Author: Alfredo Dizon

Hyperkin SmartBoy: Turn your Android into an Old School GameBoy

What’s old is new again. Many companies are bringing retro video games back in style with all sorts of throwback products. One of these peculiar devices is the SmartBoy, an accessory for Android phones that basically turns your phone into an old school Game Boy that even works with old Game Boy cartridges. From Hyperkin, maker of many modern, unofficial versions of retro game products, the SmartBoy was originally unveiled as an April Fool’s joke in 2015. The joke was a test to see whether such a device would be popular. Following the immensely positive reception, Hyperkin turned it...

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Adobe will end Flash support in 2020

 The writing has been on the wall for some time now, but in three years, Flash will finally be dead. Last week, Adobe announced that they will be ending support for Flash at the end of 2020. The company cited declining usage as one of the reasons for bidding good bye to what will become an infamous legacy multimedia web platform. According to Google, only 17 percent of Chrome users today visit a website with Flash daily compared to the 80 percent in 2014. Of course, there’s a multitude of other reasons why usage of Flash has declined so...

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The Petcube Bites interactive camera lets you treat your pet remotely from a smartphone 

Pet monitors are a must if you need to be away from your furry babies for an extended amount of time. Nowadays we have smart monitors that can give us a 24/7 live feed of what’s going on in our homes. You can keep an eye on your adorable dog, be aware of any intruders in the house, or just make sure the UPS guy is actually delivering your packages like he says he is. Now with the Petcube Bites camera, you can use your smartphone to remotely deliver a treat to your puppy for good behavior, and I...

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“Third Thumb” challenges the idea of traditional prosthetics

Here’s a fancy new wearable that’s way cooler than a smart watch or a fitness tracker. We usually think of prosthetics as artificial body parts used to replace the loss of limbs. Grad student Dani Clode of London’s Royal College of Art wants to challenge that idea. Prosthetics could not only be used for fixing disability, but also enhancing ability. In addition to replacing lost appendages, we could be adding them as well! Clode has created a prototype “Third Thumb” to enhance normal hand control. In a video demonstration, you can see the Third Thumb being used to play...

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Netflix experimenting with interactive children’s programming

The concept of “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories have been around for ages and in many forms. In books, it was always, “Turn to page 32” to run from the monster, and in those 90s FMV CD-ROM games, it was click on a button to direct whatever B-celebrity the studio had to do some insane stunt on a bad green screen. Today we have high-profile adventure games like Life is Strange and The Walking Dead that touts the idea of “choices matter” to affect the story. Now Netflix wants to bring the “Choose Your Own Adventure” to your streaming...

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