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The Simpsons mocks (m)Apple 01 December 2008 at 4:00 am by

Few have been spared the satire of Matt Groening’s long running animated sitcom. Last night, The Simpsons took on Apple, or uh, Mapple for a full 6 minutes of lampoonery — a pretty harsh ride at a two-joke per minute pace. It all starts when the Springfield mall gets its very own Mapple store, “it’s so sterile,” gasps Lisa upon entering. Perhaps the best exchange comes from Bart’s dubbing of a Steve Mobs’ product announcement in front of a crowd of gaping nerds, “You think you’re cool because you buy a $500 phone with a picture of a fruit on it. Well guess what? They cost 8 bucks to make and I pee on every one!” A Mapple store employee then angrily responds, “Who dares question the boss we fired 10 years ago and then brought back!” Yuk yuk. Videos after the break for as long as it takes for the copyrighters to wake up.

[Thanks, holycow]

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Video: Adobe dabbles in video-object manipulation By 29 November 2008 at 11:54 pm and have No Comments

Hey you, hot-shot movie cutter! Now that we’ve got your attention, have a look at this. Adobe‘s research laboratory has been toiling away with a sophisticated interactive video-object manipulation system, which gives video editors all sorts of creative windows with next to no rendering lag. An After Effects demonstration shows an editor selecting the outside of a cab and typing “taxi” — once the text is imprinted on the vehicle, it stays on the car as it moves up and down the street. We know, you’re totally scratching your head trying to envision what we just said, so why not just head past the break and give it a look?

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Video: Adobe dabbles in video-object manipulation originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Nov 2008 23:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon gets Black Friday started early, shows off a few deals By 25 November 2008 at 11:38 pm and have No Comments

You’re thinking about it. Your spouse is thinking about it. Your kids are thinking about it. And yes, your NXE Avatar is thinking about it, too. Black Friday is but hours away, and you still haven’t conjured up the courage to get up at 3:00AM and venture out to save a grand total of $14.97 (pre-tax). Never fear, as the world’s most spectacular e-tailer is here with a slew of deals to keep you firmly planted. Amazon’s going all out on the day after Thanksgiving, but it’s also giving early birds the opportunity to snag a few specials on the run-up to the big day. We won’t spoil anything here, but be sure and give the read link a look if you’re all about saving some dough and staying home.

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Amazon gets Black Friday started early, shows off a few deals originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 23:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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USB powered lunch bag will keep your food hot while you "work" By 25 November 2008 at 7:03 pm and have No Comments

Hungry for a hot lunch at your desk every Monday through Friday, but don’t want to stand in line for the microwave? The USB-powered heated lunch bag is probably something you’ll want to look into, then. It apparently keeps your food at a steamy 140 degrees Farenheit all day, though it gives us pause that we’re warned to “make sure the plastic container that you store your food in is of a certain grade and quality” to ensure that there’s not “an adverse chemical reaction,” but we figure that’s probably a minor concern. We don’t know if the bag will ever be available in the US, but we have a feeling that if it is, it’ll be at least double the size of the current iteration.

[Via Everything USB]

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USB powered lunch bag will keep your food hot while you “work” originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 19:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide, 2008! By 24 November 2008 at 6:30 pm and have No Comments

Welcome to the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide! We know as well as anyone what a ridiculous mess it is shopping for tech gifts for your family and friends, especially when you tack on the crowds, the traffic, and hearing Jingle Bell Rock 80,000 times. Sure, it seems like you’ve got an infinite number of options to comb through, but with our Holiday Gift Guide we’re aiming to simplify that gadget gift giving experience and pinpoint a most excellent present for just about anyone.

Here’s how we do our thing: the HGG is actually a series of smaller guides broken down first by whom you’ll be buying gifts for, and then by price range. Today we’re starting with him, easily the most discerning gadget giftee; in a few days we’ll go to her, then son, daughter, dad, mom, and so on. The guides will be collected in a landing page which can be helpfully sorted by price and recipient (which will be up soon). We’ll publish a new guide every few days through Christmas, so you’ll have plenty of time to shop around online and in stores, and we do suggest you check out all the guides — especially since you never know when you’ll find something you want for yourself.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide, 2008! originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Art Lebedev outthinks the room with square Luxofor traffic lights By 22 November 2008 at 12:05 pm and have No Comments

We can only imagine that at least a few staffers over at Art Lebedev Studios get paid to do nothing but conjure up ideas, because this one is just marvelous. And marvelously simple, but that’s beside the point. The Luxofor traffic light concept improves upon a nearly archaic design that still relies on spherical fixtures when there’s really no need. Lebedev’s team asserts that using square lights backed with bright laser diodes would make better use of the available space and provide a more noticeable signal to drowsy motorists. The roar of “why didn’t I think of that?” being simultaneously stated is downright deafening.

[Via Electronista]

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DARPA enlists IBM to build computer brain as smart as a cat By 21 November 2008 at 3:44 pm and have No Comments

Researchers have long been trying to model actual brains in order to build a better computer “brain,” and it looks like IBM is now getting a helping hand from none other than DARPA in its attempt to create one that it hopes will one day have the intelligence level of a cat. To that that somewhat unnerving end, DARPA is pouring $4.9 million into a project that’ll include five universities and scientists of all stripes, who will work together to create an artificial brain that behaves like a real one right down to the neuron level. As the BBC reports, the researchers are describing this latest initiative as a “180 degree shift in perspective” from previous efforts, as they’re now seeking an algorithm first and problems second, as opposed to starting with an objective and devising an algorithm to achieve it. As for DARPA’s ultimate goal, well, that’s still a bit of a mystery, though let’s just say we won’t be surprised if future robots start to become very easily distracted.

[Via Daily Tech, image courtesy Mack J, Truth and Beauty Bombs]

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DARPA enlists IBM to build computer brain as smart as a cat originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry Storm sells out hard and fast By 21 November 2008 at 3:03 pm and have No Comments

We don’t have official confirmation of this yet, but we’re hearing from all over that Verizon’s launch of the BlackBerry Storm has so far been a raging success — from what we can tell, it’s sold out nearly everywhere, and the online store is buckling under the load of thousands of eager buyers. Sounds like RIM’s on track for a hit — any of you have any luck scoring a Storm today? How’d it go? Digging the SurePress screen? Hit us up in comments!

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BlackBerry Storm sells out hard and fast originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony loses patent suit, ordered to pay $18.5 million By 20 November 2008 at 9:13 am and have No Comments

Sony loses patent suit, ordered to pay $18.5 million

Way back in 2006, Lucent-spin off Agere Systems filed a lawsuit against Sony, claiming the electronics behemoth had infringed on not one, not two, but eight of its patents. As it turns out a prior deal with Lucent gave Sony the rights to use seven of those, but that one unlicensed patent became Sony’s weak point, allowing Agere’s lawyers to inflict massive damage(s). The jury’s findings state not only that Sony wrongly utilized Agere’s intellectual property in the mylo, Network Walkman, and the PSP, but that there was “clear and convincing evidence that such infringement was willful.” In other words: big payout, in this case an eye-opening $18.5 million. Don’t blame us Sony, we told you to settle! [Warning: PDF read link]

[Via PSP Fanboy]

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Sony loses patent suit, ordered to pay $18.5 million originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Nov 2008 09:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Packard Bell dot spotted in UK By 20 November 2008 at 8:55 am and have No Comments

Packard Bell dot spotted in UK

Oh, look! It’s another netbook in the wild! This one is Packard Bell’s dot, and according to the boffins at Pocket-lint it’s now available for purchase across the pond by anyone who can find a reason to care. The Aspire One-like specs and style are just what you’d expect (do we really need to recount the Atom 270 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 160GB hard drive yet again?), and while there’s the promise of being able to add internal 3G connectivity at some point in the future, right now the only thing setting this one apart is the red dot on the hinge. (Which, we confess, is a nice look.) Still no mention of when or even if this one will be appearing domestically — though if it does it’ll probably be as an Everex anyhow.

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Packard Bell dot spotted in UK originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Nov 2008 08:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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