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Xbox 360 system update

When you log in to Xbox Live today, you are gonna get a notification that a system update is available for you to download. We are here to let you down easy, and prepare you for disappointment. You see, we know that, like us, you are patiently waiting for that new Xbox experience dashboard that we saw back at . That is still scheduled for the fall. The update that you get today does nothing. Well, at least, it does nothing noticeable. According to our pal Major Nelson, today’s update “prepares for future growth of the service.” “Prepares”? What?

Nevertheless, go ahead and hit the install, just don’t expect anything fancy to come of it.


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Cloned Puppies

These are the first cloned pets (if you don’t count Dolly and a couple of cows.) A research team from Seoul National University created them from “Booger” who died in 2006. Using somatic cell nuclear transfer from the dog’s ear, the genetic material was injected into eggs, then to the uteri of two dogs. While one of the puppies came by a C section, the other four were delivered naturally. The pups came into the world in Seoul, Korea last Monday.

 

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Olympics/YouTubeIn an agreement with the International Olympic Committee, YouTube will be streaming 3 hours of recorded Olympic coverage per day. Countries like the U.S. and UK will be blocked since they will be receiving it on BBC and NBC. About 77 territories will have access to highlight reels and wrap-ups, but they will not be showing live events. Director of television and marketing for the IOC Timo Lumme claims that “for the first time in Olympic history we will have complete global online coverage.”

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NabaztagLazy parents will have one less chore now that the Nabaztag will be able to read English. Teaming up with Ladybird, Violet will release an English speaking version with Goldilocks, Cinderella, and The Elves and the Shoemaker books. The rabbit reads the RFID Zstamp and speaks, and kids can navigate through its ears. Even better, in case of a longer tale, the robotic pet will remember where it left off. The Nabaztag set will be available for £118.40 (~$231.00.) Sign up with Violet if you want future notification.

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For those who want more color in their lives, Luxeed’s Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard should do the trick. With 430 LEDs, each key can light up when you press it or you can get a wide variety of lighting settings that can be saved on four preset buttons. The keyboard comes in black or white at a size of 15 x 7.5 x 1-inch and has a standard USB connection. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, Mac or Linux users can get the keyboard but will have no effects. The Luxeed peripheral will set you back $199.99 and if you want a matching keypad that doesn’t light up, it is an additional $34.99. Frankly, they make us a bit dizzy.

 

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Blockbuster logoIn its never-ending quest to one-up Netflix, Blockbuster will be teaming with NCR to create DVD Vending Kiosks. Fifty of them will be launched in Q3, with more planned if they are a success. If so, they can be upgraded for game sales, digital downloads, and DVD sales. No locations have been announced as yet, but we figure the same people who don’t want to run out to their local video store certainly won’t want to make it to the nearest kiosk.

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BusbiAnd yet another cheapy mini-cam hits the market. The Busbi Video Digital Camera is made for those who want simple. It features only 4 buttons: on/off, delete, playback, and record. With a 2-inch LCD screen, attach by USB to play back on your computer or hook up to your TV with the included AV cable. The Busbi comes with a 1GB SD card for about 60 minutes, and you can upgrade to a 2 GB card for making those epic 2 hour videos. Send them to YouTube or other social networks. The cam is available at Firebox’s London site for £34.95 (~$68.00.)

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'Tude BeamsNeed a nightlight but don’t want to admit it? Try one of these ‘Tude Beams for your bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen for a late night traipse through the house. Choose between Flex, Feisty, Cross, and Loaf, and adjust with different light settings. Each one is 100 x 80 x 60mm and weighs about 200g. Don’t forget to load the included 4 AAA batteries or you may really see some heavy ‘tudes while you sleep. Pick your fave for £9.95 (~$20.00.)

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Fox Tank

Tired of people beating you to a parking place? Joachim Schoeneich bought a British built Fox tank in Germany to solve the dilemma. The vehicle has a baby seat for the family’s 2 year-old and the 30mm gun has been disarmed. Schoeneich claims it’s still tough to find a parking spot but that he always gets the right of way. The purchase price for the tank was £24,000 (~$47,000.00) and the 4.2 liter engine gets a whole five miles per gallon.

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Nite CoasterDo you often get up in the middle of the night and grope around for your cellie or glasses and end up knocking them off the nightstand instead? The Nite Coaster lights up in blue at night and shuts of automatically in the morning. The device is made of water-resistant plastic (in case you spill your bedside water,) non-slip rubber feet, runs on 4 AAA batteries (not included,) and comes at a price of $24.98.

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