If you had the chance to send a message into space, what would it
be? People in the UK have an opportunity to get their Doritos-sponsored
message sent to 47 Ursae Majoris, which is believed to be supporting
living organisms – 42 light years away from Earth. The
space commercial is part of Doritos’ “You Make It, We Play It”
user-generated-content campaign in the UK. People are being asked to be
creative and shoot a 30 second video ad about what they perceive life
on earth to be.
In a nearly identical move to Apple's partnership with Nike, Samsung
has joined forces with athletic apparel specilaist Adidas to create a
music-centric phone with special functionality to keep track of workout
data. The "MiCoach" handset includes a heart-rate monitor
and special workout software. Like the Nike+iPod product combination,
the MiCoach also has a sensor that users can attach to a pair of shoes
to track jogging distances.
The Internet picked up the pace in February and showed stronger
growth, approaching a total size of 160 million websites. Apache
stopped the march of Microsoft’s IIS and is gaining share in global
Internet server installations: More than half of the web’s servers are
running on Apache. According to Netcraft,
the Internet stood at 158,209,426 sites in February, a gain of 2.6
million sites over January. Since the beginning of the year, the
Internet has seen unusually slow growth: While monthly gains were in
the 4 to 5 million range last year, the web saw just 354,000 additions
in January and saw somewhat a bounce-back last month.
The power of Blu-ray is so intense that Microsoft has even begun
talking to Sony about possibly incorporating the technology into the
Xbox 360. The Financial Times reports that Sony Electronics
president Stan Glasgow disclosed information about the talks although
Microsoft will not confirm anything. Microsoft decided long ago
to support HD DVD in the high definition format war, but Blu-ray ended
up swallowing the competition. Now all former HD DVD supporters,
including Microsoft, have jumped ship.
Despite mass hysteria in the movie industry of piracy and declining movie sales, box office ticket sales reached nearly $10 billion last year, a new record.
Bill Gates ran for 13 years as the richest man in the world, but now he has slunk back to the third spot.
A first-year Ryerson University student faces
expulsion after running an online Facebook study group that swapped
homework tips. 18-year-old Chris Avenir has been hit with 147 counts –
one for each student who used the group - of academic misconduct and
will now go in front of the engineering department for an expulsion
If you bought an HD DVD player at Circuit City and now want to switch over to Blu-ray, you're in luck.
Ask.com, after facing a long struggle with other search engines, this week announced it will stop trying to directly compete in that market and instead create a niche search portal for married women.
Standalone HD DVD players as low as $80 and free movie offers are just the beginning of what will be a massive clearing out of stock of the failed format over the next several weeks.
An anti-shark device became shark food after
it failed spectacularly in the waters near South Africa. This shocking
(ok maybe not so shocking) information came to light during an inquest
held in South Australia over the death of a swimmer who was wearing the
Thanks to its financial backing from Google, Youtube now plans to offer live video streaming by the end of 2008.
Leap day (February 29) happens once every four years, but it seems that there cannot be a single leap day without mainstream media reporting about computer-related problems associated with the date. This time around, so called "Easy Check-in" kiosks at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were crashing as the software did not allow passengers to check-in for the flight.
While Blu-ray has pretty much officially won the high definition media war, the HD DVD release of American Gangster beat out all of its Blu-ray contenders in the last full week of February.