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8 May

Human and Robot 5K Paves the Way for Futuristic Robo-Competitions

Want to race robots? Giant steps in new technology are giving us new ways of interacting with machines and robotics, and now, we’re just in the first forays of introducing our electronic brethren to the age-old idea of athletic competition. Boston-area residents got their chance at one such experiment, where an organization called VecnaCares held a “human and robot 5K” at Alewife Station, 36 Cambridge Park Dr. People and robots paid up to $35 each to participate in racing events, with a post-race party and an awards ceremony and raffle afterwards. Billed as a “family-friendly 5K race for individuals, families and teams,” this competition was the brainchild of a non-profit helping to improve health care and quality of life in American communities with...
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6 May

Facebook Launches The Hello Dialer App For Android Users

Facebook is on a roll this year. They announced a handful of new apps for users, including a powerful dialer called Hello. The official Facebook blog post mentions the following about the smart app: "Billions of calls are made everyday on mobile phones and people often have very little information about who's calling them. Today we are starting to test Hello, a new app built by the Messenger team. Hello connects with Facebook so you can see who's calling, block unwanted calls and search for people and places." Not sure what to think of the mysterious, Android-only calling platform? Find out if the app has what it takes to replace your stock dialer below. Robust Caller ID Features Caller ID is one of the most...
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5 May

5 Gadgets Guaranteed To Make Mom’s Life Easier This Mother’s Day

Oh…what to do for Mother’s Day. Honestly, even with the best mother’s day activities out there, the average mom just wants a break. Working mothers “spend around 30 hours a week doing things for their families aside from their career, which means women are burned out," says Bonnie Eaker Weill, Ph.D. And for you stay-at-home moms, especially those of you new to the matriarchal tribe, your burn out rate is pretty high since your little bosses literally “dump” on you every day. The lesson here: just let mom unwind this Mother’s Day. In the meantime - here are some trendy tech gifts that mom can use to help keep her hectic work and/or home schedules running smoothly -- all while looking...
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3 May

LG Prada, and All that Came Before

The iPhone was, and is, a smash hit, and deservedly so. It represents a class-leading combination of technology and user experience. Unlike the iPod and iPad, Apple didn’t simply refine and commercialize pre-existing consumer technology with the iPhone - it arguably created new product paradigms: a rectangular capacitive touch smartphone with a touch-based UI and an unmatched app ecosystem (and economy). However, before the iPhone, there was the LG Prada with a touch-based UI, complete with native and third-party apps, all organized on a home page grid of icons. The Apple App Store launched with the 2nd generation iPhone 3G and version 2.0 of iOS - as a way for Apple to increase the number of, well, applications.[3] “Apps” is another...
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30 Apr

Is Medellín, Colombia the next Silicion Valley?

The snowball effect is taking shape with tech start up communities. First, Silicon Valley, then other US cities such as New York, Seattle and LA followed suit before flourishing start-up scenes emerged all over the world. Now, you may or may not have heard the hype about Medellín, Colombia paving its way to be a contender, in not just Latin America, but worldwide, but expats have begun to settle in the city and set up their burgeoning businesses. But what is driving Colombians and foreigners alike to set up a start up in Medellín and is the ‘Latin American Silicon Valley’ hype well-deserved? Paisas (Medellín locals) are known for their entrepreneurship in Colombia. When you consider the amount of investment and...
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28 Apr

India’s Net Neutrality Problems Spark Controversy and Debate

Net neutrality in India is on the rocks. Many leaders and political icons are taking sides and vocalizing their thoughts on how or if online content should be regulated. For those who are unaware of the global issue, the fight for such policies is very real. A study from the Web Foundation uncovered that 74 percent of countries taking part in the Web Index are not properly implementing net neutrality regulations. Net Neutrality 101  In a nutshell, net neutrality means full access to online content regardless of source, brand or message (unless it’s illegal). For example, if a person wants to look for an item on a local e-commerce website instead of Amazon, he or she can do so without hitting any roadblocks. Lack...
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6 Apr

Going Beyond Simple Metrics: Tech Devices for Runners

The warmth of the sun on your skin, the feel of the wind ruffling your hair, the sheer exhilaration of being out in the open. There isn’t much that compares to running out in the open, liberated from daily responsibilities. Being outside of the gym does pose the issue of tracking your progress though. Fortunately, there are plenty of wearable devices that will do the number-crunching for you. Want to know how many miles you’ve covered? No problem. Need to compare calories burned from different routes? You got it. Curious about your heartrate before and during your run? Ok! Just strap on one of these nifty devices and go about your dash! 1. Garmin Forerunner 920XT The Garmin Forerunner 920XT has been...
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