• Tom Junod on the future death of Steve Jobs

    Whoa. Esquire just published a 5-page piece on Steve Jobs’ cancer written by the inimitable Tom Junod. Here’s a huge snip: Like the iMac, the iBook was designed not to be an instrument of utility but an object of desire; like the iMac, it was designed to be a pleasure both to look at and to use; like the iMac, it was designed to be designed, and by introducing it a year after… Read More

  • iPhone coasters go great with iPhone cupcakes, the decision to sterilize yourself

    I like the iPhone. I’d marry it. But I wouldn’t buy these $60 iPhone coasters by Meninos. If you are so enamored by the stock iPhone app set, I’d recommend tattooing them on your body and sending us a picture rather than forcing your friends to accept and understand your neophilia and potentially scaring off future mates who may be a little worried that you have a phone… Read More

  • SGN Founder's Rambling, Jetlagged, Semi-Lucid and Beautiful Email On Entrepreneurism

    SGN founder Shervin Pishevar, jetlagged and sleep deprived on a “secret mision” trip to Eastern Europe, wrote a long and partially lucid email to friends last night. I reprint it here because it captures much of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives so many of the men and women who we write about. The full email, along with a YouTube clip, are reprinted below with… Read More

  • Fuji announces four digital camera-centric flash memory cards [Update]

    The class of these cards is unknown, but Fuji rolled out Class 6 SD, SDHC, microSD and microSDHC memory cards today in the following capacities: Secure Digital – 1 GB SD, 2 GB SD Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) – 4 GB SDHC, 8 GB SDHC, 16 GB SDHC Micro Secure Digital – 1 GB, 2 GB Micro Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) – 4 GB, 8 GB Update: Pricing after the jump. Read More

  • Cloud + Client

    This week two giants spoke to the technology wave known as cloud computing. Larry Ellison called it a new label on what everyone is doing already. He acknowledged he was going along with it to keep his marketing and sales guys happy, but basically he called bullshit on it. Steve Ballmer talked at a deep level about intelligent caching between the cloud and the client. Over an hour of… Read More

  • HD cosmetics: Don't look ugly on TV

    Interestingly, this image is what TV studios do to you before you go on the air. Make-up manufacturers like Dior, Cargo, and Temptu are all releasing HD-ready make-up for models and actors who must – simply must – appear on HD television. Whereas pancake and a prayer used to be sufficient for most television personalities, this new make-up spreads the light differently, ensuring… Read More

  • LG X110 MOMO notebook launching with embedded 3G in the UAE

    Despite the odd name for this laptop, LG’s 10-inch notebook with an Intel Atom processor boasts embedded 3G and not much else. But it comes in three pretty colors. Yay! Specs after the jump. Read More

  • A glass of wine, a little light music, and my vacuum tubes

    Fabrication d’une lampe triode
    by F2FO Hello, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Cathode Cabaret. On tonight’s bill we have the amazing Gigi and her Fiery Torch along with Monsieur Anode and his Low Power Band. Sit back, relax, and watch as our entertainers create vacuum tubes from scratch. Note: This is really old. For some reason… Read More

  • Slides 2 PC, the $100 slide scanner

    If you have old folks sitting quietly at home, get them this and give them something to do. Slide scanning – along with vinyl record conversion – is one of those things that our elders would love to get around to but don’t quite have the time or resources to do it correctly. This $100 Ion model, however, will let my mom and pop import those pictures they snapped at the… Read More

  • Finally, You Can Create Spreadsheets On Your iPhone

    When Apple’s App Store was first announced, many of us envisioned a fleet of applications that would turn the iPhone into a mobile computing powerhouse – any functionality that Apple neglected to include would be quickly introduced by third party developers. Unfortunately, the store has largely failed to deliver on that potential, as developers have shied away from… Read More

  • The Dell Zink PZ310 stops by the FCC

    This rather nondescript printer was found on FCC’s website is actually a sweet Dell mobile photo printer. The PZ310 features a ink-free printing curiosity of Zink technology that pumps out photos either by USB or Bluetooth. It seems that this new Dell device is really a re-branded Polaroid PoGo mobile printer and will probably carry a similar $149 MSRP when launched. If you need… Read More

  • Digital projectors coming to more theaters thanks to deal with movie studios

    Digital cinemas are astounding and everyone from common folk to AV nerds can see a huge difference. The problem is that the systems are expensive – damn expensive – like a 100k a screen. Through a $1-billion financing deal signed by Universal, Paramount, Disney and Fox, the nation’s top movie-theaters are going to get JPMorgan Securities backing to install these systems on… Read More

  • Study on video card failures: "It's the solder, stupid"

    A couple weeks ago we posted about allegations of widespread solder failure in NVIDIA graphics cards. This is further confirmation of that, as a study done at my alma mater comparing high-lead (90% lead, 10% tin) and eutectic (60% lead, 40% tin) found that under controlled circumstances, “…plastic energy produced in the high-lead layer is about 100 times larger than in the… Read More

  • Mitsubishi sets new record for solar cell efficiency

    Mitsubishi Electric today said it has produced a polycrystalline-silicon solar cell that converts light energy to electrical energy with an efficiency of 18.6%. According to the company, the previous record stood at 18.3%. The protoype is sized at 150x150mm and has a thickness of 180 microns. Mitsubishi structured the surface like a honeycomb in order to reduce reflections of sunrays. In… Read More

  • Video: Accomplished rapper Soulja Boy wants to get into video game design!

    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshheDY08ihGTJyiS7mR Soulja Boy is a self-described Superstar. The kid knows his stuff when it comes to hip-hop (“straight fire,” says CrunchGear’s John Biggs), but did you know that he also fancies himself as a game designer? He admits as much in his latest video blog, which you can view right up there. Bonus points if you… Read More

  • Wok-Fi DIY Wi-Fi extender

    Peter Ha recommended this technique that he learned while working in his Uncle’s Tex Mex/Chinese Take Out place in Queens – actually I found it on Instructables. It’s called the Wok-Fi and it’s simply a dumpling strainer attached to a Wi-Fi dongle. If you’re hurting for Wi-Fi, this might be worth a try even though you’ll look like a total freak. Apparently… Read More

  • LG KC780 promo shots make their way out

    Believe it or not, that LG KC780 we saw last week isn’t just a really blurry looking handset. GSM Arena managed to scrounge up the above promo shot, offering a much sharper look at the KC780 in all of its 8 megapixel glory. While their source wasn’t able to share any new specs, they did mention that LG is internally acclaiming the handset as the slimmest of the 8-megapixel bunch. Read More

  • Carbon Diem tracks your carbon footprint on your cellphone

    A company has developed software for your cellphone that automatically calculates your carbon footprint. The program, called Carbon Diem, uses your GPS to calculate how fast you’re moving. It then interprets that data to calculate your carbon footprint. If you’re traveling by car you’re killing Mother Earth; if you’re walking about you deserve a gold star. Carbon… Read More

  • Ukrainian Startup MP3Count Springs Up To Sell Music For Pennies

    The legal travails of Russian music download service AllOfMP3, which sold music for a few cents per download, are well known. Whether or not it was legal under Russian law, the site was shut down after massive U.S. government pressure on the Russian government and a $1.65 trillion RIAA lawsuit. AllOfMP3 lives on through an affiliated site called MP3Sparks, although the site is often down for… Read More

  • Fable II to ship without working online co-op mode

    Would-be Xbox 360 killer app Fable II comes out on October 21, but it’s now emerged that the game will ship without a functional online co-op mode. That’s right, after you make the long, lonely drive back from GameStop that Tuesday, you won’t immediately be able to hop on Xbox Live to play with your friends. That said, you won’t have to wait very long for online co-op. Read More

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