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GTA IVWhen you read about this stuff it still seems incredulous. Officials in Thailand have banned Grand Theft Auto IV after a teen claimed to have murdered a cab driver after having seen it in the game. Thai newspapers report that the 18 year-old tried to steal the taxi then killed the 54 year-old driver when he fought back. Bangkok Police Capt. Veerarit Pipatansak claims that “he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game.” If convicted, the teen could face the death penalty, a high price to pay for a video game.

Which do you guys think is more ludicrous, the fact that the kid was influenced enough to commit a crime or that the officials think banning the game will stop the problem?

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T-Mobile Fave 5In an effort to thwart terrorists, Sri Lanka plans to enact legislation that requires cell phone users to carry a certificate of ownership. It also means that they cannot lend their phone to others. The TRC (Telecommunication Regulatory Authority) says that the regulations will also affect wireless CDMA handsets. The latest estimates say that over 20,000 cellies are entering the country illegally every month. That puts a whole new slant on your fave five.

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SpeedDateIf you are looking for a mate you can always check singles groups online or you can opt for speed dating in real life to quickly eliminate losers in 30 seconds. Now you can combine the two with sites such as SpeedDate and WooMe.

Stephen Stokols, chief exec. of WooMe claims, “If you meet someone you like, three minutes isn’t long enough. If you don’t like them, 30 seconds is too long.”

He is probably right. Both sites employ the method of ending a voice and video chat between 90 seconds to 3 minutes. Matching is based on profiles, and future lovebirds can decide by e-mail if they want to meet.  The method must be working. SpeedDate claims to have over 100,000 virtual dates per day while WooMe says they have up to 4,000 users at a time.

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DaanWe have a friend who got an air purifier that he could never figure out how to work, but then our friend is obviously not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. The result is that there is more dust on the thing than in it. Would that he had Joseph Kim’s Daan (Korean for column.) The prototype consists of simple disks that combine to handle any size room. Single ones can be used when you travel. The Daan is constructed of brushed aluminum and fabric.

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Simpson Helmet MouseSimpson motorcycle fans will love this helmet that is actually a mouse made by motopuran. The device is licensed and built to scale with an optical system of 600 dpi, left and right click buttons, and a scroll wheel. Choose between black, silver, red, and yellow. Compatible with Windows 98 and newer and Mac OSX, the USB mouse comes with a removable cord for displaying for ¥2,380 (~$22.00.) That’s pretty clever but we think we will wait for the Harley version.

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Solar Charger

Looking for inexpensive solar power? This 20000 ma/H gadget can be plugged into a wall or car and comes with plenty of adapters so that you can use it on 5V MP3 players, cell phones, or other small devices. It is also good for 16 or 24V laptops. The high capacity charger features overcharge, discharge, short circuit, and heat protection. The 205 x 282 x 18mm charger takes about 3 hrs. by AC, 8 to 10 on solar power, and can be yours for $149.25.

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Unidrive

IFR (a company created by Spain’s motorsport engineer Ignacio Fernández Rodriquez) has designed the Unidrive. The gadget features a touchscreen to monitor and alter power output, ABS, brake balance, traction, and more. The units for driver and co-driver also have GPS, GPRS/GSM, accelerometers, and WiFi and Ethernet capability. In order to display the technology to the fullest extent, he and his team are installing them in Aspids (Spanish for asp.) Obviously the company is going after high end customers as each Aspid is built to suit the driver and will cost about £75,000 ($148,000.)

 

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Boeing House

Pay attention, airlines. Here is a way to recap some of those losses. Imagine having a Boeing 727 as a home. The plane set Joanne Ussary back $2,000.00, cost $4,000.00 to move, and $24,000.00 to renovate. That’s not bad for a $30,000.00 investment. The stairs open with a garage door remote, and one of the bathrooms is still intact. And let’s not forget the personal jacuzzi in the cockpit. Sweet. The Boeing home is featured as part of a collection of creative conversions.

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Wake n' Bacon Alarm ClockThis clock is just a bit to far fetched for those of us that don’t do breakfast. Place a frozen piece of bacon in the slot of Wake n’ Bacon before you hit the sack, and the clock goes off 10 minutes before you want to get up. When the alarm hits, the clock sends a signal to a small speaker that reroutes it to a relay, then to two halogen lamps. The result is that you awaken to the smell of cooked pig. Designer Matty Sallin is thinking of adding calendar aware to his prototype so it will not go off on weekends and holidays. We think he should add a self-cleaning feature and perhaps something that would ensure we don’t get food poisoning.

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