A new webcam from Logitech is intelligent enough to know where your face is. You can add live video effects such as hats, moustaches and masks that all follow your face around wherever you are on camera. You can also use avatars that will be animated to match your facial expressions. Make has a video showing it in action.
I've posted a video from Fox's Hannity and Colmes before (see here) and thought that there interviewing techniques were crap and the questions they were asking were pointless. Here's another clip in which they interview a religious nut. Granted she is as nutty as religious nuts come but what is the point of getting a nut on your show just to tell her that she's a nut. [via]
They say that immitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this is a perfect example. This textile shop in Istanbul, Turkey has borrowed Google's name for it's shop. They should have gone the whole hog and taken the logo too. [via]
I've never understood why some people protest by setting themselves on fire. The picture above shows Croatian war veteran, and father of six, Dragan Prebeg. He committed suicide to protest at a decision by the country’s tax authorities to refuse to pay him back €1,600 (£1,110), which he had said that he was owed.
So now there's a chance that his family may get the £1,110 from the government but the children no longer have a father. I can't see the logic in that.
Why stop at pirating a company's products when you can pirate the whole company. I first heard about this story on the Buzz Out Loud podcast on Friday and stumbled across it again this morning. The company in question was the Japanese giant NEC and the company that pirated them was based in China. The fake Chinese company pirated existing NEC goods and even went as far as developing their own line of goods under the NEC name. NEC isn't sure how much was made from the operation but believes it to be a high figure.
Yesterday was a big day for me and my business partner. We received our first pay cheque from Ozum! Unfortunately, in order to get paid we had to put our own money into the business bank account and then take it back out. What will I spend it on? Nothing. I need to save it so that I can pay myself next month.
A very funny clip from an LA open access show aired in 1997 (at least that what Break.com says). The clip stars a gangster preacher who uses language most Christian's would find offensive. Before watching, prepare yourself for a bumpy ride. The clearly drunk cameraman has just discovered the zoom function on his camera and can't stop using it.
A supermarket chain has launched a new streetwise variation on the classic Lovehearts sweets.
Asda's Whatevers will display more up-to-date messages such as Minger, Chav, Proper, Bothered, Whatever and As If.
Lovehearts, made by Derbyshire-based family firm Swizzels Matlow, first went on sale in the UK in 1956.
The company owns the copyright to the sweets' design and made the Whatevers version for Asda.
The sweets will be updated as and when more popular terms come into use. [via]
Make coffee on the go with the WMF espresso machine. It is featured in the Roadjet concept car from Audi.
The machine sits between the driver and passenger and is fully functional. At a touch of a button you can have a brew on the go. [via]
The world's oldest football is being sent to Germany for the World Cup. The 450-year-old ball will form the centrepiece of an exhibition on the history of the sport.
The 16th century ball is made from a pig's bladder and the cover constructed from pieces of thick leather, possibly deer, and tightly laced together.
It once belonged to Mary Queen of Scots but it's not sure whether she actually played with it. [via]
Cake lovers were sent running for their lives when a bendy bus smashed into a bakery whilst turning a corner.
The bus smashed through the front of Ainsleys bakery as it turned a corner into Infirmary Street on Tuesday morning.
A waiting bus driver and a woman in her 20s, who were on the pavement, suffered minor injuries. No one inside the shop was hurt. [via]
According to bra manufacturer Trimuph, Chinese boobs are getting bigger.
"It's so different from the past when most young women would wear A- or B-cup bras," Triumph brand saleswoman Zhang Jing told the Shanghai Daily from the Landmark Plaza of China's commercial hub.
"You...never expect those thin women to have such nice figures if they are not plastic."
This phenomenon is probably due to women eating more nutritiously and taking part in more sport.
Today I've learnt that...
# During the 1841 census, London was the largest city in the world with a population of 1.58m.
# Since the EU antitrust ruling, and the subsequent unbundling of Windows Media Player, only 1,787 copies of Windows XP N has been sold. This represents just 0.0005% of overall European sales of 35m units of Windows XP.
# Microsoft can earn as much as $100m per advert on Hotmail/Windows Live Mail. (Robert Scoble seems to have deleted this post so I'm not sure if it's true or not)
# 15.7% of the world's population use the Internet
Found on Google Blogoscoped, Rough Type has an interesting article about the 'great Google float'. For those that don't know, when you sign up with Google Adsense you only get paid when your balance exceeds $100. Any less and you won't get paid. If you have a small site with low traffic there's a good chance that it could take a long time for you to reach $100. Now if you add up the money that is sitting in sub-$100 accounts (there must be thousands of them), that's a a lot of money for Google to play with.
The Guardian has a report on how the BBC plans to rebuild its website. It plans on building the site around user-generated content, blogs and home videos, simliar to MySpace. It is also asking users to design the homepage and asking users to "exploit the fuctionality and usability of services such as Flickr, YouTube, Technorati and Wikipedia".
The most exciting part of the facelift is the inclusion of the corporation's entire programme catalogue which will be put online in written form from tomorrow. Iinternet users will for the first time be able to search for details of the corporation's entire catalogue as far back as 1937!
The Guardian article doesn't mention it but there's a good chance that this service will only be available to TV license payers within the UK.
It's time to upgrade my phone, well almost. I've got three months left on my contract but I can upgrade now if I wish.The phone I've been holding out for is the Nokia N80 (see right) which is due out any day now. It's very similar to my Nokia 6680 but has got a 3 megapixel camera, a hi-res screen and is Wi-Fi capable.
I've been doing some research on the net and have spoken to various people and nobody really knows exactly when it is going to be released, the network that it is going to be available on or if it will initially be available for free.
I'm currently on the 3 network and would preferably like to stay with them. One mobile phone shop said that 3 would be caryring it yet another said that they wouldn't. Also, one store said that there was no chance of this phone being available for free, at least not initially.
To confuse matters, Nokia officially announced the N73 (see left) which is very similar to the N80 which may be out in July (not sure if that means UK, Europe or the US). Going by Nokia's track record of delivering on time (e.g. the yet to be released in the UK, N91), I think I shouldn't wait for the N73.
Has anyone got any info on when the N80 will be available and on what networks?
A Quebec company is producing a cigarette it claims does not stain teeth, has less of an odour than regular brands and contains beneficial ingredients like vitamin C. Unfortunately the VitaCig will still kill you, but at least you won't smell.
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