• Low-tech solar power, no cells or transformers required

    This is the kind of power I can see being used on Arrakis — Dune — the desert planet. This huge array of mirrors automatically adjusts to face the sun, and concentrates its rays onto a pipeline filled with the spice melange — I mean oil, which heats up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The oil is then used to vaporize water for steam power, or the heat is transferred… Read More

  • Datel's Freeloader now out for Wii: Region-free gaming ahoy

    [photopress:wfl.jpg,full,right] Datel has released Freeloader for the Nintendo Wii (which, incidentally, is a lot more fun when you’ve got a nice buzz going, as I found out last night). The unlicensed disc lets you play Wii games from any region on your console. So, if you’re living in beautiful Leeds and want to play, I don’t know, some U.S. game, now you can. It also… Read More

  • Ziphone brings one-touch Jailbreaking to iPhone 1.1.4; Not so much the Touch

    When Apple released the 1.1.4 firmware to the iPhone and iPod Touch-owning public earlier in the week, there was much excitement over who was going to be the first to jailbreak it. Well, it turns out it was easy enough to tweak the 1.1.3 jailbreaking apps to do the job; Apple didn’t really make any new prohibitions to jailbreaking in the update. Ziphone has released a new version of… Read More

  • XM, Sirius extend merger deadline by two months

    [photopress:melk.jpg,full,center] It’s been more than a year since the proposed XM-Sirius merger was announced and we’re no closer now to a combined company than we were then. But there’s hope… maybe! Actually, XM and Sirius just extended the deadline by two months for the deal to go through (or not). Now the satellite radio companies have given the Feds till May 1 for… Read More

  • Plastic knuckledusters: The latest threat to our precious bodily fluids

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/23393878#23393878 Friends, back before 9/11, when I was dopey kid, I bought a plastic shiv at a gun show with my Dad. Why? Because back in the 1980s there was less fluoride in the water and kids generally didn’t bring guns to school. I don’t know. Apparently giving a 13-year-old a shiv back then was OK. Anyway, this shiv was designed to get… Read More

  • Apple to host Guitar Hero 3 tournaments at retail stores

    I may or may not participate when the tour comes to NYC. I’m still without axes for my copy of GH3. But I know some of you (Shanee) rock at GH so you better brush up and get ready to rumble. Winners will get prizes that probably aren’t that cool unless it’s free iPods, but I guess iTunes gift cards are okay. If you want to participate then you need to visit the… Read More

  • PayPal warns against using Safari because of its lack of anti-phishing technology

    [photopress:paypalsafari.jpg,full,right] PayPal, darling of the Internet, has warned its users to steer clear of Apple’s Safari Web browser because it doesn’t support anti-phishing technologies. (IE 7 and the upcoming Firefox 3.0 do, however.) Specifically, PayPal says Safari’s lack of support for Extended Validation Certificate, a technology that turns the address bar green… Read More

  • Helio loses more money in 2007, but that's OK

    It’s always weird that a business can lose money during a year but still call it a success. Such is the case with MVNO Helio, which saw $327million go down the tubes in 2007. The thing is, that was less than Helio had forecast, as it stated losses in 2007 should be $340-$360 million. The other good news is that it beat its own estimates in revenue, expecting $140-$170 million, but… Read More

  • Franck Muller Crazy Hours watch

    Today is apparently watch day. This is a video of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours watch. The complication cause the hours hand to flip around the face when the hour changes. It tells the right time constantly, but it looks like it doesn’t. This is the first time I’ve seen the complication in action so now we all know how it works. Read More

  • News Round

    Starting from this week I’ll be giving you a weekly run-down of recent stories. Hopefully you’ll find this useful. Last.fm, the UK startup CBS bought, said it was getting a lot of traffic from its widgets. On March 14 Ireland finally gets the iPhone about three months after the UK, courtesy of UK-based carrier O2, which has the exclusive contract. Meanwhile Ireland-based voice… Read More

  • Clarion's new dashtop nav system learns how badly you drive

    [photopress:clarion_highend_thumb.jpg,full,center] Now this is a little different. Clarion’s got a new dash-top GPS computer with a 30GB HD that, along with maps for everyplace you’d want to go, has a gyroscope to learn how badly you drive, when you miss turns, and other data so it can customize the routes it displays for your driving style. Very cool. Clarion launches high-end… Read More

  • Do "undocumented" OSX tweaks give Apple apps an advantage?

    Vladimir, one of the coders working on Firefox 3, was having some trouble overcoming a few performance issues in the builds. He did a little investigation, resulting in the chart above and others, and found that Firefox’s display rate appeared to be being throttled by the OS for no particular reason. The problem didn’t affect Safari, and it wasn’t until he dug deep into… Read More

  • Technorati To Launch Blogger Advertising Network

    Through a variety of sources we’ve confirmed that Technorati is making plans for a major shift in its going forward strategy, and is also considering a number of corporate development transactions. First, they’ve been pitching venture capitalists on another round of financing. That’s not surprising – their last round, $10.5 million, was in June 2006. The company has… Read More

  • Google CTR Down Due To Click Area Changes

    After Google’s stock took a hit based on reports that Google ads are not being clicked on as much as they use to be, comScore is reporting today that the market may have got it wrong the evidence suggests that the softness in Google’s paid click metrics is primarily a result of Google’s own quality initiatives that result in a reduction in the number of paid listings and… Read More

  • Beatles now on American Idol, iTunes-bound soon?

    [photopress:btunesart.jpg,full,center] Beatles songs will now be on American Idol, which is now on iTunes. Clearly the natural line of progression is to proclaim that the Beatles catalogue is one step closer to iTunes, right? I’d say that’s a leap of faith I’m not willing to take just yet. If word can leak about Prince Harry being in Afghanistan, then word should be able to… Read More

  • Will people still respect iPhone and iPod Touch in the morning after the SDK launches?

    [photopress:steve_jobs_iphone_opens_up.jpg,full,left]So here we are less than a week away from the release of the iPhone/iPod Touch SDK from Apple, and already people are getting cranky. The good people at iLounge are pretty sure that at least three of aspects of the yet-to-be-announced plans are going to piss people off. But really, every time Apple does anything, people get pissed off. The… Read More

  • CrunchBoard This Week

    Looking for a job? We’re here to help. Over 40 positions in technology have been posted to CrunchBoard since we wrote about it last week. Your dream job could be in there somewhere. Here’s a sample of those posted: Business Development Manager
    MySpace, Beverly Hills CA Software Engineer
    Sugar Inc., San Francisco CA Director of Business Development
    Howcast Media, New York… Read More

  • Phorm might be onto something

    Since behavioural targeting company Phorm launched recently I’ve looked at the ins-and-outs of the system and it does look pretty interesting. Phorm is basically an add-on service for an ISP which looks at all your web surfing and attaches an anonymous cookie to your machine. ISPs trying to target advertising based on this packet data appeared way back in the first dotcom boom, but… Read More

  • White PS3 already in retailer's stockroom?

    [photopress:whiteps33.jpg,full,center] A Circuit City employee discovered that new PS3 shipments have the CECHH01 model number. For those playing at home, that model number corresponds to the white PS3, which has been rumored for release here for some time now. Supposedly retailers are to exhaust their supply of the current 40GB model that comes with Spider-Man 3 before whipping out the… Read More

  • Ask May Dump Teoma For Google, Layoff 100 People

    Ask is rumored to be considering switching to Google for search and subsequently downsizing its engineering team. According to Silicon Alley Insider, Ask may abandon or selling its Teoma search engine in favor of using Google for its search results. Teoma has powered Ask since it was acquired in September 2001. The decision will result in “bad news for Ask Engineers.” Paid Content… Read More

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