Corpuscavernosa writes: As 2009 winds down and we try to come up with new and clever ways of referring to the early years of this century, there's really only one thing left to do: declare our ten favorite gadgets of the aughts and show them off in chronological order. It's arguable that if this wasn't the decade of gadgets, it was certainly a decade shaped by gadgets — one which saw the birth of a new kind of connectedness. In just ten years time, gadgets have touched almost every aspect of our daily lives, and personal technology has come into its own in a way never before seen. It's a decade that's been marked the ubiquity of the internet, the downfall of the desktop, and the series finale of Friends, but we've boiled it down to the ten devices we've loved the most and worked the hardest over the past ten years. We even had some of our friends in the tech community chime in with their picks on what they thought was the gadget or tech of the decade — so join us for a look back at the best (gadget) years ever! Link to Original Source
Slur writes: The Apple iTunes Music Store approval process is notorious for being dog-slow, frustrating, and opaque. But millions of iPhone developers received an unexpected gift Monday afternoon when iTunes Connect reopened after a 5 day holiday break. While the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, Apple stealthily deployed an expanded army of reviewers and instituted a more streamlined review and approval process for iPhone apps. The approval time for updates to existing apps has plummeted from 6 days typically to less than 24 hours. Even more positive reports from developers are coming in, with apps going into review within minutes of submission and being approved in as little as 20 hours. Link to Original Source
GMGruman writes: It's almost a pathetic assertion: "This year, the Mac will break out of its ghetto and become a mainstream computer for individuals and businesses alike." That unfulfilled desire is foretold every year and has been since the mid-1980s, when Apple's then-groundbreaking computer was quickly sidelined by the IBM PC and, later, Microsoft Windows. So will 2010 be any different? Is it just Mac fans pining for validation who will claim that this year is the year of the Mac? Maybe, but there are signs that this time they may be right. However, there are also signs that they're wrong — again. This article lays out the arguments for why 2010 will be the breakout year for the Mac going mainstream — and the arguments for what could prevent it. Link to Original Source
SEWilco writes: The phrase "Slashdot effect" is now part of the English language, according to the English TV show "Countdown". The Internet also added paywall, unfriend/defriend, tag cloud, hashtag and tweetup to the language, while that real-world thing added epigenome, ecohacking, phantonym, redact, and zombie bank. Link to Original Source
Corpuscavernosa writes: Scientists at Montsaint Genie Tech Inc. announced today that they have successfully transferred the gene segment that produces the psychotropic chemical THC in cannabis plants to many other common garden plants, including tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, and more.
But is it legal? "Actually, yes," says Vale. "Our research qualifies as GMO 'intellectual property', as does the process itself. Since tomatoes and other plants are not illegal, a person would be well within the law to grow them and use them as they please." Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: Netbooknews.com has scored a video of a 7-inch Google Android netbook from a company called GNB during Computex. The device is powered by a Freescale iMX31 CPU. The design might not be to everyone's taste, but it could turn out to be a super cheap Android netbook. Link to Original Source