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Feed Your Pet From Your iPhone: Pintofeed™ Intelligent Pet Feeder™

With Wi-Fi devices we can watch our pets from afar, we can call them and tell them to come home, and we can even play with them from a distance.  Starting this November, we'll be able to feed them from wherever we are with Pintofeed, The Intelligent Pet Feeder.  Our pets can now have virtual owners....

Review: RavPower Dynamo On-The-Go Power Bank

Our mobile devices are our lifelines; when they die, we feel it. Keeping them charged (and operational) is thus a huge priority. Unfortunately, this isn't always possible - one doesn't always have access to an outlet.

Ravpower's got a solution to that problem - the Dynamo-On-The-Go Power Bank.

Billionaire Paul Allen Founds The Allen Institute Of Artificial Intelligence

Paul Allen - "The Idea Man" - has some lofty ideas brewing. The Microsoft co-founder's latest venture is an institute which he hopes will expand the frontiers of artificial intelligence; this will also help him to explore his own fascination with the human mind.

A worthy cause, if ever I heard one.

How Smart is AI, Really?

Artificial Intelligence has made some downright incredible leaps and bounds over the past few years. It's actually a little difficult to believe that only a few decades ago, the notion of a human-like, intelligent robot seemed wholly the realm of science fiction. Is that still the case?

Just how intelligent IS AI, really? 

Could Valve's Steam OS be Just What The Console Industry Needs?

For those of you who've been living under a rock, Valve this week announced the Steam Machine - a video game console which runs entirely on the new Steam OS. That's not even the most interesting part, either - the OS is free.

Folks, this might be just what the console industry needs.

Dyson Engineers Make Flying Objects In Their Spare Time

Dyson Inc., which specializes in machines that inhale and exhale, like vacuum cleaners and fans, prides itself on the number of attempts its engineers make to get to perfect.  On average, it's around 5000 prototypes to one finished product.  I don't know how many prototypes went into each of the flying machines created by the Dyson engineers for this year's Challenge Dyson, but they sure came up with some strange-looking ones - all made from Dyson product parts.

Take VR Gaming To The Next Level With The Sixense STEM

Sixense - the same folks responsible for the development of the Razer Hydra - earlier this month announced a new VR sensor system that, quite frankly, makes the Hydra look a little bit old-fashioned. It's called the Sixense STEM, and it allows you to take full-body control of your video game.

Researchers Have Figured Out How To Power Your Cell Phone With...Pee?

The next time you go to the bathroom, you might end up charging your phone in the process. Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of West England have discovered a means of powering up a cell phone using a stream of urine; a technology known as "microbial fuel cells."

Gaming, LoTR and New Media: Interview With Professor Jay Clayton

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Clayton - the man behind "Online Games: New Media, Literature, and Narrative; a course taught primarily through Lord of The Rings Online - to talk about his thoughts on video games, literature, and the future of narrative fiction.

Looking For A Link Between Video Games And Violence Distracts Us From Real Issues

In light of the media frenzy kicked up by GTAV, the topic of video games and their link to violence seems worth a revisit. To be frank: video games do not cause violence or aggression. We need to stop arguing about whether or not they do and move on: there's more important things to discuss.