• MIT engineers remodel the Li-ion battery to recharge in a matter of seconds


    MIT engineers, led by Professor Gerbrand Ceder, have developed a type of high-speed tunnel for transporting electrical energy through lithium iron phosphate. Why should we care what those snooty MIT engineers are up to? Because this new process could allow for smaller and lighter cell phone batteries that recharge in a matter of seconds rather than hours. It could also lead to a quick recharge… Read More

  • Plaxo Adds Commenting And Trip Info Sharing Features To Pulse

    Social contacts platform Plaxo is adding two new stream aggregation features to its stream service Pulse. Pulse, which tries to build a social network around third-party data, allows users to stay connected to their friends’ updates (using oAuth, the secure data portability standard), via a feed, across different social networks and platforms. Plaxo is now adding a… Read More

  • Brush up on your History of OS Interface Design

    Kids today. Growing up with OS X and Vista, it seems that they’re missing a fundamental element of working with computers: having seen them grow from nothing to what they are today. I don’t pretend to be some old-school hacker or anything, but I’m old enough to remember being bothered by having to run certain programs in Windows rather than DOS. I also remember switching… Read More

  • Hamilton Khaki Conservation watch is tasteful and eco-friendly

    Here’s another one for you watch geeks out there, Hamilton has produced a pretty sharp looking GMT, the Khaki Conservation. Designed with help from Harrison Ford, the Khaki was created to benefit Conservation International, and in fact the proceeds from each sale will be donated. Read More

  • Unreal Tournament 3 will be free again this weekend

    Thanks to all you unemployed gamers that downloaded and played Unreal Tournament 3 for free last weekend on Steam, this coming weekend is going to be free too! Valve came to relies that if you make popular games free, people will play ’em. Then, if the price is right after the free period, they will sell a crapton of copies. So, this coming weekend (March 13-15) the game free again and… Read More

  • Super-easy solar panels hang out your window

    I think I can safely say that we all wouldn’t mind getting a little greener in our everyday lives, but one of the most obvious steps — going solar — is simply impractical for people of limited means like myself. By making a solar easier and, if not cheap, then at least cheaper, Veranda Solar is surely only one of many companies that will grow on this new wave of green. Read More

  • GrandCentral To (Finally) Launch As Google Voice. It's Very, Very Good.

    GrandCentral, a phone management service that first launched in 2006 and was acquired by Google for $50+ million in 2007, hasn’t been in the news much lately. Other than a few good natured jabs at their marketing gimmicks and coverage of outages, that is. Get ready for that to change as the service prepares for a public launch under a new product name: Google Voice. The 21 month… Read More

  • Comcast: We're the US's third largest home phone provider, natch

    Everyone’s favorite content provider to hate is claiming they are now a major player in the home phone game taking the number three spot after AT&T and Verizon. Its digital home phone service now has 6.47 million subscribers, overtaking Qwest’s 5.96 million subs. We all know how Comcast got so many subscribers too, right? Well, first there is the triple play with intro… Read More

  • CrunchArcade Roundup

    Things are looking up today or down depending on where you live. GI has confirmed with Nintendo that the Wii will see an increase in price in the UK from 180 GBP to about 200 GBP. Why is this happening to our brethren across the pond you might ask? It’s simple, really. The state of the economy worldwide is pretty rank and the pound is depreciating at a rate, which Nintendo does not… Read More

  • A Look At The Improved MySpace Music

    Over the last few weeks MySpace Music has quietly rolled out a number of new features that should make the service significantly more appealing to consumers. While MySpace Music kicked off to an fairly impressive start when it launched last September, seeing a huge amount of traffic and streamed songs, even its President Courtney Holt has conceded that it wasn’t very user-friendly… Read More

  • The iPod shuffle playback control chart

    So…Apple. The headphone debate rages on and so far there hasn’t been many fanboys speaking up defending the proprietary headphone system. But also lets not forget that the new shuffle employes controls confusing enough that it warrants a large chart (after the jump) to explain simple playback controls. Sometimes change is hard, but is often a gateway to a better process. Other… Read More

  • Review: Microsoft Sidewinder X8 gaming mouse


    Update: the skipping issue is a mousepad problem, I have confirmed on two mice. Too bad the best mousepads are cloth! Wheel still sucks. It was late last year when Microsoft started really putting more juice into their Sidewinder lineup. With the X6 keyboard and X5 mouse, they showed a new aesthetic and commitment to hardcore gamers. But driver files showed an upcoming X8 mouse &mdash… Read More

  • SocialMedia Launches Interactive "Word of Mouth" Social Ads

    SocialMedia, a company that specializes in advertising across social networks, has released a new form of advertising dubbed the “WOMI”, or Word of Mouth Impression. WOMI campaigns present visitors with ads asking them for some kind of input either though a multiple choice question or using a text field. SocialMedia then uses this input to customize ads which are shown to the… Read More

  • Social Investing Site KaChing Opens Up API To Developers

    Social investing site kaChing is opening up its investment data API to the public and investors to create applications off of its platform. kaChing, which also has a popular investing app on Facebook, allows anyone to create a virtual portfolio to gain followers. kaChing lets members see the managers who are make the most money and how they are doing it. Soon, the managers will be able to… Read More

  • Nintendo has shipped its 100 millionth DS

    Last year, Microsoft Games head Shane Kim suggested that once sales numbers for consoles started approaching 100 million, then we could declare a winner. That Wiinner is all but declared, and the continuing strong sales of the DS only cement that victory. Not much more to say here, but 100 million really is a pretty insane landmark. Strictly speaking, the record-breaking units have only… Read More

  • CrunchMayhem: how to open some keypad-secured doors

    We post this in a white-hat spirit. Like choosing “123456” or “password” as your password, the practice of leaving admin passwords as the default (usually “admin”) should be discouraged. Now, keypad-secured doors bar us everywhere we go. What could be behind them? I don’t know. Could be treasure. But if security isn’t up to par, here is a… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 to get the Cupcake update in April

    With the HTC Magic launching in April, we probably could have guessed that the Cupcake update would be ready to ship to the G1 at the same time. But now we don’t need to guess – a T-Mobile rep has gone and confirmed it. Read More

  • How Vista Changed Everything

    Microsoft Vista is a polarizing operating system: folks either love it or hate it. I have yet to meet someone that said “Meh. I can take it or leave it.” I’m not a Microsoft apologist, so it’s easy for me to focus on all of Vista’s many shortcomings; but the reality is that Microsoft did get some stuff right. And like any successful company, they’re… Read More

  • Hothead Technology bringing RFID tags onto the football field to save lives

    Sometimes passion and adrenaline gets in the way of recognizing early signs of heatstroke, but maybe this system developed in partnership between Hothead Technologies and Kennesaw State University can help. The system embeds a RFID tag with integrated thermal thermometer and a transmitter into a football helmet to broadcast stats to a handheld PDA up to 500 meters away which trainers would use… Read More

  • Google Also Likes To Use FriendFeed For R&D, Reader Gets Conversations

    It looks like Facebook isn’t the only site to draw inspiration from FriendFeed. Google Reader has just launched a new feature that gives users the ability to comment on items that have been shared by their friends, allowing them to hold conversations focusing on each individual story. In other words, it does almost exactly the same thing as FriendFeed (at least for stories shared… Read More

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