• Traffic lights backed up by solar power – why don't we all have these already?

    I suppose this is one of those “trickle-up” technologies, where it first is found in places that need it, like Africa and India, and then everywhere else in the world once the idea is proven practicable. This tech has made its way to Istanbul so far. I know that whenever there’s a big storm in Seattle, the city grinds to a halt, not because people don’t know how to drive… Read More

  • Former chairman wants Intel to make electric car batteries

    Andrew Grove, former Intel Corp chairman, is pushing the world’s biggest maker of microprocessors to diversify business by becoming a manufacturer of advanced batteries for plug-in electric cars. This emerging industry is attracting Chinese and Japanese companies like BYD Motors, Panasonic, and Sanyo. According to an Intel spokesman, Intel already has investments in battery-related… Read More

  • iFart And Pull My Finger Battle To Stink Up The App Store. Please Keep These Under Control, Apple.

    Earlier today we learned that Apple had decided to allow a new genre of apps into the app store with the release of Pull My Finger, a humorous but simple application that emits predictably nasty sounds whenever users pull on a virtual finger. The application was intitally rejected by Apple, sparking debate over the seemingly arbitrary standards it was using in its approval process. … Read More

  • Unreleased (and now cancelled) Helio-branded Samsung F400 captured on camera

    Long before Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, we started hearing whispers that the Samsung F400 was destined for the carrier’s lineup. With its vertically dual-sliding design featuring a number pad on one end and dual speakers on the other, it would have been a pretty snazzy little handset for music fans on everyone’s favorite MVNO. Alas, things got a bit crazy in the months leading up… Read More

  • MIT students build mobile applications in 13 weeks

    MIT professor Hal Abelson started today’s final presentation for the school’s “Building Mobile Applications” class by saying, “A course like this couldn’t have existed ten years ago… maybe not even a year ago. Courses like this right now are unique, but in two years they’ll be completely ordinary.” What’s extraordinary is that on top of… Read More

  • McCain campaign sells old BlackBerry for $20 with loads of private information still present

    Flickr’d The three ring circus known as the McCain campaign continues to provide us with hilarity even though it ended, what, six weeks ago. A fire sale of sorts was held the other day at the former campaign headquarters and a local Fox TV station was able to buy a BlackBerry for only $20. Even more amazing is that the campaign never bothered to clear out the BlackBerry’s… Read More

  • Nokia to ship 3G dongles early next year

    Nokia is planning on entering the growing market for connecting laptops to wireless networks, competing against Huawei Technologies, the current market leader. Nokia will begin shipping its first Internet stick early next year with the price yet to be disclosed. Nokia denied that the units would be branded “Donkles.” The global market for dongles is expected to grow by 30 percent to… Read More

  • DIY Cold Heat soldering iron

    Do you remember that Cold Heat soldering iron that turns hot only when touching metal? Well, Instructables user photozz has put up a guide to saving $19.95 by making your own Cold Heat soldering iron. It is pretty easy to follow, and he even goes as far as explaining the science behind it so that you understand how it actually works. Just don’t burn yourself while making it. Read More

  • Contest: Give us an interview question for a shot at a $50 gift card

    (Thanks to Virgin Mobile for passing the $50 dollar gift cards our way!) In the series of $50 gift card giveaways we’ve had so far, this is our third. Well, actually, if you count the one we gave away on our Twitter feed last night, it’s our fourth. Congrats to Chance (Contest 1), Zulay (Contest 2), and Bernardo (Contest 3, via Twitter) on walking away with 50 greenbacks just in… Read More

  • Has Skimlinks solved the problem publishers have with affiliates?

    As is often the case, a startup comes up with one idea and then quickly realises there is a better model. UK startup Skimbit started out with a decision-making tool with affiliate links, but has now realised the method used to aggregate those affiliates could be offered to other publishers. Similar schemes leave little room for editorial control, but it’s new Skimlinks off-shoot… Read More

  • Rock multiple monitors via the ViBook USB Adapter

    Having a multi-monitor workstation increases productivity dramatically and thanks to the ViBook USB, it’s now easier than ever. The $130 PC/Mac dongle simply plugs into a USB port and outputs up to 1680×1050 or 1600×1200 over VGA or DVI. This could be a great, but somewhat costly, solution for notebooks or towers alike. A heck of a lot easier than installing a new… Read More

  • Best of: Stupid Android Market comments by slightly stupid people

    One of the great things about Android Market is that you can see what everyone has to say about the applications they’ve downloaded. Very useful in figuring out if you should really download that app called “Alien Blood Bath” or just avoid it all together. The system, however, is slightly flawed. It appears that no one is really moderating these comments, and they usually end… Read More

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    Why we need to go digital this holiday

    What I’m about to say will anger a lot of CE manufacturers, but this has been the laziest year in consumer electronics to date and I’m recommending that rather than spending money on the boring stuff that has come out in 2008 we all spend our money on digital media – games, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and the like. And I don’t mean digital Blu-Ray and game disks, either. Read More

  • Flipping the Friendfeed funnel: Too many information channels forcing private information aggregators?

    Just as marketing requires multiple channels, information overload has led to multiple channels. IM, e-mail, twitter, Work twitter, wikis, Basecamp–all have different expectations and users. But when will the enterprise hit too many channels–all with important information? Friendfeed was the consumer answer–aggregate a public conversation across multiple silos. Only they made… Read More

  • Shock: Batman: Arkham Asylum will actually be good

    Continuing with the Batman-related good news, it looks like the upcoming game Batman: Arkham Asylum will actually be, dare I say, good. That a game based on a license doesn’t lick the bottom of the bucket of sucktitide (to paraphrase Christian from the WWE circa 2001) is shocking in and of itself, but that, according to Edge, it even has a chance of becoming an “excellent… Read More

  • Pull My Finger is back in the App Store, signifies new genre of Apps

    After being rejected by Apple for its obvious supposed “limited utility” back in September, the infamous Pull My Finger app has returned. According to its developer (via MacRumors), Apple informed him that his app would be the first of a “whole new genre of apps,” and that “more apps will follow that may have been previously not allowed.” Clearly, the real… Read More

  • Addonics $55 adapter turns any USB drive into a NAS

    Gone are the days of using expensive, noisy, bulky computers to serve media to our networks. Behold the Addonics NAS Adapter! This $55 doodad turns any USB drive into a network share accessible via SMB or FTP. But that’s not all! It also includes a BitTiorrent client, so you can download all those episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” directly to your USB drive while… Read More

  • Review: Quiksilver Opus jacket

    Quicksilver isn’t known for their technical wear outside of the water, but the Opus is one bitchin’ jacket with a couple nerdtastic components. It’s made from Schoeller fabric and Quiksilver’s own Quik Repel material; it’s water-resistant and shields the body from low temps and wind. I did a little bit of research into Schoeller and they seem to be pretty big in… Read More

  • Review: Samsung CLP-315 color laser printer

    Ask any geek of a certain age and predilection what they dreamt of back in high school and they’ll say, in order, a date to the prom and a color laser printer. Now that everyone with $100 and a pulse can get a fairly nice inkjet printer, Samsung is offering the CLP-315, a $184 color laser printer that is about as big as a standard all-in-one printer but with the added benefit of printing… Read More

  • Interview with Qik Co-Founder Bhaskar Roy: Competition, iPhone, and Android

    This morning I had the opportunity to have a chat with Bhaskar Roy, Co-Founder and VP of Product Management of Qik, a popular live video casting application available on most major mobile platforms. It’s not the first time we’ve interviewed him but, with competition at an all time high, I figured it was time to check back in. The interview was conducted over IM and later formatted… Read More

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