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Trapped Chilean miners get PSPs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

If anyone ever needed some entertainment, it is people stuck in a mine. It helps to take your mind off the fact that you are in an enclosed space and trapped there for months. At least for a few moments anyway.

Just in case you have been in a mine of your own, there are 33 miners trapped in a collapsed mine shaft in Chile right now, and they are going to be down there for a long time. Maybe three to four months. Thank god for video games.

Liquid Wood could replace everything plastic

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

We use a ton of oil to create plastics for everything from watches to bicycle helmets. It hasn’t been easy to find a replacement material that can be just as tough, versatile and easy to produce, but German inventors have developed a new material that has a lot of promise. It could replace everything plastic using something as natural as wood.

It looks like wood and feels like wood. The material is called Arboform and is produced after combining lignin, a discarded element of regular wood with natural resins, flax and fiber. Arboform is ideal since it can be molded into any object form which is normally made using petroleum products.

Free iPad scam hits Facebook and Twitter

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s some sound advice that you can apply to everything in life. Especially when it comes to internet “offers”. And there’s a sucker born every minute. Messages on Facebook or Twitter which offer a free iPad, are bait for these gullible people.

You should avoid these at all cost. since this scam spreads through hacked accounts and will ask you to check out a website that offers to send free iPads to everyone who responds. Twitter and Facebook are aware of the situation. Facebook is sending out password resets to hacked individuals.

Machine turns plastic back into oil

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Plastics are an important part of our lives, but there are some environmental issues. That’s why the Japanese have come up with a machine that is capable of turning plastic back into oil that can be used to create gasoline, diesel, or kerosene.

That’s big time recycling there. The process can turn 1kg of plastic back into 1l of oil, which isn’t to shabby and it doesn’t even create any CO2 during the process. With this technique we can get far more out of our resources.

Dish Network launching DishOnline.com to stream cable networks to subscribers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Dish Network and it’s subscribers are joining the 21st century at last. DishOnline.com opens up online and offers on-demand streaming of content to its subscribers. At least 15 channels will stream live, including all the major networks and extras like Syfy and Comedy Central.

Right now however, selection looks a bit limited. The site will also provide remote DVR scheduling and let Sling users stream recorded content right from their device. The service will go live in the next few days and will only be available to Dish subscribers. Might be a good time to subscribe.

HBO hits the iPad and mobile devices in six months

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

If you need a dose of True Blood on your iPad, you won’t have long to wait. In an interview with Bloomberg, HBO Co-President Eric Kessler made an off-hand comment that in six month’s time, HBO Go would be available “through all major cable systems, on Apple’s iPad, on mobile devices and elsewhere,”.

It would be free for those of you who already are signed up to HBO. Aside from that, the company still has a cold attitude toward Netflix. Having HBO go portable sounds good to us.

Dish to bring streaming TV to mobile devices

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Dish Network hopes to not only keep their current subscribers happy, but also gain some new subscribers by adding another value-added service. They want you to be able to watch satellite TV programs on your mobile devices. Without paying an extra dime for it.

That’s right, this means that your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and BlackBerrys will be able to take advantage of this starting next month. Android users will have to wait an extra month. Unless the mobile user has a Dish-compatible, dual-tuner DVR at home, however, they will have to watch whatever channel is set at home.

Is the Apple iPod nano a possible fire hazard?

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Not that we knew of. However, Japan’s industry ministry has just ordered Apple to report on selected steps it will take concerning cases of iPod nanos overheating, which gives it a risk of catching fire. So far, overheating cases concerning the 2005 iPod nano while charging have caused at least 27 incidents. Out of those half a dozen fires were recorded which required firefighters to be called.

Aside from that, four different people suffered burns when they touched the device which overheated during charging. Apparently the ministry issued Apple Japan to take measures several times, but nothing has been done yet.

Pandora Internet Radio hits 60 million subscribers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Pandora Internet Radio has just announced that their site now has 60 million users registered to listen to their personalized online radio service. Pandora started back in 2000 and offers thousands of songs to users with a collection of 90,000 artists, of which 80% are played each month. That’s a ton of music.

Just type the name of one of your favorite songs or singers into Pandora and the Genome Project will provide the music. But judging by the numbers most of you are already using Pandora, so I don’t have to tell you that.

BP posts fake Oil Crisis Command Center photo

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

In addition to all of the other lies that BP has been caught telling, now they have been exposed for posting a Photoshopped image of their Oil Crisis Command Center on the main BP website. The original image posted by BP which has now been removed, looks legitimate at first glance. But upon closer examination, it is obviously a very poor cut and paste job.

A spokesman for BP said that there was nothing sinister in the photo alteration and provided the original unaltered version. He said that a photographer working for the company had inserted the three images in spots where the video screens were blank.

The Candwich is a sandwich in a can

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

I thought I had seen it all in weird foods. I was wrong. Here is something a bit horrifying and disgusting. The “Candwich” is now on store shelves. Yes, it’s a sandwich in a can. You can get strawberry jelly and peanut butter, grape jelly and BBQ chicken.

If that doesn’t sound disgusting, I don’t know what is. No word on price, but this would be tough to eat even in a disaster situation. Oh and there’s a candy surprise inside.

Telescopic Eye Implant gets approved by the FDA

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2010

Eyesight is often the first thing to go as we age, but by the time we need them we may just have robotic eyes. VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies has now had its implantable miniature telescope approved by the FDA. It’s designed for patients over 75 years old, who are suffering from end-stage macular degeneration.

It magnifies and projects images onto a healthy portion of the retina. The downside is that it can only be used in one eye, since the other eye is needed for your peripheral vision, which you wouldn’t want to be without.

Burger King in Japan offers Personal Music Showers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2010

Don’t like the music at Burger King? Folks in Tokyo Japan can now enjoy their own personal choice of music at outlets with “musical showers”, which basically is a hanging speaker above your table that will play your preferred music which will be more or less confined to your table.

The music comes from an iPod/iPhone dock installed on the wall, where you can dock your device and send the music directly to the speaker above your head.

Band-aid monitors your heart

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2010

The Piix Smart Band-Aid isn’t designed for cuts and scrapes. It will instead monitor your heart and report your cardiac activity to you. Qualcomm is working with CARDIONET on the device.

It’s capable of beat-to-beat, real time analysis, automatic arrhythmia detection and wireless ECG transmission. The sensors can also be modified to monitor various other cardiac activity. And as they say, knowing is half the battle.

Do the Kindle and iPad slow down your reading?

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2010

According to a survey, when you compare the reading speed of a paper book with the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle 2, those devices will slow you down by as much as 10.7%.

The participants took an average of 17 minutes and 20 seconds to read each story, but were found to read 6.2% slower than printed paper when using an iPad and 10.7% slower on the Kindle. The participants apparently complained about the iPad’s weight and the Kindle’s weak contrast.