Archive for Feb 28, 2013

Yelp for iOS updates with improved iPad business page, social features

Yelp for iOS updates with improved iPad business page, social features

Yelp updated its iOS app to even version 6.5, and it comes with a healthy amount of new features that users should enjoy. For starters, the business page on the iPad is streamlined with easier and quicker access to business hours, menu items, and phone numbers. The new update also makes the Yelp's search more social by showing which of your friends are checked in to businesses right from the search results page.

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“Emasculating” phones and plenty of rubbing: Brin amps Glass as #ifihadglass ends

“Emasculating” phones and plenty of rubbing: Brin amps Glass as #ifihadglass ends

You can't accuse Google's Sergey Brin of not doing his level best to promote Glass, with the co-founders comments that current smartphones are "emasculating" us in our inter-personal relationships coming as the #ifihadglass promo for the second round of units closes. "Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people?" Brin asked rhetorically at the TED conference this week, describing the current smartphone paradigm as one long bout of touchscreen rubbing, and revealing a vested interest in promoting wearables since he himself is a phone addict.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag confirmed

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag confirmed

This technically isn't the first time that the fourth installment in the Assassin's Creed series has been announced -- Ubisoft confirmed earlier this month that the game would be coming to gamers at some point. However, Ubisoft today announced the title of the new game, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, as well as revealed the box art that will be plastered on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions of the game.

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Brain linked rats pave way for Gibson-esque meat crowd-computer

Brain linked rats pave way for Gibson-esque meat crowd-computer

Technology that allows a direct link between the brains of two rats, allowing the behaviors of one animal to shape those of the other - even if they were thousands of miles apart - could pave the way to cognitive crowd-sourcing, researchers suggest. The experiment, in which microelectrodes a 1/100th the thickness of a human hair were inserted into the parts of the rats' brains which handle motor information, saw one rat rewarded for hitting a specific lever in its cage, and then remotely tutoring its counterpart to select the correct lever in its independent cage by direct stimulation of its motor cortex.

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A QWERTY Lumia? Don’t hold your breath says Nokia’s smartphone boss

A QWERTY Lumia? Don’t hold your breath says Nokia’s smartphone boss

Nokia may not have ruled out a QWERTY Windows Phone for its portfolio, but the chances of a device with a physical keyboard are shrinking, according to smartphone chief Jo Harlow. Speaking to SlashGear at Mobile World Congress this week, where Nokia took its Windows Phone 8 range to five devices with the addition of the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720, Harlow admitted that the company's reluctance to revisit physical text entry options was down to a fear of being left on the wrong side of the mobile industry's momentum - again.

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