• Microsoft Mystery Solved: It's 'Surface'


    As of 12:01 EST, we know the identity of Microsoft’s mystery guest. It seems that Redmond is launching Surface — an interactive “desk” that can sense styli and objects and interact with other devices using RFID and other wireless protocols. Told ya so. It will be available in Harrahs and Starwood Casinos as well as in select T-Mobile stores. That’s right &mdash… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Good evening, folks. From here on out we’ll be posting the top three comments from the day for your enjoyment. My personal favorite came from Anton in regards to VV’s Longhorn Lives! post this morning. Keep on truckin’ because there are two more! I think I got about 142 Kb downloaded before I realized “Wait a minute. I don’t want this.” Then I stopped… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Surface Computer

    At the D: All Things Digital conference Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil Microsoft Surface, the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that will “break down traditional barriers between people and technology”. A Surface computer is able to recognize physical objects from a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows hands-on, direct control… Read More

  • Grateful Dead Fan Site Reborn as Social Network

    At their peak, rock legends “The Grateful Dead” attracted an estimated community of 40,000 self-proclaimed “Deadheads” trailing them as they toured the country. The movement had originally spawned from fans meeting at concerts and networking on mailing lists. Mailing lists turned digital with the launch of Dead.net, which will relaunch in the next 24 hours as a full… Read More

  • Screencast-o-Matic Brings Screencast Creation To The Web Browser

    Screencast-o-Matic from Big Nerd Software brings the creation of screencasts to the web browser. Screencast-o-Matic records audio and screen activity through the use of a Java applet. The result can then be displayed on the site or exported to Quicktime. There are various screencast software applications, both free and paid that deliver similar functionality however Screencast-o-Matic is the… Read More

  • Slacker Now On Your Desktop

    One of the more ambitious entrants on the social music scene, Slacker, has released the second piece of their three-part music personalization suite, a desktop music player. Slacker’s player shares a lot of the core functionality of MyStrands and Last.fm. Users create a personalized radio stream by entering a keyword into the player. There is no rewind and specific songs can not be played. Read More

  • Userplane Launches Revenue Sharing Program

    Web messaging services company Userplane has launched a new revenue-sharing program that brings monetization to online instant messaging and web chat Userplane Money serves ads in instant messaging, web chat and other widgets. The new program is said to be the first of its kind amongst community platforms. Userplane CEO Mike Jones sees what he calls the “Platform Web” as the next… Read More

  • Microsoft's Mystery Product: Game Table? Yah, Probably

    Gizmodo’s got word that Microsoft will be releasing “something totally new coming out of the Entertainment and Devices division, and it’s going to change the way people interact with technology.” At first we thought it might be the watermelon Zune Phone, but then we started asking around. Three different internal MS worker bees mentioned it’s likely a game… Read More

  • Nokia 8600 Hands-On

    T3, still apparently the worlds No. 1 gadget mag, has posted a video review of the Nokia 8600 Luna. It features a 2-megapixel camera, 1GB of internal storage and an OLED display. All of which is tucked sexily into a sliding body and it has… oh, what the hell, just watch the bloody video. First video: Nokia 8600 Luna hands on [T3 via Gizmodo] Read More

  • 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

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