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U.S. Air Force Wants a 'Floral Disruptor' to Eliminate Pesky Weeds

posted Sunday Nov 13, 2011 by Jon Wurm

U.S. Air Force Wants a 'Floral Disruptor' to Eliminate Pesky Weeds

It's not uncommon for the U.S. Air Force to contract out businesses for the development of technologies through their Air Force Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer portal. However, there is one project titled "Floral Disruptor - Directed Energy Weed Abatement and Prevention Tool" that is particularly odd in about every single way. Yes indeed, 'Directed Energy' implies a technology similar to sound or energy weapons and all for the purpose of keeping the yard neat and trim, like the military traditionally likes things. The Air Force outlines the objective for the device as follows.

OBJECTIVE: Develop a device that uses directed energy technology to prevent and abate unwanted plants (weeds) in areas that require control or defoliation. The purpose of this system will be the removal of unwanted plants and keep seeds from germinating.

Maybe, touching down on an unkempt runway after a successful bombing run puts a damper on victory or maybe the government doesn't want to spend millions a year and waste their time keeping the yard in shape anymore. Either way, read on after the break to see the actual document and learn more, it won't be disappointing.

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Air Force Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer:Floral Disruptor - Directed Energy Weed Abatement and Prevention Tool

Free Your Hands with EyeAsteroids from Tobii

posted Sunday Nov 13, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Free Your Hands with EyeAsteroids from Tobii

Tobii is a company that offers eye tracking software and hardware solutions that can be applied to a wide variety of industries like surgery, assessment and diagnostics, consumer computer, law enforcement, automotive and, most importantly, gaming. While all of those other industries are relevant I just can't get past the fact that their eye control technology combines two things I greatly enjoy, playing videogames and not moving. Don't get me wrong, Kinect and PlayStation Move are just fine and offer enhanced gaming experiences but sometimes my hands need to stay out of the equation to keep me comfortable. Thankfully, this is also a philosophy that Tobii has taken to heart.

When playing the eye-controlled Tobii EyeAsteroids, your hands literally become superfluous. It is guaranteed to provide an entirely new experience that differs radically from traditional controls, dance pads and gesture-controlled games, where you need to actively do something to make things happen.

I can't think of a better way to introduce this new gaming control technology into the world than creating your own Eye Asteroids arcade console based on the classic Asteroids arcade game and that's exactly what they did. I could describe it but you should just check out the video after the break.

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Apple's App Store has a Security Flaw

posted Saturday Nov 12, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple's App Store has a Security Flaw

It was just before the summer earlier this year that we finally saw the Apple lovers of the world admit that their computers can get viruses, too. The same could not be said for their iOS mobile devices, though, as Apple's closed platform has led to no security breaches or attacks.

That is, until now. The shiny, circa 2007 iPhone 4S has already run into several battery issues that they have not addressed yet. Now, they run into even bigger problems.

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Spotify Spotted on Windows Phone 7

posted Saturday Nov 12, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Spotify Spotted on Windows Phone 7

It's not just Ford that is going to enjoy some tunes on the go. Windows Phone 7 is finally getting some streaming music love that is not just the Zune Marketplace. This week, after all of the Spotify talk and hype, if you swing over to the App Marketplace, you can download Spotify Mobile and get streaming.

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HP TouchPads on Sale for Developers (UPDATED)

posted Saturday Nov 12, 2011 by Allante Sparks

HP TouchPads on Sale for Developers (UPDATED)

Update: From the Developer Program post, "We currently have more requests for coupons than we have devices and will not be accepting any further requests."

Ever since the HP firesale of the TouchPad, the $99 and $149 pricepoints have set the tablet world abuzz and people have been scrambling to try and get their hands on as many as possible. Regardless of HP's decision to now keep their PC business after deciding to spin it off not too long ago, the company promised a second round of TouchPads, likely clearing out their component inventory in their factories. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart and Best Buy got their hands on almost all of the initial secondary run and scooped them up, forcing you to buy a PC if you wanted a TouchPad.

While that might be a route you may want to take, some of us just want the tablet, and until now, you were out of luck. This week, developers get a little bit of a break.

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Mobile Phone Games Are Cutting Into Other Handheld's Sales

posted Saturday Nov 12, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Smartphone gaming is not a new concept. If you don't at least have Angry Birds Lite front and center on your device, then you are one of the few who practically does no mobile gaming (if you are, don't feel bad, I'm part of the 1% as well). What's interesting is how the landscape of mobile gaming has shifted from 2009 until now. Flurry Analytics and the NDP Group have released some statistics that show a dramatic increases in smartphone game sales for the iOS and Android platforms and corresponding decreases in Nintendo DS and Sony PSP game sales.

Even just 2 years ago in 2009 the Nintendo DS was a monster in the mobile gaming industry drinking in 70% of total mobile game sales. The PSP was clinging to 11% of the market and iOS/Android owned the other 19%. The projections for the end of 2011 tell a much different story. iOS/Android are starting to look more like Pacman on the pie chart as they consume the DS's 36% and the PSP's measly 6% to attain 58% of mobile game sales with a nice little cherry on top. iOS/Android are expected to round out 2011 with $1.9 billion in sales and the PSP/DS are expected to bring in around $1.4 billion. Read on after the break to find out if iOS/Android games will turn DS and PSP games into power pellets that will be swallowed up with the rest of the market.

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