Cheery room service robot surprises guest

A hotel guest in Newark, California, was given room service with a difference on Wednesday (March 4) when a robot came to his room. Scott Sigrist opened his door, at the Aloft Silicon Valley Hotel, to find a cheery robot delivering him toothpaste and a fresh towel before making its way back to the lobby. Sigrist, who works for a storage company in Dallas, Texas, posted the video on social network and entertainment website Reddit […]

The world’s oldest living person celebrates her 117th birthday

The world’s officially recognized oldest person, Misao Ohkawa was feted her 117th birthday one day early in the western Japanese city of Osaka on Wednesday (March 4). Ohkawa was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest person alive two years ago when Jiroemon Kimura – also of Japan – died in June 2013 at age 116 years, 54 days. On Wednesday, she appeared before local media with her 92-year old son and […]

Wearable gadgets revealed at Mobile World Congress

Dozens of device makers have unveiled wearable gadgets at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress this week. Downtrodden Taiwanese phone maker HTC is hoping a fitness device it is co-branding with Under Armour, the second-largest sport brand in the U.S., can help it grow again. Korea’s LG has produced a round watch, following the lead of Motorola, which has drawn favorable reviews for its more fashion-conscious alternative to the dozens of bulky, square smartwatches that dominated the […]

Robot dogs in Japan

In Japan, robot dogs have gained widespread popularity, with owners treating them as real pets, to the extent of giving them funeral services when they break down beyond repair.

Electric hydrofoiling watercraft delivers eco-friendly thrills

An electrically-powered watercraft that zips across the surface of the water on four hydrofoils is set to launch commercially in March 2015; hoping to bring cheap, eco-friendly water transport to the masses. The Slovenian-built Quadrofoil uses buoyancy force to lift it above the surface of the water when the boat is moving forward, where it then glides across the water on a wing-like hydrofoil structure on the hull. This results in a great reduction in […]

DTI-Sarangani rolls out i-PMDP

ALABEL, Sarangani, (PIA) –  The Department of  Trade and Industry (DTI) – Sarangani provincial office  is  pushing  among local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in food processing  its Integrated Product and Market Development Project (i-PMDP),  an enhanced  business development program. Processed food cluster is one of the prioritized sub-sectors under DTI’s industry clustering strategy. Engr. Nenita Barroso, DTI provincial director, said i-PMPD seeks to increase and sustain the supply of exportable-quality processed products of the province […]

L.A. water sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

Water sommelier Martin Riese has seen the eye-roll and heard it before: “Water tastings? Only in L.A.” Los Angeles, birthplace of many food trends, may prove the perfect setting for the next phase in Riese’s campaign to make people think about water in the same way they think about wine. U.S. consumers spent $18.8 billion on bottled water last year, more than any other nation, according to Euromonitor International. And, the residents of drought-stricken California […]

Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to take on Apple

(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones on Sunday (March 1) featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed “Project Zero”, the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung’s plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three […]

China to strengthen law enforcement, enhance environmental laws

China will strengthen enforcement of new environmental laws, Chen Jining, China’s new minister of environmental protection said at a press conference in Beijing on Monday. The minister promised that his first mission is to improve the environment in accordance with environmental laws, in reply to a question about some environmental departments failing to abide by the law. “In the past, environmental laws were enforced leniently by some departments. Failing to abide by the law has […]