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Iceland's volcano - close-up

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ITN reporter John Irvine takes a helicopter above the crater of the Icelandic volcano spewing out the ash which has grounded UK flights.

New York City 3D in Google Earth

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Now New York City, NY in Google Earth with new 3D imagery (street level detail).

Spring Design Alex starts shipping tomorrow

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Spring Design Alex eReaders has announced that their Alex eReaders will begin shipping tomorrow. Too late? It will be priced at $399(expensive?). If you want a dual display with a 3.5 inch color touchscreen for navigation and a six-inch e-paper display for reading, this might be the right device for you.

No Underwear Subway Ride (Faked For April Fool's 2010)

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Note: This mission is fake and was staged for April Fool's Day 2010. We used skin-colored underwear to make it seem like we actually did it.

Shoes That Make Everyone The Same Height

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Berlin-based artist Hans Hemmert threw a party where guests wore shoe-extenders to make them all the same height of 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches).
Aside from bringing the partygoers all to a common eye level (and eliminating the awkward postures of party talk between the tall and the short), the gathering is lent an infographic nature by the shoes: all made from blue foam, the person's real height is read in the visual uniformity of the sole instead of at the head—like a walking bar graph.

Google TV

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Google has teamed up with Sony and Intel, and the three companies will be releasing Google TV. Google TV, made by Sony and powered by Intel chips. It will run the Android OS.
The TV project, according to the New York Times, is still under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped the details from leaking. The GTV will be based on the Android OS, and come in the form of both a set-top box and actual TV-sets. There will be regular television, of course, but also Hulu, YouTube and other web-video sources, as well as games and apps for social networking.
It seems like Google are close to releasing developer tools for Google TV, developer tools are expected in the next two months, Logitech has reportedly been approached to make peripherals such as speakers and a QWERTY-equipped remote. If you want to a Google TV?

Last Week: PlayStation Move

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Sony has officially announced a new motion controller for their PS3, the PlayStation Move. The PlayStation Move is a motion-sensing peripheral, which in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye Camera (which is already on the market) allows precise motion-controlled video gaming on the PlayStation 3. [ link ]

World Record House of Cards

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American architect Bryan Berg has succeeded himself as the world record holder in number of cards stacked. Bryan Berg used 218,792 cards(4,051 decks) to create a replica of the Venetian Macau with no glue or other aids to hold them together. Berg took 44 days to complete his model inside the Venetian, which sits at the heart of Macau's Cotai Strip, the China-ruled city's version of Las Vegas' neon alley. The hotel replica stands almost ten feet tall and is 33 feet long! Cool!
'This has been the most ambitious project I have undertaken to date,’ Berg said.
‘It’s really like a real construction project because you have to engineer every single adjacency and every support that’s supporting everything above,’ he added.
‘I was inspired to stack cards by my card-playing grandfather; maybe I can inspire some visitors at The Venetian Macao to try their hand at building their own structures.
‘There couldn’t be a more fitting place to build the world’s largest house of cards than at the world’s largest resort hotel,” he added.
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Google Maps now includes bike lanes and directions

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Google is adding bicycling directions to Google Maps. The new bicycling directions available on Google Maps starting Wednesday supplement the guidance already provided to motorists and pedestrians. The biking directions initially will be available only for the United States. Now the rider will be able to use pinpoint bicycling trails in more than 150 cities.

Jetpack for Sale!

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According to GOOD, the Martin Jetpack is going to start selling commercial jetpacks for about $75,000. It is real?
"A New Zealand outfit called Martin Aircraft Company is going to start selling commercial jetpacks for about $75,000. They're 200-horsepower dual-propeller packs that can "reach heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph" and don't require a pilot's license. Look for pill food and robot butlers soon."

The Search for The Best Bottom in The World

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There is a Best Bottom Contest on the American Apparel : The Search for The Best Bottom in The World.
Something you need to know.

Stupid Human Trick of the Day

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People jump off five-story buildings into a pile of snow.

Energy-Generating Soccer Ball

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It is a cool idea. The sOccket soccer ball with a battery and a generator inside, and 15 minutes of play produces enough to illuminate a small LED for three hours .
"Early prototypes of the ball use an inductive coil mechanism similar to the technology found in shake-to-charge flashlights. The movement of the ball forces a magnet through a metal coil that "induces" voltage in the coil to generate electricity. For each 15 minutes of play, the ball can store enough energy to illuminate a small LED light for three hours. "

Tiger Woods Vanity Fair Cover

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Tiger Woods Vanity Fair Cover by Annie Leibovitz. The pictures of Tiger showing off his muscles while pumping iron.  Looking sexy and manly. This issue will be available on the newsstands on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Cover story: Tiger in the Rough.

Happy New year 2010!

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Happy New year 2010! [ pic ]