• Tips on wiring your home with Cat 5

    Just bought a new home? No, probably not. But the one you’ve got could probably use some improvement in the ol’ wiring situation. An ethernet port in every room is probably a bit much, but you might want a hard connection for any computers or media devices that aren’t going to be moving around a lot. So gather round a couple handy friends, buy a hundred feet of Cat 5 cable… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Brite-View CinemaCube HD multi-media player, BitTorrent downloader

    At $90, Brite-View’s CinemaCube appears to be a viable BitTorrent downloader for the home theater, but my first few minutes with it were an exercise in futility. Testing the other features of the CinemaCube seems pointless if I can’t get the BitTorrent client to work, IMO. That’s not to say I didn’t get it to work, but it shouldn’t be as difficult as it is. Read More

  • So Much For That Idea. Facebook Has Killed Off Its Great Apps Initiative

    Last summer Facebook announced two new programs designed to help surface some of the best applications on Facebook Platform. The first, called Verified Apps, was to help users find applications they could trust — in other words, apps that always stayed true to Facebook’s guidelines, and wouldn’t spam users. Verified Apps finally launched in May after lengthy delays, with… Read More

  • ASCII Portal: your eyes and mind will bleed

    Although I’m an outspoken supporter of ASCII games, I think this one may be more than even I can handle — and I can handle Dwarf Fortress. Portal has to be the last game I would expect to be reduced to ASCII, mainly because of its reliance on, you know, the third dimension. But this guy appears to have adequately captured it in all its mind-bending glory. Read More

  • Sequoia, Greylock Take Stake In OpenDNS

    It isn’t the sexiest startup in Silicon Valley, but San Francisco based OpenDNS just closed one of the most competitive venture capital deals in recent history. Top tier firms Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners came out the winners. The company will announce a second round of financing from both firms shortly. The deal size and valuation isn’t being disclosed. David Strohm… Read More

  • Is the recession causing people to play more and more video games?

    It seems gamers are playing the likes of Guitar Hero and Wii Whatever more hours per week than ever before. Is that the recession’s fault? Maybe! Back in January, gamers were playing video games for an average of nearly 19 hours per week. In 2006, that number was just shy of 15 hours per week. Read More

  • Review: The Bigs 2 for Xbox 360

    The Game: The Bigs 2 from 2K Sports The Platform: Xbox 360 (also available for the PS3, PS2, Wii and PSP) The Review: Overall 2K’s The Bigs 2 is a relatively easy game to pick up and play compared to more serious titles, like MLB 2K9 or MLB 09: The Show, but experienced Bigs “vets” will find a handful of new features to keep the experience of the Big Show challenging making… Read More

  • Where does all that plastic junk come from?

    Ever wandered through a Target or Wal-Mart and wondered just where all those plastic goblets and colanders and keychains and doodads actually came from? Yeah, me too. There must be a factory somewhere churning this stuff out. Turns out there is such a factory, in Odenwald, Germany, where Koziol fabricates plastic into all kinds of useful things. Read More

  • Rumores españoles: Sony working on PSP2, will have Xbox1-level graphics

    A hot little rumor coming out of Spain, where “Ronaldomania” is running wild, suggests that Sony is indeed working on the PSP2. Such a system would have graphical capabilities more or less on par with the original Xbox. Read More

  • Tweet Those Screencasts With Screenjelly

    On Twitter there are easy ways to share links, photos, and videos (via bit.ly, Twitpic, YFrog, Flickr, and YouTube), and now there is an easy way to record and share screencasts. The service is called Screenjelly, and it just launched today. It comes from the the team that created ScreenToaster, which was bought by enterprise video provider Veodia last month. Screenjelly is a… Read More

  • Swing And A Miss. La Russa Drops Silly Twitter Lawsuit

    Just to follow up on a story from last month, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has now officially dropped his lawsuit against Twitter. La Russa had been suing the service for someone who was pretending to be him and was seeking ““unspecified damages.” He got none of those, nor will he get anything else from the startup. No money changed hands in the dropping of the suit. Read More

  • Just try to relax … this won't hurt … much.

    While sitting in my dentist’s chair recently, I marveled at just how scary looking many of the implements on his tray were. And don’t get me started on that contraption I put my face into at the optometrists! It’s hard to believe that these implements of modern medicine will some day appear as quaint — and arguably as effective — as instruments of yore, like… Read More

  • Don't Copy That Floppy 2 is a load of rubbish

    Put on your “WTF?!” hats, friends, as we watch this preview of Don’t Copy That Floppy 2. As you might imagine, it’s an anti-piracy video that’s supposed to teach people that Copyright Infringement is very, very wrong. It is a load of liquidy garbage. Read More

  • My Secret Circle: You know, for kids

    So this seems like a good enough idea. It’s called MySecretCircle and it’s basically it’s a closed social network for girls. You and your buds buy a USB key that acts as your login. It autoruns under Windows and OS X and brings up a photo and journal sharing system that only allows certain people access to your daughter’s personal info. In theory and in practice this… Read More

  • The World Was Watching: Michael Jackson's Memorial, By The Numbers

    In news that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Michael Jackson’s sobering memorial service this morning will go down as one of the most watched web events, ever. As we reported earlier, the social web was well prepared for today’s ceremony, with sites including MySpace, Ustream (in partnership with CBS), Facebook (in partnership with CNN), and Hulu offering live… Read More

  • Technorati To Unveil Twittorati Tomorrow

    Twitter! Everyone wants a piece of it. Tomorrow, we’ve heard, blog search engine and ad network Technorati will unveil a new site called Twittorati: “where the blogosphere meets the Twittersphere.” The site, which we haven’t seen yet, will show what top bloggers are tweeting about, and compare topics to blogosphere trends. The site will also, according to a press… Read More

  • Grassroots Enterprise's "Actions" Lets You Send Messages To Elected Officials From Facebook

    Writing letters to elected officials and government organizations is a time-old part of political activism. More recently, citizens had the option of using email vs. snail mail to send out correspondence. Now, citizens will have the opportunity to send letters and messages to elected officials directly from Facebook. Bi-partisan Political and digital strategy firm Grassroots Enterprise has… Read More

  • The Bookeen Opus unboxed and previewed

    E-book readers tend to be the sizes hardcover books – or a lot larger. That might be all well and good if you’re laying in bed, but the Bookeen Opus is about the size of a paperback, which makes it truely portable. The folks folks over at MobileRead got their hands on the small, but impressive, Opus for a sneak peak. Read More

  • New Sony HD flash memory camcorders feature GPS geotagging

    Right out of the gate, I feel obligated to tell you that the two flash memory camcorders written about in this post will cost $1100 and $1300 when they’re available in September. That being said, they’ll handle full 1080p HD video and feature 32GB or 64GB of internal memory depending on the model. Read More

  • Contest: Win Season 6 of Reno 911! on DVD

    From time to time, we like to give away DVD/Blu-ray box sets for various Comedy Central shows and today happens to be one of those days. Season six of the ROFLtastic Reno 911! goes on sale today and we have three copies of the entire uncensored season on DVD to give away. Do you want one? Yeah you do. Leave your favorite quote in comments from the show and we’ll pick the winners… Read More

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