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Red CrossThe next generation ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is on the horizon. The eICU (enhanced Intensive Care Unit) allows doctors to remotely monitor multiple patients in different ICU’s. Basically the way it works is that monitoring stations contain multiple screens that display patient’s diagnosis and progress, doctor’s notes, and vital signs. The people remotely monitoring the patients alert the nurses at the hospital of any suspicious changes via video conferencing equipment.

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Silicon ChipCNN.com has posted the results of a three-month long survey on the Most Influential Inventions of the past 50 years. The silicon chip, created 44 years ago, was voted number one with 24% of the votes, and the internet came in a close second with 20%. Also discussed in the article is the radio, invented in 1901. The radio allows users to listen to broadcasts wirelessly, and is still a very useful device today. The recent “tsunami disaster [is] an example of the wireless radio’s ability to give people valuable information during times of crisis.”  Read more for information about the poll, and a discussion about the other inventions that have changed the world.

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Security_Threats
The year two-thousand-and-four was a year filled with many online security threats. Worm, viruses, spam, and spyware all filled the internet traffic lines, infecting many computer systems. According to the Associated Press, those were among the top internet threats of 2004. Chances are that you too were affected in some way this past year, be it by a virus or by spam. As technology evolves, perpetrators are able to build more sophisticated tools to launch more attacks. As Gregg Mastoras, senior security analyst at Sophos Inc, put it, “…there is no silver bullet technology.” It seems as though security updates can barely keep up with today’s attackers. As the stakes are raised higher each day, what’s in store for 2005? Possibly even greater attacks, possibly even to Microsoft software alternatives such as Firefox. In this high-tech world, no one and nothing is safe.

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Gift Card Exchange
I’ve received a gift card that I had no use for before. It’s a gift, how could you refuse a gift? After all that’s not the polite thing to do. So what do you do when you receive a gift card you will probably never use? Stop, before you give out that gift card to someone else, check out the latest trend online. Now you can exchange or sell that gift card you have no use for. That’s right, now you can take that $25 gift card for H-E-B and trade it for a $25 gift card to Best Buy or another retailer.

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Blu-RayWe hope you all had a happy and safe New Year. Nothing like a night of gaming straight up to 11:59 PM to get one psyched for 2005. Oh, and if you didn’t know, there is plenty for all of you tech-heads out there to be excited about in this new year. After all, look at all the things we should be able to look forward to:

That is just my list. We are interested in hearing about what you are excited about this coming year. Let us know in the comments.


It’s the end of the year, and you are gonna see these kinds of stories all over the place. Did you expect anything less from us? 2004 saw some pretty cool tech pieces come to the market, and we want to know what you thought were the best overall. Now, to keep this from getting chaotic, we split it up into a few key categories. We want you to tell us what you thought the Best of 2004 was in the following five categories:

1) Best Audio Gear
2) Best Home Entertainment Gear
3) Best Video Game Gear
4) Best Cell Phone Gear
5) Gear of the Year 2004

Simply post a comment listing what product you think deserve the top honors in the above categories. We will compile the results and report back next week. As if you needed any more incentive, you earn an entry into this week’s Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse giveaway.


Roly Barware Glass



I was just about to chuck out the latest Crate and Barrel catalogue I got in the mail, when I spotted this interesting shot glass.  It features a unique design that allows the base to roll in a circular motion, without spilling the drink held inside.  For $4.95 each, both you and your drink can “get tipsy” while ringing in the New Year.


BeoCom 2 Cordless Phone

It’s time to look at a phone that doesn’t have to be used in conjunction with a cellular service carrier. Yes, this is just a cordless home phone - but it’s not your standard cordless. You are looking at the BeoCom 2, and it retails for over $1,000 USD. Why? This is the Hummer of all wireless phones. In fact, the method used to mold the pure aluminum chassis is the same process used to form the exterior of the Hummer H2. The phone pocks up voice data streams twice in order to make sure there is absolutely no interference or static. The curves are designed in a way to match the natural curves of the human face to reduce strain on the neck (sorry Fido!). If that weren’t enough, check out this quote:

How often do you reach out for the remote control when the telephone rings? With BeoCom 2, you can turn down the sound of your television or music directly from the telephone’s keypad.

Insane.

Read More | BeoWorld


1 Terabyte Free EmailMove over Google, because the Hellacious Riders free email service has made Gmail appear a lot smaller. Believe it or not, you get 1 TB (that is equal to 1,000 Gmail accounts) of storage completely free. In addition, the maximum file size of attachments is 500 MB, fifty times larger than what Gmail allows. Oh, and no ads. Of course, you probably haven't even come close to filling your Gmail account, so the only real draw here is that you can store large files remotely.

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The CyberCar Cab model

An organization of 15 European research centers, have introduced the first road-ready vehicles that require no driver. While there are already airport carts that do this, they require embedded road tracers, while the CyberCar has a pre-programmed route. Coupled with a laser-sweeping the device on it's front end, it can also avoid or stop in front of obstacles. We wonder how you feel about cruising around without a human navigator at the wheel, but this could certainly be the future we're all destined for. Already the town of Antibes on the French Riviera, and other nearby areas are considering buying fleets to taxi tourists around their crowded streets. I'd like to see them pull some of the manuevers I've witnessed with the cabs in Manhattan.

Read More | Time

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