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Weed delivery just got real thanks to investors like Snoop Dogg

TweakTown has the 420 on what's going on in the weed delivery startup scene, with rapper and businessman Snoop Dogg investing an unknown sum of money into Eaze, a California-based startup that is aiming to deliver weed to your doorstep, all in less than 10 minutes.

 

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The weed delivery startup has raised over $10 million so far from DCM Ventures, Fresh VC, 500 Startups, and Snoop Dogg's Casa Verde Capital. Ease was founded by former Yammer employee Keith McCarty, where the startup quickly raised $1.5 million in seed funding in November, quickly becoming one of the first weed companies to reel in overseas investors. This is mainly because Eaze doesn't just provide the marijuana, but the technology behind the delivery side of things.

 

Since it launched nine months ago, Eaze has made over 30,000 deliveries, and is looking to expand heavily in the next 50 days where it is aiming to add another 50 members to its growing team.

Thinking about living in an internet cafe? These people have no choice

MediaStorm has released an interesting video as part of their three-part series called Japan's Disposable Workers - this edition is about "Net Cafe refugees" and how they are basically forced to live in a cubicle thanks to an extremely low income.

 

 

Reportedly happening since the mid-2000's, numerous internet cafe workers in Japan are forced to use tiny cubicle spaces as their own homes due to their low salary and a lack of other options.

 

Explained as mostly temporary employees, these people have no other choice.

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Re-live Mario Kart pain in real life with this remote controlled toy

Sometimes there's nothing more frustrating than being the leader in Mario Kart - Blue shell after blue shell eventually ruining your flow so badly that you somehow end up finishing in fourth place after a half-lap lead. If you're wanting to inflict some pain on your some shins in real life following the loss - JAKKS Pacific has the solution for you.

 

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This Mario Kart 8 replica will not only transform into hover mode, but it will cruise around on all four wheels as controlled by your remote. Unfortunately due to hover-technology being a little behind where we would like - it doesn't actually lift off the ground, but the normal drive version works just fine.

 

The World of Nintendo RC Racer will retail for $100 later in 2015, including a wireless controller with a 30m range. Unfortunately we're told that there are no sound effects, however why not make like the video below and make your own?

 

'Star Trek' style Tricorder becomes medical reality

Introduced nearly fifty years ago in 'Star Trek: The Original Series', the medical tricorder used by Dr McCoy and the medical staff of the Starship Enterprise was once a thing of far-off science fiction. Now, it's a reality.

 

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The Scanadu Scout, which started life as an IndieGoGo campaign in May 2013 before raising nearly $1.7 million USD is now shipping out to backers. The device, which the company is trumpeting as the 'First Edition' works by placement on the patients forehead for a total of 10 seconds, before a vital stream of stats including heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and even a complete ECG reading are instantly sent to a mobile device, and also allows for historical tracking.

 

If you missed the initial campaign and are interested in the device, you can subscribe on the Scanadu site to join the list to purchase the next wave of devices. Now, can we please turn our attention to warp drive? K, thanks.

Researchers claim finding love online is all to do with your name

Research results have recently been published by scientists from the Queen Mary University of London, claiming that the earlier the first letter of your first name starts in the alphabet - the more likely you are to find love online.

 

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This study claims that if your first name starts with any letter between A and M, you're in luck. This information has been published in the Evidence Based Medicine journal and made aware to us by News.com.au.

 

"A always comes first. People are drawn to those at the top of any listing," claims professor Khalid Khan, further adding "applied to online dating this means that those at the top of the listing get first bite of the attention from potential love-interests and so have a higher chance of being matched." Still not convinced? Khan also mentioned that "the findings are not limited to dating. Amazon and Apple, successful companies, begin with A."

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Australian cable company Foxtel sees customers surge with price drop

Thanks to the poor-quality internet provided within the island country of Australia - cable television is most certainly still a viable and very common service seen in many households. Foxtel have cheapened their plan pricing recently, seeing their 12-month contracts start at price of $25 AU per month.

 

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Their basic package options include a multitude of pay-TV channels like Lifestyle, Fox8, MTV, BBC UKTV, Arena, Sky News and Sky News Business, with further channels like Entertainment Plus, Sport and HD offerings adding between $10-$20 AU onto the monthly bill. We've been told by Gizmodo that Foxtel's premium services will still set you back a whopping $130 AU per month - further discovering that this surge in customers is due to their adjusted entry-level prices.

 

mUmbrella has just released figures showing that Foxtel has added a whopping 118,000 subscribers to their list since these changes have been made - providing them for a 2.9 percent growth in subscription revenue year-on-year.

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Facebook letting users assign an heir to your account after you die

Facebook have struggled for years with what happens to your digital life once your mortal body passes, but creepy as it may be, the company has finally agreed to make changes to accounts to assign a "legacy contact" to manage your account on your behalf. This contact can write posts on your profile page, change your profile picture and even add new friend requests on your memoralised account.

 

 

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Facebook are currently rolling the feature out worldwide and although my Australian account has yet to receive the option, go to go to Facebook 'Settings', 'Security' and then 'Legacy Contact' to see if your account has been granted the afterlife option.

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Dutch engineering student develops a flying ambulance drone

With the ability to fly up to 61 mph, track emergency calls using a GPS for navigation and reach a patient within 12 square km in under 60 seconds - this drone is set to greatly increase cardiac-related survival rates for members of the public.

 

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Once the drone arrives at the scene, an operator can observe, speak with and instruct any willing helper how to operate the devices located on-board. Still not impressive enough? As according to their official Facebook page, a 125 mph model is currently being worked on, achieved through more power and decreased drag.

 

Complete with the on-board camera, GPS capabilities and speaker system, this drone is set to carry a defibrillator, allowing passers-by to attempt a heart restart of any cardiac victim that may need this drones life-saving service.

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100 years ago today - the first transcontinental phone call was made

Already almost a thing of the past, we often take for granted the option of landline telephones in this day and age - with mobiles taking over in massive fashion.

 

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On January the 25th, 1915, a call was made from New York to San Francisco - marking a massive advancement in technology and something to keep in the history books for years to come. This task was completed by Alexander Graham Bell, who made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson.

 

This technology was made functional thanks to a single copper circuit, spanning 6,800 miles and allowing one phone call to be made at a time - this advancement was likened to that of man landing on the moon, as according to Anthea Hartig, the executive director of the California Historical Society.

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Get in before Nintendo strikes - unlicensed Game Boy mug for $12.32

With five different preset prints available, TheMugEmporium are selling off unlicensed Pokemon mugs for only $15.31 CAD ($12.32) right now.

 

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All three of the original starting Pokemon are on offer, along with a Red or Blue title screen - with 'Gameboy Tint' or straight up white also being available.

 

You can even get your own specialized text written on the other side of the mug for an extra $2, allowing you to always remind Professor Oak what your name is, without stating it over and over again.

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