• Sony Ericsson announces the T700

    The T700, Sony Ericsson’s latest candybar, has been known (and seen) under it’s codename “Remi” for a few weeks now. Nothing too groundbreaking or exciting here, but that’s become a bit of a trend with all of the SE announcements since the C905. The Specs: 2″ TFT display Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) with UMTS/HSDPA 2100 Mhz Stereo Bluetooth 3.2… Read More

  • Japan wants more robot research, sells source code for humanoids

    ZMP, the world’s first venture company focusing on robot technology and – of course – based in Tokyo, is selling the source code [JP] for nuvo, one of its best-selling robots. The humanoid was unveiled in 2004 and ZMP says it’s the first robot for home use. The company’s aim is to establish a research community centered on the findings derived from doing… Read More

  • Hackproof passports hacked

    The new RFID passports that are designed to catch evildoers can, in a flash, be hacked by evildoers. Using a cloning tool, British researchers embedded pictures of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber onto a set of chips and then tested them. They came up as “real” according to the agency that sets e-passport standards. Read More

  • Some Mashups Harnessing The Power Of Yahoo's BOSS

    Yahoo’s Search Blog has posted a list of some of the most promising new web apps being built using its BOSS search platform. BOSS is a radically open API that launched last month that allows developers to utilize much of Yahoo’s core search data without the restrictions seen on most other search APIs. 4HourSearch – A week ago Yahoo VP of Platforms Sam Pullara released Yuil… Read More

  • Is the big Apple secret streaming HD?

    This is a little old but it’s quite interesting. Cringely, no stranger to Apple rumors, is positing that instead of dumping Intel or changing the cafeteria to entirely vegan, Apple is planning on installing H.264 chips into all of their laptops and desktops, essentially enabling 2Mbps transfer of HD, 1080p content over iTunes. This would also enable 720p video chat in iChat and a host… Read More

  • HP joining the netbook craze in October

    Coming in October from HP by way of Inventec (OEM) are varying 10.1- and 10.2-inch netbooks with Intel Atom processors. Apparently, there’s a shortage of 10-inch panels which is hindering HP from releasing them now. The first netbook to roll out will come with and SSD drive and a screen resolution of 1024×576. Sometime in Q1 of 2009, HP will release an enterprise model giving the… Read More

  • Monster truck Segway is all kinds of wrong

    Segway by itself? Dumb. Segway with lots of big tires? Dumber. This monster BigFoot Segway has six full-sized tires and can barely turn but just think of how many cars you could crush if you could make this thing go over anything higher than a four inch curb. Read More

  • Fujitsu's new technology transmits instant product information to cell phones

    Yesterday Fujitsu presented [JP] Spotcast, a new transmission system that enables customers inside stores to receive up-to-date shopping information on their cell phones. The technology only works if shoppers own handsets equipped with 1-Seg digital TV tuners, which are becoming ubiquitous in Japan (there are currently 33 million of these handsets in circulation). If he or she is interested in… Read More

  • Pacifier cleaners look like they have come to colonize earth

    These Pipila UV pacifier cleaners allow you to completely burn away all of the evil on your child’s pacifier even though, as we all know, there are enough nooks and crannies in a pacifier to hold an entirely new strain of drug-resistant TB. The devices bathe the babas with UV light in hopes of keeping your wee one a little healthier. These are for first time parents because after a few… Read More

  • Recent patent shows possible Apple virtual DJ interface

    An Apple patent that was filed about a month ago , and only now unearthed, reveals the company’s intention to create a virtual DJ interface for the Mac (and possibly the iPhone and rumored MacBook touch ). Now, just because there’s a patent for this doesn’t mean we’ll all be playing around with iDJ any time soon. Apple patents things all the time that never get made. Read More

  • Q and A on the subject of clean tech legislation

    Here’s a panel I attended at the recent Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado. There were two experts on the panel: Steven Kalland, Director of the North Carolina Solar Center and Gregg Rothschild, Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I found this presentation to be very interesting and informative – kind of a… Read More

  • Sony releases two new CyberShot cameras

    Sony unveiled two new CyberShot cameras today, the DSC-T700 and the DSC-T77, and both look pretty cool in my opinion. Press releases were issued in Japan and the USA at the same time but American buyers will have to wait for both cameras until the end of September (Japan release: early September). The superior DSC-T700 is equipped with a 10 megapixel 1/2.3’’ CCD sensor, 4x… Read More

  • Poles do the darndest light shows

    Some Poles calling themselves Project Piwo have been creating huge animations using the windows of Soviet era bloks and the larger office buildings around Poland. In this video, they recreate the James Bond opening by flashing lights throughout the building. Next up: turning the Palac Kultury into a scathing commentary on post-Communist Polska by making it look like a mug of kompot. Read More

  • Video: Bioshock trailer for PS3

    http://videomedia.ign.com/ev/ev.swf Bioshock is arguably one of the best FPS games and it’s also one of the scariest f’in things to play too. I started playing Bioshock again last night and I remember why I put it away in the first place. The game freaks me out and makes me so tense that my neck starts to hurt. Yeah, I know, I’m a big baby, but whatever. PS3 owners have… Read More

  • News in brief

    • UK-based The Filter has been nominated for ‘The Industry Standard’s‘ Innovation awards, as has Alert Thingy, BBC iPlayer and a few other European players including Netvibes, Xing, Babbel (not bad for a brand new startup), mydeco and Soocial. • Property search engine Nestoria is partnering with NannyGroup on their MoveNanny and LandLordNanny services which help… Read More

  • Verizon and Hermandad Mexicana Nacional Sponsor Latino Scholarship

    Verizon has partnered with Hermandad Mexicana Nacional to contribute nearly $10,000 to the Latino Angelino Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are available to students of Latino decent and will be awarded based on financial need and academic achievement. The $1,000 scholarship is meant for high school graduates and community college students who plan to attend an accredited four-year… Read More

  • Video: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog makes fun of Comic-Con attendees

    http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/489af560addadbf4/48987cb5e440cf6c/4bbaca39 Comic-Con 2008 came and went, and somehow this delightful Comic the Insult Comic Dog skit flew right under our noses. It’s the same “you guys are dorks” deal that Triumph has been doing for several years now, so if you’re offended by sophomoric humor à la Conan steer clear. via… Read More

  • 60GB Xbox 360 takes steps to eliminate red ring of death

    The honorable Benheck has graciously torn apart one of the new 60GB Xbox 360s for us, and its innards are sorta blah, but there’s at least one important change going on. Microsoft appears to have removed the bottom memory chips so as to prevent the overheating that leads to the red ring of death. We can assume, then, the the memory chips on top have doubled in capacity. Other than… Read More

  • I Want My iPhone TV

    The dog days of August lend themselves to kicking back and letting the world slide by. Since the advent of the Web 2.0 ecosystem, they’ve also been the province of a tech company version of the summer shows the networks play off – failed pilots, reality programming being tried out for the Big Show or another writer’s strike, and ratings stinkers that can be buried outside… Read More

  • How to watch the Olympics online

    The Summer Olympics begin tomorrow (time zone permitting), but you’re stuck in the office all day long and can’t watch. Not so! Using some of the same methods we discussed a few months ago, you can watch your favorite sport—I’ll be watching football (soccer) from the many watering holes in and around Barcelona—as it happens, in real time. Note that NBC is showing… Read More

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