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Which way does this battery go? (via Mashable)

Ever been frustrated by devices not working because you put the batteries in the wrong way? Well, the days of making sure the + and – side of your AA batteries are in the right direction are over, thanks to a new technology developed by Microsoft.

InstaLoad is a new battery technology from Microsoft that gives devices power, regardless of how users insert the batteries. It doesn’t matter which side is positive or negative; the device will simply work.

The technology is in the mechanical battery contact design. Each side of the metal contacts in a device have positive and negative points, rather than just a positive or negative point. The technology works with most barrel-type batteries, so your AA, AAA, C and D batteries are all compatible. It also doesn’t matter whether the batteries are rechargeable or not.

Frankly, we can’t figure out why no one invented this tech until now, but we’re glad Microsoft did. They have the reach to really get device manufacturers on board, which will be crucial to InstaLoad’s adoption. Microsoft is also providing a royalty-free license program for devices designed for those with hearing, vision, learning or ot

her disabilities.

All we can say is that we eagerly await InstaLoad devices in our homes. Batteries give us too many headaches already.

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Tweeting or showing off ?

It was last month that I took up a Goliath task that was hanging outside my doorstep, and now I find myself so immersed in the same “task” that others seem mundane to its glory.

Still thinking what is that I’m talking about?

Huh!

Well, it’s the world of “Twitter”, where everyone you ever dreamed of “following”, ( I mean everyone including the hot babe living next door to the handyman of the community to the President of United States himself) could be followed by a simple mouse click.

Considering this fact, I too started following or in my terms “stalking” , people from the Hollywood, Bollywood, Kollywood, and all those other “woods” that the world doesn’t know about (Believe me it’s fun).Moreover, with the 2010 FIFA World Cup going on, Twitter seemed to be a “trending” topic in the webosphere , I thought I lived in. However, I was WRONG.

It’s really hard to believe but Twitter considers itself a “Small Company of about 200 employees”. Considering the fact that it’s a small company and popular in the developed world, Twitter seems to highly unlikely to be the “future of Web”.

And just in order to make myself believe that Tweeting is a much smaller task for the web, I went on to do some research of my own.

Firstly before you people come across some boring Facts and figures of my research, I’d like you people to ask yourself the two things that are listed below……..(and relax, they’re to Rocket Science Questions)

  1. How often, in comparison to other web sites of its “calibre” do we see Twitter Crashing or the “Fail Whale” of Twitter?
  2. How many of your Facebook friends are actually on Twitter?

Trust me people, until you live in some “Developed” nation or a “Hippocratic Third World Society”, Twitter seems to be another “trending” web trend, that’ll die out quite a bit soon.

And here’s the proof for that,

Searchs for "facebook"

The Facebook stats

Searches in Google for "facebook"

The Twitter stats

And, if we look at both of the graphs properly, we see the ultimate result that Twitter is more of a over rated web phenomenon than Facebook, at least in the developing world.

And for the Tech Connected Developed world, Twitter could still be the “Next Big Thing”.