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Guy tries to rob store with Playstation controller

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

Maybe kids these days really are playing too many video games if they think they can rob a store using a Playstation controller. Did he intend to fire using R1 or the square button? We don’t know. We just know that he hid a Sony Playstation controller in his pocket and pretended it was a gun.

He was charged with armed robbery after an officer walked in on the robbery and got him. Right tool for the right job people. I wonder if the controller rumbled when they took him down.

Senate Democrat to propose Internet sales tax

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

US buyers who are making purchases on the Internet may soon need to pay state tax if a democratic senator has anything to say about it. The legislation will be made public after April 18, which is this year’s tax deadline. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is heading up the “Main Street Fairness Act”, arguing that sites like Amazon have an unfair advantage over physical and local businesses, since buyers don’t always pay taxes.

If you buy online a lot, you already know that American buyers who make purchases at out-of-state vendors don’t always have to pay sales tax. We have no idea if this would pass or not, but one key expected supporter, Representative William Delahunt, a Democrat, said he will not run for reelection in 2010. And a Republican-controlled House will likely object to the bill. What do you think of this act?

Darpa’s Hologram Goggles Will Call In The Drones

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

When you need to send in deadly robots, holograms might be the answer. As it is right now, authorizing and targeting air strikes is a process that can be bureaucratic. Sometimes it takes lawyers, intelligence analysts, air controllers, and commanders at multiple layers to get it done.

Well DARPA has a new idea. Give the job to one guy on the ground who can control a drone or manned plane that’s circling above. A single man is low profile enough to slip into areas that need slipping into without alarming the locals and giving away his position. The soldier would use the goggles to view markers and call in airstrikes.

SAT119: The Fire Extinguisher You Throw

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2011

Fire extinguishers are pretty easy to operate, but let’s face it, in life there’s always one guy who doesn’t get it, no matter how simple. So we need an extinguisher that even an idiot can use. The SAT119 will do the trick. It’s a Japanese invention. Just throw the SAT119 on a nearby fire and it is gone.

Of course you better throw it in the right spot and not miss. Okay, so it is nearly idiot-proof. It’s basically just a chemical mix that reacts instantly once released from its container. The blue liquid unleashes carbon dioxide that snuffs the oxygen right out of the fire. No oxygen, no fire. Right now the SAT119 is only good for small contained fire though. This could be pretty handy to have in an emergency however. Maybe to put out a fire in one small room.

Dish Network to buy Blockbuster for $228 million

Posted in News by Reuben Drake on April 6th, 2011

Dish Network has opened up it’s massive wallet today and announced that it will be acquiring Blockbuster for $228 million. The satellite provider participated in a bankruptcy court auction for Blockbuster, with a winning bid of $320 million. After some adjustments for cash and inventory, the companies both agreed on the final price.

So Blockbuster will continue in some form, we just aren’t sure what Dish’s plans are for it at this time. Who knows, maybe they will try to take on Netflix, though that might be futile.

California could ban Mobile Phones in Prisons

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

What’s the world coming to when a prisoner can’t even call his drug dealer? What’s a prostitute to do when she can’t call her pimp for a little advise? Sometimes you just need to call a friend on the outside and ask about the best way to make a shiv. Oh well.

California’s Public Safety Committee has approved a new bill that aims to crack down on the smuggling of mobile phones into prisons. The new law would have tough penalties for both the smugglers and inmates. If this bill passes, anyone who possesses a cell phone with the intent to deliver, or delivers a cellphone to an inmate, would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 per device.

Square Enix opens new studio for Xbox 720, PlayStation 4 and Wii 2

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

The Xbox 360 is about six-years old. The PlayStation 3 and Wii almost the same age. Microsoft and Sony had said that their current consoles will have 10-year life cycle and it looks like they were pretty on target. A Wii 2 is even expected this year to compete with the 360 and PS3′s Kinect and PlayStation Move motion controllers.

Now we have word that Square Enix, makers of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest to name a few, are already planning to open a 100 staff studio in Canada next year. This way they will be ready for the next generation consoles and get their games out accordingly.

AT&T Buys T-Mobile for $39 billion

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

AT&T has announced that it is acquiring T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion. I guess that’s the going rate for adding 33M customers all at once. Combined, the new entity will have about 129M subscribers. Both networks use GSM as the basic building block, so network consolidation should be pretty effortless.

AT&T has just become more powerful. Deutsche Telecom, the parent company will have an 8% stake in AT&T if the deal is approved by the government. T-Mobile users will gain access to the iPhone and eventually to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. What do you think? Is this ultimately good for consumers?

The Batman Suite is $50 for 3 Hours

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

At rates like that, no wonder Bruce Wayne is rich. If you want to live the Batman lifestyle, you have to pay. The Eden Exoticism Planet Hotel in Taiwan has a one-of-a-kind Bat Cave designed for your Bat-inspired erotic fantasies.

It will cost you $50 for three hours. You and your Bat-girl will be treated to special touches like a yellow and black bat signal headboard and an actual batmobile seat. There are bats of course, movie posters and other bat-fixtures as well.

Jolicloud outs Joli OS 1.2

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

As promised, Jolicloud is now offering Joli OS 1.2 for download. Sounds jolly to us. The cloud-based operating system makes finding, making and sharing web apps easier than ever before. The app creation process is whats new, letting users quickly create simple apps.

The OS has a large social component, letting users follow other Joli OS users and see their apps. Aside from that, the interface has also been refreshed, and Dropbox is integrated to allow file sharing between Joli OS devices. There’s also an HTML 5-based Chrome web app that doesn’t require you to download any software, just log in.

20% of Americans use the internet while driving

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2011

Texting while driving is already a serious problem, but now there’s another danger to watch out for. Drivers who use the internet on the phone while driving. According to a survey by US insurance company, State Farm, one in five Americans that own a smartphone admits to using the internet while driving.

One of the biggest reasons they log on to the internet is to check their social networks. Other reasons cited were looking for directions, reading email or just searching for topics that interest them. Most of the time this occurs during red lights or when drivers are caught in traffic jams. I guess that at least is good news.

The crystal ball gets updated for the 21st century

Posted in News by Reuben Drake on March 1st, 2011

I see the future of the crystal ball…It is hazy…No wait. Here it is. This 3.9″ crystal ball displays a hologram type of image inside, so it would be perfect to display a company’s advertisement, but pricey.

We’re talking over the $4,000 mark. Just connect it to a DVD or video player to project footage into a new magical dimension. It can also be enjoyed at home if you are wealthy enough. Wow your friends with films, music videos and games in a whole new way. Or heck, just use it in your palm reading business.

Coke and Heinz to use PlantBottles

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

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that its bottle technology will now also be used by Heinz for its ketchup packaging. The bottle technology was launched in 2009 and uses a plastic sourced from sugarcane waste to replace 30 per cent of the plastic in bottles.

Heinz will introduce PlantBottled ketchup this summer across the US. That means that 120 million of its 20-ounce retail and foodservice bottles will now get the partly renewable packaging. These PlantBottles will even have a special label with environmental messages. Coke wants to invest more than $150 million in the PlantBottle technology. Their goal is to reach 100 per cent renewable and recyclable packaging as soon as they can.

Girl Scouts in Ohio accepting mobile payments for cookies

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

Girl scout cookies. Tasty and overpriced. So it’s understandable if you don’t have the cash that these girls want for their goods. If you’re in Northeast Ohio you won’t need cash anymore. The local Girl Scout group there has teamed up with Intuit to accept credit cards using the company’s GoPayment app for iOS and Android.

The Ohio group may have been the first to sign up, but Intuit is now also extending the same offer to Girl Scout organizations across the US. So you will likely see this in your area as well.

iGrow promises to regrow your hair

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

Listen up all you George Costanzas and Captain Picards. Laser-based hair rejuvenation is your answer. Specifically the iGrow, a stylish new bit of head-gear from Apira Science. It features 21 laser diodes and 30 LED lights.

The company says that this machine matches the output of most clinical hair lasers, and it should result in “thicker, fuller and healthier” hair in just a “few short months.” You buying this? The iGrow also includes a remote that has been programmed for both men and women, and it has a built-in set of headphones that you can use with your own iPod or MP3 player. Damn. This thing is packed with features. It will cost you $695.