University of Bremen researcher Frank Kirchner has developed a creepy-moving scorpion-like robot, which is now being evaluated by NASA for use on Mars and other planets. Apparently walker-type bots like this one are able to get into the deep crevices that conventional wheel-based vehicles aren’t able to reach. It looks like something assembled from the scraps of a Terminator machine. But don’t just take my word for it, click here to see a movie with the robot in action.
Read More | Nature.com
Night spying would be so much more fun if you could do it in color instead of grainy green. The TNO research lab in Soesterberg, Netherlands thought the same thing too. Their new night vision goggles produce natural-looking color by sampling daytime images in the landscapes where the system is expected to be used. Stored in memory, those colors are then mapped to the various shades of grey/green detected through existing technology, producing an image that allows better clarity and depth perception. Those episodes of Cheaters and the Surreal Life may never be the same.
Read More | New Scientist
Following last weeks singer-songwriter fest, I promised more testosterone this week, and here is my attempt to deliver. A debut by rap music’s newest golden boy and the all out rock of Death From Above 1979 and Rage Against the Machine give this Playlist some aggression and anger…Throw in a little R&B and indie rock, and you have this week’s Playlist.
When I originally heard about Napster To Go, I thought the concept was pretty cool. Instead of buying music on a per track basis, you instead pay a monthly fee and download as much music as you want.The kicker here of course is that since you are subscribing to the content, once you decide to end the subscription everything you downloaded goes away. It just simply doesn’t work anymore. Many have said that it just wouldn’t work, but I think that Napster may have caught on to something here.
Just when you thought Corsair’s 2 GB Flash Drive was big enough, Solid Alliance announces the World’s Smallest 8 GB Flash Drive. “Worlds smallest” seems to be a trend that is being used over and over again at what is almost a daily affair. This one looks like any other generic flash drive out there but has huge storage capacity. You can almost pack 2 DVDs in this little bad boy. Solid Alliance has also released 2GB and 4GB versions on February 7th. The 8GB flash drive is set to be released in the middle of 2005. These flash drives are compatible with Microsoft Windows ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.2 and Linux 2.4.
Read More | AkibaLive
While it would have been sweet, Steve Jobs decided that the Apple iPod did not need the ability to play Sirius satellite radio. According to Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin at the 2005 Media Summit, he spoke with Steve about an iPod with an integrated Sirius receiver - even going to far as to trademark the name “SkyPod”. Sirius rival XM Satellite Radio launched a portable receiver last year in the Delphi XM MyFi. If everything goes according to plan, Sirius will have their own portable receiver on the market by years end.
Read More | NewsFactor
Last month we told you about the release of eXeem. Many people did not want to download release 0.20 public beta because it included Cydoor. Good news - 0.21 public beta is now available for download, this time it is Cydoor free.
” eXeem Public Beta version 0.21 has been released. Most of the bug fixes were done to the network system (nodes). We have also fixed the search crash bug. We added a stop function to New files and we are testing out html type of ads in the program. In this release you will not get any mandatory third party software installed with eXeem.”
Download it here.
Read More | eXeem
As if we did not have enough browsers to choose from, AOL has launched itself into the mix with its new web browser. Based off of Internet Explorer, the browser includes many features such as tabbed browsing, AOL Channels, and AOL Desktop Search. I for one plan on sticking with Firefox, but those looking for tabbed browsing in an IE environment may find this useful. Our initial tests show that the browser is ridiculously slow.
Read More | AOL
Jux2position has just come out with a massive, totally interactive virtual reality tour of the city of Denver and its surrounding areas. I have been playing with it for a few minutes, and while I have no interest in Denver whatsoever, this is very cool. You are able to zoom in an any part of the city, and can click on points of interest to see real photos of that area. It works quite well. I would love to see this happen for more major cities across the US.
Read More | AroundDenver.com
In a move that is sure to excite the masses, Hasbro has announced that they will be debuting a new and improved Furby line this fall (finally!). If you don’t remember what that is, let me school you for a moment. The original Furby debuted in 1998 and instantly became a
national phenomenon. Stores had trouble keeping up with the demand for the furry stuffed animal that spoke its own language, and it was banned from the Pentagon because it was said that Furby could learn. The new Furby is said to be bigger than the original, and have an even greater vocabulary than the first.
Read More | CNN Money
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