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There is a quite a bad news for UK residents who are anticipating for the release of the Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge on November 28.

A spokesperson from the electronics giant has just confirmed the release of the Edge will be delayed or two weeks and will go on sale on December 12 instead.

The preorder or the Edge has also been reduced to only 7 days and one can only be able to place reservation from the company or Carphone Warehouse starting on December 5.

Samsung has been quite sloppy on its product release announcements for the past few months, as it also launched its flagship phones seven (7) days after the slated date.

The phablet will be available Vodafone, the only dealer that has made confirmation so far in the UK.

The waiting has been extended and I hope that people will not gather moss as they wait for the release of the phablet.

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Great news for users with Nexus, Galaxy and devices that runs the Android mobile operating system as a new notification feature has just been released by Pebble.

Back then Pebble is only able to display inadequate alerts in Android devices such but this is a thing of the past now with the rolling out of the new fangled Pebble firmware version 3.8.

For now the firmware works only well with phones that run the Android 4.3 or better versions.

With regards to handsets that run the iOS, Pebble has just made a team up with iPhone Notifications, to allow the iPhone owners to get all the notifications and at the same time fine tune their watch on what to display, without modifying the basic alerts of the handset itself.

Keep in mind that the new firmware’s other features are not only confined to Android handsets as it also available in iOS phones as well. Users can now deactivate the option “Smartwatch Proximity,” the energy-efficient Bluetooth feature that allows both watch and phone sense each other when they are close at each other.

The new Android app is a work in progress as it may need some more of fine tuning.

To access the feature, simply select the Under Notifications > All Apps, choose receiving all incoming notifications or pick only which notifications you want to show up. Pebble has also made a vow that the notification feature will also be available in Android lower versions in the coming days.

Aside from receiving alerts, the app is capable of letting users end ongoing calls with their wrist-worn device and Pebble has just overhauled its Android app to come up with a faster and more reliable performance.

The caveat, only 10% of the current Android Pebble users will get the update, but the company had stated that more users will get their hands n the firmware in the coming days.

The new fangled firmware for both Android and iOS smartphones support 80 languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese and the list goes on.

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Living up to its billing as a technology innovator, did you know that Microsoft is now beefed up with robotic security guards to keep its compound safe and sound?

Scores of 1.5-m and 136-kg robotic sentinels have been gallantly making rounds in the technology giant’s grounds in California, Silicon Valley. Yes you heard it right, robotic security guards are taking over mundane tasks from their human counterparts.

These next-generation automatons are like no other and definitely not pushovers since they are loaded with sweeping features.

They are always on-the-go, tireless and beefed up with lasers, cameras and an assortment of sensors to track and detect not usual happenings such as explosive devices or victims of man-made or natural calamities.

Also called K5, these bullet-shaped robots are capable of doing security guards’ tasks of moving from one place to another, relentlessly assessing their locations with their hi-def snappers and series of sensory devices.

They can scan and read license plates of vehicles and weigh against it with database and sense and transmit unusual events to a supervisor.

Unlike their human counterparts, these sentries are not loaded with any weapons, not even a kitchen knife, but are specially built to evaluate situations, detect explosive materials, sound an alarm when necessary and ask for human support when needed.

The robotic guard decks in a 24-hr battery and just before the battery got exhausted it will come back to a station and receive a single recharge that will last up to 20 minutes.

The K5’s manufacturer Knightscope said that the robotic guards will preside over repetitive and back-breaking tasks, while the human security guards will handle other intricate tasks.

Microsoft has just raised the bar a notch higher and the company showcased the kind of technology we have now.

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Henrik Fisker had parted ways with a car company that bears his name, which is the Fisker Automotive, but he is still a potent force to reckon with in the industry and still making the most out of his innate flair and creativity in whipping up startling designs for his new team.

Fisker has forged a formidable team up with Galpin Auto Parts to produce and unveil the good-looking and sturdy Galpin Rocket that is considered to be next big thing on its niche and also groomed as America’s newest ultimate muscle car. The Rocket has just made its highly-anticipated debut few days ago in the chic 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As what its name implies, the Rocket looks ready to blasts right off from the tracks and relentlessly blazes the road with its sweeping aerodynamic features.

The sleek car which can give the established Hellcat a run for its money sports broader fenders that seats comfortably at its 21-inch wheels and features a 5-liter V8 engine which delivers power of up to 725 hp and features striking hexagonal grille, rear spoiler and front splitter.

The tandem of Fisker and Galpin had already paved the way for an assortment of electric luxury sedan cars and muscle cars and seemed they had made a quantum leap with their new offering.

Aside from having huge partnership with Ford and providing customization services, Galpin has a massive dealership with Aston Martin dealership, the company which Fisker had also showcased his craft.

Shortly after getting acquainted with Galpin, he immediately made a dent by sharing his immense expertise in coming up with DB9 and Vantage models.

While working for renowned companies and started operating the Fisker Automotive many moons ago, he also run Fisher Automotive which produced redesigned variants of Mercedez-Benz and BMW luxury cars.

Fisker and Galpin actually summoned back their old fiery form in whipping up the Mustang that sports a handsome and masculine appearance.

It remains to be seen whether the new aerodynamic duo can dish out fantastic cars in the future or simply balk in great pressure. For now, the vaunted Galpin Rocket is tipped to go on sale next year and will be available in limited numbers from the company itself and selected dealers.

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After one decade of strong team up, Mozilla is finally parting ways with its longtime partner Google as its default search engine and opted to tie up with Yahoo. The breakup rocked the blogosphere and netizens as speculations here, there and everywhere sprouted out like mushrooms. The companies announced the breakup last November 19

 

Many think that Google and Mozilla had turned into stiff rivals, as Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are ranked inside the top three browsers in the world, while others think that Yahoo could’ve have offered something that Firefox finds irresistible.

The Firefox browser which commands 10% of the market is currently ranked third behind Google and Microsoft’s Bing which reinforces Yahoo searches.

 

This development is of essence to the Firefox users who have a whopping combined searches of around 100 million says Mozilla.

 

Mozilla is actually a non-profit organization is dependent on the generated revenues from search companies. Google’s 3-yr contract with Mozilla will expire next month with Mozilla and it reportedly worth $1 billion.

The worth of the new 5-year deal between Mozilla and Yahoo is not yet unraveled,

 

According to its recent disclosed financial from 2012 Mozilla had piled up a combined 311 million revenue stream, and about 67 to 75% came from its partnership with Google.

The new team up is essential on the part of Yahoo as CEO Marissa Mayer said that the company would concentrate further on search. The team up is it “a key growth area for us,” Mayer added. The tie up with Mozilla will serve as a springboard to restructured Yahoo pages.

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Age-related Macular degeneration occurs in old age and causes serious disability where these patients cannot recognize things or people because of darkening and blurring of their central field of vision. In most of the patients, almost 90%, the disease is incurable. However, due to recent advancement in the field of medicine, a new property was unmasked for the drugs that are prevalent and are used for the treatment of AIDS caused by HIV.

The drugs, nucleosides reverse transcriptase inhibitors most commonly known as NRTIs, were the first group of drugs that were granted approval for the treatment of AIDS by the FDA. As suggested by the name, these drugs block an enzyme reverse transcriptase in the HIV that blocks its replication and consequently transmission and infection.

At the University of Kentucky Lexington, professor and vice chair of Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Jayakrishna Ambati, lead a team of researchers where they investigated the effects of NRTIs in mice that had features of macular degeneration.

There are 2 types of AMD: the wet AMD and the Dry AMD. The wet AMD is the more serious and more debilitating kind that occurs rarely and is rapidly progressive. This kind is associated with an increase in blood vessels that damage the cells. The dry AMD is characterized by yellow depositions in the macula called drudens.  Many drugs have been approved for wet AMD while no therapies were instituted for dry AMD.

The researchers worked on mice that had disease resembling AMD and demonstrated how the NRTIs stopped progression of the dry AMD. They determined how this happens. Basically there is an inflammasome known as NLPR3, which is a large protein that causes initiation of the inflammatory cascade that causes destruction of cells.

In cases where the NRTIs could not block reverse transcriptase they were still able to block the inflammasome and therefore reduce the injury to macula cells by these agents.

Scientists believe that other diseases that use the same pathway can also be treated with these FDA approved drugs  if therapies are developed that can address these particular diseases.

“Moreover, through decades of clinical experience, we know that some of the drugs we tested are incredibly safe. Since these NRTIs are already FDA-approved, they could be rapidly and inexpensively translated into therapies for a variety of untreatable or poorly treatable conditions.” Says Ambati.