IT Business Elsewhere is a look at unusual technology stories from around the world.

Robots are sensitive too
New Scientist

Of all the creepy robot stories, this

has to be one of the creepiest.

Calling all cyborgs
Popular Science

Worse yet, pretty soon, you won’t be able to tell man from machine.

Your database is calling me names

Trying to find more descriptive phrases for your so last year’s anti-war T-shirt? Try out, a random insult generator built from the inventive invective North Korea heaps on the West via its state-run “news” agency.

Pee power!
New Scientist

A urine-powered battery may be able a handy way of diagnosing illness. Or give your cell phone a power boost, if you’re so inclined.

Like all those cool holograms in movies, only boring

All I need is the air that I’m breathing to show you this amazing PowerPoint slideshow of our revenue projections.

Smile, you’re using technology

It’s not enough for toothbrushes to come equipped with as much power as a battery-operated drill. Now they have microprocessors as well.

<a href= ate, we danced . . . it was great
New York Times (registration required)

Back in the old days, restaurant reviewers would work for food and the occasional bit of cash. Now they’re exchanging their time and thoughts for iPods, which are apparently the new currency.


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