• Apple Prepping a Fully Developed Media Center?

    If this recent patent filing is to be believed, then Apple is working on an actual media center solution, not some half-hearted Front Row attempt. The patent, which was originally filed back in late 2005 but was unearthed today, depicts a central “module-controller” that appears to lie at the heart of the media center. Apparently it’s a piece of software that sits between… Read More

  • Geek Squad Dude Caught Recording Showering Women

    Here’s a sad story for all you nerds out there. A Geek Squad employee has been accused of using a cellphone to record a young woman taking a shower. Instead of fixing two computers like he was supposed to, the guy placed his video capable cellphone in the woman’s bathroom and was all ready to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Unfortunately for him, the woman discovered the cellphone… Read More

  • Y Combinator's WriteWith Launches – Collaborative Blogging

    We mentioned WriteWith in a roundup post last month on new Y Combinator startups. They’ve created a group writing platform that falls somewhere between a blogging platform, a wiki, and an online Word clone. The best part of it is that it works with the existing WordPress and Typepad blogging software. Current blogging software is rather kludgy when it comes to working with other writers… Read More

  • Final Wii Browser Released: Grab It While It's Still Free

    Nintendo released the final version of the Opera Web browser for the Wii on the console Internet Channel. The browser is free until the end of June and brings the wonders of the World Wide Web to TV screens, much like the DreamCast did so many years ago. The final version of the Web browser shows a number of improvements like smoother scrolling and collapsible toolbars. No one said the… Read More

  • AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Ultra USB TV Tuner Goes Both Ways

    The AVerTV Hybrid Ultra USB might look a tad on the dull side, but the little gray box contains a TV tuner for receiving both standard- and high-definition broadcasts and has an MPEG-2 hardware encoder as well. Plus, there’s an FM tuner built in for those of you that still listen to FM radio and want to listen and record it on your computer. The $129.99 (MSRP) package is designed to… Read More

  • Researchers Increase Download Speeds By 500 Percent

    American researchers have come up with a way to increase file sharing speeds by up to 500 percent, blowing your “fast” BitTorrent speeds right out of the water. Rather than split a single file into several pieces like BitTorrent does, this new method scans a whole bunch of files and reassembles the data from there. For example, looking up your favorite Liz Phair… Read More

  • Vonage CEO Leaves – I Told You So!

    I so called it! Vonage is totally creaking. Today, Michael Snyder, CEO of Vonage, stepped down from his position so that he, ya know, won’t be part of a company that fails. Rumor has it that plenty of other jobs have been cut over at Vonage as well, which is probably true when your stock is a whopping $3.11 a share. Despite all the woes lately, Vonage still posted a decent Q1 earnings… Read More

  • HaptiTouch 2.0 Will Make You Forget All About That Silly iPhone

    I am willing to bet most of you didn’t know there was a HaptiTouch 1.0 or even HaptiTouch 1.7.2.3.8. But this video will fill you in on all the details of this magical touchscreen interface made with more than a half-dozen patents, and you will be set free from your ignorance. True, this marketing movie seems a bit dated, but F-Origin, the company behind all the technologies, exists… Read More

  • Sorry, We're Fresh Out Of XP

    Looks like PC manufacturers are getting screwed by Microsoft. According to Slashdot, by the end of this year, manufacturers won’t be able to grab a copy of Windows XP OEM. Dell will be selling XP on select models, but only until the end of the year because Microsoft won’t allow any further sales. This is a terrible move by Microsoft on so many levels. First off, consumers want choice. Read More

  • 20GB PS3 Discontinued, Funeral Service Scheduled For Next Week

    Sony has discontinued the production of 20GB PS3s because of lack consumer interest. The 60GB PS3 so far has sold at a 10:1 ratio compared to the 20GB model, so Sony said there’s no point in making something that nobody’s buying — but then why are the making the PS3 (HAR HAR!). If that is indeed the case, you really can’t fault Sony here, though the company’s… Read More

  • Fake Chopsticks for Wannabe Asian Food Nuts

    I love Asian food. I am lazy. I don’t like these chorksticks. They make eating noodles the traditional way fool proof, though keeping the wasabi out of your eye might still be a problem. There have been cheaters chopsticks before, sure, but we’ve never seen any that look this boss. See, the idea is apparently if the lame fake chopsticks you’re using look really cool, nobody… Read More

  • Rez With The Wiimote: Did they Get It to Vibrate?

    Some crafty gamer got the idea of emulating the classic Dreamcast game Rez on his PC and using the Wiimote and a script to play it with. As expected, a game like Rez combined with the Wiimote leads to hours of stoner-shooter fun. Pulsating techno beats combined with the fanboyism of the Wiimote? Sign me up. Rez with the Wiimote could be the best thing ever [Wii Fanboy] Read More

  • Researchers Develop Observable Quantum Mechanics Experiment; Price of 13-D TVs to Fall

    One problem that plagues scientists when experimenting with quantum mechanics is that the actions and operations that take place cannot be directly observed, the only way to tell if an experiment is a success is to look at the results. That’s changing. Insane scienticians at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics have come up with a magnetic cantilever that reacts to rubidium… Read More

  • The Futurist: Technology and Toys — Sometimes Low-Tech is High-Fun


    Back when our country was new, kids were given big wooden wheels and rolling sticks and expected to have a good time. More than likely, our little Ezekiels and Wilberforces probably had a ball rolling those wheels down the grassy hills. Of course, it goes without saying that if you gave a Wii-addicted kid such simple pleasures and they’d wonder where the USB hook-up was. Toys have come… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 4


    Another day, another Great Skype contest. This time Brad B. won the prize for discovering that Skype is even better than a nice slice of chipped ham. Remember: the secret Skype subject lines will be hidden somewhere in one or many posts, so read and read some more. Confused? Click here. Read More

  • Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?

    There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and “he said, she said” going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket’s 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages. From my perspective this looks like MySpace just found an excuse to send a big middle finger to the largest independent widget company in the hope of… Read More

  • Use Rogers? Your Torrents Might Be Useless

    Since I’m not Canadian, I’m a little out of the loop on what Rogers has been up to. According to TorrentFreak, the ISP banned BitTorrent traffic due to excessive bandwidth consumption. Enter encryption and for the next year, everyone is safe. Now in an effort to curb encrypted Bit Torrent traffic, Rogers has started to throttle all encrypted transfers. That means your secure… Read More

  • Juke Tower In-Shower MP3 Player: Bring Your Own Memory

    Add the Juke Tower digital audio player to the long list of weird Japanese gadgets. It’s a no-frills DAP, but one that’s designed for use in the shower. Its designer wanted to make it resemble a bottle of shampoo, and they sure look to have succeeded. The speaker is rated at 0.5 watts and is pointed downward so the audio bounces off the floor. Being that it’s designed for use… Read More

  • Stanford Conducts Internet Research

    Stanford University recently conducted a research study to see what people do on the Internet. According to their website with a 1996-based layout, E-mail still reigns king as the most popular activity with 90% of users sending e-mails. And get this: Chat rooms are for the young and anonymous, as if you didn’t already know tons of pervs chill in them all day long. Stanford also describes… Read More

  • Sony's OLED TV Available This Year

    Sony will roll out its fancy OLED TV this year, producing as many as 1,000 units per month. The first models will be 11 inches wide and 0.12 inches thick and will be within “a few times” the price of current flat panels. The future may be grand, but it sure seems like it’ll be expensive. If Sony does in fact release the OLED TV this year, it’ll become the first… Read More

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