• Mobile Video Watchers: Stand and Be Counted

    Mobile Video Watchers: Stand and Be Counted

    Nielsen, the media monitoring company famous for letting Alf stay on the air as long as it did, is now measuring mobile media eyeballs and boy is it getting some juicy info. For starters: Eight million persons 12 and older viewed video on their mobile phone (this excludes videos created with a phone’s camcorder function) Read More

  • Touch Sensitive Paper

    Touch Sensitive Paper

    Blow up doll connoisseurs rejoice! A new wave of touchable tech is just around the bend.
    A team of Swedish scientists have created paper embedded with metallic particles that, when touched, complete a circuit which produces a recorded sound. The sound is played via small electromagnets
    embedded in the paper. The aim for now is to apply this technology into packaging. However, more… Read More

  • What's In This Bag?

    What's In This Bag?


    Kevin Poulsen, ex-hacker extraordinaire, posted a teaser image on Threat Level, one of the Wired blogs. He writes: I’m so excited by this piece we’re running tomorrow, that I’m posting this preview pic to give THREAT LEVEL readers an exclusive chance to guess what the subject is. Here’s a clue: this will be the best thing that’s ever appeared on the internet. Read More

  • Leopard Will Use ZFS File System: Sun

    Leopard Will Use ZFS File System: Sun

    Sun opened its big, fat mouth today and announced that Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Leopard will use its ZFS file system as its default. (Macs currently use HFS+ with journaling enabled as the default file system.) A full list of ZFS’ advantages can be found on Sun’s site, but this one caught my eye while quickly glancing over it: All operations are copy-on-write transactions… Read More

  • Amazon May Be Looking To Acquire Netflix

    Netflix stock jumped up 5.66% today on rumors that the company may be in acquisition talks with by Amazon. The funny thing about public company rumors: when they affect stock prices, it becomes AP-reported news. Netflix has been under attack from Blockbuster and others in recent years, although membership growth has remained steady and the company is profitable. A whole new class of… Read More

  • Skype Thinks Phones that Can't Run Skype Are Bad

    Skype Thinks Phones that Can't Run Skype Are Bad

    USA Today is running a little piece about how Skype is totally Pee Oooed about how some carriers won’t let phone owners run outside applications on their handsets. They were so angry, in fact, they wrote a sternly worded letter to the FCC about it and they intend to take this all the way to … zzzzzz… what? Oh, sorry. Read More

  • Life-size "Lost in Space" Robot Only $25K

    Life-size "Lost in Space" Robot Only $25K

    Goody, more robots! Today’s is a Robot B9 replica—you know, the one from “Lost in Space” that always ran around flailing his arms in the air warning about danger and hippies. She’s full-size, too, which just makes the $24,500 price all the more inviting. Right. If I had an extra $25K I probably wouldn’t be buying robots, but rather some Air Jordans and… Read More

  • Sorry, No New iMac at WWDC Next Week

    Sorry, No New iMac at WWDC Next Week

    Uh, oh. Now it looks like there will not, repeat, *not* be any new iMacs at Apple’s WWDC next week. That’s what AppleInsider has learned, at any rate. But AI promises that a major overhaul of Apple consumer computers is still on track for this year, it’s just that next week is too early to launch them. (Apple might have a certain other product launch to worry about.) AI… Read More

  • Olympus Teases Us With Possible E-1 Successor

    Olympus Teases Us With Possible E-1 Successor

    What’s underneath the veil, Olympus? Could it be the successor to your E-1s, which are now some four years old? I know you showed a prototype SLR back at PMA, but we want the real thing, baby. We want it so bad. Or not, whatever. It better do well to compete against the heavy hitters from Nikon and Canon. “Product Page” [Olympus via fareastgizmos.com] Read More

  • Porsche Shows Off Phone That May Not Really Exist

    Porsche Shows Off Phone That May Not Really Exist

    It looks like Porsche is branching out from its mainstream-fancy sports car production and into the cellphone game. In this man’s hand is the Porsche Design Mobile Phone P’9521, whose interface looks a hell of a lot like the Prada’s. It’s a flip phone, my least favorite kind, and I have no idea whether or not it’ll be released or how much Porsche would want to… Read More

  • eBay Takes on Google's Audio Ads

    eBay Takes on Google's Audio Ads

    As reported by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, eBay will be expanding it’s MediaMarketplace ad auction system into radio time through a partnership with radio ad auction startup Bid4Spot. eBay started MediaMarketplace last year to sell ad time on national cable networks for a coalition of well-known advertisers, including Home Depot Inc., Microsoft Corp. and… Read More

  • Kids Spend Their Time Online Dressing Up Virtual Dolls – Shouldn't They Be Outside Playing Instead?

    Kids Spend Their Time Online Dressing Up Virtual Dolls – Shouldn't They Be Outside Playing Instead?

    There’s a fine article in today’s New York Times exploring the relationship between online, Facebook-like Web sites and the young girls these sites target. It’s stunning, really, to read that these youngsters (the profiled girl here is 9) prefer to engage in virtual worlds wherein they dress up dolls, do each other’s hair and gossip—granted, excellent training for… Read More

  • Segway Finally Aids Law Enforcement

    Segway Finally Aids Law Enforcement

    Love it or hate it, the Segway does allow you to move a bit quicker than the average human. So it makes perfect sense why law enforcement and college campuses across the nation have chosen the Segway as the security personnel carrier of choice. Last Thursday however, the Segway received instant respect from the Long Beach Police Force. Officer Jose Miguez was patrolling the streets on his… Read More

  • Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones

    Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones

    Johnny 5 isn’t autonomous yet, so he needs help navigating the battlefield. US troops in Iraq are trained to use SUGVs (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles) to be their eyes, ears, and even triggerfingers in highly hostile situations. These robots are cheap enough to almost be considered disposable, and allow the ground troops to explore intense areas with little or no risk to life. The… Read More

  • Sling Media Partners With NHL

    Sling Media Partners With NHL

    Those of you with a thirst for blood and a Slingbox will be extremely pleased to know that the NHL has signed onto a content deal with Sling Media. Users will now be able to Clip+Sling a segment of a hockey game and send it to their friends and family. Wondering what Clip+Sling is? It’s an upcoming service Sling Media will offer to customers who want to share clips of video. You’ll… Read More

  • Landeez All-Terrain Wheelchair: Exactly What It Sounds Like

    Landeez All-Terrain Wheelchair: Exactly What It Sounds Like

    Don’t forget that this coming Saturday, June 10, is “Take the Infirm to the Beach Day,” and is, as always, sponsored by Bed Protect, makers of the All-Day-Long brand of adult diapers. And while others are getting their grampas bogged down in the sun-warmed sand, collecting more skin cancers, you’ll be cruising along with the Landeez Beach Chair. It’s half… Read More

  • Nielsen Wireless Launches Mobile Vector

    Nielsen Wireless Launches Mobile Vector

    Nielsen Media Research may soon be measuring what types of content people are using on their mobile handsets. mocoNews is reporting that the Nielsen Wireless unit has launched its first product, called Mobile Vector, and this service is designed to track mobile content such as mobile Internet and mobile video, while also quantifying the impact that this has on a consumer’s overall… Read More

  • Wii Outsells PS3 5 to 1 in Japan: Its Momentum is Palpable

    Wii Outsells PS3 5 to 1 in Japan: Its Momentum is Palpable

    As if you needed any more confirmation on just how great the Nintendo Wii is, the latest Japanese sales numbers show a 5 to 1 advantage in terms in consoles sold compared to the PS3. Again, this doesn’t mean that the Wii is any better than the PS3, but it does show that Nintendo’s gamble of tapping into the non-gamer market is paying off. (Compare that to the PS3 where you need to… Read More

  • Apple TV: It's Cheaper Than You Think

    Apple TV: It's Cheaper Than You Think


    iSuppli’s dissection of the device revealed the $237 manufacturing price which would create a per-sale profit of $64 before marketing costs. Unusual? Absolutely, considering that products like the Nano exceeded 50% in profits. Based on these numbers, analysts seem to think the Apple TV will make little to no impact on revenue. Apple’s surprising financial plan for the Apple TV… Read More

  • eBay To Broker Radio Ads

    eBay To Broker Radio Ads

    Watch out Google. Just when you thought you were the only big company out there to start offering radio ads, you thought wrong. eBay is stepping into the game now and will start offering a radio ad brokerage service as of today. The service will offer air time for ads to go on more than 2,300 radio stations. Part of the reason eBay is offering these new type of ads is due to the… Read More