Cat Naps On Router, ISP Provides Decoy Router In Exchange For Cat Pictures
Liam lives in England and has a cat. As all people owned by cats know, warm, feline-posterior-sized electronic devices are irresistible to cats worldwide, and the DSL modem/router thingy provided by his Internet service provider, Be, is no exception. The problem is that this particular router doesn’t work very well with a cat on top of it. He made a joking forum post that featured a photo of his cat communing with the router and pleaded for a decoy router so he could keep his cat happy but also have functional Internet…
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Package Vanishes Into Thin Air Inside The Post Office
Anthony’s faith in the U.S. Postal service was clearly misplaced. He dropped off a package with a prepaid label at a local post office, with the misguided belief that it would enter the shipping system, and that the delivery confirmation barcode on the label would show the package’s path through the mails. That’s not what happened. What happened was that the prepaid label, with no package attached, was returned to Anthony’s house. Where’s the package? No one knows. But it’s not the post office’s problem, since there’s no proof that he even mailed it in the first place…
Universal, Redbox Cut Deal To Maintain 28-Day Rental Delay
Universal will not follow the lead of Warner Bros. by restricting sales of DVDs to rental services for 56 days. Instead, the studio worked out an extension of its current deal with Redbox that will continue to keep Universal’s discs out of renters’ hands for 28 days.
Engadget reports the deal lasts through 2014, and that so far Warner Bros. is standing alone in its efforts to make renters wait eight weeks to taste their wares. Netflix accepted the Warner Bros. delay, while Redbox vowed to buy its own DVDs…
Windows 8 Could Have Nine Different Editions [REPORT]
If you were hoping for the next version of Windows to come in only one flavor, you’re probably out of luck. Digging through registry entries of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, windows 8 beta found references to nine different editions of the OS.
The full list (which definitely may change before the final release, if Microsoft decides so) goes as follows:
Windows 8 Enterprise Edition
Windows 8 Enterprise Eval edition
Windows 8 Home Basic Edition
Windows 8 Home Premium edition
Windows 8 ARM edition
Windows 8 Professional edition
Windows 8 Professional Plus edition
Windows 8 Starter edition
Windows 8 Ultimate edition
For comparison, Windows 7 came in six different editions: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate…
Ben & Jerry’s Apologizes For Fortune Cookie "Taste the Lin-sanity" Frozen Yogurt
Journalists aren’t the only ones finding it difficult to deal with the success of New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin. Ben & Jerry’s released a limited edition frozen yogurt dubbed “Taste the Lin-sanity” at a store in the Boston area, flavored with crumbled fortune cookies and lychee honey. Customers complained about the culturally insensitive choice of ingredients and quality of the product, and the company responded by pulling the flavor and apologizing.
The Washington Post relays Ben & Jerry’s “I’m sorry if anyone was offended” apology:
“On behalf of Ben & Jerry’s Boston Scoop Shops, we offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Linsanity flavor that we offered at our Harvard Square location…
Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
Here are nine of the best photos that readers added to The Consumerist Flickr Pool this week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or just plain neatness.
(#2 – MeneerDijk)
(#3 – Michelle Rick)
(#4 – photographynatalia)
(#5 – David Blackwell.)
(#6 – Photos in the Sunset)
Yes, it’s a mural.
(#7 – Scoboco)
(#8 – troy.b.asher)
(#9 – Yo Spiff)
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Want to Restrict the Age of Your Twitter Followers? This New Service Can Help [EXCLUSIVE]
A social marketing platform is launching a new feature for alcohol brands on Twitter to help them make sure their tweets are reaching an age-appropriate audience.
Vitrue — a platform that helps companies such as American Express and McDonald’s manage their social-media presences across sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ — will introduce “Twitter Gate” to screen and control who has access to their promotional content. The move will also restrict interactions and engagement on Twitter with age-appropriate audiences…
MindSnacks Turns Learning a Language Into a Game
The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.
Quick Pitch: MindSnacks are language-learning games for your brains.
Genius Idea: Fun, interactive games that help users learn 13 different languages and SAT vocabulary.
Memorizing flash cards and reading from a textbook aren’t just ineffective ways to learn a new language – they’re also, well, really boring…
Lessons Learned from the Zappos Breach
Why Community Is Essential to Business
Mashable for iPad: A New Way to Touch and Share the News
We’re happy to announce the launch of a completely new Mashable for iPad app today! And, we’re proud to say that Mashable for iPad is presented by Mercedes-Benz.
We enlisted our old friends at Code & Theory to help us, and time-boxed ourselves into releasing in March. This made our design and development process as agile as it could ever be. And, after many late nights and weekend hours, it’s great to see it live in the App Store today.
The rule of thumb for this app: As you swipe to the right, you’ll get deeper into specific content…
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Recover deleted photos with EaseUS Mac Photo Recovery Free
Losing certain files through user error, hardware failure or some other problem can cause inconvenience and lead to a great deal of work, but when it comes to photos and other images files, it is often the case that replacing files is simply not possible. EaseUS Mac Photo Recovery Free is a data recovery tool that may be able to help…