• MyHeritage Expands Its Family Tree

    Genealogy site MyHeritage is merging with Pearl Street Software. Through the team-up MyHeritage will pick up Pearl Street’s VP of Technology and gain control of the #2 family tree software in worldwide sales (Family Tree Legends), the #2 family tree submission site (GenCircles) with more than 160 million ancestors, and more than 400 million public records in the Family Tree Legends… Read More

  • Windows Home Server Starts Shipping September 15th?

    Hewlett Packard’s MediaSmart Home Server, pictured here, made a brief blip on the internet radar recently when it showed up and quickly disappeared from various online stores (it’s still up on Amazon, however). It’ll apparently be available to ship on September 15th and there will be two models available, a 500GB version for $599 and a 1TB version for $749. Each will have an… Read More

  • Revo Pico Portable WiFi Radio Good For 8 Hours O' Fun

    Going to the beach? Might wanna bring along  the “world’s first portable WiFi radio” and hope to hell you can get a wireless signal out there. Read More

  • Laser Beam Wristwatch: 100% Computer Controlled

    Clearly, we’ve evolved since 1985. via WWR Read More

  • Samsung's HD Flash Camcorder Says, "Guten Tag"

    Revealed today pre-IFA is the VP-HMX10, which is Samsung’s first compact HD camcorder. While it’s not 1080p the HMX10 is rocking 720p with a 10x optical zoom lens and has 8GB of internal storage (H.264) with an SDHC port for extra coverage. The HMX10 also boasts a quick-start function that gets you going in under three seconds with a widescreen LCD that swivels around like a wet… Read More

  • SNES Games That Defined a Generation

    I missed the whole SNES thing back in the 1990s, but it’s nice to see some titles from my childhood and to catch up on old friends like Samus, Link, and Burt Reynolds wearing a bathrobe and little else — that last one wasn’t a video game character, just a recurring fantasy. Read More

  • Apple to Share Operators Revenue

    AT&T has the exclusive carrier license in the Untied States for the iPhone. It is too early to tell how profitable this will be for AT&T. The licensing agreement between the two companies includes a payout to Apple from AT&T’s revenue generated from iPhone calls and data functions. Some rumblings in Europe may be a clue as to what it takes to get an exclusive iPhone… Read More

  • Spotted in Japan: Those Almost Floaty Speakers

    I was browsing a Tokyo electronics store earlier today when I came across these odd-looking speakers. I spent a good 20 seconds staring at them, thinking “Where the hell have I seen these before?” Then the Ambien wore off and I remembered that I wrote about them right here a few months ago. Read More

  • Sony Cyber-shot H3, Does Stuff You (Might) Like

    “Big things come in small packages.” That seems to hold true for Sony’s latest digital camera or so they want you to believe. The Cyber-shot DSC-H3 boasts an 8-megapixel sensor and a whopping 10x optical zoom. The selling point here is the HD output and the built-in slide show function, which is great, but you’ll have to dish out a few more greenbacks ($40) if you want… Read More

  • Blogspot Completely Down?

    In the wake of the Great Skype Outage of 2007 everyone who is everyone in IT should be watching their servers and production code like a flock of hawks. Well, it looks like Google isn’t taking my advice because as of 10:43 EST it looks like Blogspot is completely down. I’m OK with that — my Commander Ackbar fan fiction network uses WordPress — but shouldn’t… Read More

  • New Nanos in the Wild

    9to5Mac has some hot pictures of the new widescreen Nano that Apple may or may not be launching ever. Real? Fake? Who knows. We trade in rumor, here, and exchange rate is our sanity. Nano Spy Pics [9to5mac] Read More

  • Sharp Unveils Lightest, Thinnest LCD TV

    Unveiled earlier today in Japan was the world’s thinnest and lightest LCD TV from Sharp. That’s all well and good, but the prototype 20mm thick 52-inch LCD won’t go into production until 2010. The specs are rather impressive, though. The prototype boasts a contrast ratio of 100,000 to 1 and weighs just over 55-pounds. Me thinks I’ll be waiting for those fancy OLED… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel Raises Messaging Rate, Does Not Allow Customers to Fly Free, Free As the Wind Blows

    Sprint Nextel just raised their messaging rates to 20 cents per casual SMS and, in a particularly sneaky move, modified their terms of service to ensure that customers couldn’t slip out of their contracts after the change. Read More

  • Jhannet Sejas Pleads Guilty To Unlawful Recording Charges

    Does everyone remember Jhannet Sejas? She was the teen who was arrested for ‘pirating’ 20 seconds of Transformers last month with her Canon PowerShot digital camera in a Virginia theater on her birthday. I think that most of you will agree that this is a ridiculous case altogether, but the MPAA had to make an example out of someone, so why not Jhannet? If she tried to fight the… Read More

  • Dell Failing in Consumer Satisfaction Sez WSJ

    I’d love to give you more information on this story, but the Wall Street Journal is still rocking the “walled garden” approach to newsgathering so we’ll paraphrase and link to a blog that deserves linkage. Read More

  • iPhone Firmware Update Released: Your Hacks are Safe

    Apparently all of the iPhone hackers can now rejoice because the current update didn’t brick their hardware. Release 1.02 includes only “bug fixes” which is code for “embedding tracking bits into every piece of software so Steve and his robot army and destroy those who know how to work the iPhone tool chain.” Look for mass death and destruction by the time update… Read More

  • Oh Noes! Apple Keyboards Malfunctioning

    If Vince wasn’t in Orlando defiling a Magic Kingdom Princess then I could ask him if he’s been experiencing any problems with his new Apple keyboard, but alas he is not, so we’ll look elsewhere for answers. It seems as though a fair amount of folks are experiencing issues with the F3 and F4 function keys. The Expose and Dashboard functions don’t seem to work although a… Read More

  • Former Dark Continent Brightens with Mobile Internet

    Many people who live in Africa don’t have personal computers but do have mobile phones. Mobile phone providers are fulfilling the thirst for knowledge and connectivity the internet provides. The company Celtel-Sierra Leone has unveiled plans to offer internet access and downloads to an inquisitive nation. In case you’ve forgotten, Sierra Leone is a small country on… Read More

  • DIY Ring Flash Diffuser: The Cheap Creative Rascal Way

    I’ve been going batshit crazy with my DSLR the last few months and I’m one of those weird dudes who likes to take macro shots. I don’t know why, but I like taking close up pictures of things because I think it looks cool. I especially like bugs and just about anything in the great outdoors. The only problem is I don’t have a fancy flash, so every shot that needs a bit… Read More

  • Nicholas Deleon, Live From Japan For Some Reason

    The last RAZR in Japan. Act now! Buenos días, readers. For reasons I can’t get into just quite yet, I’m currently in Tokyo which, it turns out, is unmercifully far from New York. While I’m here, I’ll be on the lookout for all the high-tech gems that I’ve read and written about over the years. The funny thing about Japan is that the people here love fish. Read More

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