To the best of our knowledge this doesn’t actually exist yet, but it seems scientists are getting closer every day. Researchers at the University of Zurich had volunteers inhale the peptide oxytocin before investing in a faux transaction. The group that took the oxytocin turned out to trust the fake investment bankers more than the group with a placebo, proving oxytocin’s ability to enhance trust in human relationships.
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You know, I enjoy giving away items on Gear Live and Playfeed. Of course, there are those who are just in it for purely selfish reasons who can’t imagine that things may sometimes get in the way. Of course, these are usually the young-un’s. Nonetheless, we have a winner. We don’t like to post results until after we have contacted the winner, and heard back from them. The reasoning behind this is that many people sign up for giveaways using fake email addresses. How, then, are we to contact you to send your prize? I digress. The winner, after 2 unsuccessful attempts to contact the original winner, is one Phil Kefer. Enjoy the faceplate with which you will have nothing to affix to for the next six months.
One of our favorite tech companies here at Gear Live is SCOTTeVEST. They make plenty of high quality, functional clothing items geared towards the gadget enthusiast. In fact, on this trip to New York that I am currently on, the SCOTTeVEST was one of the essential items that I packed. Anyways, they just made their own dancing commercial spoofing the all-so-common Apple iPod ads. I thought it was quite funny the first time around.
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Turns out that 512MB of graphics memory actually does make a difference over 256MB of memory. Bigger is better, right? It was thought that 512MB was not needed for today’s specifications, however, under a lot of stress and really pushing the cards to the limit, the performance increase is seen. It’s time to save up to buy one of these little suckers.
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A quick note about a new Yahoo! product to be aware of. Yahoo! is now testing their Mindset “intent-driven” search tool. It basically works in a way that allows you to tweak your results by moving a slider between informational and commercial-driven results. Here is an example:
A search for the term “iPod” normally brings Apple’s iPod homepage to the top of the results. If I slide the scale all the way over to shopping, the results change giving me a site called Happy Shopping. If I slide it over to the research side, I get iPodLounge as my top result.
What makes this so interesting is that if this takes off, it will makes your site a bit easier to find - whether it is an informational or commercial venture. Happy Shopping would never appear in the top 10 search results for the term “iPod” - let alone number one. However, if a consumer wants to buy an iPod, Yahoo! recognizes that they would get a good deal from Happy Shopping, and places them at the top.
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If you have recently seen your Google PageRank go AWOL, do not worry. Google is in the midst of a mass update on their internal database, which apparently includes some 3.5 million updates. From the Google Guy himself:
Here’s the advice that I’d give now: take a break from checking ranks for several more days. Bourbon includes something like 3.5 improvements in search quality, and I believe that only a couple are out so far. The 0.5 will go out in a day or so, and the last major change should roll out over the next week or so. Then there will still be some minor changes after that as well. So my “weather report” along the lines of http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000095.html would be a recommendation that rankings may still change somewhat over the next several days.
Now, there is no guarantee that you will not see a drop in your PageRank. What he is saying is that things may be erratic over the next week or so. Just keep doing what you are doing to get your name out there, and you should (hopefully) be fine.
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There is a new and interesting way to make money using what would otherwise be empty real estate on your website. A company called SoftwareAdsNow.com is using another company, RegNow, to feed affiliate advertisements for software programs to your site AdSense style. You sign up for an affiliate ID, and that ID is thusly inserted into all ads displayed on your website. You can configure the stylistic appearance of the ads, as well as categories of software that you would or would not like to have appear. Of course, you will only earn a commission based on the sales - not clicks. Still, it is an interesting hybrid of two popular money-earning models.
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Upgrading the PC is a common pastime that Gear Live editors partake in with glee. If you are looking to replace yours, now is a great time. There are new boards available for your purchasing pleasure. Any of the new boards are good enough, however according to Toms Hardware, the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 and MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Edition outshine the rest. Here’s the list:
- Abit Fatal1ty AN8
- Abit AX8
- Albatron K8X890 Pro II
- Chaintech VNF4 Ultra
- DFI LANParty UT NF4 Ultra-D
- Epox 9NPA+ Ultra
- Jetway A483GAS
- MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Edition
- Winfast NF4UK8AA
- WinFast NF4K8MC (µATX)
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Why have two graphics cards on your system when you can have four? Working on the principle that bigger is better, Gigabyte is working on producing a motherboard that will support four video cards instead of just two. One video card can be expensive, two cards can be twice as expensive, now four? There’s no word yet on if it will be offered to consumers upon completion, or what the price may be. One thing that is certain - performance does not come cheap.
Read More | Toms Hardware
If you like using Skype or MSN to talk to your buddies without wasting those precious cell phone minutes then you are probably annoyed at having to be sitting in front of your computer the whole time instead of walking around the house while talking (like I do). Well if you have a cordless telephone lying around that you don’t use anymore then you can try to modify it to work with Skype or any other software program you use to talk to your friends. Word of caution: as with most modifying tasks, use proper caution when dealing with wires, scissors, and all that electricityish stuff.
Read More | Jarnaker