USB memory sticks have been with us for a while now. A lttle like the crocodile of the gadget world they have remained unchanged for what seems like an eternity. This may be about to change with the introduction of the new Über memory stick, The ISOStick. Designed by Elegant Invention for IT professionals, computer technicians and noids, generally anyone who has found themselves carrying multiple memory sticks or a wad of DVD’s to install operating systems or solve that IT emergency. ISOStick comes to the rescue by rolling all of the functions you require into one nice little unremarkable looking USB stick. In order for a gadget to achieve the Über classification it must push the limits in some way, be unnecessarily extreme. The ISOStick’ s bag of tricks include, the ability to appear as a virtual DVD-Rom that can use any ISO file as a disk in the drive, switch disks with a button on the USB stick, read-only mode for virus proof safety, upgradeable firmware, completely configurable settings file and flashing RGB LED B★B READ MORE
In a twisty tweet posted just hours ago, hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed to have owned the defense contractor, ManTech International. Anonymous has promised a data release within 24hours. If true, this will be the latest hack in the group’s AntiSec campaign, and in particular its series of – F_ck FBI Friday – attacks. Previous Anonymous attacks have targeted defense contractors, their favorite bait though are companies who work with the FBI. These attacks have included attacks on the Atlanta chapter of InfraGard and the firms IRC Federal, Unveillance, and Booz Allen Hamilton, all of which provide cybersecurity services and solutions to the U.S. Government. Anonymous identifies ManTech’s work for the FBI and the National Security Agency as its motivation for targeting the company M★C UPDATED READ MORE!
The Motion Picture Association of America – MPAA – has won a landmark internet piracy case in the United Kingdom which could lead to a wave of online censorship. The U.K’s largest internet service provider – BT – has been ordered to block a website which provides links to pirated movies. The MPAA, which includes film studios – Disney, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox – claimed the Newzbin website infringed their copyright with illegal file-sharing. BT had argued the ban could usher in a new form of online censorship. Observers say the case could set a legal precedent, while other sites may also be blocked as part of a major crackdown against piracy. BT says it will not be appealing against the ruling. MPAA European President Chris Marcich said, “the Motion Picture Association’s European president, said: “This ruling from Mr Justice Arnold is a victory for millions of people working in the UK creative industries and demonstrates that the law of the land must apply online. This court action was never an attack on ISPs but we do need their cooperation to deal with the Newzbin site which continually tries to evade the law and judicial sanction. Newzbin is a notorious pirate website which makes hundreds of thousands of copyrighted products available without permission and with no regard for the law” M★D READ MORE
One of my most favorite memories is playing in my childhood yard, specifically our old Weeping Willow tree. I got my first kiss – at age 6, Je t’aime toujours Lucien! – in that tree. Clearly I have matured since those days, I do still crave hanging out in trees, can’t quite get a grip on getting up there though!? Thankfully French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created a range of – brilliant – portable transparent Bubbles. The idea behind Dumas’ wondrous Bubble collection was to create temporary lush accommodation that had the least impact on the surrounding environment, allowing the loungers to simply become absorbed into their surrounds, sounds surreal no? dumas’ range includes the BubbleTree, CristalBubble, BubbleLodge and BubbleRoom, which are all suitable for sleep-overs D♡D READ MORE
Gadget lovers the world over have this week had a collective oww ahhh moment. The cause, the masters of miniaturization at Fujitsu released the über pocket computer the Fujitsu LOOX F-07C, setting new standards in geek sexy, the super model of Windows computers. Weighing in at just 218 grams, – along with dimensions of 125x61x19.8mm – this is the worlds smallest fully function Windows pocket computer. The LOOX is a triple personality Uber gadget, Windows 7 Pocket Computer, Symbian Smart Phone and using the docking station Desktop Windows PC with full-sized keyboard and screen. While Netbooks reminded us of what portability should be, the LOOX makes netbooks look like giants. The fact that Fujitsu have managed to shoe horn a fully fledged smart phone into the package as well is just an incredible bonus B★B READ MORE
Theres nothing like a barefoot run in the park, grass between your toes and an exfoliation socks can only dream of. So why don’t we do it more often? fear of foot damage, germs and an all round sheltered life!? Then of course theres the age old question, Heel Strike or Ball First? It turns out that barefoot endurance runners may have a more cushioned ride than most people who run in shoes, according to a biomechanical analysis. Barefoot long-distance running has been a small but growing trend in the athletics community, driven in part by popular books and articles that maintain that runners might get fewer injuries if they ran the way humans evolved to run, without supportive, cushioned running shoes. But although the idea is seductive, with running shoe companies recently marketing ‘minimal’ footwear, there has until now been little evidence to support the claims B★C READ MORE