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Google almost tapped Jobs as CEO in 2000

Google almost tapped Jobs as CEO in 2000

Back before Google owned almost everything on the internet, in 2000, they were building the base of their Mountain View operation. Their venture capitalist backers decided that they needed "adult supervision". John Doerr came in and arranged a number of meetings for Google's co-founders Larry Page and Serge Brin. The goal? Google's new CEO. The pair met with Intel's Andry Grove, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and others. Page and Brin turned all of these guys down. Why? Because they had one person they wanted to lead their new company, Steve Jobs.

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Corning – A Day Made of Glass

Corning – A Day Made of Glass

Gorilla Glass is a common component in today's smartphones and tablets. If you have an iPhone 4 or one of Samsung's Galaxy S you're already enjoying the benefits of Corning's scratch and impact resistant glass. Corning has been working in glass and ceramics materials since 1851. They recently released this short video showcasing dozens of conceptual future uses for various types of electronically integrated glass panels. Corning's vision for the future of these multifunction panels features everything from hand-held touch reactive displays (modeled after the iPhone) to built in architectural display panels in everything from the bathroom mirror to kitchen counters to the entire dash of your car.

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iPad 1 Price Drops at AT&T

iPad 1 Price Drops at AT&T

The iPad was already one of the most compelling tablets available. AT&T just sweetened the pot by dropping the price of their 3G capable models by another hundred bucks beyond what they already discounted. The company is offering the 64GB model with Wi-Fi and 3G support for $529, that's more than 30% off of the price at launch. The $529 price was being used for the 32GB model, but apparently AT&T doesn't mind losing a little off of their bottom line. The 16GB model is being offered for a $429. How long are these deals going to last? Not long, with the release of the successor, the supplies of the original are dwindling at best. If you were looking for an iPad with AT&T, now is the time to buy.

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Kinect bringing sight to the blind, sorta.

Kinect bringing sight to the blind, sorta.

Some graduate students at Universität Konstanz in Germany put together a project based on Microsoft's popular Kinect system. Instead of using the system as a gaming controller, they take the Infrared camera's visual data from a helmet mounted Kinect and uses it to relay audio instructions through a wireless headset. This could possibly give the blind warnings about obstructions and directions at a larger distance than the current white cane and/or seeing eye dog system in popular use today. They call it the NAVI, Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired.

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Ubertooth One: New Bluetooth Sniffing Tool

Ubertooth One: New Bluetooth Sniffing Tool

Michael Ossmann set out to make Bluetooth sniffing cheap and easy. Because of the way that bluetooth works (watch the videos if you want the technical details) there will never be a consumer product with any kind of monitoring or sniffing mode. The only hardware options when he began the project cost around a thousand dollars. So, he began to design an "open source bluetooth sniffing platform" that was relatively cheap and portable. Having never engaged in any sort of digital circuit tomfoolery prior to this project, he started with knowledge of Ohm's law, V = IR. And, ended up with these nifty little dongles.

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Who’s Scanning the TSA Body Scanners?

Who’s Scanning the TSA Body Scanners?

The TSA will be wasting time and money re-testing hundreds of the millimeter wave body scanners after workers apparently forgot to divide by ten on their paperwork. These erroneous results came up in the last round of tests. They are meant to measure the radiation the agency zaps members of the public with daily. No worries, it's all in the interest of security. The reported radiation levels were ten times higher than expected. "We understand it as a calculation error," said TSA spokesman Sarah Horowitz. The TSA reports that the units will not be taken offline for the testing, as they are still perfectly safe.

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IPad 2 Launch, Apple Ships a Third of Expected Numbers

IPad 2 Launch, Apple Ships a Third of Expected Numbers

A lot of people are possibly going to go home disappointed today. With all of the people out there in lines all afternoon, we have reports from an Apple Campus Store that they only received in a third of the shipment they were expecting. We also received reports from a few different Best Buy's around the country. There are no more than 5 units at any of the locations we polled. It seems Apple spread the shipments out around various stores throughout the area, there isn't any single place to go to get the model you're looking for. As far as how many are available at the official Apple retail outlets, they were unwilling to comment.

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IPad2 Launch, lines not too crazy

IPad2 Launch, lines not too crazy

Today is a big day for technophiles everywhere. Apple is about to release their latest and greatest, the iPad 2. I went to take a look at the hooplah and see what was going on. Lines are stacking up outside of Apple stores around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. When we left the Dallas retail location there were already sixty-six people lined up outside, and there are still a few hours left to go until they let them in. A little earlier in the day, there were already eighty people stacked up outside of the store in Northpark Mall.

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Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

fungus amungus posted this over on Instructables last week. It's a simple mod that allows you to turn a dead Nintendo Entertainment System into a neat little USB gadget. This is a simple little hack, but it's definitely worth checking out. It's a two part mod, he needed to modify both the NES and the cartridges to make the whole NES USB-Flash franken-marriage happen. But, broken NES's are a dime a dozen, and anyone can get Tetris on a hundred-dozen different platforms.

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