Spin computing

Spin-based electronics gets boost
“A number of laboratory demonstrations has shown that it is possible to create bunches of electrons with their spins aligned and to detect those spins in a range of materials, most importantly silicon. However, they have all been at extremely low temperatures. Now, researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have demonstrated the manipulation and detection of these spin-polarised electrons in silicon at a temperature some 150C warmer than the previous record. “We’ve shown for the first time that this can be done at room temperature, which is obviously something you would need if you wanted to really commercialise this technology,” said Ron Jansen, who led the research. ”
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BBC News

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Using a friend’s face

Stair Dismount iPhone Game Hands On (Verdict: Sadistic Fun)
“If you’re sadistic and enjoy seeing ragdolls get hurt, this is the game for you. The injury process is made all the more fun by the added Facebook Connect feature Secret Exit put in. You can only choose your friend’s default profile photo, which eliminates a lot of your friends that don’t just use their faces, but still gets you fun results, as seen in the screenshots above.”
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Gizmod

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More storage

OCZ Colossus 1TB Solid State Drive released
“After a lengthy wait, Taiwan’s OCZ Technology has finally released its new Solid State Drive that is Colossus in name and certainly colossal in nature, being the first SSD to offer up to one terabyte of storage. Aimed primarily at the desktop user, the Colossus SSD promises extremely fast read and write speeds of 260MB/s – but it comes at a cost.”
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Gizmag

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Copying the real world

Website recreates London’s West End
“Near London is an exact 3D copy of the capital’s main shopping area; Regent Street, Bond Street, and Oxford Street. Piccadilly Circus is there as well. It’s been designed to promote online retail and users will be able to find a store’s website by clicking on its digital shopfront. Selecting an item in the window brings up details for that product. So far, dozens of big name companies have signed up. The people behind Near London say they hope to get every West End retailer on board.”
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Virtual makeup

Skin Deep – The Face of Your Dreams Is a Beauty App Away
“I’m not a big makeup person, but the app looked kind of fun,” said Ms. Disher, who downloaded MakeUp from the Apple App Store several weeks ago. Using its facial recognition technology, she was able to apply rounds of pixelated gloss onto her pixelated lips (on an uploaded photo of herself) until she found a perfect posy pink. “The next day I went to the drugstore, matched the color to two glosses,” she said. “One had too much shimmer, so I bought the other and now I wear it all the time”
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NYTimes.com

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Virtual love

Man to marry his video game girlfriend this Sunday
“The man, who calls himself SAL9000, was so in love with Nene Anegasaki that he decided to marry her and take her on a honeymoon to Guam. Of course, this means that he literally just took his Nintendo DS to Guam… while there, he took photos, livecast their adventures on popular video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga, and documented their adventures using the augmented reality iPhone app Sekai Camera.”
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Boing Boing

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Picture messaging

FunMail: Talk Through Photos
“FunMail keeps a stable of over 50,000 images from a variety of creative commons sources like Flickr. When you enter your message, the app’s “Media Brain” will give you a selection of five different photos to choose from. Pick the image, and the app automatically sticks your text into the picture and sends it off. An example of a conversation held this way is shown in the photo above”
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i4u

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