Friday, December 16, 2011

Pre-caffeine: iPhone apps, Etsy exobiology!

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By Helen A.S. Popkin

Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning. Here's everything that you need to know before taking that first sip of coffee today: a

The government's proposal to ban drivers from using cellphones in any way — even with hands-free help — is dividing police and lawmakers alike, who agree on one thing: Any such ban would likely be hard to enforce.a

Meanwhile, a conservative Florida organization's opposition to the reality show "All-American Muslim" has stirred up a storm of controversy that's got Lowe's, a Muslim rights group, travelwebsite Kayak, actor Kal Penn and the hacktivist group Anonymous all choosing sides.a

Come the revolution, the proletariat will no doubt want to get a move on rounding up not only the politicians and corporate fat cats responsible for the U.S. economic decline, but Hollywood's aristocracy as well. Gwyneth Paltrow has a new iPhone app that can help!a

In other iPhone news, a map meant to provide driver's education to students around the country has been pulled by Apple from the App Store after a campaign by the U.S. senator and the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License.a

Today, Verizon Wireless will (finally) offer the Samsung Galaxy Nexus — the first Google phone with Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich.a

Google just announced a series of new features and they all center around Hangouts.a

A new service, available for developers now, and scheduled for public launch in early 2012, lets website developers put turn-by-turn controls into their pages for free, including "full-color moving maps, audio directions and even automatic rerouting, if the driver misses a turn."a

Here's how the military could spy anywhere on earth.a

Here's how Amazon's Kindle could spy on you.a

In closing: A collection of Etsy products inspired by exobiology ... because Science is awesome!a

— compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin, who invites you to join her on Twitter and/or Facebook. Also, Google+. a

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