• A 5-inch Android tablet lives in China!

    Charbax has some video of a 5-inch Android tablet built by Smit.com.cn, a Chines manufacturer. It’s a sassy little tablet with a 800×480 screen, GPS, 8GB of storage, and WiFi. It plays video and audio and just looks so precious! No telling if this is actual product or a proof of concept, but I’m game to give it a try. Read More

  • eBay Acquisition Map Shows Where It Got On The Wrong Track

    Sometimes all you need is a map to see where a company is going, or where it got on the wrong track. Take a look at the eBay acquisitions above plotted as a subway map created by the folks at MeetTheBoss. (They also did the same thing for Amazon acquisitions). The map is color-coded, with different subway lines representing different categories of acquisitions. As long as eBay sticks to… Read More

  • Big Amazon will give you back your copies of 1984, annotations won't be sent into the chute

    Amazon is making good after killing copies of 1984 for the Kindle. As you recall, Amazon had to recall the electronic version of the book for copyright reasons. Purchasers will receive a copy of the book for the Kindle or $30 in credit for Amazon products or a check. So either you can get one book or cash for two or more books. Giz has the full text of emails being sent to folks who bought… Read More

  • Fujitsu launches Esprimo Q series


    Awww, how cute! Look! It’s a little Core 2 Duo machine with 320GB hard drive and six USB ports! Aww! 4GB of RAM! I’m going to put it in my little wicker basket and run up and down the rows in my father’s cherry orchard and then fall, Esprimo in my arms, into a pile of dry, fragrant hay. Then I’m going to get a little work done and watch a Blu-Ray disk on the… Read More

  • Toshiba Satellite U500 Ducati: Atsa nice laptop


    Toshiba just launched a super secret laptop with a Core 2 Duo 8700 with 4G of memory and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics card. What do all of those numbers add up to? A laptop that can run Windows 7 ultimate and which should end up being quite expensive, especially since it has a little Ducati badge on it. Read More

  • Another case with a hole in it points to iPods with cameras


    Them Engadget boys went for a walk in the outer reaches of IFA and came up with the some iPod cases with holes in the back for a camera. As I’ve said before I have no idea what is going here. Apple’s non-disclosure language probably explicitly prohibits these from existing and, more importantly, these companies will probably never get Made for iPod certification after… Read More

  • Unboxing the Fleshlight

    This is exactly what you think it is and you shouldn’t watch it, especially at work. Seriously. I’m warning you. Don’t even visit the website. Just go eat a bagel or something. Better yet, eat a scone. via BBG Read More

  • Thanko outs USB record player

    Every once in a while, Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko does release a gadget that’s not completely silly. This new USB record player [JP] for use with a Windows PC (XP and Vista) or Mac (OS X) is not really that exciting, but it’s one of them. Read More

  • Sprint's HTC Hero to be $180 out the door at Best Buy – no mail-in rebate

    Best Buy has our backs. No one likes mail-in rebates and so the retailer is going to sell the Sprint HTC Hero for $180 out the door with a two-year blood oath. Sprint Stores however will sell it too you for $280 and hand you a $100 MIR. But just like with the Palm Pre, you’re not going to have to deal with those shenanigans at Best Buy Mobile who is also the exclusive retailer to have… Read More

  • The Onion Keeps On Embarrassing Newspapers

    The Onion, America’s Finest News Source and easily one of the best destinations for quality satire if we ever visited one, strikes yet again. Not only is it wiping the floor with real journalism on Google News Spotlight – a new section dedicated to in-depth journalism work – but it is also lovingly feeding the dinosaurs satirical stories that wind up getting reported as… Read More

  • Gov 2.0: It's All About The Platform

    Editor’s note: The following guest post is by Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of computer book publisher O’Reilly Media and a conference organizer. O’Reilly coined the term Web 2.0 five years ago. Now he is arguing it is time for Gov 2.0, and has helped organize a summit next week to talk about what that might mean. Today, many people equate Web 2.0 with social… Read More

  • Former MySpace Exec Allen Hurff Working On A Startup Incubator

    Allen Hurff, the former SVP of Engineering at MySpace who left the company earlier this Summer, will apparently be launching a startup incubator as his next venture. An anonymous tipster points us to the man’s LinkedIn profile, where his current activity is listed as ‘Facilitator of the WebSquared Era at SoCal Incubator (Name Not Disclosed)’. So all we know at this point is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Power Up Edition

    Finally some Guitar Hero “Satisfaction”
    They have developed electronic contact lenses!
    Very strange-looking face masks appear in Japan (video) Read More

  • Google Loses China President Kai-Fu Lee, Has Trouble Translating The Reason

    Google announced today that Kai-Fu Lee, president of the search giant’s China operations, has left the company to start a new venture. Lee joined Google four years ago from Microsoft, where he was a corporate vice president, and the Redmond software giant subsequently sued Google over the hire, contending that Lee’s duties at Google would violate the terms of a non-compete agreement… Read More

  • Elephant Attacks Tech Legend Tom Siebel (And Gets Away With It)

    Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Siebel, founder of CRM vendor Siebel Systems (sold to Oracle for $5.8 billion back in 2005), was reportedly attacked and injured by an elephant in Tanzania about a month ago. The incident is vaguely reminiscent of TechCrunch editor Sarah Lacy’s recent baboon attack in Rwanda, although in Siebel’s case the consequences were a bit more severe than a… Read More

  • New Gmail Themes Include One That They Won't Call "Nintendo," But I Will

    The Gmail blog has a post up right now that’s interesting for a few reasons. First, it was posted around midnight of a Friday (this is supposed to be my no-news quiet time, Google). Second, it’s written as a chat exchange between two Google employees. And third, it has a kick-ass new Nintendo-esque theme. Truth be told, the Nintendo-like theme (called “High Score”… Read More

  • Snow Leopard, Marble, And Calamine Lotion

    There are two types of people in the world: Those that hate change, and those that embrace it. I tend to fall into the latter category. And that’s why OS X Snow Leopard is an odd product for me. On one hand, I like the idea that Apple has decided to stick with something that is working so well (OS X Leopard), and make it lighter, faster and all-around better. On the other, it’s… Read More

  • Goin' green: the Solar Surge iPhone battery pack

    Everyone is trying to be more environmentally responsible these days. Cars, houses, now even phone chargers. Many people are not aware of the fact that the wall chargers that comes with many devices these days consume the same amount of power whether a device is plugged into them or not. The Solar Surge aims to at least help the iPhone/iPod Touch user be a little greener. Read More

  • Stanford "Frankencamera" project aims to create an open source imaging platform


    The list of established players in the imaging field is a long one. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Leica, Olympus, Pentax, Kodak… it goes on. For decades they’ve been fine-tuning their devices, and they continue fight fiercely over every market and price point. Certainly this has produced some excellent devices: DSLRs today offer an unprecedented value for the amateur (or pro)… Read More

  • RubyOnRails XSS Vulnerability Claims Twitter, Basecamp And My Confidence

    It was only three days ago that I wrote about the almost hopeless challenge of web security, specifically around new vectors with cross-site scripting attacks. Today came news that an XSS vulnerability had been found in the RubyOnRails development framework – and that applications built on the framework, such as Twitter and Basecamp, were vulnerable to XSS attacks. The vulnerability… Read More

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