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

Hung out to dry

The sentiment is good but the execution is all washed

up. This story is about a washing machine that won’t let the same person use it twice in a row, in the name of gender equality.

Smile please, you’re venomous
The Register

See? Your cell phone can save your life, especially if it’s a camera phone and you’re being attacked by some mutant monster of the insect world.

Dave Webb’s house o’ goodies
Wall Street Journal

Who woulda thunk it? Turns out t-shirts are e-commerce’s biggest success story.

Paint it blacker

When is blacked out electronic info not blacked out at all? When it’s done by the U.S. military. All it takes is a little low-tech copy and paste to defeat this might military’s high-tech security, apparently.

Seeing-eye robot

And in our weekly robot-related story, robots are helping the blind shop and find their way around buildings. The device uses RFID and lasers to guide itself around obstacles.

Ring tone it down

If you’re an avid movie-goer and an equally avid cell phone hater, you’ll love this story.

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