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Submission + - Car Wars (

spmallick writes: A fictional and cheap humorous slant on a recent news about Google's autonomous cars. Google introduces Gooyota in 2015, Apple introduces the iCar in 2016, and Microsoft introduces the Interstate Explorer in 2025!

Submission + - Virtual Makeover (

spmallick writes: " Virtual Makeover technology has matured a lot in the last couple of years after the launch of in March 2008. The technology has seen amazing adoption by the cosmetic industry ( E.g. Estee Lauder ), retailers (Sephora launched a greeting card campaign called Mistletoe Makeover last winter) and media companies (E.g. People Magazine and InStyle). Users can try thousands of makeup products, celebrity hairstyles, and virtual sunglasses. Several other companies provide makeover technology (E.g. Modiface , DailyMakeover, and EZface ), and Fitting Box powers Ray Ban's video based virtual sunglasses. It looks like virtual makeover technology might have just crossed the uncanny valley in some aspects of realism, while its still not quite there is some other aspects ( E.g. virtual hairstyles ). Will this concept of "Try before you buy" work in the online cosmetic industry ? How about virtual clothing ? ( the technology for virtual clothing is pretty hard, but there are a few companies working a web based virtual clothing try on. )

DISCLAIMER : I am the co-founder / VP Technology at"

Comment Same as books (Score 1) 260

Many books have an Eastern Economy Edition so that people living in developing countries can afford them. I think it does help them make the decision in favor of buying the book and not photocopying it.

Is this price difference unfair ? Hardly. Consider a T-shirt (made in Bangladesh) that sells for say $10 in the US. It costs about the same in Bangladesh. So a bangladesi earning a tenth of what his US counterpart makes pays the same. In this case the person living in a developed nation gets a "discount" because of his location, and in case of books and software the person in a developing nation gets a discount because of his location.

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