geek: June 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgYouTube has started adding a special button to videos on the site, which plays the sound of a Vuvuzela over the normal soundtrack.

The football shaped button started appearing on videos this morning and when pressed plays the droning sound which has annoyed millions of football fans.

Just like being at a World Cup game the Vuvuzela sound will drown out whatever you are trying to listen to and can't be adjusted by the volume button.

While TV stations broadcasting the South African tournament have tried to reduce the Vuvuzela effect the button is sure to be a hit online.

It's expected the button will remain in place till the end of the World Cup BBBZZZZZZZZZZ.

A Japanese violinist has shot to fame after posting videos of himself playing the violin to classic Nintendo games.

Rather than simply playing the theme tune, Teppei Okada plays the sound to 'live' games including the sounds of things like jumps and power-ups.

Okada has videoed himself playing other classic games tunes such as Donkey Kong, Yoshi's Cookie and Dragon Quest 4 -- all while wearing a classy (and very white) suit.

The 34-year-old classically trained musician also offers lesson to other game/music fans, which makes us wish we could play the violin.

Actually forget that, we just want enough money to pay him to come and play like this whenever we are playing Mario.

When Eric Boehs thought he'd accidentally put his iPad and iPhone in a rubbish truck, he started tracking it via GPS -- and videoing his attempt to get them back.

His Apple toys had gone missing as Eric rushed to take the bins out on his way to work, so he started off by trying to contact refuse collectors.

But when that didn't work he used the MobileMe 'Find My iPhone' facility to discover where his gadgets were - as they were on the move, so he started chasing them.

When he finally caught up with then, he was surprised to find they were not at a rubbish tip or the back of a truck - but that's because he hand't put them in the bin.

Instead he'd left them on the roof of his car and they had fallen off while he was driving… they'd then been tun over and picked up by another motorist.

275x250.jpgNews magazine Newsweek.com is reporting on zombie attacks in New York -- but only after you enter the Konami Code on their homepage.

While the site looks zombie-free to most visitors, those pressing the buttons familiar to 80s Nintendo gamers are treated to alternative articles.

After pressing the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter) all normal articles are replaced with ones about a zombie invasion.

The lead article has the very un-Newsweek headline of "ZOMBIES ATTACK!" and others detailing their quest for brains and the cause of the invasion.

We can't decide which is more surprising the fact a coder hid this in the new Newsweek.com site… or that people are still typing the Konami Code everywhere they go.


275x250.jpgFor many people there would be nothing sweeter than receiving an Apple iPad as a gift -- unless it was coated in chocolate.

Stefan Magdalinski knew his Apple obsessed wife Kay would love an iPad for her birthday so had one imported from London to South Africa.

But he didn't stop there, he also wanted to give her a special treat and delay the surprise of her finding out.

So he commissioned a luxury chocolate shop in London to coat the high-tech gadget in milk chocolate using a carbon-freezing process.

After somehow getting through customs - we can only imaging what this looked like on an x-ray - the package was shipped to South Africa.




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