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  • Sling Readies OS X Client

    Sling Readies OS X Client

    In an interview with the Guardian, Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian announced that a SlingPlayer for OS X would be available within the next week. He also promised that at least one other OS would be available by year’s end as well. Zatz Not Funny writes that Sling Media has posted job openings seeking coders for Symbian and/or Palm (J2Me), which could indicate the other OS that they’re… Read More

  • Zune in Action

    Not sure why we didn’t get this sooner, but this is the vaunted Zune in action. The UI looks pretty hot but remember what they say about eye-candy. I’m actually pretty excited about this, though. When MS does their research, they do a great job on hardware. Zune Video Upclose [MobilityToday] Read More

  • iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    It appears Star Trek is a very popular show. Actor Will Wheaton – who played Jean Luc La Forge on Star Trek: The Voyage Out of Your Parents’ Basement – complained that all of his purchased music disappeared from his iPod after upgrading to iTunes 7.0. Apple quickly called him and helped him out of his jam, but if you’ve never sucked face with a Klingon then I doubt… Read More

  • Toshiba Announcing Second Generation HD DVD Players

    Toshiba’s new players, coming later this year, are going to use HDMI version 1.3, which doubles bandwidth, and support 720p and 1080p playback. The two models, HD-A2 and HD-XA2 will replace their HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players, which have had bugs and other quirks that made sales slower than expected. The HD-XA2 will have the HDMI 1.3, 1080p resolution, and 297MHz/12-bit Video DAX with 4x… Read More

  • Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Has 2-megapixel Video Resolution

    The Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 is the upgraded version of the VX-6000, which ran at a 1.3-megapixel video resolution. Now at 2.0 megapixels, which qualifies as high-definition, the NX-6000 can take 7.6-megapixel stills as well. There’s a 3x optical zoom, and Windows Live Messenger integration, such as pan and tilt control. It will be $100 in November, after which we’ll be seeing loads… Read More

  • Cornell Developing Bacteria Finding "Nano-Napkin"

    Cornell Developing Bacteria Finding "Nano-Napkin"

    Looks like today is nano technology day for me. A research team at Cornell University has announced its work on a “nano-napkin,” which would be able to detect certain bacteria or viruses. The idea sounds simple enough, binding nanofibers to antibodies in an attempt to use the napkain to locate specific bacteria. The example the team gives is of a meat packing plant. “…If… Read More

  • Harvard's Nano Antenna Could Create 3TB CDs

    Harvard's Nano Antenna Could Create 3TB CDs

    A research team over at Harvard University has developed a nano antenna that can be mounted on a regular off-the-shelf laser so that data can be written onto media at a much greater rate. In theory, this would mean that even the soon-to-be-obsolete CD could have over 3TB written onto it. The device is essentially a couple of gold-coated nano rods. When light from the laser hits the rods, it… Read More

  • Apple iPhone Coming at Macworld '07

    ThinkSecret’s sources, the same sources who said the iPhone would not be launched in ’06, said it’s set to make its world debut at Macworld SF in January 2007. Apple was having “significant technological hurdles” earlier this year designing a phone that would innovate on whatever is currently out there. These sources also say that the phone will be one of two or three… Read More

  • Gameloft Presents Lumines Mobile

    Gameloft Presents Lumines Mobile

    Mobile gaming company Gameloft, developer of Paris Hilton’s Diamond Quest, has recently released Lumines Mobile for all who love puzzle games. Lumines was awarded game of the year for the PSP by many video game websites and magainzes, including Gamespot. Being a gamer, I had to try Lumines Mobile out for myself. The mobile version isn’t too different from the PSP version gameplay wise… Read More

  • Bathys Automatic Watches

    Bathys Automatic Watches

    I’m a watch freak so I decided to share this with you all. This is a Bathys Automatic, designed by John Patterson in Kaua’i. This guy is a surfer and wanted to make a watch that could withstand a heavy pounding on some of the island’s amazing beaches. He designed his first watch last year, sold out all of his quartz models, and went to Switzerland to have automatics made. The… Read More

 
  • Delphi SkyFi3 XM Radio Has Removable Storage

    Delphi SkyFi3 XM Radio Has Removable Storage

    Delphi’s stepping up the XM receiver race with their new SkyFi3 model. This model is the first of its kind to include a removable storage solution, in this case a microSD slot. The other pretty nice features on this $200 receiver are a 2.8-inch screen, 30-minute pause and replay, 5-hour rechargeable battery, car kit with remote control, and the ability to tag songs for purchasing later on… Read More

  • Flame Retardant Laptop Sleeves

    Flame Retardant Laptop Sleeves

    Here’s a product that makes sense. This corduroy sleeve from Wrappers not only protects your laptop from injury, it protects you from being injured by your laptop. The sleeve, you see, is fire retardant, which sadly isn’t the same thing as fire proof, but it’s a start. So if your laptop decides to burst into flames while bouncing along in your backpack, it just might prevent you… Read More

  • Race to 2000 Update: 1500

    Race to 2000 Update: 1500

    Remember, friends, only 500 comments stand between you and a black iPod. Read more about the contest here. Read More

  • Inkling: The Invisible Hand Predicts iPods, Other Stuff

    Inkling: The Invisible Hand Predicts iPods, Other Stuff

    is a fantasy stock market that predicts outcomes based on the free market. It works like this: users create questions and potential outcomes (“Will it rain tomorrow?”, “At which major technology conference will Bill Gates shed his human skin and reveal his angelic beauty high above Mount Rainier?”) and other users buy and sell shares based on their belief that a particular… Read More

  • We Leika the Leica Line-Up

    We Leika the Leica Line-Up

    Just had to use a pun this morning. Anyway, Leica is launching four digital cameras this October at Photokina in Cologne and we got a chance to play with them a few weeks ago. We sat on the news until today but we’re happy to report that if you liked the film Leica line, you’ll like these cameras. We begin with the M8, which – if you’ve ever seen Eurotrip or pictures of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Vehicular Collision Edition

    Daily Crunch: Vehicular Collision Edition

    Some of yesterday’s interesting stories: Electrodynamic Bike Light Cuts Down On Batteries Zune is Here CarMD Tells You When Your Car Needs Love Segway Glitch Causes Recalls Toyota Makes Robot Leg That Jumps Read More

  • Fastap: Keypad Revolution

    Fastap: Keypad Revolution

    The 12 button keypad is a 50 year old design that remains on 95% of phones sold today. It serves as a barrier to discovery, access and use of wireless devices and mobile data services. Fastap keypad technology is a new keypad design that simplifies the way users can use their cell phones. The works like this: There are little black buttons that rise up from the keypad for letters or one button… Read More

  • HTC Libra: Quasi-QWERTY Quaint Smartphone

    More news from CTIA. HTC, purveyors of all things Windows Mobile 5, has announced yet another smartphone. This one, called the Libra, is similar to HTC’s familiar sliding-keyboard smartphones (T-Mobile’s MDA, for example), except that it’s closer in size to their candybar-style phones. Indeed, next to the 4:3 screen (320 x 240?) on the face is a regular cellphone-style keypad, T9… Read More

  • Electrodynamic Bike Light Cuts Down On Batteries

    Electrodynamic Bike Light Cuts Down On Batteries

    Hey, look, it’s another product that somebody should have thought of years ago but hasn’t. The Electrodynamic Bike Light is a new set of lights that are charged through electromagnetic induction. So when you’re riding, they’re shining. It’s smart as well as environment-consious. I’m trying desperately to get my bike from Baton Rouge to Chicago, and if I’m… Read More

  • CTIA 2006 Coverage: Phones, Batman and More!

    CTIA 2006 Coverage: Phones, Batman and More!

    After a few long days of meetings and press releases at CTIA Wireless, we decided to wind down at a press party in Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Upon entering the hotel, we found ourselves engulfed in the Batman Begins world. That’s right, Batman stuff. Warner Bros. decided to decorate the hotel with props from the film. So we did we do? Well, we got right down to being geeky and… Read More