IBM Working on Futuristic Armor for Battlefield?

An IBM engineer has passed us information regarding a new technology that IBM is developing dealing with military grade armor. While the source does not specifically tell us how the new technology works but it would be a replacement for Kevlar and would reflect any incoming bullets.

It makes us wonder what direction IBM is heading with this new technology, with the patent already applied. While we still aren’t sure exactly sure how the technology will work, long as it protects and does so better than Kevlar – it might be a revolutionary product that could change the battlefield as we see it today.

Internet Explorer 8 Final Release Delayed Until 2009

Microsoft said IE8 final will not be completed until 2009. The next release, called a “release candidate” or RC, will come out in the first part of 2009. This means we could probably look forward to seeing IE 8 next summer sometime if one were to guess.

“Our next public release of IE (typically called a “release candidate”) indicates the end of the beta period,” general manager Dean Hachamovitch said. “We want the technical community of people and organizations interested in Web browsers to take this update as a strong signal that IE8 is effectively complete and done.”

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.”