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Friday: April 9, 2010

Always wondered what America's top fifty franchises are? Wonder no more.Always wondered what America's top fifty franchises are? Wonder no more.

Wow, look at all those orange slices. If you're thinking that McDonald's is the top American franchise, your close - but try again. I'll give you a hint: their best-selling product rhymes with Shmurpee.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:39 AM | Tags (10) | america | auto | beverage | fifty | food | franchises | hospitality | services | slurpee | top |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 45 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 30, 2010

Thirteen small things to simplify your work day.Thirteen small things to simplify your work day.

Some top Google executives just do 5-minute meetings — anyone who attends these meetings had better be prepared, and concise. If you can get out of meetings and just get the notes, or find an alternative way to communicate, it could save you hours per week.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 5:52 AM | Tags (12) | automate | breaks | breathing | day | distractions | lists | simplify | tips | tricks | work | zenhabits | meetings |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 52 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 18, 2010

Disgruntled employee disables hundreds of cars from the comfort of his PC.Disgruntled employee disables hundreds of cars from the comfort of his PC.

I wouldn't call this so much of a 'hack' (or hacker according to Wired) but rather a disgruntled employee who happened to know his way around a most-likely poorl y designed online security system. If you put functionality like this online without proper security this is just an accident waiting to happen.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:37 AM | Tags (8) | auto | bricked | cars | disgruntled | hacker | systems | texas | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Eleven of the world's craziest roads for you to gawk at.Eleven of the world's craziest roads for you to gawk at.

Enjoy this collection of wild and in most cases ridiculously dangerous modes of travel. Maybe it's because I usually have video games on the brain but after seeing these pictures I really want to go play some Mario Kart.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 2:36 PM | Tags (11) | autos | cars | design | leisure | roads | scary | strange | travel | turns | twisty | windy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 178 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 8, 2010

Think you could still pass your driving test? Find out with this online quiz.Think you could still pass your driving test? Find out with this online quiz.

See well you fare when it comes to right of ways and school zone speed limits. A good refresh course for those of you who may have forgotten some of this information over time. Present company included.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 6:38 AM | Tags (7) | auto | dmv | driver | online | quiz | test | vehicle |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 36 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 5, 2010

YouTube now has captioning for millions of videos thanks to new technology.YouTube now has captioning for millions of videos thanks to new technology.

So how did they do it? Each video now uses speech recognition technology to pick up potential spoken words from the audio track. It not may be a perfect solution but it's a great start. The technology only works on videos that contain English audio at present time.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 6:40 AM | Tags (7) | youtube | captions | auto | technology | impaired | videos | interwebs |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: January 7, 2010

You'll soon be able to tweet from your automobile thanks to the Ford Sync system.You'll soon be able to tweet from your automobile thanks to the Ford Sync system.

Yet another way that technology is going to make the roads safer. As if cell phones, smart phones, app phones, GPS, XM weren't enough to distract from you from you know, actually driving.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 6:39 AM | Tags (8) | autos | capability | cars | ford | microsoft | sync | technology | twitter |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 28, 2009

Ford would like to turn your automobile into a wifi hotspot on the highway.Ford would like to turn your automobile into a wifi hotspot on the highway.

Great, so now you wardrive for wifi by actually wardriving for wifi. 'Quick, follow that blue car, they've got a good signal!' Something about this whole thing tells me that all roads will be a little less safer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 6:32 AM | Tags (9) | technology | ford | sync | wifi | automobile | car | hotspot | internet | mobile |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 7, 2009

Eleven of the most embarrassing songs of the 2000s.Eleven of the most embarrassing songs of the 2000s.

...it might as well be the most successful single (it hit #1 in May '07) by the guy who made himself a multi-millionaire by taking his questionable singing voice and using auto-tune to transform himself into a pitch-perfect robot.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 2:41 PM | Tags (9) | songs | embarrassing | 2000 | 11points | funny | robot | autotune | iphone | millionaire |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 84 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: October 29, 2009

Your genes may be the reason as to why you're a bad driver.Your genes may be the reason as to why you're a bad driver.

To their surprise, they found that those with the mutant gene did worse, consistently. The gene controls a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which affects memory.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 5:09 PM | Tags (10) | study | dna | sequences | genes | science | abcnews | driving | abilities | automobiles | cars |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 28, 2009

Google pulls the curtain back on GPS system for Android 2.0 devices.Google pulls the curtain back on GPS system for Android 2.0 devices.

This bit of Google software might be just the reason why Apple decided to recently acquire their own little map company. Also, this can't be good news for the folks over at TomTom.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 3:34 PM | Tags (12) | android | automatic | directions | google | gps | guidance | mobile | navigation | routing | tomtom | turns | voice |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: October 26, 2009

Seven weird and wonderful vehicles from this year's Tokyo auto show.Seven weird and wonderful vehicles from this year's Tokyo auto show.

Hey look at that, whitewall tires might be making a comeback. Also, with that bubble top doesn't this look a little bit like the concept car Homer Simpson once tried to build?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 7:39 AM | Tags (10) | werid | strange | wonderful | vehicles | concepts | tokyo | auto | show | automobile | freep |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: October 19, 2009

Some vanity license plates may not compute very well with transit authorities.Some vanity license plates may not compute very well with transit authorities.

Officials usually put seven X's in place of the number for cars without license plates. Roberson says the mix-up has led him to get as many as 10 tickets in a day.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 8:08 AM | Tags (12) | auto | cars | error | geeky | glitch | license | math | nerdy | plate | vanity | transit | default |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 46 Clicks | Posted by Vin


A gellery of ten cars that were ahead of their time.A gellery of ten cars that were ahead of their time.

...featured several industry firsts, including seat belts, a third headlight that turned with the wheels, a perimeter frame with integrated roll-bar crash protection and a hemispherical combustion engine. It also was remarkably aerodynamic.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 7:58 AM | Tags (7) | autos | cars | gallery | photos | time | tucker | wired |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 50 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: October 5, 2009

Nissan finds that emulating fish helps robotic cars avoid crashes.Nissan finds that emulating fish helps robotic cars avoid crashes.

The automaker studied how large schools of fish can move without colliding. It says Eporo imitates three rules of fish movement: avoiding crashes, traveling side by side, and keeping close to other members of the school.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:39 AM | Tags (8) | nissan | crashes | robots | robotics | fish | study | cars | autos |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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