A hit with mobile messengers in Asian countries, Line plans to introduce itself to the US market with the help of Sanrio and its beloved female Japanese bobtail cat Hello Kitty.
The Japan-based messaging and VoIP calling service, which launched in June 2011, has more than 280 million registered users. Line is credited with popularizing the now ubiquitous practice of sending digital stickers in messages to friends.
Crazy contact lenses were once the sole provenance of Hollywood special-effects departments, but now all sorts of geeky fantasies can be fulfilled with decorative lenses. Gaze through the Batman signal. Glower with Voldemort red eyes. Wink with the Eye of Sauron.
There are a few safety issues to keep in mind about wearing decorative contact lenses. You're dealing with your eyes, an important part of your body you don't want to screw up for the sake of looking a little more like Voldemort for a few hours.… Read more
HelloSPY creates a comprehensive and covert method for tracking and recording a mobile device's activity while remaining completely undetectable. It can track the phone's location, read text messages, track Internet activity, record application usage, and much more. To access the information, users need to log in to a Web site on their home computer, as it is not accessible directly from the device. This application doesn't provide a free service but it does come with a free, two-day trial.
Once the application has been downloaded, the user needs to log in to the HelloSPY's Web site … Read more
If you provide cell phones to your kids, employees, or anyone else you're responsible for, you can understand that it's in your best interest to have a reliable, accessible record of when, where, and how they're used, and, at times, even recordings of calls. Even if you're the only one responsible for your cell phone, you'd probably like a complete accounting and backup of everything on it, in case it's lost, stolen, dropped on concrete, eaten by the dog, or accidentally hurled at the TV screen. HelloSPY can handle that. HelloSPY hides in your … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Bridget checks out the tech side of Toy Fair NY.
- "Disney Infinity" receives new "Monsters University" images.
- Ubooly is soft, squishy and smart thanks to the iPhone.
- Barbie gets a digital makeover at Toy Fair.
- Buy Griff's "Back to the Future II" hoverboard for $13,000.
It's my birthday today and Jeff is still making me write the blog for today's episode, but I'm fine with that because today is an exceptional show. Not just because Richard "Gems" Peterson lived up to his nickname on two occasions, but also because the stories are exceptionally strange.
First we'll look at how cheaters in Japan are getting away with their infidelity with the help of an older Fujitsu phone, simply because of a layer of stealth security that gives users privacy that would make the Ethan Hunts and James Bonds of the world jealous.
Not that we're suggesting you take tomorrow off and cheat on your spouse, but at least the misstep that leads to you getting caught will be your fault, not technology's.… Read more
LAS VEGAS -- A device that plugs into a landline doesn't sound very sexy, but Urban Hello's sleek phone could change your mind.
The French startup's HD voice handset doesn't look like a typical house phone and its features are discreet. The speakers and microphone blend into the design, and its two screens, used for caller ID and to pull up stored numbers, are well hidden. The dial pad is at the bottom of the phone, and if you set it down mid-conversation, it automatically turns into a 360-degree speaker phone (meaning you can talk to … Read more
Although Hello Kitty Cafe wasn't created with an educational intent, the player, which in this case is a kid age 9 or above, is responsible for running a Hello Kitty restaurant. As a result, players will learn time management and efficient work tactics. However, as the player progresses, the accelerated pace as well as the multiple options available could affect the user experience. Also, the temptation for in-app purchases will be high to make the game successful.
Hello Kitty Cafe is a well-designed, cute little game that kids will love to play, especially with the iconic figure at its … Read more
HelloFax CEO Jospeh Walla wants to kill printers and scanners -- doing away with them one digital signature at a time.
HelloFax is known for letting people send and receive faxes, request signatures, and fill out forms -- all without a physical document. From that service, the company is launching HelloSign, which lets people sign documents digitally.
Through HelloSign, Walla hopes to accomplish what many companies have tried and failed to do: create a paperless office. It was a dream born in the dot-com era but never realized, as workers still cling to physical paper despite the financial and environmental … Read more