• 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

  • It's a digital fireplace that actually warms stuff up

    [photopress:electroscape_48.jpg,full,center] Recently in Portland, I stayed at a hotel that featured one channel on its TV system that was just a fireplace burning wood. That’s all: no music, just a close-up of a couple of logs burning. If this is your idea of a good time, you’ll like this Platronic digital fireplace. Let me type that again because it’s fun: digital… Read More

  • Microsoft turning to open software?

    [photopress:balmer.jpg,full,center] It’s not Linux, or even Open Source, really, but it’s something. Microsoft, starting this week, is going to be more open with its programming to ensure greater interoperability and to make for a more portable solution for your data. This is a big reversal for Redmond, as Microsoft is known for its closed nature when it comes to its… Read More

  • PNY goes for gamers with GeForce 9600 GT

    [photopress:Picture_3.jpg,full,center] PNY is laying down a new graphics card that’s a GeForce with a crappy box but great stats. It’s for gamers, so you pesky video editors can skip to the next post. But if you’re a keyboard-hunched killer, dig these groovy stats from the press release after the jump: Read More

  • Will There Be A (Successful) iPhone-Only Social Network?

    iPhone owners, like users of most Apple products, are a fairly passionate, elitist group of people. I think an iPhone-only social network, if it had the right features, would be a huge hit with these users. Actually, I think any mobile social network would be a big hit, if it had presence awareness and was able to tell you both where your friends are and what they are up to. And also let you… Read More

  • T-Mobile testing home phone service via Internet

    [photopress:uma.jpg,full,center]T-Mo is doing something interesting. Not only do they want to be your cell carrier, they want to provide your home landline service, too. Of course, with its new all-you-can-talk plans this is redundant, but for $10 including long distance, why not have a landline? People will call you “old school”, in a good way. The new system uses your current… Read More

  • Video: Rainbox Six Vegas 2 trailer is all weapons [Update]

    If you like the Rainbow Six series, and you like guns, you’ll love this video. Update: Sorry about that, folks. We’re working on getting the video, but you can check it out over at Shack News now. -PH Update: The video quit working, but I found a craptacular version on YouTube. You can thank me later. -MH Read More

  • "Barney" partnerships usually fail: Android take note

    Let’s say the raptors are Blu-Ray. First, a quote from the Yankee Group’s Carl Howe: …Two of the big supporters of HD DVD were Microsoft
    and Intel, each of whom could account for exactly zero million HD DVD
    drive sales. Whenever I see “Barney alliances” — ones where no money
    changes hands, but all the partners agree to love each other and their
    technologies… Read More

  • Optimus Maximus keyboard video

    Well, the eagle has landed. What do you guys think? Was it worth the hype and wait? {democracy:29} Read Read More

  • IPhone SDK will be late, but there's seriously no reason to freak out

    We’re not one to cause a mass panic in the markets but listen — the iPhone SDK is late. People are already selling Apple stock in droves and this could mean that Steve Jobs has gone completely power-mad and is now “marrying” his employees to each other and buying conservative newspapers in D.C. but none of this is necessarily true and it would be unwise to think so, even… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: On the Moon Edition

    Google Lunar X Prize: Send your shoeboxes to the mooooooon
    What we decided were the best XBLA games of 2007
    Phil Torrone tours Mad Magazine, I wallow in nostalgia
    Ikea trash-can light tent
    Nintendo goes Bapey with Bape designed DS Read More

  • Nintendo goes Bapey with Bape designed DS

    [photopress:RTEmagicC_bape_nds.jpg.jpg,full,center] Like your Nintendo DS? Like the cute characters from Bape? Live in Japan? Check out the link below, all three of you. Bape x Nintento DS Lite [highsnobriety] Read More

  • Sprint's Hesse focused on customer service

    [photopress:sprint_logo_resized.jpg,full,center] Now this is how you run a company. Daniel R. Hesse is the newly appointed CEO of Sprint, a company not known for its customer service skills. At the first operations meeting he oversaw, he noted customer service wasn’t on the agenda at all. He made it the first thing they discussed. We’re hopeful Hesse can turn Sprint’s rep around. Read More

  • Fly's new cell phone brings lineup of Nintendo favorites with it

    [photopress:2162_about_coffee_black.jpg,full,left]Fly has a new handset, the MC100, that has built-in support for NES, SNES, and Gameboy games, along with built-in game downloading. It’s saying this is the first phone to ship with the support built-in, and we don’t doubt it. Really, though, shouldn’t all cell phones have built-in NES? Shouldn’t everything, really? I want… Read More

  • Bill Gates: Keyboards are going to lose out to speech

    [photopress:keyboard.jpg,full,center] Bill Gates was recently giving a speech at Canegie Mellon and said the following: “We say that there’ll be more searches done through speech than through the keyboard five years from now.” That’s five years from now. 2013. We’ll have jet packs and flying cars and push-button girlfriends by then, too. At least I will. Bill… Read More

  • DataPortability Turns That Frown Upside Down

    DataPortability cofounder Chris Saad, in the face of a nasty cease and desist letter over their logo, took our (and others’) advice – don’t waste time fighting it. Treat this as a press opportunity and hold a new logo contest instead. That’s exactly what they’re doing. Third parties are lining up to donate prizes, and an iPhone is already on the list. Read More

  • Kublax wins further funding

    Kublax, a startup site which syncs all your bank accounts, utilities, and loyalty schemes has won a further round of angel investment from Digitalents Capital, Five Ventures, Omnis Mundi Invest AG, The Accelerator Group (TAG). The amount was not released but we understand it was less than a million euros. Kublax was a winner of Seedcamp 2007, a Europe-wide initiative by Venture Capital firms… Read More

  • Han Solo Carbonite Desk: Exactly what it sounds like, as cool as it sounds

    [photopress:Desk2web.jpg,full,center] No, you can’t buy it, it’s a one-off that a design company made for a client, but don’t you want it? I can’t imagine why Jabba the Hutt hung his on the wall instead of doing something useful with it like this. Han Solo in Carbonite desk [The RPF, via Boing Boing] Read More

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