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Microsoft VP Bottles the Scent of Money

"Ah, the smell of a crisp, new bank note. Is there anything better? Probably, but can you get the scent of clean babies, freshly fallen rain, wet leaves, or sunshine in a bottle? Taking a little time out from his work as VP of Sales for Microsoft, Chicago-born Patrick McCarthy is marketing a new cologne that he believes will make people feel more confident. Now, as a woman who wears perfume every day, I can tell you that certain fragrances make you feel more bold and confident than others.

Playboy Going Uncensored on the iPad?

"Steve Jobs said before that those who want porn on the go should be picking up Android devices instead of the iOS-based ones from Apple.

That could be changing, however, as the Apple approval process for iOS apps as of late have been more lax than before. Could it be allowing adult content on the iPad? According to comments made by Hugh Hefner on Twitter (yes, this 84-year-old is tweeting),

Playboy will be coming to the iPad – uncensored." | more

Google's Stunning Voice Translation App

"Through Google's work into translation and voice recognition, the company today released a new version of Google Translate for Android that features a conversation mode that allows English and Spanish speakers to communicate to one another in their native tongues via the app. While it's not quite like having a Babel Fish in your ear just yet, it's clearly a significant step in that direction." | more

VIDEO: Google Shows Off Honeycomb/Android 3.0

"Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Google previewed Android 3.0 and informed us that we can expect an improved Web browser, refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience, and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive..." | more

LOLCats Suit Up for Tron-Like Invasion

"Tron's digital world was first envisioned way back in the era of mullets and New Wave, over three decades ago. People then didn't anticipate that the Internet of the future would be filled with porn and image macros of little kitties. This continues to the sequel; thankfully someone decided that the absence of LOLcats in Tron had to stop." | more

CIA Launches WTF

""The director asked the task force to examine whether the latest release of WikiLeaks documents might affect the agency's foreign relationships or operations," CIA spokesman George Little said, according to the Washington Post. The CIA's Counterintelligence Center is leading the new task force, which is also made up of more than two dozen members from departments across the agency.

Microsoft: We're Not Having Sex on Kinect

"Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use," it said. "Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only (AO) content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect." | more

Word Lens App is Like a Magical Visual Babel Fish

"Now with smartphones with cameras, we have a new type of magic. As Arthur C. Clarke said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." That's what some will think about a new iPhone app called Word Lens, which uses the camera to translate printed word from one language to another. The current release only has support for Spanish to English and English to Spanish, each language pack costing $5 each.

Real Sonic Screwdriver Can Manipulate Objects

"Science has always marched on and left speculative fiction looking like an antiquated throwback, but we never thought this would happen. Apparently researchers in Bristol University in the UK are studying how to use ultrasonic waves to manipulate objects, like say, screws, at a distance." | more

GM's New Generators Eat Exhaust Fumes

"GM wants to power your car with nothing but fumes. Internal combustion has never been efficient. In fact, during the Victorian era, it was rejected in favor of steam power because of the rarity of petroleum. It's only these days, thanks to the abundance of oil from places like the Middle East that we can efficiently run on gasoline. Even with readily available sources for the combustible fuel, the act of using it to power our cars produces a lot of excess heat that doesn't get converted to mileage.

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