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Apple Watch’s Power Reserve feature combats short battery life

Apple Watch’s Power Reserve feature combats short battery life

The Apple Watch is the most buzzed about wearable to hit the market in a long time, and not all of the buzz is good. We've shared some of th earlier rumblings about the Apple Watch's short battery life. Now we are hearing news of a new feature called Power Reserve, which could be a battery-saving mode that lets the Apple Watch run on low energy while only displaying the time.

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Sony ends maintenance for its iconic Aibo robot dog

Sony ends maintenance for its iconic Aibo robot dog

Sony's robot dog, Aibo, is the seminal pet robot of the early 21st century. A new version hasn't been released in almost ten years, but that hasn't stopped collectors from clamoring for the Aibo. Models sold for almost $2000 USD, so the robot dog wasn't really ever accessible by the everyday consumer. Despite its elite following, Sony has officially announced they will no longer offer support for the Aibo. They will no longer offer any maintenance, so users may have to turn to online support forums for new ways to keep their Aibo robot dogs in service.

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Robear robot to take care of Japan’s elderly population

Robear robot to take care of Japan’s elderly population

Japan is known for its love of robots. Japanese inventors have been following a trend of creating a robot for every occasion. One of the newest Japanese robots is the Robear, developed by Riken, a Japanese research group. Just like the name implies, Robear is a robot bear. This bear won't steal your picnic basket. It's been especially designed to take care of the elderly and give them back some of their independence. The growing elderly population has been a rising concern in Japan due to their recent population decline.

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Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere

Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere

Microsoft has released a new video showcasing their ideas for the future. Demonstrating how emerging technologies could transform the future, Microsoft creates a very unique compilation. It's sleek and precisely orchestrated to create an introspective look at what Microsoft hopes it can achieve for the world in the not-too-distant future. The video is futuristic but strangely grounded in reality. Each of the tasks carried out in the video don't seem that far off from today's technological capabilities. Microsoft's Future Vision is set just five to ten years in the future.

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Jawbone cites manufacturing for recent UP3 delay

Jawbone cites manufacturing for recent UP3 delay

Jawbone's UP3 health tracker is having difficulties again before coming to market. The release date has been pushed back before. The third generation health tracker device was originally slated to be ready by the end of 2014. The company has been seized with delays, missing crucial opportunities like the 2014-2015 holiday shopping season. The newly announced 10-11 week delay would put the UP3's release in May. Hopefully, all of the new additions to the UP3 will keep it ahead of the curve in the competitive health tracker device market. Such a delay gives room to competitors to up their stake in the market.

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Full-scale Hyperloop track planned for California launch in 2016

Full-scale Hyperloop track planned for California launch in 2016

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept is exciting for California, and possibly the country. Via a network of tubes, we’ll potentially fly around the country feet off the ground, rifling past farmland at breakneck speeds. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a startup that wants to bring Musk’s vision to reality, has secured land for a Hyperloop test track. In the town of Quay Valley in California, the team want to build a five-mile long track to test Hyperloop vehicle concepts in real-time.

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RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

RideOn goggles let you ski in AR

AR isn't just for gaming, and recently we're seeing AR uses pop up in more specialized industries and niche markets. RideOn announced on Indiegogo that it plans to make AR goggles for the skis slopes. If you're skiing with friends, you can see their locations and call or message them all using their floating AR. There's no need for an additional device like a Go-Pro because you can take high-definition videos using RideOn's AR goggles. You may never need a map again because RideOn can highlight the ski lodges and lifts in the distance.

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Delta to improve in-flight WiFi with faster satellite-based system

Delta to improve in-flight WiFi with faster satellite-based system

Airline Wi-Fi is notoriously slow, it's easy to get frustrated when online games like Words with Friends are inaccessible at 35,000 ft. There is nothing worse than a long flight when the Wi-Fi that you've paid a premium for can't deliver anything but video that never stops buffering. Long flights will be getting more bearable because Delta is planning to improve its Wi-Fi service's broadband speed and coverage by switching to the Gogo's new 2ku satellite service. This will replace their older Gogo Wi-Fi which was said by frequent-flyers to have speed and coverage availability issues.

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Oculus holds $1 million competition Mobile VR Jam 2015

Oculus holds $1 million competition Mobile VR Jam 2015

Oculus Rift is hosting their own contest for the most innovative virtual reality games, Mobile VR Jam 2015. Oculus is offering $1 million in prize money. With that much money up for grabs, competition is likely to be stiff. If you'd like to enter but would rather not go solo, Oculus can help you search for a development team. Developers should bring their A-game. This level of prize money and recognition could be a career game changer.

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Apple loses $532.9 million patent lawsuit

Apple loses $532.9 million patent lawsuit

In the latest case, Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc., Apple was ordered by a federal jury to pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC in a Texas courtroom. Smartflash is a small company that successfully took down Apple over intellectual property rights. Smartflash claims Apple infringed on three of their patents. They originally sought $852 million in damages while Apple contested that damages should be limited to $4.5 million. Smartflash has also sued Samsung and Google using the same patents pertaining to digital rights management, data storage, and managed access payment systems.

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This robot can play the violin, but can it dance?

This robot can play the violin, but can it dance?

Humans thought they had mastered a lot of skills better than robots, and violin playing is one of them. Automated instruments have come a long way from the days of the self-playing piano and the music box. This is the latest incarnation in mechanical instruments. It was created by Seth Goldstein, and he dubbed it the Ro-Bow. This invention can certainly play the violin better than me, but I've never touched a violin. So, with the right programming, could it play better than an actual violinist?

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