Author Archives: Elise Moreau


New York Times pulls the plug on its BlackBerry app

New York Times pulls the plug on its BlackBerry app

Well, RIM really just can’t catch a break these days. The latest setback for the struggling company involves The New York Times’ decision to completely eliminate its downloadable BlackBerry application. A spokeswoman for the newspaper said that the decision to get rid of it really came down to app usage, and that the company wanted to direct its resources to where the highest levels of usage are found.

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Russian cargo ship fails in docking attempt with Space Station

Russian cargo ship fails in docking attempt with Space Station

A robotic Russian cargo ship, Progress 47, was scheduled to dock at the International Space Station earlier this week, but failed to do so in testing its new automated docking system. The malfunction was not deemed as any major setback considering it had already docked so that it could unload supplies. The unmanned ship had separated from the orbiting laboratory and then tried to dock again with the new autopilot, which features smaller hardware components and was designed for better accuracy.

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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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