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Geolocation App Rethinks Check-Ins Making It Less Hat & More Cattle

Since geo-locaton apps - also known as location-based social networks - became part of our cultural zeitgeist, there are many who have chosen not to join their rank and file. Still considered  part of the Wild West fringe of the social media landscape, the schadenfreude descriptor of  "all hat, no cattle" comes to mind in calling out apps that are more playful than serious.

No Bike Lock? Use Your Handlebars

The Handlebar Bike Lock is built right into your bike, meaning no lugging a lock around in your backpack or on your frame.

Flying Spry - Getting Through The Airport Fast

In a real win-win scenario, you may soon be able to get through the airport quicker, while the airport saves millions of dollars.

New Geotracking May Make You Visible On A Marketer's Radar

Advertisers can sell to you on the street, over your phone and in your car, but there's no way they could actually track you down and pester you in private, right? Think again.

The Hacker Wars: GeoHot vs. Sony

The online gaming world exploded with support for hacker George Hotz (also known as GeoHot) when Sony brought charges against him for hacking into the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and posting the root keys of the device online. However, before the entire thing went to court, Hotz and Sony reached a settlement but the air is still not clear. At least, not to Anonymous.

Join The Fight For Democracy With The Fight For Freedom iPod App

Now you can be a part of the fight for democracy in the Middle East, even if you're physically a thousand miles away from where the protests and rallies are being held. The Fight for Freedom: One Click to Revolution app for the iPhone and iPod Touch by Obvious Apps makes sure of that.

Spray On This Bomb-Detecting Ink And Watch The Explosives Fizzle Out

The newest member to the explosives-detecting family doesn't come in the form of another high-tech electronic device that will begin beeping like mad when it happens to chance upon a bomb. No, this one actually comes in a spray bottle and is easy to bring along to the field.

Put Down Your Tasers Because The StunRay Can Do A Better Job

Tasers definitely have their uses but they can also cause a lot of pain. Then there are the laser dazzlers, another phaser which disarms individuals by way of temporary blindness which causes disorientation. So it was definitely pleasant to hear about the StunRay which functions more like a huge, extra-bright flashlight to stun you senseless.


Small Fire? Use This Throwable Fire Extinguisher To Snuff It Out

So it's a small fire that you can easily douse with a few buckets of water or easily extinguish with a few bursts using the fire extinguisher. Or you could also just throw this throwable fire extinguisher right at it to snuff it out quickly and easily from a safe distance.

Belt-Mounted Geiger Counter Monitors Microsieverts While You Jog

Fear of radioactivity cramping your active lifestyle? Over-reacting to reports of overheated reactors? The small, lightweight and portable GC-S1 radiation meter from System TALKS clips onto your belt and tallies up the microsieverts while you go about your daily routine.

Facebook's Event Check-Ins Attracting Spammy Hosts & Guests

Big news this week was Facebook's push for Places, it's geo-location answer to Foursquare, and its launch of "event check-ins" on mobile phones. Unfortunately. like an updated version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," it's attracting the wrong crowd of people - namely, spammers! Now, I ask you, is that any way to run a location-based social network?

Design Efficient Place To Stash Your Stash

When designing a house, I wonder how many architects think about places to hide.  Maybe places for kids to hide from each other, or for adults to hide when marketers come to their doors.  But what about places to hide stash... valuable stash like money or jewelry?

Leaping The Great Firewall In China Greater Hurdle Due To Arab Awakening

As unrest in the Middle East gains traction with sympathizers globally, China tightens its current Internet controls. It appears the government's infamous "Great Firewall" has ramped up its interference capabilities on Gmail, virtual private networks (VPNs) and social networks, where disruptions in service some say is "a new kind of attack by Chinese censors."

STEM Sells Research - Selling Science To Kids

The USA Science & Engineering Festival wants you to help them make science cool.

In a Rally Surrounded By Authorities? Just Hit the "Panic" Button on This App for your Phone!

The thought of an app that could work like a "panic button" sounds like an amusing and entertaining one, but in reality, it's not. The app is actually being developed by the U.S. State Department as part of its "internet programming freedom" program that has been granted a whopping $22 million budget.

That's Heavy - Mapping Gravity On An Imperfect Sphere

The European Space Agency has mapped the Earth's changing gravity better than ever before.

New Study Evaluates Radiation Risks Of Airport X-Ray Screeners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed 486 full body scanners in U.S. airports and plans to install another 1000 by the end of 2011.  Besides the privacy issues that have become quite controversial, there has been concern over the amount of radiation these scanners emit and what their potential is for increasing risk of serious health problems.

 


Relief Yourself - A One-Stop Disaster Relief Center

A new application has been designed to provide as much disaster relief as possible in one place.

Unclear On Nuclear? Try Thorium - Nuclear Energy Without The Side Effects

Thorium is a safer and more abundant nuclear energy source than uranium. So where are the reactors?

Social Media 'Sock Puppet' Impostors OK'd By Military

How many remember the flack that emerged when someone impersonated the Dalai Lama two years back leading the Twitter founders to believe they could create "enlightenment in 140 characters" - only to learn he was an impostor leaving them no recourse but to exile him from the site. Well, now the government is condoning this activity as they enter the game of creating 'fake online identities' in hopes of using social media to counter anti-U.S. messaging around the world.