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Goat Simulator

Great promotional trailer for a fun game that launches on April 1st (potentially, you always have to be careful with that date).

They’ve developed a game which looks fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. They have even said they won’t be fixing the ‘funny’ bugs with the game, only the ones that cause the game to crash.

More game development should be like this. Watch the trailer. It’s a thing of beauty.

 

 

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Pepsi Bus Shelter

Pepsi took over an ordinary bus shelter in London and rigged it up to display ‘unbelievable events’ as if they were happening at the end of the shelter. It’s a very clever use of technology and makes for a great PR stunt.

They also rigged up a camera to the back, so for the majority of the time what was on the screen was consistent with what was happening on the street,

I was skeptical about how realistic some of the images could actually be, but one guy actually gets up when the tiger runs towards him.

 

 

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Read 600 words per minute with Spritz

This is some genuinely revolutionary technology.

Spritz allows you to read at a much faster pace than normal, to the rate that you could potentially read a novel in a couple of hours.

The implications for reading emails, articles, books and documentation could be huge. I’ve tried out the example on their site and 600 words per minute is just about readable for me, but I’m sure I could go faster with more practice.

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The software changes the way you read text, which is traditionally time consuming because you have to read from word to word, tracking as you go. Spritz streams text one word at a time and enhances readability by directing your eyes to the part of a word that’s most important.

Lots of exciting potential for this technology, especially since it works well on smartphones and smaller screens. You’d only need a really tiny screen to read a whole book in a very short space of time.

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4 things you can buy for $19 billion

$19 billion is a lot of money. But what could the guys at Facebook have spent the money on instead?

10 trips to the moon

Not only could they get 20 employees to the moon on 10 separate trips, they could also add a moon walk to the trip and still come in under budget.

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A small airforce

The F-35C Lightning II comes in at around $200m, meaning they could pick up 95 of these cutting edge aircraft. Presumably they’d get some kind of bulk discount that takes them up to 100.

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Jamaica

Well, for a year at least. Jamaica’s GDP is around $14 billion. You could spend the change on say, Barbados. The Caribbean islands would provide a relaxing retreat for hardworking Facebook employees.

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Floor seats at the game

Based on the latest data from Forbes, you could buy Manchester United, Real Madrid, The Yankees, The Dallas Cowboys, The Ferrari F1 team, The LA Lakers, The Red Sox and Barcelona and still have enough money to fly around the world to make use of the best seats at every game.

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Sony Waterproof Walkman

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This is an invention that’s been possible for a while, but hasn’t been a reality until now.

I get exceptionally bored in the gym without my iPod. With it I can listen to podcasts, music and anything else I fancy. I’ve got so used to having it with me that I struggle to work out on my own without music these days. One time when I turned up to the gym and realised I had forgotten my headphones, I went over to the electronics store over the road and bought a new pair.

It’s for this reason that I find swimming on my own very difficult. In fact, I hardly ever do it.

Now I have no excuse. Sony has developed an underwater walkman. They announced the NWZ-W273 W Series (catchy name) Walkman Sports at CES. The whole device is just the headphones pictured with the tension band to keep it in place. At under $100 for the 4GB version it’s just about worth considering, as it would not only serve it’s purpose in the pool, but also out running in the rain or during a particularly sweaty game of tennis…