April 4, 2011

Google Fiber to Hit KC First

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Google is bestowing its goodness and high speed broadband service to Kansas City, Kansas. Google Fiber is said to be 100 times faster than any broadband connection now available and 2000 times faster than dial-up. The 1 GB service will be given to about 500,000 users.

Google's magnanimous offer is hyped to the max with terms like 'need for speed' tossed into its announcement and the connection should take place sometime next year. About 1,100 cities competed for the honor of being first, but frankly, we wish they had found a remote area still listening to that awful noise of dial-up.

via Google Blog

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March 4, 2011

Freakin' Friday! Happy Anniversary, Zelda and Link

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Let's wish a collective congrats to Nintendo as the Link franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Talk about feeling ancient. The original Zelda got me hooked on video games when it first came out. It seems fairly basic compared to games now, but it was certainly an improvement over Pong and I was never much for Pacman. And once in a while I get the urge to play it again as most of those relics are free to play online. For those of you who have a Wii, don't miss out on the latest version of Skyward Sword due out later this year.

Via Legend of Zelda

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February 7, 2011

Help Barbie and Ken Reunite - Or Not

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This is just wrong on so many levels. Ever since Barbie and Ken split, Mattel has been trying its hardest to reunite them because of complaints from buyers (and waning sales, no doubt.) The company has set up a site so that we can all vote to decide if Barbie will take her former beau back.

This marks Ken's 50th anniversary with the release of "Sweet Talking Ken" that is the ultimate boyfriend because he "says whatever you want him to say!" Oh, please. (That really means you can record what he says.) Mattel is also campaigning on Facebook, Twitter, hulu and YouTube to make its point.

Via Barbie and Ken

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January 27, 2011

emPower Glasses Means No Bifocal Lines

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For those who use and detest that line on bifocal glasses, PixelOptics has found a way to dispose of them. Their emPower lenses automatically change from regular to bifocals when you lower your head. It does this with a coating of liquid crystal and a built-in accelerometer than knows when you tilt down. If it seems disconcerting at first, the spectacles have 3 modes, automatic, manual on and manual off. The $1,2000 glasses need charging via its hidden battery.

Via PixelOptics

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January 17, 2011

TaoBao Lists Stolen iTunes Accounts

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We wouldn't even begin to know what category it was listed under but apparently about 50,000 supposedly hacked iTunes accounts were put on Taobao, China's largest online auction site. For a mere 200 yuan ($30,) a buyer could have purchased up to $200 worth of iTunes products. A reporter from the Global Times sent $5.00 via online payment and was then given an iTunes username and password. The GT reported that they finally removed the hacked iTunes accounts late last week and is considering adding them to a banned product list.

Via PC Pro

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January 6, 2011

New Generation of Mice Can Tweet

A team of Japanese scientists from the Osaka University's Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences decided to play around with genetic engineering and produced a mouse that tweets. Not Twitter tweet, bird tweets. They expected to produce a rodent that would have short legs and tail, but ended up with a batch of singers. While they plan to use them to study the origin of human speech, perhaps in a few eons we will be networking with creatures who eventually may speak English.

Via Google News

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December 31, 2010

AT&T "It Can Wait" Texting Warning

AT&T has been on an "It Can Wait" campaign to warn teens on the dangers of texting while driving since March. They made this video to further their case and, although it is difficult to watch, should be made mandatory for driver's ed classes in schools or for those who are applying for a license.

We are not sure that those in cars should be the only target. Adults do it too as well as those who are trying to contact the drivers in the first place. Perhaps if it was treated like the "open alcohol in car" mandate and made illegal nationally, the statistics would change. In the meantime, with the New Year coming up, show the video to those you love.

Via AT&T

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December 22, 2010

Track Santa Via NORAD

The countdown gets ever closer to Santa and NORAD's yearly tracking. Yeah, it's a little cheesy, but we dig it anyway. This year you can follow him and his reindeer on your mobile phone December 24 by going to Google Maps for Mobile and searching "Santa."

Via NORAD tracks Santa

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December 17, 2010

It's National Free Shipping Day!

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Today is Free Shipping Day! Order anything from one of over 1,700 online merchants and you will get delivery by Christmas Eve if you are in the US. Click on the link to find those involved and restrictions. Note that the deal is only valid for in-stock merchandise.

Via Free Shipping Day

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December 8, 2010

Bahnhof Underground Bunker Stores Wikileaks Data

Holy Moley, Batman! Check out the data center that now houses some of Wikileak's info. The Stockholm company Bahnhof owns the bunker that was originally built during the cold war. Energy comes from two used German submarine motors and if you sit through the entire video you will see that as they go down about 30 meters that this place is literally green and has a floating glass conference room.

By the way, Wikeleaks has changed its site to here if you want to keep up on the further adventures of the uncaped crusader Julian Assage.

Via Defense Tech

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