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Tanked Episode 227 for Wed Nov. 21, 2012

Tech in your Bottle Cap
UK booze brand Strongbow has designed what it's touting as the world's first digital bottle cap that doubles as a rudimentary remote. Using RFID technology, the StartCap can do everything from turning off the lights to powering up your stereo when you crack open a cold one.
When the bottle cap is removed a hidden, and presumably shielded, RFID tag is exposed. The signal is detected and recognized by a reader, and since the RFID tags are all unique, its signature can be then used to trigger a specific action. So the bottle's capabilities are still pretty much dependent on a nearby computer, but the potential is endless. Every time you open a bottle it could automatically put your home theater into sports mode. Or simply draw the curtains and close the blinds so your neighbors can't see you drinking at 9:30 in the morning. [StartCap via PopSop via Newlaunches]

Amazon Sells Wine
Books, Gadgets, now Wine! Amazon has extended its inventory to now include wine. Inc. said Thursday that it will ship wine to 12 states and Washington DC from its new storefront. The world’s largest online retailer says shipping up to six bottles will cost $10. They will be offering around 1,000 different wines ranging $10 to $100.
Amazon is not the first to offer wine online, but has joined as an online wine provider.

Drunken Marriage
Garofalo, better known today for her hard-left diatribes than her entertainment career, got married roughly 20 years ago during a drunken Las Vegas gag.
Only she had no recollection that the marriage was the real deal until this month.

She explained at a New York Comedy Festival reunion for “The Ben Stiller Show” that she married a writer on the series — Rob Cohen, who went on to produce “The Big Bang Theory” — in Las Vegas as a joke in the 1990s, and didn’t realize the nuptials had stuck.

“Rob and I got married, for real, which we had to have a notary dissolve not 30 minutes before we got here tonight,” Garofalo said. “We were married for 20 years until this evening.”

She added, “We got married drunk in Vegas . . . We dated for a year, and we got married at a drive-through chapel in a cab. [We thought] you have to go down to the courthouse and sign papers and stuff, so who knew? We were married, and apparently now that [Rob] is getting married for real, his lawyer dug up something.”


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New XBOX details leaked
Xbox World magazine has broken details on the next Xbox, which is presumably set to debut at next year's E3. The print outfit's cover story (their last) has unsurprisingly been scalped by the Internet, and there are specs, details, and mockups for the next Xbox, codenamed: Durango.
Xbox World says that the next Xbox, which is likely to be dubbed only "Xbox," has a quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM. RAM-wise, the next Xbox could then be on par with or half of what the PlayStation 4 offers.
Beyond specs, the device will ship with Kinect 2.0 and augmented reality capability that will supposedly be driven by a pair of glasses — think Google Glass. Blu-ray support is supposedly a lock as well. With capabilities like those, it appears that Nintendo has arrived to the HD party just in time to be leap-frogged in power by its rivals.
The headline photo is a mockup made by Xbox World based on what their sources have been saying. The mockup very carefully cribs details from Microsoft's Surface and few of their accessories.



This week Ric is out so Wendy from Chicago sent us some movie news this week

 Independence Day 3D no longer set for 2013
Everyone on the planet has been talking about Star Wars ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced that they were developing a new trilogy of films, but those aren't the only titles in the franchise arriving soon in a theater near you. Following the release of Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace earlier this year, 20th Century Fox is still in the process of rolling out the prequels in 3D and plan to double dip next year. Episode II Attack of the Clones 3D is still scheduled for September 20, 2013 but now they've changed up their schedule a bit for the third movie.

According to Box Office Mojo, Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is now going to be released on October 4, 2013, a week earlier than its original date. The move puts the sci-fi epic up against the new Vince Vaughn comedy The Delivery Man (formerly known as Starbuck), Robert Rodriguez's long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and the thriller Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.

But good news for one 3D conversion seems to be bad for another. BOM is also saying that Fox has removed the special re-release of Roland Emmerich's alien invasion action movie Independence Day from their schedule. The film was originally supposed to have a big summer event arrival, set to come out the day before the holiday - July 3 - next year on its 17th anniversary, but now it's listed simply as "TBD." There is no explanation given for the change.

Marvel Phase One Box Set Blu-Ray Will Include New Footage From Upcoming Movies
                  It's taken a lot longer than anybody would have expected, but the full Marvel: Phase One box set will eventually be making its way to fans, featuring every Marvel film leading up to The Avengers (plus The Avengers itself) and a promised boatload of new extras and Easter Eggs to make it worth the $219 price tag. The box set was delayed from its planned September release thanks to a lawsuit from the company that manufactures the briefcase used in the design of the box set, but with the suit settled-- and a new briefcase design in place-- the box set is finally coming out April 2 next year.

Even more compelling for fans in the $219 set is a chance to look ahead to Marvel’s Phase Two, which starts in May with Iron Man 3 and includes Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and, of course, The Avengers 2.

Weekend Box Office numbers
Twilight Breaking Dawn part 2 $141,067,634
Skyfall                                   $41,104,513
Lincoln                                   $21,049,406
Wreck-It-Ralph                       $18,582,937



NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery "for the history books," but we'll have to wait a few weeks to find out what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest.
The discovery was made by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, NPR reported Tuesday. SAM is the rover's onboard chemistry lab, and it's capable of identifying organic compounds — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it.
SAM apparently spotted something interesting in a soil sample Curiosity's huge robotic arm delivered to the instrument recently.
What we do know is that the data comes from a soil sample analyzed by the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, an on-board lab known as SAM, so if the data holds up to further testing it appears possible, and perhaps likely, that it is a discovery of an element on Mars previously thought not to exist on the Red Planet.
The rover team won't be ready to announce just what SAM found for several weeks yet, NPR reported. The scientists want to check and double-check the results, to make sure they're for real. What element could have been discovered?

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