IT Business Elsewhere: A chicken-and-Web situation

Elsewhere is a collection of unusual technology stories from around the world

What about the egg?
Wired News

Have you ever been dying

to pet a chicken but don’t have one handy? Now you can – via the Internet.

Tenacious 3D

Just when you thought virtual chicken-petting was more than enough, now developers say the time is right for 3D Web. Imagine your spam in 3D. That can’t be pretty.

Watch your back, Donald Trump
Yahoo! News

Whoa. Stop the presses. The people who sabotage corporate IT systems are doing it to get back at their bosses.

Checkup or tune-up?

Here’s a solution to the doctor shortage in rural Canada: robo-docs.

Have you received the latest?
BBC News

There’s an important purpose for the use of instant messaging in the workplace: it makes gossiping easier and faster.

If the shoe fits
BBC News

Here’s a gadget a parent’s gotta love: Called Square Eyes, it’s a chip in a shoe that converts the number of steps the wearer has taken into TV watching time. So if your kid has only been active for an hour, that’s all the time he gets in front of the tube before it shuts off automatically.

You’re not the boss of my inbox

If you work for an American company, chances are you’re going to get canned just for reading this.

No one hires dummies

When was the last time you thought of a sales clerk as a genius? Maybe you haven’t shopped at an Apple store lately.

”Ga-ga” just isn’t good enough anymore

First they came up with a device that “translates” dogs’ barks. Now they’re interpreting babies’ cries electronically.


Here’s an idea that would go over like a lead balloon in Canada. Some American cities are applying a tax to cell phone users to make up for budget shortfalls. The logic? It’s so small users won’t notice.

Can you get an “A” for effort?

If you want to encourage enrolment in computer science, don’t appeal to students’ youthful idealism. Instead, give them what they really want: a degree in game development.


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