Screen Grabs: Vampire Diaries uses Galaxy Note to scratch out sinister signals

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The residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia are the most tech-savvy bunch of supernatural creatures we’ve ever seen. If Edward Cullen and Bella Swan bothered to email each other, then we’d have been spared the horrors of New Moon. Quite the opposite here, as The Vampire Diaries folks have their fingers close to the undead pulse of gadgets, with one character in last night’s episode refusing to type a text message so they could write out their response with an S-Pen. Fans of the show that keep score should know that it currently stands two to Microsoft, two to Google and the fate of humanity all to play for.


3-Axis Joystick Turns Your Phone’s Camera Into A Joystick

Phones. there just isn’t enough room on them for proper gaming. That must be why we are always looking for better ways to attach joysticks to them. If you put it on your screen, you are blocking some of the action and that’s no good. A research group at Keio University has the answer. The 3-Axis analog joystick is an elastic device that goes over the front facing camera of your smartphone and acts as a joystick.

Netflix Buys Domain

Do you think that DVDs are dead? Sure instant streaming is all the rage, but Netflix apparently believes in the DVDs staying power. Don’t believe me? Just go to and you will be magically whisked away to Netflix. It will take you to the subdomain

Taiwan Slashes HDD Prices

Thank you Supply-and-Demand Economics! We now have an HDD Sale!

Retail channels from Taiwan will slash about 10% at the end of April to adjust inventories and promotes sales. A 3.5 inch 500 GB model went from NT$2,200 (US$75)  to below NT$2,000, according to industry sources.