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Monday: November 30, 2009

One scientist has managed to successfully trap a rainbow.One scientist has managed to successfully trap a rainbow.

When they shone a multi-wavelength laser beam at the open end of the gilded waveguide, a trapped rainbow formed inside. This could be seen as a series of coloured rings when the lens was viewed from above with a microscope.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:09 PM | Tags (9) | lasers | newscientist | rainbow | rings | science | scientists | skittles | trap | waves |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 29 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: November 25, 2009

Microsoft decides to make .NET micro framework free and open source.Microsoft decides to make .NET micro framework free and open source.

The gift to the open source community, however, does come with some strings attached -- or, rather, removed from the gift wrapping. Microsoft reduced some of the framework's functionality in making the Software Developer's Kit open source

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 6:52 AM | Tags (7) | microsoft | framework | dotnet | programming | opensource | community | functionality |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 23, 2009

Looking for a thrilling new vacation destination? Try Dagobah.Looking for a thrilling new vacation destination? Try Dagobah.

Everything you want to know about the galaxy's most extreme vacation destination summed up in a one minute video. Paid for by the Dagobah Tourism Bureau. DAGOBAM!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Comedy Gold @ 7:03 AM | Tags (7) | andrewzilch | dagobah | extreme | funny | starwars | vacation | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 41 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Newspaper circulation probably even worse than it actually looks.Newspaper circulation probably even worse than it actually looks.

The decline in newspaper circulation has several causes. Many publications have intentionally reduced the range of their deliveries, cutting out exurbs or distant parts of their states where they sold relatively few copies.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:25 AM | Tags (7) | newspapers | circulation | digital | technology | publications | deliveries | decline |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


AOL trying out new look now that split from Time Warner is official.AOL trying out new look now that split from Time Warner is official.

Say goodbye to the that blue triangle you've grown so familiar with over the years. Say hello to various works of clipart instead... with the letters A O L (and don't forget the period) draped over them.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 6:15 AM | Tags (6) | aol | branding | cnet | design | timewarner | triangles |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: November 19, 2009

Computer glitch over at FAA manages to ground flights nationwide.Computer glitch over at FAA manages to ground flights nationwide.

The FAA is investigating which center experienced the computer problem. Early reports indicate the problem may have involved phone lines that feed into the processing system.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 3:01 PM | Tags (6) | flights | faa | computer | glitch | abcnews | phones |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 16, 2009

The grand history of the Internet, in a nutshell.The grand history of the Internet, in a nutshell.

While the complete history of the Internet could easily fill a few books, this article should familiarize you with key milestones and events related to the growth and evolution of the Internet between 1969 to 2009.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 8:03 AM | Tags (7) | aol | bbs | history | internet | nutshell | unix | worldwideweb |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 35 Clicks | Posted by Vin


The dos and don'ts for buying refurbished electronics.The dos and don'ts for buying refurbished electronics.

Some quick tips on whether or not purchasing a refurbished (in some cases slightly used) product is right for you. I'm also of the theory that sticking with a major brand (ie Best Buy, Apple) is a safe bet to make in this case.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 7:45 AM | Tags (5) | abcnews | gadgets | guide | helpful | refurbished |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 32 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Ars Technica reviews the New Super Mario Brothers game for the Nintendo Wii.Ars Technica reviews the New Super Mario Brothers game for the Nintendo Wii.

Their verdict? You should buy this game if you're a fan of the original exploits of Mario and Luigi as they romp through the Mushroom Kingdom. Ars calls it a 'magical experience' and they expect this be on the sales charts for a long time.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:36 AM | Tags (9) | ars | bros | gaming | mario | nintendo wii | reviews | super | technica | videogames |  | Discuss (2) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: November 12, 2009

Developer behind popular iPhone app for Facebook has had it with Apple, calls it quits.Developer behind popular iPhone app for Facebook has had it with Apple, calls it quits.

...I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process. I am very concerned that they are setting a horrible precedent for other software platforms, and soon gatekeepers will start infesting the lives of every software developer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 8:16 AM | Tags (8) | apple | appstore | facebook | developer | approval | process | joehewitt | techcrunch |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 30 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 9, 2009

Use a Nokia phone? Your charger may have some shocking qualities.Use a Nokia phone? Your charger may have some shocking qualities.

Nokia said the chargers' plastic covers might work loose and expose wiring, which could cause an electric shock if touched if the charger is plugged into a socket. It said it had received no reports of injuries or accidents related to the chargers.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 2:34 PM | Tags (6) | nokia | recall | charger | shock | hazard | abcnews |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Want to translate your baby's cries? There's an app for that.Want to translate your baby's cries? There's an app for that.

Within 10 seconds, the app translates the sound and identifies the emotion, and then gives parents a set of tips to calm the child. The company says its technology is 96 percent accurate and works for any child, regardless of culture or language.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 8:02 AM | Tags (11) | baby | crying | app | iphone | appstore | abcnews | translate | emotions | tips | identify | language |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 31 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: November 6, 2009

Nintendo's Game Boy inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.Nintendo's Game Boy inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.

Along with the Game Boy, the iconic Big Wheel was just recently inducted as well. In other news, there is a Toy Hall of Fame and it resides in Rochester, New York.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:53 AM | Tags (9) | gaming | toys | halloffame | nintendo | gameboy | videogames | bigwheel | rochester | newyork |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: November 5, 2009

Small town somewhere in England seems to only exist on Google Maps.Small town somewhere in England seems to only exist on Google Maps.

Some claim that this town does in fact exist but traveling to the specific destination will leave you in an empty field. Even stranger, the town's residents seem to only be available via email.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 7:51 AM | Tags (5) | abcnews | google | maps | phantom | town |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 60 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: November 3, 2009

Microsoft testing out tiered rewards program for Xbox Live users.Microsoft testing out tiered rewards program for Xbox Live users.

In a nutshell, you'll get some additional MS points and discounts on Marketplace purchases if you continue to re-up your membership status (gold only). Oh, and you might also have to participate in a program survey once in a while.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:54 AM | Tags (11) | 360 | gaming | gold | microsoft | purchases | rewards | surveys | tiers | videogames | xbla | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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