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Drones Are Now Trying to Capture Human’s Attention by Only Playing Music

Drones are constantly adapting to their environment since their environment often includes people who do not appreciate being captured on a drone camera they can’t see. That’s why these particular musical drones are trying to capture human attention using only musical instrument. They realized that some people are even willing to pay for music and only the government is allowed to capture secret photos of people while asking the same subjects for money.

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Quick! Use This App to Do a Four-Minute Workout

If you don’t have time for much exercise or the patience to find the right exercise, check out this 26 second-long video about a 4-minute workout. There is also an app for a 7-minute workout, but no one has time for that right? The four minute workout doesn’t last as a seven minute workout and it is also known as the fastest on the planet. Watch this video and takeĀ  a few minutes to try it out. If you have at least seven minutes or longer, check out the second video after the jump.

Get a complete full body workout in 4 minutes with this free app. Quick 4 is based on the popular Tabata Protocol, a regimen originally used by Japanese Olympic athletes. Tabata workouts are 5 times more effective than traditional cardio workouts. It consists of 8 cycles with 20 seconds of exercise and 10 seconds of rest.

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San Francisco Suing Landlord Who Evicted Disabled Tenants to Become AirBnB Hosts

airbnbSan Francisco tenants are dealing with the city’s growing pains while landlords profit from a poor supply of housing in a rich supply of salaried tech workers. For much of that struggle, tenants have accused tech workers who are generally part of the demand, not the supply.

There have been a lot of press coverage that have told the tech side of the struggle and some tech workers have even been quick to come to the aid of those in need of housing. It’s a sad predicament but for voters, law makers, politicians, this is a more complex problem than just taxes and eviction laws since landlords have been skewing elections in order to reduce housing since that increases real estate value. Read more

Google Street View Now Offers Digital Travelers Historical Photos

time machine 1The joy of Google maps can only be augmented by more than just 3D buildings – these maps can also show users how those spaces looked as a different space in history. The new update to the navigation service is not a ground breaker. Rather, it’s a simple way to see things differently, with new photographs submitted by other users.

Google’s Street View’s new timeline is conceptually similar to Bing’s historical mapping, which also use old photos. Unlike Google, Bing has been advancing its digital maps as smashups of old and new maps. Bing maps have also used user-submitted photos, but has failed to include a nice time machine interface like Google Maps. Read more

Rocki: A Wireless Device to Make Your Speakers Work Wirelessly

The branding gurus behind this new wireless speaker accessory has aptly named their product Rocki. The wireless adapter is a colorful, rock-shaped device that can connect any pre-internet speakers with a phone or computer that can connect to Wi-Fi. If you have a speaker with a 3.5mm or RCA auxiliary input, this is an easy solution to get it to talk sweet music.
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Scientists Can Now Charge Smartphones Over Longer Distances

The research behind smartphones has progressed across staggering distances, material and various forms of waves. All of the new ways scientists are charging smartphones are impressive, but the method originating from South Korea can charge 40 at the same time.
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Anesthesia Devices Can Fail When Connected to Cell Phones

Medical professionals and patients should be warned a potentially deadly bug in anesthesia machines. Problem can be found in version 2.0 of the AKRON anesthesia delivery system. When a device such as a phone is plugged into the anesthesia machine, it can cause lethal failure while delivering oxygen and/or medicine to surgical patients.
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DARPA Developing Drones Into Wireless Hotspots

darpaThe US Department of Defense is seeking to deploy an army of drones as wireless hot spots: the DARPA project of drones as hot spots appear to be similar in scope to that of Google’s Balloons and Facebook’s UAVs but it will be funded by the Department of Defense.

The project has been progressing since 2012 and is now entering its second phase of testing. Once completed, DARPA’s UAVs will fly and distribute Wi-Fi to military personnel or another computer while performing surveillance. The UAVs will be used in locations during military missions, potentially with other drones when in remote or desert areas. Read more

Google Glass Allowing Users to Try a Pair But Only for Looks

glassGoogle is offering a not-so-cheap alternative for users who want to see just how it feels to be a Glasshole, but only on the outside. The trial versions costs only $50 so they have zero technological functionality whatsoever. Think of it as a Warbly Parker with a weird, clunky accessory that can’t take selfies: terrible.

If this is a wearable device you are seeking, we hear you can call 855-9Glass9 to try it out, but take our advice, only try these Glasses on indoors in the safety of your own home. If you go outside and you live in San Francisco, a mean stranger will try and swipe it off of your face and you will have lost your $50 for naught. At least with $50 you can buy things in Candy Crush Saga and give them to Facebook friends, who will not make fun of you for wearing Google Glass.

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New App From Developers Help Berlin’s Sex Workers Connect With Clients

pepprMany consider sex-work to be the oldest profession on the planet, and now, that profession is also getting a little help from modern technology since they are definitely not getting it from Berlin’s modern laws.

Launched on April 1, the app Peppr, is like a virtual sex shop where sex-seeking clients can find a sex-worker worth paying. The app allows sex-workers to wait inside for a client at a warm place of their choosing: it is cold outside and they might run into a member of the law or a cold, unfriendly draft. Berlin is a cold place with unfriendly sex laws, but it’s colder if you have to wear a sexy uniform. Read more

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