• Yes, it’s a robotic business man crawling around

    “Crawling is the soldier’s motion in the battlefield. I would say this is the business soldier,” says performance artist Momoyo Torimitsu as she lets her robotic middle manager make everyone on a busy Australian street feel uncomfortable. “The battery-powered robot is supposed to symbolise the Asian economic crash and Japan’s rigid ‘salaryman’… Read More

  • IBM And Second Life Announce Interoperability, But Bridging Virtual Worlds Is the Wrong Answer

    Virtual worlds like Second Life have a silo issue—they are virtual worlds unto themselves. Today, Linden Lab (which operates Second Life) and IBM announced that they have successfully bridged two virtual worlds, with avatars from Second Life successfully “teleporting” to an entirely different metaverse based on an OpenSim server. The two companies have been working together… Read More

  • Merciful fates! Two screws portend replacable iPhone battery

    Here be dragons! Zounds! What wizardry is this? TGDaily did use their eyes to call forth from the bottom end of the iPhone two screws which, by Hera’s eye, could be a mysterious portal into the innards of the iPhone, giving alchemists access to what may be called a replaceable battery by fools and the very portal to God’s head itself by the wise. The guided tour focuses mainly on… Read More

  • Canon Rebel XS looks like a fine entry level dSLR

    Canon has a new entry level dSLR, possibly with your name on it. The EOS Rebel XS, aka the 1000D, will ship in August for $699. To be fair, $700 for an SLR, especially if you pretend to be “into” photography like Peter and Devin and I, is a decent price. The Rebel XS has a 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 2.5-inch LCD. The step up from this, the Rebel XSi, has a 12.2-megapixel… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Hosted Exchange Deals

    Microsoft has announced this morning the availability of hosted Exchange, Sharepoint, collaboration and communication as part of the Microsoft Online suite. The hosted platform is a direct competitor to the Google App platform, which is currently available either for free or for as little as $50 per year. The service plans for the Microsoft deals start from $3 per user per month – and… Read More

  • Acer Aspire X1200 desktops are tiny but loaded

    Acer recently announced its series of X1200 small form factor desktops. There are three models ranging in price from $450 to $700. The X1200-U1520A and the X1200-U1510A are both available now for $450 and $460, respectively, and the decked-out X1200-B1581A will be available for $700 on Sunday, July 13th. Each model comes with a 64-bit dual-core AMD chip, 4GB of RAM, on-board NVIDIA GeForce… Read More

  • ScanLife: Barcode scanning for the 21st Century and beyond

    In the grand tradition of UPC codes and CueCat, ScanBuy/ScanLife is attempting to barcode the world. Their mission: to allow companies and individuals to place small barcodes on their publications that are readable by over 70 phone models including an upcoming application for the iPhone. The 2d barcodes – meaning that unlike standard barcodes they are read in both the X and Y axis… Read More

  • JS-Kit Acquires Commenting System Provider HaloScan

    JS-Kit, a provider of Javascript comments, ratings, and poll widgets for blogs, has announced their acquisition of HaloScan, one of the largest hosted comments service providers. This announcement is also coordinated with the launch of several major features. Financial terms were not disclosed. HaloScan had previously partnered with JS-Kit in January to provide the users of their comment… Read More

  • Sony releases PS3 2.41 update: Should fix those nasty 2.40 bugs

    As promised, Sony has released the 2.41 firmware update for the PS3. Apparently the 2.40 update caused problems in some PS3s, but ours here seemed to be just fine. In any event, 2.41 brings in-game Cross Media Bar access and the Trophy system. They’re like Achievements on Xbox 360. Sony has apologized for the previous, buggy 2.40 update. Carry on. via 1UP Read More

  • Reiser leads police to wife's body

    Hans Reiser, creator of ReiserFS, an popular alternative filesystem, led Oakland, CA police to his murdered wife’s body yesterday afternoon. Nina Reiser disappeared on September 3, 2006 and no murder weapon or body were found. Reiser’s case lasted six months and it is believed that he brought the police to the body in order to bargain for a reduced sentence. “It was difficult… Read More

  • Gameloft Launches NFL 2009 Today

    Gameloft’s NFL 2009 launches today. Gameloft has a mobile licensing agreement with the National Football League (NFL) that allows the company to create an authentic NFL experience by featuring all 32 NFL teams, NFL players, NFL stadiums and detailed stats. “We are proud that the NFL recognized Gameloft’s signature titles and granted us the license to develop NFL 2009,”… Read More

  • Denon presents their first noise-cancelling headphones

    Today Denon announced [JP] they will start selling their first noise-cancelling headphones at the begining of August. The on-ear AH-NC732 will be available in black and silver. The headphones come with a frequency response of 5Hz-28,000Hz, an impedance of 40Ω and a maximum power input of 100mW. Denon claims noise will be cut by 99%. One AAA battery is needed for 40 hours of active noise… Read More

  • Google Tops Reputation Survey in U.S.; No. 2 Worldwide. Do You Agree? Vote In The TechCrunch Reputation Poll.

    Which Companies Do You Trust Or Admire The Most?
    ( surveys) Who do you trust more, Google or Toyota? The answer might depend on where you live. In its annual corporate reputation survey of 60,000 people worldwide, the Reputation Institute finds that Google scores highest in the U.S., but is No. 2 worldwide after Toyota. On the global list, Ikea is No. 3, Johnson & Johnson is No. 5… Read More

  • VMWare Stock Tumbles As CEO Ejected By Board

    VMWare announced this morning that the board and directors have asked CEO Diane Greene to step down as President and CEO effective immediately. Greene, an original founder of the VMWare company, will be replaced by Paul Maritz as President and CEO, and he has also been assign to the board of the company. Maritz was the founder of Pi Corporation, a cloud based storage and services provider that… Read More

  • Breaking: Apple Pulls iPhone 3G in Canadian Apple Stores

    From CrunchGear: This “Apple hates Rogers” story is heating up! Now it looks like Apple won’t sell the iPhone 3G at its Canadian retail stores, leaving Rogers (and Fido, its partner is crime) flapping in the wind. You can feel the annoyance in Apple’s voice in this quote: We have nothing to do with the service plans. Those are Rogers’ plans Hell hath no… Read More

  • European Mobile Market Predicted to Grow 2.35% over next four Years

    Industry researcher RNCOS predicts in its report, “European Mobile Market Scenario 2012”, that the mobile subscriber base in Europe will grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of nearly 2.35% from 2008 to 2012. Young people and city dwellers make up the largest mobile phone demographic. Mobile penetration among European consumers aged between 12 and 24 reached 84% in 2006. Read More

  • Drobo 2 revealed: Dual FireWire 800 ports!

    We’ve been over the Drobo a few times, as well a couple of alternatives (I like this one), and I’ve always considered it a good product with one major drawback: it’s only USB 2.0. For people doing video editing or frequently copying super-big files, this meant unacceptable wait times, although for everyone else it was a jolly good backup system. Well, Data Robotics heard… Read More

  • TSheets Lets You Clock-in To Work From Your iPhone

    TSheets, a web enabled timeclock tracker, has just introduced an iPhone web app version of its site. The web application allows users to clock in or out of work from a remote location, and also gives professionals a handy way to keep track of their billable hours. The app itself is very basic, amounting to what appears to be a stopwatch with categories – you can assign a label to each… Read More

  • The Japanese can even rest in peace eco-friendly

    Next to supposedly green cars, green bikes and green TVs, here comes another idea from Japan: green death. Tokyo-based Tri-Wall [JP], a maker of packaging machines and materials, offers environmentally friendly coffins made of corrugated cardboard. Tri-Wall says instead of using plywood, they use material from trees meeting the standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a program based… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Hosted Exchange and Sharepoint Deals

    This morning during the keynote at the Microsoft Partner Conference in Houston, Texas, head of the business division Stephen Elop announced a new program and suite of hosted online services. The new service offerings include hosted Exchange, Sharepoint, Communication Server and Dynamics CRM – all hosted by Microsoft as part of the new online services platform. The new offerings… Read More

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