TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,004 Reviews & Articles | 38,751 News Posts

TweakTown News

Refine News by Category:

Current Affairs Posts - Page 36

Man robs bank for $1 so that he could be arrested and receive free medical health care

By: Array

James Richard Verone tried everything in his power to receive medical attention by the book, but when he couldn't, he resorted to the only option he saw fit; rob a bank. Verone had worked for most of his life and although he was in need of medical attention, he applied for disability and early social security to which he only received food stamps.

 

TweakTown image news/1/9/19997_188_man_robs_bank_for_1_so_that_he_could_be_arrested_and_receive_free_medical_health_care.jpg

 

His physical pains had included a protrusion in his chest, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Caused by his last job which was as a convenience store clerk, this led to his extensive injuries. His way out? To rob a bank. Verone sold and donated all of his furniture, paid his last months rent and gave his notice. He moved into the Hampton Inn for his last free days as a free man and on June 9 took a cab down New Hope Road and chose a bank at random; RBC Bank.

 

Continue reading 'Man robs bank for $1 so that he could be arrested and receive free medical health care' (full post)

Has Cancer been cured? Big Pharma doesn't like that idea very much...

By: Array

Edit: After the jump is an update on this news.

 

Most of us know someone who has been through the trauma that is cancer, with all of this technology at our fingertips, we should be putting limitless funds into the creation of a cure. But, are we too late? It seems so, as it has now been cured. Yet major pharmaceutical companies are not interested.

 

TweakTown image news/1/9/19694_68_has_cancer_been_cured_big_pharma_doesn_t_like_that_idea_very_much.jpg

 

Researchers from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada cured cancer last week - but just like any other world-changing, yet positive news - the mainstream media aren't reporting on it. The cure involves a basic drug which employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. This means there are no side effects or worries of long term effects or problems.

 

Continue reading 'Has Cancer been cured? Big Pharma doesn't like that idea very much...' (full post)

Japan Nuclear Disaster raised to Level 7 on International Nuclear Event scale

By: Array

The unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan has been one of the most devastating events in history and it just doesn't seem to get any better as the days go on with the reports coming out that Japanese officials may have been downplaying the amount of radiation released since the Japanese nuclear regulatory agency has now put the Fukushima Daiichi disaster on the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.

 

TweakTown image news/1/9/19369_13_japan_nuclear_disaster_raised_to_level_7_on_international_nuclear_event_scale.jpg

 

This is an admission by the Japanese government that the amount of radiation released into the environment has reached a new order of magnitude. The fact that we have now confirmed the world's second-ever Level 7 accident will have huge consequences for the global nuclear industry. It shows that current safety standards are woefully inadequate.

Continue reading 'Japan Nuclear Disaster raised to Level 7 on International Nuclear Event scale' (full post)

Japan Hit By Second Earthquake

By: Array

TweakTown image news/1/9/19318_178_japan_hit_by_second_earthquake.png

 

Less than one hour ago, Japan was hit by a 7.4 magnitude off the coast of Miyagi in Northeastern Japan at around 730 AM PST, according to a report by CNN. So far no casualties have been reported, but authorities evacuated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was 113 km from the epicenter of the quake. Tokyo Electric Agency is reporting that the power is still on at the plant and there is little, if any damage to its structural integrity.

 

Japan issued a tsunami warning to inhabitants of the Miyagi prefecture and the surrounding coastal area as a precaution, but authorities claim that there is no imminent danger of a wide-scale massive Pacific Tsunami, especially not to Hawaii or California.

 

aCure Vending Machine Already Knows Your A/S/L

By: Array

TweakTown image news/1/9/19233_401_vending_machine_already_knows_your_a_s_l.png

 

Japanese designer Fumie Shibata created this wonder of the 21st century for Japanese beverage company JR East Water Business (Yes, the word Business is in their corporate name). The vending machine pictured above was installed in the Shinigawa metro station back in August, but the company plans to implement at least 500 of the machines all throughout Tokyo by 2012.

 

Sporting a 47-inch touch screen, a camera, and what can only be numerous environmental sensors, these smart-vendors absorb sensory data to determine the sex and approximate age of the person approaching it, better equipping it to offer personalized recommendations for a potential user. When not in use, the machine displays advertisements for some of its products based on time of day and current weather- on a brisk morning, it might be advertising a hot cup of coffee, whereas a humid day would see colder, refreshing beverages highlighted.

 

The aCure is connected to servers at JREWB, which constantly update the inventory availability as well as purchase statistics to improve specific-location product marketing.

 

Say what you want about surveillance culture- no really. Say anything you want. HAL 9000's are selling coffee to children.

 

Cancer-detecting device now capable of detecting HIV?

By: Array

Technology, it's a wonderful thing. It's even better when used in a medical-based environment, the engineers who invented the microfluidic device are hopeful it can be used in developing countries.

 

TweakTown image news/1/9/19215_636_cancer_detecting_device_now_capable_of_detecting_hiv.jpg

 

Mehmet Toner who is a Harvard Medical School professor of biomedical engineering along with MIT aeronautical engineer Brian Wardle came up with adapting Toner's project (on which he worked on for four years) which is being used in hospitals currently. Wardle used his knowledge of aeronaturics to streamline the carbon nanotube-studded device, making it stronger and capable of collecting cancerous cells eight times better than Toner's original device was capable of.

 

Continue reading 'Cancer-detecting device now capable of detecting HIV?' (full post)

Japan Earthquake: Watch for Scams, Fraud

By: Array

According to Mike Lennon of Security Week, the tragedy of last night's earthquake off the coast of Japan wil lead to further proof the human race is full of terrible, terrible people.

 

TweakTown image news/1/9/19068_01_japan_earthquake_watch_for_scams_fraud.png

 

[image courtesy of Trend Labs Malware Blog- Blackhat SEO attacks launched just minutes after news of the earthquake came in]

 

He writes, "Today's tragic events of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting Tsunami, as sad as it is, is a dream for scammers and fraudsters around the world. Tragic events are always something scammers use to their advantage, helping them prey on and exploit innocent victims...Scams are already spreading across Facebook, which started in a matter of minutes after the news broke of the earthquake in Japan. As I write this, scammers are hard at work, registering new domains and cranking out templates for their fake donation sites. This will be followed with massive volumes of email spam, Tweets through Twitter, and Facebook posts, as scammers gear up to solicit donations from around the world. Users also need to be aware that cybercriminals also use these events to help spread malware, via malicious links via spam, twitter and other fake Web sites.

 

Continue reading 'Japan Earthquake: Watch for Scams, Fraud' (full post)

Skydiver misses mountain by only a few meters - luckily has another pair or pants to change into

By: Array

Well, this video is quite interesting indeed. It has been on YouTube for a while but I have only just come across it and normally I wouldn't post something un-tech-related like this, but it's just so awesome to see how close he came to death and survived!

 

 

A bunch of people dive out of a plane, mis-judge where they are (above mountains) that look far away until you see the camera pan up and he sees the others pulling their parachutes, he looks down and most likely squeals like a little girl inside, pulls his chute and barely, just barely, misses the mountain and slides down into the ground.

 

Continue reading 'Skydiver misses mountain by only a few meters - luckily has another pair or pants to change into' (full post)

Women hangs up on Apple, they were calling her to congratulate her on the $10, 000 prize

By: Array

Gail Davis from Orpington, England had received a call from Apple offering the prize of $10, 000 for the 10 billionth app downloaded from iTunes. She assumed it was a fake call and said "Thankyou very much, I'm not interested" and hung up. But it was real.

 

TweakTown image news/1/8/18603_46.jpg

 

Her daughters had apparently told her the call was genuine and that one of them had just downloaded the PaperGlider app, Gail called Apple back, yet the person on the other end was not very helpful. Luckily, Apple called her back, Eddue Cue, Apple's VP of iTunes to be precise and this time she didn't hang up.

 

Queensland Floodings

By: Array

Tragedy has hit Queensland, Australia - mass flash floodings have hit the state with the death toll currently at 13 with an unknown amount of people missing.

 

TweakTown image news/1/8/18414_509.jpg

 

There are various appeals and live Facebook feeds to visit and a scrolling message board at news.com.au - if you're in that area or know of people in that area, obviously you'll want to know that they're safe, there are various info lines and hot lines that you can call or visit.

 

Continue reading 'Queensland Floodings' (full post)

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts
Check out TweakTown Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases