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  • LG Philips Creates Ultra Thin LCD

    LG Philips Creates Ultra Thin LCD

    Are you read for the new hotness. LG Philips has unveiled a new LCD-TFT display that sort of redefines thin. It measures just 1.3-millimeters thick with no image degradation. There haven’t been any orders for it yet, but that doesn’t mean anything. Expect to see these in cell phones everywhere in 2007.

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  • No PSP Price Cut In Sight

    No PSP Price Cut In Sight

    Sony today announced that it had no plans to drop the price of the PSP in the final months of 2006. It’s almost as if Sony is using its high prices as a selling point. Like, “Our stuff costs more, so it’s clearly better.” It is of note to consider though that the available games on the PSP is expanding rapidly and with the PS3 dropping soon, those who own both the PS3… Read More

  • Starbucks Beds iTunes, Births Unholy Three Headed Beastie

    Starbucks Beds iTunes, Births Unholy Three Headed Beastie

    So I’m sitting in Chicago right now. Gavin’s web connection is worthless, so I’ve been planted in a Starbucks all day, listening to the most horrendous music ever (except for right now they happen to be playing The Decemberists, which is the first good song they’ve played in six hours). Anyway, I’m sure many people come into Starbucks and think to themselves… Read More

  • Apple Hiring iMarketing iManager for iPhone iTunes

    Apple Hiring iMarketing iManager for iPhone iTunes

    Apple has inadvertently dropped another hint of features that the iPhone will probably have: a Mobile iTunes store. A job listing on Apple’s website, advertises that it’s seeking a Mobile Marketing Manager for iTunes. The job is just what it sounds like from the listing, and it’s looking for someone who can “Collaborate with iTunes Engineering to build program components… Read More

  • Side Airbags Are Effective In Saving your Life

    Side Airbags Are Effective In Saving your Life

    Side airbags have been relatively standard as of late, and apparently they’re proving to be worth it. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that they reduce drivers deaths when struck on their near sides by 37 percent. The rating jumps up to 52 percent for the side airbags installed in SUVs. If you’re wondering when you would use an airbag on the side of… Read More

  • Want To Get Sued For $9 Mil? Sell Console Mod Chips


    According to a report on Ars Technica, France-based company Divineo, along with two other defendants, will have to cough up more than $9 million in damages for selling mod chips for Sony PlayStation consoles as well as HDLoader, an app that lets you rip and store games to a hard drive connected to a system. Selling the chips is in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act because… Read More

  • Beverage Buddy Could Be My New Best Friend

    Beverage Buddy Could Be My New Best Friend

    Nothing too fancy here, just a radio-controlled car that looks like a dune buggy — wait — what’s that I see? Two frosty beverages being driven to me? Now that looks like it might be worth buying. Well, it would be worth buying if it wasn’t $49.95, and if I had somebody standing at the fridge that knew what to do when this little guy came rolling up to them without… Read More

  • Best Buy Partnering with Real, SanDisk for Music Store

    . And they’re doing it with their new best friends, SanDisk and Real Networks. Real and SanDisk already have a partnership aimed at Apple in the form of the Sansa e200 DAP and Real’s Rhapsody service. Best Buy’s input will likely be a subscription-based service at around $10 a month for unlimited downloads. Quit paying, and the downloads cease to work. We’re not sure… Read More

  • Fujitsu + E-Ink = Color Hearts

    Fujitsu + E-Ink = Color Hearts

    Oh, snap! While Sony was busy whining about the production woes and the dubiously “high demand” of its lackluster PRS-500, Fujitsu went and made color e-ink. And what’s better, there is already a working prototype in a respectably small case. This new setup had a 4.7 x 6.3 inch display and can project 4096 colors. It has 32MB of on-board memory and a miniSD expansion slot. Read More

  • So Many Headphones, So Little Head

    as well. Top 10 Headphones Reviewed [Webpodge] Read More

  • Konica Minolta Shows Off New Holographic HUD

    Konica Minolta Shows Off New Holographic HUD

    Konica Minolta has been getting its Star Trek on at Ceatec. Today, they showed off their new light-weight holographic wearable display. The idea is that people can watch TV or read a book while they do other things, like living. Right now, it’s just a prototype and they’re still looking for a niche market to push this thing toward. It’s just a pair of glasses with an… Read More

  • Second Life Terrorists Attack

    Second Life Terrorists Attack

    Warren Ellis has written a breathless report from Second Life where horrible little geeks unleashed a terrorist attack on thousands of unsuspecting people who sit in desk chairs for far too long. He describes it thus: Materialising on the Integral Castle grounds, I found myself in the middle of a rain of small boxes, all of which were trying to load themselves into my inventory (where the… Read More

  • R.I.P. California RFID Bill

    Well, it’s not totally dead dead, but California Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed the Identity Information Protection Act of 2006 (SB 768), which was an attempt to safeguard personal information stored on radio frequency identification (RFID) tags used in government-issued documents and ID cards. Drafted by California State Senator Joe Simitian, the bill also would have given citizens control… Read More

  • 300 Trailer

    300 Trailer

    Maybe not gadgets news per se, but worth a mention anyway. Frank Miller’s “300,” an epic graphic novel about The Battle of Thermopylae, will be finding it’s way to the silver screen next year. The first official trailer for the film is now available in sexy Quicktime HD. I thoroughly recommend that all self-respecting dorks check it out. Like “Sin City,” it… Read More

  • Meet-UpDate

    Meet-UpDate

    The response for our first meet-up has been delightfully unexpected. We blasted past our initial quota and expanded twice, but we simply must cut off registration now or risk breaking fire code and all sorts of other horrors. We’re holding some spots for walk-ups, so if you didn’t manage preregister, you might want to try your luck anyway. Read More

  • Ultrasone's $1,500 Edition 9 Headphones


    As a complete headphone junky, Ultrasone’s Edition 7 limited edition headphones were sort of the Holy Grail of headphones to me. I only saw them in person once and never got to hear them. Just 999 sets were made and they sold for $3,000. Well, it’s time for the drool-fest to begin again as the German manufacturer launches the new Edition 9. The price on the black chrome… Read More

  • Add Bluetooth to Your Old Dot Matrix or USB Printer

    Using this USBGear Combo printer adapater, any USB or parallel port printer can be used wirelessly. What will you do with all that free space around your computer now that the printer can be all of 30 feet away from your Bluetooth dongle? Maybe a second monitor, a big stack of paper, a second computer, a tanning booth, or a TV? Yeah, sounds great. The adapter works with Mac and Windows, so… Read More

  • Embattled HP Execs Charged with Felonies

    Embattled HP Execs Charged with Felonies

    It certainly seems to be raining shit on Patricia Dunn and pals. We’ve been reporting about the whole spying debacle for weeks. Today, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed felony charges against Dunn and four others who are implicated in the case. HP initially announced that Dunn would be resigning early in 2007, but the move was accelerated last week when she stepped down… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Z558 Clamshell With Touchscreen and Stylus

    If you just can’t get the hang of T9 typing on your cell, Sony Ericsson’s Z558 has a touch-screen with writing recognition, thanks to the tiny stylus hidden somewhere in the phone’s body. Using the stylus, you can write directly onto the screen to write text messages, MMS messages, notes, and even little doodles to yourself. You can then save what you draw as a picture and… Read More

  • How to Build an Arcade Controller for Xbox 360

    How to Build an Arcade Controller for Xbox 360

    This how-to involves a lot of wiring, a lot of balls, and a lot of love for old school arcade games like Frogger, Street Fighter 2, Galaga, and whatever early ’80s shooter they’re pumping out onto Xbox 360 for your $5 this week. As you can see by the horrific pictures, it involves taking your wireless Xbox 360 apart and hooking it up to the innards of some discarded arcade stick. Read More