IT Business Elsewhere: Let your fingers do the talking

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

Another kind of research in motionTech News World

First there was the motion-detector

light. Now, in keeping with the latest fad to make mobile phones that do everything under the sun, there’s a cell phone that can detect gestures. That means it can speed-dial according to the gestures you make — but it doesn’t say if giving someone the finger counts as a gesture — and if you shake it twice it deletes spam messages.

Now hold on!
The New York Times (registration required)

Next time you swear at that imbecile Emily that Bell subjects its customers to, keep this in mind: not only might your conversations with a call centre agent be monitored but also all the nasty little things you say while on hold. Whoops.

What if you just don’t open it?

At least it’s not as bad as finding out via e-mail. Apparently Oracle is making known which of its newly conquered PeopleSoft employees won’t be making the transition to becoming Oracle employees by sending pink slips in the mail.

Good thing they didn’t use LavaLife

How do you say thank you? For one couple, by naming your first-born after the search engine that hooked you up.

But can they take on the Energizer bunny?New Scotsman

Beckham had better start doing some fancier bending. The Japanese are intent on building robots they claim will win the world Cup by 2050.

Not available at Best Buy

They say PCs have been coming down in price over the last decade or so. Tell that Truvia, which makes a US$55,000 “”Amish”” PC.

Gonna make you sweat
Yahoo! News

The most exhausting part of this story is having to deal with yet another irritating blend of two words that will no doubt become as ubiquitous as “”entreprenerd.””

Even if you win, you’re still a loser

Next time you trace a computer worm back to your office network, check out the employees playing Tetris.


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