• When Eddie Van Halen Meets Design

    The picture you see is part of Yoshihiko Satoh’s exhibit called THE ARMS. Based around the theme of music and guitars, one piece is basically 12 Fender Strats welded together. The kicker? You can actually play this 12-neck behemoth. Imagine if you had a virtuoso for each neck — Allan Holdsworth on one, Eddie Van Halen on another, maybe John Petrucci too. There’s also a… Read More

  • M-Audio Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System Review


    The whole package DJing has most certainly evolved over the years. From the infamous Technics 1200s to Numark’s iPod DJ system, the technique of holding the attention of a dance floor required precise musical knowledge, expert mixing skills, and a sixth-sense of beatmatching. After spending just a few days with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System, I’m officially… Read More

  • Virtual Sex Shopping in Second Life

    anything. He kind of chickened out as evidenced by this passage: Read More

  • Black iMacs, Lots of Hardware Refreshes Due from Apple; iMac to Become Just "Mac"?

    If I had a dollar for every time we had to write about a Mac rumor, well, I could afford a new Mac. And if I’m willing to wait a few months, it could be a black iMac. That’s the rumor du jour, according to MacScoop, who’s heard through a cousin’s friend’s dog trainer’s parole officer that Apple is planning a major product update for the aging iMac, which… Read More

  • Cell Phone Anklet

    This is stupider than those belt clips that guys use for their cell phones. I never understood why guys do that anyway. I mean, your pocket is like 2-inches away. Anyway, consider this the equivalent for women. Now they too can wear their cell phones in a ridiculous place: their ankles. Totally convenient too. Just bend over every time you want to answer your phone. No way it’d get… Read More

  • Novatel Merlin EX720 ExpressCard Now Available at Sprint


    I love me some wireless broadband. It’s the greatest thing since, well, WiFi. I’ve said it many times, but I envision a day when people start forgoing landline Internet in favor of comparable wireless Interwebs. Those days are getting closer. WWAN is getting faster and faster and the compatibility spread is becoming more comprehensive. Today the Novatel Merlin EX720 EV-DO Rev. A… Read More

  • Denon Crave-worthy Home Audio Products Leaked


    Home Theater Blog, via CNET’s Crave, has published some leaked details of five new Denon receivers possibly scheduled to arrive starting this summer. Speculation has the receivers being released in two waves, with two high-end models arriving in July and three less-expensive units hitting in September. The top models—the $2,500 AVR-4308CI and $1,600 AVR-3808CI—will… Read More

  • Insider Pages Acquisition May Be Announced Next Week

    Update: See Troubled Insider Pages Acquired By CitySearch
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    Insider Pages, a user generated review site for local businesses, has been acquired by a public company, according to sources close to the deal. I also spoke with Insider Pages’ VP Marketing Anne Raimondi, who declined to comment. The company, originally founded by idealab, has faced heavy competition from Yelp and others. Read More

  • Fox Interactive Acquires Ad Optimization Company

    Fox Interactive Media announced this morning that it has acquired the thrillingly named Strategic Data Corporation (Google cache of site). SDC offers ad optimization technology that it claims helps clients “typically see network-wide revenue increases of 50-150%.” Fox Interactive spans a large number of sites from AmericanIdol.com to AskMen.com but is dominated by MySpace. … Read More

  • R2-D2 Trashcan

    Since its release a bunch of decades ago, “Star Wars” has been the ultimate fare of geekdom. Anyone who can legitimately call oneself a nerd has seen the films, probably more than once, and holds at least some of it dear to the heart. Given its status as “The Godfather” of nerd films, it’s no surprise that “Star Wars” based products continue to… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Update [NOW WITH PICTURES]


    We’ve entered day four of the Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. Lots of entries so far and we’ve seen some total disaster areas. You all continue to impress with your complete disregard for cleanliness. For those of you just tuning in, I’m sure you’d like to know what the hell I’m talking about: Read More

  • Pentax Optio A30 Is Smokin'


    The Optio A30 from Pentax is a titillating piece of digital camera righteousness. Successor to the A20 (one of our favorite products from last year), the 10-megapixel digi features a 2.5-inch LCD and an intelligent zoom function that rivals the image clarity of an optical zoom. Shake Reduction is also implemented to steady that nervous twitch you have. If you’ve been looking for a… Read More

  • DIY Steampunk Keyboard: Brazil++

    Here’s a great keyboard mod involving glass and nickel keys on a polished brass frame. The build images are incredible and when he ran out of keys — old typewriters didn’t have a “help” key — he simply bought a few brass trimmed buttons and made his own. Project Page via Make Read More

  • Stop Working, Start Playing

    Bored out of your skull by your job? Cubicle life got you down? Just don’t feel like working today? Check out this list of free games available online from cable TV stations. There is a wide variety to choose from including simple puzzle games based around “South Park” characters, “Daily Show” trivia battles and something called Trick My Truck that lets you… Read More

  • SpiderSapien Available: Spins No Webs, Way Up High

    Gadget Shop is selling the odd version of the RoboSapien dressed in full Spidey regalia. The robot has some Spidey web-slinging moves — but no webs — and says quotes from the movie. We see above young Susi Weaver of Shiny Shiny getting an earful about Spidey and the robot costs $135. Product Page Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Amazing Nokia Cell Phone Screen and Game Time

    Thanks to some newly minted cell phone patents, Nokia is getting the attention as a top player in locking up their technologies in the past couple weeks. Notably, Nokia has recently got a patent on a in-any-direction cell phone display and gaming cellphone adapter. Read More

  • Skype Begs FCC To Open Cell Networks

    Skype must be wanting to cash in on the fact that America is hooked on cellphones. Yesterday, they sent a letter to the FCC asking for cellular carriers to allow customers to run any communication application they so choose. In a nutshell, Skype basically wants companies like T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to allow customers to install a cellular version of Skype for making inexpensive… Read More

  • Wii Uses Less Power Than Anything Else

    Well, here’s a bit of news you can use while you spend 70 hours trying to finish Zelda. The Wii uses considerably less electricity than the PS3 or Xbox 360 and makes the PC look as wasteful as a Hummer with a hole in its gas tank. At its peak, the Wii sucked down 18.4 Watts during gameplay as compared to 209.7 Watts in the PC and 199.7 Watts in the PS3. The total power consumption is… Read More

  • Samsung Aura To Rival Black Macbook?


    Samsung isn’t a big dog in the notebook PC market in the U.S., but the Aura series sure does a great job of making its presence known. First in the line is the Aura R20 packing a one-two punch of AMD and Intel chips. The 14.1-inch glossy LCD is juiced by the AMD ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 HyperMemory chipset, in case you enjoy the occasional WoW session. You have the option to pick from… Read More

  • Fujifilm's $249 10x Optical Zoom S700


    Fujifilm announced three cameras today, the entry-level Fujifilm FinePix A820 (8MP) and Fujifilm FinePix A900 (9MP) shooters and the FinePix S700, which is a budget-minded compact SLR-style digital camera with a 10x optical zoom. Crucial specs include a 7MP CCD sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD and electronic viewfinder, and ISO up to 1600. It also uses the company’s i-Flash that adjusts the… Read More

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