The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Free SMS

    In the spirit of AllCallsForFree or whatever that latest Iowa free international number is, TXTDrop is offering free SMS calls. No catch, just a little added tag at the end of the message advertising the service. There’s even an OS X widget and the mandatory Web 2.0 logo. Give it a go — while its still free. Web Page Read More

  • Wiiminder, Tabbed Browsing For The Wii

    The internet channel on the Wii always leaves me wanting more. Who browses the web with multiple windows open or from one site to another? That is so 2004! That’s where Wiiminder comes in and makes your porn web browsing somewhat enjoyable. Wiiminder Read More

  • 419 Scammers Find the Parrot is Deceased

    I’m not sure how many folks are falling for 419 scams anymore — there are plenty of other scams out there that are working considerably better right now — but one scambaiter got his scammers to act out the Dead Parrot sketch. Quite funny. 419 scammers tricked into re-creating Dead Parrot Sketch [BoingBoing] Read More

  • Palm on the Block, Nokia In the Running

    Like the late, great Compaq, Palm looks like it’s going to be subsumed by a bigger company in the next few days. Rumors abound regarding a possible purchase by Nokia, although Motorola is also in the running. What does that mean for us? Probably Symbian-based Treo-esque devices or, heaven forefend, Windows Mobile or Palm devices coming out of the Finnish giant. The only real precedent… Read More

  • 3X DVD Launched: Kinda HD, But Not

    3X DVD is a red-laser DVD standard that works on HD DVD players but uses standard DVD discs rather than the more expensive HD DVD disks. The discs, which are now available, offer AACS copy protection but transcode video to VC-1 or AVC and lower the resolution to 720p, not bad, but definitely not great. This sounds sort of like the VCD standard — popular with pirates but not with anyone else. Read More

  • Viacom Gets Joost Up

    You may remember that last week, Viacom demanded that YouTube pull 100,000 copyrighted videos own that belonged to the media giant. Turns out, it wasn’t just because some guy uploaded an old Hall & Oates video, rather Viacom has decided to go with Joost instead. That’s right: Joost users will be able to enjoy programming from networks like MTV, Comedy Central, and… Read More

  • Gamers Make Better Surgeons

    A study appearing in the Archives of Surgery has found a strong correlation between gaming skills and strong surgical skills. Surprise, surprise. After looking at 33 doctors at the Beth Israel Medical Center, the study’s authors discovered that those who played video games did better at 36-hour surgical skills test. They also proposed that video games are a great way to train brain… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Knight Rider Patent by Subaru

    . Last week, Fuji Industrial/Subaru, received the latest patent for an automatically controlled, GPS guided car. Subaru is joined most notably by Volkswagen in this field, and we take a quick look at autonomous vehicles on the news of Stanford’s formal statement that they are in for this year’s DARPA Grand Challenge. Read More

  • A Quick Call for Help

    I’m running a marathon in June. I’m taking part in Team in Training, a part of the the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and they offer training and support during the ordeal/sporting event to volunteers who agree to raise money for them. They’re also flying me out to the marathon site, in San Diego, and will probably transport my body back to Brooklyn when I cross the finish… Read More

  • LG Shine 2.0, Now With 3.5G HSDPA

    The Shine has yet to launch in the US, but LG is already in the works on the next generation of the popular phone. The KU970, as it’s being dubbed for now, won’t get an exterior makeover, but we will still see some new features under the hood. My Czech is a bit rusty, but it seems the Shine 2.0 will have 3.5G HSDPA, a VGA camera for teleconferencing and who knows what else. Can… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Self-Image Edition

    Windows Vista: 75% of Reviews Mention OS X
    Laser Comb: FDA-Approved. Snake Oil?
    Delete Erase, Low Tech—Way Cool
    This Toaster Is So Metal, It Has A Skull AND Crossbones
    Cellular Plant Communicator
    The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Read More

  • FastMac Releases Bluetooth Upgrade For Mac Pro Users

    The crew from FastMac continues to churn out great products for Mac users. They’re following up the launch of their extended life batteries for Macbooks with the release of a plug-n-play Bluetooth card for the Mac Pro. The card connects directly onto the logic board with no hassles and no worries. We all know the Mac Pro hits the wallet pretty hard and FastMac just wants to cut you a break. Read More

  • Advanced "Shotgunator" Theory Could Unify Booze, Chicks

    In the ever evolving scientific pursuit of getting hot girls trashed as quickly as possible, the scienticians at the Institute of Alcohology have developed a converged device that is meant explicitly as a means of rapid imbibition that could signify a quantum leap in modern drunkeness. While the theory of “shotgunning” a beer has been around since Einstein first published his… Read More

  • Windows Vista: 75% of Reviews Mention OS X

    You don’t need us to tell you that large portions of Windows Vista are carbon copies of Apple’s OS X. You don’t even need CNN to tell you. No, you know already, and so does everyone else. In a recent survey of reviews of Windows Vista, Infinite Loop discovered that 75% of them referenced OS X. If that’s not telling, we’re not sure what is. Ironically, playing… Read More

  • Study: 2007 to Bring Broadband to 50% of All US Homes

    You probably have broadband Internet access at home, and as it turns out, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a Consultancy Park study, half of all American households have broadband, explaining the popularity of YouTube and other bandwidth-heavy Internet content. It’s a small wonder that the likes of dial-up will soon be nothing but memories. While it’s great that you… Read More

  • The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge

    Tomorrow is Mardi Gras and I’m preparing to drink myself into sweet oblivion. Before I go, however, I must take a moment to tell you about our exciting new contest, The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. It’s a contest of epic proportions. Read More

  • Helio's New Samsung Brings the Sexy

    , right down to hidden touch-sensitive keys on the front. The phone is minimalist and aimed at the fashion conscious, and features a 1.3-Megapixel cam and EV-DO to take advantage of that hot unlimited data action you get with Helio. Chances are it’ll get a fancy name, like the Ghost or Stuart or something, and will probably be in the $150 price range when it hits later this… Read More

  • Samsung u620 Sees Light Of Day

    Verizon’s Testman webpage has given us a glimpse of the forthcoming Samsung SCH-u620. Verizon’s Mobile TV will finally be set free, and the u620 will be the first device to showcase it. All other features are pretty ho-hum, nothing to get excited about. But it will have V Cast Music, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD slot and EVDO. Pricing is set at $149.99 with a two… Read More

  • Laser Comb: FDA-Approved. Snake Oil?

    I am 30 years old, and I am losing my hair. It’s an uncomfortable fact, but one that nearly half of American men, and Britney, face at some point. Science has yet been unable to stop the slow retreat of our follicles, but that doesn’t mean it can’t slow it down. Or at least try. The laser comb is a $545 battery-powered device that zaps your scalp with a Flash Gordon-style… Read More

  • Breaking: XM And Sirius Merge

    ABC News is reporting that XM and Sirius are merging and are almost complete. The actual merge is expected today with a press conference expected later in the afternoon. Earlier, there were some rumors that XM and Sirius wanted to merge but wouldn’t be able to due to the FCC. Though the FCC will be giving both companies a hassle, they should be able to work it out in one way or… Read More