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In The News 4-17-15

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by | Filed Under: In The News

New Smart Countertop Tells You What to Eat

The Orange Chef Countertop – a food prep pad with a build in scale takes fitness apps a step further by actually telling you what to make.  It can actually calculate what you’re putting in your crock pot or blender and let you know if you’re breaking your diet.  You can stick with the USDA’s suggestions for intake or customize your goals.


You can install adapters to Vitamix mixers and Crock-Pot slow cookers that will monitor how much food you’re putting in and automatically log it in the app’s food diary. But all this convenience comes at a price. The Coutertop base is $199 , the Vitamix adapter $20 and the Crock-Pot adapter $10. Plus you’ll still need to do some manual entering, just as with any food tracking app.   You can learn more about the smart counter top on the Orange Chef’s website.

Police Purchase Pepper Spray Drones

Police have used drones in the U.S. for surveillance, sometimes for dangerous tasks like getting a close look at a bomb. According to the Times of India, police in Lucknow, India plan to use drones to spray pepper spray to help disperse mobs.


Riot control is a dangerous business and drones for controlling crowds have been on the market since 2014.  The Skunk Riot Control Copter is capable of dispersing pepper spray balls and paint balls. It even features strobe lights to get the crowds attention and comes with thermal cameras.

Judge Gives Woman Okay To Serve Divorce Papers Via Facebook Message

A New York judge ruled that a woman who was having a hard time tracking down the physical location of her husband to serve him with divorce papers,  can send him his divorce summons via Facebook message.

In the ruling, the judge wrote, “This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged.”

The missing hubby has no permanent address and has been dodging attempts by his wife to serve the papers, but he is still active on Facebook.

 ~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “In The News 4-17-15”

  1. Diane Loran says:

    Great plan on the divorce papers, but the pepper-spray drones? BAD, BAD…………far too easy to get out of control.

    • Jadesqr says:

      1) Great ‘In The News…’ Cynthia
      2) ‘Pepper Spray Drones’, in India ‘Red or Yellow Paint’ might be a better deterrent
      3) “…Serve Divorce Papers Via Facebook…’, where is the legal precedent, for one I don’t want my social media to become an extension of the ‘Justice Department’, do you?

      • Shanker says:

        Why not? When people use it to find schoolmates, lost contacts, and the like already.

        In fact, I believe that it is one of the best usages for any social media including the Facebook. However,I fully agree with the demand of not using any other method as long as the official means are available and possible.

        Hence, I strongly support legal recognition of all means of communication including the communication through any known person for absconders and the non-traceable!

  2. Fox5flyer says:

    1984? Sounds like something right out of an Orwell novel.

  3. bobphi says:

    Finely tuned blades of the drone costing thousands of dollars can be easily disabled with a well thrown stick costing nothing. In Canada, we would wreck it with a hockey stick. In the US, Miley would use a wrecking ball.

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