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A Japanese company is doing something that will help people feel better about going out in a crowd. No one wants to go out in public smelly, but some people can’t seem to tell when they stink. A company called Tanita has a new gadget going on sale this month that is designed to smell your stink for you and assign it a numerical ranking. The device is the ES-100 (why is it not called the Stank-o-Meter?) and it is essentially a handheld smell checker that measures the intensity of body odor on a scale of 0-10. A ranking of ten is the worst. It works in a similar fashion to the alcohol breath analyzers that Tanita also makes. Rather than scanning for alcohol on the breath, this device scans... Read more...
You can file this one in the drawer labeled "Weird, Weirder and Weirdest." In what's easily one of the strangest tales we're heard this year in the technology realm, a (former) Arizona school district employee has been shown his leaving papers after he tinkered with school computers. We know what you're thinking--some guy downloaded some not-so-nice material while on the clock, and now he's paying for it. What's the big deal, right? Not quite. credit:  East Valley TribuneThe big deal is that this story goes far deeper than that. Brad Niesluchowski, who was Higley Unified School District's Information Technology Director, reportedly downloaded SETI@home software onto a slew of the district's... Read more...
"Weird" simply isn't sufficient to describe this laptop, now being auctioned at eBay.I purchased this a few years back as a project but it just ended up sitting in my closet. This is a rare Xentex Dual Screen Laptop. Each screen is 13.3" and one pivots so that one can be facing you and the other one facing the person sitting on the other side of the laptop. This was a prototype and is missing some parts but does turn on so I have no doubt someone can make this work with the right skills.This has to be the worlds largest laptop when unfolded which measures about 19.5" across when you unfold it. This company had a great idea on the hinging concept because the entire laptop folds twice making it... Read more...
Ask.com is the fourth most popular search engine in the United States, accounting for 4.7 percent of all web searches. They've decided to differentiate themselves from the rest of their competitiors by offering AskEraser -- a widget on their service you can use to direct the search engine to discard information like search term, user's Internet address, and other identifying features immediately after your search.  If you're worried about what search engines do with the archived information they glean from your searches, this is the service for you. Maybe.“It works like a light switch,” said Doug Leeds, senior vice president for product management at Ask.com. Mr. Leeds said the service would... Read more...