Meet the laser-guided beard trimmer (yes, it is real)
A 65in 4K TV with Ambilight and Dropbox cloud playback? That ain't news. This is news.
Philips has brought the world's first laser-guided beard trimmer to IFA. The Beard Trimmer 9000's pop-out laser casts a red line in perfect level with its cutting elements on to your face so that your Craig David beard will be sharp enough to score glass.
Philips also has an augmented reality beard app to go with it. Isn't it nice that a massive tech company still has a sense of humour?
Philips Beard Trimmer 9000



Here's The First Mention Of Google In The Mainstream Press, From 15 Years Ago

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In honor of Google's 15th Birthday, we scoured the Internet (using Google, of course) to find some of the earliest mentions of the search engine giant in mainstream media. 

It was an interesting experiment. Google is part of our online lives every day today, but 15 years ago, it was an unknown startup.

Scott Rosenberg, co-founder of, was ahead of the curve by a few years (The New York Times didn't run a story on Google until the early aughts), with his piece, aptly titled "Let's Get This Straight, Yes, There Is A Better Search Engine", which Rosenberg wrote in December 1998.

He opens the piece, ranting about, Disney's failed attempt at joining the search portal directory in the late-90s, which now redirects to a Disney homepage.

"Just what the world needs: another Web site that unites directory listings, news, weather, stock quotes, movie reviews, free e-mail, shopping and other online functions on one ugly-as-sin Web page," Rosenberg writes.

His tone changes when he talks about Google, however, a sign that he knew something special was afoot.

When you conduct a general search on a broad term like, say, “President Clinton,” you never know whether you’ll actually find the White House Web site — or some homely page chronicling an eighth-grade class trip to D.C...This is an everyday problem familiar to anyone who uses search engines regularly. So here’s some good news for us: a Silicon Valley start-up company with the unlikely name of is showing the way.

Rosenberg knew something special was coming. And he was right. Google's initial success came from the fact that it could do Web searches better than the competition. It wasn't the first search engine, but it was by far the most useful.

You can read the entire Salon piece here.

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Rockstar explains male-only protagonist roster for Grand Theft Auto V

Cofounder Dan Houser says "the concept of being masculine was so key to this story"; open-world game will span 100 hours.


Rockstar Games cofounder Dan Houser has offered some insight into why none of Grand Theft Auto V's three playable protagonists are female. In an interview with The Guardian, Houser said the decision came down to narrative design.

"The concept of being masculine was so key to this story," Houser said.

GTAV's three playable protagonists are Trevor, Michael, and Franklin. The game's online component, GTA Online, will allow players to create a female character. This game mode will launch on October 1 as a free update to the game.

Also in the interview, Houser said GTAV boasts more than 100 hours of gameplay and that Rockstar Games spent 100 days in Los Angeles conducting "research trips" for the game.

"Out and about, all night long with weird people, strange cops showing us around, a lot of first-hand research," Houser said. "We spoke to FBI agents that have been undercover, experts in the Mafia, street gangsters who know the slang--we even went to see a proper prison. These poor buggers in the middle of the salt flat desert, miles away. It was eye-openingly depressing."

GTAV launches in eight days on September 17 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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