WindowsForDevices.com Searching For Experienced Journalists

This is for you savvy tech bloggers. I receive the weekly rollup newsletter from WindowsForDevices and this was top of the newsletter:

WANTED: EMBEDDED TECHNOLOGY NEWS WRITER/ANALYST
We are looking for an experienced journalist to provide timely
coverage of the latest relevant technologies in the form of news,
analysis, and product/technology resource guides. Working in a dynamic,
“first on the Web” environment, you’ll need to be able to grasp new
technologies, products, and trends quickly, and communicate what you
know and learn to our readers. For further details contact us here:

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WFD is a great site along with their sister site LinuxDevices.com.

Step Aside Roomba, Meet The Mother Of All Vacuum Robots

The other week I extolled on my envy for the latest Roomba vacuum cleaner, but check out this pig from Fuji Heavy Industries.

This one is helping to replace an aging workforce in Japan, is already deployed to 10 buildings around the country including a 54 floor skyscraper in Tokyo. It operates at night when the cube farm is empty and it takes the elevators to move from one floor to another.

This my filthy little fiends is the RFS1, it operates unsupervised, has an optical communication system, proximity sensors, bumper switches, video cameras and a hard disk to store the video feed. It also has voice announcements to provide warning it’s approaching.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Here’s a stylized version for a themed building I found on pinktentacle.com:

Robot Vacuum Cleaner 2

Microsoft Hardware Announces 2 New LifeCams

The MS Hardware Press Release information is mostly copied below.  Today they announced two new LifeCam models that will hit store shelves later this month.  The VX-7000 and the NX-3000 each boast a sleek design alongside impressive features for capturing and sharing photos with friends and family.

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The VX-7000 is designed for the desktop PC, with a 2.0-megapixel sensor for HD video (2.0 MP) and still photography (7.6 MP interpolated).  Its new design allows it to fit seamlessly onto a PC monitor; in addition, it offers:

  • Built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation
  • 71-degree wide-angle lens
  • Automatic adjustments for low-light conditions
  • Illuminated LED to indicate when it’s in use

 

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For laptop PCs, the NX-3000 offers video at 640×480 resolution, HD still photography (1.3 MP) and a built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation.  Other features are:

  • Automatic audio control to enhance sound clarity
  • Swivel lens to adjust camera angle for use on notebooks
  • Illuminated LED indicates when it’s in use
  • Video Effects to personalize video calls
  • Protective carrying case

LifeCam users with Windows Live Messenger (Beta) should note that they can take advantage of a new virtual photo album called Photo Swap, which allows sharing of photos in real time.

Both the VX-7000 and NX-3000 will be available later this month, at estimated retail prices of US$99.95 and US$59.95, respectively.

Windows Live Moms? This Is Getting Out Of Hand

Windows Live has created a site at RealLiveMoms.com, think of it as Live Spaces for mothers.

It’s a place to:

 “Learn, Share, Laugh” and create an online space for your baby. You can record your excitement in the ‘first times’ and satisfaction in the ‘last times’, document them with words and photos your loved ones can share online. Create a web site just for them! Capture that first smile, first step, first tooth!

The two main spaces here are “Mommy’s Place” and “Baby’s Corner

Blech!

Windows Live Translator Beta

Move over Babelfish, here comes Windows Live Translator.

It’ll do text translation as well as web page translation. One cool feature is called ‘Bilingual Viewer‘ where the returned web page can be shown side by side with the original. Once in this view you can switch target language, enter new URLs and basically navigate in one side which will render in the other as well.

Click the thumbnail, it’ll take you to the side by side view with EN & DE.

Live Translator

Booth Babes, Some That Could Skin A Buck

I was browsing Field & Stream online and ran across their tradeshow analysis of the SHOT show in Orlando, Fl this year. SHOT is the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show, if you’re *really* interested and I think you’re not, you can read about the show in this press release or at the About page from shotshow.org.

Anyway, the F & S page had a SHOT show gallery of Booth Babes! To see more booth babes on Geeknews, it has it’s own category, we’re big fans of the Booth Babe profession.

Below is a sampling of the babes including a couple of odd ones like the two-headed deer and the Annie Oakley sisters. To see the full gallery of 14 pics, follow my lead to Field & Stream.

Enjoy.

Field and Stream Booth Babes 1

Field and Stream Booth Babes 2

Field and Stream Booth Babes 3

Field and Stream Booth Babes 4

 

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GOOG Tricked Users With Sponsored Links

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I’ve seen this one brewing on the back burner for a little while but it looks like it’s finally making progress through the courts, though today’s hearing was adjourned for another month. You may have heard of this case before regarding a couple of car dealerships and a trade magazine in Australia.

Internet Behemoth Google was accused Monday of misleading web users and misidentifying sponsored links in a court case brought by Australia’s consumer watchdog.

In what it says is a world-first action, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleges Google failed to distinguish between paid advertisements and “organic” results generated by the search engine.

Read more at E-Commerce Times.

RoboFish Demo’d In Water

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I’ve talked about the robofish efforts before, below is a video that any true geek would watch and pretty much have to agree that it could be summed in one word: Amazing.

The behavior is of the fish is still a little simplistic such as when it runs into the wall it may continue for a few more seconds to push against it before changing direction, but overall I’m very impressed with the rest of the fish’s behavior and natural mechanics.

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Northrop Grumman’s PR Campaign Through Comic Books?

Below are a few thumbnail pages from Northrop Grumman’s latest method of advertising their End-to-End military solutions to the government’s problems.

Link to the whole comic book on FlightGlobal.com. The comments on their blog post are pretty funny:

  • ‘at least they got the terrorists speaking English correct’
  • ‘That’s so typical. First they drop in and *then* they realize SITUATION CRITICAL.’

I’m ok with this comic actually. Granted the quality isn’t that great, but who is the intended audience? Certainly not you and me and (I hope not) children. It’s likely just a gimmicky thing to place next to the armament brochures in your booth at the next ‘Arms Convention’. Hey, do they have Booth Babes at those conventions?

Special Ops Comic

RIM Customers Suffer Another BlackBerry Outage

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Link to the AP wire story, snippet:

A software glitch shut down e-mail service for some BlackBerry users Friday, and delays were still being felt hours after the problem was fixed.

Research in Motion Ltd., the Waterloo, Ontario-based company that makes the ubiquitous mobile device, said no e-mails were lost in the shutdown that affected an unspecified number of customers in North America who subscribe to the BlackBerry Internet Service. Phone service and text messaging were unaffected.

However, even after e-mail service was restored, slowdowns persisted into Friday night as message backlogs were being cleared out. The company did not provide an estimate of when service would return to normal and did not specify the software problem.

Poor BlackBerry users, I feel sorry for you guys every time I see another RIM outage. Why do you suffer these, is it because ‘The Man’ is forcing you to use these devices and RIM service as opposed to something like a Windows Mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync for Direct Push so you have total control over your E2E solution?

Please educate me.

Green Hornet Update

Green Hornet

SCI FI Wire interviews Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (co-writers of Superbad) about their upcoming superhero script for one of our favorite masked crime fighters.

In this 1 minute video, comedy writers Rogen and Goldberg talk about their new script for a Green Hornet feature. They promise their version ‘will not be a humorous re-imagining’. Translation: The kids from Superbad will not be starring.

Rumors from Variety magazine say that Stephen Chow will play Kato, the faithful chauffer/bodyguard/enforcer (aka sidekick).

Fat Fingers

Fatfingers.com is an advanced search site that greps through eBay to find that gem for you at a deep discount. Oh, what’s unique about this one? It doesn’t really search for your word, it searches for listed items with typos in the description based on your entered word.

The bet they’re making is that these items often expire with no bids on them as no one can find them. That my friend is your little gem.

For instance, I entered ‘computer‘ it will search using a string such as ‘conputer, vomputer, xomputer, cpmputer, cimputer, compiter

Go forth and search eBya using fat fingers.

The Right Way To Fix Inaccurate Wikipedia Articles

Lets suppose you or your boss discover that your Wikipedia article is wrong, or has subtle inaccuracies that contain half-truths and innuendo that paint them in an unfavorable light?Most people consider simply editing the article to ‘make it right’ or do nothing and hope that someone will set the record straight. Unfortunately, neither approach typically works well in obtaining the goal: a factually accurate article.

Search Engine Land teaches what you can do to help increase accuracy of Wikipedia pages and not have to worry about a PR backlash for editing articles related to you or your interests.

Crusaders & Villains Pt4: The Superhero Handbook

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The Superhero Handbook

Are you naturally amazing? Have you been sent here from a distant dying solar system? Do you have a preoccupation with dubious rubber suits?

If any of the above apply, then The Superhero Handbook is for you! Find the answers to all your questions, plus lots of advice on how to develop your superhero potential. You’ll soon learn that you’re not alone, that your retro hairstyling choices are perfectly normal, and that there’s more to being a superhero than saving the planet, changing in phone booths, and struggling to disguise your fatal flaws.

 

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Diversity In All Its Glory

I’m not the kind of person that likes to try new things (unless it’s shiny and expensive), I’m kind of an old fart really, settled in his ways. But I’ll listen to you if you think you have a better mousetrap because you know, you may have discovered a way for me to be even lazier or more informed than before, so I’m all ears. 🙂

I also like discovering new things, which is different than *trying* new things. This never ending process of discovery includes learning more about who’s visiting Geeknews. That’s probably the one and only reason I like MyBlogLog, when I see a new face or avatar to the right of this humble little site I can not resist clicking it to learn more about this person, what might we have in common, what does their own blog look like?

Yesterday I found Fredric via Mybloglog which led me to the blog he’s co-editor on called Young Black Professionals. The site covers topics ranging from Faith and Politics, Money Saving Tips, Tech News and much more, sometimes with a ‘black’ spin on the topic to make the thought provoking subjects more relevant for the audience. I really like what they’ve got going on there, it’s good stuff and even though I’m not black, I am subscribed to their feed. Check them out.