Monday, May 21

Media Centre Remote

Ricavision Media Centre Sideshow Remote

This bluetooth remote does almost everything (except unfortunately control your other, non-computer connected devices, such as the stereo or DVD player).
Windows Sideshow allows you to navigate your music collection on the remote and add songs to the playlist as well as see what is currently playing. It displays this information on a 2.5" QVGA LCD screen.

If a universal remote version of this comes out, it would be very tempting to buy.

Thursday, May 17

Next-Gen Prius - Hybrid X

The next generation prius is going to come in 3 Flavours, all under the Prius label.

One car will be approximately the size of the current Yaris, the next size up will be slightly larger than the current Prius, and the larger version will be slightly smaller than the Camry. They are expected to release these models in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The Camry Hybrid is expected to be dropped from the lineup.

This, along with the announcement that all of their cars will be hybrids by 2020, suggests that the existing line-up of cars will slowly be phased out, rather than converted to support a hybrid petrol/electric design.

Toyota to be 100% Hybrid by 2020

Toyota has announced that they plan on producing 100% of their cars as Hybrids by the year 2020.
Previously, Toyota had announced that they would have their full range of cars available in a Hybrid form by 2010.

Currently the Prius is the only Toyota branded Hybrid available in Australia, with a Camry Hybrid available in the USA. Lexus has a range of luxury Hybrid cars available, at a much higher price.

Reuters reports that Toyota is hoping to make as much money from hybrids as it does from conventional cars by the end of the decade.

Experts are predicting that the new model [ed: 2008/2009 Prius], due late next year or in early 2009, will feature a cheaper lithium-ion battery system.

As for alternatives, Takimoto mentioned that plug-in hybrids, which run on electricity alone and can be charged from a household power socket are still years away from being feasible. While diesel vehicles, as favored by the European carmakers, require expensive particulate filters and other traps that cost almost as much as the first generation hybrid technology.

Tuesday, May 15

Student Arrested for "Suspected Terrorist Activity"

A student has been arrested for "Suspected Terrorist Activity" after creating a map of his school in a computer game and playing this game with his friends.

The student was also expelled from his school, despite not being convicted of the charges yet, and moved to the "M.R. Wood Alternative Education Center".

Original Story at FortBendNow.

Also reported by Bandon Paddock's blog