Daily Dispatch: Google launches short answers on mobile; iPhone 4 to enable advanced augmented reality apps

Consumer Reports News: June 11, 2010 03:52 PM

Combing through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily, Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through the noise to bring you the tech news most important to consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.

Settle trivia debates anytime, anywhere (Google Mobile Blog)

Last month we launched a way to provide short answers to search queries, and it's now available on your iPhone, Palm WebOS or Android-powered device in English. If you’re like us, you may sometimes engage in trivia matches with friends on topics as far ranging as, what continent is Turkey in?, Star Wars release date?, or Augustus’ successor? Now you can settle that debate there and then by searching Google from your mobile;

How iPhone 4 Could Change Augmented Reality (ReadWriteWeb)

The new hardware in the iPhone 4 with its improved camera, faster processor, high resolution display and gyroscopic motion sensing opens up new possibilities for augmented reality applications.

New surgical route to brain: The eyes have it (Futurity)

...“Going through the eyelid offers a simpler, more direct route to the middle and front regions of the brain than traditional skull-based surgery,” says lead investigator Kofi Boahene, assistant professor of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University.

McCain Tweets Snooki, End Nears (tosh.0)

...Let's break this down. Senator John McCain was watching a preview of Jersey Shore and thought, this is the perfect opportunity to give my stance on tanning bed tax. So he logged on to Twitter and responded directly to Snooki with a promise that he would never tax tanning and a pun about The Situation.

Lighter side: Video of Weiner Dog Playing Fetch With Robot Makes a Comeback (urlesque)

A classic YouTube video of a weiner dog playing fetch with a special tennis-ball-launching robot has returned to the spotlight recently.

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