October 5, 2010

vChatter, Chatroulette Without the Nekkid Guy


With Chatroulette you still can find yourself at the very least face to face with a nekkid person. Will Bunker, who originally created what is now Match.com, decided to build vChatter, a Facebook app that launched in May and already has over 2.5 million users. Now there is a stand alone site with the advantages of meeting others based on geography, gender and age.

Via vChatter

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October 4, 2010

Verizon to Make $90 Million Payback


Verizon wants to right a wrong that occurred to over 15 million of its customers that either used a small amount of data or accidentally went online. A total of $90 million will be refunded in amounts of $2 - $6 in the form of a credit in the next month or so for current customers or a check for those who have moved on to other companies.

Via Verizon

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September 23, 2010

Card 2.0 Good for Multi-Accounts, More Secure


Dynamics Inc. has developed Card 2.0, which includes fully programmable electronic stripes instead of traditional magnetic ones. Not only will it read any POS, it stores any information on the card itself. One battery charge is good for over 3 years of usage. Take your choice from two models.

Access one of two MultiAccounts by pressing a button on the first card. A small light illuminates the one that is chosen and is ready to be swiped. The Hidden Card has five buttons and a thin display that conceals part of the number, thereby making it useless if lost or stolen. To turn this one on, a PIN number must be used before the entire number is displayed. It has auto-turnoff and is self-erasing, thereby being useful securitywise. Watch for more cards to be available in time from Dynamics and other companies to support similar technology.

Via Dynamics

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September 17, 2010

Exmobaby Onesie Monitors Tots


You will soon be able to monitor your baby all the time, probably more than you want. By next year, Exmovere begins selling its limited edition of 1,000 Exmobaby Pajama Kits in blue or pink. The set includes the garment, a Zigbee transceiver and software with cellie monitoring. Parents can keep track of their child's heartbeat, emotional state and activity level. They have the additional bonus of checking for conditions such as sleep apnea, choking and SIDS related dangers. While the onesies are designed for keeping track of the basics, we think it should beep every time your infant wets its diaper.

Via Globe Newswire

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September 15, 2010

HP Personal Shopper at NYC Fashion Week

Check out HP's touchscreen monitor that brought NY Fashion Week to the here and now. Using TouchSmart technology, the 3 panel system allows users to browse the latest designs from Diane Von Furstenberg and get more details, including accessories, and to rate them. Other ones were made to keep up instantly via Twitter and Facebook.

Via Dvice

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August 30, 2010

On Becoming Part of the Internet Network


For those of us that watched as technology "bloomed" in the last few years, we are still amazed at all the ways it can be used now. We are not talking about the tweeting of Lindsey Lohan after her early escape from rehab or the meteoric rise of Justin Bieber. We are referring to how it keeps us in touch with everyone and everything important. Suffice it to say that the election of Barack Obama was partially won because of the Interweb.


Coverage of disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the flood in Pakistan gave us almost instant awareness. And in case we forget, there are reporters like Brian Williams with coverage about the first five days after Katrina as he and a film crew spent that first night in the Astrodome. As another example, the ROVs continue to monitor the Gulf oil spill.

How can we not be moved by the images and video that are coming from the Chilean Mining disaster? No doubt the communication via cameras placed inside is as important to them as it is to family members on the surface. And a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, led by William Lange, who first spotted the Titanic on the Atlantic Ocean's floor, is now revisiting the site with 3D cameras. We see those images almost as soon as they do, even if they are only 2D.


As so many of us now have smartphones, we can capture an incident as it happens and post it online, making us all reporters on the global IN (Internet Network.) We should not take that responsibility lightly, however. One only needs to see the recent edited video of DOA worker Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign after footage hinted that she was a racist. You can see/read the entire speech here. Let's continue to use technology for good and honest reasons.

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July 9, 2010

Chase Bank App - Deposit By iPhone


Chase is now offering an updated iPhone/touch app that allows you to deposit a check by scanning the front and the back of it. While USAA is already offering the same service, this may actually become a trend as Chase is a larger bank. The Mobile Banking update is free.

Via iTunes Store

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June 8, 2010

iPhone 4 Comes Out to Play

As per usual, you couldn't escape the hoopla surrounding Steve Jobs at yesterday's WWDC as he announced the wonders of the iPhone 4. With video calling, retina display, the ability to multi-task and HD video recording, the redesigned smartphone is certainly a thing to behold, but you gotta chuckle that the festivities manages to bring out the cult of Apple as you hear the crowd reaction to everything the J-man says.

Via Apple

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June 1, 2010

SYNC Adds TDI Services


Those who covet their automobile SYNC systems will be pleased to know that the service has one-upped itself by offering more services from the TDI (Traffic, Directions & Information) sector. They include getting stock market quotes, specific movie show times, travel inquiries and the one thing we cannot live without, a daily horoscope. The updates should take place immediately so run, do not walk, to see if you will be having a good day.

Via Market Watch

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May 27, 2010

Vivitek Projector Throws 95 Inch Image


Projectors continue to throw larger images but we suspect that the winner here is the short-throw from Vivetek. Already available in Taiwan and soon to be sold elsewhere, it projects an incredible 95". It supports 3D, has 3,000 lumens of brightness and a contest ratio of 2,500:1. This puppy will set you back about $2,456.00.

Via DigiTimes

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