• Digital imaging finally kills off the last Polaroid plants

    [photopress:polo.jpg,full,center] One of the unfortunate aspects of the so-called digital revolution is that older, analog technologies get left behind. With digital cameras, Polaroid photos are being replaced. Digitals are more instant, and usually look better, though there’s something about the primary colors and blurry edges of a Polaroid that will always rule. Those days are soon… Read More

  • Ecademy – the ten year old business social network

    [Note: please also see updates below] I first wrote about Ecademy for The Guardian newspaper six years ago. At the time it was shaping up to be an early social network aimed at freelance business people. Yesterday Ecademy celebrated 10 years in existence. Yes, it doesn’t look very Web 2.0. Yes, it’s doesn’t have a shiny logo with a reflection. Yes, it’s still built… Read More

  • Rumors that swirl: Apple event at the end of the month?

    [photopress:applelogo.jpg,full,center] We’ve got a handful of tippages today that Apple will be holding a press conference later this month to announce, well, something. We’re guessing MacBook Pro upgrades, or maybe something to do with Apple TV. It won’t be new MacBooks or iPods or iPhones, so calm yourselves. Read More

  • Poll: Brit men would forego sex for big-assed HDTVs

    [photopress:fujitsu_hs10_plasma_Sale.jpg,full,left]When asked, nearly half the men in the UK would give up sex for six months if the reward was a 50-inch plasma TV. What’s worse, many likely have, if you think about it. Now I feel really bad about the time I got some action at Fry’s. Half of UK men would swap sex for 50 inch TV [Yahoo! News] Read More

  • Yahoo Shelves Meebo Competitor myM

    Yahoo has killed off their web chat ambitions, we’ve heard. The six person team that was working on the unlaunched myM service are now working on the webmail product. (update: commenters have noted that the Yahoo web messenger product remains live). Chris Szeto, the director of product management for Yahoo Messenger, oversaw the project but has since moved on to join Sequoia-backed Meebo. Read More

  • Gouranga! GTA Developers' Flickr nostalgia set


    To coincide with the new GTA IV site (I’m guessing anyway), one of the original developers for Grand Theft Auto has put up a ton of pictures of his team and all the stuff they’ve worked on. There’s some cool GTA stuff like that above, shots of the nerds themselves, and most importantly for me, a bunch of stuff from Body Harvest, a game I’m about to go home and play… Read More

  • Lenovo's X300 getting closer to real

    [photopress:x300.jpg,full,center] Those looking for a PeeCee version of Apple’s MacBook Air might want to start poking around to find details about the rumored Lenovo ThinkPad X300. Word is it’ll clock in with a similar 13.3-inch screen, weight just 2.5 pounds, and also feature a 64GB SSD HD. Unlike the Air, it has an interated DVD burner and optional WiMAX for about $2750. Now… Read More

  • Apple skipping NAB 2008

    [photopress:Untitled_9.jpg,full,center] Now this is interesting. Usually a notable presence at NAB, Apple has announced they’ll be sitting this one out. No word on why, just that it will be focusing less on trade shows and more on its retail stores and website. Considering it’s a consumer brand more than industrial, this makes sense. Apple drops out of NAB show [TV Tech] Read More

  • Ocean glider powers itself with water's heat, maps the boring parts of the Caribbean


    This little robot has been cruising the Caribbean for two months now, mapping out currents, temperatures, and other subaquatic trivia. It’s at least partially powered by ocean temperature gradients — the details are at the bottom of the article, I don’t entirely understand it but it sounds cool. It’s doing a boring but essential job and I think they should put a bunch… Read More

  • Abandoned anchor responsible for damaged Middle East Internet cables

    [photopress:goneundersea.jpg,full,right] Not quite sharks with lasers attached to their heads. ’twas an abaonded anchor that cut all those Middle East undersea Internet cables. The 5.5 ton (!) anchor is owned by one of the companies (FLAG Telecom) whose cables were cut. No one knows exactly how the anchor cut the cables—have you seen how complicated those things are?—but FLAG… Read More

  • GTAIV's new website just went live

    And if the game is anything like the site, I’m an excited boy. GTAIV’s site [Rockstar] Read More

  • Lego robot authenticators to seize control of ATMs worldwide


    Some researcher types thought it would be a good idea to beef up ATM security, and they apparently also thought that big rainbow-colored buttons and a secret trackball signal were the most usable solution. It’s kind of 50’s future-chic, like a navigation system for a poorly designed UFO. Plus it’s legos on the inside. They say it works and that it’s more secure than a… Read More

  • Fast Company Goes Social

    Today, Fast Company relaunched its Website as a business social network, putting blog posts, comments, and questions from its readers front and center. Readers are now are encouraged to sign up, create a profile, and “join the business conversation.” Over the past few years, the print version of Fast Company has been brought back from near-death (thanks largely to the efforts of… Read More

  • Reusable swallowable camera pills come cheap these days

    Researchers at the University of Washington (where I am kind of an alumnus, go Huskies) have devised an alternative to using a bulky endoscope to look inside a patient’s tracts. They’d use this pill-camera, about the size of a big almond, attached to a thin string, which a patient can easily swallow and regurgitate without too much discomfort. Plus, it only costs $300, which means… Read More

  • SanDisk's Ultra II SDHC cards to do USB

    [photopress:ultra_ii_8gb_sdhc_plus_card.jpg,full,right]SanDisk is cutting the cord with the forthcoming Ultra II SDHC cards, with capacities up to 8GB. The card folds in half, turning it into a USB drive, so you don’t have to tote a card reader around with you at all times. Neat! They hit the shelves later this month for less than $100 for 8GB, and $80 for 4GB. Read More

  • Comcast alters its TOS, traffic 'shaping' now acknlowedged

    [photopress:comcasttos.jpg,full,center] Comcast, America’s most beloved ISP, has reacted to an FCC investigation into its alleged traffic shaping by updating its terms of service for the first time in two years. The new TOS says it “uses reasonable network management practices that are consistent with industry standards” to prevent “spam, viruses, security attacks… Read More

  • NetFront browser for Windows Mobile lands

    [photopress:netfront_pocketpc.gif,full,right]Access, the owners of the Palm OS, are apparently porting the 3.5 version of the NetFront browser to Windows Mobile. NetFront is the basis of Palm’s Blazer browser, a perfectly workable way to get on the Web. It’s better than Pocket Internet Explorer, so WinMo users might want to consider the option. Access Offers NetFront Browser… Read More

  • Europe getting Centro on February 14

    [photopress:gallery1_sprint_black.jpg,full,center] Europe, Palm’s got a Valentine’s day gift for you. It’s a Centro! The GSM-flavored device will be available from unknown carriers on the 14. Specs are just like the Sprint version we have here, so it’ll be inexpensive and easy to use, as well as quite popular. Centro [Euro Palm] Read More

  • AMD-based computers departing from Dell.com

    [photopress:dell_amd_1.gif,full,left]Ah, it seems like just yesterday AMD and Dell were in some sort of honeymoon phase, finally together after years of teasing and blushing and double entendres. But things are not rosy in paradise, it seems, as there are rumors buzzing around the country club that Dell will shortly call it off. At least online. Those wanting an AMD machine will have to suffer… Read More

  • IBM reduces Cell processor's power consumption, PS3 to benefit

    [photopress:cellpp.jpg,full,center] An international solid state circuit conference, which sounds super fun, has been going on this past week. One thing that we should care about is IBM’s announcement that it has figured out a way to shrink the Cell processor that’s used in the PS3, cutting its power consumption in half (or just about). Following the imaginary flow chart, less… Read More

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