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The Register - Tue, 03/08/2011 - 07:00
Sharper eye for UI

Android App of the Week The facility to re-skin the basic Android UI is both a blessing and a curse. It's a godsend because, unlike iOS or Windows Phone 7, you're not stuck with a monolithic one-size-fits-all interface design.…

MS smartphone share falls despite WinPho 7

The Register - Tue, 03/08/2011 - 05:24
Android takes top spot from RIM

The arrival of Windows Phone 7 has not reversed Microsoft's declining smartphone market share in the US.…

Feds charge 10 with running Nigerian 419 scam

The Register - Tue, 03/08/2011 - 04:00
$1.5m in losses

Federal prosecutors have accused 10 people of fleecing $1.5 million out of victims throughout the US with an advanced fee scam that promised lavish inheritances if they paid money up front to facilitate the transfers.…

Microsoft 'paid Nokia $1bn' for WinPho 7 deal

The Register - Tue, 03/08/2011 - 00:20
It's an ad, ad, ad, ad world

Nokia's jaw-dropping decision to adopt Windows Phone 7 as its handset operating system was juiced by an equally jaw-dropping payout from Microsoft of over $1bn, according to a report citing people with knowledge of the deal.…

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney

TED.com - Mon, 03/07/2011 - 19:31
Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala's young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.

The Ricky Gervais Guide To... Comic Relief

Ricky Gervais - Sun, 03/06/2011 - 13:55
Red Nose Day 2011 is 18 March 2011 - make a donation at www.rednoseday.com/donate

Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schools

TED.com - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 20:31
America's school systems are funded by the 50 states. In this fiery talk, Bill Gates says that state budgets are riddled with accounting tricks that disguise the true cost of health care and pensions and weighted with worsening deficits -- with the financing of education at the losing end.

Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution

TED.com - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 19:59
Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."

JR's TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

TED.com - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 01:32
JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at insideoutproject.net.

Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

TED.com - Wed, 03/02/2011 - 19:57
As a democratic revolution led by tech-empowered young people sweeps the Arab world, Wadah Khanfar, the head of Al Jazeera, shares a profoundly optimistic view of what's happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond -- at this powerful moment when people realized they could step out of their houses and ask for change.

Nick Grant Photography Facebook Page Competition

Grant GB - Wed, 03/02/2011 - 15:17

So I’ve now got a Facebook Fan page for Nick Grant Photography set up but it’s looking a little sorry for itself with only 13 likes as of today. I’d like to get the word out on the street but Huggy Bear has long since retired so instead I’m organising a little competition.  Four is my lucky number as it’s my birthday is on 4th April so if we can get up to 444 likes by then I’ll pick one of those lucky fans at random to recieve a framed signed limited edition print (worth £75) a copy of the Hayride Book, a copy of the VW Action book, a copy of Pinstripe Planet I and maybe some other goodies I have mooching about.  So get the word out there people!


Brown paper packages tied up with strings

Grant GB - Sun, 02/27/2011 - 23:15

I’ve put together some of my favourite shots into this flickr set. Enjoy.


Ricky's Bits - The Golden Globes 2011

Ricky Gervais - Sun, 02/27/2011 - 15:05
A distillation of Ricky's introductions at The Golden Globes 2011

Ahn Trio: A modern take on piano, violin, cello

TED.com - Fri, 02/25/2011 - 16:23
The three Ahn sisters (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella) breathe new life into the piano trio with their passionate musicmaking. At TEDWomen, they start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan, then play a gorgeous, slinky version of "Oblivion," by Astor Piazzolla.

Danny Hillis: Understanding cancer through proteomics

TED.com - Thu, 02/24/2011 - 16:17
Danny Hills makes a case for the next frontier of cancer research: proteomics, the study of proteins in the body. As Hillis explains it, genomics shows us a list of the ingredients of the body -- while proteomics shows us what those ingredients produce. Understanding what's going on in your body at the protein level may lead to a new understanding of how cancer happens.

6 students injured in shooting in Scotland. 5 steps that could save your life. (blog)

How To do Stuff - Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:46
At least six students are believed to have been hurt in an airgun shooting that just happened near Auchinleck Academy in Cumnock, East Ayrshire in Scotland. Nineteen teenagers were eating lunch when the gunman opened fire. Fortunately, none of the … Continue reading →

Elizabeth Lindsey: Curating humanity's heritage

TED.com - Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:25
It's been said that when an elder dies, it's as if a library is burned. Anthropologist Elizabeth Lindsey, a National Geographic Fellow, collects the deep cultural knowledge passed down as stories and lore.

6.3 Earthquake Devastates Christchurch. Would You Know What to Do in an Earthquake? (blog)

How To do Stuff - Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:56
The earthquake that just struck New Zealand’s second largest city has killed at least 65 people, with the death toll increasing as the search for survivors continue. More than 100 people are thought to still be trapped. This catastrophe trails … Continue reading →

Iain Hutchison: Saving faces

TED.com - Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:26
Facial surgeon Iain Hutchison works with people whose faces have been severely disfigured. By pushing to improve surgical techniques, he helps to improve their lives; and by commissioning their portraits, he celebrates their humanity. NOTE: This talk contains images of disfigured and badly injured faces that may be disturbing -- and Hutchison provides thoughtful answers as to why a disfigured face can shock us so deeply. Squeamish? Hide your screen from 12:10 - 13:19, but do keep listening. Portraits shown in this talk come from Mark Gilbert.

Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to

TED.com - Mon, 02/21/2011 - 15:53
We make important decisions every day -- and we often rely on experts to help us decide. But, says economist Noreena Hertz, relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise -- to listen not only to "surgeons and CEOs, but also to shop staff."