• Monsoon Multimedia to announce HAVA player for S60 tomorrow

    Tomorrow at the S60 Summit in Barcelona, Monsoon Multimedia will be announcing and demonstrating an application that will allow S60 users to connect to HAVA units back home to view and control their home TVs from their mobile handsets. Like the perhaps more commonly known Slingbox, a HAVA allows you to “place-shift” your TV. By connecting to your unit back home, you can watch all… Read More

  • Video: Awesome Super Mario World level set to music!

    Yesterday, Doug posted a video set to music of babies puking on themselves, each other, and other people. Fantastic stuff, right? Here’s another video set to music, though this one’s a little weirder. Someone with far, far too much time on their hands created a gianormous level of Super Mario World where the game objects, when encountered, go along almost perfectly with the song… Read More

  • Samsung announces ultra speedy 256 GB SSD

    Oh, solid state drives — How fast they grow. Just four months ago, Samsung took pride in announcing a 128 GB SSD. Before that one has even hit the shelves, they’ve gone and one-upped themselves by announcing a 256 GB SSD, with breakneck sequential read/write speeds of 200 MB/s and 160 MB/s respectively. The drives should start trickling off the line sometime around September, but… Read More

  • MediaScrape Wants A Word With Our Readers

    We wrote about Montreal, Canada based MediaScrape last month when they announced a $3.2 million round of financing. In the post, Duncan noted some inconsistencies in their funding announcements and questioned their claim to be a “leading online broadcast news network.” Some of the comments to the post were also a bit harsh on the company and founder. Founder Tyler Cavell… Read More

  • McDonalds Japan to offer RFID payment and coupon system

    After almost a year in development, McDonalds Japan and this country’s No. 1 mobile telecommunications company, NTT DoCoMo, presented their new electronic payment and coupon system based on RFID. In order to join the so-called Kazasu Kuupon (“no contact coupon”) program, DoCoMo subscribers are supposed to download an application and register on McDonalds Japan’s mobile… Read More

  • Panasonic robot climbs Grand Canyon cliff

    In order to showcase the power of their recently introduced Evolta batteries, Panasonic let a small robot climb up a 500 meter-cliff at Grand Canyon on Saturday. The Atomboy look-a-like weighs 134 grams and is 17 cm tall. It took the robot precisely 6 hours and 46 minutes to pull off the PR stunt. The little guy was powered by just 2 Panasonic Evolta AA cells while hoisting himself up a rope. Read More

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    Yeah, I’m confused too. Read More

  • Old Media Still Needs to Get Over its Control Issues

    The wonderful thing about the Internet is that nobody controls it. And if you can’t control the medium, you can’t control the message. That seems obvious enough in this age 100 million blogs, YouTube, Digg, and Twitter mania. In fact, just this morning I was invited to a Facebook group called End of Control to discuss the issues that arise as control shifts from media companies… Read More

  • Can FON create a worldwide, wireless Internet?

    Ready for worldwide, wireless Internet access? Keep dreaming! You remember FON, right? There’s a small piece in the International Herald Tribune that tries to explain why the hippie-sounding service hasn’t taken off yet. Whereas, to be successful, FON needs millions of users spread around the world, each sharing their Internet connection wirelessly, so far only 830,000 people… Read More

  • New high-tech anti-snoring pillow from Japan

    In case you have a serious problem with snoring during sleep, Tokyo-based furniture maker France Bed now comes to the rescue. The company developed an anti-snoring head pillow which is able to detect and reduce unwanted sounds by vibrating to change the position of the sleeping person’s head. Users can adjust the sensitivity of the Ibiki Makura (snore pillow) to three different… Read More

  • Demo of iPhone Earth

    Want to see what the earth would look like in your iPhone? Watch the video below, which was shot by Frank Taylor of the Google Earth Blog. It shows a demo of the “coolest thing” he saw at the recent Where 2.0 conference from a Boulder-Colorado startup called Earthscape.. The demo is of a mobile application (Earthscape Mobile) in development that puts virtual earth software on… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld has some new features, and I have a suggestion

    UnLtdWorld, the niche social network aimed at social entrepreneurs, is adding a few new features. Among them, the Research Lab feature (which maps social entrepreneurship) now enables members to visualise a breakdown of all statistical data around a specific location and relevant to their personal network. The site will also be releasing a series of APIs to generate mashups with the… Read More

  • PayPal: Ten Days And Counting To Fix Drop Down Menu Bug

    Sometime around May 16 a bug appeared in PayPal’s subscription payments page that stops people from paying if they live in a different country than the site collecting the money. The original complaint and discussion about it are here. More discussion here. We’ve been hearing about it for a few days now, but bugs generally aren’t big news and we don’t cover them except… Read More

  • (Cover) Flowww For Your Tech News

    Does Cover Flow work for browsing the Web? Increasingly, I’ve been seeing Flash-based Websites adopt the visual metaphor of Apple’s iTunes Cover Flow as a navigational tool to quickly flip through Web pages (instead of album covers). You can see that in new search engines like SearchMe, and in a news filter that just launched this weekend called Flowww. (Apparently, we are… Read More

  • PDA devices temporarily banned from UK theme park, public displays of affection are still legal

    I’m not familiar with the Alton Towers Resort theme park, but if this little kid dressed as a cop says that PDAs aren’t allowed for the next week, then I’ll be damned if I’m going to argue. The park is enforcing the no PDA rule from today, the 25th, until next Sunday, June 1st, in order to “encourage parents to disconnect from the office and reconnect fully with… Read More

  • Vudu being tested in 24 California Best Buy stores

    In what appears to be a test to see how well the set-top movie rental box can sell in a mainstream retail store, Best Buy is now selling Vudu in 24 of its California locations, according to Video Business. The goal is to raise mainstream interest for Vudu, say sources, which is currently at a disadvantage to bigger-branded rival Apple TV… …At some of the Best Buy locations, the… Read More

  • Live coverage of Phoenix Mars Lander at 6:00 PM EST

    NASA’s latest Mars explorer, Phoenix, is set to land on the Red Planet tonight at just before 8:00 PM Eastern. There will be live coverage on the NASA TV web site starting at 6:00 PM Eastern. Phoenix is being sent to Mars’ north pole to search for what appears to be subsurface liquid water. According to the mission overview, the four main goals are; — Determine whether Life… Read More

  • Slow News Day: Here are some babies puking

    While I look for some provocative technology news items on this holiday Sunday, please enjoy a series of babies throwing up. The one at 34 seconds is mesmerizing. Read More

  • Sprint responds to 5GB Bandwidth cap woes

    Following our story on Sprint’s decision to cap their mobile broadband packages at 5GB of bandwidth per month, Sprint sent over an email in hopes of clarifying things a bit. Straight from the email: The vast majority of current users (about 99.5%) shouldn’t be affected. Whether it’s the 300 MB roaming limit or the 5GB limit on total data usage, that’s enough data to… Read More

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