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Lost Next-Gen iPhone Returned to Apple

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY

Watching Apple’s every move is a spectator sport. And the spectators have been agog this week over reports that tech blog Gizmodo was in possession of a lost prototype presumed to be the next generation iPhone. Apple lent credence to the reports when Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell sent a letter to Gizmodo Editorial Director Brian Lam formally requesting the return “of a device that belongs to Apple.”

Reports circulating online say that Steve Jobs himself called Gizmodo asking for the phone back. Apple would not comment for this story. Gizmodo returned the phone to Apple Monday night.

Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen, who examined the prototype and took it apart, told USA TODAY that “what I saw inside is as final as you can get without putting actual serial numbers on it. But Apple is known for doing a couple of final prototypes…and Jobs can change his mind at the last minute. Even if this isn’t the final one it’s darn close to what you’re going to see.”

Tech analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies concurs: “It’s mostly likely that was truly a next generation iPhone....

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MMORPG Tactics: How To Mine For Gold And Minerals On Six Computers At Once

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Geekologie & Gizmodo


You can never have enough gold, amirite?  I am.

Zhek Kromtor’s “Frankenstein” setup lets him play several EVE Online accounts at the same time so he can farm for gold and minerals more efficiently. 

You see, he was temporarily banned for running multiple accounts on one computer at the same time. It’s against the rules! But doing this, apparently, is not.


That’s some serious dedication to the gold right there, Zhek. Say, uh, you wouldn’t happen to be selling any, would you? My avatar needs a grill, son! 

Insane MMORPG Rig Lets You Farm For Gold with Six Computers at Once...

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Hidden Wall Safe

Posted on Apr 08, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Hidden Wall Safe

Because the best place to hide something is in plain sight, this unique safe ensures your stuff is protected by hiding it behind an ordinary looking wall outlet.

Because the best place to hide something is in plain sight, this unique safe ensures your stuff is protected by hiding it behind an ordinary looking wall outlet. Made of strong, durable plastic and metal, the safe comes with cutout saw and template for quick, simple installation. To fill, it opens on a pivot for access to the secret safe. You can even switch and standard plug cover with this one to disguise the safe further, by making sure it matches all your other wall outlets. You won’t find a more affordable or innovative safe anywhere else. Size: 7″H x 3 1/2″W x 2 1/2″D.


Find it for $7.95 at several locations and websites.  (Here’s one and I have no affiliation to them)...

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World’s Cleverest Man Turns Down $1Million Prize After Solving One of Mathematics’ Greatest Puzzles

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Reuters and DailyMail

A Russian awarded $1million (£666,000) for solving one of the most intractable problems in mathematics said yesterday that he does not want the money.

Said to be the world’s cleverest man, Dr Grigory Perelman, 44, lives as a recluse in a bare cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said through the closed door: ‘I have all I want.’

The prize was given by the U.S. Clay Mathematics Institute for solving the Poincare Conjecture, which baffled mathematicians for a century. Dr Perelman posted his solution on the internet.

Four years ago, the maths genius failed to turn up to receive his prestigious Fields Medal from the International Mathematical Union for solving the problem.

At the time he stated: ‘I’m not interested in money or fame. I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. 

‘I’m not a hero of mathematics. I’m not even that successful, that is why I don’t want to have everybody looking at me.’

Neighbour Vera Petrovna said: ‘I was once in his flat and I was astounded. He only has a table, a stool and a bed with a dirty mattress which was left by previous owners – alcoholics who sold the flat to him.  ...

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Augmented Reality Meets Driving – GM’s Heads Up Display

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: PopSci

GM’s display system might point to upcoming road signs and help outline the road in dark or foggy driving conditions. General Motors

Distracted drivers may soon get some warnings from their windshield displays about road hazards such as children playing in the street or vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. General Motors has teamed up with university researchers to bring the concept to market around 2016, the New York Times reports.

The enhanced vision system would monitor a driver’s eye and head movements via sensors located both inside and outside the vehicle. The display would then overlay enhanced views of the road on top of the actual scene visible through the windshield. GM hopes that the augmented reality (AR) windshield display can allow drivers to view GPS directions without looking away from the road, and cope with difficult driving conditions in fog or at night.

Preliminary tests with an overlay screen showed that driver safety performance improved, as opposed to a head-down navigation system. Future versions of car windshields might have transparent phosphor coatings.

Other companies such as Light Blue Optics has also tinkered with head-up displays for rear-view or wing mirrors as well as windshields, including a nifty holographic version....

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World First Superconducting DC Power Transmission System a Step Closer

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Physorg

A group of researchers in Japan have succeeded for the first time in superconducting power transmission of direct current over two hundred meters.

The researchers, from Nano-Optonics Energy Inc., and Chubu University’s Superconductivity and Sustainable Energy Center conducted their experiment as part of Nano-Optics Energy’s Superconducting DC Power Transmission Project.

The transmission loss of superconducting DC (alternating current) power transmission is ten times less than that of superconducting AC power transmission, and thirty times less than the transmission loss of ordinary AC power transmission. Since superconducting DC power reduces transmission loss, it could significantly reduce the amount of electricity that needs to be generated, if it could be used to replace normal AC power.

With the current emphasis on lower carbon emissions, the idea is attracting a great deal of attention, not only because less electricity would be needed, but also because alternative electricity generation methods such as solar and wind power generate direct current, which in the present system has then to be converted to alternating current. Using direct current would also reduce the losses that occur during the conversion process.


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PopSci Scans Entire Archive, Puts it on Internet for Free

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Wired & PopSci

Gadget nerds: Prepare to lose the rest of your day to awesomeness. PopSci, the web-wing of Popular Science magazine, has scanned its entire 137-year archive and put it online for you to read, absolutely free. The archive, made available in partnership with Google Books, even has the original period advertisements.

Head over to the site and you’ll see a simple search box. Of course, the first thing I typed in was “jet pack”. This, naturally enough, returned plenty of results, including a rather dangerous-looking hydrogen peroxide–powered contraption with a belt-mounted controller. The article was printed in the December 1962 issue.

You can’t go directly to an issue to browse, but once you have arrived somewhere by search, there are no restrictions on scrolling around. You’ll also find a properly hyperlinked table of contents in each magazine. The early years are a little dry: I browsed an issue from 1902, and it made the average math textbook look like a Dan Brown novel (only better paced), so I’d recommend starting in the optimistic, tech-loving 1950s.

Oh, and did I mention it works great on an iPhone?...

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Google’s New Public Data Explorer Offers Visuals of Most Searched-For Data Sets

Posted on Mar 09, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Fast Company



Google’s getting into the data visualization game: Yesterday, Google Labs unveiled the “Public Data Explorer,” which allows you to see animated visualizations of some of the most searched-for data sets on the Web.

This is an add on to a search feature that Google Labs rolled out last year, allowing you to find publicly available data sets–things like unemployment and GDP and fertility rates, published by organizations such as the World Bank.

But Google, for once, actually isn’t on the leading edge with this new offering. The fact is that there are projects everywhere bubbling up, that attempt to make data visualization into a viral thing, shared and remixed constantly on the Web.

There’s already Many Eyes, a site from IBM created by infographics gurus Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, which allows you to upload a data set, graph it, and share it. Swivel, a similar service, describes itself as the “Youtube for data.” And Tableau Public is a new freeware app that intelligently suggests the right data visualization, and then lets you publish it to the Web as a flash embed

Clearly, there’s a new attitude emerging towards data–and a need to make it easily digestible and sharable....

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Microsoft Windows 7/Vista Advanced Forensics Guides for Law Enforcement

Posted on Mar 04, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos


Mirrored from Public Intelligence & Cryptome

Exploration of Windows 7 Advanced Forensic Topics

Introduction to Windows 7 
  • 171 pages
  • 10 MB
  • Law Enforcement Sensitive
  • ©2007 Microsoft Corporation


Windows Vista and NTFS File System Internals 
  • 40 pages
  • Law Enforcement Sensitive
  • ©2007 Microsoft Corporation


Windows 7 Virtualization Technologies 
  • 42 pages
  • Law Enforcement Sensitive
  • ©2007 Microsoft Corporation


Introduction to the Volume Shadow Copy Service 
  • 89 pages
  • Law Enforcement Sensitive
  • ©2007 Microsoft Corporation


Introduction to BitLocker FVE 
  • 107 pages
  • Law Enforcement Sensitive
  • ©2007 Microsoft Corporation


Zip file containing all five documents (18.8 MB) Download

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Gorgeous, Mirrored Flatscreen Keyboard and Remotes by Cool Leaf

Posted on Mar 03, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Gizmodo


Cool Leaf is an input system that’s perfectly flat, and wonderfully mirrored. A Japanese company called Minebea pioneered it, and they’re demonstrating it with a keyboard, calculator, and remote control that are complete key top-free.

The immediately apparent benefit—other than the crazy-futuristic look— is that the devices would be easy to clean: no keys for dust or crumbs to get stuck behind or under. The reflective surface also looks great, although I’d be worried about smudging.

 Technologically, what Minebea has done is pretty fancy: they’ve combined backlights, force sensors, and a new film from a company called Toray Industries to create the world’s first “electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor.” Which to me reads “ooo, shiny!” No word yet on when products like this will be commercially available, but when they do I’ll be ready with my wallet and a chamois cloth....

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Russian Inventors Break New Ground in 360*, Fully-Immersed Virtual Reality Gaming & Combat Training

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Movies, TV, & Video Games

Source: RT News

Two Russian-born inventors have created the world’s first virtual reality sphere. The equipment, resembling a giant hamster ball, allows users to fully immerse themselves in a game’s environment like never before.

Virtusphere is the world’s first fully-immersive virtual reality locomotion simulator developed by the Latypov brothers, who now live in the US.

The gadget’s sensors and wireless receivers connect the gamer to what is going on inside the virtual action, while at the same time allowing 360-degree movement.

Virtusphere is 10-feet in diameter and lets a user of any size delve into any type of new reality, ranging from virtual tourism to complete presence inside any computer game.

The best activity is, for example, 10 spheres, and ten users inside the environment, and they will be able to interact with each other,” says Ray Latypov.

The sphere, which weighs almost 200 kg (440 lb) and entails a rather intensive workout, may also offer players a more physically-active way to spend time doing what they like.

However, the pleasure of owning Virtusphere comes at a price. Taking up to four hours to assemble, each one by hand, a set costs $35,000.


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Asus Unveils WaveFace Ultra – Web Connected OLED Smart Phone Bracelet

Posted on Feb 05, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

  If information is your drug, consider Asus an enabler of the worst kind. The electronics maker unveiled a family of conceptual, data-gathering devices at the Consumers Electronic Show on Tuesday, including the Waveface Ultra, an Internet-ready smartphone you can snap around your wrist like a bracelet or watch. And if a flexible OLED wristband that streams information 24/7 isn’t cool enough for you, get this: You control it by gesturing with your fingers. Source: Ecouterre

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His & Her Key Holders – Perfect Valentine’s Gift!

Posted on Feb 01, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Never lose your keys again with these whimsical “his and hers” key holders. Just add a key to your key chain and insert it into the wall-mounted key holder each time you return. Your keys will hang ready to be plucked away conveniently for a quick getaway every time. And the fun “his and hers” designs are a great addition to your wall, too. Imported. Mounting hardware and key included.

Order yours today and help support Truth is Treason by shopping with Amazon!


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We All Drink (Tea) from a Yellow Submarine… Yellow Submarine

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

The TeaSub submerges tea leaves to the bottom of your cup, creating the perfect infusion of your favorite brew.

Channel the Beatles “Yellow Submarine” when preparing your morning drink with the Tea Sub. Fill it up with your choice of tea leaves and let the sub dive to the bottom of your mug. No one will consider you a wimp if your tea is prepared with this instrument of war.

Find it HERE –

[Update / Hayden’s Note: Although this appears to be on sale SOMEWHERE in the world – myself and several other internet junkies can not find out where.

The Yellow TeaSub is designed by Monkey Business – an Israeli design company.  They offer two different websites from which to order their products, but both are in a foreign language and a search did not turn up ‘TeaSub.’  The search continues….

If you find this for sale somewhere, please comment or email!]

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$99 Wii Balance Board Outperforms $17,885 Medical Rig

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Gizmodo – Another day, another story about some cheap, plastic Wii motion control accessory finding an application outside of gaming. In this case, it’s the balance board, and not only is this device helping stroke victims recover, it’s saving them money, too.

In fact, doctors at the University of Melbourne found that the balance board, normally used for pseudo Yoga or navigating Mii’s down a virtual ski slope, was so sensitive it could very well replace traditional laboratory-grade “force platforms” doctors use to assess a patient’s balance.

When doctors disassembled the board, they found the accelerometers and strain gauges to be of “excellent” quality. “I was shocked given the price: it was an extremely impressive strain gauge set-up,” said lead researcher Ross Clark, in an interview with New Scientist.

Even better, Clark’s team has already published a paper that verifies the Wii balance board is “clinically comparable” to the nearly $18,000 lab force platform. That’s great news for many smaller physio clinics that would otherwise be unable to afford the traditional rig.

[Hayden’s Note: Thinking of getting your own Wii? Never tried Wii Fitness?...

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