Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Origami robot is able to unfold and treat stomach injuries when swallowed

Origami robot is able to unfold and treat stomach injuries when swallowed

Researchers from the University of Sheffield, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and MIT have teamed up to demonstrate a new foldable origami robot that can be ingested and then controlled inside the stomach to treat internal wounds or remove things like button batteries from the stomach. Button batteries are at times swallowed by children and can cause great injury if left alone. The ingestible robot starts in a digestible capsule that is swallowed.

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Republic Wireless launching seven more phones in July

Republic Wireless launching seven more phones in July

If you are the sort out to save some money on your monthly costs one place you might want to save is on your wireless plan. Republic Wireless is one of the cheaper carriers out there and it has announced that it will have seven new smartphones for you to choose from in July. One of the new devices is the Moto X Pure Edition with a 5.7-inch quad HD screen, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, and a 21MP camera.

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Barclays to launch payment system to rival Android Pay

Barclays to launch payment system to rival Android Pay

Android users in the UK will have another contactless payment service to try out with Barclays launching its own in June. The Barclays contactless payment service for Android devices is said to be the UK's first such service and it will let users pay in stores via their mobile device. The service comes about a year after Apple Pay launched in the UK.

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Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Two undergraduate students from the University of Washington have created a glove that could make a huge different in how people who use sign language communicate with people who don't understand sign language. The glove is able to translate gestures made in American Sign Language (ASL) into English and then says what the gestures mean via attached speakers. The invention is called the SignAloud glove.

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Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Wearables by nature such as Android Wear smartwatches have tiny screens. The screen has to be very small to fit on the wrist, but has to be large enough that the image is easily viewable and you can actually touch the icons. This is why you tend to get apps with very few large icons or buttons on the screen at once so you can see them. As you can tell in the image here, this particular Android Wear smartwatch is running an OS that certainly isn't Android based.

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Opera power saving mode aims to get you 50% more battery life

Opera power saving mode aims to get you 50% more battery life

Opera has announced a new feature that has been added to the developer channel for Opera for computers. The new feature is one that people who work frequently from a laptop computer will appreciate. Power saving mode claims to be able to extend your laptop battery life by 50% compared with using another browser such as Google Chrome.

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Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) lands in Germany next month

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) lands in Germany next month

German Samsung tablet fans will have a new tablet to check out starting in June called the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016). The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200. It's a thin tablet at 8.2mm thick and weighs 525g making it very portable while still offering lots of screen space. The operating system is Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box.

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Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens has integrated flash

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens has integrated flash

Canon has unveiled a new lens that is aimed at those who like to take macro photography shots and wants to be sure that their images are well lit. When taking photos close up sometimes a traditional flash doesn't do the job of lighting your subject well. The new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is the first EF-M Macro Lens for the Canon EOS M camera system that features image stabilization and a pair of integrated mini Macro Lites.

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Samsung Focus app tipped to land with Galaxy Note 6

Samsung Focus app tipped to land with Galaxy Note 6

BlackBerry 10 moved few people and as a result, not many devices sold for the company, but lots of folks did like the BlackBerry Hub app that was on those devices. BlackBerry Hub is a centralized communication app that allows users to respond to messages and conversations from multiple locations in one place. Rumors have surfaced that Samsung will have a similar app that will debut with the Galaxy Note 6 smartphone called Samsung Focus.

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Canon PowerShot SX620 HS rocks 25x optical zoom and wireless sharing

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS rocks 25x optical zoom and wireless sharing

Canon has unveiled a new digital camera called the PowerShot SX620 HS that is designed to offer lots of connectivity and high zoom levels in a compact package. The camera has a resolution of 20.2MP and has 25x optical zoom lens. That zoom lens is equivalent to 25-625mm in a 35mm camera. The camera body is small enough to fit into a purse or pocket to take with you wherever you go.

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Logi ZeroTouch makes any car connected and hands-free

Logi ZeroTouch makes any car connected and hands-free

Logitech has rolled out a new product for folks who want a connected car without having to trade in their ride on something different. The new product comes in two styles and is called the Logi Zerotouch Air Vent and the Zerotouch Dashboard smart car mounts for Android smartphones. Both of the mounts work with the Logitech voice control app called Zerotouch.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster lands on Steam May 12

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster lands on Steam May 12

Certainly one of the best known and most popular game franchises that Square Enix ever produced is Final Fantasy. PC gamers can get a remastered version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD via Steam starting on May 12, which is this Thursday for those who don't have a calendar handy. PC gamers aren’t the first folks to get hands on this franchise typically.

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