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Researchers claim finding love online is all to do with your name

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 5:51 am

Research results have recently been published by scientists from the Queen Mary University of London, claiming that the earlier the first letter of your first name starts in the alphabet - the more likely you are to find love online.

 

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This study claims that if your first name starts with any letter between A and M, you're in luck. This information has been published in the Evidence Based Medicine journal and made aware to us by News.com.au.

 

"A always comes first. People are drawn to those at the top of any listing," claims professor Khalid Khan, further adding "applied to online dating this means that those at the top of the listing get first bite of the attention from potential love-interests and so have a higher chance of being matched." Still not convinced? Khan also mentioned that "the findings are not limited to dating. Amazon and Apple, successful companies, begin with A."

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Australian cable company Foxtel sees customers surge with price drop

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 11:28 am

Thanks to the poor-quality internet provided within the island country of Australia - cable television is most certainly still a viable and very common service seen in many households. Foxtel have cheapened their plan pricing recently, seeing their 12-month contracts start at price of $25 AU per month.

 

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Their basic package options include a multitude of pay-TV channels like Lifestyle, Fox8, MTV, BBC UKTV, Arena, Sky News and Sky News Business, with further channels like Entertainment Plus, Sport and HD offerings adding between $10-$20 AU onto the monthly bill. We've been told by Gizmodo that Foxtel's premium services will still set you back a whopping $130 AU per month - further discovering that this surge in customers is due to their adjusted entry-level prices.

 

mUmbrella has just released figures showing that Foxtel has added a whopping 118,000 subscribers to their list since these changes have been made - providing them for a 2.9 percent growth in subscription revenue year-on-year.

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Facebook letting users assign an heir to your account after you die

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 12:48 am

Facebook have struggled for years with what happens to your digital life once your mortal body passes, but creepy as it may be, the company has finally agreed to make changes to accounts to assign a "legacy contact" to manage your account on your behalf. This contact can write posts on your profile page, change your profile picture and even add new friend requests on your memoralised account.

 

 

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Facebook are currently rolling the feature out worldwide and although my Australian account has yet to receive the option, go to go to Facebook 'Settings', 'Security' and then 'Legacy Contact' to see if your account has been granted the afterlife option.

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Dutch engineering student develops a flying ambulance drone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 11:28 am

With the ability to fly up to 61 mph, track emergency calls using a GPS for navigation and reach a patient within 12 square km in under 60 seconds - this drone is set to greatly increase cardiac-related survival rates for members of the public.

 

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Once the drone arrives at the scene, an operator can observe, speak with and instruct any willing helper how to operate the devices located on-board. Still not impressive enough? As according to their official Facebook page, a 125 mph model is currently being worked on, achieved through more power and decreased drag.

 

Complete with the on-board camera, GPS capabilities and speaker system, this drone is set to carry a defibrillator, allowing passers-by to attempt a heart restart of any cardiac victim that may need this drones life-saving service.

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100 years ago today - the first transcontinental phone call was made

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:24 pm

Already almost a thing of the past, we often take for granted the option of landline telephones in this day and age - with mobiles taking over in massive fashion.

 

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On January the 25th, 1915, a call was made from New York to San Francisco - marking a massive advancement in technology and something to keep in the history books for years to come. This task was completed by Alexander Graham Bell, who made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson.

 

This technology was made functional thanks to a single copper circuit, spanning 6,800 miles and allowing one phone call to be made at a time - this advancement was likened to that of man landing on the moon, as according to Anthea Hartig, the executive director of the California Historical Society.

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Get in before Nintendo strikes - unlicensed Game Boy mug for $12.32

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 25, 2015 1:33 pm

With five different preset prints available, TheMugEmporium are selling off unlicensed Pokemon mugs for only $15.31 CAD ($12.32) right now.

 

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All three of the original starting Pokemon are on offer, along with a Red or Blue title screen - with 'Gameboy Tint' or straight up white also being available.

 

You can even get your own specialized text written on the other side of the mug for an extra $2, allowing you to always remind Professor Oak what your name is, without stating it over and over again.

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As online sales ramp up, check out this great postage box redesign

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 25, 2015 11:26 am

ChenChen Hu has designed a fancy new shipping box designed to cut the messy tape piles and box-cutter injuries, replacing them with a fancy fold-over design box that contains a dented corner, housing a tab to open up the world of surprises located within.

 

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The Corner Pack has been designed as a solution to annoying packages that are wrapped in seemingly-endless amounts of sticky tape - or those eBay orders that come with a simple 2-inch long strip of tape that couldn't hold down an ant. The only small drawback to this development is the slight loss of space thanks to the 'dented' edge, however this design aspect has a purpose.

 

Thanks to it storing the opening flap out of the way, the box is unlikely to open when stacked with other objects or brushed past by the postman or courier. Meaning that your contents are safely stored inside without any need for sticky tape whatsoever.

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This multi-tool Leatherman bracelet is an IT-workers dream

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 23, 2015 8:32 am

Often very under-appreciated, the Leatherman is an absolute life-saver if you're a worker in IT and sometimes need to pull apart desktop systems, clean laptops or complete general computer repairs and servicing. Much easier than carrying around various screwdrivers and small scissors in your pocket, a Leatherman is an often-overlooked life saver.

 

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The Leatherman Tread fits 25 different tooling options into the one bracelet - providing users with Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers, a cutting hook, a bottle opener and more. Set for release around the end of Q1 2015, this product will set you back about $150 from retail stores for the silver metal edition, or $200 for the black-issue.

 

Expensive, yes - but do you know how long a Leatherman will last? If you're not happy with wearing this on your wrist for day to day activities, there's no harm storing it in your pocket - however you might see it getting snagged on things.

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Solar power flexes some muscle - Global plane journey plans released

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:11 am

The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that is set to travel across the globe, using a healthy dose of vitamin D as its only power source. Last year the plans were revealed by the team behind this massive project, set to travel the whole distance without refueling.

 

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The route of travel has now been revealed, set for kick-off in March 2015. Starting in Abu Dhabi, this aircraft will transgress the globe, stopping first in Asia, followed by America, southern Europe and Northern Africa. These pit-stops are described as refueling breaks for the staff and crew on board, not actually for the plane itself.

 

Coming in at 4850 lbs and with a 236 ft wingspan, this aircraft is a beauty to witness. Powered by 17,000 solar panels which charge a 2072 lb lithium battery, this plane will soar through the sky at an average cruising speed of 88 mph.

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Almost a mini-Segway, check out the Onewheel

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:06 pm

Said to be current technologies' answer to the hover board, Onewheel is some sort of Segway, skateboard and hover board mix. Propelled by a brushless hub motor utilizing only one moving part, simply lean forward to start your journey - no kicking needed.

 

 

What's even cooler is the ability to go off-road - thanks to the larger sized, air-filled tire, the Onewheel can handle all types of terrain for whatever adventures you have in mind.

 

Complete with lithium iron phosphate batteries for extended ride-times and an 'ultra charger' that claims to fill them from empty to 100% in "well under an hour" (later confirmed as 20 minutes), this project is also completely self-balancing - much like a Segway. Now you can see how we came to our explanation above: Self-propelling and balancing like a Segway, board and stance similar to a skateboard and the versatility of a hover board.

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