IT Business Elsewhere: Who hacked the hardware?

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


My blender also reads the newspaper
The Wall Street Journal

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Seattle man pulled apart his robot vacuum cleaner and modified it to take pictures of mundane objects around his house (dog bed, electrical outlets, etc.). According to the story, he’s one of a growing legion of “”hardware hackers.””

Categories include: best secret lair and most menacing henchmen
BBC

Voting has opened for awards dedicated to the Internet’s super-villains. Organized by Future Publishing, nominees this year are expected to include the alleged Sasser worm creator and the Chinese government.

Palm? Never heard of them
Wired

Fans of the original PDA, the Newton, gathered in Paris recently to brainstorm about the future of the device. Apple discontinued it in 1998.

The frog electric
NewScientist.com

Engineers at the University of the West of England, Bristol, U.K., are developing a robot that digests flies and converts their energy into electricity. The lure to attract the insects to the device will likely be composed of human excrement.

Mr. Right-wing
CNN.com

The recent Democratic and Republican conventions have spawned a growing awareness of dating services built around political ideology. The makers of CatholicMatch.com have developed a site called ConservativeMatch, while left-leaners can turn to a service called ActForLove.

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