• iPod Shuffle Wins A 2007 Design Week Award

    iPod Shuffle Wins A 2007 Design Week Award

    Apple’s second-generation iPod Shuffle has been incredibly well received. The design truly is wonderful and even made me pick up one this past Hanukkah for my friend. Now Apple is getting some well-deserved recognition for its iPod Shuffle. Jobs and Co. took home a top honors award for best consumer product design during the 2007 Design Week Award in the UK. Sebastian Conran of Conran &… Read More

  • Iomega Still In The Game..Sort Of

    Iomega Still In The Game..Sort Of

    Sheesh, the last time I heard the word “Iomega” was when I was taking a class at an art school years ago. It was about a 100MB, Iomega Zip disk I think I used once and never again. No matter because Iomega is back in the game, albeit not for the best reason. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can find a Iomega portable hard drive that went missing from the Birmingham… Read More

  • Merrill Lynch Claims 30% Of US Households Will Have A Wii By 2011

    Merrill Lynch Claims 30% Of US Households Will Have A Wii By 2011

    Looks like Merrill Lynch is the latest company to be added to the Nintendo payroll. Analyst Yoshiyuki Kinoshita is now claiming that by the year 2011, 30% of US households will own a Nintendo Wii and a third of Japanese households will own one as well. The predictions come as the Wii has surpassed expected sales and doubts that the console would be gimmicky. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact… Read More

  • Lightsaber Umbrella For Uberdorks

    Lightsaber Umbrella For Uberdorks

    Though Star Wars and all that lightsaber jazz can get pretty dorky at times, I must admit these umbrellas look totally kick ass. If you live in Seattle like Hickey and have a certain fondness for Boba Fet, it’s safe to say this is the umbrella for you. The umbrellas consist of a lightsaber for the handle and rod and a canopy top. There’s red, white, and blue lightsabers with red, blue… Read More

  • Humpty Dumpty Death Sentence Scale

    Humpty Dumpty Death Sentence Scale

    Lately, I’ve been hitting the gym almost every day. Yet after all my efforts, I’m still too cheap to break down and buy a scale to keep track of my weight. Maybe I’ll check out the Bathroom Egg Scale from Viceversa, a unique scale that comes in lime, blue, orange, and off-white. The scale is littered with eggs (don’t worry, they’re fake), apparently because it’s… Read More

  • Dekoh Delivering a Web Desktop Platform for Applications

    San Jose based company Pramati announced its product Dekoh this week and gave me a look around the application. Dekoh’s goal is to bring the web and the desktop together and to give developers the ability to create applications on top of that platform. Those applications can be shared and deployed anywhere in the network. It’s a lofty goal, and with more flexible desktop technologies… Read More

  • Sony Vaio VGC-RM1 – Blu-Ray Anyone?

    Sony Vaio VGC-RM1 – Blu-Ray Anyone?

    Sony Vaios tend to be really expensive and a bit overpriced, but they’re decent machines and the VGC-RM1 is no exception. For the price of brand loyalty and $3500, you can snag a sweet Vista machine with a Core 2 Duo CPU, 1TB of storage, a 50GB Blu-Ray burner, NVidia GeForce 7600GT, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth, card readers, a USB jogdial, and a monkey. Great specs, terrible price. I smell me some… Read More

  • Steve, DRM, and the Free World

    rails against DRM on Salon this morning, saying that it’s basically a tax against future hardware purchases. The reasoning is fairly simple: the more 99 cent tracks you buy, the harder it will be to get rid of your Zune or your iPod or your FrankoMP3eo 2007. This line of argument is fairly cogent but the article says little new. It is, however, nice to hear from Cory’s other… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Where's That Sound?

    The AudioFile: Where's That Sound?

    What’s a hard-core gamer or action-movie lover to do about having late-night fragging sessions or Matrix screenings without driving their spouse or neighbors nuts? While there are plenty of consumer 5.1-channel headphones on the market, if you want cans that give you a truly convincing surround-sound listening experience, you’ve got to be a military sonar operator or aircraft pilot. Read More

  • A Glorious Toilet Paper Cutter

    I’m coming to understand the majesty of Intelligent Design. The thesis, obviously, is that many natural things are too complex to be created be the vagaries of evolution, which forces us to believe in a prime mover or creator. Here is another example of intelligent design, for verily how could a stoned college kid from UC-Berkeley create such a masterful system for rolling, cutting, and… Read More

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  • Daily Crunch: Femme Fatale Edition

    Daily Crunch: Femme Fatale Edition

    R2-D2 Trashcan DIY Steampunk Keyboard: Brazil++ Google Running “Office Killer” Trials Virtual Sex Shopping in Second Life Cell Phone Anklet Read More

  • There is no YouTube Filter; It's AudibleMagic

    There is no YouTube Filter; It's AudibleMagic

    After months of intense and very public debate, closely tied to the Google acquisition, YouTube is reported to have licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News cites two unnamed sources as saying that Google will soon unveil filtering technology for YouTube from the leading third party filtering provider, Audible Magic. What does this mean? It means that… Read More

  • BRDGen Lets You Burn PS3 Disks Like the Pros

    PS3/Blu-Ray fanboys are frothing over this announcement from BRDGen. The world’s first publicly available PC app to create and/or edit Blu-Ray AND PS3 discs has been released into the wild; BRDGen v1.00 is now available for download. The features that should pique your interest are: Read More

  • The (OCZ) Reaper Is Upon Us

    Fear the Reaper? Normally yes, but not the Reaper from OCZ. The PC2-8500 Reaper HPC has been unleashed and gamers should rejoice. The hoity-toity high performance gaming RAM are clocked at 1066MHz, runs at CL 5-5-5, and comes in 2GB dual channel kits. The Reaper features a new heat sink that dissipates heat via two copper pipes that feed into a compact aluminum fin array. The Reaper also boasts an… Read More

  • Nintendo Killing Off The GameCube, World Fails To Notice

    Nintendo Killing Off The GameCube, World Fails To Notice

    Ohhhh snap! According to an interview that was done with GameDaily, Nintendo’s Perrin Kaplan has confirmed that the GameCube is no more. Kaplan says that Nintendo will not be producing anymore GameCube games or systems, but if people want to still waste their cash purchase them, “the inventory is there.” Big deal? Nah. By the time the GameCube is finished, all titles will be… Read More

  • When Eddie Van Halen Meets Design

    When Eddie Van Halen Meets Design

    The picture you see is part of Yoshihiko Satoh’s exhibit called THE ARMS. Based around the theme of music and guitars, one piece is basically 12 Fender Strats welded together. The kicker? You can actually play this 12-neck behemoth. Imagine if you had a virtuoso for each neck — Allan Holdsworth on one, Eddie Van Halen on another, maybe John Petrucci too. There’s also a beautiful… Read More

  • M-Audio Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System Review

    M-Audio Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System Review

    The whole package DJing has most certainly evolved over the years. From the infamous Technics 1200s to Numark’s iPod DJ system, the technique of holding the attention of a dance floor required precise musical knowledge, expert mixing skills, and a sixth-sense of beatmatching. After spending just a few days with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System, I’m officially declaring… Read More

  • Virtual Sex Shopping in Second Life

    anything. He kind of chickened out as evidenced by this passage: Read More

  • Black iMacs, Lots of Hardware Refreshes Due from Apple; iMac to Become Just "Mac"?

    If I had a dollar for every time we had to write about a Mac rumor, well, I could afford a new Mac. And if I’m willing to wait a few months, it could be a black iMac. That’s the rumor du jour, according to MacScoop, who’s heard through a cousin’s friend’s dog trainer’s parole officer that Apple is planning a major product update for the aging iMac, which… Read More

  • Cell Phone Anklet

    Cell Phone Anklet

    This is stupider than those belt clips that guys use for their cell phones. I never understood why guys do that anyway. I mean, your pocket is like 2-inches away. Anyway, consider this the equivalent for women. Now they too can wear their cell phones in a ridiculous place: their ankles. Totally convenient too. Just bend over every time you want to answer your phone. No way it’d get all… Read More