• Anti-Hurricaine Grid Computing

    Hurricane research just got a little more competent. The Southeastern Universities Research Association has announced a partnership with IBM that will increase the Association’s processing power to 10 trillion calculations per second across a grid of three interlinked IBM p575 servers. The systems are currently installed at Louisiana State and Georgia State, with the third to be built… Read More

  • Userplane purchased by AOL

    Web messaging services company Userplane has been acquired by AOL, it was was announced this morning. This company powers the interactive features (chat, video chat, video profiles, etc.) on most online dating and many social networking sites. Terms remain undisclosed, but there are rumors that this was a “very large deal”. Founded in LA in 2001, Userplane uses Flash and Ajax to… Read More

  • OS X Leopard: Does 64-bit Like a Champ

    With all the talk of cute new Spotlight visualizations and fancy Desktop Widgets, only the Inquirer decided to hold forth on Leopard’s 64-bit systems. Vista, it seems, will support 64-bit processing only in a highly specialized versions of the OS which will emulate 32-bit processing in software. Called Window on Windows or WOW, this layer will run older XP applications but not older drivers. Read More

  • Homebrew XBox Apps: The YouTube of Games

    The Interweb is atwitter at Microsoft’s decision to launch a low-end version of its XNA programming framework for making XBox games. The product, called the XNA Game Studio Express, costs $99 per year and allows students and amateurs to play in the XBox sandbox and share games and code with other programmers around the world. They’re trying to compare the service to YouTube, but… Read More

  • Fox to sell video on demand on MySpace, across other sites

    Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and Twentieth Century Fox announced this morning a partnership to offer video downloads of feature films and television shows across a wide swath of FIM properties online, beginning with the game download site Direct2Drive in October and eventually including MySpace. In what the announcement claimed was a first, the downloads will be transferable to any Windows… Read More

  • Kia Hybrid Spotted


    Kia, the little car maker that might not, is launching a retooled Rio Pride with a hybrid engine. Not much information right now, but this high-tech dashboard shot makes it look like Luke’s land speeder. It’s very interesting watching hybrids take off even in traditionally “fossil fuels or bust” areas. Anecdotally, the Toyota dealer down the street here in the heart… Read More

  • Segway Unveils New Hotness

    Segway has officially launched their newest personal transporters, the i2 and the x2. The units feature a slew of new features and updated functionality. Most notable of which are LeanSteer, a newly designed steering mechanism, and InfoKey, a highly intuitive starting device that displays a variety of information. Earlier this month it was announced that Segway had received a nod from the FCC… Read More

  • Stealth Israeli Startup Yedda Launches

    The last time we took a look at Israeli startup Yedda was in January 2006. Today they’ve left private beta and are allowing anyone to use the service. Yedda is a question and answer service, comparable to Yahoo Answers, Wondir, Google Answers and Oyogi. With the exception of Google Answers, all of these services, including Yedda, are free, and go to great effort to leverage the community… Read More

  • Netvibes secures a $15 million investment

    NetVibes, a Paris/London based company, will announce a $15 million round of financing on Monday. Existing investor Index Ventures joined new investor Accel to lead the investment, which is one of the largest this year for a European company (Bebo, a UK based company raised a similar amount). The valuation was not disclosed. NetVibes is a personal ajax home page that we’ve covered… Read More

  • Helio Stores are Coming

    MVNO cell phone provider Helio has announced plans to open a series of Helio-centric stores in several major US markets. The first will be located between the Apple Store and Banana Republic at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. As you can see from the render above, the store will sport some hip architecture courtesy of notable design firm Gensler. In addition to the flagship Santa… Read More

  • Windows Live Writer

    Microsoft launched Windows Live Writer today. This is a free, downloadable application that runs on your Windows PC and allows you to write blog posts. Don’t bother clicking the link if you have a Mac, this is Windows PC software only. Since most blogging tools are web based and not all allow WYSIWYG editing (where you see on screen exactly how the blog post will look), Windows Live… Read More

  • Google Porn?

    People watching Google Video closely noticed a change this week in the upload area – the restrictions on uploading “pornographic or obscene” material is now just a restriction on “obscene” material. They’ve also added a “mature and adult” category to the genres and removed (I believe) a box on the initial uploading page that must be checked where… Read More

  • How To See the New Google Video Interface

    We mentioned that Google is testing out a new interface for watching videos in a post yesterday. Razvan Antonescu, emailed me with a tip on how to see the new interface for yourself. Google Blogoscoped also wrote about this. To see it, view any video (like this one), then replace the URL with “javascript:setCookie(‘np’,’old’);window.location.reload();” and… Read More

  • Clamshell Remote Ushers New Era of Why?

    As home theaters have become increasingly complex, remotes have become burdened by the weight of the countless buttons needed to control complexities. Many designs from recent years have tackled this dilemma by prudently embracing the dynamic abilities of LCD touch screens. Until now, the clamshell design has remained a staple of mobile phones and women’s compacts. But where there’s… Read More

  • RMX Direct: alternative ad networks battle for your blog

    New York based RightMedia has launched a beta version of a new advertising system that lets website publishers participate in multiple ad networks and automatically display ads from whichever network will pay the highest price per impression for their ad space in real time bidding. The service, called RMX Direct, also has a filtering system to prevent malware distribution through ads and… Read More

  • Aptera Concept Car

    The Aptera concept car’s three-wheeled, egg shaped design makes for an incredibly efficient vehicle, purporedly achieving 330mpg. It seats two people, weighs 850 pounds and utilizes a super-efficient hybrid diesel engine. A clear downside of the Aptera, however, is the complete lack of cargo space, a factor that will surely prevent many consumers from becoming early… Read More

  • FlickrStorm: better search for Flickr, including Creative Commons

    Flickr is an awesome site, a world changer that you’ve got to love, but it’s got some shortcomings. Many people have tried improving on the search function of the site and the newest effort is particularly nice. Gregor Hochmuth’s FlickrStorm is smooth to use and very handy for saving batches of photos you find via Flickr. The biggest feature is that related search terms… Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSystem 3 Stage Manager


    The Bang & Olufsen BeoSystem 3 Stage Manager is an aptly named device, since it can handle two surround-sound setups, multiple video outputs, and even lower the lights when your movie comes on. The BeoSystem 3 has two DVI outputs and four HDMI inputs for video, plus two separate 5.1 outputs that can be combined for a 7.1 system with dual subwoofers. Add to that HD DVD and Blu-ray… Read More

  • RecipeMatcher: What's For Dinner?

    San Diego based RecipeMatcher is a user generated recipe site with a cool search concept: tell it what you have in your kitchen and it will suggest recipes. It will also suggest close matches and tell you what else you need for a complete meal. With a click you can add it to a printable grocery list. The site is well designed and includes some Flash components, although there were some issues… Read More

  • Insigna Amigo 2GB MP3 Player Video Preview

    DAPreview has a preview of the Insignia Amigo, the small flash-based MP3 player from Best Buy’s in house brand. It’s relatively cheap, at $99 and $129 for 1GB and 2GB respectively. Other than having MP3/WMA playback, there’s also a screen — something that the 1GB iPod Shuffle doesn’t quite muster. DAPreview video-previews the Insignia Amigo [DAPreview] Read More