• Social.im: The Instant Messaging Service For Facebook Junkies

    If you don’t mind installing one more instant messaging client on your computer, and you happen to be a heavy Facebook user, check out social.im. This isn’t yet another instant messaging application that resides on Facebook; rather, it’s a normal IM client that grabs all of your Facebook friends via the Facebook API and brings them into Social.im. It’s only available… Read More

  • Data portability? Not for EU, Sunny Jim

    The European Union is very likely to rain on the whole data portability parade. Data privacy laws around the world do not uniformly fall into line when it comes to the likes of Google and Facebook. For instance, as ZDNet enterprise blogger Dennis Howlett cogently points out, article 8 of the UK Data Protection Act states: 8. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory… Read More

  • Virtual Banking Banned in Second Life

    Linden Lab has announced that virtual banking within Second Life is to be banned effective January 22 after receiving multiple complaints by Second Life residents scammed by bank operators. Banking and associated services have become popular in Second Life over the last two years, with many offering ponzi style interest schemes that usually sounded too good to be true. Ginko Financial was the… Read More

  • The OpenID Train Steams Ahead: Google, IBM and Verisign Said To Be Joining

    TechCrunch UK’s Mike Butcher is reporting that Google, IBM and Verisign are in late stage discussions with the OpenID Foundation. This news comes on the same day that Google, Facebook and Plaxo joined the DataPortability Workgroup. Google has been testing OpenID with its Blogger platform since late last year, but this is said to be a more general implementation across core Google… Read More

  • Hands on with the Printstik, the printer that fits in your pocket


    If you have big, long pockets that is. This tiny thing is really quite small and light, and it prints onto super-thin thermal paper. It pairs with a phone or anything Bluetooth-capable, or you can use USB if you’re weak. It’s certainly not the fastest printer in the world; in fact, I’d say that its speed of 3 pages per minute puts it among the slowest. You’re also… Read More

  • Motorized under bed TV mount makes me hate my plain old crappy bed with nothing but crap under it

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf If you watch this video and think, “Hey, I could build one of those,” do it. I’m telling you, man. This thing is really expensive. I asked the guy how much and he said that depending on the options, it starts at around $16,000 to $18,000. I thought he was going to say $1,600 to $1,800 but boy… Read More

  • CES 2008: Sensio's 3D TV tech works for us colorblind nerd jerks!

    I love the new types of 3D technology coming to our homes. Sensio’s got a type they were showing off, and it works. I’m colorblind, so 3D usually just looks like crap to me, but their system is using the far superior polarized system, and it worked. They’re utilizing a combination of various 3D methods to pull this off, and the outcome is very god indeed. It didn’t pop… Read More

  • The latest craze sweeping the nation: it's the Wü!


    No, not the Wii, the Wü. Complete with little dots over the things of the U. This was one of many knock-off games present at CES, and almost certainly the most shameless, unless you count the guys who ripped off both Guitar Hero and Rock Band by offering alternatives for each one, under similarly altered names. The Wü people didn’t really want us to take pictures, but it was too good… Read More

  • CES 2008: A photograph of a device from the show floor

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    I just took this photograph in the South Hall at CES 2008. I am offering it here without comment. Read More

  • Ah, D-Box. I want one.

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf It’s a chair with hydraulic legs that moves around in harmony with whatever game you’re playing or whatever movie you’re watching. Well, maybe not whatever game or movie but there’s an impressive and growing list on the D-BOX site. It’s not cheap, but can you really put a price… Read More

  • iRobot CEO Colin Angle talks about the future of robotics

    Early in Colin Angle’s blogger round-table today, he recounted the story of Packbot, their first military robot. iRobot sent a team to Afghanistan in 2002 where they showed soldiers how to use and manage the new Packbot robot, a self-righting, remote controlled surveillance bot designed to enter a room or cave so soldiers don’t have to. Read More

  • SanDisk TakeTV in action, looks pretty nice

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Word of SanDisk’s TakeTV device got out a few months ago and after just seeing it in action, I can tell you that the video quality is pretty nice. The TakeTV isn’t going to be for everyone, but for those of us looking for an easy, quick way to dump video from the computer and watch it on a… Read More

  • Vuzix' iWear video glasses actually work


    This was another product I was skeptical about. VR goggles? Do they ship with a copy of Johnny Mnemonic? But I put them on and lo and behold: the image was pretty good, it tracked my head movements so I could look around the cockpit, and they were even lightweight and had different nose-touch-piece-things for people of different nasal persuasions. One kind was meant to be used as a… Read More

  • The top 10 kinds of VCs to avoid

    FoundRead has a post called 9 VCs You’re Gonna Want to Avoid (but there are actually 12). It particularly applies to startups who already have revenues, who are now being courted by VCs. It’s an open question, but I’d just like to ask the general UK startup community out there: What do you think would be the UK/European equivalent? Here are some suggestions (inspired by… Read More

  • CES 2008: Belkin's FlyWire feeds your TV up wireless HD at 1080p

    We’ve been talking about Wireless HD and how it’s one of the things CES is all about, and Belkin showed me their new FlyWire Wireless HD solution, and it’s pretty sweet. It’s a combo of a transmitter that also acts as a media switcher and a single wireless receiver. The audio and video is sent wirelessly at resolutions up to 1080p to the receiver, where it connects to… Read More

  • The Tale of the Tiniest Touchpad, by Everex


    Next to Everex’s Eee-killer, they had another product, more a prototype than anything, but with a similar form factor. This one has its baby touchpad in a more traditional spot, which made it look even more lonely and puny. It truly is only about as big as your “tab” key, though it works surprisingly well. Read More

  • Facebook, Google, Plaxo open up to set users free

    In a major move Facebook, Google and Plaxo are effectively ending their policy of keeping users locked-in to their social networks. As TechCrunch US reports, today Facebook, Google and Plaxo have joined the DataPortability Workgroup, implying that users will soon be allowed to export their contacts from one social network to another, leaving each to compete on their own merits. It’s hard… Read More

  • Hands on with the the 3rd Space force feedback vest


    I’d probably be the first to raise an eyebrow at the idea of a gaming vest that whacks you where you’re being shot/cut/bludgeoned, but these guys have made something that could really add another dimension to things, especially in creepy games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil (as if they didn’t scare me enough already). They put it on me, as you can see, and I tried out… Read More

  • Belkin Mouse Trap

    Belkin makes a lot of great products. Belkin also makes a lot of questionable products. The Mouse Trap is a perfect example of the latter. Maybe it’s because I haven’t used a mouse pad in years, but I don’t see the point of having a special pouch to transport your mouse in when there’s a huge crease after you’ve unzipped it. Whatever, though, I’m sure… Read More

  • CES could leave Las Vegas, pigs take to the air


    NBC is posting that CES will leave Las Vegas, which is like saying the Pope will leave Rome. Las Vegas’ 31st International Consumer Electronics Show could be one of its last, organizers said Monday, saying they believe they can get a cheaper deal elsewhere. As I said before, CES is losing value as a venue for announcing technology. It is a trade fair where vendors and buyers meet to… Read More

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