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New York invites designers to invent Future of Phone Booths

The Mayor of New York has kicked off a competition for those with ideas on the future of the city's 11,000 phone boxes, with a view to deploying something new when the existing contract runs out in 2014. The Mayor is looking for something interesting, and something which will help New Yorkers communicate, especially in an …
Bill Ray, 10 Dec 2012
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Android malware attacks show perils of Google openness

This week's discovery of malware that hijacked tens of thousands of Android cellphones shows the pitfalls of Google's decision to make the operating system the Wikipedia of mobile platforms that offers apps written by virtually anyone. A couple years ago, the choice helped the OS gain traction against Apple's more entrenched …
Dan Goodin, 04 Mar 2011
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Lonely Planet augments muggers' earnings

Lonely Planet's latest Compass Guides offer Android handset-packing city visitors an augmented version of reality, if they aren't busy finding the perfect geek destination at FourEyesUp. Anyone planning a late summer trip might like to take a look at that new service, which promises to provide details of educational sites around …
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2010
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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

Reg Hardware Sex Week It's that time of year again, when chocolate manufacturers rub their hands with joy and florists dream of blooming profits. Yes, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Of course, those of you with girlfriends who appreciate originality, will know the traditional catalogue of Valentine's gestures …
Caleb Cox, 11 Feb 2012

Wireless wonks celebrate 35th anniversary of first cell call

April 3 marks the 35th anniversary of the world’s first cellular phone call, and to celebrate, former NFL hero Steve Largent has presented a priapic monolith to the man who made that call back in the spring of 1973. Largent is now the president and CEO of the CTIA wireless association, and this morning, at the association's …
Cade Metz, 02 Apr 2008
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BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

The Business Software Alliance claimed yesterday that software piracy in the US is costing the industry $11.4bn and local government $1.7bn in lost taxes. The software multinational lobbying group reckoned that although four out of five pieces of software is legally bought in the US the remaining counterfeit material results in …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2008

GTA IV PS3 fights off resolution woes in the UK

Gamers from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 camps rejoiced when it was confirmed that Grand Theft Auto IV would be available on both consoles. But fans have begun complaining that the game’s resolution on the PS3 is lower than it is the Xbox 360. It’s been claimed that GTA IV runs at a resolution of 630p (1120 x 630) on the PS3, …
James Sherwood, 01 May 2008
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Nissan and MS team on 'URGE to sit on your rear' concept car

Nissan and Microsoft have partnered to show that they can deliver as much impotent grandeur as any other auto/software maker duo. The vendors this week announced that they will unveil the first "fully integrated gaming system within a vehicle." At this point, you're probably thinking, "Come on, we've all seen a Playstation …
Ashlee Vance, 28 Dec 2005
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Evangelical apocalyptic schlockfest 'snoops' on gamers

Watchers of right-wing Christian groups in the States say a new apocalyptic videogame released by cultish Revelations-based fiction series Left Behind is riddled with spyware. Developers have incorporated software from an Israeli firm called Double Fusion. It incorporates video advertising and product placement into the game, …
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Bill Gates now Sir Bill Gates: official

Our artist's impression of how we believe Sir Bill may appear today Microsoft employees take note: philanthropic rich bloke Bill Gates should now be formally addressed as Bill Gates KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) - following a quick tap on the shoulder from Her Imperial Majestyness Liz …
Lester Haines, 02 Mar 2005