• Google Helps NORAD Track Santa

    Russian ICBM’s aren’t the only thing the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be tracking this Christmas, and Google (which is everywhere, and knows everything) is giving them a hand. The annual NORAD Tracks Santa page is back, and this year it comes with some extra Google goodies. For good boys there’s a YouTube Channel, that doesn’t care if… Read More

  • Digg, The Song

    Really? Yes, Really: The song, which is pretty damned good, is performed by Kina Grannis. Here are the lyrics (and hear Kina’s other songs here): When I’m feeling lazy, at school or when I work
    I sneak to my computer, and then I like to shirk
    I don’t go online shopping, I don’t email with my mom
    I open up my browser, and go to digg-dot-com Chorus: Gotta digg, gotta… Read More

  • Wikia Search Launches Private Beta; Public Launch On January 7

    Well, the waiting appears to be over, and the promised 2007 launch date was technically achieved. Wikipedia/Wikia Founder Jimmy Wales has publicly announced the private beta for Wikia Search – right now. And the public launch is set for January 7. In a note to the Wikia Search email list a few minutes ago, he wrote: From: jwales@xxxxx.com
    Subject: [Search-l] private pre-alpha… Read More

  • Top 2007 Education Apps: Learning 2.0

    A teacher and active blogger named Larry Ferlazzo has put together his list of the top education startups of 2007. The list was clearly put together with students in mind. And while I’m pretty sure that the average student can get to graduation with little more than Wikipedia, Delicious and perhaps an occasional stolen term paper to help them along the way, I’m glad to see… Read More

  • GPS used to track Jesus this Xmas

    While there’s Xmas irony in people stealing statues of Baby Jesus™, it’s something that’s been done for years. But the organizers of one Florida nativity scene are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Their Baby Jesus™ keeps getting ripped off, even after they nailed it down (again with the Xmas irony), so they’re fitting it with a GPS tracker… Read More

  • According to the Internet, Nikon D90 is coming soon

    Attention, Nikon camera nerds: the Nikon D90 (or D80x, perhaps) is likely on it’s way. the camera is similar in features to the D80, save for a few technical upgrades and a larger viewscreen. Look for it at PMA 2008 at the end of January. Nikon D90 [PhotoBay] Read More

  • PopSci's Bug Labs BUGBase SDK contest is on

    We’ve been covering the open-source hardware guys at Bug Labs for awhile, and that’s because the ideas that these guys have are dear to our hearts; the concept of roll-your-own gadgetry is a perfect things for geeks like us. And the wondernerds at Popular Science’s PopSci blog have put together a contest where they’re giving away a BUGBase brain-unit as well as the… Read More

  • Tired of viral marketing? Want to punch Judd Apatow?

    http://www2.funnyordie.com/public/flash/fodplayer.swfBacklash on FunnyOrDie.com Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’m a little disappointed that there’s no slam dunk line like “I’ve got a murder boner!” but viral marketing needs all the beatings we can give it, even if they’re sketch comedy beatings. I’m suspicious, though; I think this… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: The Year AOL Killed Netscape's Traffic

    Social voting remained a popular past time in 2007 with sites such as Digg more than tripling their audience, but some sites fared better than others according to data from comScore. One name with a long history is the AOL owned Netscape.com. The site was relaunched in June 2006 as a Digg clone with high hopes that a new generation would use the once great brand as an alternative to Digg. Read More

  • Green machines from MIT's Product Engineering Processes

    Some MIT engineering students were given an assignment to prototype something based on the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Seven 18-student teams teams were formed and came up with some pretty cool stuff. One team made a solar powered bin that detects and separates recyclables dropped into it. Another found a way to separate the oil from used oil filters before dumping… Read More

  • Product Clash: Sort Of Digg For Product Comparisons

    Product Clash is aiming to offer “peer reviewed product comparison in a fun way” with a site that takes Digg style voting to product grudge matches. Product Clash has a broad library of products that registered users can clash with each other or users can also submit their own product descriptions and technical specifications via the “Submit your Clash” form. The… Read More

  • Wikia Will Search. But When?

    We’ve waited more than a year for Wikia to launch their human powered search engine. The project was first announced in December last year by Wikipedia/Wikia founder Jimmy Wales. The promise was to return better results than Google and other search engines, using humans to make quality decisions: “Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces… Read More

  • Her Majesty The Queen Joins YouTube

    Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message (Americans read here) will join the 21st century this year with the Royal Family launching its own YouTube channel. The Royal Channel will feature the annual Christmas Day message as well as recent and historical footage of Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family. The launch of the YouTube channel will mark the 50th anniversary of the… Read More

  • Liquid lenses work like your eyes, but don't cut out your eyes yet

    Itochu and Holochip — yeah, I know. Never heard of them either. — have teamed up to make liquid lenses that will offer optical zoom and image manipulation without the mess of digital extrapolation. A tiny motor and squishy lens will work in tandem to deform the optics to zoom in and out without physically moving the lens forward or backwards. This means thinner, better optical… Read More

  • Robots for the railways

    Now that Russia is officially part of the Technocracy, their robot rulers are taking over more and more of the everyday maintenance. Apparently the Russian rail system (Motto: “If it worked in the 1950s, it will still work today.”) has hired robots to do most of the track maintenance and give presentations about the Great Bear’s delightfully archaic railways. Best of all… Read More

  • Mozilla Expands Its Universe With Weave

    Mozilla is expanding its universe today, moving beyond desktop software products like Firefox (browser) and Thunderbird (email) and into cloud territory – web services. The initiative, Weave, is a new project that will store user information – like bookmarks, passwords, history, preferences and customizations, and sync it to your Firefox account. Users can then access that… Read More

  • Asus U2 laptop is something like taking a bubble bath

    Looking to "take luxury computing to a whole new level"? I don’t know what that means either. If you’re already into luxury computing but you can’t help but wonder how to take it to the next level, you may very well never be satisfied no matter how many levels there are. Read More

  • RIAA tries its hand at producing local news segments

    Don’t be surprised to tune into your local news (with Brock Cockwell on sports, meteorologist Gust Hasner’s weather-on-the-eights, and Jasmine DeLaFontaine filling in for Clay Maxwell) to find a hard-hitting segment about music piracy, people getting arrested for music piracy, and how to spot and avoid pirated music. It’s all courtesy of our friends at the RIAA who may or… Read More

  • Tech President Endorsement On Local Fox Affiliate

    On Thursday we announced that we are holding a “primary” that includes each 2008 presidential candidate. We are asking readers to vote based on the candidate’s positions on ten key technology related issues. I talked with CBS news on Wednesday (clip is here) to announce the project. On Thursday morning, I spoke with Ross McGowan from the San Francisco Fox affiliate station… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: iGoogle Google's Homegrown Star Performer This Year

    2007 was another big year for Google with the company growing to become America’s fifth largest listed stock (by market cap) whilst continuing its march towards world domination. According to figures from comScore Google traffic increased 22.42% this year across its main web properties (excluding non-US sites and acquired sites such as YouTube). The star performer for the year was… Read More

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