Has last month has been very confusing? Before, you always dreaded Mondays, but now, you just can’t wait for it? I hope your chair has an airbag on it – we’re about to go on a wild ride.
Get Paid to Use Your Phone! Wait, What?
Locket, a new app for Android devices, will pay you to use your phone. It turns your lock screen into a full-screen advertisement. Each time you unlock your phone, you get paid! But don’t quit your job quite yet – each time you unlock your phone you earn a mere one cent, and you can only get a maximum of three cents each hour. So, if you unlock your phone three times each hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, you could earn up to $262.80, which… isn’t a fortune, I know, but if you were going to talk, text, and tweet anyway, why not get paid for it?
Source: Design & Trend
“Pew Pew Pew, Take a Picture.”
The Google Glass team discussed for a while as to what the voice command should be to trigger the Glass. As you probably now know, they settled on “OK Glass,” so an example command would be, “OK Glass, make a call to _____.” However, this decision was not easy. Some ideas that were thrown into the pool of possibilities were “Go Go Glass,” “Glassicus,” and “Pew Pew Pew.”
Source: Tom’s Hardware
Resurrected from the Yahoo E-mail Graveyard
Since last Monday, Yahoo has let people place claims on inactive email addresses. A large number of old e-mail IDs are being deactivated and recycled. Yahoo is hoping that people will take this opportunity to explore all of the new features that have been released since Marissa Mayer became the company’s CEO last year. Yahoo says they have taken many steps to minimize security threats.
Source: Fox News
LA to NY in 45 Minutes?
This is no joke. CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, is looking to revolutionize transportation again. Place a train on a magnetic levitation system inside a massive vacuum tube and there will be no friction, wind resistance, or chance of collisions. This means traveling at mind-bogglingly high speeds – up to 4,000 mph for international trips. This idea is not new – it has been floating around for a century already – but it may become a reality soon.
Looking for Renewable Energy? Urine Luck!
British Researchers have recently harnessed enough power from urine to charge a phone with enough juice to send texts, surf the Internet, and even make a brief phone call. They grew bacteria on carbon fiber anodes, which build up electrical charge when placed in contact with urine. This charge can then be stored in a capacitor. Instead of relying on the unpredictable behavior of wind and solar energy, we can always count on having urine.
Source: Discovery News
If you don’t want to spend more than $1,000, you probably won’t be able to get ahold of a pair of Google Glass. But if you have a real craving for augmented reality, GlassUp can provide a more bare-bones functionality for a fraction of the cost. GlassUp, also a smartphone-connected eyewear that displays tweets, Facebook updates, e-mails, and other data, was in development two years ago, before Google Glass was even introduced. The biggest difference is that GlassUp is a “receive only” device; you cannot take pictures or give voice input. GlassUp, unlike Google Glass, displays information in the center of the field of vision, which reduces strain on the wearer’s vision and has a longer battery life – up to 8 hours of normal usage.