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Nec Program Identifies Illegally Copied Videos: Your Move, Pirates

Nec Program Identifies Illegally Copied Videos: Your Move, Pirates
Japanese IT company NEC claims they have developed “a video content identification technology that detects illegal copies of video content uploaded to the Internet in a matter of seconds.” I’m not entirely sure how this works, so bear with me on this one.

IPhone Os 4 Features Preview: File Sharing! Multitasking! How Novel.

IPhone Os 4 Features Preview: File Sharing! Multitasking! How Novel.
Boy Genius Report has pics of the iPhone OS 4 beta 3 in action, showing some of the new features in store for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners. One of them is this totally new, magical, revolutionary concept that I can’t believe no one has thought of before: file sharing!
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Feedling Feed Reader Puts Feeds on Your Table, Um, Desktop

Feedling Feed Reader Puts Feeds on Your Table, Um, Desktop
Web addicts rejoice: you can now view your feeds right on your desktop. Or should I say right over your desktop. Open source program Feedling lets Windows users pin headlines over their wallpaper. The location, font, colors and update interval of the feeds can be customized.

Crewing Mama: Mcdonald’S Japan to Use Nintendo Ds to Train Employees

Crewing Mama: Mcdonald’S Japan to Use Nintendo Ds to Train Employees
Greet the customer! Ask for order! Offer apple pie! According to Nikkei, McDonald’s Japan is developing a Nintendo DS training program for part-time employees. The program is called eSmart, and will cost the fastfood giant upwards of ¥200,000,000 (approx.

The Beardme iPhone App: Do You Want the Mustache on or Off?

The Beardme iPhone App: Do You Want the Mustache on or Off?
This is way more fun than useful, but the BeardMe iPhone app enables you to quickly add facial hair to people who don’t have any! Imagine, no more inking in mustaches with that Sharpie pen!

Product of an Unholy Matrimony: Mac Osx on a Nokia N900

Product of an Unholy Matrimony: Mac Osx on a Nokia N900
Toni Nikkanen just earned himself a bit of Internet fame. With Apple and Nokia trying to bury each other in lawsuits, Nikkanen must have been aware of the irony when he posted a video on YouTube showing his nerdy (albeit useless) achievement: an N900 running Apple’s OS X 10.3, aka Panther – with the help of a pre-release version of PearPC.

Microsoft Looking for Video Game Testers, Offers Free Software

Microsoft Looking for Video Game Testers, Offers Free Software
Citizens of the United States of America, young and old, noob or hardcore, Xbox loyalist, Wii fanatic or PS3 fanboy, hear ye hear ye! Microsoft is looking for video game testers! The most likely location of the “Playtest facility” will be in Microsoft’s Seattle compound, but they’re encouraging everyone from the USA to sign up.

Microsoft Merges Zune and Xbox Teams: Zune Xbox Handheld Anyone?

Microsoft Merges Zune and Xbox Teams: Zune Xbox Handheld Anyone?
Last week, Microsoft announced that the Windows Media Center and Zune software groups have been assimilated by the “same Interactive Entertainment Business group that handles the Xbox as well as all gaming.” Microsoft says that this is a logical step in terms of being able to unify their mobile platforms.

God of War 3’S Huge Bosses: Kwhere’S Kratos

God of War 3’S Huge Bosses: Kwhere’S Kratos
The video gaming part of the internet is abuzz right now with God of War III’s insanely giant creatures and/or environments. And if you’re a fan of the series, you’re probably pretty envious of people like Nick Chester of Destructoid, who were lucky enough to be allowed to play the demo involving Kratos fighting a giant water crab monster thing while the two are on the arm of the gigantic Titan Gaia.

Is This Hp Webcam Racist?

Is This Hp Webcam Racist?
Meet Desi. He’s in front of an HP MediaSmart computer, which has a fancy face tracking software that allows its webcam to follow your face within the confines of the frame. Desi may look like a happy guy, but he’s definitely not.

Blump It Tablet Interface Tries to Outdo Joojoo

Blump It Tablet Interface Tries to Outdo Joojoo
With all the buzz about tablet PCs like the soon-to-be-maybe-released CrunchPad JooJoo and sure-to-be-possible-someday Apple tablet, it was only a matter of time before the market will fill up with a variety of tablets and interfaces vying for a piece of pie in the great tablet landgrab of 2010.

Ghost in the Shell: Scientists Working on Programming Morality Into Machines

Ghost in the Shell: Scientists Working on Programming Morality Into Machines
Earlier this year, Luís Moniz Pereira of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Portugal and Ari Saptawijaya of the Universitas Indonesia published a paper describing what they think is a stepping stone to having artificial intelligence that can analyze moral dilemmas and evaluate the consequences of the resolutions to the dilemma.

Ribbon Hero: a Game About Using Ms Office? Go Clippy, Go!

Ribbon Hero: a Game About Using Ms Office? Go Clippy, Go!
Actually no, it probably won’t be. And if Ribbon Hero does come out Microsoft will most likely distribute the game for free. istartedsomething‘s Long Zheng dug up a trademark application filed by Microsoft last November, which describes Ribbon Hero as a “computer software for training users to use business application software; and computer game software for use in computer user training.” The game is supposedly about “providing online training in the nature of tutorials and “how to” demonstrations in the field of business application software; educational services, providing training and educational materials in the field of business application software; entertainment in the nature of competitions in the field of business application software user skills; and providing recognition and incentives by the way of awards and contests to demonstrate excellence in the field of business application software user skills.” It seems that the Office Labs team is handling Ribbon Hero, and even though there’s no formal acknowledgment of Ribbon Hero on Office Labs’ website, the game is mentioned in the group’s prototype privacy statement, which implies that Ribbon Hero will have Facebook connectivity.

Google Chrome Os Download, Almost Exactly the Same as the Browser

Google Chrome Os Download, Almost Exactly the Same as the Browser
Curious and/or impatient techies! An early developer build of Google (Google’s?) Chrome OS – which was just formally announced – has been unleashed on the Internet for those who want to take an early early early peek at what I like to call the BrOSer.

Nasa Launches Free iPhone App

Nasa Launches Free iPhone App
Space puns ftw! NASA recently released a free iPhone app that promises a ton of content for space fans, including mission details, videos, images, and twitter feeds. The mission portion is probably the geekiest part of the app, allowing users to read mission details, view launch or arrival countdown clocks, and even follow the orbit of certain spacecraft.

Os Calculators: I Bet the Mac Version Will be Twice as Expensive as the Windows One

Os Calculators: I Bet the Mac Version Will be Twice as Expensive as the Windows One
Call it a case of life imitating software: a designer at Mintpass recently showed off a couple of designs for calculators that look exactly like the calculator apps in Windows and in OS X. The Mac version has a metal case and a 2-liner LCD screen like its software counterpart, while the Windows calculator sports the classic XP color scheme, and even has menu headers.
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