• New Open Data Foundation To Set Out Data Formats

    Chris Saad, a co-founder of the Data Portability project has posted that tomorrow at OSCON a new Open Data Web Foundation will be announced by David Recordon and others. The goal of the new foundation is to set out the actual data specifications, legal structures around data portability and in helping to evangelize set formats. Saad says that the initiative is different to the Data… Read More

  • New Mysterious Mac Clone Retailer Takes Over From Psystar

    A week ago we reported that Apple had finally filed suit against Mac clone maker Psystar. Apple claimed that Psystar was trading on the Apple brand and illegally releasing the Mac OS X operating system on clone hardware. Today we have learnt via Macblogs of a new clone maker, Open Tech, who are planning on filling the void that is likely to be soon left by Psystar. Open Tech are taking… Read More

  • Panasonic’s prototype ‘Eco House’

    Hey everyone, Doug Aamoth here in Tokyo checking in on Panasonic’s “Eco Ideas” initiative. Here’s a video tour of a prototype house containing various environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced features that Panasonic is aiming to make into reality by 2010. Throughout the week, I’ll also be checking out some cool plasma TVs, fuel-cell batteries… Read More

  • Episodic Makes Flash Videos iPhone-Friendly

    One of the most frustrating things about the iPhone is that it can’t handle Flash, which has become the standard for streaming video on the web. YouTube managed to work around this by transcoding all of its videos into the H.264 format, but other video serving sites have failed to follow suit. Today Episodic, a video web publishing company, has launched a new web app that looks to… Read More

  • Top 10 Best Ever Hackers

    The good computer hackers are similar to war veterans in that they spend hours talking about how great the scene used to be “back in the day”. I first heard similar stories way back in 1995 but today it is actually somewhat true as the final HOPE conference has now been held, Black Hat is now a corporate event, the good e-zines are long gone and hacking is now associated with… Read More

  • Microsoft opens up the floodgates for indie development

    Microsoft previously announced that they would open up their Xbox 360 online service to independent developers, and today they released a few important details. Read More

  • Video: Hitachi explains Terabyte hard drive

    Welcome to the Dawn of the Tera Era. Is this pure genius or absolute chaos? Read More

  • Wall-E robot from Disney up for pre-order

    The fact that Wall-E has raked in $184 million when it’s leading characters can only speak each other’s names is downright astounding. Don’t get me wrong, though. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and I’m contemplating dropping the $249 necessary to own my very own remote-controlled Wall-E robot that does a gaggle of really cool things. He follows you around or roams… Read More

  • GigaOm Buys A Mobile Blog – One Less Independent Blog In The World

    Blogging network GigaOm will announce the acquisition of the small but excellent mobile-focused blog jkOnTheRun this evening. Founders James Kendrick and Kevin Tofel will remain in Houston and continue doing their thing. The deal size isn’t being announced, and it’s likely small. But it shows what might be the beginning of something that I wrote about in March – the rollup of… Read More

  • Combine your keys with your multitool

    This looks pretty awesome, but it’s difficult to say just how practical it is until you try it. I’m willing to do it, but first I need a nice Leatherman. The process looks surprisingly easy, assuming you have some sort of way of cutting hardened steel. You just use one of the multitool’s bits as a guide and then drill the right size hole — presto! I think… Read More

  • Tidings from Microsoft's Gamefest 2008

    The very exclusive Microsoft Gamefest conference is in full swing right now somewhere here in the Northwest, and they’ve dropped a couple of newsworthy items. First of all is the revision of the Games for Windows – LIVE system they’ve got going on. Starting today every multiplayer feature of LIVE is free on Windows: chat, shared friends lists with the 360, achievements, and… Read More

  • 3-D TV task force looks for a set of standards

    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers have created the 3-D Home Display Formats Task Force to develop a standard for home viewing of 3D content. 3-D programming has recently been utilized for such things as the 2007 NBA Finals, and earlier this year, the BBC broadcasted the Rugby Six Nations match in 3-D. The goal of the task force is develop a standard for 3-D playback… Read More

  • Biodegradable shoes, sounds great if they don't rot while you walk

    I presume that the time scale on these Brooks Trance 8 runners biodegrading is along the lines of years (as opposed to decades) and not months. Wouldn’t want them sloughing off while you run. It’s a nice move towards waste reduction, but as usual they carry a “Conscience Tax,” in this case bringing up the price to $140. I know you ballers pay more than that for your… Read More

  • AT&T talks tiered Internet, perhaps meant to say metered

    AT&T is looking to create tiered access to the Internet for subscribers. Currently, the company offers Internet speeds “up to” their subscribed amount. At a recent FCC hearing AT&T Senior Federal Regulatory Vice President Robert Quinn said, “When AT&T provides broadband service by speed, it will do so in discrete, non-overlapping tiers.” Of course, the knee… Read More

  • New York law targets video game violence

    Details are scarce right now, but New York’s Governor David Patterson just signed a bill into law that could lead to restrictions in video game violence. Good to see that with the worldwide economy collapsing around us New York’s governor is fighting for what New Yorkers are really concerned about. The law would create some sort of video game violence board, and would require… Read More

  • Google In Final Negotiations To Acquire Digg For "Around $200 Million"

    Google’s on and off negotiations with Digg have been back on in a big way for the last six weeks, we’ve heard from multiple sources inside and outside of Google. The two companies have reportedly signed a letter of intent and are close to a deal that will bring Digg under the Google News property. The acquisition price is in the $200 million range, says one source. We first wrote… Read More

  • Apple Launching App Store Beta Program

    Apple’s App Store has seen an unprecedented amount of success and exposure since its launch, with millions of total downloads and 909 applications already available. Unfortunately, Apple has been unable to keep up with the influx of submissions from developers (each app must be approved before it appears on the store), leaving many companies frustrated and confused as their apps sit… Read More

  • GE sold out of wind turbines till 2010

    What do former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore and Texas oil man T. Boone Pickens have in common? Both believe the U.S. should cut back on its dependence on foreign oil and that the government needs to stop pussyfooting around on issues of greener energy, particularly wind power. Forbes website, recentlyreported that GE Energy is the leading wind turbine manufacturer in… Read More

  • Video: Dragonball DS trailer

    It’s all in Japanese, but you only need to see the actual gameplay footage to figure out whether or not you’ll be shelling out the dough for this game from Namco Bandai. It launches in Japan on September 18th and a US launch is sure to follow shortly after if it doesn’t launch simultaneously. Read More

  • Learning The Hard Way That DNS Is Insecure: Attack Details Now Public

    There are times when the full disclosure of a security vulnerability works well for everybody, and there are times when it does not. One such case where it hasn’t worked out well is with the DNS security vulnerabilities recently ‘discovered’ by security researcher Dan Kaminsky. Some weeks ago after he called a press conference with the organizers of the Black Hat… Read More

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