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I'm a certified germaphobe. In clinical terms, that makes me one of the 3.3 million Americans who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Being at an event like SXSW where about 33,000 of my fellow digital comrades are coexisting in very public spaces, I'm always worried about keeping myself an...

March 18th 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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You know why he's so happy? Because he's Japanese, and being Japanese is awesome. Trains run on time, robots do the work, and you get to wear kitty-faced masks with a USB- or battery-powered fan to circulate the atmosphere in front of your air holes... and nobody cares. ¥1,980 (about $24), or &...

February 3rd 2011 at 4:24am 0 Comments
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TUAW is giving away a gaggle of ghoulishly good gadgets over the next few days. Be sure to come back every day between now and October 31st for a chance to win. The good part of the giveaways? You don't need to wear a costume to win 'em. With the surprisingly active adoption of the iPad in the hea...

October 30th 2010 at 12:00am 0 Comments
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During the winter months in most of the world, you can see pump bottles of antibacterial gel scattered around most businesses as workers and visitors try to keep their hands free of pathogens. Now, a spate of suspiciously similar news items today are warning that the glass screens on iPhones, iPads,...

October 15th 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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If you have even the slightest inclination towards Mysophobia then please, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. A Stanford University study found that if you put a virus on a touchscreen surface then about 30 percent of it will make the jump to the fingertips of anyone who touches it. From the...

October 15th 2010 at 5:53am 0 Comments
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We hate to go all Howard Hughes on you guys, but we must admit: This touch-screen equipped arcade version of Cooking Mama fills every bone in our body with germophobic discomfort. That can partially be attributed to the fact that we've seen our fair share of filthy hands attached to the wrists of a...

November 20th 2009 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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Well, it seems cells are bad for our health once again but this time the culprit is bacteria, not risk of cancer. Considering that our handsets travel everywhere we do and get dumped and used in some pretty gross spots, it really isn't a big surprise that they are filthy. Charles Gerba of the Univer...

July 17th 2007 at 9:09pm 0 Comments
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The humble microwave: source of hot cups of water, stinky popcorn, and now, apparently, sterile kitchen sponges. A Reuters article recently reported that microwaves are great tools to sterilize bacteria-laden kitchen sponges -- but unfortunately for the not-so-sharp, it turns out that Reuters didn't...

January 29th 2007 at 3:27am 0 Comments