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First MacBook “virus”

newton-computer03.jpg Baptised Newton, in reference to the father of gravity, this virus won’t let you down. Once the USB device containing Newton is attached to a target MacBook, it upload itself to the computer and does it thing: once the target come back to his computer, gravity enters the computer and smash everything it can. (see video)
Spice up your colleagues’ day with our Newton Virus, the first virus to introduce gravity to your laptop, causing the desktop icons to fall down as if subject to the gravitational pull from the real world.
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Backpacker’s Diary PC concept: the book you won’t forget

bpd1.jpg Backpacker’s diary is an innovative PC concept where everything is under the form of a book. Switch to a page and you’ll have movie, then to another to get the news, yet you can still get access to a “conventional” computer.
Backpacker’s diary is a PC concept that integrate with the form of traditional book, the target user is the enthusiastic travelling fans. In this “book”, different pages include different functions, like media recording, solar recharging and EL illuminant. The approach of reading a book takes the traditional way of operating computer, which encourage those backpackers to experience and share more about their trips.
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Adding Another Dimension to Your Monitor


You’ve been staring at those computer and TV screens for ages. Isn’t it about time they started looking back at you?

As soon as the wiimote changed the view of game interfacing, more changes were bound to follow. Now, the wiimote can be used to perform a function called "head tracking.

Basically, the wiimote uses infrared signals to follow the motion of your head. The screen then adjusts to give you a new perspective of the scene you were looking at. The result? A real three-dimensional interface to the gaming system.

In order for this technology to be made use of, the software on your computer or game system needs further development. But expect to see this technology take off soon as more software developers get on board. Once this ball gets rolling, it will be a short time before all best-selling games use a 3D interface.

Yet Another Music Format: On Your Wrist!


It used to be vinyl. Then it was audiotapes and CD’s, and later, MP3’s. (Wait! Did I forget the 8-track?)

Music formats are eternally changing. It seems that music distribution today is a battle between the consumer (who doesn’t want DRM to interfere with their music listening) and the record company (forced to take drastic measures to combat illegal piracy).

The newest innovation may satisfy everybody. Many bands are releasing albums on a small USB stick embedded into a trendy bracelet. This combines actual merchandise with digital access — the music can be played on any USB-enabled music player or downloaded to a computer.

The new format is attracting all kinds of artists, from big names like Erykah Badu and Ringo Starr to local, indie acts. Music fans like it because the format is flexible and free of digital rights management restrictions.

Unfortunately, the technology is still expensive. It’s offered now mainly as a collector’s item. But as USB and Flash technology become cheaper, this could become the new favorite way to buy music.

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An Android in Your Pocket


With the shear volume of cell phone manufacturers and wireless telephone service providers, the market is becoming very fragmented. It’s a little like the days of the railroads before everybody decided on a specific track gauge to use.

The problem? Most cell phone components use proprietary software that will not work with components and services from other brands. You’re probably familiar with this if you’ve switched cell networks and been told that you had to purchase a new phone (or else come up with a dubious way to "unlock" your old one).

Google’s Android technology is meant to solve this issue by providing a general framework for cell phone devices that is easy to modify for specific components. The best part? It’s an open development platform, allowing software designers much more freedom in the applications they offer.

The new Android prototype premiered at the SGMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. So far, there is no word on when the technology will reach the consumer market.