Gadget Hall of Fame

Which came first: the TV, or complaining about what you’re watching? For years, changing channels meant an arduous climb out of the La-Z-Boy, until electronics pioneer Zenith came to the rescue. The company hit on a winning wireless design in 1955 and started production a year later. The Space Command system was pure genius: Pushing a button caused a clapper to hit an aluminum rod, which emitted an ultrasonic tone. The TV interpreted the various tones as commands to switch the channel up or down, mute the sound, or turn itself on or off. The gadget was an immediate hit, despite increasing the cost of compatible Zenith sets by 30 percent, and the technology endured until the dawn of infrared in the 1980s.

Mac Rumors

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that the likelihood of an ultra-portable MacBook is about 85% at Macworld San Francisco.

Munster bases this prediction on circulating rumors about the ultraportable MacBook that have been making the rounds amongst Mac rumor sites over the past few months.

“As Macworld approaches, reports of an ultraportable MacBook are following patterns of previously expected products that eventually materialized,” analyst Gene Munster wrote in a note to clients. “We believe these reports are legitimate and continue to expect Apple to introduce a MacBook with a significantly smaller form factor.”


This one’s been making the rounds lately, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to acknowledge any invention that boasts to be the “Segway of the sky,” which is just what upstart Air Buoyant claims its so-called “Vertipod” could one day be. According to Danger Room, this flying machine employs a gasoline or ethanol powered 440-cubic-centimeter engine to propel one brave along individual at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while hovering 15 feet off the ground, with a propeller, naturally, spinning perilously close to your feet. What’s more, Air Buoyant’s Pete Bitar says the contraption could even have consumer appeal, with a $10,000 kit planned that “can be assembled in a weekend.”

This is an actual CraigsList post in LA:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/tfr/492147519.html

We need Beautiful, physically fit girls to be Instructors for
the Popular Video Editing Software “Final Cut Pro.”

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
We will teach you everything you need to know to teach
this program to your students.

You must be comfortable wearing a bikini while you teach.
You will teach 2 to 3 students at a time, and there will always
be an experienced editor on site for assistance.

You will be a legitimate instructor, teaching a legitimate skill
to others, and you will be wearing a bikini, no nudity.

Please respond to this email with a head shot and a recent
full body photo (it does not have to be in a bikini, but it has
to be representative of your current physical condition)

Supposedly their “final” tour for their “final” album. How many times have we heard that now? But if you have a desire to see a crotchety old Al, click here for tour info (all tickets on sale now for the March through May dates).

Friggin Awesome!!!!!

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El Paso, Texas authorities are some ruthless muthaf***as, I tell ya.

Those sidewindin’ varmints used the promise of a free Xbox 360 and other prizes to lure more than 100 fugitives to their arrests earlier this month.

Rounded up by U.S. Marshals and El Paso police, many gamers were wanted on criminal warrants linked to violent crimes or drug charges and were led to believe that they had won an Xbox 360. When they showed up to claim their prize, they were popped. The operation resulted in 115 arrests, cleared 129 warrants, and resulted in the collection of $25,686 in outstanding traffic fines.

Longtime Gamespot.com Editorial Director Jeff Gerstmann was reportedly fired recently, and the scuttlebutt on the internets is that he was canned over a less-than-glowing review of Eidos’ Kane and Lynch.

Gerstmann gave the high-profile game a 6 out of 10–above average, but just barely–while, at the same time, Eidos advertising skinned the entire Gamespot site. Then, Gerstmann’s employment ended, supposedly due to Eidos’s unhappiness over the review.

While Gamespot’s message boards are blowing up with flames and comments over the imbroglio (and Eidos apparently having shut theirs down), as of yet there hasn’t been any official statement from the people involved about the incident(Gamespot, Eidos or Gerstmann), other than a confirmation that Gerstmann no longer works at Gamespot.

(Source: MSNBC)

ROCHESTER, N.H. – A man claiming to have a bomb walked in to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign offices Friday and took hostages, police and witnesses said.

The man had what appeared to be a bomb strapped to himself, said Bill Shaheen, a top Clinton state campaign official. He took two hostages, both volunteers, and released others, Shaheen said.

WNBC-TV in New York quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying the man wanted to speak with Clinton.

Clinton, who was in Washington, D.C., canceled a speaking engagement and was meeting with staffers.

Pepsi and Amazon are planning a year-long download promotion as a result of an ultimatum from Wal-Mart asking major labels to supply walmart.com with their music in MP3 form.

According to sources, Pepsi will feature a download promotion on the inside of 5 billion of its soda bottlecaps. Customers will need to collect five caps in order to exchange them for a download; this yields the potential for 1 billion redeemable tracks. Amazon will serve as the supplier for the downloads, and customers will need to visit a specific redemption store on the Amazon site to access music from participating labels. The campaign is expected to be announced Feb. 3 during the Super Bowl.

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