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The Royal Mail announces a consumer 3D-printing service

By: Chris Smith | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

As traditional mail is becoming a less needed service, Royal Mail has stepped up in a bid to stay ahead of the 'rat race' - offering consumers the ability to 3D print and ship various objects from their local offices.



Paired up with 3D-printing company iMakr, Royal Mail using their services to install brand new printers in their New Cavendish Street delivery office in London, set to enable both custom designs and pre-made product designs to be ordered by consumers. These products can be ordered online by any end-user and have them shipped directly to their address or picked up directly from the office.


Mike Newnham is Royal Mail's Chief Customer Officer, sharing his thoughts on this business advancement he commented: "3D printing is an emerging technology that has many applications and offers an innovative way to create unique or personalized objects. It can be prohibitively expensive for consumers or small businesses to invest in a 3D printer, so we are launching a pilot to gauge interest in 3D printing".

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Facebook pledges to help users keep embarrassing photos to themselves

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Artificial intelligence is reportedly being designed by Facebook engineers to ask users if they would 'really like to post this photo' when out drinking with their friends. This "deep learning" system will be implemented to analyze photos and other Facebook actions, identifying some later-embarrassing posts and urging you not to publish them for your own good.


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Facebook's Chief of Artificial Intelligence Research Lab, Yann LeCun, explained this technology as somewhat of a second (sober) conscience, stating that you should "imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends and also with content on Facebook". He went on to explain that the warning message could read something similar to "uh, this is being posted publicly. Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?".


Deep learning is said to be a focus of large-name companies in this day and age, boasting big names like Facebook and Google who are heavily researching into this realm of artificial intelligence. Google's purchase of AI start-up Deepmind was their first large foray into the field, of which spawned a computer science research partnership with the well-known Oxford University.

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Live-action Tomb Raider series coming with Rise of the Tomb Raider

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

According to an image posted on Instagram by Stephen Lunsford, who starred in MTV's 'Teen Wolf', he is working with Crystal Dynamics. Crystal Dynamics being the developer of the recent Tomb Raider reboot, and the upcoming Xbox One timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider.


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Lunsford explained that he "will be creating a [Tomb Raider] mini-series to be released with Rise of The Tomb Raider" that will be both a prequel to the upcoming Xbox One timed exclusive, and an "eventual" live-action feature. We don't know what capacity Lunsford plays in the live-action mini-series, but this is exciting news for Tomb Raider fans.

Keurig coffee machine hacked to support all coffee pods

By: Chris Smith | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

We've recently reported that Keurig wanted to starve off third-party coffee pod manufacturers, only allowing officially released pods to be utilized through its system.



Set to the Darth Vader theme music, a tricky hacker has posted a video of this machine supporting any coffee pod you see fit by simply strategically placing a bit of tape and mustering "not much aim". He then puts his "One Love" Marley coffee pod into the machine and produces some delicious hot drink straight into the awaiting "Life's Good" mug below.


This hack comes courtesy of which claims that this 'evil' system can be bested by snipping a small section from the lid of a company-branded Keurig "K-cup" and taping it over the lid of the 'rebel' pod. This strip is all you need to electronically fool the Keurig machine into thinking the pod is legit.

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Artificial skin able to feel sensations like rain drops, human touch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Researchers have made great progress in prosthetics development in recent years, and a team in Korea and the United States have pushed things even further. Amputees will be able to better experience the world around them by using prosthetics equipped with "smart skin," able to allow them to feel sensations.


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The unique elastomer soft polymer has integrated temperature, pressure and humidity sensors, along with electrodes that are able to stretch and stimulate the patient's existing nerves. Trying to develop technology able to send control commands from the nervous system to the prosthetic - and sensory feedback from the prosthetic back to the nervous system has proven to be difficult.


"Previously, these robots or prosthetic arms/legs did not have skins that enable high resolution/sensitivity sensing of pressure, strain, temperature, humidity," said Kim Dae-Hyeong, author co-study, in a statement to CBS News. "We focused on this point by developing high density/sensitivity sensor array that is similar with the real human skin."

The Witcher 3 was delayed so it didn't experience a messy launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

We know that The Witcher 3 has been delayed, and while that might disappoint most gamers it could be good for the game. A couple of days ago CD Projekt Red announced it had delayed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt until May 19, 2015.


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Adam Kiciński, a member of the Board of CD Projekt Red talked with Eurogamer, talked about not wanting to release The Witcher 3 early. He said that gamers "took our decision very well. [The] market is afraid of badly polished games on next-gen platforms". He added: "We want to disarm the opinion that [The Witcher 3] doesn't exist. It will be closed by the end of the year in line with the schedule". Kiciński said that the Board agreed that the company set the February 2015 release date too early, he said: "We announced the release date very early and we're paying for it now".


Kiciński continued: "There's a lot of small errors though, because the game is huge. It's the only reason behind the delay. We didn't assume it will be this big. Only after putting all the pieces together it turned out it's bigger than the two first put together. Let me remind you: it's open and not linear. We are just learning how to play it and we have to catch the little pieces. We know what to do, we just have to do it. We don't want to release the game with bugs that undermine the gameplay".

History of McDonalds coming to a cinema near you

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

In 1955, Czech/American businessman Ray Kroc opened the first franchised McDonalds store in Illinois and soon wrestled control of the company from founders Richard and Maurice McDonald and in doing so began a multi-billion dollar empire found all over the globe. Now Hollywood is calling, with director John Lee Hancock planning a big-screen biopic titled 'The Founder' which aims to tell the story warts and all.


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Don't expect this one to be supported by the McDonalds company however - even 60 years on the shrewd business practices of Kroc and the kicking to the curb of the McDonald brothers is likely not a controversy that the McDonalds company would endorse. The official McDonalds website conveniently glosses over the whole truth as revealed in the autobiographies of both sides.


Variety is reporting that Michael Keaton is interested in portraying the lead role.

Insider emails show Sony's plans for a Jump Street/MIB collaboration

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Surrounding all the negativity that Sony have been experiencing recently thanks to their PlayStation store hack and a myriad of different issues with the Sony Pictures raid by #GOP hackers, finally something funny, interesting and cool has come out of the fray.


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Reported as ready to film around July 2015, some insider emails have been snagged showing that 'MIB Jump Street' is set to become a very real and very hilarious thing. The first snippet we have here is from Jonah Hill himself in which he has a pitch for the movie title.

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Pixar launches the trailer for its latest movie 'Inside Out'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Pixar has a massive library of smash hit movies, but their latest movie 'Cars 2' didn't do so well with things looking much better with the up and coming 'Inside Out' due for 2015. Check out the trailer below.



Pete Docter is back in the director's chair, with his last two movies at Pixar being big hits: Up and Monsters Inc. Inside Out is the first movie he has directed since 2009, with little creatures inside the characters heads who control every single part of our bodies, right down to our emotions.


Inside Out is due out on June 19, 2015. Pixar explains the movie as: "Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school".

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OnePlus opens up sales to anyone interested in buying OnePlus One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The OnePlus One smartphone is now available to anyone interested in purchasing it, as OnePlus decided to eliminate its bizarre invite system in time for Christmas. The phone will be available for $299 through the company's website for a short time, and orders should arrive before Dec. 25. It's unknown how long the company will run this current promotion.


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The 16GB Silk White model retails for $299, while the 64GB Sandstone Black version can be purchased for $349.


Before OnePlus decided to open up sales, interested customers were required to receive an invite from a current One owner. Since the phone's launch in April, the One has been in extremely high demand - and OnePlus is already developing another smartphone, which will be available sometime in 2015.

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