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Humanoid Robot Helps Customers in Tokyo Department Store

Uncanny valley, anyone?

Toshiba Corp. has unveiled their humanoid robot in an upscale department store in Tokyo to provide audio guidance to customers.

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Toshiba Has a Copy Machine That Erases Its Copies

In our digital age, the printed word has a powerful sense of permanence -- even the humble copied page. However, Toshiba's new copy-scanner-eraser device challenges that very notion by using a special toner that disappears when quickly heated. The result is a copy machine that can erase what it copies -- and even render the ink from certain erasable pens invisible as well. Our world might never be the same.

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Snoop Dogg Vows to Fight Cybercrime with Rap Contest

Not an Onion headline: Hack Is Wack is a Norton-sponsored, Snoop Dogg-approved competition wherein contestants submit an "anti-cybercrime rap video" two minutes in length or shorter. "Entries can rap about topics including hacking, identity theft, computer viruses, and why it's important to protect yourself from online crime," and the winner gets tickets to a Snoop Dogg concert, round trip airfare for two to LA, lots of face time with Snoop's management, and a Norton-packed Toshiba laptop.

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Toshiba Will Make an 8-Bit Man Out of You [Video]

This neat short film, titled "8-Bit Gary" and directed by Mortar Inc.'s Docter Twins, is ostensibly about the DVD upconversion capabilities of Toshiba laptops, but we know the truth: Really, it just makes you wish that the "8-bitinator" was real. Thanks to the vaguely Capsule Corp.-looking device, a guy named Gary is converted into a pixellated, bleep- and bloop-emitting avatar and then 'upconverted' back into a musclebound hunk. Hilarity ensues.

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