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  • 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… 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. 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… 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… 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… 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. 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

  • LightInSight Puts Traffic Lights In Sight

    LightInSight Puts Traffic Lights In Sight

    This is on the low-end side of tech, but it’s still a pretty useful little idea. Sometimes you end up right under traffic lights, whether it be the city’s fault or yours (probably yours). When this happens, you have to stick your neck out and stare up in the sky looking like an idiot, straining yourself all the while. Enter LightInSight, an adhesive lens that you slap on to the top… Read More

  • Zippo Camera Lighter

    Zippo Camera Lighter

    When I was younger, I thought that Zippo was some great ideal of a company that only made the best of the best of lighters. I thought they were above capitalism, they were just the best and you couldn’t touch them. Then I grew up and started seeing Dixie flag Zippos and Beatles Zippos (seriously, wtf?). Now Zippo has launched a new model that takes it one step farther. They’ve put… Read More

  • Slingbox Gets a Facelift

    Slingbox Gets a Facelift

    Sling Media has filed some information with the FCC for the second generation Slingbox. The new unit will feature direct connectivity via A/V cables or S-Video rather than the three-in-one cable they’ve used to date. No word on whether anything else has been updated or not, but there is no mention of WiFi, so it looks like your “go anywhere” media device can still only go as… Read More

  • Samsung P310 Credit Card-Sized Phone

    Samsung P310 Credit Card-Sized Phone

    The Samsung P310, which has the length and width of a credit card – but not the thickness – is their cellphone that appeals to the fashion conscious user who wears tight pants. The P310 has a 2-megapixel camera, 1.9-inch QVGA screen, a touch sensitive key, and 80MB of internal memory. The keypad is also unique, that the last row “#”, “0” and “*”… Read More