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Friday: April 9, 2010

NASA decides to unveil a whole slew of sweeping new programsNASA decides to unveil a whole slew of sweeping new programs

This budget provides an increase to NASA at a time when funding is scarce,' he said. 'It will enable us to accomplish inspiring exploration, science and R and D, the kinds of things the agency has been known for throughout its history.'

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 6:48 AM | Tags (11) | deep | destinations | funding | nasa | orbit | planets | programs | robots | shuttles | space | technologies |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 24, 2010

A list of bathroom tech advancements that you may not have previously known about.A list of bathroom tech advancements that you may not have previously known about.

MSNBC uncovers sixteen new tidbits of technology and gadgets spe cifically for your beloved throne room (aka the bathroom).  Some are interesting while some are just plain wacky - unless heated toilet seats are of particular interest to you.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 4:21 PM | Tags (10) | bathroom | gadgets | msnbc | ridiculous | silly | strange | techie | heated | toilet | seat |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 38 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Blockbuster strikes deal with Warner Brothers to rent movies on release day.Blockbuster strikes deal with Warner Brothers to rent movies on release day.

Well, this is certainly a little strange. This deal is not currently available to Netflix and RedBox users - meaning you have to wait quite a bit before seeing new releases from Warner before you can rent them. But for Blockbuster members, you can rent their movie the day it's released on DVD. Okay then.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 7:03 AM | Tags (10) | blockbuster | rentals | warner | releases | waiting | netflix | redbox | ars | technica | dumb |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 19, 2010

External USB storage support might be coming to your local Xbox 360.External USB storage support might be coming to your local Xbox 360.

...with rumors and images of a slimmed down motherboard floating around the Internet, we may soon see a version of the system without slots for memory units at all. Whatever happens in the future, USB storage has become cheap; this news may cause a newfound interest in the Xbox 360 Arcade hardware.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:07 AM | Tags (7) | 360 | arstechnica | console | external | stoage | videogames | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

Ars Technica reviews Sony's much-anticipated motion control scheme for PlayStation 3.Ars Technica reviews Sony's much-anticipated motion control scheme for PlayStation 3.

It's bad news when you reveal a product this large, with so much riding on it, and within an hour people are putting down the controller and walking away from the demos.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:07 AM | Tags (10) | arstechnica | controls | gaming | motion | move | playstation | ps3 | review | sony | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Turns out that more and more employers are using tech to track workers.Turns out that more and more employers are using tech to track workers.

This post details just how easy (and cheap) it is in this day and age to monitor exactly what people are doing in the workplace. If you happen to have some sort of job in a tech-related field - it's even easier. If you think Big Brother is watching you - well, he probably is.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:02 AM | Tags (9) | tech | workers | employees | tracking | watch | eye | habits | history | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 11, 2010

New survey shows that 12% of employees knowingly violate IT policies.New survey shows that 12% of employees knowingly violate IT policies.

With 12 percent of those people actively working outside of stated IT policy (and plenty more who do so out of ignorance), IT admins certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to maintain a tight ship.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:03 AM | Tags (7) | it | policy | survey | arstechnica | security | violations | obvious |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 8, 2010

Ars Technica explains why blocking ads is devastating to the websites you love to visit.Ars Technica explains why blocking ads is devastating to the websites you love to visit.

Imagine running a restaurant where 40% of the people who came and ate didn't pay. In a way, that's what ad blocking is doing to us. Just like a restaurant, we have to pay to staff, we have to pay for resources, and we have to pay when people consume those resources. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 6:41 AM | Tags (8) | ads | advertising | ars | interwebs | online | technica | websites | writeup |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 5, 2010

YouTube now has captioning for millions of videos thanks to new technology.YouTube now has captioning for millions of videos thanks to new technology.

So how did they do it? Each video now uses speech recognition technology to pick up potential spoken words from the audio track. It not may be a perfect solution but it's a great start. The technology only works on videos that contain English audio at present time.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 6:40 AM | Tags (7) | youtube | captions | auto | technology | impaired | videos | interwebs |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 1, 2010

Internet manages to overtake print consumptionin the U.S. according to Ars Technica.Internet manages to overtake print consumptionin the U.S. according to Ars Technica.

Only 17 percent said they read the print version of a national newspaper, however, and 50 percent said they read local papers. According to Pew, newspapers were most likely to be read by people who were over 50 or those who don't own cell phones — yikes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:42 AM | Tags (9) | ars | technica | newspapers | online | decline | stats | national | magazines | local |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: February 25, 2010

Behold the world's greenest skyscraper recently constructed over in China.Behold the world's greenest skyscraper recently constructed over in China.

These types of buildings even have their very own acronym, ZEB, which stands for zero-energy building. This particular building is 58% more energy efficient than your run-of-the-mill conventional skyscraper.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 6:43 AM | Tags (7) | green | technology | zero | energy | fortune | china | zeb |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: February 19, 2010

Turns out that Steve Jobs is not a big fan of Flash. Who knew?Turns out that Steve Jobs is not a big fan of Flash. Who knew?

...a source of 'security holes.' He also referred to Flash as dying technology, likening not supporting Flash on the iPad to Apple dropping support for floppy drives, ditching legacy data ports, and replacing CCFL backlighting with LEDs.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:46 AM | Tags (7) | arstechnica | dying | flash | ipad | stevejobs | technology | wsj |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: February 1, 2010

Hacking cable modems for profit and advertising this fact publicly not the smartest idea.Hacking cable modems for profit and advertising this fact publicly not the smartest idea.

Each charge carries a maximum of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Selling hacked cable modems and advertising them openly may have been a decent business model a decade ago, but it hardly seems worth bothering about today.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 7:02 AM | Tags (8) | advertising | ars | cable | hacking | jail | modems | profit | technica |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: January 29, 2010

PETA calls for replacement of Punxsutawney Phil in favor of animatronic version.PETA calls for replacement of Punxsutawney Phil in favor of animatronic version.

According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter weather will follow. If he doesn't, expect an early spring. But PETA has had enough of the tradition that dates back to 1886, and believes robotic technology could be the solution.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 7:01 AM | Tags (10) | peta | animals | groundhog | phil | cnet | crave | robot | technology | animatronic | tradition |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: January 25, 2010

Your brain just might be to blame for your bad video gaming skills.Your brain just might be to blame for your bad video gaming skills.

The researchers recruited 39 healthy adults (10 men, 29 women) who had played fewer than three hours of video games each week during the previous two years. They then examined their brains with the aid of an MRI machine.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 6:51 AM | Tags (8) | brain | gaming | videogames | study | ars | technica | bad | ability |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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