Walyou » Featured http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:39:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 MemoryMirror : see the mirror that changes your clothes http://walyou.com/memorymirror-see-the-mirror-that-changes-your-clothes/ http://walyou.com/memorymirror-see-the-mirror-that-changes-your-clothes/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:39:34 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217417

MemoMi have created a mirror unlike any other. The MemoryMirror allows you to see how any particular piece of cloth would look in any other color. Read all about it here!

 

Meet the ultimate gadget for the fashion conscious and say goodbye forever to the “which color would look best?” dilemma. The MemoryMirror is a new gadget that uses Intel’s RealSense technology, and allows users to see 360 degrees of any specific image of what they’re wearing and change the colors of any specific part of the outfit with simply gestures like opening or clenching a fist. Still, if that still sounds complicated, users may want to use a specially designed app for smartphones which can still access the entire range of possibilities in the MemoryMirror.

 

Another feature in the MemoryMirror is a split-screen effect which allows to see two colors of any given garment, and even compare and share with friends via email in image or picture format. This is particularly useful if you need a second opinion or can’t decide.

The MemoryMirror introduces a completely new experience when it comes to buying clothes and trying those out, as you can see how the colors look before even buying them. Whether this is a revolution, or technology that complicates a process that doesn’t need to be so hard, only time will tell.

You can learn more about the MemoryMirror in the official website, and even buy your own if this sounds like a must-have gadget to you.

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Sony introduce their Metal Gear Solid themed Xperia http://walyou.com/sony-introduce-their-metal-gear-solid-themed-xperia/ http://walyou.com/sony-introduce-their-metal-gear-solid-themed-xperia/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:52:53 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217381

Sony introduced their next Xperia phone, the Sony Xperia J1 Compact themed after the Metal Gear Solid video game series, which is coming back in September with Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain.

It’s not very common to see smartphones in the market themed after popular video games. They generally get themes after brands such as Ferrari or Porsche, or popular franchises at the time such as Samsung’s Iron Man themed Galaxy series, but gamers can be happy now as Sony have introduced their Sony Xperia J1 Compact, themed after the upcoming video game Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain. Gamers will be able to buy their Sony smartphone sporting an Outer Haven logo on the back, along with wallpapers, ringtones and an artbook to match, all based on the Metal Gear franchise. The J1 Compact will be the only Xperia model to include all of these items, although the Xperia Z4 tablet and Xperia Z3 Compact will feature themed framed and casing. The Sony Xperia J1 Compact The Phantom Pain edition will be available for preorders on September for $480 USD.

The specs will be no different from the regular edition, so this is more of a treat for fans than its own, unique model. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is one of the most awaited video games of the last few years, and with its conflicted yet imminent launch happening in a couple weeks for now, it has made quite a few headlines. For example, creator Hideo Kojima will be leaving Konami after the release of the game after the company canceled his other project Silent Hills (which had Guillermo del Toro’s collaboration, even) amongst many other news.

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Mystery over: this is Andriod Marshmallow http://walyou.com/mystery-over-this-is-andriod-marshmallow/ http://walyou.com/mystery-over-this-is-andriod-marshmallow/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:39:50 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217371

We’re getting closer to the official release of what is going to be Android Marshmallow. Ever since March rumors started happening about this new iteration, and Google themselves confirmed in may during the Google I/O that the next Android OS would be codenamed “M”, but without any further explanation of what M stood for.

Following the tradition of naming their mobile OS’s with brands or candy names, Google have finally revealed what the M stands for in the new Android M: Marshmallow. This new version, Android 6.0, will be arriving during fall, and will again depend on phone companies if and when they update their current OSs. As of now, Google confirmed all Nexus owners will be able to flash their devices to upgrade to Android 6.0.

Android M brings forth updates that deal with security. Mainly the permissions that apps ask for, which instead of asking for all of them from the get-go, each permission will have to be granted individually whence they are needed, as to prevent malaware from getting control of the phone.

Along with the reveal of the name, Google have revealed the new Android 6.0 SDK with a Marshmallow software preview exclusive for Nexus devices. This update also brings support for Google’s Android Pay mobile app, USB Type-C support and, as always, stability tweaks all over. As opposed to Android 5.0 Lollipop, this new version doesn’t seem a substantial user interface update.

And on some related hardware news, rumors have been going around that Android 6.0 Marshmallow might make its debut on two new devices, one from Huawei and, more interestingly, a Nexus 5 sequel from LG leaked not long ago, one of the most critically acclaimed phones of the last cycle.

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Twitter hires the founder and developer behind Falcon Pro http://walyou.com/twitter-hires-the-founder-and-developer-behind-falcon-pro/ http://walyou.com/twitter-hires-the-founder-and-developer-behind-falcon-pro/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:17:09 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217350

Twitter has hired the founder and developer of Flacon Pro, a popular client acclaimed for its clean, modern design, in order to improve the mobile experience. This app is already famous for adding a lot to the Twitter experience in terms of design and usability, and the network of the blue bird stands to gain a lot from this team up.

Twitter has gone through some rough times trying to get their official mobile apps just right. It’s been so complicated finding the proper balance that it has not been uncommon for them to straight up buy competitors from other clients such as the team behind Tweeetdeck, or hire the main developers behind other apps such as Falcon Pro’s very own Joaquim Vergès. The truth is, Twitter has been fighting tooth and nail to attract users to their official apps so they can retain control over what other users see, such as ads or promoted tweets, but many times they’ve faced indifference, and users straight up ignoring them in favor of other apps developed by third parties instead of their own official app. A great example of this situation was when, in 2011, Twitter bought Tweetdeck for $28.5 million dollars as the client was reaching a quota of 50% of all Twitter users, which helped them retain control. Similarly, they’ve also bought Tweetie some 5 years ago, a popular iOS client in which the current official app for Apple is based off.

In an attempt to please their user base with their official mobile app for Android, as we explained before, Twitter has hired the developer Joaquim Vergès, the man behind Falcon Pro. He himself broke the news to the world, obviously, through his Twitter account, and also confirmed he would be working alongside the group who is tweaking the design and user interface of the official Android app. Regardless, he also asked Falcon Pro users to keep their cool, as he explained he wasn’t going to stop developing this app, and that he would update it with new features and improvements.

Up next, Joaquim’s tweets where he broke the news:

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Japan: the robot hotel is a reality http://walyou.com/japan-the-robot-hotel-is-a-reality/ http://walyou.com/japan-the-robot-hotel-is-a-reality/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:01:36 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217260

Japan has surprised us in the last few days with something new: a robot hotel. Nagasaki now has its Hen-na Hotel (“weird hotel”), staffed almost exclusively with automatons. Read all about it here!

Passengers visiting the robot hotel at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in the Nagasaki prefecture will be welcomed by a very realistic looking ladies, if they speak Japanese… or by a dinosaur if they speak English. Several robots staff this hotel, and will carry luggage to the rooms, control the lockers, clean, and other tasks while the room service is all managed via tablets provided by the hotel itself. The doors to each of the guest’s rooms will use facial recognition and practically the entire building will be using solar energy, a measure taken both to save energy and protect the environment.

Another bit of news is that the prices of the rooms will be changing through time, using a bid system which works in direct relationship to the demand each time of the year. There is a minimum base price of $60 USD per room, and a max of $150 for the triple room which isn’t all that high, all things considered. They have yet to release the prices for the special and luxury rooms, but this is a five star hotel after all so it could be quite higher.

In the future, the hotel will grow to have some 72 rooms, as their website explains, and a future expansion which will add 72 more by March of 2016. There is also a plan to open some 1000 hotels just like this around the world – quite ambitious.

It would seem that the Japanese are ready for this idea to catch on. If this will have results or not, only time will tell, but if you want to travel to Nagasaki and give this place a try. head over to their official website (in English) and make your reservation.

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6 Different Types of Time Travel Movies http://walyou.com/time-travel-movies-categories/ http://walyou.com/time-travel-movies-categories/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217230

I’m a sucker for Time Travel films, even the ones that are poorly done. Of all the Sci-Fi sub-genres, it’s my favorite, and includes the best film of all-time: Back to the future.

But not all time travel films are the same. There are those dealing with alternate timelines. Others tackle different paradoxes, the most famous of them being the grandfather paradox. Others are all about escaping a time loop which is reliving the same day over and over again.

Grandfather Paradox

 

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Maybe the most famous of the cinematic time travel tropes: The time traveler goes back in time and kills his own grandfather. As a result, the time traveler is never born. But, if he were never born, then he would be unable to travel through time and kill his grandfather, which means the traveler would then be born after all — but then, if he were born, he would be able to travel through time and kill his grandfather. In Back to the Future, travelling back to 1955 causes Marty to interfere with his parents’ meeting, and then races to rectify the mistake before he’s erased from existence. But… if he is erased from existence, then he never would have traveled back in time and interfered with his parents’ first meeting, and thus would have been born after all.

Alternate Timeline

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In the film Deja Vu there’s a perfect example of the alternate timeline facet of Time Travel in films. Someone affects the events of the past, creating an alternate timeline where his/hers present never occurred, or has been altered.

Predestination Paradox

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In this paradox, the protagonist travels back in time and starts a chain of events that underpin their own present, which is pretty much a chicken-and-egg scenario, with a loop sequence that doesn’t actually have a beginning. Interstellar is an excellent example of this paradox.

Time Loop

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There are a few different kinds of time loops in film: In films like Edge of Tomorrow, Groundhog Day and Source Code, he same time loop is formed multiple times. The time period repeats over and over again, trapping the protagonist until he does it the “right” way.

In Looper and Frequency, it’s a one-and-done loop. It’s formed and then the timeline continues. In the lesser known Triangle, Timecrimes and The Route V50 there are multiple time loops overlapping each other.

Time Slip

 

The time slip is a little more subtle than the previous methods, as the protagonist or time traveller isn’t aware he has just made the change. Midnight in Paris is a fine example of this trope, as the time travel occurence isn’t explained. Unlike a lot of other films with this “time trick”, the character isn’t stranded in the new “time” he encountered but moves back and forth between “worlds”.

Ontological Paradox

A scenario where, through time travel, a future event is the cause of an earlier (past). The paradox usually involves the creation or transfer of an object, an idea, or information.

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For more on time travel, check out these “actual” cases of time travel, or our ranking of the best films in this category.

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13 Superheroes in Their Dog Version http://walyou.com/superheroes-as-dogs/ http://walyou.com/superheroes-as-dogs/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:39 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217208

Dogs are the best beings on this planet, so wouldn’t Superheroes, specifically Marvel’s, look a lot better as their dog-selves? Josh Lynch makes the magic happen.

Wolverine

Alcoholic mutt.

Spider-Man

Sadly, the Spidey suit can only cover a part of his body.

Iron Man

He’s got a lot of swag.

Hulk

Green makes him look ill.

Cyclops

That’s one awesome looking dog.

Thor

It’s probably hard swinging that hammer with no hands, but at least he’s worthy.

Doctor Strange

Weird, he doesn’t look magical.

Doctor Octopus

It’s easier finding food that way.

Ghost Rider

Dog from hell.

Mister Fantastic

The perfect stretchy kind.

Galactus & the Silver Surfer

It’s difficult being a god.

Silver Surfer

Being a herald seems even more depressing.

M.O.D.O.K

Rock bottom.

For Lynch’s works & website

For more fun with dogs and their relationship with the geeky world, here are a few of and looking super cute in costume.

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Windows 10: everything you need to know http://walyou.com/windows-10-everything-you-need-to-know/ http://walyou.com/windows-10-everything-you-need-to-know/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:40:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217224

Microsoft’s next brainchild is just around the corner and heading up for release this week as a massive update to every Windows 7 and upwards. This plataform promises to work with just any device, and improve user experience – although the last few months have seen a surge in rumors questioning how the many versions work, whether it’s really going to be free, and system requirements. Don’t worry, we’ve got your answers here.

Will it be free?

Windows 10 will be released tomorrow, the 29th of July. From this date onwards, you will have a year to update your device for free, as long as you’re running a Windows 7 or Windows 8 device. After this period, upgrading will have a cost depending on your version.

System requirements

In order to update, it’s important that you are running the latest version of your OS, whether it is Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update. When it comes to the hardware side of things, you will need 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM for the 32 bits version and 2 GB for the 64 bits one; along with 16 GB in your drive for the 32 bits version and 20 GB for 64 bits. Also, you need to have a DirectX 9 compatible video card with WDDM 1.0 and a 1024 X 600 screen.

Windows 10 editions

  • Windows 10 Home: Available for PCs and mobile devices for home. Includes Microsoft Edge and Windows Hello for facial recognition. Suggested price is $119 USD.
  • Windows 10 Pro: A complement for the previous version, it will allow users to connect to other domains and use Windows Update for Business. It’s the equivalent of Windows 8 Pro. Suggested price is $199 USD.
  • Windows 10 Mobile: It will replace Windows Phone, and include optimized tactile versions of Office along with mobile exclusive features.
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: It’s a variant of Windows 10 Mobile, but designed for companies with smartphone & tablets licenses.

Windows Insider program

All Windows users on the Windows Insider program will get access to it even after a year. They will get to try the new betas and builds before anyone else. For everyone else, it will have a cost.

Updating

Keep in mind this is a world-wide update, and probably won’t be available for all users from the get go, as soon as the calendar hits the 29th. Once it’s ready, users will get a notification and will be able to schedule the update date if they wish to update at another time.

If you made the reservation in the previous months, you might have noticed there’s been updates. This is basically Microsoft getting rid of files, setting up the stage to have a clear installation. When it comes to the update itself, it might take 20 minutes in newer computers to an hour on older machines.

In theory, there should be no loss of files with this update, but you should back up all of your important files regardless – because no matter what, that is always a good idea.

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Tagloo, an alternative to Google Photos and Facebook Moments http://walyou.com/tagloo-an-alternative-to-google-photos-and-facebook-moments/ http://walyou.com/tagloo-an-alternative-to-google-photos-and-facebook-moments/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:36:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217175

Tagloo is a Spanish start-up that began its activity in late 2014, and recently released their photography app to become an alternative to Google Photos and Facebook Moments.

The Tagloo team made some of the main features in the app very well known, as its unique tagging system where we can see the many pictures in our cellphone, organized, tagged and filtered in any way we so desire – these aren’t photo albums, but unlimited tags that allow users to organize the pictures in a personalized, non-automatic way. For example, friends, sunsets, travel, or any other tag anyone can think of. Another nice feature is its sharing system, which might be one of the easiest systems ever created whren it comes to usability. With Tagloo, as soon as someone tags someone else, both users will have the picture on their accounts, which they can in turn share in different groups  each. Tagloo is trying to recreate the photo album concept from the point of view that this app is solving its most basic issue: finding specific pictures, no matter the system, can be quite complicated but now we can find and share with an easy system.

The Tagloo team claim that they “don’t fight for space in the cloud. Our service is not meant to just store pictures away, it’s so much more than that”

Tagloo saves the pictures on a private cloud so they don’t affect the smartphone’s memory, and in case the phone either breaks, gets stolen or lost, the pictures are safe thanks to its account system. This app is completely free for the first 3 gigabytes, and can be used with any gadget running on iOS 8, although they have confirmed they are working on bringing this unique app to Android devices all over the world.

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Turing Phone: the revolution begins now http://walyou.com/turing-phone-the-revolution-begins-now/ http://walyou.com/turing-phone-the-revolution-begins-now/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:20:52 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217169

Turing Robotics, the San Francisco based company, has developed a new smartphone to compete in the market, the Turing Phone. The basis of this phone are durability, security and style.

Turing Robotics Industries CEO Chao has gone on record saying “Not everyone wants to drive a Volkswagen”, and that “there’s people out there who prefer an Aston Martin, a Lamborghini, or a Ferrari. Right now, most cellphones are Volkswagens.”. The Turing Phone is a 5.5 inches smartphone running Android 5.1, but with a completely customizable interface that looks like nothing we’ve seen before. With a shape sporting curves, along straight lines and an ample color palette with black contrasts, it looks like a design out of Sci-Fi spaceships or formula 1 cars. They created this design out of a thousand sketches, and ended up creating three different models called Pharaoh, Cardinal and Beowulf respectively. Each one of those has different colors and textures. They use a Snapdragon processor with 16 GB of internal memory, 3 GB RAM, and HD screen capable of 1920×180 resolution. The back camera is 13 megapixels, while the front one sports an above average 8 megapixels. This phone doesn’t have a USB or regular jack for headphones, but uses instead a connector similar to the MagSafe seen in Apple’s MacBooks and other Bluetooth devices.

Chao showed their entirely customized software in screenshots, and seemed pretty confident that it would be a masterwork that vastly improves over the current interface used by Google’s OS. He believes designers will love this smartphone, while at the same time attempts to reach people who are tired of their phones being just a black rectangle.

These phones are made out of Liquidmorphium, a material more solid than aluminum or steel, more efficient to manufacture, and the next trend when it comes to non plastic smartphones. Rumors even suggest the eventual iPhone 7 will be made out of it. The phone also has an emphasis in security thanks to its encryption system at the core of the device, with a “Turing coin” inside it (a cryptocurrency) which could revitalize your cellphone from the moment you buy it. All of this can only be activated via a fingerprint scanner on the phone’s side.

These cellphones are waterproof, but interestingly not sealed: water may go inside them, but just won’t damage it. This cellphone will be available for preorder the 31st of July at $610 USD for its basic 16 GB model, and will be ready to be used with any company.

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