As more and more people in China get connected to the Internet, the number of those addicted to the Internet rises. The country promotes use of Internet for business and education, but believes that places like Internet cafes are “eroding public morality”. These beliefs have led the country to open the first officially licensed Internet addiction clinic. The clinic is ran by Dr. Tao Ran, with most of the patients between the ages of 14 - 24 suffering from nervousness, fear, depression, agitation, and an unwillingness to interact with others. Dr. Ran estimates that about 2.5 million Chinese are currently suffering from Internet addiction, although not everyone agrees on the accuracy of that number. “As the number of the Netizens grows, the number of the addicted people will grow as well, but we should not worry about the issue too much,” says Kuang Wenbo, a professor at the Beijing Renmin University. “The young men at the age of growing up have their own problems. Even if there was no Internet they will get addicted to other things.”
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So maybe it was a little too hard to make a Skype phone, with all the tweaking and testing required. Now here’s a great DIY for anyone that loves Skype and other VoIP apps but hate the funky looking headsets. If you’re not too afraid to solder some wires and love to put things together, this tutorial will show how to save some dough and make your own Chat-Cord. A Chat-Cord allows you to connect regular telephones to your computer to use with Skype and similar applications – you can even use cordless handsets. Imagine being able to talk to your friends through the use of Skype all over your house with the use of a cordless handset – how cool is that? You can be sure we’ll making one of our own.
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The Google Video Viewer program that launched less than a week ago is already running into problems. It seems that users are using the service to upload copyrighted full-length movies and television shows that violate Google’s TOS which states “anyone uploading content to the search tool must have the rights to distribute the video and that copyrighted material is barred without the express consent of the copyright holder.” A Google spokesman says the company is working to remove all videos in violation of copyright laws. Google’s TOS goes on to say, “anyone who has a copyright concern or complaint to send us a DMCA content removal notice.”
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Those of you using broadband may soon find yourself paying new universal service taxes similar to those you see on a standard phone bill. The decision of course would be made by Congress, who would have to change the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This is the bill which is responsible for the Universal Service Fund that we see on phone bills. The USF should continue to be “industry funded,” but the base of contributors should be expanded to “all providers of two-way communications, regardless of technology used, to ensure competitive neutrality,” a bipartisan coalition of rural legislators said in a June 28 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, which will be drafting the rewrites. This would also mean that companies providing services over broadband lines, like Vonage for example, would also be liable to pay into the fund.
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Have you ever told a lie, just to end up getting caught later on? Most of us have, but if you find yourself in the position over and over you might be happy to know that the True Lies service can help you avoid slipping up. Angus Chan created the service, not to promote the art of lying, but to “lubricate relationships” and help you avoid the any embarrassment of being caught. The service reminds you of lies you told by using methods like email and SMS after you input the lies you told along with some other bits of information. Scandalous.
This week, the first self-playing digital audio book was announced. While it doesn’t seem like such a big deal, this is the first time that any kind of digital media has been sold with the player included. Findaway World has taken up the task of creating these digital audio products and the first product being marketed is the Playaway . The Playaway will be sold filled with high quality content from publishers and authors.
Playaway gives listeners the option of placing digital bookmarks and controlling the speed of a narrator’s voice, all while easily moving both forward and back through their audio selection. The player is packaged with earbuds, a lanyard and a AAA battery to allow consumers to listen as soon as they are ready, no more waiting on a download or for your PC to sync with your PDA. Because of its size, half the size of a deck of cards, Playaway is convenient for people of all walks of life.
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If you’re heading out to one of our nation’s many parks this holiday weekend, or just staying at home and enjoying the fireworks, odds are, you’re probably going to be grilling. If you’re searching for that perfect portable grill that can also serve as a great backyard grill, you’ve come to the right place. Living the high-tech lifestyle isn’t always about gadgets and games, sometimes it’s about getting back to basics and harnessing the most basic of the elements: fire.
Starting Sunday morning, Circuit City will be having a blowout sale on select Video Games for $9.99 each. The sale is much like the one they had last year where games were only $4.99, but it seems that they are a little more organized this year because many stores have already pulled the games off the floor to prevent people from buying them early. To see the game list check out the post in our forums. The madness starts on July 3.
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As I sit here typing a draft of this editorial on a crowded NYC subway, I can recall a simpler time when fighting for controllers was never an issue. This was a time when you’d be satisfied with “Wait until I get game over.” There was no such thing as LAN parties, no 4-port systems and no online capabilities. This was a time when we would count how many bits our system(s) was and how many our next one would be.
In spite, there are still some similarities now that still exist. We still love to play together with as many friends as possible and we still make a night out of it. We still think about the future systems and how they will impact our life (and salivate at pictures in magazines and websites). One thing is for certain, we love any type of co-op just as much as we like competition. Enter Gunstar Heroes – one of the most addictive co-op games to date. Venture with us to 1993, when Gunstar Heroes drove a couple of high school kids went crazy over fictitious guns and humorous surroundings.
I recently found myself on the market for a pair for my computer at work and thought I would share my experiences. After doing significant amounts of research I decided to settle on the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 PC Speaker System as they got positive ratings and seemed to have a good bass response even given their lack of an actual subwoofer. I just received them and am quite impressed so far. They are ideal for people short on desk space who are looking for a great sounding set of speakers with no large subwoofer, or listen to music where excessive bass is not needed. Check out after the jump for my full initial impressions.
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