• Oil Spill Still Too Slippery To Solve (But Here Are Some Videos)

    Oil Spill Still Too Slippery To Solve (But Here Are Some Videos)

    So far, an estimated 82 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. Everything BP has tried to stop the largest oil spill in history has failed. The company has tried everything from "junk shots" to "top kill" to containment domes, and is still spending $100 million a day to try to cap the well and clean up the mess. The company is even open to suggestions. Whether they are… Read More

  • The Importance of Fear, Risk and Hacking

    The Importance of Fear, Risk and Hacking

    Last week I met Gever Tulley, author of the provocatively-titled “Fifty Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do.” The book grew out of a 2007 TED talk about why embracing and exploring danger ultimately lessens it. (See! Good things do come out of TED. Let the TED-TechCrunch healing begin!) The book doesn’t advocate playing in traffic, but it does extol the virtues of things like… Read More

  • Microsoft: Too big for its own good?

    Microsoft: Too big for its own good?

    There's an interesting and thought provoking essay at BetaNews by Joe Wilcox entitled "Why former employees say Microsoft can't innovate". It's a rather myopic examination of the middle-management woes and culture of job protectionism that is harming Microsoft's ability to truly create. Microsoft has grown a lot in the last couple years, and they're up to almost 100,000 employees now. Any company… Read More

  • The Future Of Innovation Could Reside in Collaboration

    Yesterday, I attended the Churchill Club‘s program addressing “The Innovation Economy: R&D and a Crisis.” The panelists included Josephine Chang, an IBM Fellow and Vice President of IBM Almaden Research Center; renowned innovation expert and former Cisco CTO Judy Estrin; Rick Rashid, a senior vice president of research at Microsoft; VC executive Sue Siegel, a partner at Mohr… Read More

  • Ballmer gets snippy with Intel

    Ballmer gets snippy with Intel

    Steve Ballmer, in a move not exactly challenging Microsoft’s unfortunate reputation as a bloated, last-generation software developer paralyzed by inertia, criticized Intel for focusing on multiple cores — a strategy Ballmer says “mandates and necessitates ongoing OS innovation.” Oh, no! Oh good heavens! What will we do? Design our OS that reflects (or influences!) the… Read More

  • Japan gets inexpensive, yet innovative solar cells

    Japan gets inexpensive, yet innovative solar cells

    Japanese companies Gunze and Dai Nippon Printing are each developing new technologies that make it possible to produce low-cost, pigment-sensitized solar cells. Gunze focuses on low-end solar cells that can be used to power smaller electronic appliances or in-store ad displays, for example. Their cells will use a film, which is coated with special pigments, as a power source. Gunze, actually a… Read More

  • Fluid filled eyeglass lenses for the optometrist-impaired

    Fluid filled eyeglass lenses for the optometrist-impaired

    Yeah… I see syringes and eyeballs and I just cringe. I don’t care what it’s for. I don’t care that it’s a good idea. I don’t care that this process will save money, time and get proper eyewear to those that need it. I see syringes and eyeballs. I don’t even wear contacts. The thought of sticking a finger in my eye on purpose sounds like the most gawd-awful… Read More

  • Siafu computer interface changes shape when exposed to electrical charges

    [photopress:siafu.jpg,full,center] Hopefully you’ve all seen Batman Begins, otherwise the following explanation won’t make any sense. Remember when Morgan Freeman was showing Christian Bale around Wayne’s gadget basement or whatever it was called? And he showed him the material that Batman’s cape was made? Like, it’s flexible like any fabric, but once you run a charge… Read More

  • Geek Trends: iPod Pockets

    Geek Trends: iPod Pockets

    I’m a certified bag nut. I seem to acquire them everywhere and frequently have to purge my collection to make space for actual possessions — otherwise I’d just be carrying around bags in larger bags (it’s happened before). That said, I’m distinctly aware of pack-efficiency. The more they can carry, the better, as long as the size doesn’t expand. There is… Read More

  • Geek Trends: On Innovation

    Geek Trends: On Innovation

    Ever notice how the fancier electronics get, the less productive they become? Yea me too, and it’s a problem. Sure that 16,000 function cell phone/PDA/radiation detector/meteor deflector/oral hygiene device looks cool, but do you really need all of that crap? The answer is no, you don’t. And I’ll tell you why. Read More