• When CD Players and Phonographs Collide

    Here’s an exotic prototype CD player in the shape of a phonograph. (This was actually created and not merely a render.) The designer, Yong Jieyu, dissembled a CD player and put the necessary components back together in the shape of a phonograph. Complete and utter madness, I know. The laser pickup is where the needle would be on a standard phono. Generally this is OK, but the oddball… Read More

  • Locate and Control Your Whip From Anywhere

    Before the glitz and glamour of the smartphones (I secretly hate) and other cool stuff (crap) I’ve embraced from the gadget/gear world I used to fuss around with cars. Say what you will about the Fast and The Furious hoopla from yesteryear, but modding Civic’s, Jetta’s, Golf’s and old 3-series Beemer’s was a lot of fun. Sure, I wasted a few thousand dollars on… Read More

  • Denon and Boston Announce MakeShifters Contest


    Boston Acoustics and Denon Electronics today announced a collaborative contest that will give one extremely lucky person an extreme home theater makeover featuring electronics, furniture and installation worth more than $17,000. The criteria of the contest are thus: Read More

  • European Project Attempts to Put a Man-made Cerebellum in a Robot

    While robots aren’t my “thing,” I do appreciate the never-ending march of science. (Well, not really, but it’s irrelevant in any case.) In Europe they’ve got a little robot project thing set up called Sensopac, where one of the goals is to implant a man-made cerebellum into a robot. (The cerebellum controls movement.) The point of implanting a cerebellum into a… Read More

  • Wii Controller Hacked for 360

    One diligent gamer with a surplus of time on his hands has modded a Wii controller to work on an Xbox 360. Don’t get to excited though, at present only the directional pad and buttons work, so no clumsy accelerometer action for your and your 360. sir crx hacks wii controller for 360 [technabob] Read More

  • Linux Indy Car Just Plain Sucks

    While Linux may not suck, its official Indy car definitely does. A group of hopeful, brash Linux users got together for the Tux 500 campaign to raise enough money to slap a Tux sticker on the front of an Indy car. Sure enough, the dorks succeeded and managed to get car #77 to put the sticker on the front. Shortly after the Indianapolis 500 began on Sunday, the car crashed and took an… Read More

  • Nintendo Says It May Buck the 5-6 Year Console Cycle With Wii

    Nintendo knows it’s got a winner on its hands with the Wii and now it looks like the company is starting to project some hubris. George Harrison, the head of marketing for Nintendo of America, says Sony screwed up by releasing a PlayStation 3 that’s simply too expensive for what it does. Hence, as Harrison points out, Sony is still selling a large number of PS2s. Read More

  • Jitterbug: Because Cell Phones Scare Old People

    Next up in our regular series about high tech gear that is made for the assumed-luddite older generation: Jitterbug. Promising “24 hour operators,” “large, backlit buttons” and a “soft ear cushion,” Jitterbug promises to be the perfect phone for old, blind, hard of hearing folks with fat fingers. Business Week has a long story on the phones, which I must… Read More

  • Apple Says Don't Buy From iTMS, World In Shock

    Call my title a tad-bit deceiving, but it is true. Apple is telling iPod owners not to buy audiobooks from the iTunes Music Store. The reason? A glitch in audiobooks being sold on iTMS is not letting files playback on an iPod. They work fine in iTunes, but throw them on your iPod and no dice. Apple is currently refunding anyone who purchased an audiobook and is telling customers to relax while… Read More

  • Writing Around the iPhone Hole

    It doesn’t take much to sell a few papers or get a few hundred hits on yer blog. Just write a story about the iPhone and put it out for all to read. The real trick, however, is how to write about the iPhone without knowing what it does, how it works, or even who has one. Luckily, Brier Dudley tracked down Glenn Lurie of AT&T and asked him about the iPhone. The resulting interview… Read More

  • Too Bad Mobile TV is Dead in the Water Here: Sharp Aquos 912SH

    It’s an incremental upgrade to be sure, but Sharp’s Aquos 912SH cellphone embodies something that’ll never take off here: mobile TV. In the Far East, however, it’s quite popular, making this phone a little more valuable there. It’s got standard-for-Japan features like HSDPA, a 3-megapixel camera with flash, e-mail and Web support and 3-inch 480 x 800-pixel… Read More

  • Video Gamer A True Hero

    No matter what the occasion, anyone who is a hero deserves an honor. So it makes sense that one should be given to Adam Mapleson, a 24-year-old IT consultant who lives across the pond. When Mapleson saw a woman security guard being robbed at gunpoint by two men, he sprang into action and tackled the two robbers. In the process, Adam was shot in the chest. Clinging to life, he was discovered near… Read More

  • Google Maps Now with 360 Streetside Views

    Google has will be announcing a new 360 streetside view for Google maps at Where 2.0 today, says O’Reily Radar. The 360 views are a better version of Amazon’s A9 static panoramas. Google’s views let users virtually stand in the middle of any street, able to look in a full circle around the location, giving a better feel of the place you’ll be going. It will reportedly… Read More

  • Toshiba to Use AMD Chips, Old El Paso Salsa

    Laptop mid-giant, Toshiba, will start using AMD chips in their laptops, a move that essentially dumps their long-standing relationship with large-giant Intel. They expect to put AMD chips into 20 percent of their new models. Reuters points out that Dell recently took up AMD as a supplier after being Intel-only for twenty years. The new Toshiba models should sell at about $100 less than… Read More

  • Want Free iPod Games?

    Truth be told, I don’t like paying for things when I know I can get them for free, but who does? I’ve been apprehensive about buying games for my iPod because…oh who am I kidding? I live in NYC so being cheap and poor tends to leave me malnourished and sewing potato bags together for clothing. Thanks to slus at the zomgstuff forum I can now play LOST, Tetris and Ms. Pac Man while… Read More

  • PayPlay.fm: DRM-Free 4 Life

    The folks at PayPlay.fm dropped me a line discussing their huge indie catalog of DRM-free music. While you won’t find any Sting or Beatles hidden in their back pages, you can enjoy 32 Below and Elika. Clearly these boys aren’t going to take down the ITMS, eMusic, or even the selection at Goodwill (there’s always a something by the Stones or Devo in the record bin for the… Read More

  • Store Music Online In Japan, Get Arrested

    Companies offering online file-storage may want to pull out of the Japanese market real soon. A recent court ruling in Tokyo deemed a company called Image City guilty of copyright infringement. Why? JASRAC, an organization that collects the bucks for public music performances, sued Image City because their online file-storage service MYUTA lets you listen to your music files over your cellphone. Read More

  • It Hurts So Good: Homemade Microwave Guns

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/587507/microwave_technology_homemade.swf Clearly someone didn’t get enough love as a child because this is crazy. These guys took apart an old microwave, took out the magnetron, and turned it into a weapon. The resulting hilarity and hijinks remind us how microwave ovens were actually invented when someone at a radar installation found a burnt bird… Read More

  • "Unlimited" iPhone Plan Coming Soon To AT&T?

    Glenn Laurie, president of national distribution for AT&T, is saying that an unlimited package is in the works for AT&T customers who want to purchase the iPhone. Makes sense due to all the rich features that use the Internet on the iPhone, right? On the issue of web browsing, Laurie says: “I think it will be great for us, and here’s why. One of the things with this… Read More

  • Gemini Mobile Gets Funding

    Gemini Mobile has announced that it has raised an additional round of financing of $5 million from Japan’s ACCESS Co. Ltd., Aplix Corporation and Normura Securities. This round of financing follows the recent $20 million from Goldman Sachs, which was to underscore the continued support for Gemini’s wireless software. In addition to the new financing, ACCESS and Aplix are working… Read More

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