Brain training games don’t train your brain

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new study has shown that brain training games do little to exercise the grey matter.

Millions of people who have been prodding away at their Nintendo DS portable consoles, smug in the knowledge that they are giving their brains a proper work-out, might have to rethink how they are going to stop the contents of their skulls turning into mush.

The experiment, saw more than 11,000 people using the games for six weeks as part of the broadcaster’s annoyingly upbeat science slot Bang Goes the Theory.

The participants were subjected to a barrage of cognitive test before and after the experiment but the study found that they showed no improvement when compared to a control group which just buggered about on the Internet.

Clive Ballard, director of Alzheimer’s Society, told the BBC, “This evidence could change the way we look at brain training games and shows staying active, by taking a walk for example, is a better use of our time.”

Adobe Ditching Flash for the iPhone

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Adobe is no longer investing in iPhone-based Flash development, Adobe principal product manager Mike Chambers wrote in a Tuesday blog post.

The move comes after Apple put out new draft of its iPhone developer program license, which banned private APIs and required apps to be written in Objective-C, C, C , or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine.

“Essentially, this has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5,” Chamber wrote. “While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5.”

Adobe will still provide the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5, but the company is “not currently planning any additional investments in that feature,” he said.

Man accused of listing kids on Craigslist says it was a joke

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Brockport man accused of trying to sell his kids on Craigslist, told state police that the ad was a joke.

State Police Investigator Bryan Blum said Joshua A. Stagnitto, 24, of 29 Main St., Apt. 1, was charged with one count of third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, after a report was made to Monroe County Child Protective Services advising them of the posting on the online marketplace.

The posting indicated a person was selling their children. Police said an investigation revealed Stagnitto was the source of the posting.

Blum said Stagnitto was accused of attempting to sell his two sons – ages 1 and 2.

Google Dashes Hopes of Free iPhone Turn-by-Turn GPS

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has denied the latest rumors that the search giant will bring free turn-by-turn GPS navigation on the Apple iPhone, although the features could come in the future to other (unspecified) mobile platforms.

Reports surfaced on Thursday quoting a Google executive speaking about plans to bring free turn-by-turn navigation to other mobile platforms, including the iPhone, during a London press conference launching Maps Navigation for Android phones in the U.K..

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