• CrunchTip: Make your Time Machine back-up drive bootable!

    [photopress:time.gif,full,center]Time Machine is, of course, the automated back-up feature of Leopard, the latest version of OS X. Mac OS X Hints has a pretty good tip on how to make your back-up drive bootable, and it’s something I thought I should share. Just use Disk Utility to do a restore on a blank drive, one you plan to use for Time Machine. When done, you can boot off of it… Read More

  • Sky Dayton Steps Down As CEO of Helio

    After a tough year in which partner Earthlink pulled back from its commitment to Helio, the virtual mobile carrier is now losing its CEO, Sky Dayton. (Dayton was also the founder of Earthlink). Although Dayton will become chairman, Helio’s remaining corporate partner, Korea’s SK Telecom, appears to be consolidating its control over the company (perhaps in an attempt to stem… Read More

  • Huddle ramps up against Basecamp with new apps

    UK-based Huddle, an Enterprise 2.0 startup which is now clearly positioning itself square-on against Basecamp, launches a well-featured Facebook application at the DEMO 08 conference today [Update: The Facebook app was built by Techlightenment and is here]. The Facebook integration will make your boss think you are working even when on Facebook – it allows full access to all… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson adds 5 million songs to its PlayNow service

    AP image. If you squint you can see an older SE cellphone. More music news for your Monday afternoon, this time coming to us from Sony Ericsson, maker of cellphones found in recent James Bond movies. The mobile maker has added some 5 million songs to its PlayNow music service. These new songs come from several record labels including Warner, EMI and… Read More

  • Microsoft held talks with Blu-ray about possible Xbox 360 use

    AP image Intrigue! It looks like Microsoft was hedging its high-def disc bets with the revelation that it was in talks with the Blu-ray folks “all along.” Even though it currently backs HD DVD, the truth of the matter is that the Xbox 360’s high-def disc playback is largely a matter of built-in software. The implication is that with… Read More

  • Nikon debuts inexpensive, basic L18

    [photopress:l18.jpg,full,center] Available in blue and red, the new Nikon COOLPIX L18 is the latest in the parade of low-coast, high-performance point-n-shoots to hit PMA next week. The basic 8-Megapixel camera has all the modern features, like a 3x optical zoom, face-detecting auto-focus, a 3-inch LCD, image enhancement in low-light conditions, and ISO of up to 1600. For most people, this… Read More

  • Gordon Freeman's brother: Not so bright

    Inspired by fanfic and some clever Half-Life mods. John Freeman found wepon! Screen Sifter Sunday [ Read More

  • Nikon D60 leak? And it's weak?

    From the folks who brought you the K20D and K200D, we have the latest in leaked specs for Nikon’s upcoming D40x replacement, the D60. And if this is all accurate, it’s a bit of a letdown, considering the magnitude of the new Rebel’s updates and the hotness of Pentax’s newer K’s. The added megapixels on the D60 are welcome (up to 10.2), and the sensor… Read More

  • Snickers + Caffeine + Taurine = recipe for success

    Man oh man, do I miss Snickers. When I worked in an office, I used to eat one (and only one) each day. Yum. Now that there’s going to be a Snickers bar infused with caffeine, taurine, and B vitamins, I’m going to have to seriously reconsider starting up my Costco membership again. Read More

  • Weed vending machines in LA

    Dude… so cool. Let’s move to LA where they have vending machines for weed. You get your prescription and you go up to the machine and you get some sticky bud including Granddaddy Purple. Then you go home, smoke up, and watch SportsCenter. Seriously. Madison sucks. Let’s move. Available at:
    Melrose Quality Pain Relief, 4906 Melrose Ave, Mid-Wilshire; 323.957.7777 Herbal… Read More

  • Getting XP after June 30 is a'gonna be hard, Luigi!

    It seems that Microsoft will stop selling XP licenses after June 30 — so sad — so what is a poor country boy with Vista to do? Well, InfoWorld is reporting that you can, in some circumstances “downgrade” to XP using OEM disks or subscribing to the OS using services like CenterBeam. Clearly this doesn’t help Joe Little Guy with a bum copy of Vista, but it’s… Read More

  • Life Begins at Fifty: Happy Birthday to LEGO

    Show me a kid that doesn’t know about LEGO and I’ll show you a kid who hasn’t LIVED, dammit! Seeing this 405-piece LEGO bucket makes me want to go out and buy it for the low, low price of $25, although using the words “piece” and “bucket” together kind of makes me want to go out and get some KFC, too. Okay, I’ll get the LEGO bucket and then… Read More

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed sim technologies

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=29964 LucasArts has three different simulation technologies that’ll be implemented into the release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (due this summer) called Havok, Euphoria, and DMM (digital molecular matter). Check out the above video. Looks sweet. New Star Wars game displays impressive technology [GamePro.com] Read More

  • DotHomes launches in the US

    DotHomes, the UK/South African real estate search engine, is launching into the US market today, 18 months after launch. DotHomes.com is funded by three of Europe’s leading early-stage venture capital firms: The Accelerator Group, backers of GlassesDirect and lastminute; Arts Alliance, backers of LOVEFiLM, lastminute and propertyfinder; and Samos Investments, which funded the online… Read More

  • The killer Twitter-tracker just arrived and its name is Tweetmeme

    It had to happen sooner or later. We’ve had Technorati. We’ve had TechMeme. Now we have Tweetmeme, which will track what’s hot on micro-blogging platform Twitter. The business of tracking the online conversation just a got shot in the arm a big hit with the tech equivalent of crack cocaine.
    Built by the makers Fav.or.it, a yet-to-launch blog commenting system, and based on… Read More

  • Nokia buys Trolltech

    Remember Trolltech? Well, someone just bought them and that someone is Nokia. Trolltech originally made the QTopia AKA Qt operating system, a Linux-based OS for smartphones. If you had a PDA in the early 2000s you probably tried to install it and, unlike me, had a bit of fun with Tux on your iPaq. Well, now they’re owned wholly by Nokia. This doesn’t mean they’ll stop… Read More

  • New Firefox Mobile details prime my love pump for the idea of surfing on Windows Mobile devices again

    Call me crazy, but I don’t like the stylus. Never have, never will, not sure why. So it’s with great fanfare that I patiently await Firefox Mobile, a mobile browser with the following four user interface goals; 1-2 taps for most frequent activities, finger taps (no stylus required), familiar to desktop users, and intuitive. An intuitive mobile browser? Hallelujah. It’s… Read More

  • Verizon Fourth Quarter Profits Up 3.9%

    The United State’s second largest telecommunications company, Verizon Communications, announced that fourth quarter profits were up 3.9% for October through December of 2007. The perceived economic slowdown in America hasn’t hurt company growth, with the exception of a marginal increase in nonpaying wireless subscribers. “We have not seen a change in our sales… Read More

  • Diggnation to Be Shown on Virgin America Flights

    Proving that it truly is the airline of bloggers and the technorati, Virgin America (the airline with an electrical socket and Ethernet port at every seat) will be offering episodes of Diggnation and other Web shows produced by Revision3, including Tekzilla, The Totally Rad Show, Web Drifter, XLR8R TV, and The Digg Reel. Diggnation stars Digg (and Revision3) founder Kevin Rose and Alex… Read More

  • Wii one step closer to homebrew games?

    A message posted over at TehSkeen.com apparently details an exploit for the Nintendo Wii that can be run using The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The exploit basically involves crashing the game and then injecting code into it. So far, only four custom lines have been run but I have a feeling it won’t be long until this gets broken open even further. Read More

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