"Aaron Titus, father of five, became more than a bit irritated when he was woken up at 4:30 by a robocall from the Prince George's County School District informing him that the start of school would be delayed by two hours. Titus was perturbed because 1) it was 4:30 in the morning, and 2) he already knew about the delay because he saw it on TV the night before, states the Washington Post. So Titus decided to take matters into his own hand by finding an online robocalling company to dish out a bit of payback.
"One day stretchable electronics will be a reality, and the systems appear to hold much promise. Stretchable electronics can be used in clothing that is able to monitor the heart rate of a runner to implantable medical devices that are flexible and move with the body once implanted. Researchers at North Carolina State University have successfully created the first coils of silicon nanowires on a substrate that can be stretched to be more than twice the original length of the wire.
"Every once and a while, a case pops up where a pervert used video games to lure in children to be molested. A while back some guy in Taiwan used a Wii for such ill purposes, and an American man used his role as an Xbox Call of Duty: World at War clan leader to try to lure children in. In other incidents, predators have been caught trolling the Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network looking for victims." | more
"Much like Intel, AMD has plopped a GPU right onto its chip die. However, AMD's GPU sounds a bit more advanced, with full DirectX 11 support (which Intel won't get until next year at the soonest).
"Every year IBM surveys 3,000 of its engineers to predict five technological advances they think will take off within the next five years.
"When it comes to electronic items, most of us are simply used to being charged restocking fees if items are opened and then returned to the store. After all, retailers can't sell an item for full price once it's returned in an open/used state, so they often make the customer eat some of the cost with a restocking fee. However, Best Buy has announced that it will be doing away with restocking fees an in effort to boost its image and make customers more likely to shop at its stores.
"The Navy announced last week that it hit a milestone with its railgun project. The railgun fires a very fast projectile that is accelerated with electricity rather than gunpowder or explosives. The weapon payload uses kinetic energy to destroy targets rather than a high-explosive warhead...The Navy milestone hit last week was the world-record 33-megajoul shot from the electromagnetic Railgun aboard the Navy Surface Center Dahlgren Division. A megajoule is a measurement of energy associated with a mass traveling at a certain velocity.
"An entrepreneur who was paralyzed in a car accident has invented robotic trousers with the intention of replacing the wheelchair, which could improve the quality of life for himself and others in a similar position." | more
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