Excuse Me, My Parking Meter is Calling Me

Imagine your parking meter being able to send you a warning that it is about to expire — or being able to add time to your parking meter from wherever you are just by calling your cell phone. And wouldnt it be so much more convenient if you could just slide your credit card through the meter instead of searching for the right coins and inserting them!

Well, those features and more are now available for parking meter users, along with new capabilities for those in charge of administering them, with the merged creation of Duncan Solutions, Inc. the first company to provide such a large and diversified umbrella of products and services for the parking and enforcement industries.

Mufin Releases Public Beta of Music Recommendation Engine

Mufin finally opens its new automated music recommendation engine to the public, and it actually works and works well.

How does it work? mufin knows the musical essence of millions of songs and connects those songs that have a similar essence. This essence consists of sound properties like tempo, instruments, sound density or harmony. Whether the music is well-known or not, which genre it belongs to, when it was released or where in the world it was made, plays no role when you discover music using mufin. What matters is the sound.

Astronaut Loses $100k Tool Bag on Space Walk

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper performing work on the International Space Station yesterday stated, “Ummm, we have lost a tool”, referring to $100k tool bag that floated away from her while she was working. The mission wasn’t a total loss, as astronaut Stephen Bowen was able to share his tools with Stefanyshyn-Piper to complete their work.

In a video interview, Stefanyshyn-Piper said, “Well, it was definitely not the high point of the EVA. It was somewhat disheartening to open up the bag and to realize there was grease everywhere.”

Grand Theft Auto IV DLC Coming February 2009

Rockstar Games has finally revealed that GTA IV “Lost and the Damned” will be available on February 17th, 2009. The new Xbox 360 exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV game will feature new content and Johnny Klebitz, a memory of the Liberty City gang The Lost.

“Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background,” said Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. “I can’t go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City.”

BlackBerry Storm In High Demand but Low Supply

Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry Storm, their first touch screen smart phone debuts tomorrow but some are saying there might not be enough of them to go around. There have been reports of a major last minute flaw in the device that caused them to recall a number of the devices so there are fewer devices being sold tomorrow.

Apparently there was a security flaw that required them to re-flash the devices, delaying shipping and ultimately causing fewer units from being shipped to stores for resale.

This is not a good thing considering the amount of users eager to upgrade. Tech Fragments spoke to several Verizon customers that are currently using a Blackjack. All of the ones which are eligible for an upgrade hope to grab one of the new BlackBerry Storm’s.

Microsoft Drops Paid Live OneCare and Will Offer Free Service

Microsoft said today that it would stop selling Windows Live OneCare, which offers backup, performance tuning, and security. Instead, it will offer a new service called Morro, a lightweight security package, free starting in mid-2009.

This new solution, to be offered at no charge to consumers, will be architected for a smaller footprint that will use fewer computing resources, making it ideal for low-bandwidth scenarios or less powerful PCs. As part of Microsoft’s move to focus on this simplified offering, the company also announced today that it will discontinue retail sales of its Windows Live OneCare subscription service effective June 30, 2009.