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Can I Borrow Your Sausage?

posted Sunday Feb 14, 2010 by Josh Henry

Can I Borrow Your Sausage?

Those wacky Europeans are at it again. Apparently when it comes to touchscreen phones, citizens in Finland prefer resistive touchscreen phones over capacitive touchscreen phones. The reason being, capacitive screens - which rely on the electrical charge in your finger - don't work if you're wearing gloves, unlike resistive which is based on pressure. So, if you aren't a fan of the cold weather and absolutely dread taking your gloves off, even for a few seconds during an intense Finnish blizzard, there's some good news for you!

When I was reading about this I honestly didn't understand why a person couldn't just remove their gloves for a short time, but then again I am from Brazil and live in Florida - so cold isn't a word in my immediate vocabulary (until this year apparently.) Thanks to the innovative Koreans, there may be a solution for the people of Finland. Just use a sausage!

Facebook Pulls the Plug on Pestering Prisoners

posted Sunday Feb 14, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Facebook Pulls the Plug on Pestering Prisoners

With technology taking over, being behind bars doesn't necessarily exclude you from the world as much as it used to. In fact, security seems to be much more lenient. With some prisons allowing inmates to watch television is their cells, to somehow being able to gain access to the Internet, being locked up doesn't seem half bad. In England, 30 pages have been taken down by Facebook, pages of prisoners. The prisoners were able to use these pages to provoke victims and their families from the slammer.

Jack Straw, UK Justice Secretary stated "The abuse of social networking sites by prisoners is offensive to public morality and decency -- updating these sites from within prison is an offence under prison rules and using them to abuse victims is deplorable."

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games - Opening Ceremonies

posted Sunday Feb 14, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games - Opening Ceremonies

Everyone in the world is probably now aware that the winter Olympics have begun in Vancouver, Canada. They opened Friday night at BC Place with one of the most interesting winter games opening ceremonies ever. After the Beijing Summer games and their opening ceremonies, which was the most expensive and elaborate in history, Canada had a lot to live up to. They hired a great executive producer, David Atkins, who is not afraid to think a little crazy to produce an unmatched presentation.

Atkins decided that thousands of participants, like the Beijing ceremonies, was not the way to show off Canada. Instead, he wowed the audience with the inclusion of A LOT of technology, including more than 100 projectors, and unique stage effects.

Pirate Bay First Mate Looks To Share Booty

posted Saturday Feb 13, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Pirate Bay First Mate Looks To Share Booty

Most everyone is familiar with The Pirate Bay and its legal nightmares. You probably are not familiar with a new web service called Flattr which is being developed by Mr. Sunde who was one of the top 3 admins for The Pirate Bay. Essentially, it is a micro payment system that members can subscribe to for a nominal monthly fee. Members who have Flattr buttons on their websites will receive a portion of the total membership fees collected for the month based on the number of clicks received though the Flattr button on their web pages. Sunde stated,

Amazon Kindles The Flame Of Competition With the iPad

posted Friday Feb 12, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Amazon Kindles The Flame Of Competition With the iPad

In the left corner weighing in at 10.3 ounces. The pride of the e-book reader industry. The Amazon Kindle! In the right corner, the challenger, weighing in at 1.5lbs., the Apple iPad! Wait a minute, this match up seems a little one sided. After all the iPad is more than just an e-book reader. Many of you may be wondering what in the world Amazon is thinking by directly competing with the iPad. Apple's new pride and joy turned up a little over two weeks ago and Amazon wasted no time releasing some impressive numbers regarding the Kindle in Q4 last year. There was a 42% increase in sales and a 71% increase in net income. Amazon execs are expecting a promising year for both versions of the Kindle, especially since 6 Kindle books are sold for every 10 physical books. Their CFO, Tom Szkutak stated, "We believe that readers deserve to have a dedicated device." That reasoning certainly has worked well for them but what do others think about the iPad as a competing e-book reader? Goldman Sachs analyst James Mitchell said,

Better Than a GPS: New Software Allows Doctors to Navigate the Human Body

posted Sunday Jan 31, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Better Than a GPS: New Software Allows Doctors to Navigate the Human Body

Seems like everyone has a GPS these days. Who wouldn't want one? After all, it can lead you wherever you want to go with easy-to-view maps and directions. Well, what if they took the great idea of GPS and incorporated it into a device that allows doctors to navigate the body? Good news, they've done just that.

Fortunately, some new software announced by researchers this week will give doctors the capability of viewing 3-D images of their patient's coronary arteries. Although it is not fully developed, this may be a huge breakthrough for Cardiologists, and in the long run may prevent heart disease from being as serious as it is currently. Since it is the number one killer in America, Doctors are thrilled to hear about the software. Like a GPS system, the software will allow a more accurate view, much quicker. Technology has come far in the medical field and this will take the 2-D images cardiologists view now, to a whole new level. Although it was just recently tested on humans for the first time the development is on schedule and after being tested on many more patients in the U.S., then all over the world, the software should be released.

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