• TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

    TellMe, which Microsoft bought two years ago, is rolling out an upgrade to its call center automation software which should improve its speech recognition rates. It is also adding Global Crossing as partner for reselling its VoiP carrier service, along with AT&T and Verizon. TellMe handles 2.5 billion calls a year for customers such as American Airlines and ETrade, all on-demand. Even… Read More

  • Most effective infomercial of all time

    This hip-hop (or shall I say hip-chop) remix of the Slap Chop infomercial is outstanding. The autotune makes it sound like a legitimate piece of pop music. Of course, they did it to MLK too, but this is far less offensive (and more delicious). Read More

  • Goat-leg prosthetic is creepy, yet functional

    Conceptual artist and sculptor Kim Graham has created one of the creepiest prosthetics ever. Inspired by horses and other digitigrades, Ms. Graham built what is essentially a pair of stilts fashioned to resemble legs. The video shows two different views of the legs, one as plain metal, and one with fur covering, obviously intended to make your satyr fantasies come true. Read More

  • TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

    TellMe, which Microsoft bought two years ago, is rolling out an upgrade to its call center automation software which should improve its speech recognition rates. It is also adding Global Crossing as partner for reselling its VoiP carrier service, along with AT&T and Verizon. TellMe handles 2.5 billion calls a year for customers such as American Airlines and ETrade. Even a one… Read More

  • In Anticipation Of Snow Leopard And A New iPhone, WWDC Sells Out In Record Time

    Apple announced today that its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has already sold out. That’s pretty incredible considering two things. First, tickets went on sale only a month ago, and are anything but cheap — even the early-bird special was well over $1,000. (And remember, this is a recession, and plenty of other conferences are struggling to move tickets.) And second… Read More

  • Is Palm Rolling Out The Pre The Day Before Apple's WWDC Keynote?

    It’s now just about May and there’s still been no official word from Palm when it comes to an official launch date or pricing for the Pre. All we know is what we’ve known for a long time — it’ll launch the first half of 2009; a window that is quickly closing. But a few pieces of new evidence today point to an actual specific date. And it’s a very intriguing… Read More

  • Majority of author's new novel written on his smartphone

    Over a period of three years, fantasy author Peter Brett wrote 100,000 words on his HP iPaq during his long subway commute. And here I get all excited when I manage to post a new word I learned to my blog, while sitting at a bar. Given the length of most epic fantasy novels (or cycles) I would have thought it an impossible task to thumb out more than, say, 5-10% on something like a smartphone. Read More

  • MTV Turns To Twitter And Facebook To Power New Flagship Show

    In a bid to retain its role as a pop culture staple, MTV has announced plans to a launch a show that taps into the power of social media, tightly integrating with Facebook and Twitter to maximize fan interaction. The show will be hosted by British celebrity and model Alexa Chun and begin airing this summer, with plans to move it to the network’s coveted after-school timeslot depending… Read More

  • iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4 now available

    Man, they’re just cranking these things out. Just two weeks after iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 (which was, in turn, two weeks after iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2), we’ve got another Beta. Beta 4 of iPhone OS 3.0 is now available for developers, as long as they’ve downloaded the brand spankin’ new iPhone 8.2 pre-release. It just went live, so we’re not quite sure what’s new here. Read More

  • EcoSmart fireplace burns ethanol instead of gas or wood

    Ethanol may not be the solution for the fuel crisis, but is it the solution for the social fireplace crisis? Ask yourself this: when was the last time my friends and I gathered around a fire at a bar and clinked glasses over the flames? I’m guessing never. But these EcoSmart fireplaces may change that, since there’s no wood. At least, I hope so. Been a long time since my last… Read More

  • BART hack: install swings in the aisles

    I doubt this sort of behavior is approved by the Bay Area Transit Authority, but it sure as hell looks like a lot of fun. I can imagine that the acceleration and deceleration of the trains makes for some weird swing antics… maybe I’ll try it on the Monorail. Read More

  • ZEN MX: Japan gets a new and expensive Creative media player

    Creative Japan today announced the ZEN MX [JP], a portable media player that will be available in Nippon starting at the beginning of next month. The company plans to offer an 8GB (ZN-ZMX8G-BK) and 16GB (ZN-ZMX16G-BK) model, both featuring a 2.5-inch LCD screen with 320×240 resolution. Read More

  • Guy quits job via Mario-like video game

    Wow, interesting to see someone actually quit their job nowadays but a game developer for 2K Australia did just that. And he went out with a bang, too, creating a browser-based Mario-inspired game with several short levels with thank you’s, reasons for quitting, and so on. Read More

  • Video: Chevy Volt mule test drive

    Ah, the Chevy Volt. Will it ever make it to market and/or will it save GM? That’s a another post entirely. Anyway, GM-Volt.com founder got behind the wheel of a Chevy Volt prototype and seemed impressed. This mule drive was a battery-only demo and didn’t show off the engine generator switchover, which is what many of us onlookers are curious about. That point and how a $40,000… Read More

  • Kid breaks arm, gets bionic LEGO cast

    No fair! I wish I had a broken arm with a bionic LEGO cast that allowed me to accessorize with several wonderful gadgets like flashlights and voice recorders. Lucky! Read More

  • Anybody else just get a freaky loyalty call from T-Mobile?

    My G1 just rang with an unfamiliar 1-800 number. Uh oh, I thought, one of those singles lines I spend so much time on is trying to collect. I answered and after a second, a recorded voice said “Hi! This is a free call from T-Mobile to thank you for your loyalty.” It then repeated this message in Spanish and hung up. Seriously? Read More

  • Updated: Spoonfed launches events app for the iPhone as TimeOut freelancer appeals for free developers

    It looks like the guys at Spoonfed have stolen a march on Time Out and other event guides with the release of their iPhone app, the Spoonfed Events Radar, available free from the App Store as of today. The launch is the first step of the startup company’s mobile strategy which extends the Spoonfed events listings database to the mobile platform, making it easier for Londoners to find… Read More

  • Majority of author's new novel written on his smartphone

    Over a period of three years, fantasy author Peter Brett wrote 100,000 words on his HP iPaq during his long subway commute. And here I get all excited when I manage to post a new word I learned to my blog, while sitting at a bar. Given the length of most epic fantasy novels (or cycles) I would have thought it an impossible task to thumb out more than, say, 5-10% on something like a smartphone. Read More

  • New LAN Warrior system from iBuyPower looks solid and portable


    I don’t usually like the squat little portable cases you see around that are made for portability, but this one does it right. iBuyPower has used NZXT’s Rogue case and filled it with things you probably wouldn’t expect in a LAN-going box. Liquid cooling, room for 4-way SLI and a huge amount of RAM, and even two optical drives if you want. I guess the Rogue case… Read More

  • Associated Content Raises $6 Million For Publishing Platform

    Online publishing platform Associated Content has closed a $6 million, Series C financing round funded by SoftBank Capital, Canaan Partners and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. Associated Content secured $10 million in Series B Financing from SoftBank, Canaan, and Armstrong in 2007. The company also closed $5.4 million in Series A funding from SoftBank in 2006. Founded by Luke Beatty and originally… Read More

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