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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Canned Cheeseburger: It Is Not a Joke

The secret to a good cheeseburger is its freshness. Hot off the grill, with crisp vegetables if you like. Not the kind of food you’d think to put in a can. Nut nowadays anything is possible even a cheeseburger in a can.

To prepare the canned cheeseburger, "Heat the unopened can in a bain-marie for approx. 10 minutes or take the cold cheeseburger out of the can and heat it in a cooking pot/pan. The cheeseburger may be consumed cold or hot. Once opened, please don't leave the product in the can", says the can label.

This is how the cheeseburger looks like ...

"It tastes... not so good. Very bland, kind of like pre-made tomato sauce and a bitter aftertaste.", that's what "Honk" said in The Something Awful Forums.

After "Honk" finished his cheeseburger, he said : "I'm not sick and I say I would eat this thing again if it weren't so expensive. And I really must say that this probably is far better when you're many kilometers away from civilization on top of some mountain and you can whip out a cheeseburger with nearly the same quality as a McDonald's cheeseburger while your friend eats dry bread or power bars."

More pictures taken by "Honk" are shown in The Something Awful Forums. Oh yeah, and the cheeseburger can costs (€ 3,95) or (US $5.86) ... Not cheap!

Read Also:
Cheeseburger in der Dose (Trekking Mahlzeiten Online-Shop)
Cheeseburger in a Can (Neatorama)
Good food on the go! I'm not sure what to say about this one... (The Somthing Awful Forumes)



Saturday, January 19, 2008

Acabion GTBO: 340 mph Enclosed Motorcycle Enters Production

With a top speed of 340 mph, it's a full 90 mph faster than a Bugatti Veyron. Acabion GTBO accelerates from 0 to 300mph in 30 seconds. Oh, and that top speed is limited, not what it'd actually be capable of reaching in perfect circumstances. Best of all, Acabion are ready to start production.

The GTBO is capable of more than just jaw-dropping performance figures. By employing low aerodynamic drag, low weight, and low rolling resistance, it's extremely economical, too. Cruising at 100mph it achieves 100mpg. At 250mph, 25mpg.

The GTBO is the brainchild of Peter Maskus, who sees it as the ultimate long-distance transport solution. In the world Maskus envisions, we'll all be using solar-powered, electric mass-transit for short commutes, creating a need for ultra-fast, ultra-efficient, individual, inter-city, rapid transportation. The GTBO fills that need.

If you want a GTBO now, it'll cost you. €1.87 million to be precise. Then there's the three-year wait--that's how long Maskus says it'll take to build one.

Read Also:
Acobion (Official Site)
Acabion GTBO: the 750bhp, 340mph Enclosed Motorcycle Enters Production (Jalopnik)

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Google Maps: Street View

Click this image to see this Street View in Google Maps

Google enhanced its Google Maps service with the Street View feature, debuted in May 2007, that enables users to view and navigate 360-degree street-level digital images of 21 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami and the Big Apple. (To see the full list, go to maps.google.com and click the Street View link on the upper-right corner.)

Once you zoom in close enough, you can click the Street View link and look around the location, or click an arrow to see the next Street View photo.

Google partnered with Immersive Media Co. for the underlying photo technology and has worked with third-party firms for street-level photography for the additional cities outside of California. Only San Francisco and San Diego use high-resolution street-level images, however. Other cities use lower-res captures.

To snap the pictures, Google mounted digital cameras on the roof of passenger cars -- reportedly Chevy Cobalts, according to Gizmodo -- and drove around San Francisco and San Diego.

Interestingly enough, Google managed to snap some car accidents during street view capturing like this one and this one!

Read Also:
Google Maps: Street View
Google Street View Car Accident 1
Google Street View Car Accident 2
Google Streetview Camera Car Fleet Set to Invade America (Gizmodo)
Google Street View: The Internet giant comes to you (PC World)

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Starbucks QuickOrder Concept Design

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"Get your coffee fix, fast!" iPhone/iPod Touch application that allows the users to purchase their favorite Starbucks drink without waiting in line. This application also includes QuickPay, a swipe transaction system using semacode technology.

This is just a design concept but it looks so cool and the pictures sure look so real !!!

Read Also:
QuickOrder (GENOCO)
iPhone Starbucks Ordering Screens Look Like the Real Thing, Precede Apple Patent (Gizmodo)

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USB 3.0 Spotted in CES 2008

Last September I talked little bit about USB 3.0 coming soon in 2010. Engadget was able to spot USB 3.0 in CES 2008 and take few pictures of the new connector and compare it with the old USB 2.0 ...

"We just got a chance to check the connectors and compare with the old 2.0 standard (which the reps tell us is backward compatible, of course). With speeds of 4.8 Gbit/s (600 MB/s), and a powering system which intelligently cuts the juice when you're not using a device, we have a feeling you'll want. Too bad we all have to wait till 2010... the year we make contact... with USB 3.0", said Joshua Topolsky from Engadget.

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USB 3.0 in the flesh (Engadget)



Saturday, January 12, 2008

Alienware 2880x900 Curved Monitor

When it comes to serious gaming, LCDs are kind of slow. And most screens are just so square. This week Alienware introduced a 2880x900 curved monitor. It's a DLP rear-projection monitor that lit by LEDs, so it's easier on the eyes and consumes less energy than a normal CRT monitor. It's also three times faster than most LCDs, with a .02ms response time.

This thing is awesome to look at, but it's not perfect yet: if you look closely, you'll see vertical shadows at intervals on the screen. It's also not as bright as we might like. Alienware thinks it may be fixed up and ready to ship in the second half of this year. No word yet on pricing: the PR guy told DVICE it would be "more expensive than a 24' but less expensive than a Kia." Very reassuring.

Read Also:
CES Best: Alienware's Curved monitor turns your PC room into a supervillain lair (DVICE)

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Friday, January 11, 2008

SanDisk Introduces Handmade 18K Gold USB Necklaces At CES 2008

Philips has been making expensive Swarovski-encrusted accessories for women for a while now and we lately saw their new Active Crystal Collection at CES 2008 show. It looks like they have got a competitor now, with SanDisk showing their new prototype USB necklaces.

No word whether they are going to put them into production, but one thing is for sure that these USB necklaces look stunning. They are hand-made gold creations with Onyx centers on a gold chain. Pictured above boasts a 4GB hard drive with a tiny diamond entrenched in its handle. Anyway, the news in the air is that these beautiful USB necklaces will have 12GB of memory and obviously, a high price tag ;)

Read Also:
CES $$$: Sandisk's handmade 18K gold USB-necklace puts Swarovski gadgets to shame (DVICE)

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Chocolate Strawberry Made By Infusion Technology

Sweets produced by venture firm FCOM (Fresh Functional Food Composite) Co. are packed, or better yet, "infused" with technology.

With infusion technology, "we found that we could do a variety of things that the existing technology couldn't," said Norimitsu Kameshima, vice president of Tokyo-based FCOM.

The concept is similar to that of soaking one food with something, a technique as old as the hills. But because preserving the quality of the original food is essential, what can be done with a regular soaking technique is limited, Kameshima said.

Take for example one of FCOM's products, a strawberry infused with white chocolate. On the outside it's an everyday garden-variety dried strawberry, but break the surface and it looks like the fruit contains white chocolate in its fibers.

The trick is to first freeze-dry the strawberry to remove the water, and then infuse the white chocolate into the spaces left behind.

Infusion technology was derived from industrial manufacturing. Placeram Co., which is run by the father of FCOM's president, has been using this technology for various industrial needs.

For example, bearings in bullet train undercarriages appear to be solid metal, but they are manufactured with many micro gaps. Kameshima said shinkansen bearings spin so fast they can cause static electricity that may disrupt various control systems. By infusing the gaps with substances that have a high degree of insulation, static buildup is prevented.

FCOM also hopes to take the technology further.

For instance, it has created currants infused with chocolate and the vitaminlike substance coenzyme Q10 to make it easier for people to take the supplement.

"Our concept is that people can take supplements easily and deliciously," said Kameshima, adding the concept and technology could be adapted for fields like cosmetics and medicine.

He said food such as rice infused with various nutrients could be produced for seniors who can't eat very much. This way, they could maintain the necessary nutritional balance without having to alter their eating habits.

"We think that with this infusion technology, we have to create something beyond just chocolate sweets, because people will say, 'what's so different from chocolate-coated snacks?' " Kameshima said.

Read Also:
A delicious mix of technology and sweets (Japan Times)
Science's greatest achievement: choco-strawberries (DVICE)



Windows Home Server: For Home File Sharing, Automated Backups, & Remote Access

HP EX475 MediaSmart Home Server
(AMD Live/ 64 Bit Sempron Processor, 1 TB Hard Drive)

Windows Home Server is a home server operating system from Microsoft. Announced on January 7, 2007 at the Consumer Electronics Show by Bill Gates, Windows Home Server is intended to be a solution for homes with multiple connected PCs to offer file sharing, automated backups, and remote access. It is based on Windows Server 2003 SP2.

Windows Home Server was released to manufacturing on July 16, 2007.

Windows Home Server automatically backs up your home computers. Computers and individual files can be easily restored. Additionally, computer health monitoring allows you to see the health of computers running Windows Vista in your home. You will know if your anti-virus programs and other system software are up-to-date.

Every member of the family can access what they need on the home server from another computer in the house. You can also share information with faraway friends and family through a personalized Web address, or access your own files from a computer with a Web browser when you’re away from home.

Your family photos, videos and music, and other important documents are together in one central place. Folders can be created by subject or topic, so your family can stay organized and up-to-date.

You can simply connect a new hard drive to Windows Home Server as your storage needs increase. Also, application developers can create innovative Windows Home Server Add-Ins to expand the functionality of your home server. For example, Add-ins can be created for home automation, home webcams, media sharing, and home security solutions.

Read Also:
Windows Home Server (Product Page)
Windows Home Server Team Blog
Windows Home Server Reviewers Guide (1.6MB pdf)
HP MediaSmart Server (Product Page)
Windows Home Server (Wikipedia)

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus: USB Drive with Online Backup

SanDisk announced yesterday Cruzer Titanium Plus, a USB flash drive that offers automatic online backup for every file copied to the drive, giving users true peace of mind. Cruzer Titanium Plus will be featured at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show from Jan. 7 to 10 in the Las Vegas.

The drive comes with six months of free online backup service. After quickly opening a personal password-protected online account, any files copied to the drive are automatically backed up online. If the computer isn’t online when files are copied to the drive, the backup will take place automatically the next time there is an Internet connection.

Cruzer Titanium Plus even helps protect the user against accidentally deleting important files. Files deleted from the drive can be easily recovered by signing into the online backup account. Files deleted from the drive will be kept online for 30 days, as long as the total of backed up files from the device and deleted files do not exceed available online backup capacity. Available online backup capacity matches the physical capacity of the drive.

The online backup service for Cruzer Titanium Plus is powered by BeInSync, a leader in data backup, synchronization, access and sharing. Storage for BeInSync online backup is provided by Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.

The Cruzer, which retails for $59.99 and goes on sale in March, will come with four gigabytes of storage and provide six months of free online backup, After that period, a user pays $29.99 a year to continue the online storage service.

Read Also:
SanDisk Cruzer® Titanium Plus (Product Page)
SanDisk Brings Automatic Online Backup to USB Flash Drives with New Cruzer Titanium Plus (Press Release)
SanDisk flash drive to offer automatic Web storage (Reuters)

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