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Friday, 12 Nov 2010, 00.21

If you think FaceTime on the new iPhone is cool, you probably can't wait for the age of holo-chat. A new holographic technology being developed at the University of Arizona could eventually let us interact with lifelike images of friends living across the globe.

Arizona researchers have made their first demonstration of a holographic display that projects 3-D images from another location in near-real time. The images are static, but they are refreshed every two seconds, creating a strobe-like effect of movement.The researchers hope to improve the new technology over the next few years to bring higher resolution and faster image streaming.
"What we have come up with is a new technique to build three-dimensional telepresence, which means that we can take objects from one location and show them in another location in 3-D in near-real time," said Nasser ... Read More »

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Friday, 12 Nov 2010, 00.18

Forget the airport taxi: from the Persian Gulf to Punta Cana and Hong Kong to Bora-Bora, upscale hotels, resorts, lodges, and safari camps are perfecting the art of the unique arrival. These days, a “shuttle” to the hotel is more likely to be a helicopter or a speedboat than a lowly minivan. Or it may be something even more dramatic … anyone for some paragliding?

Whoever said “Getting there is half the fun” was clearly on to something, especially where today’s high-end lodgers are concerned. Whether by sea, air, or ingenious — and often indigenous — overland passage, many travelers these days are being treated to holiday thrills well before they actually arrive at their holiday destination.
Slideshow: World's coolest hotel transfers
Of course, the idea of packing luxury and leisure into every travel moment — while providing hotels a unique op ... Read More »

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Friday, 12 Nov 2010, 00.16

It's a great idea: Sprint, a carrier that probably won't be selling a real iPhone anytime soon, can sorta deliver one to its customers by selling a case that connects an iPod Touch to the carrier's 3G network.

And that's just what the ZTE Peel does. It wraps around the iPod and creates a secure Wi-Fi network that the Touch links to. For $80 up front and then $30 per month, that is. (No contract, though!) Another speed bump: It only works on older iPod Touches, not the ones Apple currently is selling.
OK, so it's got pricing and compatibility issues, and it's pretty bulky, since it packs its own battery that you have to remember to recharge. But let's look at the bright side! If you go in on this, you will be able to fool at least some people into thinking you have an iPhone. And if you need help with that, you're in luck, because Lifehacker just upd ... Read More »

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Friday, 12 Nov 2010, 00.09

With long days of AP classes, evenings and weekends overloaded with homework and extracurricular activities, endless studying for SATs and ACTs, filling out college applications and writing the dreaded college essays, it's high-stress time for many high school seniors.
“I’ve only seen the high stakes of college increase pressure in families,” said Fred Kaelin, executive director of Dynamy Internship Year, a U.S.-based residential gap year program. “The idea of any kind of pause almost doesn’t even dawn on people.”

Taking a gap year — time off between high school and college — is designed to be a break from academics before college, for personal growth, travel, or to participate in community service or internships. It is common in a number of European countries and Australia.
Experts say no one tracks the exact numbers of American students taki ... Read More »

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Friday, 12 Nov 2010, 00.05

General Electric Co plans to buy 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 for its corporate fleet and to lease to customers, in a move it said could help speed acceptance of the technology.
The largest U.S. conglomerate initially will buy 12,000 vehicles made by General Motors Co, including the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt. It plans to buy other manufacturers' electric vehicles as they are introduced.

GE makes equipment for the electric grid that will charge these vehicles and owns a stake in battery maker A123 Systems . It estimated that it could generate $500 million in electric vehicle-related revenue over the next three years.
(Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)
The cars will go both into GE's fleet of cars and trucks used by staff and be leased out by a unit of GE Capital that leases cars and other vehicles to busi ... Read More »

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Thursday, 11 Nov 2010, 23.59

The iPad needed a nemesis, and this month Samsung offers up the first credible one.
To some, the Galaxy Tab is a compact — or just too small — iPad wannabe; to others, it's a stretched-out version of the popular Galaxy S Android phone, minus the ability to make calls. But to Steve Jobs, it should be a flaming arrow in the iPad's thatched roof. One little fire may be easy for Apple to douse, but it's the first of many arrows. Things are gonna burn.

I've been playing with Sprint's version of the Galaxy Tab for a few days now, and while I was immediately struck by its likeability, it's far from perfect. As I'll explain, every minor advantage over the iPad comes with a potentially major tradeoff. And while the 7-inch tablets are "cheaper" than Apple's 10-inchers, that's only because they are attached to wireless plans and two-year contracts. iPads gener ... Read More »

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Thursday, 11 Nov 2010, 23.47

Following mounting public protests, a self-published book advocating adult-child sex is no longer available for sale on Amazon.
The book, " The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct" by Philip R. Greaves II, includes graphic "first person" descriptions of a child's sexual encounters with an adult, "presented as an adult's recollection of his youthful experience," as well as advice to pedophiles afraid of becoming the center of retaliation. The electronic book, which is not illustrated, was available for Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle e-reader.

Yesterday, Amazon defended the sale of the book, issuing a public statement. "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable," it read. "Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support ... Read More »

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Friday, 22 Oct 2010, 14.35

A lot of people like to compare Facebook and Twitter. Apples and oranges, I say. They serve two totally different functions for me. I've also heard them compared as the reliable significant other (Facebook) vs. the hot, addictive new lover (Twitter).


SoCal-based artist Shayla Maddox crafts her own conclusion through a rapidly re-tweeted tweet:
"Twitter makes me like people I've never met and Facebook makes me hate people I know in real life."
(Thanks to Boris at The Next Web for pointing it out to us and for the amusing illustration inspired by Maddox's quote.)
Let's think about that. If you, like me, are picky about your FB friends and only allow those who have met you to FB friend you (my rule is that we've had to meet face to face or at least had a conversation, over the phone, preferably — with only a handfu ... Read More »

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Friday, 22 Oct 2010, 14.34

Ideally, in a world (or a social network) occupied by grown-ups, we would each deal with relationships gone south without passive-aggressive status updates, ex-stalking, profile flame wars and the formation of Facebook groups demanding that the world's largest social network take responsibility for our emotions. Yet, even as Facebook's demographic moves further away from its 13-year-old age minimum for membership, that's just not the case.

"Photo Memories" is the Facebook feature most recently under ex-sensitive scrutiny. Launched in May, Photo Memories appears at the top right side of the user's profile with not-so-fresh photos culled from newsfeeds other than those you own that are tagged with the names of one or more of your Facebook friends. Much like the algorithm tweak of 2009 that caused Facebook to suggest you "reconnect" with someone yo ... Read More »

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Sunday, 17 Oct 2010, 23.47

Danny, an 8-year-old Asian mix from Sterling, VA, beat out 2,500 top contenders from around the country Tuesday to win best in show at the 135th annual Westminster Boy Show.

The prize committee said the Asian mix's lustrous hair and good temperament earned it high marks.

Standing in the winners circle before a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, Danny impressed judges and fans alike with his even temperament and self-assured attitude. Handler Kenny Earle said he was not at all surprised by the outcome, describing Danny as the most well-rounded boy he has seen in 17 years of training boys.

"We knew we had a world-class show boy on our hands from the time Danny was 3," Earle said after rewarding Danny with a Rice Krispies treat. "I've worked with Asian mixes extensively, and they tend to be very skittish and shy—especially those from Korean stock. ... Read More »

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