Walyou » Technology http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:42:15 +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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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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Facebook’s drones bring Internet to the world http://walyou.com/facebooks-drones-bring-internet-to-the-world/ http://walyou.com/facebooks-drones-bring-internet-to-the-world/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:35:25 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217314

Facebook has announced they’ve finished building the first out of a series of drones which will act as Internet relays for the most remote areas of the world. Read all about it here!

The newest Facebook drone, which has the same size as a Boeing 737, will operate at 27.000 meters of the ground, and can stay in the air for some 90 days at a time. Facebook claims their newest drones could offer internet at a speed of 10 gigabits per second, and that they might be tested in American soil before the end of the year. These were designed in the UK by Facebook’s own aerospace division, according to Jay Parikh, one of the higher ups of the company when it comes to engineering and infrastructre.

Our mission is to connect everybody in the world.This is going to be a great opportunity for us to motivate the industry to move faster on this technology”, explained Parikh. He also explained that the team is looking for many other alternatives to these challenge, including satellites, and ground solutions, as their intention is not to build networks and operate them themselves, but to advance these technologies to the point where they become viable for their partners and all operators around the world.

Another Facebook initiative from their project at internet.org is a laser which can shoot data at a speed of tens of gigabytes per second to a point as small as a coin, some 16 kilometers away, which is some 10 times more efficient than the last few achievements with similar technology.

“”Not long ago we started trying out this technology in natural conditions, and by the time we were done, our communication systems via laser could be user to connect our drones to each other and the ground, creating a stratospheric network that could reach even the most remote regions of the planet.”

Despite this, Facebook’s expansion outside of its usual market has made internet providers suspicious, as they claim projects like these are an unfair advantage, but also that the tests done in certain locations would limit the access to certain webs and collected user data without authorization as well.

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Gaia Multitool Displays 3D Printing’s Practicality http://walyou.com/gaia-multitool-3d-printer-kickstarter/ http://walyou.com/gaia-multitool-3d-printer-kickstarter/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:22:50 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217311

The trick to creating a commercially successful 3D printer is to eliminate any restrictions regarding the size of the 3D printed objects. Gaia Multitool does away with such limitations.

Gaia Multitool is actually a range of three differently sized 3D printers that accommodate different needs and purposes. The diversification is not only generated by the size of the devices, but also by the materials they can work with.

Here is how Tytan 3D, the manufacturer of the Gaia Multitool, described their product:

“GAIA Multitool gives you complete freedom to create items using almost every possible manufacturing technique. It uses 10 interchangeable toolheads, which turn the machine into several different devices. GAIA Multitool uses delta kinematics and is made from high quality components used in professional industrial machines. It also uses 32-bit electronics based on Smoothieware as well as drivers dedicated for CNC milling machines.

GAIA Multitool is a one of a kind multifunctional device that combines the capabilities of a 3D printer, CNC router, laser engraver, and a number of other tools, giving the user complete freedom to create exciting projects. But what makes GAIA Multitool truly special is its ability to 3D print models from clay, porcelain and many other 100% natural materials that users can prepare themselves!

Each version is ideal for a different type of user depending on their needs and expectations. The Standard version is capable of utilizing all 10 of the various toolheads and has a large enough working area to satisfy the requirements of most typical projects. For larger projects, there is a larger version of the machine – MAXX is one of the biggest 3D printers on the market, with a maximum printing height of 175 cm. And yes, that means you’ll be able to 3D print objects 1 meter high out of ceramics!”

Gaia Multitool is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. To make the jump from a concept to a marketable product, Tytan 3D needs to raise $50,000, which sounds like a very small sum for such an impressive and complex product. The smallest of the printers can be secured by early birds for $1,500, and assuming that the project is successful, the products will be shipped in June or September 2016, depending on the status of the backers.

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San Francisco: New paint makes pee bounce off of walls http://walyou.com/san-francisco-new-paint-makes-pee-bounce-off-of-walls/ http://walyou.com/san-francisco-new-paint-makes-pee-bounce-off-of-walls/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:07:50 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217296

San Francisco has become the testing ground for a special type of paint that makes pee bounce off of walls. If you feel like going, better look for a tree instead.

The San Francisco city has announced that they will be trying out a new special type of paint in the city, one that repels urine in the walls of the city where this shameful activity seems to be kind of popular. The system behind this paint is pretty simple: once the pee-er starts urinating, the liquid might bounce on his pants or shoes instead of staying on the wall.

This paint is not original from San Francisco. It’s very used in Germany, in areas with bars and pubs, and has gotten very good results in stopping people from this nasty habit. Community groun IG St Pauli from Hamburg have decided to use this paint to deal with problems in a neighborhood visited by more than 20 million tourists each year.

“The paint, called Ultra-Every Dry, creates an air barrier in front of the surface which repels almost any liquid”, said the creators in an interview with the BBC.

This special paint is being used now in San Francisco, and many walls around bars and pubs, in neighborhoods with many homeless people, where this type of conduct is more likely to happen. Also, signales in many languages have been added which read: “hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place”.

“The idea is that they will think twice next time about urinating in public”, said Rachel Gordon in representation of the city. “We have gotten many, many phonecalls where citizens asked us to apply this pain on their alleys or buildings”. The city of San Francisco has also said that applying this paint is also cheaper than assigning a cleaning team specifically to these areas.

Pee in public spaces is a big concern for San Francisco and its citizens, where fines for peein outside of bathrooms can go from $50 USD to $100 USD.

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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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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.


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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Check the International Space Station from the inside http://walyou.com/check-the-international-space-station-from-the-inside/ http://walyou.com/check-the-international-space-station-from-the-inside/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:31:10 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217188

The ESA (European Space Agency) has made possible to virtually take a stroll on the International Space Station (ISS). This is somewhat like a Google Maps service inside the spaceship.

The ESA came up with a simple yet really cool concept: to let users virtually walk around, using the zoom, turning around and exploring every inch of the ISS, just as if the people on the other side of their computers were on the space station themselves.

Recently, Samantha Cristoforetti broke the female record of permanence in space with some 199 outside our planet, and before coming back to Earth performed a mission where she had to take 15 images of each one of the modules of the International Space Station.  After some time in processing, they created a virtual model of the ISS in 360º degrees, which users can check out from the ESA‘s official website.

The only part we won’t be able to visit is the sector that corresponds to the Russian modules, which will be added this year – so no conspiracy theories, there.

This experience isn’t only about checking out the space station, but also having a certain degree of interaction. Depending on where users place their cursos, they will be able to check out videos and text that explain what is going on on screen, as if it was a new version of the old Encarta encyclopedia.

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Facebook Urges You to Upload Videos Straight to It http://walyou.com/facebook-video-upload/ http://walyou.com/facebook-video-upload/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:27:56 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=217186

While sharing YouTube videos on the social network will remain an option for a long time to come, Facebook would rather you uploaded your videos straight to their website.

Rumors about Facebook launching its own video streaming service have been floating around for a month now, so encouraging people to upload straight to the social network instead of linking to other websites seems to all be part of the plan.

The Next Web noticed the above message when linking to a YouTube video on their Facebook page. All in all, this is an attempt to drive more traffic to the social network, under the pretext that native videos are more attractive to customers.

I said customers and not friends because the “Boost Post” button from the image makes it clear that this feature is meant for businesses, at least for the time being. Should Facebook make this available to individuals, all sorts of problems could arise from the fact that some people would start uploading copyrighted viral content in order to make their page more popular. Facebook cannot detect stolen videos automatically, but according to an e-mail sent by a spokesperson to The Next Web, here’s how the company will handle copyright infringement:

“For years we’ve used the Audible Magic system to help prevent unauthorized video content. We also have reporting tools in place to allow content owners to report potential copyright infringement, and upon receiving a valid notice we remove unauthorized content. We also suspend accounts of people with repeated IP violations when appropriate.

As video continues to grow on Facebook, we’re actively exploring further solutions to help IP owners identify and manage potential infringing content, tailored for our unique platform and ecosystem.

This is a significant technical challenge to solve, but we have a team working on it and expect to have more to share this summer. As with all products and experiences on Facebook, we’re listening to feedback, and want to continue to improve our content management tools for people and publishers.”

The second motivation is that the success of Facebook videos are easier to track in Page Insights. There’s no denying about that, but I’d say that this move could’ve been done more tactfully. This way, it just looks like the social network is trying to manipulate businesses so that it makes more and more money.

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