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Nintendo

+ - EA To Release Ninja Relfex For Nintendo Wii And DS->

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XueCast
XueCast writes "Electronic Arts ( EA ) has teamed up with Nunchuck Games to bring a reflex training game title called " Ninja Reflex " to the Nintendo Wii and to the portable video game console Nintendo DS. According to EA and Nunchuck Games, Ninja Reflex is an action game that will test and measure the players' reflexes in a series of mini games. Ninja Reflex will also have a multiplayer mode with a maximum of four players."
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Quickies

+ - HerbalExtract Found to Increase Lifespan:UC-Irvine->

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "The herbal extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant indigenous to the Arctic regions of Europe and Asia increased the lifespan of fruit fly populations, according to a University of California, Irvine study. Flies that ate a diet rich with Rhodiola rosea, an herbal supplement long used for its purported stress-relief effects, lived on an average of 10 percent longer than fly groups that didn't eat the herb. Study results appear in the online version of Rejuvenation Research. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/05/herbal-extract-found-to-increase-lifespan/ )"
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Hello AT&T, Goodbye Cingular

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "From the Article "The Cingular name will start to disappear on Monday, when the AT&T brand will once again describe a mobile offering in the U.S. The move will have a tangental effect on Apple's nascent plans to get into the mobile phone business. Earlier this week, in unveiling its new iPhone, Apple announced that Cingular would be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the smartphone. Cingular CEO Stan Sigman appeared onstage with Steve Jobs during the Apple CEO's Macworld Expo keynote." And "As a result of a series of mergers and acquisitions, the AT&T brand on a wireless service was recently killed off, only to now be revived."

The article is done by Macworld,, and they have some good keypoints as to how this merger will effect Apple and their release of the new iPhone. Apparently all this name flipflopping is causing more than a bit of confusion with all their customers."
Software

+ - Year 2007 Problem - Daylight Saving Time Changes

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bdognet
bdognet writes "On March 11 2007, Daylight Saving Time will start 4 weeks early. This article discusses the problem and provides links to the major vendor patches including Microsoft, Sun, RedHat, Ubuntu, Cisco, Oracle & MySQL. Many devices like PBXs and fax machines can't be patched and need manual settings. Also, don't forget your cell phone/PDA/smartphone. Windows Mobile requires a registry hack!"
IBM

+ - IBM wants to sell our used hard drive

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mvrekic
mvrekic writes "One of the hard drives on our company's servers died yesterday. Since the drive was under IBM warranty we contacted them to get a new drive only to learn that in order to get a new drive from IBM we have to give them our old one so they could repair it and resell it. Since the damaged drive contains thousands of user records (among them the private info of the IBM chairman as well) this was not an option for us. Then we have been told that in order to cover our warranty and keep the drive we have to pay an extra 700 dollars. Can they do this if it is not indicated in the warranty?"
Portables (Apple)

+ - Jobs: No third party apps for iPhone

Submitted by walt-sjc
walt-sjc (145127) writes "In a New York Times article Steve Jobs says: "I don't want people to think of this as a computer," "These are devices that need to work, and you can't do that if you load any software on them." Quick — someone tell Palm, Motorola, and Samsung why their phones don't work!! But seriously, that seems like a major slap in the face to third party software developers, basically saying that they can't write reliable software. It also seems to decrease the utility / value of the most expensive smartphone (soon to be) on the market. Or does it matter?"
Education

+ - Teacher guilty of endangering kids due to spyware

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "Norwich, Conn seventh grade teacher, Julie Amero has been convicted of four counts of risk of injury to a minor after her classroom PC displayed pornographic pop-ups in class. While an expert for the defendant said he had discovered spyware on her PC that had been downloaded from a hairstyling site, the local police investigator claimed that the spyware had been downloaded from actively visiting porn sites.

Amero testified that she had told four other teachers and the assistant principal about the popups, but received no assistance. The school's internet filtration software was not working because it's license had expired.

Amero faces up to forty years in prison."
Television

Choose the New PBS Science Show 143

Posted by kdawson
from the new-nova dept.
chinmay7 writes "PBS has posted three different pilots for a new science show, and they want viewers to weigh in and help choose one as the regular science feature. All three pilots are viewable as vodcasts. Wired Science aired on January 3rd. The pilot certainly is polished, as one might expect from Wired Magazine, and deals with interesting topics: 'Meet rocket-belt inventors, stem cell explorers and meteorite hunters.' Science Investigators (air date: January 10) seems to be the most 'science' show: 'The investigators examine 30,000-year-old Neanderthal DNA, vanishing frogs, mind-boggling baseball pitches and more.' 22nd Century (air date: January 17) is pretty gimmicky and loud for my taste, but delivers interesting content — 'In the coming decades will all our brains be wired together like networked computers?' So watch and vote."
Security

+ - Top 10 spyware of 2006

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The top ranking spyware is Gator. A significant aspect of 2006 has been the appearance of a new category of malware. Rogue antispyware claims to detect spyware or to repair errors. This increasingly prevalent malware detects flaws or malicious code on computers but then demands that users pay for a registered version of the program if they want to delete these threats."
Programming

+ - Information Technology and Voting

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ChelleChelle
ChelleChelle writes " In this interview from ACM Queue, Douglas W. Jones and Peter G. Neumann attempt to answer the question: Does technology help or hinder election integrity? Focusing on the issues related to the use of computer systems in elections, they discuss some of the most basic problems and potential solutions. This article is both timely and informative!"

Voting Machine Glitches Already Being Reported 742

Posted by Zonk
from the go-vote dept.
Neovanglist writes "CNN, FOX, and MSNBC are reporting that voting machines in three states (Ohio, Indiana, and Florida) have already been showing issues, both in the machines themselves and in the training of poll attendants, causing many districts to switch to paper ballots." From the article: "Voters put the Republican congressional majority and a multitude of new voting equipment to the test Tuesday in an election that defined the balance of power for the rest of George W. Bush's presidency. Both parties hustled to get their supporters out in high-stakes contests across the country, Democrats appealing one more time for change, and appearing confident the mood was on their side. Republicans conceded nothing as their vaunted get-out-the-vote machine swung into motion." If you're in the U.S., and you haven't voted already, go do it!
Censorship

+ - U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Bouchard Website Hacked

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laffer1
laffer1 writes "Detroit's channel 7 (wxyz.com) reported on their webcast that U.S. Senate Candidate Mik Bouchard's website (www.mikeformichigan.com) was "hacked". The site is now down and it is reported that the FBI is investigating. I voted against him, but find this to be quite an unethical attack. The site is still available in google's cache. (http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:gSSzk0KkAfkJ :mikeformichigan.com/+mikeformichigan.com&hl=en&gl =us&ct=clnk&cd=2&lr=lang_en)"

IBM Touts Smart Surveillance System 37

Posted by Zonk
from the big-blue-watching-you dept.
mikesd81 writes "Reuters reports that IBM hopes to capitalize on the enormous growth in video surveillance. They'll begin selling technology from their research labs that performs real-time analysis on footage captured by security cameras in stores and sensitive locales. IBM contends that it is the first to add advanced search functions, which make use of computers' improving ability to recognize video content. For example, the IBM system would let a user search for all instances of a green car passing by a store on a certain day. It can also incorporate data gathered from audio or chemical sensors. And IBM said S3 includes important privacy enhancements, such as the ability to automatically obscure faces of customers or passers-by. IBM said that S3's target market includes retail outlets, banks, airports, freight terminals and mass transit systems. It is also being sold to public security agencies and other government departments." C|Net reports that the software is so impressive, it may be monitoring border crossings before too long.

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