• Recent patent shows possible Apple virtual DJ interface

    An Apple patent that was filed about a month ago , and only now unearthed, reveals the company’s intention to create a virtual DJ interface for the Mac (and possibly the iPhone and rumored MacBook touch ). Now, just because there’s a patent for this doesn’t mean we’ll all be playing around with iDJ any time soon. Apple patents things all the time that never get made. Read More

  • Q and A on the subject of clean tech legislation

    Here’s a panel I attended at the recent Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado. There were two experts on the panel: Steven Kalland, Director of the North Carolina Solar Center and Gregg Rothschild, Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I found this presentation to be very interesting and informative – kind of a… Read More

  • Sony releases two new CyberShot cameras

    Sony unveiled two new CyberShot cameras today, the DSC-T700 and the DSC-T77, and both look pretty cool in my opinion. Press releases were issued in Japan and the USA at the same time but American buyers will have to wait for both cameras until the end of September (Japan release: early September). The superior DSC-T700 is equipped with a 10 megapixel 1/2.3’’ CCD sensor, 4x… Read More

  • Poles do the darndest light shows

    Some Poles calling themselves Project Piwo have been creating huge animations using the windows of Soviet era bloks and the larger office buildings around Poland. In this video, they recreate the James Bond opening by flashing lights throughout the building. Next up: turning the Palac Kultury into a scathing commentary on post-Communist Polska by making it look like a mug of kompot. Read More

  • Video: Bioshock trailer for PS3

    http://videomedia.ign.com/ev/ev.swf Bioshock is arguably one of the best FPS games and it’s also one of the scariest f’in things to play too. I started playing Bioshock again last night and I remember why I put it away in the first place. The game freaks me out and makes me so tense that my neck starts to hurt. Yeah, I know, I’m a big baby, but whatever. PS3 owners have… Read More

  • News in brief

    • UK-based The Filter has been nominated for ‘The Industry Standard’s‘ Innovation awards, as has Alert Thingy, BBC iPlayer and a few other European players including Netvibes, Xing, Babbel (not bad for a brand new startup), mydeco and Soocial. • Property search engine Nestoria is partnering with NannyGroup on their MoveNanny and LandLordNanny services which help… Read More

  • Verizon and Hermandad Mexicana Nacional Sponsor Latino Scholarship

    Verizon has partnered with Hermandad Mexicana Nacional to contribute nearly $10,000 to the Latino Angelino Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are available to students of Latino decent and will be awarded based on financial need and academic achievement. The $1,000 scholarship is meant for high school graduates and community college students who plan to attend an accredited four-year… Read More

  • Video: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog makes fun of Comic-Con attendees

    http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/489af560addadbf4/48987cb5e440cf6c/4bbaca39 Comic-Con 2008 came and went, and somehow this delightful Comic the Insult Comic Dog skit flew right under our noses. It’s the same “you guys are dorks” deal that Triumph has been doing for several years now, so if you’re offended by sophomoric humor à la Conan steer clear. via… Read More

  • 60GB Xbox 360 takes steps to eliminate red ring of death

    The honorable Benheck has graciously torn apart one of the new 60GB Xbox 360s for us, and its innards are sorta blah, but there’s at least one important change going on. Microsoft appears to have removed the bottom memory chips so as to prevent the overheating that leads to the red ring of death. We can assume, then, the the memory chips on top have doubled in capacity. Other than… Read More

  • I Want My iPhone TV

    The dog days of August lend themselves to kicking back and letting the world slide by. Since the advent of the Web 2.0 ecosystem, they’ve also been the province of a tech company version of the summer shows the networks play off – failed pilots, reality programming being tried out for the Big Show or another writer’s strike, and ratings stinkers that can be buried outside… Read More

  • How to watch the Olympics online

    The Summer Olympics begin tomorrow (time zone permitting), but you’re stuck in the office all day long and can’t watch. Not so! Using some of the same methods we discussed a few months ago, you can watch your favorite sport—I’ll be watching football (soccer) from the many watering holes in and around Barcelona—as it happens, in real time. Note that NBC is showing… Read More

  • 3G iPhone Coming to Latin America this Month

    Latin America’s largest cell phone operator, America Movil, will launch the 3G iPhone in ten countries starting August 22. The popular handset will go on sale in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. America Movil operates in 16 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and in the United States. It currently has over… Read More

  • Apple can remotely remove applications from your iPhone

    Is it officially time to freak out in Apple’s general direction? Not only does Apple remove applications from the App Store—I Am Rich was taken down yesterday, for example—but it’s now emerged that the company can remotely disable applications from individual iPhones. Apple will only do this in the case of malicious applications (and not merely dumb ones like I Am… Read More

  • Google's Ad Network, Now With Double the Cookies

    As part of the ongoing integration of its DoubleClick acquisition (yesterday it sold off Performics), Google will be placing an additional DoubleClick cookie on the browsers of everyone who visits a site that is part of Google’s current AdSense network. This will allow Google to more easily serve up display ads from DoubleClick across that network of sites. It will also allow it to… Read More

  • Regator, The Social Blog Aggregator, Launches To The Public

    Regator, the blog aggregator that acts like a mix between a standard RSS reader and Digg, has launched in public beta. We initially covered Regator in July when the site launched in a limited private beta. At the time my biggest concern was the inability to add your own RSS feeds to the site, which restricted you to the approximately 3,000 blogs handpicked by Regator. CEO Scott Lockhart… Read More

  • Cloud Computing Q and A with Dave Girouard, President of Google Enterprise

    Here are a few audio snippets from a Q and A session with the president of Google’s Enterprise division, Dave Girouard. The session took place on August 5th at the Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado. Girouard talks about Cloud Computing, Google’s new App Engine, the Google Apps productivity suite, competition versus partnerships, and how Google faces… Read More

  • Most iPhone Apps Are Failing To Leverage The Network Effect

    I’m seeing a trend as I continue to download and test many of the 1,500+ and growing iPhone applications currently available on iTunes: Few of them are really taking advantage of the network effect to build any kind of competitive barrier to entry. Some apps are safe because they are simply iPhone versions of their normal web service. Google and Yelp are two examples out of hundreds… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Smash or Trash Edition

    Nissan has a new electric car: Its batteries are good
    Man builds Batman’s Tumbler in his garage
    Frogger on iPhone, costs about as much as a real Atari
    Dell carbon-neutral, let’s all give them a hand
    Tesla Coil+Guitar Amp=Best Potential Rendition of Iron Man Ever Read More

  • How Much Will Your Startup Be Worth In Three Years? Go Find Out.

    See our review of the YouNoodle startup valuation predictor from a couple of days ago (as well as our skeptical post from earlier this year). The product just came out of private beta. Look for a tab in the top right corner of the site called “startup predictor”, or just click on younoodle.com/predictor and fill in the questionnaire. The company, which is funded by The Founders… Read More

  • Nikon point-and-shoot releastravaganza!

    Sometimes… there are so many Nikons in the world, I feel like I can’t take it… and my wallet is just going to cave in. (Adapted from American Beauty) Nikon dropped a half dozen cameras on us today, so if you’re in the market for a new point-and-shoot, you’d best come on inside and see what we got. I reckon some are worth a gander. Read More

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