• For One Non-Gmail User, Everything's Just Peachy

    For One Non-Gmail User, Everything's Just Peachy

    A month or so ago, I wrote about how Google's apparent willingness to secretly hand over user data to the feds had made me rethink my obsession with cloud storage. Not - natch - because I have anything in particular to hide from Uncle Sam, but rather because if I’m going to have my data subpoenaed, I’d rather know about it so I can write blog posts and make self-promotional hay about it. I… Read More

  • T-Mobile To Pull The Plug On Sidekicks May 31st

    T-Mobile To Pull The Plug On Sidekicks May 31st

    The Sidekick is dead. Long live the Sidekick. Read More

  • For 40,000 Gmail Users, Google Has To Leave The Cloud To Review The Tapes

    For 40,000 Gmail Users, Google Has To Leave The Cloud To Review The Tapes

    Yesterday, the tips started flowing in. "Google has deleted all my email." "Check Twitter, massive Gmail failure." "Gmail just melted down." Users were freaking out. And that's understandable. Many were apparently opening up Gmail to find that all of their emails had vanished. Had it happened to me, I would have been on Twitter swearing at the top of my digital lungs and promising to do something… Read More

  • Breakdown Reveals Xoom Cost To Build: $278

    Breakdown Reveals Xoom Cost To Build: $278

    Motorola's Xoom, the first Android 3.0 tablet to get into consumer hands (if you don't count hacked Nook Colors), has a total cost of about $278, according to UBM TechInsights and iSuppli. That's $33 more than the iPad's cost-to-build estimate. On the consumer pricing front, an iPad with 3G and 32GB of storage costs $729, while the Xoom is $799. Motorola is, of course, going to have to defend the… Read More

  • New York Startup Scene

    WITN: New York State of the Tech Industry [TCTV]

    This week, Sarah is in New York doing various book-related things - but WITN is all about life outside the valley so she dialled in via Skype to give us an update in what's happening on the East coast. Spoiler alert: NY is still no Silicon Valley, but it's increasingly proving that it doesn't have to be. We also discussed whether New York's status as a multi-industry town is a pro or a con when… Read More

  • Intel Announces New Solid-State Drives

    Intel Announces New Solid-State Drives

    Today, Intel announced a new line of solid-state drives: the Intel SSD 510 Series. The new drives operate over 6Gbps SATA to take advantage of Intel’s new higher speed SATA bus interface (like the new MBPs). Speeds are now up to 500MB per second and 315MB per second for reading and writing respectively. That’s a pretty serious upgrade from just a year ago. The two drives available now… Read More

  • Bump Founder Talks Rapid Growth, Push Notifications

    Bump Founder Talks Rapid Growth, Push Notifications

    The two-year trajectory of Bump Technologies, the designers of the app that makes it easy to swap contact information, music, and other data between mobile devices, is a somewhat interesting case study in the evolution of early-stage app startups. Speaking from the DEMO Conference today in Palm Springs, Founder Jake Mintz told the audience that Bump started as a "nights and weekends project"… Read More

  • Tobii Technology Unveils Eye Tracking Laptop, A World First

    Tobii Technology Unveils Eye Tracking Laptop, A World First

    A new technology that we've been hearing about for a few year finally is getting unveiled today at CeBIT in Germany. Tobii Technology has partnered up with Lenovo to create a laptop with integrated eye tracking control. It is said that it will add to the functionality of a keyboard and mouse, rather than killing them. Read More

  • Child Of Eden Almost Had A Vibro-Belt Accessory

    Child Of Eden Almost Had A Vibro-Belt Accessory

    You might remember quite a few years back when the Sega "Trance Vibrator" for Rez made a stir by essentially being... a vibrator. Yeah. So they're doing that again with Child Of Eden, Rez's spiritual successor for Kinect, though a separate vibrating accessory probably isn't going to happen. The game is shaping up nicely, though. Read More

  • What Makes @ACarvin Tweet? (TCTV)

    The recent compounded protests and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa have had the unintended side effect of highlighting information nodes/elites like @Ghonim and @Sultanalqassemi, people who electively become human routers of related information on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. NPR's Senior Strategist Andy Carvin has been one of the most prominent Western… Read More