Japan has long been established to be the land that has the most vending machines to serve its large population (numbering at around 5.5 million machines that cater for around 127 million people), and this time around we have a version of the vending machine which will be able to work even when there is no power supply available. The whole idea behind this vending machine? To be able to work even when there is a power-related disaster, as it allows folks to access the contents of the machine without having to vandalize it in the first place. Sanden is the brains behind this hand-crank vending machine, where it takes around 70 cranks or so to deliver enough juice to the machine in order to dispense up to seven bottles.
The attempts of Google+ to rival Facebook as a social gaming platform may be dead in the water after top developers EA and Wooga announced plans to remove their titles.The floundering social network only launched the Games page in August 2011, complete with marquee titles like Angry Birds and Zynga Poker.Now Wooga has pulled Monster World and plans to remove the Bubble Island and Diamond Dash games debuted alongside the platform. All of which have done very well on Facebook.”We decided to remove certain games from Google+ because we have a much larger following on Facebook and they are active users,” said a Wooga spokesperson. Ouch.EA more diplomaticLikewise, PopCap, which is now owned by Electronic Arts, will remove the Bejewelled Blitz title by the end of the week.A spokesperson for that company said: “PopCap has decided to suspend Bejeweled Blitz on Google+ to redeploy our resources to other adaptations of Bejeweled. “Certainly, Google is a valuable gaming partner for PopCap and EA, and we’ll continue to develop for Google platforms.”Well, that’s certainly a nicer way to put it.Google+ users still have over forty games at their disposal, but it seems that everyone interested in playing social games is doing so where it’s, you know, possible to be social.