Remains of the Day: Robots don't need antibacterial hand gel

Our trusty lifelike robot Dan Moren took a long weekend to recharge his batteries. That means I’m once again tasked with recreating his remaindered story algorithm, using only my lowly human brain. I, for one, miss my robot overlord.

Touch-screen devices can harbor flu germs (The Sacramento Bee)

Were you and I also robots, we could use our iPhones, iPads, and other touchscreen devices without fear. Specifically, without fear of getting sick. The Sacramento Bee reports on various studies revealing that finger-friendly iPads, iPhones, Blackberrys, and Droids alike are awash in germs, viruses, and other unpleasantness. One British study cited by the Bee says that cell phones carry 18 times more bacteria than the flush handles in the average men’s room. But let’s wash our hands of this disturbing entry, and remember to always use an iPhone case. That you never let anyone else touch.

White iPhone spotted in New York (Pocket-lint)

Of course, if there's an iPhone you'd really want to touch, the long-awaited, still-unreleased white iPhone 4 would be it. But Pocket Lint spotted a live one in midtown Manhattan. The lucky owner claimed that Apple's Cupertino campus is awash with white iPhone 4s (iPhones 4?), but that the company won't release the devices as-is: the white of the Home button allegedly doesn't match the white of the device’s face closely enough. I guess Steve Jobs and Co. won’t fire until they see the whites of their i’s.

Toys ‘R Us Launches iPod Trade-Up Program (The Mac Observer)

Toys ‘R Us announced on Thursday that customers will be permitted to trade in up to three used iPods toward the purchase of a new one. The iPod exchange will run from October 17 through October 23—the end date also being the birthday of “Weird Al” Yankovic, which we can only assume is no coincidence. The maximum trade-in credit is $100, so caveat iPod trader.

Report: six percent of Americans have made a video call (TUAW)

A Pew Research study finds that 19 percent of Americans have participated in video calls—including 6 percent who’ve placed video calls on their cell phones. We sincerely hope that they immediately washed their hands after hanging up.

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