Microsoft Pink phones launching on April 12th?

Microsoft are getting set to enter the smartphone hardware war with the launch of two new smartphones on April 12th. Could we finally be seeing the launch of Microsoft's Pink phones, set to replace the failed Sidekick handsets? Though Microsoft…

Project Pink Zune phone on its way?

It's a rumour as old as the Ark itself, but new images floating around the blogosphere seem to show a new Microsoft Project Pink Zune phone, looking very much like the real deal. Some of you may remember a few…

Thousands of MySpace sex offender "refugees" booted off Facebook


Since last May, Facebook has removed 5,500 registered sex offenders from its social network, many of whom are claimed to be ‘refugees’ from MySpace who themselves have booted 90,000 sex offenders in the last couple of years.

Last year, the Attorney General of the USA forced both sites to implement considerably more stringent safeguards – preventing older users searching profiles of sub-18-year-olds, and finding better ways of age verification.

Facebook relies on using people’s real names, and that helps, but the amount of people I know on Facebook who aren’t using their exact real names makes that reliance rather concerning. There’ll always be sex offenders on the sites, I suppose, and what’s most needed is a bit of common sense, and education, in kids of the dangers.

(via AP and TechCrunch)

Bill Gates unleashes horde of mosquitos into packed conference hall


Screaming “Not only poor people should experience this!”, last night Bill Gates released a swarm of mosquitoes into the audience at TED – a technology conference in California. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Gates, whose foundation spends millions of dollars on combating malaria, was making a point that rich countries don’t pay the disease enough attention because it doesn’t really impact their citizenry. Still, hell of a PR stunt!

The Twittersphere reported the swarm as it was release, with eBay founder and Twitter CEO Pierre Omidyar providing the best commentary.

(via Switched)

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Man makes potential death trap out of shopping trolley and bicycle

death-trap-cart.jpgSeconds after this photo was taken did he (a) go over the handlebars and into the path of an oncoming car, (b) go over the handlebars and into the path of an oncoming lorry, or (c) go over the handlebars and into the path of an oncoming bus?

We’ll never know. We can recreate it, though…

In-car satellite navigation may be more hindrance than help

New research from Privilege Insurance suggests that the new craze in car satellite navigation systems may not be all good. Allegedly over one in ten drivers have used the controls on their sat nav whilst they're driving, instead of programming…