• HP, Yahoo, Intel Launch Cloud Computing Test Bed

    The mystery announcement we mentioned yesterday was just released – Yahoo, Hewlett Packard and Intel are jointly announcing a new cloud computing research initiative called the Cloud Computing Test Bed. Users will be able to build and launch new applications on the platform. It’s being described as “a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment designed to… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson to make another announcement within 2 weeks?

    Hot on the tail of the Walkman trio announcement last week, rumor has it that Sony Ericsson’s looking to make another announcement within the next 2 weeks or so. Sony Ericsson has had a fairly constant flow of announcements over the past few months. Unfortunately, outside of the C905 announcement back in June, they’ve all been pretty boring. It’s tough to get pumped… Read More

  • W3C releases mobile Web recommendations

    The World Wide Web consortium or W3C announced new standards that it hopes will make mobile Web browsing easier. Published as a W3C recommendation, the groups says it Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 “condenses the experience of many mobile Web stakeholders into practical advice on creating mobile-friendly content.” Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, leader of the W3C Mobile Web Activity… Read More

  • Creepy Japanese fembot promotes suntan lotion on TV

    This week, Osaka-based healthcare company Kincho released [JP] a new commercial for their “Preshower” sunscreen, which currently airs on Japanese TV. I have no idea why but the ad stars Actroid DER-2, a humanoid robot made by Kokoro-Dreams [JP]. Tagline: “Also recommended by androids – Preshower is good for your skin!”. The picture above shows the fembot… Read More

  • BT Acquires Ribbit For $105 Million

    BT announced that it has acquired Silicon Valley based Ribbit for $105 million in cash. On July 9 we reported that Ribbit executives were telling friends the deal was done while simultaneously denying it to the press. One thing we got wrong was the price, though. We were hearing $55 million, $5 million more than competitor GrandCentral managed to wrangle out of Google. Ribbit got nearly… Read More

  • More Lego Batman impressions: It's fun!

    Attention, Batman and video game fans. Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the dandiest gaming blog out there, has given its professional opinion (two opinions, actually) on Lego Batman, a game we’ve covered as part of our boyish infatuation with The Dark Knight. As you might expect, RPS liked what it saw. Playing as Mr. Freeze and the Riddler, RPS pranced about, doing all sorts of Lego-y and… Read More

  • Endgame: Scrabulous Gets Wiped Off Facebook

    Long outplayed by two Indian brothers, Hasbro finally delivers a massive counter blow to Scrabulous, one of the most loved games on Facebook. Scrabulous fans in North America will see the following message when they try to play the game: Scrabulous is disabled for U.S. and Canadian users until further notice. If you would like to stay informed about developments in this matter, please… Read More

  • Dell Studio Hybrid gunning for Mac Mini, EeePC

    Dell has a new, rather odd-looking desktop that might tickle your computer bone. It’s called the Studio Hybrid, and it’s the company’s first foray into the trendy yet utterly useless realm of “green” and ”eco-friendly” computing. The Studio Hybrid partly uses laptop components, such as a smaller power supply (65 watts v. 300 watts) to achieve its… Read More

  • Pentax introduces two inexpensive 10 megapixel digital cameras

    Today Pentax unveiled [JP] the Optio M60, a 10.1 megapixel digital camera to be released in Japan August 22. In the US, a slightly similar camera will be released in October (as the Optio E60). The camera’s main selling point is the price: It will not cost more than $140 in the USA. It seems Americans will get a trimmed-down version. Pentax in America states the E60 will feature 3x… Read More

  • iPhone cut and paste… kinda

    First Look – MagicPad from Apple iPhone Apps on Vimeo. TC’s Jason writes: Copy and Paste has long been one of the most requested features on the iPhone, and its continued absence has been both frustrating and confusing for many. How can it be that the iPhone – running a finely tuned version of Mac OS X – is unable to perform functions that have been included in… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Monday, July 28

    Today’s Top Posts: Live from Virgin Galactic: We visit the White Knight 2 Cuil search engine: Reinventing the wheel Replacement LCD for iPhone 3G just $85 via Brando Automatic door for dogs, training not provided White Knight 2 photo gallery Motorola cleans out closest, reorganizes, again eDeck lets you gamble for real money via Wi-Fi Samsung Haiku contest ends tomorrow Digital… Read More

  • Get The Walkmen Album Early, Help Charity On Amie Street

    Amie Street, the indie music store that prices songs by their popularity, has pre-released The Walkmen’s new album You & Me three weeks before its scheduled launch date. The entire album is available for $5, with all proceeds going to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as part of the site’s “Download To Make a Difference” campaign. You can download the… Read More

  • Newsflash: People like good movies

    More often than not, it’s the simple explanation that makes the most sense. Commenting on a recent LA Times woe-for-the-movie-industry piece, Techdirt arrives at the stunning conclusion that people will pay to go see a good movie. The LA Times article describes in detail the efforts that the industry took to delay The Dark Knight including shipping the movie reels in separate shipments… Read More

  • Replace the battery in your Nike+ receiver on the cheap

    Got one of them newfangled Nike+ setups? Doubtless you’re wondering what happens when the battery dies on the receiver. Unsurprisingly, you’re supposed to bring it into your local Niketown and pay the man $20 to do the deal. But if you’re comfortable slicing the thing open and doing things with little wires, you can do it yourself for five bucks. Instructables has the… Read More

  • Apprise: An Air RSS reader with AIM/Twitter integration

    Christian Cantrell, an Adobe employee and editor of WatchReport just sent me a link to his latest project. It’s called Apprise Reader and it’s basically a feed reader with two very compelling features. On the surface, Apprise Reader hits all the right buttons: Adobe Air, Twitter, AIM, RSS. It is, at its core, a feed reader with a dead simple interface. It accepts standard OPML files… Read More

  • September release: MacBook with multi-touch glass trackpad, regular screen?

    Another Apple rumor floating around seems to suggest that new MacBooks will be released in September that will not include multi-touch screens, instead opting to build upon their already established multi-touch trackpad. By utilizing the rumored glass trackpad, Apple may be betting on gestural trackpad as being the next logical step in notebook evolution. They already have incorporated the… Read More

  • Automated friendship bracelet maker made of LEGOs

    When I was in the 8th grade, friendship bracelets were all the rage — so much so that I started my own bracelet-making business. I would make them in study hall and then sell them for about 2-5 bucks. Demand got so high I ended up talking other kids into making them for me (I would pay them $1 a bracelet). Doing this got the attention of The Man and I had to shut down my little… Read More

  • Drop your phone a lot? Get a G'zOne Boulder

    I don’t know whether this phone from Casio is pronounced “Jee-zee wun” or “Gazone,” but either way I kind of like the idea of a basic, super-rugged phone. My Samsung Trace has been through a lot and keeps ticking, but I’ve seen a few Oceans go down in my time, to say nothing of sat-on iPhones and such. The Boulder’s feature set is pretty limited… Read More

  • SearchCloud Weights Keywords To Improve Search Relevance

    SearchCloud, a new search engine that launched on July 17, has a new take on search refinement that it hopes will make it a useful alternative to the likes of Yahoo and Google. Instead of simply entering multiple keywords, users can rank how important each term is to the search. Each term is placed in a “search cloud”, where its weight is indicated by the size of the… Read More

  • Gazelle: Sell Stuff Without Doing the Craigslist/eBay Dance

    CG’s Devin writes:
    I doubt you guys have quite the amount of gadget clutter as those of use who accrue them for a living, but if you’ve even got half our volume of old cameras, phones, and devices in general laying around you may find Gazelle’s service helpful. Not everyone has a used computer recycler like RePC in the Northwest. And while GameStop might buy your DS and… Read More

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