Archive for Mar 31, 2011

Geek makes slingshot that shoots machetes

I vote this guy most likely to lose a finger. If you watched the Walking Dead, you know that we have to be ready for the zombie hoards at any time. One geek is ready with his own homemade slingshot gun that doesn't fling any namby-pamby rocks or BB's. This slingshot is for the zombie killer with vision and slings machetes, not the Danny Trejo type mind you.

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Samsung 22-inch transparent LCD displays hit production

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass-production of 22-inch transparent LCD displays, with two models - capable of either black & white or color images - in the first range to be offered. Rather than a traditional backlight, the 1680 x 1050 displays (which have 500:1 contrast ratios) use ambient light to illuminate them; Samsung has boosted transparency to 15-20% (over 5% in normal panels) so that sunlight is enough to make the picture visible.

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Coffee Joulies will keep your tongue from burning

I am not a coffee drinker, my wake up and get going drink is a nice can of Dr. Pepper. I know some people that simply can't function if they don't have their coffee in the morning. If you are one of these sorts that must have coffee to get going and you are too impatient to wait for your brew to cool Dave & Dave over on Kickstarter have a project that you need to help fund.

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Sony Ericsson confirms XPERIA Play shipping delay; will miss April 1 release on some carriers

Sony Ericsson has confirmed shipping delays that could mean the XPERIA Play might miss its April 1 release date in the UK at some carriers and vendors. SlashGear was contacted by several XPERIA Play pre-order customers who had received a Vodafone update that, due to a hiccup in Sony Ericsson's delivery process, their pre-orders would not arrive on April 1 as promised.

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Microsoft demands EU antitrust investigation into Google

Microsoft is demanding the European Union begin an antitrust trial investigating Google, with the company planning to make an official request today. According to Microsoft's Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Brad Smith, the company is "concerned by a broadening pattern of conduct aimed at stopping anyone else from creating a competitive alternative" and points to two interventions by the US Department of Justice as evidence that steps are required to "thwart Google’s unlawful conduct from impeding fair competition."

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Amazon chasing Cloud Player deals over label “bad blood”

Amazon may have taken a cavalier attitude toward music licensing issues when it launched Cloud Player, but behind the scenes it's believed to be scurrying desperately to secure new streaming deals with labels. According to a WSJ report, Amazon is in talks with the four major record labels "aimed at minimizing bad blood"; the retailer had only informed labels as to its intentions with Cloud Player the week before the service launched.

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Acer CEO quits over product development disagreements [Updated]

Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci has resigned, stepping down from the company with immediate effect. Acer claims the change - which will see chairman J.T. Wang take the acting CEO role in the interim - was down to Lanci holding "different views from a majority of the board members" which "could not reach a consensus following several months’ of dialog."

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Google +1 embeds recommendations into search [Video]

Google has launched a sharing button of its own, competing for space with Facebook's "Like" button and the Twitter "Tweet" button. Google +1 takes advantage of the search engine's huge user base, flagging up the recommendations of your friends and contacts directly on the search results page; as long as you're signed in, you'll see positive feedback on the results your friends approve of.

Video demo after the cut

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Google puts Android on lock-down: Non-fragmentation contracts, standardized ARM chips, more

Google's approach to Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the version of its OS designed for tablets, has drawn criticism recently over the search giant's refusal to release the source code to OEMs; now, it seems, that could be part of a push to reduce fragmentation. According to DigiTimes' sources, Google is considering "standardizing" not only the Honeycomb software but collaborating with ARM to standardize the chipsets Android 3.0 will run on. Meanwhile, BusinessWeek claims execs from multiple big name companies have confirmed that Google now insists on "non-fragmentation clauses" from partners hoping to have the earliest access to Android code, limiting the changes they can make to the UI, services and apps, and even which companies they can partner with.

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