Routine Breaker – Interesting Finds

iPad via 1987
April 29, 2010, 10:49 am
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In 1987, Apple produced a concept video demonstrating a future computer called the Knowledge Navigator. The tablet-like device offered the user a natural language interface, video conferencing, multi-touch display and access to a global network of information.

Way to stick with it, Mr. Jobs.

They bought a personal assistant company, Siri, and it almost is exactly like the Knowledge Navigator from 1987. wow.


Read the terms & conditions
April 20, 2010, 8:36 am
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– April 15, 2010

7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly

Sold Their Souls

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the “immortal soul clause” to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

“By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from or one of its duly authorised minions.”

GameStation’s form also points out that “we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.”

The terms of service were updated on April Fool’s Day as a gag, but the retailer did so to make a very real point: No one reads the online terms and conditions of shopping, and companies are free to insert whatever language they want into the documents.

While all shoppers during the test were given a simple tick box option to opt out, very few did this, which would have also rewarded them with a £5 voucher, according to news:lite. Due to the number of people who ticked the box, GameStation claims believes as many as 88 percent of people do not read the terms and conditions of a Web site before they make a purchase.

The company noted that it would not be enforcing the ownership rights, and planned to e-mail customers nullifying any claim on their soul.

Inspiration #85
April 16, 2010, 8:35 am
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New Shoe box & table
April 16, 2010, 8:29 am
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If you don’t love this there’s something wrong with you.

Click image to view video.

Swedish designers Sanna Lindstrom and Sigrid Stromgren have collaborated to bring you the Grand Central table, an expandable piece of furniture inspired by a pop-up map of New York. Twenty-two different pieces unfurl to make the tabletop as the legs open from an L to an X, so the user can go from having this stowed in the corner to making it the center of the room.

Scanner to the extreme & iPad Alice
April 16, 2010, 8:12 am
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Book scanning tech can do about 12,000 to 15,000 pages per hour!

Good first use of iPad for Book interaction.

Start Wars uncut-cut-recut
April 15, 2010, 5:37 pm
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only way to explain this is awesome….

iPad Printing? Yes!
April 15, 2010, 12:10 pm
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