ITBusiness Elsewhere is a collection of unusual technology stories from around the globe

School lures students with iPods

Miss a class? No worries. You can listen to it on the iPod that your school bought you for your good attendance.

Surf in privacy

With this program you can browse whatever content on the Internet that you want without letting people know what sites you were looking at. What do these people have to hide?

Ordering a sloppy joe with the wave of a finger

Since kids’ short term memory these days is similar to that of a gnat, a U.S. school has implemented biometrics so that students can buy their lunches without having to remember a PIN. What’s even scarier is that kids have PINs these days…

College reject hacks into school’s system

What does this kid need college for when he can join the ranks of white collar criminals who are increasingly seeing the profit-making opportunities afforded by geeks like him?

Social networking sites bring new dimension to office relations
Campus Progress

Thanks to social engineering sites like Facebook and MySpace, employees can have a direct link their co-workers’ personal lives like who is single, who’s interests include the Hubble Space Telescope and other mundane facts about peoples’ lives that we’d be better off not knowing.

Nature-inspired technology
New Scientists Tech

We’re already harvesting human stem cells in the name of science so why not grow the chemicals that butterflies produce naturally to make our computer screens brighter. Makes sense to me…

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