• FreshBooks invoicing reports how you stack up

    Online invoicing service FreshBooks released a new version of its software yesterday and included an interesting new component that I think is a sign of things to come. Users are now asked if they would like to identify what industry they work in and contribute to aggregate data collection by sector. Participants will be able to see how much other web designers, for example, are charging… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Z558 Clamshell With Touchscreen and Stylus

    If you just can’t get the hang of T9 typing on your cell, Sony Ericsson’s Z558 has a touch-screen with writing recognition, thanks to the tiny stylus hidden somewhere in the phone’s body. Using the stylus, you can write directly onto the screen to write text messages, MMS messages, notes, and even little doodles to yourself. You can then save what you draw as a picture and… Read More

  • How to Build an Arcade Controller for Xbox 360

    This how-to involves a lot of wiring, a lot of balls, and a lot of love for old school arcade games like Frogger, Street Fighter 2, Galaga, and whatever early ’80s shooter they’re pumping out onto Xbox 360 for your $5 this week. As you can see by the horrific pictures, it involves taking your wireless Xbox 360 apart and hooking it up to the innards of some discarded arcade stick. Read More

  • TDK Develops Mini Blu-ray Discs for HD Camcorders, 200GB Blu-ray Discs For Everyone

    Two Blu-ray developments from TDK today. The first is a 200GB, six-layer Blu-ray disc that can hold four times the amount of “movie” that you get with the current Blu-ray dual-layer discs. The other is an 8cm mini Blu-ray disc that holds 16.5GB and will be used in HD camcorders and other recordable media traditionally using mini DVD discs. Why should you, Joe Sophisticato, care? Read More

  • Wikia's Facebook-like College Wikis

    Wikia has quietly launched semi-private college/university wikis. And they’ve taken a page out of Facebook’s game plan by requiring users to have an approved university email address in order to edit the wiki. The wiki itself, however, is viewable by everyone. The goal is to have better data by keeping out people who aren’t directly affiliated with the university. On the… Read More

  • Fraunhofer's SX Pro Converts Stereo to 5.1 Surround Sound

    A new technology by the Fraunhofer Institute for integrated Circuits, the same place that gave you the MP3 more than a decade ago, is developing a technology that converts Stereo music to a 5.1 Surround Sound extravaganza. That means your MP3s you download illegally – yes you, Aunt Burtha – can be made into 5.1-channels of audio. How do they do it? By analyzing different parts of… Read More

  • Mustek's Dual-Screen Portable DVD Player

    These things are still completely alien to me. Back when I was a kiddie and my parents would chauffeur my friends and I around, we often hypothesized about the ability to play video games and watch movies in the backseat. I guess it was always inevitable, but it seemed rather impossible at the time. Anyway, for today’s kids, this is very much a reality. Rather than wishing for… Read More

  • Gates and Ballmer Get Bonus Cut, Blame Vista

    In an all but unreadable stat burp from Bloomberg, we learn that Stevie and Bill are getting a 13% bonus cut this year, giving them $350,000 each in walking around money. The boys earned $616,667 last year, which means they’re going to Disney this holiday. Shares fell 6.2 percent this prior fiscal year due to XBox and Vista issues and, interestingly enough, the average signing bonus for… Read More

  • QuickerTek MacBook Connect: More Better Wireless For Your Apple Notebook

    The QuickerTek Connect Wi-Fi amplifier claims to provide a faster and stronger wireless signal to your Apple MacBook without wires. The device attaches or sits next to your MacBook (there are versions for older Apple laptops as well) and boosts the signal of the internal AirPort card to “five times the standard wireless range.” The $200 Connect (yes, it’s $200, so you got… Read More

  • Cellphone Boom-Times are Over

    It was a good run, guys, but the days of huge phone sales are over. Go ahead, Motorola. Pack up those plans for the Moto WAFR and the WLHNG. Nokia: scrap the 81294 with WiFi, a sense of self, and a drink dispenser. Folks just want a damn phone, not a mini triage unit. This news comes to us from Informa Telecoms and Media, a polling firm that believes that it will be harder and harder to… Read More

  • Ultimate Game Chair

    This is something the boys on South Park could have used last night for their seven week WoW marathon. The Ultimate Game Chair 12 vibration motors that synchronize with gaming rumbles. It also has integrated 3D stereo speakers ground effects lighting. It will be available later this month for $399. And for those of you who don’t need vinyl leather or the kick out foot rest, the Raptor… Read More

  • Gates and Ballmer Get Bonus Cut, Blame Vista

    In an all but unreadable stat burp from Bloomberg, we learn that Stevie and Bill are getting a 13% bonus cut this year, giving them $350,000 each in walking around money. The boys earned $616,667 last year, which means they’re going to Disney this holiday. Shares fell 6.2 percent this prior fiscal year due to XBox and Vista issues and, interestingly enough, the average signing bonus for… Read More

  • T-Mobile Launches New Samsung Phones

    We reported recently that T-Mobile would be launching two new Samsung phones. Today it’s become official—T-Mobile and Samsung have launched the t629 slider and the t619 clamshell. Both phones have 1.3MP cameras and EDGE connectivity. The t629 has a microSD slot and it’s available for $249.99 or $149.99 with two year contract, while the t619 is available for $199.99 or $49.99… Read More

  • Fanatec Heäd$h0t is the Most Feature Heavy Mouse and Mousepad Ever

    USB hub, which means it needs an AC adapter. You snap on the plastic arch, which holds the old school telephone receiver-style cord of the mouse in place. The mouse itself has a really wide wing on the right to keep your ring and pinkie finger on the mouse as you move it, and you can even adjust the mouse’s width if one of your parents passed on the “gorilla hands” gene. Read More

  • Google Presents Code Search

    Google today launched Code Search, a search engine and index of source code that is collected from publicly available sources. Google claims that the new code search engine will be able to find almost any code that its crawler can find, but in a few specific searches it failed to locate some code that I had hosted on my own server – but this is sure to improve. It does seem that the… Read More

  • Credit Cards Required to Play Demo Wii at Gamestop

    . Apparently they tried tethering these wireless controllers, but the experience just wasn’t the same and it just made people cry. In unrelated news, Gamestop is not selling Zune games, assuming the Zune plays games, and Sony sucks the big rock because they didn’t give out enough schwag at the annual Gamestop manager’s conference. Kiosk To Require Credit Card? [Kotaku] Read More

  • Skype to YouTube Us All

    The Venice Project, a secretive product by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom that launched, in beta, this year is nearing completion and BusinessWeek is reporting that it is essentially YouTube with fancy, professional content. That’s right: no more diet Coke and Mentos videos. The Venice Project is currently trying to convince a range of small, medium, and large media and… Read More

  • Phantom to Show Product Next Week, This Time Wants Your Lap

    via a download-and-play model. Needless to say, I’m fairly skeptical of anything that comes out of this chip shop. So what do we have now? They’re releasing some sort of “lap board” for playing games while you sit on the couch. So, let’s recap: from earth-shattering super console that could cure cancer in puppies and allow you to play Halo IV in the original… Read More

  • Microsoft Readies Vista for Piracy Wars

    Besides an advanced graphics engine, a new file browsing technology, and an updated interface, the next version of Windows may make some computers almost completely useless. So let’s say you’re one of those nefarious types who likes to install Windows but doesn’t like to pay money for it. You’d be branded a pirate, Jolly Roger or not. In the early days, you had the run… Read More

  • Logitech To Cool Sweaty Palms Of PS3 Users, Make America Safe


    The ChillStream controller for PS3 from Logitech features a built-in fan-based cooling system to keep even the sweatiest of your competitors from using that “hey, my hand slipped” excuse. The controller has three vents on each side pushing air directly onto your fingers and palms and can be set to high, low or off. Logitech also claims the fans are quiet during operation. Fans… Read More

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