"Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Google previewed Android 3.0 and informed us that we can expect an improved Web browser, refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience, and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive..." | more
"Tron's digital world was first envisioned way back in the era of mullets and New Wave, over three decades ago. People then didn't anticipate that the Internet of the future would be filled with porn and image macros of little kitties. This continues to the sequel; thankfully someone decided that the absence of LOLcats in Tron had to stop." | more
""The director asked the task force to examine whether the latest release of WikiLeaks documents might affect the agency's foreign relationships or operations," CIA spokesman George Little said, according to the Washington Post. The CIA's Counterintelligence Center is leading the new task force, which is also made up of more than two dozen members from departments across the agency.
"Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use," it said. "Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only (AO) content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect." | more
"Now with smartphones with cameras, we have a new type of magic. As Arthur C. Clarke said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." That's what some will think about a new iPhone app called Word Lens, which uses the camera to translate printed word from one language to another. The current release only has support for Spanish to English and English to Spanish, each language pack costing $5 each.
"Science has always marched on and left speculative fiction looking like an antiquated throwback, but we never thought this would happen. Apparently researchers in Bristol University in the UK are studying how to use ultrasonic waves to manipulate objects, like say, screws, at a distance." | more
"GM wants to power your car with nothing but fumes. Internal combustion has never been efficient. In fact, during the Victorian era, it was rejected in favor of steam power because of the rarity of petroleum. It's only these days, thanks to the abundance of oil from places like the Middle East that we can efficiently run on gasoline. Even with readily available sources for the combustible fuel, the act of using it to power our cars produces a lot of excess heat that doesn't get converted to mileage.
"Scientists just love E. coli, don't they? First, they have the little gut microbes solve a game of sudoku. Now, two researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia want to use the little pathogenic packets for transmitting information between nanobots." | more
"One such man horrified by his picture appearing on Street View was 56-year-old Bob Mewse. Bob saw his picture and was immediately embarrassed. No, Street View hadn't caught him falling asleep on the side of the road, or peeing against a wall, or with a woman who wasn't his wife. Mr. Mewse was horrified because he realised he'd gained a lot of weight. "I was horrified when I saw that photo. I was massive.
"At FPD International 2010 this week, Samsung demoed a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED display. SlashGear reports Samsung's display is possible because the company has developed a manufacturing process that allows the plastic substrate to withstand the 350-400 degree temperatures involved when assembling the various AMOLED layers." | more
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