Google to end trips to the meter cupboard

Google says a tool it designed for householders to measure their electricity use is so successful that utility companies around the world have signed up to extend it across their customer base. The technology, Google Power Meter, only works in homes with a ‘smart’ meter, an electronic device which measures power consumption in more detail […]

Geeky Pics: Geeky License Plates [Pictures]

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Spotting silly vanity license plates is always a fun activity, especially double-innuendo or borderline-obscene ones. But some of the best still come from those who show their geek pride on their bumpers. Kudos to the clever Flickr photographers who make a hobby of spotting geeky license plates! And of […]

Europe calls for glitch-free game guarantees

Proposed European guidelines could mean an end to the misery of bug-filled video games. But manufacturers say the rules would be unworkable and could even limit how many games are developed. The European Commission, the administrative arm of the European Union, says games should lose their current exemption from quality guarantee laws. As things stand, […]

Wolfram|Alpha: truly amazing, but no Google slayer yet

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] Today marks the official launch date of Wolfram|Alpha, a “computational knowledge engine” from Wolfram Research.  The stated goal of Wolfram|Alpha is “to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone.”  Simplistically, you ask it a question and it gives you the answer – along with a […]

Duke Nukem buyer could get biggest ever refund

The firm which financed the epically-delayed and recently abandoned Duke Nukem Forever is suing to get some of its cash back. 3D Realms closed earlier this month after financial difficulties, putting an end to a saga of delays to the game on which production work first began in 1997. At the time of 3D Realms’ […]

Tony Hawk games get more realistic

Got your NES gun? Got your Wii Fit board? Got your Rock Band drum set? Well get this… Activision has announced the next game in its skateboarding series, Tony Hawk Rides, complete with a plug-in skateboard peripheral. It’s tilt sensitive and includes a series of buttons on the side, though the way these will be […]

Google Street View takes wrong turn in Japan and Greece

Google has continued to experience international incidents as it attempts to take its Street View feature worldwide. It’s been forced to start again from scratch in Japan, while Greece has put a freeze on the firm shooting any more images. Staff collecting images in Japan will ditch the work they’ve already done after complaints that […]

Craigslist hooker services getting less erotic

Craigslist has reportedly agreed to close its controversial ‘erotic services’ category, seen by many as a front for solicitation by prostitutes. It will be replaced by an adult services category where ads will be reviewed by site staff. It’s the latest step in a long-running saga in which state attorneys general have pressured the site […]