• Johannes Kepler $100k Astronomer's Wristwatch

    Came across this unique watch on BoingBoing. Only 99 of these watches were made and are named after 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler. He’s the dude who came up with the formulas for the Laws of Planetary Motion. Big stuff. Johannes’ timepiece doesn’t come cheap though. It’s more than $100,000 per watch, but the design is magnificent. Check out how the watch… Read More

  • Daboda HMC-1 HD Media Center+NAS Makes Piracy Fun Again

    This little black box known as the Daboda HMC-1 may not be the prettiest one I’ve ever seen, but underneath is a combined NAS (for network attached storage) and media center. It’s also able to decode high-def video all the way up to 1080p. Too bad my HDTV only does 1080i. Let’s put it in honest terms: you download HD rips of TV shows and movies onto the Daboda, then play… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Handcuffing Digital Music

    Copy protection is leaking out of the digital music industry like water from a cracked snow-globe. The latest developments continue to point toward a DRM-free future in which you’ll buy music from different online stores for use anywhere, much like buying CDs from different physical shops like Virgin or Sam Goody and having them work fine in any player or computer. But if digital music… Read More

  • Sprint's Fall Lineup Includes Touch, Gandolf

    Palm’s Gandolf has officially introduced itself to NA as the Centro. Well, we’re led to believe it’s called the Centro based on an app on the home screen that’s called, “About Centro.” Sprint reps were referring to the Centro as a “shrunk-down 755p” that includes EV-DO and it’ll only be $99 with a two-year contract. Don’t worry… Read More

  • Corsair Flash Padlock USB Drive

    Are you one of those types who wears your heart on your sleeve, or, here, keeps all your important data on your keys? Securing that data is probably important to you (at least it should be) and Corsair has a quick solution to that with its Flash Padlock. It behaves exactly like a regular USB thumb drive except it adds five buttons to the front that you use to create a password. Supposedly… Read More

  • Google To Increase Investment In China

    Google is looking to acquire “one or two Chinese internet companies” and will invest in five in the next 12 months as part of a continued push to increase market share in the worlds fastest growing internet market. Google has previously focused on building partnerships in China, with Google technology powering Chinese search portals Sina.com, Soso.com and 163.com. Google also made… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Shift n Scooch Edition

    America Rules: 535-foot Slip n Slide Built
    Sony Releases Swarovski-studded Walkman
    Helio Fin: Unboxed
    AT&T Rep Talks About Lengthy iPhone Bills
    Skype Service Down For 12 To 24 Hours Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Guess what time it is? If you said “It’s time for Teh Be$t Kommenter Evar!”, you’re absolutely correct. If you said “It’s time for Doug to eat an entire bag of Old Dutch Caramel Puffcorn!”, you are incorrect. You JUST missed it. Read More

  • TechStars Demo Day – Class of 2007

    Y Combinator wasn’t the only incubator to demo their most recent startups today. Colorado-based TechStars also brought their startups on stage – ten of them – to give the audience a first look at what they’ve been up to all summer. Each startup gave 5% of their equity in exchange for $15,000, operational support, office space and mentoring. Most of these companies… Read More

  • Skype Service Update: No Cyber Attack, Just A Bad Algorithm

    We just heard from Skype with an official comment on what caused the service interruption today and what they’re doing to fix it.
    “Apologies for the delay, but we can now update you on the Skype sign-on issue. As we continue to work hard at resolving the problem, we wanted to dispel some of the concerns that you may have. The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a… Read More

  • EBay Sees $1 Billion Knocked Off Market Cap; Skype Outages Continue

    It was a bad day for stock in general, but eBay had a double whammy. eBay shares closed down 2.58% (89c) Thursday despite a late rally by NASDAQ listed stocks. The decline knocked $1 billion + off eBay’s market cap and follows a day where the eBay owned VOIP provider Skype remained crippled by a system wide outage. The Skype outage is now approaching 18 hours (at the time of writing)… Read More

  • Facebook Takes Action Against "Black Hat" Apps

    Some of the most popular Facebook applications are using highly questionable tactics to spread themselves virally. Users have noticed and complained, and Facebook took action today to put stop the most egregious behavior. There are two ways application developers are breaking the rules to get new users. The first: When a user looks at an application on his/her profile the application can… Read More

  • First Look: Helio's Ad for Fin

    To continue with today’s Finstivities (Haha!), here’s the forthcoming commercial you’ll see everywhere for the Helio Fin. Returned are the robots from the Ocean ad, but unlike the Ocean ad the Fin’s feature the phones features, like YouTube and Flickr uploading, very good things indeed. Read More

  • Amazon Fresh Shopping Bag Spotted In The Wild

    Finally, pictures are starting to come in of Amazon Fresh, the new Webvan-like grocery delivery service that launched in Seattle last month. What I’d really like to see is a review of the service by someone who lives in Seattle. And a picture of the delivery van everyone keeps spotting. Or even better, just video the whole delivery experience. I have very fond memories of Webvan and… Read More

  • TripAdvisor Acquires Facebook App Where I’ve Been For $3 Million

    Update: We have now confirmed that this deal has not happened and is in the discussion stage only. Inside Facebook pulled the trigger on their post a little too soon. TripAdvisor has acquired Facebook Application “Where I’ve Been” for a reported $3 million. Where I’ve Been allows users to share where they have been in the world from their Facebook profiles and has… Read More

  • Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups

    Y Combinator held their fall bi-annual Demo Day today at their Mountain View office. The fall demo day featured a whopping 19 companies giving lightning fast 7 minute elevator pitches to a room of press and potential angel investors. The companies were earlier selected during their Summer application drive. Paul Graham started off the event briskly after an initial mixer, encouraging investors… Read More

  • Helio Fin: Unboxed

    Yah, the Fin is HOT. I’ve been using it for about two hours, and the only skinnier thing to turn heads is Paris Hilton when she’s dressed: people think it’s not possible, but there it is. Here’s the Fin unboxed. I have to say, Helio has taken care to make the unboxing process a nice one. Everything’s organized well, you can tell what everything’s for… Read More

  • America Rules: 535-foot Slip n Slide Built

    So here’s the story: Guy and his father get drunk Guy and his father decide to build Slip n Slide for party Guy and his father use bulldozer to clear 535-foot pack Slide goes through woods and ends at retention pool Party enjoys slide while drunk Hit the link to see the gallery of the whole thing being constructed. I built a 535 ft. Slip ‘n Slide [Something Awful] Read More

  • Rumor: AT&T Crippling BlackBerry To Sell More iPhones

    Oh here we go. According to an AT&T employee, the upcoming BlackBerry 8820 will have its GPS functionality crippled so that it won’t seem more appealing than the iPhone. Allegedly when RIM flew off the handle, AT&T suggested that the company play ball or it would drop the BlackBerry line altogether. Read More

  • Google Vs. Yahoo!: Which Web Cuisine Reigns Supreme?!?

    We know LAPTOP magazine likes it some head-to-head action (and really, who doesn’t?), but while it usually does face-offs with gadgets, the staff’s not afraid to put software or services in the ring to bloody each other up. This week, it’s put together a throw-down between Google and Yahoo! to see which one you should be using as your homepage. The editors judged both in… Read More

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