• AlertFox Launches Powerful Web Application Monitoring Tool (Freebies Here)

    Most web application developers have been there: your monitoring system shows nothing but green lights, yet the app is down or not functioning the way it should. Traditional web monitoring services often don’t dig deep enough to detect glitches in the application code, and database or find that problems arise with bugs in Ajax, Flash or Silverlight front-end applets. German startup iOpus… Read More

  • Video: Why the music industry sucks and how to fix it

    I may not listen to a lot of Zappa but his section in this excellent video essentially describes what’s wrong with the music industry these days: presumed familiarity with the market. When there was no feedback and no real understanding of demographics, you were able to experiment. Now, with the granularity available from modern data gathering techniques you have a set of executives who… Read More

  • Zero remains a popular app download count among non-iPhone owners

    Apps on the iPhone are huge. We know that. As if we needed more proof, Apple moved its billionth app earlier this afternoon. But some recent data from Compete suggests that smartphone owners who don’t have an iPhone, apparently don’t love apps. Or at least, don’t download them. If you look at the graph below, you’ll see that iPhone owners are very diversified in the… Read More

  • Kindle 2 v iPod Shuffle text-to-speech: VIDEO FIGHT!

    DVICE has an excellent video showing the difference between text-to-speech and what us humans call “neurons-to-speech.” As evidenced by this brief scene from Blade Runner, acted out by an iPod Shuffle and a Kindle 2, we find that the Authors Guild is as crazy as a sack of beetles in a windstorm. TTS hasn’t improved for one good reason: the human voice is just fine for reading… Read More

  • Waxing poetic about telling time

    Time is a funny thing. Sometime you need to know exactly what time it is, and sometimes you really don’t care. For the times that you don’t care, a clock that tells you roughly what time it is more desirable then a perfectly accurate digital clock. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Tacoffering Edition

    How to make the perfect taco
    A moment of silence for GeoCities
    The must have Sony VAIO P case by Vaja Read More

  • Does a GPS navigation system save you gas?

    GPS manufacturer Navteq says it does. They recently released the results of a study that they had commissioned that show that drivers that have a navigation system used less fuel on an annual basis then drivers that don’t. Read More

  • 9000 series Samsung HDTVs to sport wireless media streaming, local LED control

    The Samsung Spring lineup we went over at the end of March was apparently incomplete. As it turns out, the Korean electronics giant has one more trick up its corporate sleeve, and it’s actually quite a sexy one. But far from cheap, I’m guessing. The leaked 9000 series of HDTVs will do everything the high-end 8000 series does (240Hz, Internet@TV, various sort so media decoding)… Read More

  • How to make the perfect taco

    The Taco Plate is pretty self-explanatory. It’s genius! Or you could buy those new square bottomed taco shells that I saw on TV a while ago. Get a pack of six for $8. Read More

  • This folding bike is not for the faint of crotch

    I’m not a big fan of the folding bikes because they can never fold small enough or go fast enough for my taste. But I totally see where they could be useful, and some of the engineering is pretty cool. Unfortunately, this cool one has a bit of a design flaw in that stopping it is like getting kicked in the berries. But is that a deal-breaker as well as a… well, you know. Read More

  • $10 game blowout at Best Buy coming the 26th

    If all these games are really going for $10 each, you better take out some loans. Sure, I expect stuff like Petz Crazy Monkeys and Shrek Carnival Craze to go for that much, but Soul Calibur 4? Fracture? Not bad at all. Head on through for the full listing. Read More

  • E-series: Sony's new walkman looks like a USB candy bar

    Sony in Japan has announced the Walkman E-series [JP], which (technically) looks pale compared to the recently unveiled OLED touchscreen Walkman, but can score with some interesting designs. The USB stick-type player will be available with 2GB (NW-E042), 4GB (NW-E043), or 8GB (NW-E044) internal memory and in a total of 10 different colors. Read More

  • Review: Alienware M17 notebook


    When you hear the name Alienware, most people think of a high-end machine with some funky styling and a premium price. Alienware is trying to shake this image, however, and they are taking a giant step in that direction with the new M17 notebook. Read More

  • Google Continues To Center On Location. Adds It To Its Toolbar.

    Location-based services haven’t yet caught fire, but location itself is increasingly finding its way to web services as a complimentary feature. The latest to use it is the Google Toolbar. If you have it installed, and open Google Maps, it will now auto-center on your location. That’s a small, but useful feature, but the ramifications of this move are potentially much large. This… Read More

  • Yes, yes: 1,000,000,000. Congrats, Apple

    It’s over! Here’s to another billion. And here’s to the hopeful billion-app would-be multitudes: Android Marketplace, Blappworld, Marketplace for Mobile, and all the rest. Live long and prosper. Read More

  • PixelQi's 3Qi display is LCD, e-paper, and high-contrast monochrome all in one


    The OLPC project, Hydra-like in its many initiatives, has given birth to a new project, focused on making an extremely versatile display with multiple modes, allowing consolidation of technology and (one hopes) reduction of total cost. After all, if a device is being used as an e-book, it shouldn’t be using TV technology to display the text; it’s both wasteful and less effective. Read More

  • Just a Girl – Why we put on the "Balancing Tech Culture" debate @GeeknRolla

    A wrap-up post collating lots of feedback and thoughts by people who attended Geek’ n Rolla is coming. But one of the most hotly debated issues since the conference on Tuesday has been the panel about Women in Tech, specifically tech startups. Here’s who was on the panel and the original title: 11.50am
    Panel: Just a girl – Balancing Tech Culture: Getting more women involved… Read More

  • Czech Cloud Startup Good Data Raises Funding From Marc Andreessen And Others

    Good Data, a startup founded in the Czech Republic and with headquarters in San Francisco, has closed a second round of financing – $2.5 million from Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, OATV and General Catalyst. The company has now raised a total of around $4.5 million in capital. You don’t see a lot of startups coming out of Eastern Europe, and even fewer who receive Silicon… Read More

  • Zero Remains A Popular App Download Number Among Non-iPhone Owners

    Apps on the iPhone are huge. We know that. As if we needed more proof, Apple moved its billionth app earlier this afternoon. But some recent data from Compete suggests that smartphone owners who don’t have an iPhone, apparently don’t love apps. Or at least, don’t download them. If you look at the graph below, you’ll see that iPhone owners are very diversified in the… Read More

  • @GeeknRolla – Thanks for a rocking day!

    In the two days since GeeknRolla ended I’ve had some great feedback from you all about how it went. And I’m afraid to say that I’ve been hard pressed to find much criticism of the event. The feedback, in real life and on Twitter (see #gknr) has been roughly 99% positive (no, really!) even if I do say so myself. So, given that you can comment anonymously on this blog post… Read More

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