Weird News: Expensive shaves and Hedgehog horses

A look at the more eccentric side of tech's last seven days...

Hackers declare war
The back and forth hacking craze reached new heights this week, as those with the power at their finger tips pretty much declared all-out war against the world. Well… the world’s governments, anyway. We’re not sure if this means hacking in and changing the course of test missiles, or simply altering employees surnames to ‘ass’ but, either way, we’d best all watch out.

Apple somehow patents multi-touch
You know multi-touch? That tech that lets you use two of your stubby fingers at once to make pictures and websites zoom? Or play mobile games with more than one button? Yeah, apparently Apple owns that. We’re not sure exactly what that means for Android and other handsets that also use multi-touch, but it can’t be good.

The $100,000 razor
Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. Don’t use the ‘Best a man can get’ joke. …Never mind.


Power typing

It turns out that dying laptop batteries could one day be a thing of the past, thanks to some clever research Down Under. New work suggests that one day a thin layer of tech could sit under your keyboard keys that, when struck, would help to charge the battery. The more you type, the more power you get.

Why is Sonic on a horse?

That’s the eternal question, isn’t it? What do you mean ‘no’? Just watch the video; you’ll know what we mean. It seems gaming has officially fallen off a cliff. And to think: this week we've been celebrating Sonic's 20th successful year. Waht a sham.


Most elaborate iPhone accessory ever

We’ve seen some iPhone gaming add-ons in our time, but this one takes it. Strap your phone into the gun sights and launch the bundled augmented reality game for some seriously over-the-top blasting action. Certainly looks fun, but we can’t see it proving all that popular on the commute. The passengers opposite you might look a bit worried about having a gun waved at them at 8 in the morning.


Nokia releases phone on dead platform

The n9 is finally here! Yay! Oh… wait… it runs on MeeGo, which will have a pretty small slither of developer support and won’t ever see any other handsets. It’s a nice looking phone, but we get the feeling that this is more Nokia’s way of drawing a line under its own operating systems than a serious launch. It’s a bit like launching a phone that only displays menus in Latin.

And finally…


Water 2.0
Water's a pretty difficult thing to animate. All the little drops and the correct physics take up quite a bit of your PS3 or Xbox's brain power. In the future, things'll be different. In GTA V, for example, you could be swimming away from the law in wet stuff that looks like this:

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