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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from LikeCool! Every LikeCooler happy Christmas! The new year, we will give us more Like Cool gadgets and Cool news. Wish you happy holidays.
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New York City's New 3D Google Earth Maps

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Google has updated the 3D maps of New York City in the Google Earth. It looks like a real photo New York City. The pretty 3D models in Google Earth!

Ericsson and Intel Developing Laptop Theft Protection with GPS Locator

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Erisson has just announced its HSPA-capable Mobile Broadband Modules will compatible with Intel's Anti-Theft Technology. Ericsson's modules will support remote-SMS to lock a stolen or lost notebook. And it also add GPS to transmit the laptop's location. Next time you will know where's your stolen laptops. Cool! This solution will be avaialbe in commerial data protection products starting second half of 2009. [ link ]

Apple to sell a $99 4GB iPhone at Walmart?

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Today Boy Genius Report said that Apple will sell a $99(2-year contract) 4GB iPhone at Walmart, really?
"We just got a tip that in addition to the iPhone 3G actually making its way to Walmart, as we exclusively told you, there will be a 4GB model priced at $99 with a 2-year agreement. We're not putting our stamp of approval behind this one just yet as the tipster isn't listed in our BGR's Guide to respected Ninjas handbook, but it does make you think, doesn't it? Now, we all know Apple dropped the 4GB iPhone from its initial line-up, but that was at a $399 price-point. 4GB is certainly enough for some songs and short music videos, but let's not kid ourselves. Anyone looking to spend $99 on an iPhone probably doesn't care that much about storage anyway and they'll be more than happy to drop that amount for one of the best-selling smartphones in the country. Just don't hate us if this doesn't happen, we warned you. Thoughts?"

Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray player

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On Black Friday, reportedly the Samsung Blu-Ray Player to Hit $149, according to both Samsung and Ultimate Electronics, there will be no such deal for the BD-P1500 on Black Friday! Maybe I need a Blu-Ray Player this holiday!
Anyway, the Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray player is a full 1080p HD Blu-ray Disc player(not to mention 720p / 1080i / 1080p DVD upconversion). Featuring HDMI 1.3, built-in Ethernet for BD profile 1.1 discs and firmware downloads, and 7.1 PCM, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution and Master Audio. Now it is at the Amazon for $268.
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Black Friday Shopping

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This Black Friday I collected all popular Black Friday shopping add for LikeCooler... the links at below, you should hurry up, many cheap stuffs already sold out now!
[ link ] - Apple store
[ link ] - Dell
[ link ] - HP
[ link ] - Amazon
[ link ] - Target
[ link ] - Bestbuy
[ link ] - Newegg
[ link ] - Gamestop
And Walmart , Compusa, Circuitcity...
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Cave Of Giant Crystals Found Below Mexican Desert

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Nearly 1,000ft below the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, there is a cave of Crystals. It is discovered by two brothers drilling in the Naica lead and silver mine. Up to 170 giant, luminous obelisks - the biggest is 37.4ft long and the equivalent height of six men. The giant obelisks are formed from groundwater saturated in calcium sulphate which filtered through the cave system millions of years ago. Because the crystals resemble giant icicles, the picture suggests it must be very cold inside the Cave of Crystals - but appearances can be deceptive. In fact, the temperature is a sweltering 112F, with a humidity of 90-100 per cent. The picutures looks amazing!! Click 2 enlarge.
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Today BlackBerry Storm Available on Verizon

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Now BlackBerry Storm, available on Verizon, $200 on a two-year contract. It is a first touch screen BlackBerry, 3.2 megapixel.. [ link ]

USB 3.0 Spec Now Available

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You may have see many rumors of the USB 3.0 pictures before, today the USB 3.0 Specification is officially announced. It is rate of 4.8 Gbit/s (600 MB/s), it'll dump a 25GB HD file in about 70 seconds. The bad news, you old USB cables won't deliver SuperSpeeds, you have to buy the new USB 3.0 gear because the cables have extra pins. It seems different from USB 2.0 at the below pic. You may can see the gadgets with USB 3.0 sometime in 2010...[ link ]

Largest Gathering Of People Wearing Underpants

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One hundred and sixteen young men and women brave the cold wearing underwear to help Fair Trade's "Pants to Poverty" cause and set a brand new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people in their underpants, at St Pancras International rail station on November 13, 2008 in London, England. Just 116? I think the 116 number will be broken soon. [ link ]

Today Google Added Voice Searching For the iPhone

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Today the big news is that the Google today will release a Voice Recognition search app for the iPhone. You can ask virtually any question, likes "Where's the nearest Starbucks?" or "How tall is Mount Everest?" to your iPhone...
"Users of the free application, which Apple is expected to make available as soon as Friday through its iTunes store, can place the phone to their ear and ask virtually any question, like ¡°Where¡¯s the nearest Starbucks?¡± or ¡°How tall is Mount Everest?¡± The sound is converted to a digital file and sent to Google¡¯s servers, which try to determine the words spoken and pass them along to the Google search engine.
The search results, which may be displayed in just seconds on a fast wireless network, will at times include local information, taking advantage of iPhone features that let it determine its location."
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Even Starbucks Is In Trouble?

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If you go to the Starbucks recently? Do you know that Starbucks 4Q profit drops 97 pct on closure costs [ link ] .
"Fewer U.S. customers and venti-sized costs for closing poorly performing stores led to lower sales and profit in the fourth quarter at Starbucks Corp., the company said Monday.
Seattle-based Starbucks said profit in the quarter fell 97 percent to $5.4 million, or a penny a share, from $158.5 million, or 21 cents per share. The coffee retailer earned 10 cents per share when the costs from closing about 600 stores in the U.S. and 61 locations in Australia are excluded."

Photoshop?

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If you remember the Iran's photoshop missile. The image, released on Wednesday, appeared to show Mr Kim in good health while inspecting two military units, to dispel rumors of ill health. 'Fake photo' revives Kim rumours, by BBC. Photoshop?
In the photo, the shadow cast by Mr Kim's calves runs in a different direction to the shadow cast by the soldiers on either side of him, the Times pointed out. In addition, a black line running along the stand on which the soldiers are positioned mysteriously vanishes on either side of Mr Kim - suggesting his picture may have been superimposed onto the image.
Such a suspicion was reinforced when a BBC designer examined a close-up, and discovered apparently mismatched pixels to the right of Mr Kim's legs.
The validity of some of other pictures has been questioned in the past. For example, one image released in October appeared to include lush foliage in the background that was incongruous with autumn.
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[ link ] - North Korea Tries to Show Its Leader Is Healthy and in Control

Honda Unveils the New Walking Assist Device

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We have seen the Honda the first walking assist device, if you remember it? Today Honda unveiled its second experimental walking assist device that helps support bodyweight to reduce the load on the user's* legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. Honda will now begin testing this device at its Saitama Factory starting this month, but I don't like its weird shoes.
"The new walking assist device with the bodyweight support system reduces the load on leg muscles and joints (in the hip, knees, and ankles) by supporting a portion of the person's bodyweight. The device has a simple structure consisting of seat, frame, and shoes, and the user can put it on by simply wearing the shoes and lifting the seat into position. Moreover, a mechanism that directs the assisting force toward the user's center of gravity and the ability to control the assist force in concert with the movement of the legs ¨C both unique Honda innovations ¨C make it possible for the device to provide natural assistance in various postures and motions." [ link ]
Check out see a demo video.
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100 Billion Zimbabwe Dollars!

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We have seen the 10 Million Zimbabwean Dollars! Now let you see the 100 Billion Zimbabwe Dollars! If you see 100 Billion? I have never see it before. Do you know what you can buy for it? The 100 Billion Zimbabwe Dollars only 3 eggs!!
If you think that the current economic crisis is something that has never happened in history before, you may be wrong! After the collapse of the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe in 2000, the inflation in that country skyrocketed to 231 million percent a year! Just think about it - 231 000 000%! [ link ]
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