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Replicant: The World’s First Microprocessor-Based Calculator

Retro computer enthusiast Bill Kotaska has successfully built a replica of Busicom’s historic 141-PF printing calculator using vintage Intel chips. It’s the 37th anniversary of the world’s first single chip, customer-programmable microprocessor, the tiny Intel 4004. It was the Japanese calculator maker known as Busicom which later introduced the first product ever built around an Intel microprocessor. So, in light ...

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Voice Recognition Web Searching For The iPhone

Typing, “hot horny girls go wild in a jacuzzi,” can be difficult on an iPhone; even with that QWERTY keyboard. By Friday, Apple hopes to remedy this problem by releasing Google’s new voice recognition application in the iTunes store. Once you have the app, you can forget about typing. Just say out loud, “Where can I find the Chicks With ...

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Consumers Avoid Linux For Their Netbooks

When it comes to netbooks, a Linux operating system drops the price down significantly as opposed to it’s more pricey XP counterpart. As anyone who has ever worked in retail knows: consumers are cheap. Very cheap. It’s no surprise that when they see the price tag of a Linux-based netbook they buy it without thinking twice. They quickly find that ...

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Blast From The Past: Asteroids Is Serious Business

For those not familiar with the 1979 Atari classic Asteroids, let me be the first to inform you: it’s about as hardcore as classic gaming gets. It’s an increasingly difficult game that tests the player’s reflexes, reaction time and nerves. The most difficult aspect of the game is either controlling the momentum of the player’s spaceship so you don’t crash ...

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Serious Gaming Prepares L.A. For The Big One

Los Angeles is a focal point for earthquakes and it’ll be no surprise to scientists when another one hits the San Andreas Fault in the future. When it comes to ground trembling geological faults, you’ve got to be prepared. That’s where Aftershock comes in. Aftershock is a game based on a 300-page U.S. Geological Survey that details how screwed L.A. ...

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The “Banshee” Shrimp

While actually called the “pistol shrimp,” its characteristics make it more befitting of the title: banshee. Despite their small size, pistol shrimp are capable of letting loose a sound of 218 decibels that stuns their prey before they devour them. The pressure wave produced by such a sound is capable of killing a small fish. It’s like a gunshot emanating ...

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YouTube To Feature Live Event Broadcasting

YouTube is still looking for ways to show fresh new content to its users. So, come the 22nd of November, it is launching YouTube Live. This brings a whole new webcasting aspect to YouTube. Artists, musicians, bedroom bloggers and Internet famous people like the Star Wars Kid will be able to get some extra publicity as this event will bring ...

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Chik-Fil-A Offering Decent Kids Toys For Once

Chik-fil-a. Let’s see. I think it was my second job when I was 14. Terrible experience if I recall, but the free food was a plus. Unfortunately, the kids toys always sucked. Since Chik-fil-a is a bible-thumping restaurant chain (never open on Sundays!), most of the crap children got in their Kids Meal was religious-based propaganda or a crappy book. ...

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