• It's a guitar, it's a computer, it's – it's – a compuitar!

    http://blip.tv/play/hVbIpGMA TechEBlog has a cool little pair of guitars that also happen to be PCs (or are they PCs that also happen to be guitars? Go ask Chuang Tzu). The one in the video above is actually a touchscreen laptop embedded into a guitar body and appears to have working frets and all. I’m thinking he needs to take it easy on the delay a little bit (bwee-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow), but… Read More

  • Wi-Fi "heat map" of office generated by signal strength


    This is really cool. This guy wrote an app that essentially saves the signal strength at a given location and then collates the data points into a little map, giving an approximate location of the access point and the places where one finds the best average signal. This seems really practical to me; if it’s not too hard to do, IT departments around the globe might take it up and use it… Read More

  • Utah researchers suggest OLED efficiency not so hot


    [Image credit: University of Utah]
    The LEDs you see in use all over these days — in traffic lights, flashlights, and all over your computer — are able to convert somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of the energy passed to them into light. This high efficiency makes them ideal for those purposes mentioned, but high costs have prevented them from replacing other types of… Read More

  • Sharemo: How Japanese people share used stuff using their cell phones

    Swapping sites are nothing new (see Dig N’ Swap), but in Japan we like to trade our junk via our mobile phones. That is what the Japanese social sharing service Sharemo is all about. The site’s ambitious idea is to contribute to overcoming Japan’s throwaway society. This is how it works: Users can offer any item they don’t need anymore (DVDs, comics and clothes… Read More

  • Web Censorship Is So Bad in Turkey That Blogs Are Shutting Themselves Down In Protest

    It doesn’t take much to get your Website banned in Turkey. Pretty much any complaint to a lower court can get a Website blocked in the country. Websites including YouTube, DailyMotion, Alibaba, Slide.com, and some WordPress blogs have all been banned, usually because of some purported slight to the Turkish government or Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. (The Youtube ban was the result of a… Read More

  • DIY USB coil cable

    Why is it that the vast majority of USB cables are 6 feet long? The majority of my time, I need a 1-footer to connect random gadgets to my USB hub. Heck, even a 6-incher would be nice, but a USB cable that coils like a phone handset cord isn’t a bad alternative.  instructables’ user, Plusea, has a comprehensive walkthrough on how to make one of these puppies. All it requires is… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Secret Agent Mang

    We know why you need one of two Agent 18 iPhone 3G ClearShields: you dip your iPhone in bacon fat. Don’t worry. Intern Mosley does it too. It’s fine. Just don’t get any on your good coveralls. * Clear and durable plastic construction
    * Easy access to all connectors and touch screens
    * Unobstructed opening to camera lens for clear picture taking
    * Docks in… Read More

  • This Week on MobileCrunch

    Lots can happen in a week. Sometimes it gets tough to keep up. Have a busy week, and feeling left behind? Here are some of the biggest MobileCrunch stories from the week of 8/10/2008 – 8/16/08: Pwnage 2.0.2 now available Steve Jobs talks App Store: 60 million downloads, $30 million in the first month Latest Android rumor: presale beginning Sept 17 Sprint’s roadmap for the next… Read More

  • For anyone still interested, we have more Palm Pro info

    Yeah, we’re getting Palm overloaded too, but there might be some Palm fanboys that crave this info. Maybe.  Updated spec list – italicized means new info 400Mhz CPU 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM 320×320 screen GPS Full Tri-band 3G, Quad-band GSM 2 Megapixel camera microUSB connector 3.5mm Earphone connector 1500mah battery  Comm Manager’s Airport Mode MicroSD up to 32GB HTC… Read More

  • Treo Pro live shots, details continue to leak

    Just a few days ago, no one really knew anything about the Treo Pro. Hell, it wasn’t even called the Treo Pro before Friday. Just two days later, we know just about all there is to know about Palm’s pretty little unreleased WinMo handset. The purported specs thus far: Qualcomm 7201 chipset 400Mhz CPU 320×320 screen GPS Tri-band 3G, Quad-band GSM 32GB MicroSDHC support… Read More

  • Perhaps Pandora Must Be Our Sacrificial Lamb

    Pandora made a bold political statement today, saying they’d likely shut down rather than continue to pay exorbitant fees to play music to listeners of its massively popular service. Radio stations pay different rates depending on how they broadcast music. Terrestrial stations (normal FM/AM stations) pay nothing, a tribute to their powerful corporate parents with limitless lobbying budgets. Read More

  • CNN Doesn't Include Spoiler Alert In Tweets, Twitter Users Say It Ruined Olympics

    The American media has been obsessively covering Michael Phelps on his quest to win eight gold medals this Olympiad – a feat that has never been accomplished. Up until now he has been perfect, managing to win his seventh medal by only .01 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly yesterday, and tying the previous record held by Mark Spitz since 1972. Tonight, the buildup will finally reach… Read More

  • Air and noise monitors to be placed throughout Buenos Aires


    Smart. These poles have gear mounted on them to detect pollutants and humidity, and they detect noise as well. They’ll be scattered throughout Buenos Aires as part of an ongoing push towards being eco-friendly down there in Argentina. There are only 42 sensor-poles at the moment so the data won’t be too rich, but it’s enough to get some rough gradients and identify… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Now arriving at mStation


    In the market for a slightly monolithic, futuristic-looking iPod dock that’s as big as a man? You’re in luck, reader. Enter for a chance to win this neat mStation speakerdock. Cost to enter: one comment! Made from Extruded Aluminum, this Floor Standing “Made for iPod” Docking Station/Speaker System packs a powerful 100 Watts of room filling Stereo Sound with a… Read More

  • Android And The Internet Of Things

    As the world waits for the first Android phone to appear in the wild (from T-Mobile), questions are being raised again about whether Google’s Android ambitions will stop at cell phones. In a speculative, but well-thought-out piece, VentureBeat’s Eric Eldon reports: Industry sources tell us that although Android will indeed start as a mobile OS, Google intends to expand it to be a… Read More

  • Mobage-town: Japan’s Biggest Mobile-Only Social Network

    There is a lot of hype and hope in the U.S. around taking social networks mobile, but mobile social networking is still in the fledgling stages in the West. In Japan, it is already a reality. One company in particular, DeNA, has taken Japan by storm with its mobile SNS/virtual world/gaming platform Mobage-town. DeNA opened a US office in San Mateo earlier this year, with plans to offer… Read More

  • The State of WordPress 2008: Awesome Growth

    Today at WordCamp, a User and Developer 1-day conference for the WordPress blogging platform, Founder Matt Mullenweg announced impressive growth figures and reaffirmed Automattic‘s focus on fixing some of WordPress’s biggest weaknesses. The theme for the “State of the Word”, Mullenweg’s yearly keynote, was “Strong,” and growth from both WordPress.com… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Get HTC Touched by an angel


    Can’t decide between a touchscreen phone and one with real buttons? Why settle for one when you can have both? Get dirty with a Touch Dual by just typing nonsense into a comment box. How much do we love you? Delivering a revolutionary touch experience that will change the way you use your phone, the HTC Touch Dual™ combines an intuitive touch screen and slide-out keypad within a… Read More

  • Rol-La-Tank provides firefighters with remote water storage

    Think of Rol-La-Tank as one of those Wal-Mart style temperary pools. You know the type, the pools featured on America’s Funniest Home Videos that collopase when big, fat Uncle Jimbo falls on one side. They are kind of like that; quick to put up and holds a lot of water.  Lets give these storage containers a little more props though cause one burly firefighter can set up the entire thing… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Small Wonder, big fun-der


    Everybody should probably have one of these. If I see another cell phone video on the internets, I’m going to yak. Why take booty 160×120 10fps video when you can take (I’m assuming) 640×480 with this tiny thing and upload it directly to “Your Tubes”? With the RCA EZ210 Small Wonder™, there is no easier way to share and save the moments worth remembering. Read More

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