• Good news for cetaceans: nets no longer have to be invisible to sonar

    Thousands upon thousands of whales and dolphins are killed every year by fishing nets because the strands of the nets are invisible to their sonar. Take that, evolution! But seriously, it’s a major problem and various things have been tried to alleviate the damage. The latest idea is to use these basketball-sized acoustic reflectors, which as you might guess reflect sonar signals very… Read More

  • Top 11 Geeked-out art cars

    [photopress:floppy3.jpg,full,center] Slippery Brick has compiled a list of eleven awesome geek cars. My fave is the Floppy Disk Car, which I see puttering around Seattle often. I love it. 11 awesome geek-themed art cars [Slippery Brick] Read More

  • I for one welcome our laser-guided, Mac Mini-powered robot masters

    [photopress:7579_large_mechrobot.jpg,full,center] Right now, plugged into my Mac I have an iPod Touch, an SD card reader, and a currently charging Palm Centro. Did you know that you can also control a laser-guided robot with your Mac? It’s true! Scienticians from Georgia Tech and Emory University have developed just such a robot, called the EL-E, which is capable of tracking objects… Read More

  • Asus says XPEee will outsell regular Eee

    Take a look around the cubicles at Asustek headquarters and you’ll see nary a March Madness bracket worksheet in sight. No, the good folks at Asus are making a much bigger, bolder bet. A bet that will shock and amaze all who dare to entertain the thought of — wait for it — an Eee loaded with XP outselling an Eee loaded with Linux. Dun-dun-DUUUUN!!! And with that, I’ve… Read More

  • OCZ putting Samsung 64GB SSDs on retail shelves

    Keep it on the down low, but it looks like OCZ has is using Samsung as a source for its 32GB and 64GB SATA II drives. I guess that’s not really that much of a shock. But it’s good news, because OCZ will actually be making these things available naked to consumers, as opposed to Samsung, which has most of its drives locked up in notebooks and such. So if you’re an early… Read More

  • Improved LED backlights for your keyboard on the way

    This company Global Lighting Technologies is working on providing better LED-based backlighting for keyboards and other devices like the Razer Lycosa above. They’re hoping to use fewer LEDs so there’s less of a power draw, as well as making the backlight layer thinner. I think I actually prefer an amber or sort of wine-colored glow, blue is a little too “extreme gamer”… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Vintage Tron action figures, on eBay at a steal!

    [photopress:35a1_1.JPG,full,center] Greetings, programs! Tron 2.0 is on the way, this much is fact, and in doing research about a movie she’s never seen (Tron, the original) my friend Kira Yahtzee came across this group of ten Tron action figures from the 80s, complete with zip-powered Tron cycle for auction on eBay, and they’re totally affordable. Happy bidding, and… Read More

  • Google Sky, Now in Your Web Browser

    So while the rest of us who are not Robert Scoble are still waiting to cry and experience Microsoft Research’s WorldWide telescope project that lets you zoom through the galaxy on your computer, Google is putting its not-quite-so-glitzy Google Sky software out on the Web. Glitzy or not (the site is a bit jerky), for astronomy buffs it is an amazing resource. Google Sky was… Read More

  • Help-Key: How to really jailbreak your 16 or 32GB iPod Touch for 1.1.4

    Last week, while trying to write a Help-Key on jailbreaking an iPod Touch with 1.1.4, I bricked my iPod. It was out of commission for a couple of days. Since then, I’ve got it up and on its feet, and succeeded in installing 1.1.4 with the thing jailbroken. Here’s how it works. Read More

  • Sing-a-Song Microphone: make your kid do the work so you can retire early

    Kid toys aren’t really our beat unless it’s something spectacular like Glow Worms or My Little Pony, but the whole American Idol and even Rock Band craze isn’t going away anytime soon, so you might as well groom that little bundle of joy for a career in rock ‘n roll. The Sing-a-Song microphone gets a mention because you can connect your iPod or any MP3 player to it and… Read More

  • Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference coming to SF June 9-13

    It’s official, June 9-13 is when Apple will be hosting the “best of the Apple development universe” — and us — in San Francisco. Better get started on those reservations. Apple WWDC 2008 [via Gizmodo] Read More

  • PBWiki Gets An Overhaul

    As Google gets into the wiki space with Google Sites (the relaunch of Jotspot), all the other little wiki startups out there will need to keep one step ahead. Those includes Wikia, Socialtext, Wetpaint, and PBWiki. As it approaches 500,000 wikis, PBWiki is now putting the 2.0 version of its site into beta. The latest version includes an updated UI, folders, enhanced access controls and an… Read More

  • Yahoo Relocating European HQ From UK To Switzerland

    Yahoo has announced that it will relocate its European head office from the United Kingdom to Switzerland. Yahoo plans to make the move to the shores of Lake Geneva within 18 months. According to AP, Swiss media reported that Yahoo will benefit from a special tax break by moving to Switzerland. The total number of employee’s affected by the move was not clear (5% is a figure quoted)… Read More

  • Microsoft planning mobile Zune store, new players

    Hey, you. Yeah. Guy with the Zune. Come over here. You’re getting a mobile download store and some third generation hardware coming out. For the rest of us, the Zune is Microsoft’s MP3 player and it will be kind of like the iPhone and Touch and have a mobile download store and some secret new hardware. Are we excited? You bet we… zzzzz. Microsoft plans mobile Zune store… Read More

  • Netronix E-Book: Like an evolved Kindle

    I love the Kindle but I might give it up for the Netronix EB-100 if it ever hits our shores. The reader has 802.11g and has some sort of touchscreen. It displays PDFs, RTF, TXT, and plays music. Let’s keep our eyes on it, but if Kindle 2 has a better UI, the point might be moot. Product Page via Giz Read More

  • Bebo's VC makes $140 million after AOL sale

    (No, that’s the not the VC, that’s the Bebo founders on holiday). As part of Bebo’s sale to AOL, Balderton Capital, the VC firm that invested less than two years ago in Bebo, is selling its 15.7 stake in the social net to AOL. It will realise about $140 million, a healthy nine times multiple. It invested $15 million in May 2006. In a statement Balderton partner Barry… Read More

  • Apple TV to get DVR interface

    …at least in patent-world. AppleInsider found a patent related to an AppleTV DVR interface for picking programs to record. Since it was filed in October 2006, this might have been a feature they left out because all of Apple was drunk the week they made the Apple TV and left out the DVR part — that’s just my guess, seeing as how the thing has pretty much sucked on wheels… Read More

  • robuCAB: People-movers à la française

    French company Robosoft has created an interesting infrastructure-less solution to transit in the city. The robuCAB is a little electric four-seater that uses a pair of cameras to monitor the area in front of it and the curb, which it follows very very carefully. DARPA this isn’t. Of course, if they take the same amount of care with their guidance software as they do with their… Read More

  • DirecTV ramping up to offer on-demand features

    In the coming months, DirecTV subscribers will finally have access to on-demand content. Popular movies will automatically get pushed to set-top DVR boxes via satellite and everything else will be downloaded as it’s requested using the boxes’ built-in Ethernet ports. It’s not a perfect solution, as automatically pushed content can take up precious hard drive space… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Mike!

    Our cruel but fair overlord, Michael Arrington, is 46 today! Let’s all wish him a happy birthday and hope he doesn’t fire us all! Seriously, Mike: You’re one of the best — if least hands-on — bosses I’ve ever had. You’re definitely changing the world one post at a time. via TC Read More

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