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Avatar Leads By Far

posted Saturday Dec 26, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Avatar Leads By Far

James Cameron? 3-D? What more could you ask for? Sales were through the roof opening weekend for his new movie, "Avatar," selling $73 million worth of tickets in the United States and Canada. This is a new record for 3-D movies and may potentially allow the 3-D to expand, opening doors for future directors.

Spending $230 million dollars to create it, "Avatar" is one of the most expensive movies ever made. But that's nothing compared to the $800 million it's expected to make worldwide. That's astounding considering this is Cameron's first movie since "Titantic."

Why's It Gotta Be White? Because the Webcam Can't See Black

posted Saturday Dec 26, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Why's It Gotta Be White? Because the Webcam Can't See Black

You would think by 2009, racism would be outdated, but apparently not. It was recently discovered that motion tacking webcams made by Hewlett-Packard may not be able to detect black people. All I have to say is...wow!

The video, currently on YouTube, shows two people, a white woman and a black man, taking turns in the in front of the camera. As the woman moves back and forth the camera tracks her every move, but the man does not receive the same result. They discovered this while just messing around with the computer at work and were surprised, to say the least.

Lack of Sugar May Have Diabetics Seeing Colors in More Than One Way

posted Saturday Dec 26, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Lack of Sugar May Have Diabetics Seeing Colors in More Than One Way

I guess it's time for us to move on from insulting the blind, to the next leg of the disabled - diabetics. You may not be able to eat sugar, but you will soon be able to have color changing contacts. Pretty exciting, huh?

You're probably wondering what the correlation between the two are. Glucose monitoring contacts aren't necessarily a new idea, but this could be a breakthrough. After receiving over $200,000 for research in this area, those at the University of Western Ontario, may finally be able to make these a reality.

Radiation Threat? Risky or Ridiculous?

posted Saturday Dec 26, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Radiation Threat? Risky or Ridiculous?

Ever wonder the level of radiation in your cell phone? I'd imagine probably not. Well, the San Francisco Department of the Environment thinks otherwise.

Next month, cell phones may be required to display the radiation level pertaining to the particular phone next to the price tag. This is pretty outrageous, considering there is no proof that cell phone radiation is actually harmful and the FCC insures that mobile devices are safe.

Although completely ridiculous, Mayor Gavin Newsom is supporting it entirely. Anyone who actually cares about the radiation probably shouldn't be using a cell phone in the first place.

It'll Be A Blu Christmas Without You

posted Wednesday Dec 23, 2009 by Jon Wurm

It'll Be A Blu Christmas Without You

It's been a while since we have mentioned Blu-Ray around here but I'm glad to bring it back with promising news from this year and positive speculation moving into 2010. It was a struggle from the beginning with high initial prices circling $1,000 and a format war with HD DVD but 3.5 years later things are anything but blue for Blu-Ray. Over the Black Friday week sales for the standard and new wave Blu-Ray players were up 53% according to NDP Group Inc., an independent market research company.

Got Windows 7? Then You Don't Need No Stinkin' Help

posted Sunday Dec 20, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Got Windows 7? Then You Don't Need No Stinkin' Help

Microsoft has always given several numbers to determine how successful their operating systems are. You can look at total sales, total upgrades and many other factors. If you're Apple, you attempt to ruin Microsoft's success by making silly commercials encouraging users to simply spend $3,000 and switch to a Mac to save the "troubles of upgrading to Windows 7." Turns out, however, that if you did in fact make the switch to 7, either by upgrading or buying a new machine, then you're beating the odds!

The measurement of success is in: the Microsoft service help line is receiving less calls from people with problems on their Windows 7 machines. VP of Customer Support, Barbara Gordon, had this to say:

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