Japanese arcade arm-wrestling simulator Arm Spirit is being recalled from game joints across The Land of the Rising Sun because it broke three players’ arms. The videogame actually breaks your arm. And for some reason, they want to recall it.

“We think that maybe some players get over-excited and twist their arms in an unnatural way,” a spokesman for the game’ manufacturer said.

Arm Spirit players advance through ten levels, pitting their strength against a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua dog before reaching the final challenge – a professional wrestler.

Sneaky Japanese researchers have developed head gear that uses infrared sensors and a microcomputer to let people operate their iPods by clenching their teeth.Why on Earth anyone would feel the need to work their music player with their teeth is beyond me. I mean, who is so pressed for time that they can’t afford to take the 1.2 seconds it takes hit the friggin’ iPod button?

Nevertheless, the lil’ bastard receives a command when the user clenches his or her teeth for a second or two. This thing can even tell the difference between the command, chewing gum and talking! (I guess chewing doesn’t quite have the sense of desperation of “Skip to on 50 Cent’s ‘Candy Shop’ NOW!!!!”)

When the “E for All Expo” was announced, gamers everywhere hoped for the best. After all, if E3 is going to be a mellow, super-hard-to-get-into event, maybe the open-to-the-public version will be awesome, right? Well the awesome needle just pinned: EA is gonna be there. ”Electronic Arts’ participation reflects the essence of E for All–providing consumers with unprecedented access to the leading video game companies in the business,” said Mary Dolaher, CEO of IDG World Expo, which produces the event. “No matter what role you play in the world of video games, E for All is designed for you, because its focus is on what matters – the games. Just like EA’s products, E for All is made for all kinds of gamers. We’re thrilled to have EA’s involvement in this inaugural event and to be able to bring their products to our attendees.”

[This thing is friggin' cool! Make sure you click through and watch the video]

A group of researchers at Vanderbilt have built a mechanical arm that outperforms traditional battery-powered prosthetics the old-fashioned way: by strapping on a couple rocket motors. The arm, which the team built for DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 program, relies on a modified miniature version of the same rocket motors the space shuttle uses to reposition itself in space: hydrogen peroxide is burned in the presence of a catalyst to produce pure steam, which is then used to move the arm. Unlike the batteries in traditional arms, which die quickly, a small canister of hydrogen peroxide concealed in the arm can last up to 18 hours, and provides about the same power and functionality of a human arm. Cooler still is the method the arm deals with waste heat and steam: just like a regular arm, it’s allowed to filter up through a permeable skin, producing “sweat” — the same amount of perspiration you’d get on a warm summer day, according to the team.

An early August study that canvassed 3,665 of the financial research group’s existing members’ buying habits has revealed that nearly one sixth, or 17 percent, of respondents who had bought a notebook in the past three months had chosen one of Apple’s MacBook or MacBook Pro models. The gain was an “unprecedented” jump from 12 percent in June and eclipsed the Mac maker’s previous record of 15 percent set in January.

I know our friends in Europe have been anxiously been awaiting news on when the iPhone (did you know Apple made a cellular phone? It is true!) will arrive on their shores. The Financial Times is reporting that Apple has reached a deal with three different providers:

T-Mobile of Germany
O2 in the UK
Orange of France

Interestingly, FT reports that Apple is getting 10% of the fee associated with calling and text features for every iPhone sold through these providers which is the first deal of its kind in Europe. Makes one wonder what kind of deal Apple has with AT&T here in the States.

That’s right, fellow iPhoners, iPhone Software version 1.0.2 is now available via Software Update in iTunes. This release, and I quote, is composed of ‘Bug fixes.’Not too much to go on there, but I’m updating my iPhone right now.

I have to give it to Doc Mac– when he first posted that Apple would have to change their “You can’t be too thin or too powerful” tagline for the new iMacs, I laughed and dismissed the idea. Sure, taken the wrong way (really far away the wrong way), “you can’t be too thin” could be seen as a sad state of affairs on healthy self-image in the world today. But no one actually took it that way. Did they?

Lucasfilm is the creative force behind a host of special-effects-laden motion pictures, including the “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. The firm has six divisions in addition to the parent company: Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects group; Lucas Arts and Entertainment, the gaming division; Lucasfilm Animation; Skywalker Sound; Lucas Licensing; and Lucas Online. The company operates from three locations in the San Francisco area and the Lucasfilm Animation facility in Singapore.

(darkhorizons.com)  JoBlo reports that Director Robert Rodriguez’s girlfriend and “Planet Terror” star Rose McGowan is being used for FX test footage of the “Barbarella” remake.

Whether that means she’ll play the famous intergalactic heroine is unsure. At last report, Kate Beckinsale was the front runner to take on the role made famous by Jane Fonda in the 60’s psychedlic film adaptation.

The project, which will be far more faithful to the original comic, is scheduled to start principal photography before year’s end.

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