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Ideum MT-55 Platform Multitouch Table

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

The Ideum MT-55 Platform is a 55-inch LED LCD multitouch table that comes with an integrated solid-state computer built in. The 55-inch (1920×1080) HD display delivers a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a wide 178-degree viewing angle, while the optical multitouch system supports 32 simultaneous touch points so that two people can operate it.

The computer inside is powered by a 2.66GHz Intel Hyper-Threaded Dual Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive. Other specs include WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet connectivity and multiple HDMI outputs. The Ideum MT-55 Platform Multitouch Table is just $17,950 with two-year warranty. Assuming you have it.

Pandora ditches Flash for HTML5

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Pandora has announced that it now has over 100 million users, and that soon the site will begin rolling out a new design. It will look nicer and also work better. Pandora will begin to use HTML5 on the front-end, which they say should create “a much faster experience.”

The site’s UI will look like a combination of iTunes and Facebook and the controls will appear centered in a top control bar.

Anonymous posts 90,000 military e-mail accounts

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2011

Looks like anonymous is not finished with its hacking just yet. They are claiming responsibility for an attack that targeted US military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. The group reportedly posted e-mail accounts from 90,000 military personnel who were associated with the consulting company.

Along with the email accounts, the hackers allegedly posted 4GB of source code from the company’s servers, along with “some related data on different servers we got access to,”. The company was said to have been targeted due to their alleged role in the SWIFT surveillance program.

Razor made of meteorite costs $100K

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2011

As far as I’m concerned the only person who needs a razor made of meteorites that costs $100K is Superman and then only if the meteorites are not from Krypton. Well, they’ve made one anyway. The Zafirro razor is an Iridium Razor available in a limited edition.

99 pieces in all. They cost a hundred thousand Dollars apiece. Why? Because Iridium is extremely rare and expensive. The metal is so dense that they say it can survive a drop into molten lava. I’ll stick with something cheaper.

Sega’s online Pass hacked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2011

Looks like Sega is the latest online entity that has been hacked. Sega Pass, the company’s web portal, suffered a breach on Thursday, which affected 1.29 million users. The hackers got everything. Usernames, the customer’s real names, birth dates, passwords, email addresses, etc.

They did not get credit / debit card numbers however. Sega’s keeping the Pass service offline for now while it beefs up security. We wonder who will be next and when this craziness will stop.

New Dutch coins have QR codes

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2011

Looks like currency continues to evolve as the Royal Dutch Mint has now released two new coins for its 100th anniversary, a silver 5 EUR coin and a gold 10 EUR coin. The front of the coins look pretty cool, but are nothing noteworthy, while the back has a QR code that takes citizens to the Royal Dutch Mint website.

The Mint has also promised a “surprise” for when the money gets official and is available later this month. And no, that surprise is not free money. Probably just QR codes on something else.

LulzSec takes down the CIA website

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2011

What is it with hackers lately? The hacking group, LulzSec or Lulz Security, announced that they hacked the CIA last night on its twitter feed, saying “Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz”. Apparently the site was only down for a short time, maybe an hour.

If they took any info they aren’t talking about it. If there is any motive behind the attack, they haven’t said so. Some have even speculated that Lulzsec is really a US government sponsored false flag operation designed to encourage lawmakers into granting more surveillance and control over the internet. It also might just be mindless fun to these hackers.

Solar-powered delivery boxes that cook pizza

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Some students from Brooklyn’s James Madison and Edward R. Murrow high schools will be out in Manhattan’s Union Square tomorrow showing off their solar-powered pizza boxes. If you want a slice, be there. I’m hungry already.

These solar-powered pizza boxes are pretty impressive and can reach up to 200-degrees on a hot day and that is hot enough to cook pizza. We aren’t sure about all of the details. It just looks like tin-foil. Any excuse for some free pizza is fine with us though. Hopefully this will make the Pizza industry a bit greener.

Dry-All Will Save Your Gadgets

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

We all try to be careful, but accidents happen. And if your device is exposed to water or moisture, you are going to need some help. You could always dry it out with a container full of uncooked rice, but here’s a more portable and easier solution.

The Wet Emergency Kits from Dry-All. It’s a bag filled with absorbent beads. Just take out the battery and place the gadget in the bag. Dry-All has three different types of electronics bag, which can only be used once, and they take about 24-48 hours to dry it out. The smartphone bag can be reused up to 5 times and works in just 6 hours.

Trading cards: Now with an LCD and 2GB storage

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

The trading card is getting an upgrade, just like digital photo frames. Panini’s new trading cards will feature a small screen for video playback and 2GB of USB flash storage. They are a far cry from the trading cards we collected as kids.

Panini’s HRX (High Reel Xperience) cards aim to reinvent trading cards and hopefully change them forever. $20 will get you a pack of five cards. Random packs will have redeemable video card vouchers inside, which are just as rare as autographed and holographic cards. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

Square Enix gets hacked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Sony isn’t the only company to get hacked. The makers of Final Fantasy, Square Enix, has just been hacked as well. A few of their websites have been compromised and the company confirmed that the e-mail addresses of up to 25,000 customers who had registered for product updates may have been stolen.

Also, resumes of 350 people applying for jobs in its Canadian office could also have been copied from the web servers. They immediately took the sites offline to assess how it happened and what had been accessed, then they took the necessary measures to increase security of all of their websites, before going live again.

Blu Offers Social Networking Device for Smokers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that social networking is all the rage. It’s everywhere and on every device. And now electronic cigarettes are getting into the action.

Electronic cigarette maker Blu, you know those smokes that emit vapor instead of smoke, have a new way to join social networking and smoking. Now, Blu has a way for Blu cigarette smokers to gather with other Blu cigarette smokers.

Pandora now offering comedy stations

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

Pandora isn’t just about music anymore. The company is expanding beyond music-based radio stations and into the world of comedy. That’s good news, because we could all use a laugh sometimes. The streaming music service will offer more than 10,000 clips from over 700 comedians.

The new service will be ready to go sometime today. It will work the same exact way as any other Pandora station: you create new radio stations based on your favorite comedians and give the thumbs up or down for those tracks you like or dislike. What do you think? Is this a good move for Pandora?

Last typewriter maker shuts down

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Even though it took awhile, it now seems that the typewriter’s days are officially numbered. Godrej & Boyce closed down the last manufacturing plant of typewriters in the world on Wednesday. In the world! The factory was based in Mumbai, India.

As you may have noticed, the device has been replaced by computers, printers, tablets and keyboards. I’m surprised the old guy lasted this long. Even until 2009, the factory still produced between 10,000 to 12,000 typewriters per year. The demand now? About 800.

Connect A Sketch does just what it says

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Etch a sketch fans know that what the world needs is a connected version of the famous toy. And now it appears that they have one. Andrew Little came up with the idea, wanting to connect with others while he toiled away vertically and horizontally, creating works of art. It is called Connect A Sketch and basically he modified a pair of Etch A Sketches to make them work together. A wireless version is of course on the way.

The end game here is that users could log on to the Connect A Sketch website with a unique user ID and then be able to interact, even work together on artwork. Users can even draw on the Etch A Sketch at the same time, leave messages etc. Maybe even give somebody elses work of art a good shake to clear it, though that would be rude. It’s a great idea and a great way to get kids to be creative.