Really Smart Shoes from Tinker Design at Wearable Technology Show



While most tech shows have their headline acts like Apple and Samsung, I really enjoy talking to the the entrepreneurs, artisans and artists who come up with ideas and concepts that are unlikely to be on the shelves PC World anytime soon. Here’s a great example from the Wearable Technology Show: Thushara from Tinker Design has these beautiful smart shoes. Not content with the normal smart features of steps and distance, these shoes give the wearer a gentle foot massage under control of their smartphone. It’s a great combination of design, aesthetics and electronics.

Supported by Centre for Fashion Enterprise, a fashion business incubator, Thushara hopes to bring these to market in around six months. No details on price but as these are handmade shoes, they’re not going to be cheap.


Safe Cyclists Save with Nomi at Wearable Technology Show



Kicking off GNC’s coverage of the Wearable Technology Show, I chat to Valentina of Nomi. Their bright backpack LED display keeps cyclists safe while doubling up as a mobile billboard. The Nomi uses GPS to locate the cyclist and then show adverts relevant to the local area, with the rider earning a small commission from the advertiser.

Alternatively, the display can be programmed to show pictures or other information from, say, Twitter or Facebook.
 

The Nomi display is expected to come to market within a year and will be relatively inexpensive at around 30 euros.


Casey Neistat Podcast? #1272



Very excited to hear that Casey Neistat is likely going to be doing a podcast. With my position in the podcasting space as the CEO of the second largest podcast hosting in the United States, I will be reaching out to him to see if we can work with his team. In tech news simply incredibly information coming out about Facebook and personal medical information. Simply enough to make my blood boil. This is a longer than normal show so please enjoy.

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World of Warcraft is Deactivating the Remote Auction House App



Blizzard Entertainment announced that the World of Warcraft Remote Auction House will be deactivated on April 18, 2018. Players that are currently using the app will have to do their Auction House related activities in-game, once again.

The WoW Remote Auction House will be deactivated on April 18, 2018. On that date, you will no longer be able to view Auction House listings or make Auction House transactions through the official WoW website or the WoW Armory app, and all links will be removed from our website. After April 18, you’ll still be able to use the WoW Armory app for all other purposes, including accessing your character profile, talent calculators, event calendars, and more.

In a post that was updated three months ago, Blizzard stated that the Remote Auction House allowed players to browse the Auction House in World of Warcraft. They could check the status of existing auctions, purchase items, and create their own auctions. A single World of Warcraft account could preform up to 200 Remote Auction House transactions per day (including bids, buyouts, and creating auctions).

Blizzard is aware that some World of Warcraft community sites make use of Blizzard’s API to access Auction House-related data. Blizzard is going to continue to support for that. In short, those community websites will still be able to provide players information about things like prices for a specific item in the Auction House. The app, however, will stop doing that as of April 18, 2018.


Pokémon GO Added Quests



Pokémon GO has added quests to the game. The quests are based around a storyline that involves Professor Willow. Players are asked to help him find out if a series of mysterious happenings occurring all over the world are connected to the Mythical Pokémon Mew.

There are two different types of research you can contribute to: Field Research and Special Research. Gather Field Research tasks by spinning nearby PokéStops, which will give you objectives that include discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging with battles, among other things. Special Research may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and will take you on a journey to make important discoveries!

Pokémon GO isn’t calling these new research tasks “quests”, but that’s exactly what they are! Completing the quests gives you rewards, including “a variety of useful items and even encounters with certain Pokémon.” The tasks have different levels of difficulty. The more challenging a Research task is, the greater the reward.

Players can earn one Stamp per day by completing at least one Field Research task. When a player has obtained seven stamps, they can achieve a Research Breakthrough to receive even greater rewards. The new quests could freshen up the game and give players more to do.


Zuckerberg & Cook at Odds #1271



Seems Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are having a go at it. With Tim Cook taking Mark Zuckerberg to school. Apple is pretty serious about user privacy and Cook makes that point loud and clear in a recent interview and conference discussion. Mark was not happy at all and took his own shot at Cook. One thing is for sure privacy discussion is alive and well in America. Will it lead to change, one can only hope. We will just have to watch the space to see how it plays out.

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Should Mark Zuckerberg be Fired? #1270



Is it time that Mark Zuckerberg is fired at Facebook for data mismanagement? Well if you think so good luck with that he controls 87% of all the voting stock so he is going no where anytime soon. Plus there is not the outcry like there has been in other situations. I share with you a story tonight and video that you may find surprising depending on what mainstream news you watch. Have a watch of the video.

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Mencom’s AUX-Bluetooth Receiver Looks Like a Lipstick



Mencom was founded in 2006. They are a professional manufacturer focusing on Bluetooth products including Bluetooth speakers, receivers and transmitters, headsets, and accessories.

Mencom has a Lipstick AUX-Bluetooth receiver. It looks like a closed lipstick, and it comes in three colors. (The receiver does not work as an actual lipstick.) There is a MFB Button on the side of the Lipstick AUX-Bluetooth receiver. The charging port is behind the cover.

Use the Lipstick Receiver:

  • As a Bluetooth output in your car
  • To convert a wired earphone to Bluetooth
  • To convert a wired headphone to Bluetooth
  • To convert a wired speaker to Bluetooth
  • Key specifications:

    • Product size: 12x50mm
    • Materials:PC +aluminum
    • Bluetooth 4.1 which have Wi-Fi sound quality
    • Aluminum housing
    • Up to 15 meters effective range
    • Connect to two cell phones at a time
    • High sensitivity Mic for handsfree calling
    • Noise cancellation integrated
    • Low power consumption which ensure it can last up to 5 hours
    • Convert car to Bluetooth instantly

    Pond5 and DJI Create Online Marketplace for Aerial Footage



    Global content marketplace Pond5 and DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today launched an innovative collaboration to develop a premium collection of licensable aerial footage.

    By applying to this program, pilots operating with a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is required for commercial use, will be eligible to have their footage included in a series of collections shot exclusively with DJI drones.

    Pond5 will showcase these collections to its millions of users, while denoting video clips shot by licensed pilots in searchers for customers who need to ensure their video assets comply with Part 107. Pilots will be able to leverage Pond5’s industry knowledge to identify their most in-demand shots and obtain assistance in preparing their footage for licensing in the Pond5 marketplace.

    DJI will be working closely with the team of video experts and curators at Pond5 to ensure that the most compelling and award-worthy aerial footage shot with DJI products is made easily accessible to customers searching for studio-quality shots to use in their productions.

    Select participants will also have access to Pond5’s premium clipping and tagging services, allowing them to save time by simply submitting raw footage, rather than having to do the work of editing, formatting, tilting, and keywording the footage themselves. Footage receiving these services will then be made available exclusively through Pond5 for a limited time.