Sphero Lets You Play Ball with Your Phone

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The Sphero, from Orbotix

The Sphero, from Orbotix, is one of the toy hits of CES 2011. Like the AR Drone, the toy hit of CES 2010, you control the Sphero with your smartphone (a remote control app is available for iOS and Android). Your phone connects to the Sphero via Bluetooth, and to control the ball you can use a virtual joystick or the accelerometer (simply tilt your phone). In our brief hands on, the Sphero proved a little tough to control, but we’ll chalk some of that up to the dying battery.

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China Declares Skype Illegal

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No more Skyping in China

After having already banned Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Chinese government has now decided to outlaw Skype, as well. The move, announced in the People’s Daily, means that all Internet phone services will now be considered illegal within the country, except for those offered by two state-operated telecom companies — China Unicom and China Telecom…

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‘Record and Report’ Are the Key in Fighting Cyberbullies

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Cyberbullying pervades every manner of online interaction, and a tragic series of recent events is forcing communities, schools and law enforcement agencies to vigorously address the issue. Anti-bullying organizations abound on the Web, but most offer relatively generic and ambiguous tips for dealing with tormentors. Sure, “report the abuse” seems like a simple step, but when exactly should the behavior be reported, who needs to be contacted and how do concerned parties alert the proper entities?

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Spam in Decline After Disappearance of Russian Ringleader

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Law enforcement agencies periodically dismantle spam organizations, and successful campaigns inevitably lead to fleeting, yet wondrous, periods of diminished e-mail junk. Well, we’ve apparently entered one of those temporary stays from trash, so enjoy those Viagra-free inboxes while you can…

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France to Offer Government Subsidies for Music Purchased Online

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Government Subsidized Music?

There are very few things this writer loves about France, but here are two: government-subsidized healthcare, and, now, government-subsidized music. That’s right, the country of Debussy and Gainsbourg will now (partially) pay for its young citizens’ digital music.

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Top Employer in the World – Chinese Military

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The question remains, will troop strength trump military might?

The top employer in the world is the Chinese military with an estimated 8,740,000 personnel involved in active, reserve, and paramilitary positions. Out of the top 16 militaries in the world, the U.S. only manages an 8th place ranking based on troop strength. Below is a listing of the top militaries in the world.


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Top 10 Photos of the Week

Top 10 Photos of the Week

 Bob the Fly could spot bad motor skills from a mile away. He would be safe now.

With Halloween fast approaching, even the odd kids will want to become a little odder. The spooks want to become spookier, the ghosts, ghostlier, and the water, wetter. We’re pretty sure we don’t care about any of that. Just take a look at these images and you’ll quickly learn not to care as well. (Pics)

 

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Top 10 Photos of the Week

Top 10 Photos of the Week

 Usually one to impress people with his bravery, Winston the Flying Cat, often
gave his owners a scare on the whitewater rafting trips, but always came back chuckling.

The fine art of writing great captions for strange photos is really an exercise in finding great images and then saying something else. “Hey, who left the iron plugged in!” We hope you enjoy this weeks amazingly crazy photos.

 

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