• Google Lunar X Prize: Send your shoeboxes to the mooooooon


    Google is sponsoring a $20 million prize to the first group that can drop a robotic spacecraft on the moon. Once its there it has to send video and data back to Earth and move 1500 feet. They expect the contest to end in 2012, just in time for a lame-duck President Obama to send out the first wave of attack ships against in the invading Zixron forces. Team Italia’s solution, shown… Read More

  • Meet GiFi, what could be our new ultra-fast wireless standard

    [photopress:gifi.gif,full,left]GiFi, you say? I feel dumb enough saying “WiFi”, but now I’m going to have to say “Gifi”? Okay, sure. It’s like WiFi, but faster. Way faster, actually, up to 5Gbps. It’s still in the development stage, and likely won’t be for networking, but imagine if you could wirelessly connect to your portable drive and copy… Read More

  • Games that should be on the Zune

    [photopress:rezzzz.jpg,full,center] Microsoft has said that video games from its XNA Game Studio will make their way to the Zune. Being the ambitious young man that I am, I thought to myself, “Well why stop at XNA games? What if Microsoft were magically able to strike deals with publishers, letting it port over other games to the Zune?” Perhaps the biggest problem is figuring out… Read More

  • Palm offers a free Zire with Tungsten TX purchase

    [photopress:palm2.jpg,full,center] I’ve been a fan of the Palm OS since I first got my hands on a Pilot 5000 in 1997 or so. And luckily for me the OS hasn’t changed that much since then (zing!). Palm still makes great PDAs, at least for now, and if you’re in the market for one, you can’t do much better than the Palm TX. While it’s a bit long in the tooth, it… Read More

  • Popcorn Hour A-100 media streamer supports formats Apple TV won't touch

    [photopress:popcorna100.jpg,full,center] Well, someone was impressed by Popcorn Hour, an inexpensive ($180) networked media streamer that handles pretty much every kid tested, pirate approved codec/container, save for Ogg—Xvid, H.264, MPEG2 and MKV are all playable out of the box. Three cheers for MKV support, since that’s the preferred container for high-def movie rips these days. Read More

  • What we decided were the best XBLA games of 2007

    Microsoft held the inaugural Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards at this year’s GDC in San Francisco where 26,000+ users voted for their favorite XBLA games. There were 10 categories wherein finalists were determined by industry journalists. The winners for the first six categories were chosen by popular vote. The last four categories were determined by sales, gameplay data and by Metacritic score… Read More

  • iPhone LoJack

    Erica Sadun has done it again. She and Mike Rose hacked together a little app that sends your iPhone’s location to a Twitter page, creating what amounts to be a LoJack for your iPhone. You can also give the info to your friends who can then follow you around as you wend your way through the world. For your edification, I installed the app so you can watch me sit in my attic. My… Read More

  • More On The UADA—Funny Money For a "Virtual" Facebook App Roll-Up Company

    There is a lot of funny money on Facebook, but it is getting really bad. Startups are trying to raise money based on virtual valuations. Earlier this week, I wrote about a fishy Facebook organization in the making called the UADA. It is listed on Facebook-stat site Adonomics as the biggest Facebook app company, even though it doesn’t seem to exist yet. Altura Ventures, a… Read More

  • WiMAX routers for Sprint service begin shipping

    [photopress:wimaxrouter_1.jpg,full,right] Sprint’s nationwide launch of WiMAX is still a ways away, but the company charged with supplying routers has begun shipping them. Zyxel, which linked up with Sprint last summer, will initially ship only a few routers since WiMAX is currently only available in Chicago, Baltimore and DC. If nothing else, this shows that Sprint is moving along… Read More

  • Elmo doll tells two-year-old he's going to kill him

    This is yet another reason why I hate dolls. I soiled myself every time a new Chucky movie came out. There’s just something about the possibility of these little bastards coming to life and slicing my achilles that makes me cringe. A two-year-old in Florida named James had a close encounter with his Elmo Knows Your Name doll as the little red demon toy kept uttering the phrase… Read More

  • Google's Lunar X PRIZE contest gets first ten teams

    Ten teams have been announced as contenders to a chunk of Google’s coveted $30 million Lunar X PRIZE. The stipulations of the competition include, most importantly, that a team’s robotic craft must be privately funded and able to land on the moon and travel at least 500 meters while sending video, images, and data back to Earth. Bonus points for any team that makes it to the dark… Read More

  • Microsoft Email To Employees: Really, The Yahoo Deal is Perfect For Us

    Kevin Johnson, President of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services Division, sent an email out to his employees at 12:48 PST today. The topic – Why the Yahoo/Microsoft merger is a good thing. The email was clearly written to be leaked. Key messages are “The industry needs a more compelling alternative in search and online advertising,” and “we will dedicate… Read More

  • Phil Torrone tours Mad Magazine, I wallow in nostalgia


    Q: Is that a drawing by Al Jaffee?
    Back in the late 80s my Dad and I took the train in from my Aunt’s house in New Jersey to walk through Manhattan. There are two things I remember about that trip: touching something that looked like a booger on a movie poster in the subway and my dad telling me that it was a booger and visiting Mad magazine’s offices on MAD-ison Avenue. When… Read More

  • Raptr Gaming Network Opens For Private Beta

    Yesterday I wrote briefly about new gaming startup Raptr, formerly called GXL, Inc. Founder (and celebrity gamer) Dennis Fong has now demo’d the product on stage at GDC, and I’ve had the chance to see the product myself. Approximately 100 people are currently in the beta, all friends and family to the Raptr team. Today the company is taking signups for new beta users on their… Read More

  • Upcoming Vuzix video glasses do 4-player splitscreen

    Congratulations on a good idea, Vuzix. The new iWear AV920-C video glasses support up to four players and will show each player his or her respective corner of the multi-player screen. Great for games like…um…Doom, as seen in the Vuzix promotional photo on the left. The glasses can connect to any NTSC or PAL video input and up to four sets can be daisy-chained together for a… Read More

  • Hawks are stupid, think WowWee FlyTech Dragonfly is real

    So, out on Long Island some kid’s FlyTech Dragonfly was snatched out of the air by a hawk that mistook it for actual prey. Either the hawk is really stupid and/or blind or WowWee’s flying robot is the technological marvel they claim it to be. I’ve seen it in action multiple times and for anything to fly that isn’t meant to fly, it’s pretty impresive. After… Read More

  • New 'Street Fighter IV for Arcade' gameplay movies

    http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/cne_flash/production/media_player/proteus/gs/proteus_embed.swf Yes, it’s true. There’s going to be a new Street Fighter arcade game. If you’re still into arcade games and still know where to find an arcade, you might very well love this game. I recently went to a Dave and Buster’s in Providence, Rhode Island and man oh man, do… Read More

  • Rumor alert: Xbox 360 HD DVD player to drop to $50

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    Flickr’d Rumors point to a massive price drop for the Xbox 360’s HD DVD add-on. As a result of the format’s death, Microsoft will tell retailers to let the drive go for $50, a full $80 off the previous price. Why exactly you’d spend $50 on an outdated, dead technology I don’t know. You’re better off playing Mega Millions… Read More

  • Ikea trash-can light tent

    Light tents are great for taking pictures of gadgetry and small pieces of meat. This light tent uses a fniss trash can from Ikea, a halogen lamp, and a camera mount. You shoot through the bottom of the can to get a nice, soft light over entire object. It’s about $50 cheaper than most other light tents and it’s snowy in the Northeast today, so why not do a little DIY? Project Page Read More

  • GDC 2008: Game Developer Choice Awards roundup

    Hey Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, you earned it. Nice work nabbing the Best Handheld Game of the Year award at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Still selling like hotcakes after an October, 2007 release? Damn right. Other winners include Portal (best video game, innovation, design excellence) and Bioshock (story writing, visual art, audio). Complete list of winners… Read More

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