• Mobile Edge offers a trio of "Checkpoint Friendly" laptop bags

    In response to the announcement made by the TSA earlier in the year that would allow travelers to keep their laptops in bags while going through security; a couple gear companies have put forth “Checkpoint Friendly” bags and that latest comes from Mobile Edge. The ScanFast collection meets the criteria laid out by the TSA and will be available late summer. No word on pricing. Read More

  • Eee PC 1000 Price drops to $549


    Asus’s Eee PC 1000 has only been available in the U.S. for a few days now and newegg.com has already dropped the price from $599 to $549. A quick Google shopping search shows a few other sites offering prices less than $599, but most still have the mini notebook listed at $699. Thanks Mobile Stylus, for the tip. Read More

  • Remote app doubles as Apple TV keyboard

    I’m without an Apple TV but John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame has stumbled upon a new facet of the Remote app that no one else seems to have realized before. Apple doesn’t seem to be touting this little factoid either, but you can use your iPhone/iPod Touch instead of the janky on-screen non-QWERTY keyboard as your Apple TV keyboard. Wowzers. What you’re typing is… Read More

  • Kevin Mitnick now has a book deal: Expect 1337 hack stories

    Before reading this, I suggest you watch the documentary Freedom Downtime, made by the folks at 2600. Go ahead, the whole thing is on Google Video. Kevin Mitnick has signed a book deal with Little, Brown and Company, giving him the opportunity to refute the outrageous claims made against him—really, he could start a nuclear war by whistling into a telephone?—while making a few… Read More

  • Should Nintendo do anything to help out the makers of the Weemote?

    Does Nintendo owe Fobis Technologies, maker of the Weemote, anything? Did it infringe upon the tiny Florida-based company’s trademark? Donna wants to know. Well, Time wants to know. The Weemote, which as we’ve mentioned here in the past, is a television remote control for kids that pre-dates the introduction of the Nintendo Wii by some six years. Now Fobis is complaining that… Read More

  • The new Batsuit in The Dark Knight has plenty of tech beneath it

    DarkKnightGear continues with a deep, almost philosophical look at the tech behind the new Batsuit that has Batfans-a-talking. (God, could I sound anymore like Variety?) Christopher Nolan, the film’s director, told the Los Angeles Times that it doesn’t make any sense for a superhero to be running around in a heavy, non-breathing latex that restricts one’s movements. This… Read More

  • Get thee to the Last HOPE today, its final day ever

    The Last HOPE is entering its final day today, and Gearfuse of all sites (!) is doing a genuinely passable job of covering it. That lanyard up there is the show’s entrance badge, the same one with built-in RFID that makes tracking attendees a cinch. If you’re anywhere near the Hotel Pennsylvania (34th Street & 7th Avenue in Manhattan), you really ought to attend. Read More

  • Pwnage 2.0 released: For iPhone 3G, you can only jailbreak

    Pwnage 2.0 is here! It was officially released a few hours ago, and the servers have been pounded ever since. As such, mirrors keep popping up on the Dev Team’s blog; be sure to check often if you’re keen to use the software. Note that for the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch, Pwnage 2.0 only jailbreaks—that is to say it doesn’t unlock Apple’s newest speedbumped phone… Read More

  • Lonely? Try fondling Augmented Reality Cyber Maid Alice

    Augmented reality (AR), the combination of virtual worlds and reality, is a cool concept that leads to useful applications in navigation systems, medicine, architecture and many other fields. Geisha Tokyo Entertainment Inc. [JP] now found a way to help all single otaku overcome their problems in finding a real girl friend. Their alternative to heal loneliness 2.0 is called “Dennou… Read More

  • Startup Job Site Gets Backing From Y Combinator, Relauches As Startuply

    New Y Combinator startup Startuply launches today. It’s a free job listing service aimed squarely at small startups, which have a lot of trouble getting the attention of new engineering graduates over the noise of the brand recognition and recruiting efforts of larger companies like Google and Microsoft. Startuply is actually a fresh relaunch of Jowba, which originally launched in 2007. Read More

  • Tesla Motors Unveils Jaw-Dropping Menlo Park Showroom

    Tesla Motors, the automobile startup with backers that include Sergey Brin and Larry Page, held a party tonight to mark the launch of its Menlo Park storefront. The store, which is the company’s second, will be open to the general public beginning this Tuesday. Despite Tesla Motors’ well deserved reputation as a high-end car manufacturer, it is still very much a startup –… Read More

  • Magic Bus

    Note: If you think Twitter is a joke, or that Microsoft has no chance of being trusted with anything, or that Apple will fall to the surging citizen militia, or any other common wisdom of the Internets, please move along, I beg you. I thought I’d take a little more time to explore the reasons why I think Microsoft’s Live Mesh can emerge as the host platform for a large percentage… Read More

  • Finalist In McDonalds/MySpace Jingle Contest Is Former McDonalds Armed Robber

    Well, here’s something that’s so ridiculous it couldn’t be made up. McDonald’s teamed up with MySpace to create a new jingle for the 40th anniversary of the Big Mac. The original song (two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce…) was created back in 1974. Over 1,000 user created songs and videos were submitted – the winner’s jingle becomes the… Read More

  • Pressflip Is A Belly Flop

    Pressflip is a new blog search engine (it’s actually a relaunch of a site called Persai, which launched earlier this year). The idea is you do a search, train the engine by telling it which results aren’t interesting to you, and then wait for new results to come in over time. The search results aren’t very deep compared to established blog search engines, there’s no… Read More

  • Edopter Attempts "Social Trendcasting" Through Crowdsourcing And Internet Buzz

    Edopter is a unique concept that attempts to combine crowd-sourcing with internet buzz to predict new trends. It’s called “social trendcasting.” The way it works, is by allowing users to generate “trends” according to what they think will catch on. Some trends are “cewebrities” (pictured below), “Batman: The Dark Knight,” and… Read More

  • Plug-in hybrirds to the rescue, in 2010!


    Not quite… How are those gas prices treating you? Thought so. Good news, though, as plug-in hybrid cars aren’t too far away. In fact, if you’re keen to wait only 18 months, you could soon be driving out of your local dealership while thumbing your nose at Big Oil. Big Oil is Evil, remember. Cars like the Chevrolet Volt, which is due for release in 2010, run on both… Read More

  • VC Deals In Charts (Q2 2008)—Exits? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Exits?

    Second quarter data is out on venture deals from the National Venture Capital Association and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Despite the IPO market drying up completely, the What-Me-Worry crowd on Sand Hill Road keep pumping money into venture deals at a steady pace. Venture capitalists invested $7.4 billion last quarter in 990 deals, compared to $7.5 billion in 997 deals during the first quarter… Read More

  • Video: IMAX, The Dark Knight & you

    Popular Mechanics has about 20 seconds of non-trailer footage of The Dark Knight wherein the director, Christopher Nolan, explains his decision to film certain parts of the movie using IMAX cameras. Of course, the video itself isn’t embedable, but a quick trip to YouTube fixed that problem. Thanks, Popular Mechanics! Possibly even better, the second, most recent trailer in Lego form. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Henge Hunting Edition

    New face recognition system helps stores to identify VIP customers
    Badger badger badger badger, mushroom vacuum
    -henges of the world, unite!
    Remember to give your ears a break with reusable, flat earplugs
    Review: iPhone 3G Read More

  • Kid uses GPS to contest speeding ticket

    Here’s a fun little story that ought to excite your Freedom Bone. It seems an 18-year-old was recently pulled over for speeding, with police claiming that the lad was 17 mph north of the speed limit. An on-board GPS unit disagrees. Yup, the kid had a GPS device(an RMT Rover, seen here) in his car at the time , and its data indicates that he was doing the 45 mph speed limit all the way to… Read More

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