• Video: James Dyson runs his own durability test on a DC24

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1029636%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf The ‘drop test’ machine wasn’t working on my first day at Dyson, so I asked James to… Read More

  • TripSay Rolls Out Improvements, Expands Private Beta

    TripSay, the site that uses social recommendations to guide users through the plethora of travel information on the web, has introduced a number of new features that it hopes will improve the site’s accuracy and encourage collaboration. The site now features leaderboards that should encourage users to become “experts” in their region, which will be essential if it hopes… Read More

  • Mosso Launches New Control Panel For Cloud Services

    Mosso today launched a new control panel for their application hosting platform. The new panel allows users to easily manage files and assets, upload new files and content, extract new packages and more. They have built a whole new interface using the Google Web Toolkit, and their plan is to incrementaly extend the features of the control panel to features that were previously managed manually… Read More

  • Gates sends angry e-mail, sounds just like a customer

    The Seattle P-I has tracked down an old e-mail from 2003 that Bill Gates sent out to members of the Windows Usability team. The pages-long e-mail message chronicles Gates’ attempt to download Windows Movie Maker. Here are some especially tantalizing tidbits, with the full e-mail message to be found after the jump. “I tried scoping to Media stuff. Still no moviemaker. I typed in movie. Read More

  • Opera Sends Website Owners Auto-Compliance Feedback

    Opera Software is building a team of “web evangelists” whose job it is to find sites that do not display correctly in Opera and are not standards-compliant, and then email the site owners. They are sending emails with specific tips on how to fix HTML, CSS or other issues that don’t make sites compliant. Opera has always been a strong advocate for web standards, and this… Read More

  • ZP on MGS4: Truer words never spoken

    http://static.escapistmagazine.com/media/global/movies/player/FlowPlayerDark.swf?config=%7Bembedded%3Atrue%2CplayList%3A%5B+%7B+%27url%27%3A99%2C%27linkUrl%27%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fvideos%2Fview%2Fzero-punctuation%2F99-Metal-Gear-Solid-4%27%2C%27linkWindow%27%3A%27_top%27%2C%27name%27%3A%27Metal%2BGear%2BSolid%2B4%27+%7D+%5D%2CsplashImageFile%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fglobal%2Fcastfire%2Fsplash%2F99.jpg%27%2CshowVolumeSlider%3Atrue%2CinitialScale%3A%27fit%27%2Cloop%3Afalse%2CautoPlay%3Afalse%2CautoBuffering%3Afalse%2CusePlayOverlay%3Afalse%2CautoRewind%3Atrue%2CbufferLength%3A15%2CmenuItems%3A%5Bfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Ctrue%2Ctrue%5D%7D I like Zero Punctuation because Yahtzee and I essentially share the same view: that Western RPGs are far more lucid and playable than Eastern ones and those who love games like Final Fantasy have to to pick up quite a bit of suspended disbelief at the store every week. While I’m sure this is the most striking game in all the world – both graphically and logistically – I’m hard pressed to say it warrants picking up the PS3 just to play it. Fanboys attack now&hellip… Read More

  • RocketOn Layers A Virtual World Onto The Web

    Last February we hinted at South San Francisco startup Rocketon’s plan to release a virtual world that spanned the web. At the time, it appeared as though the company was pursuing an embeddable widget strategy. But instead of integrating virtual worlds into webpages, it has actually placed one on top of them so that avatars can roam the web just as you currently surf it. Comparisons can… Read More

  • New wooden cases and speakers for the iPod

    Tokyo-based Marubeni Infotec [JP] sells two new stylish accessories for the iPod classic/nano/Touch. At the beginning of next month, the so-called “Alle STACK for iPod” speakers (1Wx2) will be rolled out for prices between $93 (for the iPod nano) and $102 (for the iPod classic). Marubeni promises high sound quality because they used precious wood to manufacture the speakers… Read More

  • Charter Communications drops Internet monitoring-based advertising scheme

    Charter Communications will not go forward with a controversial plan to monitor its customers’ Internet surfing habits in order to target advertising at them. The cable company, which is the fourth biggest here in the US of A, was slated to begin tests in four smallish cities (including Fort Worth) of a system that would have monitored Internet traffic using deep packet inspection. Read More

  • Nokia N78 quick look

    Speaking of Symbian we just got the latest from Nokia, the N78. A fairly sexy candybar, this phone has built-in A-GPS, music playback with built-in FM transmitter, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It runs on WiFi or HSDPA and includes a 2GB microSD card. Symbian is cleverly made over in this version with nice transitions between menus and a snappier UI. One problem: the keys are really small… Read More

  • Mitsubishi to ship LaserVue TV in Q3

    I first saw the Laser TV, LaserVue, at CES and was pretty impressed by it, but as with anything new, I was a bit skeptical. I saw the LaserVue from Mitsubishi the other day and I have to admit that it looks amazing. It was pitted against a plasma (presumably the Pioneer Kuro) and LCD and it was hands down the best of the bunch. The colors are absolutely stunning and so vibrant. A 65- and… Read More

  • Something mysterious is happenning on the Blizzard Web site

    What’s up with Blizzard’s Web site? For the past several days, the splash page on Blizzard.com has shown this mysterious, ice blue image. (I’ve been AFK since Monday, so this is all news to me.) As such, Internet speculation is in high gear. Is it Diablo III? Maybe a new race from Starcraft II? No one knows, which makes all the speculation particularly fruitless. Given… Read More

  • Twitternoia

    Dave Winer is using Twitter of all things to point to the FriendFeed discussion about bolting from the limping real time service. Rafe Needleman is the locus for today’s grumbling, though Twitter’s @Replies outage fuels the faithful’s concerns on Twhirl and other alternative clients. Summize continues to function as a workaround for @replies by capturing twittername citations… Read More

  • Wix Opens Its Flash Publishing Platform In Public Beta

    Wix, the browser-based designer that lets users create Flash-based widgets and full-scale webpages, has launched in public beta. The site specializes in creating colorful Flash pages without requiring any coding, and seems to appeal most to “MySpacers” looking to add some flair to their sites (Wix does have some more professional templates for businesses). You can see our… Read More

  • Polling Startup SodaHead Raises $8.4 Million

    Polls are popular on the Web because they are interactive without requiring too much effort. They are also a good way to collect a lot of data from users across the Web. SodaHead, a startup founded by former MySpace executives Jason Feffer and Michael Glazer, announced an $8.4 million series B investment today. The round was led by Mission Ventures and Mohr Davidow. (The company… Read More

  • Facial expression recognition for robotic teachers

    Jacob Whitehill of UC San Diego’s computer science Ph. D program has developed software that recognizes common facial expressions and then translates those expressions into commands that either speed up or slow down the playback of certain video lectures.  According to Science Daily, “The proof-of-concept demonstration is part of a larger project to use automated facial… Read More

  • Intel delays dual-core Atom chips until September?

    About a month ago, we reported that Intel would begin production on a dual-core Atom chip in July. I said “Might as well just wait for the quad-core Atoms to come out in August, huh?” Nobody laughed at the joke and we all moved on. Now DigiTimes is reporting that production on these dual-core Atoms has been pushed back to September due to shortages of the single-core Atom chips. Read More

  • Better a dead Symbian than an open one

    Livin’ on the high end. TheRegister makes an interesting point: Symbian is dead. Once Nokia bought and decided to open-source it you can be certain that it will end up in low-end, developing market phones and not any of Nokia’s flagship models. It can’t simply because the OS and UI are twenty years old and far too klunky to offer any wow to a jaded populace. Read More

  • Sony launches two new stylish Vaio "Media Center PCs"

    Sony will update the TP1, their so-called “Media Center” PCs, with the VGX-TP1DQ/B and VGX-TP1D [JP], the company said today [JP]. The main difference between the two models is that the latter features a DVD drive, while the VGX-TP1DQ/B is equipped with a Blu-ray drive. In contrast to older versions, the new PCs come with a double digital TV tuner and improved “Giga… Read More

  • Nikon D700: Full body shot, new 24-120mm lens (maybe)

    This photo purports to show the as-yet unannounced Nikon D700 with a 24-120mm lens. The photo first appeared on a Chinese blog. Perhaps Nikon has already starting manufacturing it en masse in China? As a pretend photography hobbyist, I’m actually interested in this in more than a professional capacity. Where in Nikon’s lineup will this be? Will it replace a camera, or be an… Read More

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