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Google Denies Working on A Freaky Facial Recognition App

Updated after the break. Internet intrigue! A CNN story by Mark Milian reported that Google is working on a facial-recognition app that would be deployed in a manner similar to Google Goggles -- snap a picture of someone's face, and it leads back to their Google profile, more or less. We were all about to scream, "GOOGLE TO DESTROY LAST VESTIGES OF PRIVACY (AGAIN)" when suddenly we saw all...

Thoughts on 10 Years of Wikipedia, Comparing WikiLeaks to 'The Dark Knight'

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Read: Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin. It's a useful analogy: isn't Julian Assange, WikiLeaks's organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan's...

Dan Kaminsky's 'DanKam' App Provides a Colorblind Fix

Security expert Dan Kaminsky was catapulted into the national spotlight in 2008 -- and again in 2009 -- because of his significant roles in the DNS and Conficker conflicts. Kaminsky, who admittedly likes "fixing things," now hopes to address another issue, but this problem serves as actually physical, and common, affliction. Inspired by a recent 'Star Trek' showing, and his colorblind friend's...

MLB's Winter Meetings Stocked With Baseball Gadgets

At Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings, general managers didn't just shop for free-agent players or discuss potential trades. According to The New York Times, they also browsed a trade show with a bevy of gadgets -- including the popular hand-sized radar gun and a smartphone app for concessions and souvenirs -- that could not only improve their teams, but also make a trip to the...

20-Percent of Facebook Users Vulnerable to Malware, Study Finds

We've all seen our fair share of Facebook-based viruses, but a newly released study from security software manufacturer BitDefender reminds us just how vulnerable we are when using the social network. According to the study, 20-percent of all Facebook users are exposed to malware as they troll through their friends' news feeds. The report defines "malware" as any post that, when clicked,...

Bob Woodward Stars in Bizarre Ad for Washington Post iPad App

The Washington Post has recently stepped into the e-publishing trade with its own iPad app, but, according to the paper's new commercial, all of its journalists are totally dumbstruck to be living in a post-print 2010. (See it after the break.) The ad begins when someone in the newsroom tells Bob Woodward about the iPad and about the Post's new app. Woodward immediately abandons whatever he was...

STiPhone: New Tech Will Allow Smartphones to Test for STDs

Thanks to British research, you may soon be able to test yourself for sexually transmitted infections with nothing more than your smartphone and a wee bit of wee-wee. The U.K. Clinical Research Collaboration has funneled more than $6 million into developing a computer chip that, once dabbed with urine or saliva, can be plugged into a smartphone to render a diagnosis....

Surprise? No One Likes Foursquare or the Rest of That Location-Based Baloney

If you actually get a kick out of using location-based services like Foursquare and Gowalla, you're part of a very small online minority. According to a recently released report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, just 4-percent of online Americans share their locations with their friends and family. Only 7-percent of people who access the Web from their cell phones...

Amazon to Finally Let You Lend Kindle Books to Friends

Kindle-wielding bibliophiles will soon be able to share their favorite books with their literary friends, thanks to a new book lending policy that Amazon announced on Friday. As TechCrunch explains, the new policy will allow readers to lend out their e-books to other Kindle users, who will be allowed 14 days of alone time with the lender's publication of choice. There are, however, some catches....

'FanGo' App Lets You Avoid Waiting in Long Concession-Stand Lines

The worst part about attending a sporting event or concert is waiting in long lines for food and drink. Thanks to 'FanGo' -- a new iPhone app that allows fans to order food delivered to their seats -- fans won't have to miss a minute of the action. The app displays menu options and pricing for concession-stand items located throughout a venue. Just make your selection, enter your seat number and...

Verizon Pursuing Exclusive Tablet Deal With NFL

If negotiations don't stall, Verizon may add a powerful new feature to its list of services. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL intends to transition its games and programming to tablet devices, but -- for now -- there is still "a question of what shape or form." Verizon hopes its tablets present the solution to that question, and its recent $720 million exclusive mobile deal with the...

'Color Identifier' iPhone App Helps Blind to 'See' Colors

In a post on his blog, Austin Seraphin describes how recently purchasing an iPhone and the 'Color Identifier' app allowed him to "see" a whole new world of colors. Seraphin, who is legally blind, sees objects in blurs, and doesn't recognize colors -- just sources of light. He was skeptical of the praise for the iPhone until another visually impaired friend bought one and confirmed what Seraphin...

ABC iPad App Syncs With Your TV, Offers Interactive 'My Generation' Content

People no longer sit and passively watch TV; they browse the Web, text message friends and play smartphone games, all while watching the latest episode of 'Mad Men.' Hoping to capitalize on that, ABC has launched an interactive iPad app that's compatible with 'My Generation,' a fake documentary series premiering later this fall. The 'My Generation Sync' app syncs with the action onscreen by...

MasterCard 'MoneySend' App Launches for BlackBerry

With the rise in mobile payment options, our kids probably won't know how to write a check or whose face appears on a $20 bill. MasterCard recently launched its 'MoneySend' app for BlackBerry devices. The app, which is also available for iPhone, lets users swap money with others, pay for informal products and services, and receive credit or debit card payments -- all for free. For example, you...

Apple Relaxes iOS Developer Restrictions, But Doesn't 'Need Any More Fart Apps'

Apple turned a lot of heads this morning when it unexpectedly opened the App Store to apps created with third-party development programs -- including, apparently, those using Adobe Flash. In a news release posted on its site, Apple declared that it would be "relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code." The...