• Carpool monitoring cameras being developed in the UK

    [photopress:hotlane.jpg,full,center] Loughborogh Uni scienticians have developed a camera system that can automatically detect how many people are in a car to bust those who undeservedly use carpool lanes. There aren’t enough police to patrol all of the UK’s highways, so this camera is meant to compliment their efforts. No word on if it can be fooled by a dummy like on that episode… Read More

  • Activision offering swap or Wiifund on Guitar Hero III disks

    [photopress:slash.jpg,full,center] We know there are a lot of you out there, so we had to make sure you didn’t miss this. If you’re a Wii-loving Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock player, your disk might have a faulty audio mix. Activision is being cool about it, though, and offering to swap your defective disk for one with remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 for free, or a refund. Guitar… Read More

  • PSP's GPS demoed; Games are afoot

    [photopress:sony_psp_gps.jpg,full,center] We’ve been hearing for awhile now that the PSP was getting GPS, and it was recently shown off in Japan. It’s a devkit version, so this isn’t what it will likely look like, but so far besides general mapping Sony is demoing GPS-based games. There’s no way this could be used by creepy stalkers, especially in Japan. GPS… Read More

  • Electronic Arts tries to buy Take-Two before GTA IV launch

    [photopress:gtaiv1.jpg,full,center] It’s not as big as Microsoft and Yahoo!, but EA’s bid to acquire fellow game maker Take-Two is news. After being refused a sale at $25 a share, EA is trying again at $26 a share, 64% more than Take-Two’s price per share at market closing on Friday. EA is counting on strong share holder sentiment to make the sale go through, but Take-Two… Read More

  • Meet Magneto Man, the kid with a static charge

    [photopress:Picture_4.jpg,full,center] I was afraid of this. The mutants are real, and they’re here, and they’re geeky kids, just like in the movies. Meet “Magneto Man”, an unfortunate young man who generates a static charge powerful enough to break computers as he uses them. We had a kid like this in my grade school, though he’d have to use a hammer. Magneto… Read More

  • Video: Slow motion water balloon and breasts

    http://embed.break.com/NDU3MTky Peter Ha really wanted all of you to see this, the best super slo-mo popping of a water balloon you’ll see all day. Read More

  • The Personalized Homepage War: Who Matters

    It’s time for an update on the personalized homepage wars – Netvibes and Pageflakes tend to get most of the press attention, and they are certainly pushing the envelope and trying to find new ways to make their services useful to users. But those two services have less than 4% of the market for personalized homepages between them (I have emailed both companies to see if their… Read More

  • Blogged Hopes to Become the Yelp of Blog Directories

    Today, yet another blog directory launches. Blogged has blog ratings and reviews in many categories, including technology, entertainment, business, sports, culture, and politics. Its own staff rates and reviews the top blogs, and that is combined with reader ratings and reviews, similar to how Yelp combines staff and user reviews of restaurants and stores. (After a blog gets more than 10… Read More

  • YouTube Suffers Downtime, Pakistan Telecom To Blame?

    YouTube disappeared from the internet for between 1-2 hours today, according to reader reports and others. YouTube went down around 11:30am PST and came back some time later. The interesting side of the outage is an allegation from OpenDNS that Pakistan Telecom hijacked YouTube’s IP address space resulting in a worldwide outage. They note that the issue was subsequently rectified by… Read More

  • Palm OS on the iPhone

    http://www.viddler.com/player/b6fb3d95/ Need to run the latest in obsolete hardware? Try this proof of concept app called StyleTap that emulates Palm OS on your iPhone. It’s not out yet, but just imagine running Palm’s rockin’ PIM apps. Soooo hot. via ZDNet via Giz Read More

  • SYNCY That Phone

    Companies are starting to figure out that the contact information on your mobile phone may be the most important social network you have – perhaps even better than the email inbox that Yahoo is targeting. Danish startup ZYB started offering a service that simply backed up your mobile phone contacts to the web in mid-2006. A year later they turned all that data into a mobile social network. Read More

  • Buy Your Own Netvibes/Pageflakes – Bidding Starts At $90

    Personalized desktop pages have been a popular as various players have grown market share, and others have failed. Providers like Netvibes, Pageflakes, My Yahoo and iGoogle have a passionate user base – nearly 40 million people a month visit My Yahoo alone (Comscore worldwide, January 2008). So many of these popped up by the end of 2005 that we stopped paying attention. As is often the… Read More

  • Zatz likes the CradlePoint MBR1000 EVDO router very much

    [photopress:cradlepoint1.jpg,full,center] We might be seeing more hubs like this in the near future. As wireless broadband gets less expensive and technologies like WiMAX get competitive, 3G routers will start popping up. They’re relatively cheap and a great way to share a high-speed connection with multiple users in areas where you can’t get regular Internet access. Dave Zatz… Read More

  • Internal Microsoft email leaks cute details of Yahoo! takeover

    [photopress:microsoft_yahoo_070504_ms.jpg,full,center] Though Yahoo! said “take a hike” to the initial offer, Microsoft is seemingly confident it will swallow up the Y!, as a recent internal email attests. MS is going the hostile takeover route, though it’s sugar coating how things are going to work out. The email says, in part, We look forward to a constructive dialogue… Read More

  • Department of Warcraft

    [photopress:azeroth.jpg,full,center] Having found Osama bin Laden, making Iraq a safe place to live, and winning the war on conventional terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security is going after terrorists in the last place they can hide: World of Warcraft. Your tax money is going to the Reynard project, where US intelligence agents are scouting out Azeroth for “suspicious… Read More

  • Japan's WINDS launched; set to bring Internet access to outlying areas

    [photopress:071015iodkizuna04.jpg,full,center] While the USA is busy shooting satellites out of the sky, Japan is launching new Internet service birds. It just orbited the WINDS, or Wideband Internetworking Engineering test and Development Satellite. Clever acronym. The goal of the spacecraft is to deliver high-speed access to far-flung corners of Asia where traditional, wired Internet access… Read More

  • Slashdot: Toshiba dropped HD DVD at Sony's urging in a chip fab plant deal?

    [photopress:churchsigngn0.jpg,full,center] The old man CmdrTaco over at Slashdot has a notion that Toshiba’s final dropping of HD DVD was due to a little old-fashioned backscratching. Sony is selling parts of some of the chip plants it owns in Japan to Toshiba, giving Tosh 60% interests in an RSX and a Cell chip plants. This is money in Toshiba’s pocket. It’s not a direct… Read More

  • Samsung says SSD memory is just fine, quit talking about it

    [photopress:samsung_1_8_inch_ssd_2_small.jpg,full,center] There are some shady rumors going around that SSD memory might be sketchy. The rumors say that after 100,000 writes, the RAM starts to fail. Not so, says Samsung’s Michael Yang. He wants you to know that it might start to fail after 100,000 writes to every single cell in the chip, something that would be virtually… Read More

  • No more XBox HD DVD players

    Microsoft has just discontinued their HD DVD players for the XBox 360. Microsoft chose… poorly. As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players… Read More

  • Roper launches badass ruggedized tablet PC with 8-inch touchscreen

    [photopress:roper_duros1.jpg,full,center]There aren’t many XP machines that get my drool factory started, but the Duros from Roper is one. It’s a ruggedized tablet PC, ideal for worksites, demolition fields, or Rehab if your last name is “Lohan”. It’s not just tough, it’s powerful, given it’s size: inside the tough shell is a vibration-proof chassis with… Read More

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