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Walk by total strangers and meet them. But later.

August 19th, 2007

While it’s not clear to us what the real purpose of this would be, it’s still kind of interesting. A team of scientists (surprise) at Bath University have created a way to meet new people through Facebook without the silly process of inviting them, or even talking to them. And they’re using Bluetooth. The basics …

Sprint Nextel: Direct Connect name to stay

August 18th, 2007

Sprint Nextel has certainly worked to redefine its marketing strategy in the post-merger years, and it continues to do so with the continuation of the ‘Direct Connect’ branding. The Nextel Direct Connect brand will be used to define all push-to-talk services, "regardless of network platform." This announcement coincides with Sprint’s launch of CDMA/iDEN compatible push-to-talk …

Sony launches E-Waste program

August 18th, 2007

  Dubbed the Sony Take Back Recycling Program, the electronics giant has teamed up with 75 Waste Management Recycle America eCycling drop-off centers throughout the States. It hopes to double that within the program’s first year. In the long run, Sony’s focus is convenience, hoping that if 95% of the population is within 20 miles …

My name is @. Nice to meet you.

August 18th, 2007

How would one pronounce that? "AT?" Why are we asking? Oh, because a Chinese couple has petitioned to name their child @. Like…the symbol. Ironically, when you read their argument, which lays out how it’s pronounced in Mandarin, and translates to "love him," it does make, dare we say, a slight bit of sense. But does …

New possible airport security reads your eyes

August 13th, 2007

Think airport security sucks? You’re probably in the majority. A new walkthrough iris-recognition gate could be a potential answer, though. It’s a new product from Panasonic that doesn’t even require you to focus on a particular object. You just have to walk through it slowly enough. If you do, it can read your eyes in about 2 …

TaxiWiz makes getting “taken” more obvious

August 12th, 2007

New to a city and not sure how much a cab fare will be? Just visiting, and don’t want to get taken by the cabbie? TaxiWiz to the rescue. A quick jaunt over to taxiwiz.com will allow you to input your location, that of your destination and, you guessed it, will populate a Google Map (sweet!) …

Google News testing new response method

August 9th, 2007

Imagine…You’re the subject of a news article that winds up on Google News. When you go to read said article, you find you’ve been misquoted. Or, perhaps, they left out some major facet that changes the entire dimension of the article. A new feature being developed by Google is aiming to allow users to fix these …

China attempting to cure Internet addiction through summer camp

August 9th, 2007

If you’re between the ages of 14 and 22, are addicted to video games and porn…oh, and are Chinese, some pretty interesting legislation could be coming your way. According to China Daily, a new summer camp for that age group is being tested with 40 youngsters in an attempt to rid them of their addiction. The treatment …

Wireless Carriers get spanked; FCC votes to reduce roaming costs

August 8th, 2007

In a mixture of high-fives and "hell yeahs," people are rejoicing at the sign of things to come: lower roaming costs. Yesterday, the FCC voted to force mobile wireless carriers to allow competitors to roam on their networks, and offer said roaming at a "reasonable" cost. Of course, this cost will get passed on to the …

Travel with your game system? It needs to be screened

August 7th, 2007

image courtesy: Clarion Ledger Now that 20GB PlayStation 3s have dropped to $449, 60GB versions should be flying off the shelves at $499. Xbox 360’s just got the price-cutting treatment officially, so look for more and more full-size consoles to make their way into carry-on bags for air travel. Well…maybe not. But, if you do have …