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Electronic spin-the-bottle gradually introduces geeks to society

September 18th, 2007

Kids these days. Bringing their iPods to class, texting on their cell phones, and now circling up to play electronic spin-the-bottle. I don’t know about this one; without a real bottle, you lose out on that sinking feeling you get when you try so hard to make the bottle stop at Stacey and it ends up …

Koreans order Big Macs from their cell; Grimace unlikely to be early adopter

September 17th, 2007

It’s a common dilemma: you love fast food, but hate exerting more energy than you have to by standing up and waiting in line. In a move seemingly tailor-made for the lazy North American, McDonald’s-goers in South Korea no longer have to choose between unhealthy eating and sloth. Simply sit down at your table, plug …

Lenovo goes green with solar-powered PC

September 14th, 2007

While you probably won’t want to use it as your gaming PC, the soon-to-be-released ThinkCentre A61e sure leaves one tiny eco-footprint. With its 85% efficient power supply and optional solar panel, this green machine uses only as much power as three light bulbs.  Not only that, but it’s made of over 90% reusable or recycled materials.  …

First look at the MOTO ROKR W5

September 14th, 2007

Spec sheets have been leaked for the new MOTO ROKR W5. They tell us it’s a quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) device with GPRS/EDGE, with a compact clamshell form-factor and 1.3 megapixel camera included. Of course it still includes everything else we have come to expect from Motorola: 20 MB of internal memory, a microSD memory card …

New flash memory card standard on the way

September 14th, 2007

It’s always good to see big companies playing nice with each other, especially when the customers reap the benefits of their cooperation. Today, Nokia, Samsung, and several other companies announced their approval of a new specification currently before the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. Even Sony, who seem to always roll out proprietary memory formats just …

IBM develops avatar that translates speech into sign language

September 13th, 2007

New tech making its way out of the IBM camp is attempting to help bridge the gap between those with and without their hearing. Called "SiSi" (for See It, Say It), it’s a program that creates an avatar capable of recognizing human speech and interpreting it directly into sign language. Great for sensitive meetings, or …

Nokia 6555 now available on AT&T

September 13th, 2007

If you’re in the mood for a stylish phone that’s got a little 3G up its sleeve, AT&T may have you covered, courtesy of the Nokia 6555.  The phone features a 1.3 megapixel camera, 16 million color QVGA screen, and of course the ever-glorious 850/1900MHz WCDMA bands. It might not be a jesusPhone, but at …

Canada freaking about Google Street View

September 13th, 2007

In the world of seemingly infinite accessibilty, it’s refreshing to see some fight for the continued privacy of its citizens. Canada, which maintains its PIPEDA Act (Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act), is now taking a good hard look at Google’s "Street View" maps, and challenging that the pictures gathered for this view don’t …

Google founders make a sick move, can park their Boeing minutes from HQ

September 13th, 2007

In the world of the uber-rich, it takes quite a bit to actually out-do another similarly-rich person. The founders of Google, though, have done just that, becoming the first (and only) people to be able to land, take-off, and park their Boeing 767 (or private aircraft of any kind) at a federally funded and maintained …

16K RAM should be enough for anybody

September 12th, 2007

Occasionally, we can be so impatient with progress as we bemoan the lack of 3G in our iPhones or wait for that next Korean gadget to come across the Pacific. But sometimes it’s nice to have a look back and gain some perspective on just how far we’ve come. The good folks at TechEBlog are doing just …