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No, Wii U's Problem Was Never Its Dumb Name

No, Wii U's Problem Was Never Its Dumb Name
Nintendo gave its Wii console a very strange name in 2006, and then one-upped itself by calling its current gaming platform the Wii U. When Wii U promptly failed to make a splash in the marketplace, many industry watchers immediately found their …
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a no-show on Wii U
Over the last couple of years, major game developers have expressed their frustration with the Wii U. Last year, Electronic Arts Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore said in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz that the console is a "disappointment …
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U, 3DS Character Roster Leaked
A new leak has gone viral concerning the alleged complete roster for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. The roster list and some of the images showcase some of what gamers can expect from the upcoming fighting title from Nintendo.
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Dropbox goes down following problem with ‘routine maintenance’

We hope you weren’t planning a big Dropbox sync this evening. The cloud storage service reports that it’s having problems with its site following an issue with “routine internal maintenance.” Just what that means isn’t yet clear, although it’s not …

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Dropbox goes down following problem with ‘routine maintenance’

We hope you weren’t planning a big Dropbox sync this evening. The cloud storage service reports that it’s having problems with its site following an issue with “routine internal maintenance.” Just what that means isn’t yet clear, although it’s not …

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Microsoft accounts now let you flag suspicious activity before it’s a problem

Internet account security is frequently a black box; you may not know that something’s wrong until there’s a notification email or a credit card bill. If you use a Microsoft account, though, you now have some preventative tools. A new security …

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Wearable Tech For A Practical Problem: Spanish Startup Builds Alert System For Diaper Changing

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The current crop of sensor-driven wearables are mostly aimed at quantified selfers who want to geek out over activity or fitness data. Not (generally) because they have a pressing need to, more because they like playing with data. But of course wearable sensors have bags of potential to be very practical. And here’s one utilitarian use of wearable sensor tech that’s aiming to fix a real-world problem.

Barcelona-based startup SiempreSecos (aka AlwaysDry in English) has created a range of silicone urine sensors for use in babies’ nappies, or for older people suffering incontinence disorders. The basic problem is that it’s inconvenient and/or invasive to have to keep checking whether a diaper needs changing.

The reusable silicone moisture sensor, which sits against the skin inside the diaper, is paired with a wearable bracelet or other type of warning device/system such as an alarm clock to alert the carer that a diaper needs changing, or that a child is about to wet the bed.

How does the tech work? “We are using radio frequency (868 MHz) with our own communication protocol which allows bidirectional operation with very low energy,” says the startup. ”We use a non-replaceable battery in the sensor that lasts a year and a li-pol battery rechargeable through micro usb on the bracelet. The alarm-clock  plugs into a socket.”

Care homes are one big target market for SiempreSecos, with the system providing professional caregivers with a more discreet way of ascertaining when a dementia patient, for instance, who is also incontinent needs their adult diaper changing. This version of the system sends alerts to a PC allowing for multiple patients to be monitored from one terminal.

The startup has also devised versions for parents wanting to use the device to monitor when a baby needs changing, or for bed wetting children, or for a carer of an elderly relative – that version uses a wearable bracelet that includes a moisture level indicator and vibrates when the diaper requires changing.

Prices start at €35 for a basic model designed to be worn by kids at risk of bed wetting, rising to €520 for 10 of SiempreSecos’ Ignis Professional models, designed for use in care homes.

The startup has taken to crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise funds to get its wearables to market, having invested some €40,000 developing their idea over the past year, as well as raising a €25,000 loan. They’re looking for another €20,000 in crowdfunding for manufacturing and distribution, although it’s a flexible funding campaign so they’ll get any funding they’re able to raise, even if they don’t hit the target.

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Charity Targets 3D Printing’s Plastic Waste Problem With Standards For An Ethical Alternative

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As more 3D printers fire up and start chewing through plastic filament to extrude the objects of your dreams, more and more spools of PVC are going to be required to build our DIY future. And that means more plastic waste. Which, let’s face it, we have more than enough of already.

But perhaps there is a better way. U.K. charity techfortrade reckons there’s room to connect up the growing demand for 3D printing, with the surfeit of waste plastic in developing countries. The core aim: less waste and better jobs – that’s better jobs for humans, as well as more ethical 3D print jobs.

The tech-focused charity has today launched an initiative called The Ethical Filament Foundation which will aim to partner with organisations to encourage the manufacture of “ethically produced” 3D printing filament, made from recycled plastic waste – as an alternative to the standard virgin plastic spools.

The ethical element extends not just to feeding recycled waste plastic back in the 3D printer ecosystem, but to providing income stability for waste pickers in developing countries.

The Foundation is working to develop a standard for this ethical filament that can be used to certify producers, who will be able to license and display its accreditation mark. A draft of the Foundation’s guidelines can be be viewed on its website.

The Foundation notes:

This standard will ensure that social, economic and environmental requirements are met in the production of 3D printer filament. It is also hoped that this will contribute towards a general improvement in wider trading relationships with waste pickers by influencing plastic industry standards. The Ethical Filament Foundation mark will act as a quality guarantee for those companies and individual consumers wishing to purchase recycled filament.

The initiative is a welcome one – that could help instigate a wider shift in 3D printer practices. We’ve seen individual upcycling gizmos before, such as the Filabot, but as 3D printing moves from being the pastime of the maker community to something more mainstream it’s going to need more ambitious efforts to keep its dirty underbelly in check.

“After realising a gap in the market for 3D printer filament made from recycled plastic, we immediately recognised the opportunity this presents to the developing world where plastic waste is in abundance,” said William Hoyle, CEO of techfortrade, in a statement.  ”The 3D printing market is growing exponentially and by making the first move into ethical filament, we hope to raise awareness about the importance of this technology and the benefits it can provide to some of the poorest people in the world. Our first step is to garner support from the 3D printing community.”

The Foundation has been founded by techfortrade in partnership with Dreambox Emergence which provides 3D printing units for community based manufacturing in Guatemala, and Michigan Technological University. Protoprint, which provides waste plastic recycling services in India – detailed in the below video – has signed up as the Foundation’s first licensed organisation.


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HTC’s biggest problem is CEO Peter Chou, say insiders

HTC is still in disarray. After staff departures, a troubled “Facebook phone” launch with the First, and its revenue and profits dwindling, the company has turned to Robert Downey Jr. in a new ad campaign to help boost its brand and prospects. At the center of HTC’s rise and fall is the company’s CEO: Peter Chou. In a profile of Chou, who is now in his 10th year as CEO, Reuters has interviewed a dozen former and current HTC executives to explore his leadership and vision for the company’s turnaround.

Chou is depicted as a quick decision maker with an attention to detail, part of the reasons sources previously told The Verge were a roadblock for the company. Both traits have clearly helped HTC in the smartphone market, allowing it…

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New iPhones, a Facebook security problem, and JJ Abrams’ latest tease: 90 Seconds on The Verge

He arrived not knowing what flavor of frozen refreshment he wanted. Soon he will know. Because what begins at the convenience store shall end there. And what ends there, shall once more begin. This is what happens. Men become thirsty. Men get lost. Men order that strange blue flavor when what they really want is the cola and cherry combination. Men’s taste buds… are reborn.

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John Carmack, Chrome’s password problem, and Daft Punk: 90 Seconds on The Verge

What if you threw a concert for a French electronic duo and nobody came except for a bunch of random celebrity dancers that were much more entertaining than an appearance by said French electronic duo would have been in the first place?

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