• Even more distractions for drivers: A touchscreen steering wheel

    Spanish car-tech newcomer IFR Automotive has created a whole slew of distractions by allowing for the driver to control a whole host of functions. Not happy with the pitch, roll or yaw of your car? IFR wants to help. With the ‘Unidrive’ system, you can also change the parameters for the rev limit, valve timing, power output, steering assistance, ABS, noise valve, brake balance… Read More

  • Tiny dragonfly will deliver doses of fun, poison

    The DelFly Micro is an image sensing mini-dragonfly that weighs a mere 3 grams (0.000472419133 stone) . You can fly it manually or transmit video back to a PC which then moves the wee one through the air autonomously.

    This thing has become smaller and smaller over the years and now it’s a little bigger than a Euro coin. You sadly can’t buy this thing, but expect them to be in… Read More

  • Optimus Pultius: between Minimus and Maximus

    This might be something I can use. I enjoyed the easily customizable softkeys on the Microsoft wireless keyboard I reviewed a month or so ago, and this is more powerful and less attached to a bulky keyboard with non-separated F-keys. I’m pretty sure it’ll still cost north of, oh let’s say $400, but I think this is more practical than the actual full-LCD keyboard. Read More

  • WordPress application for iPhone launches

    As someone who blogs for a living, I am beyond pumped about this application. Being able to blog on the go is a must. A huge chunk of the time, news breaks at the most inopportune moment. News never breaks while you’re sitting around idly at the computer. It breaks while you’re on the train, or at the grocery store. By the time you’re online, you’re the 53rd blog to… Read More

  • Garmin looks to cover the earth with combined features for nüvi 500 series

    Garmin has combined features from several outdoor and automotive navigators into the nüvi 500 series. The rugged and waterproof units have the capability to transition between driving, bicycling, boating or walking mode. The ability to download geocaches is provided for hiking, and while on the water optional software can provide detailed chart-specific information, including locations of… Read More

  • TicketLeap Gets $2 Million For Modest-Sized Event Ticketing

    TicketLeap, a service that helps promoters sell tickets to their events though a self-serve platform, has raised $2 million in a Series A funding round led by MentorTech Ventures and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. TicketLeap differentiates itself from large ticket vendors by catering to small companies and events. Rather than charge event coordinators for selling their tickets… Read More

  • Sandisk rags on Vista for not being SSD-ready

    While I’m never the first to jump on Vista for this or that problem (I’m guessing it’ll be a great OS in a couple years), this is pretty dumb. Larger capacity solid state disks are in the works and, being more complicated internally, will require a more sophisticated controller. You don’t think about your hard drive controller that much, and that’s probably… Read More

  • WarGames creators talk about the early days of hacking, armageddon

    Wired recently hosted a sit down with the creators of the cult classic WarGames, discussing early inspiration for the script, the difficulties of selling a movie to studios who didn’t understand the technology it was based on, and how John Lennon, “was kind of a spiritual cousin to Stephen Hawking.” For more about Silicon Valley’s first favorite hacker film, check… Read More

  • Haiku Contest: We have an Ace winner

    Congratulations to officiallyrad for his charming haiku: Black like a Berry
    although a little more sleek
    must win you this week To recap: We’ll be giving away a cool Samsung Instinct this week! The final haiku should focus on touch and must be tweeted to UseYourInstinct. We will close entries for this week at noon on Tuesday, July 29. If you entered the previous contest and… Read More

  • Chad Dickerson To Leave Yahoo For Etsy

    Chad Dickerson, a long time Yahoo exec and the head of their Brickhouse special projects group, is leaving the company to become the CTO of Etsy, a a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items. Mike Folgner, the former GM of Yahoo Video, will take Dickerson’s place at the head of Brickhouse. We first covered Brooklyn-based Etsy, which has a cult-like following, back in 2005. Read More

  • Is this the PSP-3000?

    This appears to be the PSP-3000, an updated PSP with built-in mic and a thinner metal ring. While I don’t mind the PSP, I think these constant updates make Sony look a little desperate. While the DS and the DS Lite were quite different and the 1st generation hardware was clearly sub par, they pretty much nailed it on the PSP… not that that helped them sell games. Read More

  • Opera Mini rocks mobile browsing, according to Opera

    According to Opera’s monthly State of the Mobile Web report, smartphone users aren’t the only ones enjoying mobile browsing. Worldwide, six of most popular phones for browsing using Opera’s Mini are from Nokia, two are from Sony Ericsson, one is from RIM and one is from Samsung. Though in the U.S., nine of the top 10 phones using Opera Mini are BlackBerrys. The report can… Read More

  • Dr. Dre's Beats headphones here on July 25 for $349

    Dr. Dre and Monster (and Geffen’s Jimmy Iovine) will release THE MOST ADVANCED HEADPHONES EVER on July 25 at Apple retail stores (and online) and Best Buy (and its Web site). The headphones are called Beats, and have been in development for three years, which certainly sounds impressive. Beats are supposed accurately reproduce the entire spectrum of music, just like you would hear in a… Read More

  • Rumor: Apple coming out with 'MacBook Touch'

    So says MDN‘s source, Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at “low” price that will reduce margins. Read More

  • Proporta SIM-card holding keychain with unique Anti-Loss System

    They say things differently in England. For example, a car windshield is called a “windscreen” and a hood is called a “bonnet.” They call ladies “birds” over there and kill and eat Spanish babies on “Boxing Day.” They also called the rings on keyrings “anti-loss systems” and sell them for $6.95. That’s right: this is a key-ring… Read More

  • Leaked screen shots of the S60 Touch UI

    As thrilling as leaked photos usually are, it looks like the screen shots of Nokia’s S60 Touch UI have so far failed to excite. Since the photos apparently weren’t taken from a device, but from the PC-based theme editor, its hard to say what revolution Touch will really bring to S60. But from here it looks like the new Touch UI will be pretty similar to the regular UI, only with a… Read More

  • Symbian ready to make mistakes

    Efficiency was the force behind the recent decision to take Symbian open source, and not concerns about competition from Google’s Andriod or mobile Linux, John Forsyth, vice president of strategy for Symbian, reportedly said at the Open Mobile Exchange conference in Portland, Ore. Forsyth said that despite Symbian’s 60% market share, lack of research and development efficiency… Read More

  • From now on, windowpanes will power your PCs and cell phones

    Tokyo-based Nihon Telecommunication System Inc. [JP] is offering windowpanes with built-in photovoltaic cells, mainly aimed at the residential housing market. According to the company, the electricity produced through the panes will be just enough to power a PC and recharge a cell phone. The electricity will be tapped via USB ports. On sunny days, the new windowpanes are supposed to generate up… Read More

  • Bathys releases two new models, new blog

    Bathys watches are some of my favorites. Created by a young man named John Patterson who lives in Hawai’i, they’re aimed at surfers and outdoorsy types who don’t want to look like Captain Digitalpants while wearing a big, wonky wrist computer. He just announced two new models, the Ti-Quartz Benthic (top) and the Lunar Wahine (above). The Ti-Quartz has a Ronda 7003.N… Read More

  • Are Facebook Ads Going to Zero? Lookery Lowers Its Guarantee to 7.5-Cent CPMs.

    Nobody can make money on social network ads. Even Google (which controls a lot of the inventory on MySpace) is having a hard time. How worthless are these ads? Lookery, an ad network for social apps on Facebook and elsewhere, is renewing a promotion, guaranteeing 15 cents per thousand page impressions to app developers who sign up. With two ads per page, that comes to 7.5 cents per thousand… Read More

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