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Dyson Airblade Hand Dryers

You know those fancy Dyson Airblade hand dryers that looks cool, well apparently they might not be as great as were once thought. According to a new research paper published by the Journal of Applied Microbiology, these Airblade hand dryers are capable of spreading viruses up to 3 meters across a bathroom and spread germs up to 1,300 times more than paper towels. I'm sure Dyson won't agree with this study (even though it hasn't been the first study to find hand dryers to not be as good as once thought). I guess this is one of those technologies that might turn out to not be as great as everyone had hoped. The Telegraph has the full story.

Dyson Airblade hand-driers spread 60 times more germs than standard air dryers, and 1,300 times more than standard paper towels, according to research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

University of Westminster researchers carrying out the research dipped their hands into water containing a harmless virus. They then dried their hands with either a Dyson Airblade, a standard hot-air dryer, or a paper towel.

WTU Episode #353 - Who's Going to Buy a $400 Kindle?

We have just posted up Episode #353 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the latest, greatest Kindle, BlackBerry’s next move and Yahoo is still for sale.Check out those and lots more tech stories at the link below.


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Nintendo's Miitomo is Huge

A few weeks back, Nintendo released an application called Miitomo that allows you to create, customize and play little games with your Mii. This app is live for Android and iOS platforms and it is doing very well. Last week, Miitomo had over 2.6 million downloads and with the in-app purchases, it is now making about $40,000 / day. That's right, it made $280,000 last week and the number is growing. The biggest question is, will users keep using it and will they stay connected. Time will give us the answer.

So, what is the game like? My experience felt more like a social experiment or interaction, similar to Glu’s Kim Kardashian, Zynga’s The Ville, or EA’s Sims. There is a lot of commentary and debate on whether the app is even a game or just a gamified social experience. But let’s leave the debate on definitions and gameplay aside, to focus on a more important question: given all the hype, how is the game doing?

Source: SurveyMonkey

Microsoft to add QR Codes to BSODs

Microsoft is getting pretty savvy with their BSOD crash reports. In an upcoming Windows 10 update, you'll be presented with a QR Code on the crash page. This allows you to use your mobile device to scan the code and then be able to look up online just what is going on and why your system crashed. Of course, Microsoft could actually just explain that on the crash screen. I guess they missed the obvious on that one.

Apparently the frowny emoji wasn't fully conveying the information that users required. So rather than spitting out a code like "BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO" or "KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR" the dreaded Blue Screen of Death will instead display a scannable code that links to an explainer page. Presumably, the user would use a secondary mobile device to scan that code and receive more streamlined support from customer service.

Source: Engadget

HTC is Back for Real This Time?

HTC is the company that I want to love. They have remarkably designed products but have had lackluster specifications and performance over the last couple of devices. They are hoping to turn things around with the "10" flagship device. It's a good looking product that celebrates their 10th anniversary in the smartphone business. It's spec'd pretty high and if the battery life is decent, it will be a choice for many users that want lots of storage. That's right, it supports a 2TB MicroSD card.

HTC made a big show of the fact that the 10 is more than just a collection of nice specs and decent materials. The company emphasized some of the device’s capabilities including a big focus on the audio chops of the handset. According to HTC, the 10 features “the world’s first stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording, capturing 256 times more detail than standard recordings, across twice the frequency range”.

Source: Neowin

Good Guys Win One

A particular bit of nasty ransomware has been cracked by the good guys and systems can now be liberated without paying through the nose for access to your own data. The Petya ransomware was laid wide open and there is a fix that allows you to unlock your infected computer. This is great news and hopefully will help stifle one of the latest attacks on honest users.

An unidentified programmer has produced a tool that exploits shortfalls in the way the malware encrypts a file that allows Windows to start up. In notes put on code-sharing site Github, he said he had produced the key generator to help his father-in-law unlock his Petya-encrypted computer. The malware, which started circulating in large numbers in March, demands a ransom of 0.9 bitcoins (£265).

Source: BBC

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I really hope this is real.


Kindle Oasis Leaks and is not Waterproof

Last week we heard from Jeff himself that a new Kindle was coming this week and it has been leaked a bit early. It's called the "Oasis" and it's a top-of-the-line e-Reader. What makes it top of the line? Really long battery life thanks to the case that contains a battery as well. It's super thin, and has a better light than it's predecessor. Although it speaks as to moisture, it's not waterproof. Not at all.

It's not clear why the new Kindle Oasis will be designed in such a way, although with the top part being so thin, it's clear that the bottom part is most likely packed with battery. One theory as to why Amazon decided to make it so lopsided could be that since the orientation can shift, holding it with the thick side up would be better for one-handed use, and with the thick side facing down, it might be easier to stand the device up on a flat surface.

Source: Neowin

Voice Access Comes to Android

Google is working hard to make their devices appeal to people who have trouble using technology. This is perhaps due to disabilities or other challenges and Google has several ways that they are tackling this. Their latest effort is called Voice Access and it's currently in Beta form. This allows a user to speak to their device and have it do many other things that have never been possible before. Voice Access allows you to perform functions such as scrolling, opening a browser nad much, much more.

We recently launched Voice Access Beta, an app that allows people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons to control their Android devices by voice. For example, you can say “open Chrome” or “go home” to navigate around the phone, or interact with the screen by saying “click next” or “scroll down.”

Source: GoogleBlog

Ford Drives Autonomous in the Dark

When it comes right down to it, driving autonomously in the dark shouldn't make any difference as the sensors (LiDAR) see in the dark anyway. Still, it would be a bit surreal to see that your car can navigate roads, turns and more with no lights on at all. Check out what Ford pulled off in Arizona.

Driving in pitch black at Ford Arizona Proving Ground marks the next step on the company’s journey to delivering fully autonomous vehicles to customers around the globe. It’s an important development in that it shows that even without cameras, which rely on light, Ford’s LiDAR – working with the car’s virtual driver software – is robust enough to steer flawlessly around winding roads.

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