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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Motorola SLVR L7 -- with iTunes

Motorola SLVR L7 -- with iTunes: " We have no idea when Motorola will be actually introducing this, but we managed to get our sweaty paws on a SLVR L7 with iTunes on it (and all we had to do was pretend we were dead). Nothing too unexpected — it has just about the same user interface as the ROKR E1 (though the menus are slightly less sluggish) and it has Bluetooth, a VGA digital camera, and a TransFlash memory card slot for storing up to 100 iTunes tracks, but there is one real surprise: the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack. Seems a bit odd for a phone with iTunes, but we’re hearing that Motorola will offer Bluetooth stereo headphones.

Bush Outlines $7.1 Billion in Flu Preparations

Bush Outlines $7.1 Billion in Flu Preparations: "President Bush yesterday asked Congress for $7.1 billion to help prepare the country for a global epidemic of influenza, telling a high-powered gathering of scientists and public officials at the National Institutes of Health that 'our country has been given fair warning of this danger to our..."

Change the way you watch TV BRAVIA™ XBR®

Striving forward in the digital and flat panel television age, Sony Corporation releases its next-generation LCD display devices, and with them comes the unveiling of a fresh global identity for the range.
It has been over 50 years since the television was invented and since then, the market has experienced great change moving from analog to digital, CRT to Flat Panel. This year for the first time, Japan will ship more LCD TVs than CRT TVs, and in the years to come this will become a phenomenon worldwide.
Sony has the heritage to be at the forefront of this changing market and drive the technology. For the past 36 years Sony® high-resolution technology has been incorporated into televisions, leading to the exponential growth of the Trinitron® business. Now a new LCD TV incorporating Sony technological expertise has been developed and will be sold all over the world.
With this dynamic market, Sony is committed not only to conveying the message to consumers, but also evolving the company's mindset. This has resulted in the launch of a new brand: "BRAVIA", which stands for "Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture".

Ford Releases Shot of New Lincoln Aviator

Ford Releases Shot of New Lincoln Aviator: " Tucked neatly into a new press shot of the Lincoln Zephyr is a rear-view of Lincoln's new Aviator crossover, a 2007 model that will likely premiere at the upcoming Detroit auto show. Set to compete with the Acura MDX and Lexus RX, it's based on Ford's Mazda-derived CD3 global midsize-car platform, which it will share with the upcoming Ford Edge and Mazda CX-7 crossovers. Man, we are so over these crossovers and the party hasn't even started yet. Come on, 2007, get it over with already. Related:Spy Photos: 2007 Lincoln Aviator [internal]"

Hyundai Introduces Rear-Drive Azera,

Hyundai Introduces Rear-Drive Azera,: " Replacing the XG350 -- a puppet-dictator's parade car if ever we've seen one -- Hyundai officially introduced its Azera (the Era from A to Z -- we kid you not). It's the latest issue of the company's We're Going Upmarket scheme, with a more powerful V6 and a sweep-the-leg attitude toward pricing that could put competitors like the Toyota Avalon in jeopardy. It rides on a stretched version of the Sonata platform, whose double-wishbone / multilink suspension setup recently garnered two stars in the ride category by the Farago Report. It goes on sale next month. Hyundai's new Azera apes Avalon looks, not price, as automaker turns to big sedan market

Spy Photos: Mercedes 2007 S63 AMG

Spy Photos: Mercedes 2007 S63 AMG: " Twin dual exhausts belie the handwritten (in dirt) badging on this 'S600 AMG,' which is likely the upcoming M156 E63 in the flesh. The $130,000 super sedan, which will be out in mid-2006, will get MB's new, high-revving 6.3-liter V8 producing 510hp unaided by either compressors or turbos. Spy Photos Of S-Class AMG [eMercedesBenz] Related:Spy Photos: New Mercedes AMG Models Get New 6.3-liter V8 [internal]"

Nintendo Revolution Launch Date Hinted

Nintendo Revolution Launch Date Hinted: " Last week we got a tidbit from the Nintendo Revolution crew announcing that the console will be launched simultaneously around the world (as opposed to the Xbox 360 which will launch Nov 22 in the US, Dec 2 in Europe and Dec 10 in Japan). Now, from an interview with Nintendo Europe Director of Marketing Jim Merrick, on Spanish website MeriStation (thanks Gamespot for the translation), we're also getting an idea of when the Revolution will actually ship. It was first pointed out that when they say 'simultaneously,' they really mean 'stretched out over a maximum of 14 weeks.' 'What we can guarantee is that the Revolution will be sent in the same four-month period anywhere in the world,' said Merrick. He did not discuss which region would be Revolutionized first, but history leans toward Japan, where Nintendo's popularity remains high and previous console launches began. So in terms of dates, it's already been said that the new console won't go on sale until the end of Nintendo's fiscal year in 2006 (ending March 31), so using logic, the US may (earliest) have it by tax day, but could possibly be waiting until early 2007. And don't expect any screen shots to be released early. Looks like we won't see hide nor hair of games until next year. Nintendo exec talks Revolution [Gamespot]"

Monday, October 31, 2005

Wait, It's a What?: Audi Spy Shot an RS6?

Wait, It's a What?: Audi Spy Shot an RS6?: " So what exactly is this test Audi test mule? A5? Le Mans? New VW coupeish four-door? If you'd believe all the reports, it could be any of those upcoming models in the vaguely disturbing guise of an A6 whose wheels have slipped the bonds of its wells. But German Car Fans now say sources indicate its none of the three above -- it's the new RS6, which will someday have proper telltale fender flares. Those 'foaming' arches? Plaster band-aids. Seriously. New Audi RS 6 Spy Photos [German Car Fans] Related:Spy Photos: Audi A5 Test Mule [internal]"

JackPC, the in-wall thin-client

JackPC, the in-wall thin-client: " It’s probably not going to do you a whole load of good around the house, but a company by the name of Chip PC’s apparently working on a very small AMD Alchemy-based in-wall thin-client PC device that runs Windows CE called the JackPC. The specs aren’t too terribly important since all the real computing is done on the server end (ok, fine, it’s got a 333 or 500MHz CPU, 64 or 128MB of RAM, DVI out, 4 USB 2.0 ports, and power over Ethernet support), but we’re definitely curious to see if they’ll actually get these out the door for $300 a pop within three weeks like they’re claiming.[Via WindowsForDevices]

Recovery CD to working Windows install CD

Recovery CD to working Windows install CD: "Many pcs just come with a recovery cd and won’t let you – if needed – do a custom windows reinstall. This is a great guide that walks you through the process."

Saturday, October 29, 2005

How Los Angeles Keeps the Traffic Kind of Moving

How Los Angeles Keeps the Traffic Kind of Moving: " Architecture screed Bldg Blog profiles Los Angeles's traffic control system, which uses an intensely complex system of cameras, embedded roadway sensors and control rooms straight off the set of 'War Games.' One of the coolest features are the loop-like sensors -- literally, inductive loops -- that detect the presence of cars (or other large metallic objects) and relay the information to the processing center in real time. All the data is captured, measured, examined and saved for tracking purposes -- all in the name of keeping traffic moving even the slightest bit more smoothly.

How to Hack RSS and Atom Feeds

How to Hack RSS and Atom Feeds: "From the ExtremeTech book Hacking RSS and Atom, learn about the basics of RSS and Atom Feeds, how to build an aggregator, route feeds to your inbox, subsribe to multimedia content, and more."

Friday, October 28, 2005

Look Up Saturday! The Red Planet Is Near.

Look Up Saturday! The Red Planet Is Near.: "For the second time in nearly 60,000 years, the Red Planet will swing unusually close to Earth this weekend. More skygazers this time around can glimpse the fourth rock from the sun because it will glow above the horizon"

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Judges block government cellphone tracking

Judges block government cellphone tracking: "A New York judge has upheld an earlier decision declaring that the government can’t track people by cellphone without a warrant. The judge, James Orenstein, said that government agencies would need to show probable cause that a crime was being committed before getting approval to geotrack someone. The decision is consistent with an earlier one by Orenstein, and with one by a judge in Texas, who rejected a government request for a cellphone tracking order. Of course, the judicial decisions only affect law enforcement agencies. Your boss is still free to track you via that new Sprint phone he just gave you (and you’re free to track your kids as well). And don’t expect the Department of Justice to take this lying down. Both rulings are expected to be appealed. Read | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments© 2005 Weblogs, Inc. SPONSORED BY: Fable: The Lost Chapters. Now On PC. Enter a world where every choice changes your fate. Enhanced graphics, new journeys, good or evil-how will you choose to play? "

Nintendo Revolution due for world launch in June '06?

Nintendo Revolution due for world launch in June '06?: " Well, since we just hit you with the totally and completely unconfirmed rumor of a Spring ‘06 launch for the PS3, we might as well go full out and throw in another completely unconfirmed date: Nintendo Revolution in June of 2006. SPOnG News is reporting this one, and they seem rather confident, claming multiple sources have confirmed the date. Supposedly, Nintendo is shooting for launching the console in Japan, the United States, and Europe all in June, with Europe possibly spilling over into July. SPOnG is also pretty confident on $200 for the US launch price, but, just like pretty much everything in this report, nothing is official.[Thanks, Alex] Read Permalink Email this Linking Blogs Comments© 2005 Weblogs, Inc. SPONSORED BY: Fable: The Lost Chapters. Now On PC.

PS3 Going to be under $400

Playstation 3 reportedly going to be under 4000 yen(400 dollars). The playstations two was the same price in Japan but came out in the US at $299. It seems very likely that the playstation 3 will take the same pricing scheme.


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Presidential Weedend Update

So Ive decided to start a new weekly update on the President and his planned activities:

This week President Bush signed a bill that supports our ongoing efforts to defend our homeland. This bill makes it harder for illegal immigrants to cross the border and returns them to where they came from. It adds more man power to the border and upgrades technology used. Since 2001 4.8 million illegal immigrants have been removed from the US. Including more than 300k with criminal records. The bill includes 7.5 billion that helps address the problem. 2.3 billion goes to the border patrol. Letting them hire more agents and get new technology to stop people illegaly entering the US. 3.7 billion goes to immigration and customs enforcement. Expanding holding facilities whose lack of space have caused a catch and release problem. One of the presidents new plans is called Interior Re-patriation. So instead of just dropping mexicans back off at the border, it takes them back to the center of mexico. Not allowing them to meet up with another coyote willing them to take accross the border.


This is a great invention that uses google maps as a chat client. Through the combination of API, and AJAX it allows you to chat with people all around the world and shows you exactly where they are located at. This would be a very cool chat client for the future.


Saturday, October 22, 2005

Dance Dance Revolution for Your Calculator

Ok we all know during math no one pays attention. We pretend to be working out problems on our calculator, but were really playing snake or drug wars. Well this is for those people. Someone has taken the time to write the DDR code into basic so you can have the joy of playing it during math. Heres the link for the download. Enjoy.

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This cool website shows where you rank on the money making list. Also shows you how many people are poorer than you.

Fuel Injected Paintball Gun

CO2 is a thing of the past in paintball history. With Tipmans new C-3 P.E.P( propane enhanced performance) you can now get 50,000 on a 16-ounce tank. Propane has the same range as CO2 but with the same consistency as Nitrogen or compressed air. Now I got worried cause all I know propane to do is explode. Whos gonna be having fun paintballing when thier gun starts to ignite into a flaming ball of propane. It turns out propane is used in many tons of house hold items I never realized used propane.

Here's a rad video of two guys using the new gun. I enjoy the Radicool guitar.

"The new C3 is a Pump Action marker that will appeal to players wanting to focus on strategy and marksmanship as well as new players looking for a fun and easy way to play paintball. The C3 is an aluminum and composite construction and features a 13” mandrel wrapped composite barrel for added accuracy and reduced weight. MSRP $229."