The real-world usefulness of QR codes, the more powerful successor to bar codes, will be put to the test next week in a Japanese theme park. The park will use QR codes to track and assist children who get separated from their groups. Each child will have a personalized code attached to them, which can be scanned by park personnel and will contain an e-mail address that, once notified, will send a message via SMS to the parent, notifying them of their child’s whereabouts.
Read More | Ubiks
There is always room for cheap gadgets like the iPorter in my home. The iPorter xSD hooks on to a keychain, and holds 3 digital memory cards. It contains an anti-static additive in the plastic to minimize shock risk to the card and prevent dust collection. It can hold SD, xD, MMC, and Memory Stick Duo flash memory. The best part, though, is the price - just $9.95 USD for a package of two.
Read More | ePorter
Even more gaming news from sister gamingblog Playfeed. Check out the above picture, and see if you notice a resemblance between the faceplate of this particular Game Boy Micro and the screen of the Playstation Portable. Quite a few people who were looking at this particular unit commented that it seemed to be a quiet shot at Sony from Nintendo - all in good fun, of course.
Read More | Playfeed
Okay, so while I was messing around with the soon to come Game Boy Micro, I noticed one that had a peculiar design. Upon closer inspection, it looked to me like Nintendo was taking a shot at the PSP, as up close it looked like the design was that of a broken PSP screen. Well, I continued perusing, and I heard a few other people make the same comment, and a Nintendo representative just smiled without giving a confirm or deny.
What do you think?
So you want to post something real quick to your Blogger site, but you’re on your laptop and can’t find a WiFi signal anywhere? Fret no more, Blogger’s heard your plea and now you can download this plug in for MS Word. Blogging on the go can’t get any simpler. R.I.P. bold, italics, and underline
tags, we hardly knew ye.
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Apple’s most popular USB Drive - oh yeah it plays music too - has a new buddy to connect to. This adapter from Belkin is quite useful if you want to use your shuffle with the plethora of accessories for 3G and 4G iPods. For example, a car charger, FM transmitter, or those cool alarm clocks. Look for it in late September at a price of $19.99 USD. Read on for the full release.
Google continues its acquisitions of interesting, forward-thinking companies as they have just purchased Android. Little is known about the startup other than that they are 22 months old and have been working on software for mobile phones. If you check out the Android website, all you will see is a logo along with three Google Maps images of Seattle, Palo Alto, and Boston. Interesting. Google has been working hard on trying to build up their mobile resources. They also bought mobile social software company Dodgeball a few months ago.
Read More | BusinessWeek
There are two versions of the Xbox 360 this November: a “bare bones” $299 version and a $399 version that is packed to the tooth. There is no doubt that hardcore gamers are gonna shell out the extra money as all the accessories offered in the “premium” package total to more than a hundred bucks. Here’s a price list for the accessories at launch:
• Faceplate ($19.99)
• Hard Drive (20 GB) ($99.99)
• Memory Unit (64 MB) ($39.99)
• Wireless Networking Adapter ($99.99)
• Wireless Controller ($49.99)
• Play and Charge Kit ($19.99)
• Rechargeable Battery Pack ($11.99)
• Controller ($39.99)
• Headset ($19.99)
• Universal Media Remote ($29.99)
• Component HD AV Cable ($39.99)
• S-Video AV Cable (US) ($29.99)
• VGA HD AV Cable ($39.99)
Bold accessories will be included with $399 bundle at launch.
Could this be Microsoft’s ploy to compare prices with the Playstation 3?
More Specs | Playfeed
Start filling those piggy banks, because we now know what to expect for the highly anticipated Xbox 360. Or should we say 360’s? There will be two bundles for sale at launch:
For $299, you get:
•Xbox 360 console
•Xbox Live Silver membership
•Standard AV cables
For $399 you get:
•Xbox 360 console
•20GB detachable hard drive
•Wireless Xbox Live headset
•High-definition AV cables
•Xbox 360 Media Remote Control (limited time)
•Xbox Live Silver membership
So it seems that the more expensive package is geared toward the hardcore gamers with the HD cables and wireless controllers. Which one do you plan to get?
Read More | Gamespot
I’m sure by now most of you are aware that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had approved a .xxx suffix back in June. Now the Bush Administration wants to delay registration on domain names until its impact on the internet can be studied. ICANN was expected to give final approval on the domain name Tuesday, but says it would agree to a one month delay allowing some of the concerns that have recently been raised to be explored. While this creation was supposed to “help protect children from exposure to online pornography and also have a positive impact on online adult entertainment through voluntary efforts of the industry” it seems some are concerned that it will encourage more pornography on the internet. Many net privacy campaigners also believe that it could cause many censorship problems for years to come. What do you make of the situation? Do you see a potential problem arising out of the .xxx suffix, or is this just a bump in the road for the creation of a virtual red light district?
Read More | BBC News
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