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Nintendo to develop games for smartphones

Nintendo has released a statement that they will be entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games for mobile devices.  This means that Nintendo's trademark characters like Super Mario and Pokemon could be playable on your smartphone or tablet.  "With our powers combined!", Nintendo will be combining their intellectual property and game development skills with DeNA's expertise with mobile gaming.

Both companies have agreed to build a global membership service for various devices including personal computers, smartphones, and Nintendo consoles.  This is a smart move for Nintendo as people increasingly turn to mobile phones and social networks to play games.

In technical terms, Nintendo will acquire about 15 million DeNA shares or a 10 percent stake.  In return. DeNA will acquire about 1.759 million Nintendo shares, or 1.24 percent of the company.  Both acquisitions are worth 22 billion yen, or $182 million, due by April 2nd of 2015.

The service is set to launch in the fall of 2015.
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Mimo Smart Baby Monitor

Mimo Smart Baby Monitor

The new Mimo Smart Baby Monitor is a great device for parents in the 21st century, offering insights on your baby's sleep activity, respiration, body position, and skin temperature, available on your iOS or Android device.

The Mimo Smart Baby Monitor comes with three machine washable cotton kimonos, available in different sizes ranging from 0-12 months, with a spot for the attachable device in the kimono that sends the data to your smartphone.

This is something that would definitely be nice for parents who want to go out together for a night or are traveling and baby has to stay home with a nanny or babysitter.  In my opinion, it may be a little much, but the product got great customer reviews.

For more information, visit the Mimo Smart Baby Monitor official page.
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Tiny windmills could one day recharge mobile devices

This tiny windmill could one day charge a mobile device, according to electrical engineering profressor J.C. Chiao and research associate Smitha Rao at the University of Texas at Arlington.  The windmill is crafted using oragami techniques, folded into two-dimensionsial shapes, that measures at 1.8 millimeters in height and is constructed out of flexible nickel alloy.  The pair envisions smartphone cases embedded with hundreds of these windmills that could charge the phones when waved through the air or come in contact with wind of any kind.
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