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Sonar-mapping ship looks for baby lobsters, finds dead volcanoes

You never know what you might find when you’re looking for lobster larvae. Iain Suthers, a marine biologist at the University of New South Wales, recently led a team of 28 scientists on board Australia’s latest research vessel, Investigator. They set out to study nursery grounds of lobsters when they accidentally stumbled upon four ancient underwater volcanoes off the coast of Sydney. The massive cluster of craters, said to be about 50 million years old, stretches across 12 miles on the seafloor but had gone unnoticed until now.

The ship that made the discovery possible is a $120 million federally-funded vessel that was commissioned by the CSIRO in 2009. It surpasses similar sonar-mapping ships with its ability to scan even the deepest points of the seabed. The newly discovered volcanoes were found almost three miles deep in the ocean. They’re said to be the remnants of the geological plate shift that separated Australia and New Zealand millions of years ago.

According to Suthers, the discovery demonstrates that we know more about the surface of the moon than our oceans. “We went there to look at eddies in the east Australia current and it was completely serendipitous to find this volcano cluster,” he told Guardian Australia. “We can only just imagine what will be around the corner if we continue to scan this area.”

[image credit: CSIRO]


Source: The Guardian


Nike designed a sneaker for people with disabilities

Whether it be in clothing or footwear products, Nike is known for never being afraid to experiment with new technologies. The latest example is the company’s new Zoom Soldier 8, a gorgeous shoe that was designed for people facing disabilities — such as amputees and those who have suffered a stroke or cerebral palsy. With the sneaker’s Flyease tech, which features an unusual zipper mechanism that ties around the heel, Nike’s made it easier for the disabled community to tie their shoes. Instead of having to use both hands to accomplish this task, something that may not be possible or easy for some, Flyease simplifies this by letting them rely on one hand to open or close the shoe.

As Fast Company reports, Nike began development of the zipping system seven years ago; CEO Mark Parker made a special request to Senior Director of Athlete Innovation, Tobie Hatfield, after an employee had a stroke and lost movement on his right hand. Despite Flyease being launched, though, Nike tells Fast Company that it will continue to research and improve the new mechanism. “We know we can continue to make improvements,” he said, “but we wanted to give access to those who need this sooner than later.”

But let’s hope that when the Flyease Soldier 8 launches, on July 16th, it ends up on the feet of people who could actually benefit from wearing the shoe. Here’s Nike’s main problem: resellers like to buy their sneakers and then post them on eBay at double, triple and sometimes quadruple the retail price — which is bad news for everyone.

Filed under: Misc


Via: Fast Company

Source: Nike


A sleek, Star Wars-inspired music box

That’s no moon — it’s the MusicMachine 3, a state-of-the-art music box from designer Maximilian Busser, largely inspired by the TIE Fighter from Star Wars. It doesn’t hook up to your iPhone, it can’t stream Spotify and it doesn’t have a USB input anywhere along its bulbous, spider-like chrome body. It does, however, play music. The MusicMachine 3 plays six songs via a roller lined with metal pins that catch on the teeth of a comb as they rotate. With these pins, Busser’s latest music box plays the themes from Star Wars, Mission: Impossible, James Bond, The Godfather, The Persuaders and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. The MusicMachine 3 has 72 musical teeth in total and the entire piece is designed to amplify and enrich the sound of each note. Hear for yourself below.

This luxurious sculpture of melodic nerdery is part of a larger celebration, the tenth anniversary of Busser’s horological design company, MB&F. The MusicMachine 3 is a limited-edition piece of art and sound, with just 99 produced in total (33 each in white, black and chrome finishes). It costs roughly $18,400 (CHF 17,500) plus tax, Hodinkee reports.

Filed under: Misc, Household


Via: Hodinkee

Source: MB&F


Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.1 With iTunes Match Fix

newitunes122logoApple today released iTunes 12.2.1, a minor update that introduces some much needed bug fixes for iTunes Match and other features introduced with Apple Music. Apple Music was first released two weeks ago, but included several major bugs with iTunes Match that caused the deletion of entire music libraries and other issues, such as an inability to sign up for Apple Music for former iTunes Match subscribers.

The iTunes 12.2.1 update is available immediately from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

– Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.
– Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers.
– Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1.

Today’s update fixes the iTunes Match issue that caused iTunes to incorrectly label songs from Matched to Apple Music and it will allow several former iTunes Match subscribers who were unable to sign up for Apple Music to get the service for the first time. In addition, it also includes bug fixes for the Beats 1 radio station, which is built into Apple Music.


2 great deals on wireless headphones

We’ve all experienced the deep frustration that comes from snagging headphone cords on door handles. There’s really no excuse for putting yourself through such a rage-inducing scenario. We’re living in an age where even our vacuum cleaners are cordless. Isn’t it time you upgraded your primary source of audio consumption? With today’s deal, you’ll be able to take your pick from earbuds or over-ear headphones and cut the cord for good. It’s 2015, come on and join us!

bb56ff8aea47bba3b4c3c4022a99803c135a462d_main_hero_imageFirst, for our over-ear fans, we’ve got the REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. These come with an adjustable fit for maximum comfort and pack over 15 hours of listening time on one charge. Regularly priced at $50, AndroidGuys readers can take these home, today, for just $35.99.

237561c743c6130616eaabf54b4555520e1ec39b_main_hero_imagePrefer a sleeker form factor? The Air-Fi Metro2 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones pack full-range sound and over 5 hours of battery life into a streamlined design. Comes with interchangeable eartips for a perfect fit. Normally selling for $60, you can grab these up for just $48.

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Eboe review: Simplicity at its simplest

Eboe is an extremely simple yet extremely hard game. You are placed in a circle and have to move clockwise or anti-clockwise to avoid balls being shot from a cannon. That’s it. It is as boring as it sounds. Do be warned though: It is extremely hard.


Just like the gameplay, the developer Medbe has taken the “simplistic” approach. The main screen is adorned by your highscore, the “Play” button and a volume on/off button. There is no settings button as, well, the game just doesn’t require it. You can link it to your Google Play Games which is a nice bonus. I was confused when I started playing as there was no tutorial. Yes, although it’s simple it will take a few tries to adjust to what you’re supposed to do.

Adverts are a pain but fortunately there were few pop-ups as compared to the banner ads.


Like I previously stated, you are placed in a circle and have to move clockwise or anti-clockwise to avoid balls being shot from a cannon. The cannon is always directly opposite you so it cannot provide shelter for you. Usually when I review an app, I’ll spend up to 2 hours on it. However I got so bored after 10 minutes of playing that I decided to wrap it up. There were also no missions, story modes or challenges to justify the boring, repetitive gameplay.  It states “There is not much things to say about Eboe” in the Play Store description, and they certainly weren’t lying. Perhaps the only challenge is beating your high score, which is determined by how many seconds you can stay alive.

Simple is not necessarily the best
The balls bounce around the circle
It seems impossible when they start collecting up (There is no man as he just died)

Is it for you?

If you’re that person who wants a quick play with an extreme challenge, check it out. Otherwise, it’s certainly not gonna tickle your fancy in hardcore gaming.

What we liked

  • The simplicity (to an extent)
  • Suitable for a quick game
  • It’s hard

What we didn’t like

  • No challenges/missions
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Too boring

To put it bluntly, it’s probably not worth your time downloading it. It’s like eating the same food for dinner every night. The game mechanics and replay value simply do not hold much against other games you could be playing.

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Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge getting a new firmware upgrade


Sprint customers who own a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge should be getting another firmware upgrade shortly. The update is 147MB in size, and will bring a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements to the two devices.

Sprint hasn’t posted any official documentation on what this update exactly fixes or enhances. Either way, the new firmware upgrade should be available to everyone within the next few days. If you haven’t got it yet, you can check for it manually by heading into the Settings.

After installing the update, you should see software version G920PVPU2BOFE on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and G925PVPU2BOFE on the S6 Edge.

Have you received the new update yet? If so, be sure to let us know what fixes and improvements you’ve seen in the comments below.

source: Sprint (1), (2)
via: Android Central

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Pre-order the BLU Life One for $99 unlocked on Amazon

BLU Life One

The BLU Life One is a low cost phone that goes on sale July 17th. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for only $99 unlocked. The device comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 series quad-core processor, 5 inch 720 x 1280 IPS display, a 13MP Sony rear camera, and a 2,420mAh battery. It also has 8GB of storage with a micro SD card slot up to 64GB and 1GB of RAM.

It has a dual-SIM slot that supports four HSPA+ GSM bands (850/1700/1900/2100) and compatible with three LTE bands (700/1700/2600).

It is a little behind the latest Android as it ships with Android 4.4 KitKat but is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not the greatest specs, but pretty good considering the price.

Source: Amazon

Come comment on this article: Pre-order the BLU Life One for $99 unlocked on Amazon


Samsung explores measuring body fat through your phone

Samsung's body fat measurement patent

You can already measure your heart rate and step counts on your smartphone, but Samsung thinks it can kick things up a notch. One of the company’s recently published patent applications would use electrical impedance to measure your body fat levels. All you’d do is grab your phone, and four sensors (installed in the phone or a case) would do the rest. The feature makes sense given Samsung’s ongoing health kick, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this eventually turns up in a Galaxy handset you can buy. With that said, there’s no guarantee that it’ll either show up or work as well as planned. Phone-based health sensors aren’t entirely accurate, and Samsung might not want to detect something as important as body fat unless it can give you reliable numbers.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Samsung


Via: VentureBeat, SamMobile

Source: WIPO


Sonos upgrade gives you Google radio and better-sounding speakers

Sonos Play:1 Blue Note edition

If you regularly rely on Sonos gear to kick out the jams, today’s a big day. Sonos is rolling out its promised controller update, and it’s offering more improvements than you might have expected a couple of months ago. For a start, the company’s devices are now much better Google Play Music companions — you can play radio stations (curated or otherwise), fire up automatic playlists and modify your library. You’ll also get noticeably improved vocal response and Sub compatibility on the Play:1 speaker, and it should be easier to both see upcoming tracks as well as navigate TuneIn radio streams. Apple Music isn’t here yet (that’s coming later in the year), but there’s still more than enough to merit a speedy upgrade.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD


Source: Sonos Blog

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