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By October 29, 2007

This week, Atelier reviews what is trendy on the web magazine of our great expert contributor, dedicated to consumer electronics news and reviews.     Picture-passwords the way forward I'm sure many of us have forgo

tten our passwords once or twice before, what more with the number of accounts that we have to remember these days. Scientists have developed a new kind of software that uses pictures in place of letters and numbers for security codes, and hopes to expand this idea into other areas to prevent unauthorized entry by fraudsters. Not only that, this development could make it easier for those who experience language difficulties such as dyslexia. Such picture-passwords are drawn over a background, where the computer will remember the actual number of strokes used, the way the image was started as well as the order in which they were made. While a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, a few characters would suffice here in lieu of traditional passwords.     Facebook on blackberry made easy Posted on: October 24, 2007 BlackBerry users who already have a hard enough time trying to live without their device have just been given yet another reason not to give up their addiction - it has received Facebook for BlackBerry, a new software that brings fast, streamlined and optimized mobile access to the extremely popular Facebook social utility via any compatible BlackBerry smartphone by leveraging on the push-based system architecture and Facebook Platform. T-Mobile USA has the honor of being the first mobile operator to provide the software application to subscribers, and this software will be preloaded onto all T-Mobile BlackBerry smartphones at no cost. Several application features are available after the jump.   Receive notifications and messages automatically – Leveraging the BlackBerry platform's push-based architecture, notifications and messages are automatically sent to the user; the user can also set a unique alert (vibration and/or ringtone) for Facebook related content Quickly access essential features – Convenient onscreen icons let users quickly change their Status, upload a photo, add a friend, poke someone, write on a Wall, or send a message. Users can also quickly scroll through messages and notifications as they do with email messages Invite friends to join Facebook and accept new friend requests Quickly snap and post pictures along with a caption and tags – The photo upload feature is also integrated with the BlackBerry smartphone camera and photo management applications on the smartphone View the Status of friends Read, compose and reply to messages even while offline – If the user is out of wireless coverage, messages are queued until the user returns to an area of coverage     Gps tracker jackets launched Story posted on: October 24, 2007 For parents who are paranoid about losing their kids in a crowded environment, perhaps this GPS tracker jacket from BladeRunner will soothe unnecessary fears. The small rechargeable device - it has a 15-hour battery - fits neatly into a pouch inside the jacket. You switch it on when you leave the house and what you get is nothing less than the ability to know where someone is - within four square meters - anywhere in the world. You can watch them move, check where they've been and get updates every 10 seconds. Even better is the fact that you do not need to be sitting in front of your computer 24/7, since you can always choose the option to have email alerts arriving in your BlackBerry or cell phone inbox. The Children's GPS tracker jacket will retail for £250.     Robot could give you the finger Story posted on: October 25, 2007 While the Laws of Robotics were designed to preserve human life at all costs, that doesn't mean it can't give you the one finger salute whenever you mistreat it. Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have successfully developed an autonomous humanoid robot which is capable of recognizing and using body language in order to get the message across. This would bode well as the robot tries to communicate with young children, the elderly as well as computer-illiterate. It is packed with technology that enables it to observe, recognize and remember human behavior, but chances are it is still a long time in coming before you can get something like the T-800's caliber in real life.     Fingers notebook stand Story posted on: October 25, 2007 This idea is so simple and practical, it is a wonder nobody thought about it before. The Fingers notebook stand is made out of clear acrylic and features laser-cut pattern of slots that act as "fingers", which are used to accommodate loose computer cables running through the back. Designed by Oof Design, it comes with a sloping position for the keyboard for improved typing comfort as well as superior processor ventilation while raising the screen closer to eye level for improved ergonomics. Best of all is, you can use it as a coaster when not in use.     One for all remote for the ladies Story posted on: October 24, 2007 Ladies often get the short end of the stick where remote controls are concerned, but that is no longer the case with this zapper from One for All. It comes in pink to appeal to the fairer sex and boasts curvy lines like a Formula 1 track, and was specially designed to fit in snugly into your palm. The One for All remote will feature seven basic keys such as turning the TV on/off as well as adjusting its volume. It is compatible with the majority of TVs in the market and holds the distinction of being one of the first remotes of its kind to run on energy saving AAAA batteries. The One for All remote will retail for £9.99, and should pink not be the color of your choice, there is always black to look out for.     Im+ for skype Story posted on: October 24, 2007 iPhone users have yet another application to look forward to, and this time it is the web-based version of IM+ for Skype. It uses SkypeOut as the base, allowing you to receive and make calls at Skype rates. In addition, users will be able to take advantage of IM+ to chat with fellow Skype users while sending text messages via Skype. Needless to say, it works with the recently released iPod Touch as well. Head on to and check it out.     Rabbit strobe lights for the osaka police Posted on: October 26, 2007 This sounds surreal, but in Japan everything is possible: According to Gizmodo Japan, the Osaka Police is equipping some police cars with rabbit-shaped strobe lights. Note that only the patrol cars around schools will get this. Video in the full post.       Canon snap concept Story posted on: October 24, 2007 Voyeurs will definitely love the Canon Snap concept, being diminutive enough to wear on your finger and yet offering enough megapixel power that matches some of today's better cameras. It does not have any fancy pants LCD display for you to sift through a list of option, but features a single button interface instead for easy photo snapping according to your whims and fancies. Designed by David Münscher, this is one of the more outrageous digital camera designs to be released in a long time.     Find all the sources, and discover more consumer electronics news and reviews at     FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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