Category Archives: Tech

BMW buys parking app Parkmobile to in tackling urban traffic woes

Between the rise of hybrid, electric and self-driving autonomous vehicles (among other automobile advancements), automakers around the world are seeing the next great frontier in the driving experience, which includes FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT! It appears that the German car-maker BMW was thinking the same thing, as they have gone from being a minority stakeholder in Parkmobile — described as the largest mobile parking services provider in North America with a footprint over 1 million+ parking spaces — back in 2004 to going all-in by outright buying the app completely. It looks like BMW isn’t just content on profiting from car sales; they was to solve issues with, again, FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT!

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At #CES2018, ‘Retron’-maker Hyperkin showed off its Game Boy Clone System

With the influx of cloned retro systems (standard-sized and micro-sized), this has become a great way to experience — for the first time ever or in a while — older games on newer hardware.  Via a report from Gizmodo, Hyperkin, the makers of the Retron 5, unveiled their clone system to the popular Nintendo Game Boy, temporarily called the “Ultra Game Boy”; that will DEFINITELY be renamed for trademark and copyright reasons (because DUH). However, that codename is a great description of Hyperkin’s hardware, which aims to improve on Nintendo’s original Game Boy in many ways that won’t impede on the system’s classic gameplay. In yet, they DID release their take on the original Xbox’s “Duke” controller because REASONS…
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Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift

A robot travels automatically inside Nagoya University Hospital carrying a load of drugs and test samples. (Ayako Tsukidate)

Nagoya, Japan once had a whole museum dedicated to robotics, so it comes to no surprise (at leas to us here at The PractitioNERD) that a local hospital will add robots developed by Toyota Industries — a subsidiary of the automaker that produces auto parts and electronics — to its medical staff. While these bots won’t be conducting surgeries (yet, anyway), come this February, four robots will be deployed at Nagoya University Hospital will transport medicine and test samples from floor-to-floor for a one-year trial period during its 5PM to 8AM night shift. Should the trial succeed in assisting the staff during times when fewer people are walking the floors, the hospital may elect to deploy more units. Continue reading Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift

NBC is, AGAIN, Trying to Adapt UK Tech Support Sitcom ‘The IT Crowd’…

I suppose that the old adage is true: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again; some things, however, should just be left alone as God’s way of saying “this is not to be.” For the — say it with me now — THIRD TIME, NBC will be adapting the hit UK Channel 4 show, The IT Crowd. If you think this sounds familiar, it’s because in 2007 NBC (after their success with another BBC hit, The Office) made a pilot staring Joel McHale, Richard Ayoade (from the original show) and Jessica St. Clair, and tried again in 2014 (which went nowhere). I suppose this also proves that even adapting one project into a new project can involve some “turning it off and on again;” Lord knows how many IT tickets I’ve personally encountered when THAT was the solution… Continue reading NBC is, AGAIN, Trying to Adapt UK Tech Support Sitcom ‘The IT Crowd’…

Introducing ‘Unico,’ the 3-Second Smartbrush Mouthpiece

The common rule-of-thumb is that it should take roughly 2 minutes to properly brush one’s teeth, which pertains to using some elbow grease with a manual toothbrush to the convenience of electric toothbrushes. Now, the Unico, a “smartbrush mouthpiece” as its creators call it, claims that it will clean your teeth in only three seconds. Yes, THREE SECONDS; that’s 2.5% of the old rule-of-thumb’s time!! This sounds like it’s straight out of science fiction!!

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After 20 Years of Service, CompuServe Forums set to Close…

Raise your hands if you remember CompuServe, either by name recognition, being a prior user of thier online services (I recall using them, AOL and Prodigy), or the forums. Incoming history lesson: CompuServe lauched its online services in the early 1980s, becoming the first major commercial online service provider in the United States and one of the true old-guard entities of the early days of the internet. Nowadays, especially in the last decade, that same collective of companies — howdy AOL and Yahoo — have been trimming down services once heavily promoted (don’t forget to pour some out for AOL Instant Messenger). In the case of CompuServe’s discussion boards and forums, that service will fade into the ether by December 15th. Continue reading After 20 Years of Service, CompuServe Forums set to Close…

Google’s Take on Apple’s AirDrop for Android, ‘Files Go,’ is Currently in Beta

Google brand new upcoming app, Files Go, works similar to Apple’s AirDrop, as it will allow users to manage, clean up, and share files to nearby Android-based devices via Bluetooth. Files Go — what will likely be a less-than 10MB download, according to the closed beta — has a file-transfer feature doesn’t appear to operate EXACTLY how AirDrop works, as both people need to have the Files Go app open, while AirDrop lets you send files from any app to any nearby contact, regardless over the recipient having a similar app.

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Digital Trend’s List of the Nine Tech Projects That Changed The World!

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It goes without saying that both technology and the people who develop it have made great advances more many years.  While the plenitude of  smaller, incremental advances that change our lives in various minor ways (i.e., device and software updates, etc.), there exist at least a few giant projects that essentially transformed our world. From providing a means for humans to travel in space, feats of modern engineering and architecture, and answering questions about our existence, below are three of my personal highlights from Digital Trend’s list of nine of the most important technology-related projects ever. Continue reading Digital Trend’s List of the Nine Tech Projects That Changed The World!

So, A Fidget Spinner Mobile Phone Exists. We Have Entered the End Times…

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Well, of course THIS is a THING. It turns out that Hong Kong-based Chilli International’s fidget spinner phone has been around for a while. Last week, the device popped-up over on Reddit, but back in September, PhoneRadar released a hands-on video with the device.  The mobile phone comes in six different colors, includes a tiny 1.4-inch screen, includeds a web browser and Bluetooth connectivity, but only comes with 32MB (yes, MEGABYTES) of on-board storage (that’s expandable to 8GB with an SD card). This very is very simple and basic, similar to the feature phones that existed before smartphone took the reigns. The fidget phone is currently priced at $20, and while it’s only sold in India, you can find other versions of it on Amazon. Continue reading So, A Fidget Spinner Mobile Phone Exists. We Have Entered the End Times…

Watch the Google Pixel 2 Event HERE! (Annnnd, It’s Over!)

We’re an hour away from Google’s big hardware event, where the big “G” is expected to announce new devices, including new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, a new Chromebook, a smaller variant of Google Home, a new Daydream headset, and maybe a few more surprises.

Starting Times:
San Francisco: 9AM / New York: 12PM / London: 5PM / Berlin: 6PM / Moscow: 7PM / New Delhi: 9:30PM / Beijing: 12AM (October 5th) / Tokyo: 1AM (October 5th) / Sydney: 3AM (October 5th)