• Researchers at a Japanese university have taken interactive advertising to the next level: they've developed a poster that reacts to being kissed, Gizmodo reports.

    A group at Keio University (who, I suspect, spent too much time wishing the moving pictures in the Harry Potter books were a part of our world, too) have created a poster that changes based on the proximity of the viewer to the image.

    You can see how it works in this video.

    The image's reaction isn't based on touch sensors, so you don't have to actually kiss the poster. It is based on how close the viewer is to the image.

    While the project is still in its early stages, the team is working to develop the kissable poster for commercial uses. As Keidai Ogawa of Keio University explains in the video, the original thought was to have a poster, like the ones teens hang in their bedrooms, that will react when a viewer interacts with it. Perhaps, it can be restricted to one person per poster. Imagine the sort of cross-contamination

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  • One of the gaming world's smarmiest, most sex-crazed characters is seeking to make a comeback, but he needs some help.

    Sierra, the original publisher of the Leisure Suit Larry games, is remaking the original Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards with the intention of modernizing the interface, improving the graphics and bringing it to mobile devices.

    Despite having gained back the rights to the series, though, publisher Replay Games is still looking for support to finance the game. It's set a goal of raising $500,000 on Kickstarter, and with almost a month left before the May 2 deadline, it's already raised nearly $200,000.

    While there have been recent attempts to revive the character in the past, Larry's original developer, writer and designer Al Lowe is the driving force behind this latest project. Lowe's presence is also being used as a big incentive for people to donate money to the Kickstarter program.

    Replay Games is offering some pretty impressive prices for those

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  • Many Apple users out there think that having a Mac will keep them safe from computer viruses. A recently discovered trojan has proven that belief false.

    Over 600,000 Mac computers worldwide are infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to the Moscow-based anti-virus vendor Doctor Web. The company found on Wednesday that a large number of websites — estimated at four million — install the malicious code on systems.

    The majority of the infected computers are located in North America. Apparently, 20 per cent of the infected computers are in Canada, while another 57 per cent are in the United States.

    When a user stumbles across the malicious code on a website, it exploits a vulnerability the Mac operating system has in how it reads the Java programming language, the Financial Post reports. Once the code is on the computer, it takes over administrative functions on the Mac and hunts for usernames, passwords and personal data, which it relays back to a central computer system.

    If you

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  • What does solving a Rubick's Cube, making beef jerky and curling your hair with a straightening iron all have in common?

    They're just three out of many hundreds of guides available bundled in the new (and awesome) Snapguide app for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

    Consider it a collection of "how-to" guides — but not from professionals. Instead, Snapguide is a community-driven app that encourages everyday folks to share something they know how to do.

    For example, you can learn to bake a cake in a coffee mug, open a beer bottle without an opener, tie a necktie or perform a magic trick to wow friends at a party. Find out how to roast coffee beans, take a screenshot on your iPhone or make your bed like they do at hotels.

    Each guide offers a step-to-step lesson that contains photos and/or videos, along with written descriptions at the bottom of the screen. It's not quite YouTube — most guides have 15 to 20 still photos and only one or two videos (if any) — but this method is still powerful

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  • If it hasn't happened to you (yet), it has to someone you know: a cellphone accidentally dropped into a toilet or sink.

    Yes, for a device we carry everywhere, these things happen more often than you think.

    If you have the courage to fish it out of the toilet (er, it's highly recommended you don't try to flush it down), what should you do after you're left with a sopping wet smartphone — after scrubbing your hands clean, that is?

    Well, before you ditch the device and pay your carrier (or confront your boss) for a new one, here's a simple trick that might mean saving some cash — and embarrassment.

    Step 1: Take the device out of the water as soon as possible. The longer you keep it underwater, the less likely you can fix it.

    Step 2: Don't turn on the device to see if it still works as you can damage the smartphone by short-circuiting it.

    Step 3: Make sure the phone is off and take out each of the components, such as the battery (if you can), memory card and SIM card.

    Step 4: Lightly

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  • "Project Glass" aims to deliver hands-free digital information to users on the go

    Rumours surrounding Google's latest project, which began to surface months ago, have been confirmed. The tech giant is set to enter the eyewear industry with "Project Glass," an experimental pair of augmented reality glasses that could very well complete your Geordi La Forge Halloween costume.

    In a video released Wednesday, Google has unveiled their prototype digital glasses, which use augmented reality to deliver data on the go. The high-tech eyewear can display directions, take photos and engage in videochats, all at the command of the user's voice.

    "It's like Iron Man except instead of important world-saving information you're answering your friend's text messages and learning about delays on the subway," explains Mario Aguilar in a Gizmodo piece.

    Check out the savvy shades in action:

    For the most part, these glasses appear to be a miniaturized, hands-free smartphone accessory, bringing many of

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  • As more details trickle in about the next generation of game consoles, there seems to be a growing elephant in the room:

    What's going to happen to the used game market?

    It is becoming abundantly clear that both Microsoft and Sony are moving towards sales models that don't need physical games. The PSP Go eliminated the UMD drive, and the PS Vita relies on flash memory storage of games. All current-generation consoles have also seen success with their downloadable content stores. And with rumours that both the PlayStation 4 (codenamed "Orbis") and the Next Xbox will outright block used games, the days of picking up a game at discount from your local stores are likely numbered.

    In a recent CNET story, Jeff Bakalar suggests that console gaming is headed to an Orwellian future in order to combat piracy. The practice of shipping games with one-time-use codes that ensure the player has access to the game's full content is going to hurt multiple game-related businesses, Bakalar says. Rental

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  • LG may not be the first manufacturer to experiment with flexible e-paper, but their new Electronic Paper Display (EPD) could very well be the first to hit the shelves.

    The six-inch high-resolution EPD, taking form in a 0.7 millimeter (0.027 in) plastic substrate, is now considered to be the first of its kind in full production.

    "With the world's first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market," said Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display's Mobile/OLED (organic light-emitting diode) division, in a Gizmag blog. "Based on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays."

    Sporting a resolution of 1024x768, LG is hoping their brand new display will "revolutionize the e-book market," according to Engadget. But the flexibility

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  • Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has brought together thousands of people from around the world to sing in his choir — without ever having to meet any of them in person.

    Whitacre premieres his third version of Virtual Choir tonight on April 2. The project takes thousands of videos contributed by singers in 73 different countries and combines them to sound just like a real, live choir. You can hear it for yourself in this video:

    The video performance of Water Night debuts simultaneously at the Lincoln Center in New York as well as via livestream online.

    In this iteration of the project, Whitacre conducts 2,945 singers in a performance of Water Night, a 14-part piece he wrote with arrangements for soprano, alto, tenor and bass. To participate, singers downloaded the sheet music and audio files of their parts and followed along with a video of Whitacre conducting each section individually.

    Once the singer learned the music, he or she recorded a video using a webcam and uploads it to

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  • In the race for the thinnest, lightest tablet on the market, Toshiba has come out with the Excite 10 LE, which it touts as "the world's thinnest 10-inch tablet." At 7.7 millimeters thick, it certainly is impressively skinny, nearly two full millimeters thinner than the new iPad and almost one millimeter thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

    The Toshiba Excite LE 10 operates on Android's Honeycomb 3.2 platform and will be able to upgrade to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, sometime in April. Weighing only 1.13 pounds (535 grams), it's a light tablet that's easy to take along without weighing down a bag. The tablet comes with a 16GB hard drive, built-in stereo speakers, front and rear facing cameras and is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. It also boasts micro-USB and HDMI ports, as well as micro-SD slots, making it easier to connect with other devices.

    I was recently able to go hands-on with the Excite 10 LE and found it to be a pretty solid all around tablet. That's impressive,

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