Nintendo Gets Healthy, CurrentC Gets Hacked, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Google reinvents Chrome’s bookmarks manager, France has drone trouble, Deadline predicts your death, and the perfect poster for Apple fanboys.
Nintendo Enters Health Market
Nintendo is entering the health market, with CEO Satoru Iwata teasing a new device in development at the Japanese company’s newly created healthcare division. This is the first sign that Nintendo is refocusing its business in light of falling console sales and a bleak financial outlook.
The details are currently vague, but the device, made in partnership with ResMed and available sometime in 2016, is thought to track sleep patterns and fatigue levels. The data gathered will then be analyzed in the cloud before advice is sent to the user’s smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.
This isn’t the first time Nintendo has sought to help people get healthier, with Wii Fit tracking fitness levels and encouraging exercise in fun ways. Wii Fit was lucrative for Nintendo, so it should come as no great surprise that the company wants another piece of the action.
First Microsoft , now Nintendo. Couch potatoes, be warned.
CurrentC Beta Testers Got Hacked
CurrentC, the mobile payments service and controversial rival to Apple Pay, has been hacked. Thankfully, the only thing stolen was the email addresses of those testing the retailer-backed solution, with all financial data remaining safe. For now.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the story, CurrentC is a mobile payments solution developed by a coalition of retailers called MCX. Keen to prevent Apple Pay from becoming too popular, many of these retailers have blocked near-field communications (NFC) from working in their stores. Which is a little underhanded, to say the least.
It’s unclear how these email addresses were harvested, but the hack is a veritable embarrassment coming on the same day as the company published a blog post promising “the technology choices we’ve made take consumers’ security into account at every aspect of their core functionality.” Oops.
Google Reinvents Bookmarks Manager
If anything, this new Google Bookmark Manager extension for Chrome has helped me clean out years of stale bookmarks https://t.co/1P60ogjYPH
— Bwana (@Bwana) October 30, 2014
Google has quietly launched a new Chrome extension called Bookmark Manager [No Longer Available]. This seeks to reinvent the bookmarks manager with a graphical interface replacing the tired and dreary folders that have persisted for two decades. While a Chrome extension for now, this may eventually replace Chrome’s default bookmarks manager .
With Bookmark Manager, your bookmarks are presented as a grid of thumbnails, reminiscent of Chrome’s New Tab Page or even Netflix. Beyond the visuals, Bookmark Manager is capable of automatically categorizing bookmarks, and basing search results on the contents of your bookmarks, amongst other things.
France Investigates Mystery Drones
Didn’t Tony Stark learn in Iron Man 2 that drones are bad?
— Frank Kemp (@FrankKemp3) October 23, 2014
France is currently investigating who has been flying drones over its nuclear power plants. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been spotted buzzing seven of France’s state-owned power plants in recent weeks, and the authorities don’t currently have a clue who is responsible.
The drones are commercial models, meaning this could literally be anyone. Greenpeace was accused of being involved, but has vehemently denied it’s behind the stunt. This raises security concerns for obvious reasons, but unless these drones are shot on sight it seems there is very little that can be done to stop them.
Deadline Counts Down To Your Death
Does being dead inside count as a Halloween costume?
— Perry Cavender (@PerryCavender1) October 26, 2014
Deadline is a new 99-cent iOS app which uses your Healthkit data to predict how long you have left to live. Once triggered, Deadline will countdown to your inevitable demise, at least according to its simple algorithm.
Whatever you do, don’t take your results too seriously. After all, Deadline cannot yet predict who will step out in front of a bus one morning. However, if it encourages you to bin that cheeseburger and go out for a walk instead then it can only be a good thing.
The Perfect Poster For Apple Fanboys
And finally, Pop Chart Lab has the perfect poster for Apple fanboys and fangirls everywhere. The poster, printed on canvas and featuring 15 different inks, shows every product Apple has ever produced from 1976 until today, including the iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch .
At $80 it isn’t cheap, and it will be woefully out-of-date by this time next year. However, Christmas is coming, and it’s cheaper than buying the Apple fan in your life a new iMac with Retina Display. [H/T The Verge]
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