• ‘Mowercycle’ looks pretty sweet, though it still doesn’t make me want to mow the lawn

    Know what’s great about owning a home? Nothing. Just ask me, I used to own one. In retrospect, I should have just bought a gigantic hole and a cheap shovel and set aside a weekend to scoop five years worth of my money in there. Anyhoo, one of my least favorite things to do as a homeowner was mow the grass (a close second after shoveling). While this Mowercycle certainly would have eased… Read More

  • Cell-phone activated bike stun gun

    Naked man? Check. A bunch of crap on a table? Check. A rambling description of a project that seems a bit to complex to work? Check. Five minutes of your life that could have been more efficiently spent? Check. A fairly cool idea if it works? Check. Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! – The Long Version

    A fuller round-up of the events of TechCrunch Pitch! last week in London is now live at TechCrunch.com. Read More

  • BoyGenius gives the Bold a thorough working over

    BoyGenius has apparently had his mitts on the BlackBerry Bold for a month now and gave an extensive review, (including recommending coffee before reading.) In short: “This is the device every single BlackBerry user has been waiting for. Finally a BlackBerry that ‘has it all.’” More review highlights include: a “gorgeous” screen, “We can safely say… Read More

  • Customer receives million-dollar bill AND poor service

    The Register has a report on possibly the largest ever single-person phone bill, and the winner is…James Abdale, a Vodafone customer from Norwich, who got a bill for £588,198, and fifteen pence ($1,175,455 and two cents). Abdale, who posted his saga on Vodafone’s forum, spent over two hours on the phone with customer service before being told that all managers had gone home and… Read More

  • Blu-Ray on Xbox?

    Betting on the losing format isn’t such a bad thing for Microsoft. Sure they made an expensive peripheral HD-DVD player, but at least they didn’t integrate it, leaving gamers stuck with a costly price tag for the core console. But now that the format is dead and Blu-Ray is the winner, will the Xbox get a Blu-Ray player? No. Which of course, doesn’t really come as a surprise. Read More

  • Zero Punctuation on Alone in the Dark

    http://static.escapistmagazine.com/media/global/movies/player/FlowPlayerDark.swf?config=%7Bembedded%3Atrue%2CplayList%3A%5B+%7B+%27url%27%3A130%2C%27linkUrl%27%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fvideos%2Fview%2Fzero-punctuation%2F130-Alone-in-the-Dark%27%2C%27linkWindow%27%3A%27_top%27%2C%27name%27%3A%27Alone%2Bin%2Bthe%2BDark%27+%7D+%5D%2CsplashImageFile%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fglobal%2Fcastfire%2Fsplash%2F130.jpg%27%2CshowVolumeSlider%3Atrue%2CinitialScale%3A%27fit%27%2Cloop%3Afalse%2CautoPlay%3Afalse%2CautoBuffering%3Afalse%2CusePlayOverlay%3Afalse%2CautoRewind%3Atrue%2CbufferLength%3A15%2CmenuItems%3A%5Bfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Ctrue%2Ctrue%5D%7D I knew this game was done for me when I go stuck behind a wall and kept dying in fire or falling off a building with no recourse but to turn off the game and get a beer&hellip… Read More

  • Building The Microsoft Mesh

    Microsoft has dominated the desktop market with Windows since the very first PC’s – a solid run of almost three decades. Despite a late start and some tactics that lead to a lengthy DOJ trial, Microsoft also has the majority of market share in the browser market with Internet Explorer. With the advent of smartphones, Microsoft released Windows Mobile and through device… Read More

  • Yahoo Hires Former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook

    Even as Yahoo loses execs by the dozens, they continue to hire new blood. Blaine Cook, the controversial (and some say very talented) former chief architect at Twitter, is now a rails developer at Yahoo. A source at Yahoo confirms the hire and says he’s working on the Fire Eagle project in Yahoo’s Brickhouse early stage product group, which is run by Chad Dickerson. FireEagle… Read More

  • Samsung SL201: She is so slim!

    This 10.2-megapixel from Samsung has a 3x optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD, and face detection, self portrait, and image stabilization. The camera costs $169.95 and takes SD/SDHC memory cards. Read More

  • Mini Review: ‘Aurora Feint’ for iPhone/iPod Touch

    We got a request in last night from one of our readers to try out the free “Aurora Feint” game, available for the iPhone and iPod Touch in the new iTunes App Store. Hey, guess what? It’s an awesome game. It’s kind of like “Columns” meets your favorite RPG. Since I’ve only ever been hooked on “Everquest,” let’s say it’s like… Read More

  • SocialMedia Hires Savvian To Secure Its Series B Round

    SocialMedia, a popular advertising platform for social network applications, has hired boutique investment bank Savvian to help it raise a Series B round that will likely amount to around $20 million. Savvian is the same firm that was hired by Federated Media, another ad-serving company, to help it shop around for potential investors earlier this year (the company eventually raised $50… Read More

  • Google’s Android Developer Challenge weeds out losers by not playing fair

    An email that Google employee David McLaughlin accidentally sent to the public Android discussion group has fanned the fires of developer’s discontent. Yesterday, we posted about the developers working on the highly anticipated new mobile platform were getting impatient with Google’s release of an updated SDK. The accidental email was meant to be for a small group of finalists… Read More

  • BlogHer Inks Deal With NBC Universal, Raises $5 Million

    BlogHer, an online network of female bloggers, has announced a partnership with iVillage and Women@NBCU, a new content and marketing intiative by NBC Universal. The partnership includes a $5 million Series B round led by Peacock Equity (a fund run by NBC Universal and GE) along with previous investor Venrock Capital. iVillage, Oxygen.com, and BravoTV.com will also obtain access to… Read More

  • Sega E3 08: Alpha Protocol, Sonic Unleashed

    I’m not sure what it is about E3, but I’m slowly getting the itch to play me some RPGs and RTSs, but more on the latter later. Let’s rap about the former and first up is Obsidian’s (They created Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II The Sith Lords and Neverwinter Nights 2) Alpha Protocol, which is an RPG with a fair amount of action gameplay thrown in to keep… Read More

  • NPR Launches API That Serves Up 13 Years Of Content

    National Public Radio (NPR) has introduced an API that it says will allow developers to serve up mashups that include audio, images, and full text articles from the non-profit media organization’s archives that go as far back as 1995. You can access an overview of the new API here. The blurb we received about the release stated that the material available covers “nearly the full… Read More

  • iPhone App Store: Where is your god now, open source fanbois?

    Sure you only use Linux and GPL. Sure you’re down with LAMP and know Perl. Why, then, did you buy an iPhone? As Nik at TCIT points out, the App Store is so enmeshed in DRM and closed source policies that you basically cannot give away your software without Apple’s permission. Apple has wrapped the iPhone SDK in enough licensing, security controls and right management that it would… Read More

  • TiVo v9.4 sneaks into your box

    Word is out that TiVo is sending its summer update (ahead of schedule, yeah!) to TiVo HD and Series 3 DVRs. v9.4 gives you six new features, including the ability to play or delete a folder, browse the guide at any time, even while watching live TV, a recording or even downloading and easier access to closed captioning. The update should hit all machines by the end of the month. Zatz Not… Read More

  • GoGrid Releases API

    Cloud hosting service provider GoGrid has announced the release of its API. The REST-like Query interface is available to all GoGrid users, and includes some noteworthy features. The API allows user’s to programmatically control their GoGrid environment. This allows users to, for example, auto-scale the GoGrid instance in a timely and efficient manner. The API also enables users to… Read More

  • Exclusive: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for iPhone

    As far as we know and to THQ Wireless’ knowledge we’re the first with any sort of footage for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and here it is for all of you readers. It’s a very cool game and an ingenious way of using the touchscreen. The accelerometer is only used to switch gameplay from landscape to portrait at any time. It’s still a work in… Read More

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