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 Tuesday, 3-February-2009  00:38:06 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

If youíre one of those people who would like to drink more water during the day but can never remember and/or aren't motivated enough to do so, here's a product which might just help you with that; HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle. Itís essentially a water bottle with a computer right in, allowing you to track everything from basic figures (like how much youíve slurped down in a day,) to much more complex stats (like how many ounces per hour youíve taken in). You can even get it to calculate a personal hydration goal for the day based on your weight, and have the bottle show you how close you are to achieving it.

According to The Wall St Journal Dell is jumping on the smartphone bandwagon. Dell Inc., aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal-computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month, said people familiar with the matter.

A team of researchers from Cambridge University is close to finishing a design for a solid state lighting bulb capable of lasting 60 years. The university has produced a new design which costs a mere $2.85 USD and despite being the size of a penny, produces similar light to a fluorescent bulb while lasting over four times as long with a lifetime of 60 years. The new design triples fluorescent bulb efficiency and is 12 times more efficient than incandescent designs. Also, itís capable of instantaneous illumination, so the light lag associated with fluorescent bulbs may soon be a thing of the past.

Apparently there is a grim outlook for new IT projects if this report is anything to go by. The grim economic outlook has caused CIOs to withhold budgets, ditch new projects and cut back on contractors, according to technology analyst firm Longhaus' Australian Technology Index for the first quarter of 2009.

US biologists are excited by the prospect that current restrictions on human embryonic stem cells might be over turned under President Obama. President Obama's promise to restore science to its rightful place has raised the hopes of biologists that there will be swift action on what many view as a serious hindrance to biology: restrictions on the use of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).

Microsoft adds fancy search option for Firefox. If you had any doubts Microsoft didn't appreciate the advantages of Firefox's ability to accommodate add-ons, you can dispel them now. The company just released one that makes Microsoft's search service work better with the open-source Web browser.

It appears that Facebook has finally found a way to profit from its huge database of users by creating one of the world's largest market research databases. In an attempt to finally monetise the social networking site, once valued at $15bn (£10.4bn), it will soon allow multinational companies to selectively target its members in order to research the appeal of new products.

Cybercrime is rising sharply according to experts. The threat of cybercrime is rising sharply, experts have warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos. They called for a new system to tackle well-organised gangs of cybercriminals. Online theft costs $1 trillion a year, the number of attacks is rising sharply and too many people do not know how to protect themselves, they said.
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