield prototype

NASA tested a large inflatable heat shield prototype on Monday that will help spacecraft slow down as soon as they enter a planet’s atmosphere. The heat shield (or aersoshell) was made of high-tech balloons and was dubbed an “unqualified success” after the initial test was completed, which saw it plunge through Earth’s atmosphere at speeds up to 7,600 mph. It will help shape new re-entry systems for spacecraft in the future, including those that land on Mars.

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Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

It was exactly 40 years ago today when the first Landsat satellite—the ERTS-1—was launched into orbit by NASA to provide global coverage of large-scale human activity like building cities and farming over the long term. The very first Landsat satellite was sent into orbit on July 23, 1972 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and marks the world’s longest-running Earth observation satellite program.

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iGills waterproof case lets you go diving with your iPhone

iGills waterproof case lets you go diving with your iPhone

People who have a fear of being separated from their iPhones can pretty much rest easy with the iGills SE-35 waterproof case, for those moments you need to go diving to depths of 40 minutes with an iPhone. The polycarbonate case actually turns any iPhone into an underwater video camera or still camera and can keep track of how long you need before it’s time to get back to the surface.

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Fox films now available through iTunes in the Cloud

Fox films now available through iTunes in the Cloud

Following the big international roll out of iTunes movies in the Cloud, it looks like Apple and Twentieth Century Fox have finally made films available for U.S. users via iTunes in the Cloud after months of waiting around for it. iTunes movies in the Cloud was initially launched back in March, but Fox and Universal had agreements in place with HBO that restricted films from being included. It had been said that the studios were in negotiations to work something out.

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