• Now (well, soon) it's easy to recycle your Sharp electronics

    Most people aren’t going to go out of their way to recycle a TV or set of speakers. That’s why Sharp has helped set up a proper recycling program that will be up and running in several states by next month before spreading to all 50 of ’em within the next three years. Even better is that, in addition to accepting Sharp products, the program will also accept stuff made by… Read More

  • Google Now Indexes Scanned Documents

    Google has announced that it will now begin including scanned documents in its search results – a feat that requires an immense amount of processing power and advanced image recognition technology. Unlike standard text documents, scanned files don’t contain any text data that Google’s spiders can index. Instead, Google has employed Optical Character Recognition (OCR)… Read More

  • DS/DSi incompatibilities? Inconceivable, says Nintendo


    A DS developer, who shall remain nameless, has encountered an issue that seems odd to them. A game they are developing on works flawlessly on their DS test hardware, but crashes regularly on DSi hardware. B-but, Nintendo said “All DS titles are compatible with DSi, with the exception of those that require use of the GBA slot”! Yes, and they’re sticking to that. Read More

  • Y Combinator's Snipd Launches To The Public

    In the last few months we’ve seen a number of startups that are looking to help you clip small portions of content from the web for sharing and future reference. But most of them require Firefox/IE extensions – a barrier that can put off many users and handicap a potential userbase. Snipd, a Y Combinator company that was in the TechCrunch50 DemoPit, is looking to offer… Read More

  • Someone is mad at Wal-Mart for selling the G1 at a discount

    What’s wrong with Wal-Mart? Low prices, friendly old people greeting you as you enter. It’s this close to Heaven. NOT TO SOME PEOPLE. Channel Web, for instance. They have come up with five reasons why Wal-Mart selling the G1 at a discount is evil, evil, evil. You can read the list for yourself—it’s hilarious!—but I wanted to point this one out: It’s Wal-Mart. Read More

  • Your Business Method Patent Has Just Been Invalidated

    If you are one of the recipients of the 1,330 business method patents issued in the U.S. last year, or the thousands more that have been issued rampantly and indiscriminately over the past decade, you are probably out of luck. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled today that business methods are not patentable unless they meet fairly narrow rules. What this means for… Read More

  • EA plans to take on the Wii Fit with their own peripherals?

    The difference between a casual gamer and hardcore gamer seems to be one big grey area these days. The terminology doesn’t exactly convey the same message it used to, but that’s an argument/post for a later time. We all know the Wii epitomizes casual gaming and it looks like EA wants to change that with a slight variation to the Wii Fit. It won’t make it hardcore, but you… Read More

  • Samsung Delve from Alltel brings Touchwiz to the US

    Just last week, Samsung announced that their widget-fueled Touchwiz interface would hit US shores sometime in late 2008 – and here it is. This morning, Alltel announced that the Touchwiz-powered Samsung Delve has gone up for presale on their site, with delivery (and in-store availability) coming on November 6th. It’s got some reasonable specs for a not-so-smartphone, with a… Read More

  • Blockbuster's Top 10 Nightmare-Maker Movies list, do you agree?

    We’re not a movie blog, we know, but we are a day away from one of my favorite holidays and I came across this Top 10 Nightmare-Maker Movies list from Blockbuster and thought I’d share. It’s also a sloooooow news day. What would your top 10 list look like? 10. Pet Semetary
    9. The Blair Witch Project
    8. Saw
    7. The Shining
    6. The Grudge Read More

  • T-Mobile G1s for Wal-Mart delayed a week

    Shipping delays have left Wal-Mart shelves bare of the first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1. It was originally reported that the mega-retailer would begin selling the G1 at a discounted price of $148.88 this week, but BetaNews has learned that this is not the case. “We’ve experienced a few shipping issues, but we’re working with T-Mobile on that,” said… Read More

  • Flixwagon now compatible with Nokia's Share on Ovi

    After the announcement that Qik would be a featured download on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, it looks like competitor Flixwagon is prepared to battle for their chunk of the Nokia mobile streaming market. Flixwagon has announced that they’re now compatible with Nokia’s Share on Ovi media hosting service. Once a user downloads the latest Flixwagon for Symbian application and plugs… Read More

  • The Xbox 360 and Netflix HDCP situation explained correctly

    The Xbox 360 just gained Netflix high-def streaming capability but a small issue has arisen concerning HDCP and compatible displays. It seems that these high-def files are protected by the copy protection, but no fear, it has nothing to do with component video – and never did. You see, HDCP was devised to protect digital audio and video content that travels over digital mediums such… Read More

  • WWE Smackdown v. Raw 2009 demo now available on PSN (plus bonus video)

    The demo for WWE Smackdown v. Raw 2009 is now available on the PlayStation Network. Given that I haven’t played a wrestling game since WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64, I can’t cast judgement on the Smackdown v. Raw series. Reviews are sorta mixed, it seems. Also, embedded primarily for nostalgic reasons and my own edification, one of the most infamous scenes in pro wrestling from… Read More

  • Project Playlist Hires Owen Van Natta As CEO. They Just Won't Admit It.

    This is now well past speculation. Owen Van Natta, Facebook’s former Chief Revenue Officer and Amazon’s former Vice President of Worldwide Business and Corporate Development, is the new CEO of Project Playlist. Or at least that’s what he’s been telling people, we’ve heard from multiple sources. The company hasn’t returned our emails, even to say… Read More

  • Yep, iPhone firmware 2.2 is still vulnerable to jailbreaking

    When the developer world first got glimpse of the iPhone 2.2 firmware back in late September, many were surprised to find out that nothing had been done to try and block users from jailbreaking (that is, hacking the handset to allow third party applications and modifications not approved by Apple). Nearly a month later, a second beta release of the firmware is in the hands of developers, and… Read More

  • Get out of town! The trackball in the G1 is the same as in the BlackBerry

    This is the type of minutia that wears down men’s souls: The structures of the trackball module and the Hall IC look almost the same as used in the BlackBerry Bold of Research In Motion Ltd. Translated into English, or Common, this says that the trackball used in the G1 is the same as the one found in BlackBerrys. That’s according to one engineer, at least. And what have we… Read More

  • Despite Recent Outages, Google Claims 99.9 Percent Reliability For Gmail (And Other Apps Too)

    Tens of millions of people rely on Gmail, and some even pay for the “premier” edition through Google Apps for Enterprises (which boasts one million businesses as customers). So when some enterprise customers had to suffer through a Gmail outage two weeks ago that lasted 30 hours, it made some headlines. As did the bigger Gmail outage last August that affected all users for about… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Stands United Against Prop. 8

    This is a full page ad that will run in the San Jose Mercury news tomorrow. I want to make fun of the wine and cheese crowd flocking to jump on the anti-Prop. 8 bandwagon, but I’m not going to. Discrimination in any form isn’t acceptable, and banning gay marriage is discrimination. Prop 8 will eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples in California by amending the… Read More

  • NASCAR and LittleBigPlanet team up

    Chances are the average Joe-the-NASCAR-Fan doesn’t have any idea what the hell LittleBigPlanet is but Joey Logano helped the knitting cause in the #20 Nationwide Series car last week. Those not keeping track of the Nationwide’s cup standings, Joey is now back on top of the points standing after taking 5th in last weeks race. I’m sure he credits the win to his little… Read More

  • Homestar Extra: Sega Toys' Homestar Planetarium gets an upgrade

    Sega Toys Japan introduced a mini planetarium for bathrooms in June (available for people living outside Nippon here) and now updates its super-successful home planetarium series with the Homestar Extra [JP, PDF], which was unveiled today. Read More

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