• IBM's fancy new STT-MRAM prototype that holds 4Kb of data

    Three cheers for new, strange technologies that won’t see the light of day for many, many years! Specifically, IBM’s example of spin-torque-transfer magnetoresistive random access memory (STT-MRAM) has wowed the MRAM press with its latest prototype. The device can store a whopping 4Kb of data for around 10 years without any electricity flowing through its veins. The main idea… Read More

  • Google SearchWiki Now Has Sound. Sigh.

    Thank goodness Google’s working on the really important stuff, like adding sound effects to SearchWiki, instead of releasing the promised off button to that dreaded service. Although, I have to admit it’s pretty cool. To add the sound effect, turn this Google experiment on and delete a search result in Google search (you have to have SearchWiki turned on). It makes a Desktop… Read More

  • GeForce GTX 295: not quite a 4870 X2-killer

    NVIDIA’s ice-cream sandwich-looking dual-GPU answer to AMD’s dual-GPU 4870 X2 doesn’t excel, but doesn’t disappoint, either. Although the GeForce GTX 280 has recently surpassed the 4870 in performance with its new drivers, the architecture of the GTX 295 limits the capabilities and makes it just barely eke ahead of AMD, and even then it’s with a price premium. Read More

  • Ask me another – TrueKnowledge's Quizbot aims at 118118

    UK startup TrueKnowledge, a question/answer platform, has launched Quizbot – a consumer-facing front-end which will allow users to ask questions and get answers. It’s able to answer questions via the Web, Twitter or SMS. The service will compete with other Q&A platforms which tend to be human-powered like Texperts and 118118. Quizbot surfaced a couple of weeks ago on Twitter… Read More

  • YouTube Finally Embraces HD, Launches Huge Video Player And Topical Portals

    YouTube has just launched a new portion of its site dedicated to HD content, allowing users to easily browse through what is now the largest archive of high definition content on the web. The move has been a long time coming – in the last few weeks the site has been gradually building up to a large scale HD launch with the introduction of a 16:9 video player and the ability to watch HD… Read More

  • Adamo could out-Air the Air

    Dell is hinting at a tiny laptop line called Adamo which might be some sort of boutique line or actually be the name of a new, ultrathin laptop that will give the MacBook Air a run for its money. Ashlee Vance at NYT writes: But most telling of all might have been the reaction of Michael Tatelman, Dell’s vice president in charge of consumer sales and marketing, to my question about whether… Read More

  • Sweet case-mounted touchscreen from BFG Tech

    Our recent revolt against the embargo notwithstanding, I was going to hold onto this until the PR folks had asked me, but someone else has let the cat out of the bag (shame!) so now you guys get to see it too. As for the display itself, I think it looks filthy. Case displays are usually pretty weak little things, monochrome or limited in customizability. This one from hardware maker BFG Tech… Read More

  • BackType Launches Google Alerts For Blog Comments

    BackType, a Y Combinator startup that launched in August, is a sort of “Twitter for comments” that aggregates comments from millions of blogs into a single, searchable, parsable stream. Today they launched a new feature called Alerts that will let users track keywords included in comments on tracked blogs – a sort of Google Alerts for blog comments. This will be useful to… Read More

  • LG KP500 Cookie launches in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, and the UK

    It’s been a few months since we first heard about the LG KP500 “Cookie”, but it has finally made its way onto the shelves in various parts of the world. Even after all this time, I still have a little bit of trouble calling the phone the “Cookie” without hurting a little inside. Want to see LG’s promo video, which for some reason is largely made up of some… Read More

  • Opinion: SimCity for iPhone/iPod Touch is worth $9.99

    I downloaded, installed, and played SimCity on my first-generation iPod Touch earlier today and I can tell you that, yes, it’s worth $9.99 if you like the SimCity series of games. I’m a big fan of the franchise, especially SimCity 3000, and the iPhone/iPod Touch version is basically a shrunken down version of SC3K with a few changes. Read More

  • Study: Newspaper Websites Are Still Figuring Out This Whole Conversation Thing

    Newspapers are still lurching their way around the Web, a new study finds, but at least they are making some progress. The Bivings Group released a study today that quantifies the Website features of the top 100 newspapers in the U.S. Among the findings: Nearly every newspaper site has reporter-written blogs and some form of video; features that elicit content from readers are on the… Read More

  • Review: Ultrasone Edition9 headphones

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not an audiophile. I enjoy music and I enjoy good sound but I have yet to be bitten by the high end audio bug. I understand that good audio gear is expensive but have also yet to feel that headphones are worth $1,700. And yet, why am I so fascinated with the Ultrasone Edition9 headphones, a pair of closed-back cans with natural surround sound and… Read More

  • Video: Glitchy Gears of War 2 asks ‘Walls? What walls?’

    Looks like that Gears of War 2 patch didn’t fix this nasty little bug. As the hilarious video shows, the game’s walls, at least in multiplayer mode, might as well not even be there. Damage goes right through them. Utter chaos. In fact, Kotaku calls the glitches “game-breaking,” but from what I’ve read, mulitplayer has been janky since launch, so this is just a… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: ‘MotorStorm Pacific Rift’ for $39.98

    I don’t own a PS3, but every time I see a commercial for MotorStorm Pacific Rift I say to myself, “Hey, Doug, that looks like a game you might really enjoy. You like offroad racing games, don’t you? This one’s apparently very popular. Too bad you don’t have a PS3. Oh well, I guess it’s back to Excite Truck for the time being.” If you’re like… Read More

  • Spanish copyright agency crashes wedding in search of copyright violations

    Flickr’d Imagine you’re at your wedding doing the ol’ “smash cake into your wife or husband’s face” move. It’s a great day, all things considered. The sky is the bluest it’s ever been and birds are fluttering around in a non-threatening manner. (That’s what weddings are like, right? I’ve never been to one.) A man dressed like Spy vs. Read More

  • Facebook Is Gaining Ground On Google In Time Spent On The Internet

    Facebook long ago passed MySpace in global visitors and time spent on the site, but now it appears to be gaining ground on Google. A couple days ago, Facebook released some new statistics on user growth and engagement on the site. It now has more than 140 million active users, 70 percent of whom are outside the U.S. The number of active users added each month seems to be accelerating, only… Read More

  • NeXT Computer Unboxing, Twenty Years Later

    Peter Urban at Smibs managed to find a rare NeXT Computer on eBay, and paid $400 to obtain the machine which was originally sold for $6,500. He unboxes it in the video below. NeXT is the company Steve Jobs founded after he was booted from Apple in 1985. They originally made these extremely high end, high priced computers, but eventually moved to an all-software model. It’s a… Read More

  • High-speed internet on high-speed trains

    Shinkansen by Bistrosavage When I was in Sweden last year, I enjoyed the fact that the rail service taking me from Malmö to Linköping offered WiFi on the trains, utilizing a combination of satellite, 3G and GSM for the uplink. I didn’t end up using it, choosing instead to sleep, but it was a reassuring feeling to know that I could Twitter my heart out should the feeling strike me in… Read More

  • T-Mobile kills off upgrade fees, wants to keep customers

    Good news, T-Mobile fanboys and girls!  T-Mobile will no longer be charging customers its customary $18 ‘Handset Upgrade Fee’ when they want to buy a new mobile device (but apparently it won’t be refunding any recent customer upgrade fees). It’s about effing time that one of the major mobile companies realizes that the best way to retain customers is to not treat us… Read More

  • Asus ‘Galaxy 7’ smartphone looking somewhat dapper

    Asus appears to be taking various pages from the playbooks of its competitors with the Galaxy 7, a WinMo smartphone with a big 800×480 touchscreen, TouchFlo-like UI, and BlackBerry-esque trackball. Russian site Mobile-Review got a hands-on with an early version of the device – formally called the P835 – and found the build quality to be excellent (metal battery cover… Read More

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