• San Fran: Another City-wide Wi-Fi Plan Bites It

    . Poor San Francisco, who expected some tasty wi-fi from Earthlink later this year, is now left to fend for itself. Mayor Newsom says that the plan is still going head with public money and that Earthlink will not spoil the plans to roll out wireless throughout the city. Read More

  • This One's For You, Bro!

    Fairy tales and magic, old man! JJ at Gadgets.BoingBoing.Net.Org has some damn good taste. What do you see here? Drifting. Dinosaurs. Fake beards. Arch-rivals. Dinosaurs. Great for a pre-long-weekend Thursday. Video: In Inassailable Awesomeness of Overdrift [Gadgets.BoingBoing] Read More

  • Why Are Microsoft Execs So Active on Facebook? Plus: Is Bill G. Hot, or Not?

    Microsoft employees and even executives are very active on Facebook – over 13,000 of them have a profile on the service. By comparison, Google has 5,000 employees with profiles, although Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt are noticeably absent (Marissa Mayer does have a profile, however, and actively adds friends). Yahoo has just 3,500 employee profiles, and none of the most… Read More

  • iPod Speaker Goes Retro

    Advanced Sound Devices is putting out one of the most hilarious speakers we’ve ever seen — a vintage-looking miniature wood and plastic jukebox with an iPod dock built-in. (It looks like some sort of freakish shrine to the GodPod/JesusPhone.) The Retro Tune Mini Jukebox can wake you up to music from your iPod or iPhone, CD player, or FM radio, and you can trip out to the… Read More

  • Panasonic Launches Face-Detecting 10-Megapixel Lumix

    The Lumix DMC-L10 looks like it fits solidly in the mid-range DSLR market, a bit above the Rebel. At $1,300, it comes complete with 14-50mm LEICA lens, image stabilzation, and a 2.5-inch live LCD for looking at your friends an neighbors on screen instead of through the range finder. It should be available here in October but for now we can drool over multiple scene modes and face detection. Read More

  • Video: Pacemaker Pocket DJ In Action

    OhMyGod, it is real! Remember that Pacemaker pocket DJ thing that I raved (get it?) about a few months back? For whatever reason, Digital-Lifestyles played with the units for a little bit and have officially made me jealous. Check out the videos and drool with me. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Fall Game Preview

    It is hard to believe that this coming weekend is Labor Day. Next week kids (who aren’t already unlucky enough to be back in school) head back to the classroom. So it is a happy time for parents around the country. For those of us who never really grew up however, the end of summer is a bittersweet time. The days of fun in the sun are winding down, but this just means more time to load… Read More

  • AdMob AdMonitor: Watch Where Mobile Advertising Is Displayed In Real Time

    AdMonitor, a Google Maps mashup from mobile ad serving company AdMob, provides real time data on who is viewing mobile ads worldwide, including the network they are on and the phone they are using. San Mateo based AdMob has seemingly slipped under the radar in terms of attention whilst competitors have been acquired; Third Screen Media was acquired bought by AOL and Screentonic was acquired… Read More

  • Mercedes Owners Get The Hook Up From Google, Yahoo!

    Driving a Mercedes-Benz is a wonderful luxury, but Google and Yahoo! want to make your driving experience even easier. Now when you visit either Google or Yahoo! Maps, you’ll be able to send customized maps or directions to your vehicle by clicking the “Send to Car” option. A godsend for bad drivers? Absolutely. When you get into your SL500 or E320, hit the “I”… Read More

  • Outages GAH!

    I’ve been dealing with some tagging issues this morning – the new version of Ultimate Tag Warrior blew our MySQL server through the back door and out into the yard. I’m using simple-tagging now but if anyone knows of something better, let me know. Read More

  • German Restaurant Boots Waitstaff, Goes Completely Automated

    I hate dealing with waiters and waitresses, what with their stupid stares and demanding of tips. That’s why I’m thrilled to have read about a German restaurant that has replaced its human waitstaff with technology. Yup, no more wannabe actors and actresses, just the cold, unforgiving nature of automatic ordering and table service. The restaurant’s owner says that billions… Read More

  • TellThem: MySpace Kills Another Startup

    MySpace has put the axe to yet another startup. Last night they made a call threatening legal action against freshly launched TellThem.mobi, a service that lets you message all your friends from your mobile phone. TellThem’s site simply reads: “On Wednesday August 29th, 2007, we got a call from MySpace threatning to take legal action if we didn’t take the website down. Read More

  • The Poor Man's Front Row: Kodak Easyshare HD Dock

    So you’ve got some swell photos of your trip to the Hamptons and don’t want to be bothered hitting buttons or clicking a mouse to show them off? Perhaps you’d be interested in checking out the Kodak Easyshare HD Dock, which essentially allows you to dock your memory card or Kodak camera and process your pictures via a remote. You can then output your photos in HD so you can… Read More

  • SeedCamp Finalists Chosen; Battle To Final Five Next Week

    Seedcamp, a European Y Combinator-like seed fund and mentoring program, has announced the final twenty candidates for funding. Next week, five of the twenty startup ideas will be funded, each receiving €50,000 to build out their business. We are one of the media sponsors of the program. In all, 240 applications were received from 40 countries.
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  • Wii-like Skateboard: Is The Term 'Sidewalk Surfer' Still Used?

    Somehow I just don’t see the Nintendo Wii-skateboard connection, but Black Market does. Unofficially, that is. This upcoming skateboard deck—I think that’s what you call them; my Tony Hawk days are long gone—looks a hell of a lot like the Wii remote control. It also doesn’t seem to have Nintendo’s blessing, which means we can expect a lawsuit in 4.2… Read More

  • Sony Walkman NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610

    Though Sony has ditched ATRAC and its music store, it doesn’t mean it’s going to stop putting out digital audio players. The ATRAC-less NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 are all about supporting AAC, WMA, MP3, AVC, and MP4 formats and support PlaysForSure audio. Both are supposed to get extremely good battery life around the 33 hour mark despite the 1.8-inch QVGA screen being lit up all… Read More

  • Sony Ditches Music Store, ATRAC Audio Format

    Over the past three to four years, I’ve always kept an eye on Sony’s MP3 Walkmen players. Though they look cool at times and have some features I’d enjoy (like FM Radio), the fact that they are not OS X-compatible and use the ATRAC file format is what kept myself and possibly you from purchasing one. So it looks like it only took about half a lifetime for Sony to wise up… Read More

  • HP Virtus Revealed, No Specs Yet

    HP hasn’t made anything in ages that’s tickled my fancy, but this new Virtus desktop might do the trick. Aside from the huge, ornate design on the front, it looks like it’ll have plenty of ports, a built-in card reader, lots of cooling, and probably speed to match. Unfortunately, the only information available at this time comes in the form of leaked photos. Sorry! Read More

  • Daewoo Unveils Its First Blu-ray Player

    During IFA, Daewoo, maker of all things cheap and imported, announced it would be dipping its feet into the waters of the Blu-ray market with its first player, the DBP-1000. Sleek blue looks aside, the player is slim and supports full BD-R specifications. It can access live content, output in 1080p via HDMI, upscale DVDs and photos to full-rez, and can playback DivX files. The DBP-1000 can… Read More

  • Mobile Phone Propaganda

    If you are interested in propaganda, you may already be following Propaganda III, a world art tour of the best poster propaganda art there is. The tour accepts entries from all over and doesn’t discriminate as to content. Some exhibits are anti-war, left bent or virally anti-Semitic. The artist can be fascists, communist, or somewhere in between. All entries are based on their merit… Read More

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