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Twilight edition LG GD510 in France

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2010

Fans of Twilight will soon have a phone just for them. This version of the GD510 comes with eight Twilight wallpapers and an embellished back cover. The phone, with it’s 3-inch resistive touchscreen has just become available in France.

It’s free on contract with Orange or will cost you €199 (or $238). Just to sweeten the deal, LG is throwing in a free copy of Twilight: New Moon.

Phone Booth Aquarium is how Aquaman changes costume

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Phone Booth Aquarium is how Aquaman changes costumeWhat a confusing world this has become for the modern day Superman. It used to be he could change into his Superhero outfit in any old phone booth. But in many areas phone booths are to be found less and less. That explains why you never see Superman right? So, along comes this here Phone Booth Aquarium, adding insult to injury, as Aquaman now has a place where he can make a quick change.

Okay, it’s not Aquaman’s. It’s from artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino, who decided to do something special for the Lyon Light Festival in France. That’s right, they turned an unused phone booth into an aquarium. It makes for an interesting tourist attraction.

Are some Mac Pros bad apples?

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

Are some Mac Pros bad apples?A French newspaper, Liberation, has published claims that some Mac Pros have been releasing toxic odors. Apple is apparently investigating claims that its the desktop is full of “seven volatile organic contaminants,” like “styrene, benzene and its derivatives.” The odor apparently takes a few different forms, described as everything from “new car smell” to “cannabis”.

The culprit is believed to be the result of a resin coating on some circuit boards and disappears after a period of time. Apparently once the product has burned in. The phenomenon seems to be only in systems built before this year. Liberation cited an anonymous researcher from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who had his Mac Pro desktop tested for toxins after he smelled some strong odors emanating from the machine.

French public transport using USB drives as tickets

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2008

French public transport using USB drives as ticketsWhen you think about the French, chances are you think comedy involving mimes and baguettes dancing with their comedy god Jerry Lewis. Is that just me? Alright then. The French are doing something interesting with USB and trains. A kind of wireless easy-pass for trains. French public transportation company SNCF is getting 1,000 customers to help it test an RFID-enabled smart card that doubles as a USB drive, known as the Weneo ID Smart.

SNCF wants to expand its contactless payment system, and the plan would allow customers to plug their train passes into their PC at home. Which makes sense, because at home they can add money to their account, avoid missing trains because the train is pulling away as they rush to put money onto a card, and it probably helps with crowds as well. Schedules can also be downloaded to the card and it’s a photo ID. Once on the train, the fare would be deducted from the card by an RFID reader or an attendant with a handheld device. They’ll have to see if it’s a success first, but if so, the SNCF may want everyone using the system by 2010.