• Taste Test: 'Rockstar Roasted' energy drink

    Just noticed this new blend today in my local convenience store. According to the company, it’s an “amazing mix of the finest espresso coffee, fresh milk and cream packed with the powerful blend of Original Rockstar.” To me, it tasted like cold coffee with milk and now my vision’s kind of blurry and everything’s moving in slow motion. Wheee! Rockstar Roasted… Read More

  • Get you a free beer

    Watch more DIY videos on 5min.com Pretty clever, those British. Always caging free drinks. Read More

  • Android, a platform, will outsell iPhone, a phone: Google exec

    [photopress:androidviphone.jpg,full,center] A mobile platform manager at Google said yesterday that he expects Android to outsell the iPhone, which, to me, truly sounds like comparing apples to oranges. Rich Miner points out that Android will be supported by no less than Motorola, HTC, Samsung and LG. Meanwhile, only one company is behind the iPhone, Apple. Never mind that Android is an OS… Read More

  • Indian government will not be banning BlackBerries after all

    By Indian law, mobile devices in that country have to be capable of being monitored and their transmissions intercepted by the government. So it was kind of a awkward situation when the megacorp Tata applied for a license to set up a BlackBerry network. Why? Because the BlackBerry services are encrypted, and at least some are based in Canada, where RIM is the law, and will not submit to… Read More

  • 20 truly crazy supervillain plots in handy flowchart format

    [photopress:eddie_lummox1b.jpg,full,center] A movie with a superhero is nothing without a quality supervillain. What would Spider-Man be like if he didn’t have Doc Ock trying to show them all? Cracked recently held a contest asking its readers to Photoshop their favorite supervillain’s plans for world domination as flow charts, and the results are amazing. Above is my favorite… Read More

  • Google not sure if Gmail's captcha has been broken, could just be hired guns doing the cracking

    [photopress:gmailcaptcha.jpg,full,center] Google doesn’t believe that Gmail’s captcha, those little picture things you have to fill out before signing up for a service, have been cracked just yet. There’s been whispers here and there recently suggesting that hackers may have figured out the algorithm used by Gmail, which would ultimately lead to a hell of a lot of spam… Read More

  • The greatest hacks and hackers of all time

    Before script kiddies, worms, and DDoS attacks, there was a whole generation of hackers prowling the embryonic net for good, evil, or just plain fun. Kevin Mitnick, Adrian Lamo, Cap’n Crunch, Kevin Poulson – these phreaks, backdoor artists and curious coders typify the infamous group of brainy, ambitious geeks who terrorized corporations and governments throughout the early era… Read More

  • Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service

    Facebook has been testing a new instant messaging service and will be launching it to the public soon, perhaps in the next week. Our understanding is that the service will be built into user’s Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends. We’ve also heard that, like Gtalk, it will be built on the Jabber open source platform, allowing users to add the service… Read More

  • Sirius launches Client 9 Radio: Scandal talk central

    [photopress:client9radio.jpg,full,center] Classy, Sirius. Real classy. Sirius Satellite Radio today will launch Client 9 Radio, channel 126, a talk radio-format channel that will “explore the breaking news, facts, fallout, psychology, and implications of the scandal.” Surely you know to what Client 9 refers? Orbitcast reports that, in addition to covering the Spitzer scandal… Read More

  • What Media Company Gained the Most Market Share in 2007? (Hint: It Starts With a G).

    When it comes to market share gains in advertising dollars, Google outstripped every other media company in 2007, whether you look at the Web, TV, print, or radio. Earlier this morning, Henry Blodget compared the advertising revenues of 17 major media businesses (including News Corp, Time Warner Cable, Viacom, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL,, the New York Times, and CBS Radio). He left out… Read More

  • Delicious 2.0 News Finally Comes To New York

    I know we can’t always expect our friends in New York to stay completely up to date on the latest Silicon Valley product developments. But Silicon Alley Insider’s report on a redesign and rebranding at Delicious is just a tad late. Like 6 months late (the screen shot they show is even dated August 2007). It was announced and shown to the public last September along with word that… Read More

  • Next-gen Gulfstream 650 private jet nearly breaks sound barrier

    [photopress:gs650.jpg,full,center] The new Gulfstream 650 private jet will have a maximum velocity of 704 mph, ever so close to the speed of sound, 770 mph. The jet, which won’t be available until 2012, will carry a price tag of nearly $65 million. Able to hold 18 people, its range—7,000 nautical miles—means that it can go from New York to just about anywhere, save Australia… Read More

  • Y Combinator Demo Day Roundup for Spring 2008

    The fledgling startups listed below will present their ideas and initial products to investors at this spring’s Y Combinator Demo Day on March 18. Of the 19 companies in this batch, 10 have already launched and only one remains in stealth mode. Most of them have been in development for only three months. Chatterous

    Chatterous connects various forms of communication so that people… Read More

  • Kenta Cho's excellent shooter Noiz2sa now on the iPhone

    Kenta Cho is basically the lord and savior of the indie gaming shooter community. I know that sounds like a dubious distinction, but if you follow indie games at all (as I do, with relish) then you should know this guy. One of his classic abstract shmups, Noiz2sa, has now been ported to the iPhone, and it looks like it actually may have worked out pretty well. John just looked for it and… Read More

  • SXSW 2008: Farewell address edition

    [photopress:byebyesxswi.jpg,full,center] My time at SXSW drew to a close Wednesday morning. Waiting at the Houston airport, I penned this little farewell address. Nothing too strenuous, you know me. /beginsbelow Goodbye, SXSW. After a solid two hours of sleep, I hopped in a cab this morning and began the painfully long process of getting home. I’m in Houston right now, watching… Read More

  • Zemanta launches content suggestion engine soon

    Launching in a couple of weeks is Zemanta, the startup which has developed a facility for WordPress blogs to suggest contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags. The upshot? Paste in some text and Zemanta looks at it and then starts to add the most likely links to the text, which you can then edit (something a lot of bloggers would kill for no doubt). Now, stay with me. Read More

  • EU taxpayers to fund $306m Google rival. No wonder the Yanks think we're dumb

    The EU Commission is up to its usual tricks. Twenty-three European private firms led by electronics firm Thomson are about to get EUR99m ($152m) from the French government to develop a European rival to Google. The European Commission approved the funding because it thinks the research and cultural benefits of the Quaero project will offset the fact that they just handed a ton of cash to… Read More

  • NIN's Trent Reznor calls out Radiohead for its so-so In Rainbows release

    [photopress:ningetsit.jpg,full,center] As if you already didn’t know, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails’ frontman, also “gets” it. “It” meaning that the music business, as we once knew it, died some time ago. Also, he thinks Radiohead’s In Rainbows was a stunt more than anything else. Reznor, in speaking with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, called… Read More

  • Joseph Weizenbaum, creator of Eliza, dead

    Joseph Weizenbaum, creator of the Rogerian psychoanalysis simulator Eliza, is dead at 85. His work in AI and simulations cannot be underestimated and you and I owe him a debt of gratitude for every time we feel as if we’re “talking” to our computers. He didn’t find the ghost in the machine, but he discovered our ability, for better or worse, to project our souls into… Read More

  • Proporta's Echo: Look at me! I'm hideous!

    The Echo is a mirrored iPhone, iPod touch and 3G nano screen protector that drops to glossy chrome when the screen is off. The sticker is easy to apply and fairly transluscent. It costs a mere $9.95 and is available now. Product Page Read More

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