With the news that Telstra's about to start selling the iPad 2, this was pretty inevitable; Telstra's formally killed off the T-Touch Tab. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Telstra's made the decision to axe its rebranded cheap Huawei tablet — not really a solid choice for most Gizmodo readers as Nick noted almost exactly a year ago — although apparently it had sold tens of thousands of them. [SMH]
RIP: Telstra T-Touch Tab
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Today is Hobbit Day — the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved heroes, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I also happen to be a few months away from celebrating my own Hobbit Birthday, 33 and a third years young. So I foolishly thought, "I’ve avoided watching Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies until now. Maybe it’s time I gave them a chance." Nine hours later, I feel as though I’ve aged another 33 and a third years. I’m older but none the wiser, doomed to wander the depths of Middle-earth full of sorrow, regret and troll spit chilli. Why did nobody warn me?
When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extroverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species — specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal can be. The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were "unbelievable."