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Google for Kids Soon

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Google for Kids
A Google search for "buses" will brings up a link to the closest transport or ticketing station, but chances are that's not what an five-year-old is searching for. Kids are probably more interested in Thomas the Tank Engine than the most up-to-date commuting schedule.

That may be why Google is working on new, kid-friendly versions of some of its services.

They could be new versions of search, Chrome and YouTube, according to a report by USA Today, but the company would not say definitively what products it is working on or when they would launch.

Google will make them safe for children 12 years old and younger and give parents tools to oversee their kids' actions, Google's Pavni Diwanj told USA Today.

She said the company expects some controversy over the change, but that kids are already using Google's non-kid-friendly technology.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment further, but confirmed that the USA Today report was accurate.

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Minecraft in Windows Phone

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Minecraft Windows
It is finally happening. Microsoft is bringing its newly acquired video game Minecraft to mobile phones running its Windows Phone operating system.

According to PC World, the eventual porting of Minecraft into Windows Phone has come two months after the software giant acquired the game from Mojang.

"Microsoft hasn't said how it plans to take Minecraft and Mojang forward, but building a Windows Phone version would seem to be one small piece of the puzzle," it said. It is now available on the Windows Phone Marketplace, and, no, it’s not just a knock-off app that crashes at the loading screen. This is the real deal.

It said the game, dubbed "Minecraft: Pocket Edition," appears to be the same version for Google's Android and Apple's iOS.

"It was two years since the game was released for Android and iOS, so we are really excited that Minecraft: Pocket Edition finally made its way to Windows Phone," said Nokia Revolution.

The game costs PhP 297 and requires Windows Phone 8.1, and is a 12-megabyte download.

PC World said "Minecraft: Pocket Edition" can be played in Survival mode, or Creative Mode. It may be single-player or multiplayer via Wi-Fi.

"Obviously, porting a game to your own smartphone platform is critical if your company owns the game—especially if you spend a whopping $2.5 billion on it," it said.

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Game Boy Games
Nintendo is not sitting around while tech companies regularly updates and upgrades their products. The Japanese company has ust applied for a patent that will allow its Game Boy games to be played on mobile devices.

The application is an update on the company's attempts back in 2012 to codify how its games are played on new platforms. This does not signify that Nintendo plans to actually release its old games on mobile games platforms, but may merely be a legal measure to ensure the possibility is secured. Nintendo already sells emulated classic games on its own consoles.

Nintendo has been under pressure from analysts to make use of its valuable back catalog on devices that are more widespread than its own games machines. But the firm has resisted, restricting releases on non-Nintendo products to the Pokemon line.

The Game Boy is Nintendo's second handheld system following the Game & Watch series introduced in 1980, and it combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch. It was originally bundled with the puzzle game Tetris.

As part of the fourth generation of gaming, the Game Boy competed with the Sega Game Gear, Atari Lynx, and the TurboExpress. Despite these other technologically superior handheld consoles, the Game Boy was a tremendous success. The Game Boy and its successor, the Game Boy Color, have both combined sold 118.69 million units worldwide.

Upon its release in the United States, it sold its entire shipment of one million units within a few weeks.

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Farting Pills
"A breath of fresh air" may soon become a regular remark for those who trouble containing the sudden urge to release some gas. A new technology was being developed to make farting an alternative to air freshener.

Reports said that Christian Poincheval was enjoying a meal out with friends about six years ago when he had his eureka moment and the idea for a new product popped into his head. That idea was set to make some heads turn or frown, but whatever their reaction is one thing is certain: farting is the latest trend of the future.

What sparked his creativity? "After a hearty meal, we almost suffocated as our farts were smelly," the French inventor says, per Mashable.

"The winds were not very pleasant for our fellow diners. I had to do something." Poincheval says he first visited a lab to investigate natural remedies for offending flatulence. After months of experiments, he had his invention: a line of pills Poincheval says help digestion and turn flatulence into "perfume" using 100% natural ingredients, the Telegraph reports.

The pills under the name Lutin Malin—or "Crafty Imp" in English—come in rose and violet scents. And just in time for the holidays, the "Father Christmas" fart pill "gives farts the scent of chocolate."

A jar of 60 pills, made from blueberries, seaweed, fennel, plant resin, and other ingredients, costs US$ 12.50 and is the perfect Christmas gift for your smelly friends, Poincheval says. In fact, "there will be a real need for these pills over Christmas," he tells the Local. He even sells versions for dogs.

Poincheval adds that the pills, which reportedly reduce bloating, are approved by French health officials. (It turns out sniffing farts is actually good for you.)

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Google Spoon
Google has done it again and it gives us an impression that the company is not scared to explore new technology even if it is just a simple spoon.

After the delivery drone program, the quantum computer and cancer-detecting pill, Google is off to another venture to develop spoons (maybe they should call them spoongles) into something more than a basic kitchen and dining utensil.

Using hundreds of algorithms, Google spoons will allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling. This technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76 percent.

"We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run," Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari said.

Other adaptive devices have been developed to help people with tremors — rocker knives, weighted utensils, pen grips. But until now, experts say, technology has not been used in this way.

"It's totally novel," said UC San Francisco Medical Center neurologist Dr. Jill Ostrem, who specializes in movement disorders like Parkinson's disease and essential tremors. She also helped advise the inventors and says the device, which has a fork attachment, has been a remarkable asset for some of her patients.

"I have some patients who couldn't eat independently, they had to be fed, and now they can eat on their own," she said. "It doesn't cure the disease — they still have tremor — but it's a very positive change."

Google got into the no-shake utensil business in September, acquiring a small, National of Institutes of Health-funded startup called Lift Labs for an undisclosed sum.

More than 10 million people worldwide, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin's mother, have essential tremors or Parkinson's disease. Brin has said he also has a mutation associated with higher rates of Parkinson's and has donated more than $50 million to research for a cure. But the Lift Labs acquisition was not related, Jabbari said.

Lift Lab founder Anupam Pathak said moving from a small, four-person startup in San Francisco to the vast Google campus in Mountain View has freed him up to be more creative as he explores how to apply the technology even more broadly.

His team works at the search giant's division called Google(x) Life Sciences, which is also developing a smart contact lens that measures glucose levels in tears for diabetics and is researching how nanoparticles in blood might help detect diseases.

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