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Forecast: Cloudy, with a chance of lightbulbs


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What a beautiful sunny week we’re having here in San Francisco! There’s not a cloud in the sky — not even a one made from 6,000 lightbulbs.

Calgary, Canada-based artist Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett created the large-scale interactive sculpture by covering a steel substructure with a cloud of burned-out incandescent bulbs collected from local households, businesses, museums, and eco stations.

The bulbs attach to pull strings that together look a bit like streaming rain. The cords allow viewers to control the illumination of the structure like lightning in the lightbulb cloud, which is lit from within by 250 compact fluorescent bulbs, pulling a total power of approximately 20 amps.

The Cloud sculpture was on public display for one night last month during Calgary’s first Nuit Blanche Festival for contemporary art, but we wouldn’t mind it floating our way sometime.

Now, just imagine if Cloud had a love child with RainRoom — a room full of falling water that falls everywhere except on you. We wouldn’t know whether to wear a raincoat or sunglasses to that craziness.

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Crave giveaway: Cowon Auto Capsule AC1 dashboard camera

The AC1 only has one button and one indicator light, which changes colors to indicate status.


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Congrats to Jean F. of Gainesville, Fla., for scoring a Crux360
iPad case with Bluetooth keyboard in last week’s giveaway.

Do a lot of driving? You and your
car (and your insurance company) will love this week’s freebie, a Cowon Auto Capsule AC1 dashboard camera.

The 2-megapixel cam with a 16:9 wide screen records and stores high-resolution 1,280×720-pixel high-definition footage in real time at 30 frames per second. When the device’s internal accelerometer detects a shock, it automatically captures a video clip (“see, a Tasmanian devil really did dash in front of me!”). The 15 seconds of cached video preceding the event and the 15 seconds following are stored on the microSD card as a 30-second AVI file.

In his four-star review of the product, CNET Car Tech editor Antuan Goodwin says the pill-shaped Cowon Auto Capsule AC1 is so simple to use it requires almost no interaction from the driver. He does think the product’s $200 MSRP is a bit high for the feature set, but what do you care about the MSRP? You’re getting the product free!

So how do you go about scoring this Cowon car DVR and getting in on the dashboard cam video craze? There are a few rules, so please read them carefully (and remember, if you want giveaway updates delivered straight to your Facebook feed, hit the Subscribe button at the base of my bio below this story).

  • Register as a CNET user. Go to the top of this page and hit the Join CNET link to start the registration process. If you’re already registered, there’s no need to register again.
  • Leave a comment below. You can leave whatever comment you want. If it’s funny or insightful, it won’t help you win, but we’re trying to have fun here, so anything entertaining is appreciated.
  • Leave only one comment. You may enter for this specific giveaway only once. If you enter more than one comment, you will be automatically disqualified.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive one (1) Cowon Auto Capsule AC1 with a retail value of $200.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified via e-mail. The winner must respond within three days of the end of the sweepstakes. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • Entries can be submitted until Monday, October 22, at 12 p.m. ET.

And here’s the disclaimer that our legal department said we had to include (sorry for the caps, but rules are rules):

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER IN YOUR STATE OF RESIDENCE AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO SWEEPSTAKES. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sweepstakes ends at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, October 22, 2012. See official rules for details.

Good luck.

From its perch on the windshield, the AC1 automatically captures 30-second clips of events.


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Mavs release Josh Akognon

The Mavericks’ roster is down to 15 players after they released guard Josh Akognon.

The 5-foot-11 Akognon, who is known for his deep shooting range, was never expected to make the roster. He has a guaranteed deal to return to the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 28.5 points per game last season.

Akognon averaged 2.3 points in 3.7 minutes in three preseason games with the Mavs.

Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4692095/mavs-release-josh-akognon

Google announces seller support in India, now allows developers to monetize their apps

Google announces seller support in India, lets developers monetize their apps

All Wall Street expectations aside, Google appears to be doing relatively well for itself. And while Android may not be the company’s largest source of income, it is undoubtedly a primed possession to have around — with that, it’s only natural for the Mountain View-based outfit to extend a hand to the abundant amount of folks developing for its open-sourced platform. On this particular occasion, it’s devs in India who are on the receiving end of a grand gesture, with Google announcing it’s now allowing them to cash in on their applications by adding in-app purchases / subscriptions to ones that are currently free, or simply by selling new, paid app creations on the Play store. Google says the valuable move was driven by India now being the fourth-largest market for app downloads, and that this is a great way to “help developers capitalize on this tremendous growth.”

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/18/google-seller-support-in-india/

Kids suspended for seeing teacher’s topless iPad pic

Joshua Troutt, one of the suspended kids.


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So you’re 13 and at school.

You’re playing with a school-issued
iPad. Would you click around? Of course you would.

What would happen, though, if you clicked and were confronted with a topless picture of your teacher?

This was the deep dilemma faced by 13-year-old Joshua Troutt and three fellow teens at Highland Middle School in Anderson, Ind.

As WRTV disrobes it, the teacher seems to have had the topless picture on her
iPhone and accidentally synced everything to the school iPad.

What some might find odd is that the four kids who found themselves gawking at her topless surprise have been suspended.

Troutt told WRTV:

It’s not our fault that she had the photo on there. We couldn’t do anything not to look at it if it just popped up when he pressed the button. It was her fault that she had the photo on there. Her iPhone synced to it. She had to have pressed something to make all of her photos sync on there.

For its part, the school called in police, who determined that the photo wasn’t, um, pornographic.

A school assistant superintendent, Beth Clark, told WRTV that this was all an unfortunate accident.

However, she confirmed that the four boys were suspended. She added that they were threatened with expulsion.

Troutt’s mother told WISH-TV that she was given a choice between a 5-day suspension or expulsion. She chose the latter, because then she would have a chance to defend her son’s case in an expulsion hearing.

There surely must be some facts missing here. It’s just a touch hard to imagine what they might be.

Troutt’s mother believes the teacher should be fired. All the school would say is that certain unspecified disciplinary measures have been taken against her.

The more one reads the varying reports, the more confusing it gets. Fox 59 declares that Clark told it that the kids did violate the school’s technology policy, but wouldn’t explain exactly how.

Joshua Troutt told that station: “We could’ve just left (the picture) on there and showed it to everybody in the school and made her embarrassed, but we didn’t. We went and told them.”

Some might be asking themselves this question: So a teacher syncs her iPhone to a school iPad, and the kids get suspended for seeing one of her photos — what’s wrong with this, um, picture?

I wonder if they have logic classes at Highland Middle School.

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Gibbs demoes ATV-Jet Ski mashup

Quadski

The Quadski travels up to 45 mph on water, and the same speed on land.


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It might not look as comfortable as James Bond’s amphibious Lotus Esprit, but the Quadski has the advantage of not being fictional. Gibbs Sports Amphibians unveiled the amphibious recreation vehicle in Detroit today.

The Quadski is a single seat all-terrain-vehicle that can also operate on the water, making it truly all terrain. One rider can take it from land to water, a process that involves it folding its wheels up into the wells, presumably for better hydro-dynamics.

Gibbs says the Quadski can go up to 45 mph on land and water. The vehicle is powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder motorcycle engine sourced from BMW. At 1,300 pounds and 10 and a half feet long, the Quadski won’t likely fit on a roof rack or even in the bed of a pick-up.

Gibbs expects to begin manufacturing and sales next month, and will be available in black, silver, blue, red, and yellow.

Although Bond had the treasury of the British government backing his Lotus Esprit, you will not need that much money to buy a Quadski. But Gibbs’ estimated price of $40,000 puts it in a very different league than your average Jet Ski or ATV.

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