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Tuesday: April 13, 2010

A handy tutorial regarding how to build your very own multi-touch surface device.A handy tutorial regarding how to build your very own multi-touch surface device.

if you've got about $1,500 to kick around (and a spare computer) you too can make a surface that happens to be capable of multi-touch. You could also just buy a device that's already capable of multi-touch out of the box (cough cough, iPhone iPad iPod Touch) - but really, where's the fun in that?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 4:02 PM | Tags (9) | device | gadget | gestures | guide | howto | instructables | multitouch | parts | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Forty awesome Batman wallpapers to adorn your currently non-batty desktop.Forty awesome Batman wallpapers to adorn your currently non-batty desktop.

Are you a big fan of the Dark Knight ? Know almost every line to every Batman movie both modern and classic? Wait a minute, where are all the retro-style Batman desktops? Oh well, Google image search to the rescue.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Nerdy @ 3:57 PM | Tags (10) | batman | desktops | comics | superhero | savedelete | wallpapers | design | darkknight | dc | illustrations |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 36 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Twenty of the greatest Monty Python sketches for your silly viewing pleasure.Twenty of the greatest Monty Python sketches for your silly viewing pleasure.

Minister: lt's not particularly silly, is it? I mean, the right leg isn't silly at all and the left leg merely does a forward aerial half turn every alternate step. Mr Pudey: Yes, but I think that with Government backing I could make it very silly.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Comedy Gold @ 3:41 PM | Tags (6) | classics | comedy | funny | montypython | sketches | videos |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 52 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Apple finally pulls the curtain back on Macbook Pro notebook refresh.Apple finally pulls the curtain back on Macbook Pro notebook refresh.

Said notebook refresh brings the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros over to speedier Intel i5 and i7 chips. According to some early benchmarks these machines are about 50% faster than the previous generation. Sadly, the 13-inch model is still stuck in Core 2 Duo land.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:34 PM | Tags (10) | apple | c2d | chips | graphics | intel | macbooks | macrumors | pro | processors | updates |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


New study discovers that frequent password changes are basically useless.New study discovers that frequent password changes are basically useless.

someone who obtains your password will use it immediately, not sit on it for weeks until you have a chance to change it. 'That’s about as likely as a crook lifting a house key and then waiting until the lock is changed before sticking it in the door,' the Globe says.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 3:27 PM | Tags (6) | changes | frequent | passwords | security | security | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Opera Mini browser app now available for your beloved iPhone.Opera Mini browser app now available for your beloved iPhone.

Users of the iPhone now have an alternative to Safari when browsing the web thanks to Opera's latest and recently approved app offering. The Register has a thorough review of the app on the other side of the click. I'll admit it feels pretty snappy on my 3GS although sometimes page rendering is a bit wonky.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:11 PM | Tags (9) | approvals | apps | appstore | browser | competition | iphone | opera | register | safari |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Unlikely underwater sports through the aquatic eye of Photoshop.Unlikely underwater sports through the aquatic eye of Photoshop.

In the future we will all be able to take part in the great spectable that is Dolphin Racing. I wonder if anyone submitted anything of the Blitzball variety - that would have just been nerdtastic.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Photoshop @ 3:08 PM | Tags (12) | worth1000 | photoshop | manipulation | adobe | contest | theme | aquatic | fish | underwater | oceacs | dolphins | sports |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 23 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 12, 2010

Paramount teams up with Seagate to deliver movies via external hard drives.Paramount teams up with Seagate to deliver movies via external hard drives.

The new FreeAgent Go 500 gigabyte device will have 21 movies preloaded, including a free offer of 'Star Trek.' Users can unlock access to any of the other 20 movies after paying for a passcode for a price of between $9.99 and $14.99.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 3:26 PM | Tags (9) | drives | external | movies | paramount | partnership | passcode | preloaded | purchase | reuters |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Google already hard at work on an Apple iPad competitor device.Google already hard at work on an Apple iPad competitor device.

Well surprise, surprise - Google wants in on the tablet market as well. Actually, it's not much of a surprise at all but it'll be interesting to see how this all progresses in terms of the continued rivalry between Apple and Google.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 3:22 PM | Tags (11) | google | table | htc | slate | device | ipad | apple | competition | ereading | android | mashable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


A gallery of the ten worst jobs in science according to Popular Science.A gallery of the ten worst jobs in science according to Popular Science.

If anyone would know which jobs in science are the worst it would have to be Popular Science, right? If you choose to read on you'll learn about all kinds of disparaging work opportunities in the science field from the oceanic snot-diver all the way over to the feces piper. Lovely.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:09 PM | Tags (10) | bad | dung | feces | jobs | obersvations | occupations | popsci | science | snot | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 36 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Passenger falls asleep on commercial flight, wakes up in empty hangar.Passenger falls asleep on commercial flight, wakes up in empty hangar.

Yes folks, you might want to think twice the next time you catch a quick snooze on the back row of a commercial airline flight. You may end up in a part of the airport  that you did not quite expect (or a different destination entirely).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 2:59 PM | Tags (10) | airline | back | canada | commercial | destination | flight | hangar | row | sleep | vancouver |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 39 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Conan O'Brien headed over to TBS for brand new late-night talk show.Conan O'Brien headed over to TBS for brand new late-night talk show.

Said O'Brien: 'In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly.' O'Brien will host his hour-long, yet-to-be-titled show Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 2:58 PM | Tags (9) | conanobrien | latenight | talkshow | television | tbs | cable | twitter | theaters | network |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Starbucks giving away free coffee on April 15th, bring your own mug.Starbucks giving away free coffee on April 15th, bring your own mug.

The free coffee giveaway is an effort to raise awareness that we should all be ditching paper cups in favor of switching to a more reusable environmentally-friendly coffee container. This container would probably be a cylinder mug-like type of object - most likely a mug. More info (and a short flick) over here.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Deals & Steals @ 2:34 PM | Tags (12) | awareness | coffee | cups | earth | environment | free | mugs | recycling | reusable | starbucks | trees | tumblers |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Eleven recordings of terrible hold music for your listening pleasure.Eleven recordings of terrible hold music for your listening pleasure.

Ever been stuck on the phone waiting customer service of some kind? Chances are that you've probably heard some of these musical disasters. There are some exceptions to the hold call rule. Some of the trendier companies here in NYC play classic Nintendo (8-bit and all) music whilst holding. Instant win.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 1:42 PM | Tags (6) | examples | hold | music | neatorama | phone | terrible |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 71 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Google decides to acquire Plink, a visual search company.Google decides to acquire Plink, a visual search company.

The four month-old start-up provided visual search results based on artwork photography submitted to their PlinkArt application on your Android handset. The principle is simple: take a shot of a painting, run it through the Plink art database and get the details on the artwork and its author.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 1:32 PM | Tags (11) | acquisitions | android | app | database | engine | google | plink | register | results | search | visual |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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