Techie Times: Web Happenings
Auto Mee-S Smartphone Cleaning Robot
Next month, Japan is set to release a tiny cleaning device for smartphones and tablets. The device has three tires for maneuvering, and two made of paper, which do the cleaning. Onboard sensors allow the Automee S to clean the surface evenly, as well as prevent it from falling off edges. In this case, novelty beats functionality. The device takes four minutes to clean a smartphone and eight minutes to clean a tablet surface, shutting off automatically. A single AA battery powers it, but is no match for a soft cloth.
Ouya Announces Gaming Console Plans
After the success of their recent Kickstarter campaign, Ouya announced plans to release a new updated gaming console each year, during an interview with The Verge. Generally, consoles are released every 3-6 years from major manufacturers.
“Our plan is to have a yearly refresh of Ouya where we leverage the best-performing chips and take advantage of falling component prices to create the best experience we can at the $99 price point,” Uhrman told The Verge.
Microsoft Brings Back “Scroogled” Campaign
Many may remember when Microsoft first launched their “Scroogled” campaign to attack Google for their alleged anti-privacy acts. This time, they’re attacking Gmail, and promoting Microsoft Outlook in turn. The rebooted Scroogle.com tells visitors that Google goes through user email, in order to deliver ads geared toward their interest. Microsoft also launched a petition to help the company get the message across to Google that “going through email messages to sell ads is unacceptable.”
Xbox 720 Rumored to Block Second-Hand Gaming
Edge, a leading video games magazine reports that physical game copies will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user. The move would be detrimental to the second-hand games market, and could effect the overall reception of the new system. Microsoft declined to comment regarding the rumors of Xbox 720 plans.
Dad Pays Daughter $200 to Quit Facebook
A Boston father is paying his 14-year-old daughter $200 to deactivate Facebook for almost 5 months. On Tuesday, a research consultant Paul Baier posted an image of the deactivation agreement with his daughter on the web. As stated in the agreement that Baier gets access to change her password and deactivate the account. Also on the agreement, Rachel’s one-word response on the line asking what she’ll use the money for: “stuff”.
BlackBerry Z10 Ads Air in Canada and U.K.
While the estimated $3.8 million Super Bowl Blackberry commercials left many viewers indifferent, extended ads have been airing in Canada and U.K. For example, a prime time basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics featured a minute long BlackBerry Z10 ad. Research in Motion executives report that the Canada/U.K. launch of the new phone has been the most successful release of a BlackBerry to date.