• MicroOptical myvu Made for iPod edition

    MicroOptical announced today a personal media viewer (aka video glasses) developed for use with the iPod video. The glasses simulate a 27-inch screen viewed from six feet away. Unlike similar devices, users can see slightly above and below the screen so that they can remain somewhat aware of their surroundings. It utilizes an ultra-slim rechargeable lithium battery that can provide six hours… Read More

  • Why I Invested in Dogster

    Some readers may have noticed that Dogster, the social network for dogs (along with sister site Catster), closed a $1 million round of financing last week. See TechMeme to catch up on the discussion if you missed it. I was one of the investors in the round (and I’ve updated my disclosure statement to reflect that). A few people have asked me why I invested in this company. After all… Read More

  • TDK Hits 32GB With NAND

    TDK has announced that it’s reached a capacity of 32GB with its new IDE compatible NAND Flash memory. The Flash disk is roughly 20 percent smaller in size than a standard 2.4-inch notebook drive, consumes less less power and can transfer data at rates up to 33.3MBps. It is currently available only in limited sample quantities, but with all the announcements of similar devices, expect… Read More

  • iPod Dying: Oh No!

    There’s a he said/she said going on in the blogosphere this week about the seeming demise of Apple due to slow uptake of the iTunes store. This is because, according to major research organizations: It seems like somebody got a calculator out and did something like the following: capacity of 60 million iPods sold / 1 billion plus purchased songs ~ 20 songs per iPod. So this, in… Read More

  • Digital Cuckoo Clock

    Well, now this is a funny little thing, isn’t it. It’s a cuckoo clock with a digital readout – it’s hard to see, but it’s in the middle of that weird leaf. No price because this is a piece of designware by Reddish in Israel, but it’s a cute concept. Product Page [Reddish via Gadgetizer] Read More

  • TiVo: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

    Well, it had to happen – the company that has ensconced the idea of a DVR in the hearts of millions has lost its good will. I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud – TiVo is the best thing that ever happened to my TV-watching experience. As a parent of an eight-month-old, my evenings are spent curled up on the couch waiting for our little angel to turn eighteen. TiVo… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Diner Edition

    A handful of the past week’s stories: Melitta Smart Brew: Coffee and Weather, Fresh Each Morning
    Zune in Action
    Zippo Camera Lighter
    iBreath Could Save You from DUI Ruination
    IBM Thinkpad Explodes at LAX, Don’t Let This Happen to You
    Race to 2000 Update: 1500 Read More

  • Warner to license music in YouTube videos

    YouTube and Warner Music Group Corp. will announce a deal Monday that will put thousands of Warner music videos on the video sharing site and allow user created videos to legally use Warner owned music. YouTube is reported to have created technology that will automatically detect when copyrighted music is used in videos, give Warner the right to accept or reject those videos and will… Read More

  • HTC Excalibur = T-Mobile Dash, Coming Next Month

    , this GSM-flavored Windows Mobile 5-sporting smartphone is aimed directly at the Motorola Q from Verizon. But here in the good ol’ US-of-A, the Cosmo will be called the Dash, and will be offered by our friends over at T-Mobile. For those not in-the-know, the Dash will have 64/128MB built-in RAM, Windows Mobile 5: Smartphone Edition, a 320×240 screen (non-touch), and a full… Read More

  • Pearl's Trackball Kills Ringer on Accident

    BlackBerry Pearl owners are lucky, lucky people indeedy. The Pearl is a great combination of form and function. There is, however, one problem raining on their SureType parade: the trackball at the center of the face of the phone silences the ringer, even if moved very slightly. So if you’re getting a call, and reach into your Levi’s to pull the Pearl out, you’re going to… Read More

  • The Carbonite Solution to Online Backups

    We’ve been tracking online storage for nearly a year, and for good reason. As the PC becomes the center of our digital lives, having backups of email, photos, videos and music becomes increasingly important. Solutions like Foldershare and USB hard drives help with the problem, but what consumers really need is a dead simple service that backs up your entire hard drive to the Internet… Read More

  • Gamestop PS3 and Wii Preorders

    Kotaku got the scoop on Gamestop poster announcing reserves for the PS3 and the Wii. According to the poster, customers can turn in $50 of used products to reserve one of the systems. Kotaku posits that this might be the only way to reserve systems through Gamestop, but I highly doubt it. More likely is that this is simply one of the promotions they’re offering. I’d be willing to… Read More

  • AOL to send movies to your TV

    AOL and Intel will reportedly announce next week that owners of the Intel Viiv powered Media Center PC will soon be able to send downloaded video to their plasma screen or LCD TVs. Michael Kanellos, editor at large of News.com, cited unnamed sources close to the companies in his post on the news. This is the logical next step in the world of big vendor movie downloads and AOL looks like… Read More

  • Citizendium: a more civilized Wikipedia?

    Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has announced that his new knowledge sharing wiki project called Citizendium will launch at the end of this month or earlier. The defining characteristic of the site is that topic experts will have final, enforceable authority to “resolve” controversy and kick out trolls. Citizendium will be a progressive fork of Wikipedia, allowing its own… Read More

  • Bordee Creates Message Boards for Any Domain Name

    Washington-based Bordee is preparing to launch a new free service, built with Ruby on Rails, that lets anyone create a topic-specific message board for any domain name. Bordee isn’t a new idea – there are lots of message board services out there. Google, Yahoo, Ezboard, Groupee and others have competing products. But I like the way Bordee is tweaking the message idea to create… Read More

  • Paint-on, apply directly to the wall. Paint-on, apply directly to the wall. Paint-on, apply directly to the wall.

    So you’ve got your high-def digital projector for your home theater. Cool. But projecting your hentai onto Mom’s wall paper just won’t cut it. For a real home-theater experience, you need a high-quality screen. They’re out there, but why not use real estate you already have? Like that wall? Goo Systems has developed a high-tech solution that allows you to watch your… Read More

  • IBM Thinkpad Explodes at LAX, Don't Let This Happen to You

    I fly quite a bit. I’m at the airport at least two days a month. I can say that I’m no longer scared of Terrorists. Even if they did start targeting airliners again, the odds of getting blown up is fairly remote. What really concerns me with air travel is laptops. These things are literally ticking (edit: Your laptop ticks? – Blake) time bombs that can apparently go off… Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Quick Look

    Here’s a quick video of the Gyration Gyrotransport in action. This $199 device will be out on Monday, September 18th. It’s extremely small and worked on both PC and Mac with absolutely no trouble – just plug it in and you’ve got an AIRMOUSE (!!!!). We’ll have a full review on Monday. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Massage Edition

    Nanobots and cameras attacked yesterday: Bathys Automatic Watches
    IGoGo: MP3 + Personal Massage = WTF!?
    Cornell Developing Bacteria Finding “Nano-Napkin”
    Flame Retardant Laptop Sleeves
    We Leika the Leica Line-Up
    Race to 2000 Update: 1500 Read More

  • Match.com for Families

    Friends For Families, a sort of match.com for families, quotes a study that says 25% of people claim that that they have no close personal friends. They aim to help families find other, compatible families to establish friendships. At its core it’s a match.com for families (without the dating and sex, I assume). It will officially launch on September 19. There is no free version of the… Read More