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Games

+ - Madden picked the packers before the season starts->

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "Before the NFL Season started, the guys at EA Sports simulated the entire season using Madden 2011. The sim told them the Packers would win the Super Bowl. If only we had listened. What's even more interesting is that according to the article, they've picked the winner 6 of the last 7 years. Make that 7 out of 8!"
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+ - Gunman on University of Texas campus.->

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "A gunman walked onto the University of Texas campus this morning, opened fire without apparently hitting anyone, then turned the gun on himself. Campus warning system took about 1/2 hour to be activated, with sirens, voice broadcasts and text messages to students and staff. A report of a second gunman kept the campus on lockdown."
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Announcements

+ - SPAM: Peek9: $15/month for email, SMS, RSS, FB & Twe 1

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "Peek, makers of bare-bones mobile email devices, have released the Peek9. The Peek9 adds features such as RSS feeds, Facebook & Twitter, Microsoft ActiveSync and PeekTop apps (the capability to deploy custom server-based applications to gather or provide data to Peek9 users). The Peek9 also displays current weather and a Google map displaying your location (or the location of your cell tower).

The price of the device is $69, and monthly service for unlimited use is $19.95. An annual payment plan drops that to $14.99. There's also a lifetime plan for $249.

If you don't use a cell phone for voice, paying $15/month for unlimited email and texts can be a big money saver over voice + text & email from a cell provider. Peek coverage includes North America, Europe and India. Combine a Peek9 with Google voice, and you can get incoming voice mail transcripts, and never have to use your voice again.

Users of Peek's older product (the Peek Pronto) can upgrade their firmware to get all the features available in the Peek9 (requires custom data cable, which appears to come included with a Peek9)."

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United Kingdom

+ - Mom addicted to computer game neglects kids, dogs->

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "A 33-year old UK woman, addicted to Small World online, neglected to feed her children, and apparently let her dogs starve to death. A neighbor peeked through the mail slot, and called authorities. The woman has been banned from having pets and using the internet."
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+ - Madden NFL 11 predicts Super Bowl XLV winner->

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "EA Sports has used Madden NFL 11 to simulate the 2010 NFL season, and predicts the winner of Super Bowl XLV will be the Green Bay Packers.

What makes this particularly interesting is that, according to the article, "EA has done this kind of simulation every January since 2004. Since then, EA has picked the Super Bowl winner six out of seven times.""

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Earth

+ - Armed man takes hostages at Discovery Channel HQ->

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "An armed man, known for protesting the Discovery Channel has taken hostages inside the network's Maryland headquarters. He appeared to have a bomb strapped to his chest.

The suspect apparently has been distributing a manifesto, calling on Discovery Channel to "broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet.""

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Space

+ - Space Elevator pioneers to speak at conference->

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "Russian engineer Yuri Artsutanov and American engineer Jerome Pearson, pioneers of the modern Space Elevator concept, will appear at the 2010 Space Elevator Conference. The conference (http://spaceelevatorconference.org/default.aspx) will be held Aug 13-15 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA.

Known as the "Fathers of the Modern Space Elevator Program," Artsutanov and Pearson are credited with independently creating the first modern blueprints for building an Elevator to Space. You might be wondering why you haven't ridden on, or at least seen an elevator that reaches up into space. OK, they haven't actually BUILT one, but they're working on that."

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Power

+ - Vibration Energy Cells unveiled->

Submitted by Just_Say_Duhhh
Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) writes "Brother Industries unveiled the "Vibration Energy Cell" at Techno-Frontier 2010 (http://www.jma.or.jp/tf/en/) in Tokyo. The device can be used in place of AA or AAA batteries, and generate electricity using a coil, a magnet, and condenser that charges electricity. These could be used in devices such as remote controls, needing a few shakes to generate enough power for the device."
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