The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Denon and Boston Announce MakeShifters Contest

    Boston Acoustics and Denon Electronics today announced a collaborative contest that will give one extremely lucky person an extreme home theater makeover featuring electronics, furniture and installation worth more than $17,000. The criteria of the contest are thus: Read More

  • European Project Attempts to Put a Man-made Cerebellum in a Robot

    While robots aren’t my “thing,” I do appreciate the never-ending march of science. (Well, not really, but it’s irrelevant in any case.) In Europe they’ve got a little robot project thing set up called Sensopac, where one of the goals is to implant a man-made cerebellum into a robot. (The cerebellum controls movement.) The point of implanting a cerebellum into a… Read More

  • Wii Controller Hacked for 360

    One diligent gamer with a surplus of time on his hands has modded a Wii controller to work on an Xbox 360. Don’t get to excited though, at present only the directional pad and buttons work, so no clumsy accelerometer action for your and your 360. sir crx hacks wii controller for 360 [technabob] Read More

  • Linux Indy Car Just Plain Sucks

    While Linux may not suck, its official Indy car definitely does. A group of hopeful, brash Linux users got together for the Tux 500 campaign to raise enough money to slap a Tux sticker on the front of an Indy car. Sure enough, the dorks succeeded and managed to get car #77 to put the sticker on the front. Shortly after the Indianapolis 500 began on Sunday, the car crashed and took an… Read More

  • Nintendo Says It May Buck the 5-6 Year Console Cycle With Wii

    Nintendo knows it’s got a winner on its hands with the Wii and now it looks like the company is starting to project some hubris. George Harrison, the head of marketing for Nintendo of America, says Sony screwed up by releasing a PlayStation 3 that’s simply too expensive for what it does. Hence, as Harrison points out, Sony is still selling a large number of PS2s. Read More

  • Apple Says Don't Buy From iTMS, World In Shock

    Call my title a tad-bit deceiving, but it is true. Apple is telling iPod owners not to buy audiobooks from the iTunes Music Store. The reason? A glitch in audiobooks being sold on iTMS is not letting files playback on an iPod. They work fine in iTunes, but throw them on your iPod and no dice. Apple is currently refunding anyone who purchased an audiobook and is telling customers to relax while… Read More

  • Writing Around the iPhone Hole

    It doesn’t take much to sell a few papers or get a few hundred hits on yer blog. Just write a story about the iPhone and put it out for all to read. The real trick, however, is how to write about the iPhone without knowing what it does, how it works, or even who has one. Luckily, Brier Dudley tracked down Glenn Lurie of AT&T and asked him about the iPhone. The resulting interview… Read More

  • Too Bad Mobile TV is Dead in the Water Here: Sharp Aquos 912SH

    It’s an incremental upgrade to be sure, but Sharp’s Aquos 912SH cellphone embodies something that’ll never take off here: mobile TV. In the Far East, however, it’s quite popular, making this phone a little more valuable there. It’s got standard-for-Japan features like HSDPA, a 3-megapixel camera with flash, e-mail and Web support and 3-inch 480 x 800-pixel… Read More

  • Video Gamer A True Hero

    No matter what the occasion, anyone who is a hero deserves an honor. So it makes sense that one should be given to Adam Mapleson, a 24-year-old IT consultant who lives across the pond. When Mapleson saw a woman security guard being robbed at gunpoint by two men, he sprang into action and tackled the two robbers. In the process, Adam was shot in the chest. Clinging to life, he was discovered near… Read More

  • Toshiba to Use AMD Chips, Old El Paso Salsa

    Laptop mid-giant, Toshiba, will start using AMD chips in their laptops, a move that essentially dumps their long-standing relationship with large-giant Intel. They expect to put AMD chips into 20 percent of their new models. Reuters points out that Dell recently took up AMD as a supplier after being Intel-only for twenty years. The new Toshiba models should sell at about $100 less than… Read More

  • Want Free iPod Games?

    Truth be told, I don’t like paying for things when I know I can get them for free, but who does? I’ve been apprehensive about buying games for my iPod because‚Ķoh who am I kidding? I live in NYC so being cheap and poor tends to leave me malnourished and sewing potato bags together for clothing. Thanks to slus at the zomgstuff forum I can now play LOST, Tetris and Ms. Pac Man while… Read More

  • DRM-Free 4 Life

    The folks at dropped me a line discussing their huge indie catalog of DRM-free music. While you won’t find any Sting or Beatles hidden in their back pages, you can enjoy 32 Below and Elika. Clearly these boys aren’t going to take down the ITMS, eMusic, or even the selection at Goodwill (there’s always a something by the Stones or Devo in the record bin for the… Read More

  • Store Music Online In Japan, Get Arrested

    Companies offering online file-storage may want to pull out of the Japanese market real soon. A recent court ruling in Tokyo deemed a company called Image City guilty of copyright infringement. Why? JASRAC, an organization that collects the bucks for public music performances, sued Image City because their online file-storage service MYUTA lets you listen to your music files over your cellphone. Read More

  • It Hurts So Good: Homemade Microwave Guns Clearly someone didn’t get enough love as a child because this is crazy. These guys took apart an old microwave, took out the magnetron, and turned it into a weapon. The resulting hilarity and hijinks remind us how microwave ovens were actually invented when someone at a radar installation found a burnt bird… Read More

  • "Unlimited" iPhone Plan Coming Soon To AT&T?

    Glenn Laurie, president of national distribution for AT&T, is saying that an unlimited package is in the works for AT&T customers who want to purchase the iPhone. Makes sense due to all the rich features that use the Internet on the iPhone, right? On the issue of web browsing, Laurie says: “I think it will be great for us, and here’s why. One of the things with this… Read More

  • Bioshock Gameplay Footage Is Hot I’m not going to lie here. I know little to nothing about Bioshock except that it’s a badass-looking game coming out for the 360 and Windows. But after checking out this gameplay footage, I now have a newfound interest in the game. Talk about amazing visual effects. Watch the montage of clips played in the video you see above you. Read More

  • LG Simpure L2: Oh, I get It, It's Simple

    Say hello to another LG cellphone with a funny name, the Simpure L2. No, not Simple, silly, the Simpure. It’s currently only scheduled to make an appearance on Japan’s NTT Docomo carrier, but that doesn’t mean we can’t at least get it to show off a little skin. It is, as the name kinda implies, a striped down cellphone with only the basics onboard, like a… Read More

  • "My Router Got Hacked!" Excuse Wearing Thin

    Up until about a month ago, if you got caught pirating some software, music, or video, you could just claim that your router was left unsecured and that anyone could have accessed it. This claim would cause the party trying to sue you to drop their case against you and you’d walk off a free man or woman. But now times have changed and these big-shot lawyers accusing you of piracy now… Read More

  • Malaysian Theaters Go Stealth

    Fighting movie pirates can be hard, especially in Asia, where 7-megapixel cameraphones run rampant. So in an effort to crack down on piracy, Malaysian movie theaters have started using night-vision goggles to track down pirates. The method has been useful so far, as 17 people have been caught trying to record films in the past two months. Maybe “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead… Read More

  • Google Being Investigated By FTC Over Its DoubleClick Purchase

    Google just can’t catch a break. The Old Gray Lady reports that federal investigators are looking into the search company’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick. The Federal Trade Commission is responding to complaints from several privacy advocacy groups that claim Google would have access to too much information if it bought DoubleClick. Intrigue! Read More