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Back when I had a real job that I had to go to everyday they would get upset if I napped. Add to that the fact that coworkers would stare at you if you start drooling in your sleep things just weren't conductive to napping in the office.
The people who work at Google have no fear of naps. Apparently, the search giant encourages it. A picture has turned up of folks at the Googleplex HQ in California napping in a high-tech pod.
Foxconn has been in the news a lot lately after ten workers at one of its Chinese factories where Apple products are built have killed themselves this year. Some blame harsh working conditions at the plant for the suicides.
Foxconn has given the workers pay raises and opened its typically closed plants up to outside regulators and journalists to prove that working conditions are good. A new rumor is floating around that claims Foxconn is ready to close its Chinese operations and move the plants to other countries.
Something has been amiss with employees at Foxconn. A number of workers at the factory have committed suicide in recent months. Yesterday the 11th Foxconn worker to jump from a factory building was reported.
The worker was a 19-year-old man and he became the ninth worker from the factory to die in a suicide attempt. The worker had only been at Foxconn for a month and a half.
Gesture and touch based computing is growing in popularity and in use around the world. Many notebooks and laptops today come with track pads that support gestures and many phones and computers use touch screens as well.
MIT has developed a cheap way to get Minority Report style gesture computing by having the user wear some crazy bright gloves with splotches of color on them. The computer recognizes the colors and can tell what gesture is being made by the color scheme.
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The Nintendo Wii was selling in droves for the first few years it was on the market when the devices were so hard to find. After the supply caught up with demand, profits for Nintendo from the console started to slump.
Sales of the Wii are now said to have dropped 21% in a single year's time. Sales of software have also dropped along with console sales.
The DS is said to have declined as well with a 12% drop. The DS sales will increase undoubtedly with the 3DS on the horizon. Perhaps a new Wii that has more to offer than a new color will be coming. The console needs HD graphics.
Google has just swallowed up another software maker; this one a canadian based mob known as BumpTop which is known for its 3D desktop environment for both Windows and Mac.
You may have noticed this software bundled with select Sapphire and HIS Radeon graphics cards. It allows the user to interact with their media in a new way, giving a 3D desk-like view that supports multi-touch as well.
If you think you could make good use of it you should be quick to head over to BumpTop's website and download it while it's still free and accessible; apparently only 'till the end of this week.
It is not known how much Google handed over for this acquisition.
You might recall that cool dual screen Courier concept that Microsoft was showing off. I know I was looking forward to seeing how the device turned out. If you were interesting in the project, we have bad news today.
Microsoft has decided to kill off the Courier tablet. The cancellation is surprising considering that we had been hearing the device was on track to hit stores in 2011.
Microsoft's Frank Shaw told Gizmodo, "At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time."
Anyone with half a brain knew when Apple purchased online music service Lala that its days were numbered. Apple was either looking to axe some competition or was out to integrate Lala into its own online subscription music offering (or both).
I know I am hoping for the second option and according to TechCruch sources are telling it that is exactly what will happen and perhaps as early as June. Lala will be available for existing subscribers until May 31. No new subscribers are being accepted.
Apparently, anyone with money left in Lala will have the funds transferred over to iTunes. I know many folks who may be sad to lose Lala, but will be hopeful that Apple finally offers that subscription service.
Steve Jobs has had enough of folks complaining that he won't let his products support Flash. In fact, he figures that people should just embrace HTML5 and move on.
The open letter was titled "Thoughts on Flash" and rambles on citing the proprietary nature of Flash and the open nature of HTMLK 5 and so forth. Steve really dislikes Flash.