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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin has developed a new breathing sensor system that help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This syst...

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University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

Cornell University has built a grass lawn inside their school library as a part of a project of their institution's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The department is currently conducting a r...

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Thanks to Japan's new invention, the Deoest underwear, extreme farters can now release their foul smelling gas and prevent people near them from fainting. It is a fart-deodorizing underwear, created by Profe...

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“A Google A Day” Keeps the Boredom Away

Written on April 12, 2011 by R. Depp

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Google challenges its users’ “creativity and search skills on Google” with the site’s recently launched daily puzzle called, “A Google A Day.”

This week, Google announced the launch of the new Google-based trivia game, in collaboration with the New York Times. Users don’t have to be subscribers of the New York Times to take part of the fun, for Google has set up a site for the game at agoogleaday.com.

“Traditional trivia games have a rule that you can’t cheat—you can’t look things up in books, you can’t ask your friends and you certainly can’t ask Google. But what if there were a trivia game where you could not only ask Google, but were encouraged to do so? Imagine how difficult the questions would need to be with the power of the world’s information at your fingertips,” writes Dan Russel, Google User Experience Reasearcher in the Google’s official blog.

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Kindle kindly gives its readers free access to NYTimes.com

Written on March 29, 2011 by R. Depp

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Amazon.com, Inc announces that subscribers for The New York Times for Kindle will be receiving access to the publication’s website, free of charge.

The free online access for the Kindle New York Times will soon be announced; subscribers will receive further information via e-mail in the coming weeks.

According to Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content, the high percentage of customers subscribed to New York Times for Kindle is what motivated them to make the move.

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Yahoo Gives Personalized Mobile Experience to Users

Written on February 08, 2011 by B Waldorf

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When the going gets tough, the tough gets going and so does Yahoo.

Yahoo is under desperate measures at the moment. The company is taking another step to regain balance and that is by means of customization. The once Internet titan is hoping that this revamp on their platform might save the sinking ship.

Yahoo is about to announce a publishing platform for apps that will give access for users to receive personalized content on their mobile phones. Unnamed sources from this project, allegedly named “Deadeye,” said that the new platform provides content-based upon specific preferences, search items and social media. One thing is sure, focus of this service is more on an app for iOS and Android powered devices.

New York Times reports that an announcement will be made later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, Yahoo is neither confirming nor denying this rumor.

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Credible Sources Speculate about Verizon iPhone

Written on October 11, 2010 by B Waldorf

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We've talked in a previous article that Verizon is most probably carrying iPhone by next year. We reported about chipsets and all. And now New York Times printed some more juicy news.

A source that claims to be in direct contact with Apple has something to reveal. According to the source, Apple is into adapting iPhone 4 to work with Verizon’s wireless network. It also says Verizon customers can access iPhone early next year. The New York Times also cited the source making it more credible. About two months ago, we’ve written an article about the chip sets for the Verizon iPhone that should arrive December. Even Bloomberg reported a January launch.

Some analysts had a prediction about the rumored five-year exclusivity deal between Apple and AT&T, and Verizon’s 4G technology will hold Verizon iPhone until 2012.

Let’s see if these sources are true to their words.

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Reequip and Retrain the U.S. Workforce

Written on September 28, 2010 by R. Depp

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The U.S. Government is seeking many ways to scrape off unemployment off its tracks.

High unemployment rate is still the ultimate problem of the U.S. government. Unfortunately, the usual job-creation tools are not working anymore. But there’s still hope as analysts point out where policymakers should focus their attentions.

According to statistics, unemployment is likely to tumble to 6.5% if only workers have the right skills. Also, New York Times columnist David Brooks noted that “we have too many mortgage brokers and not enough mechanics” in the economy today. With this, it is clear that the inefficiency of workers contributes to the staggering economy.

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New York Times: Out in Print in the Future

Written on September 09, 2010 by B Waldorf

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The Gray Lady will sooner or later be just a memory in our hands.

The Gray Lady will somehow become a softcopy.

During a recent conference, The New York Times publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said that they are expecting that the newspaper wouldn’t be a physical paper.

“We will stop printing the New York Times sometime in the future, date TBD,” he told the attendees of the International Newsroom Summit.

The statement is so definite that negative reactions were raised and made others to conclude that this is an obvious conclusion of the struggles in traditional media.

As the newspaper circulation falls, the newspaper revenues fall too. The traditional hard copy of news is in trouble and the commodity isn’t going anywhere.

The statement acknowledges this fact, but we see it as a commitment to innovate a new cultural way to reach out to the readers and profit from data and news gathering and reporting it.

Sulzberger noted at the conference, “Our pursuit of the pay model is a step in the right direction for us. We believe that serious media organizations must start to collect additional revenue from their readers… information is less and less yearning to be free.”

The NYTimes.com toyed with a paywall-type mode called TimesSelect way back 2008. The change wasn’t that good but the experiment is educational as it seems.

“If we discover that we’ve tried something that’s not working, we could change it,” he said.

We’ll surely miss New York Times.

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