• Canon 5D mark II exhibits "jello effect," not as bad as D90

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1815853&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1 Looks like the 5D mk II isn’t immune to the skew produced by a rolling shutter, although it performs better than the D90 for sure — and I’m sure a careful shooter can produce some very impressive footage with… Read More

  • Tasteless, yet sweet: custom voices for your GPS unit


    I have no doubt these custom voices for your TomTom or Garmin GPS cease to be entertaining after, oh, about three blocks, but if you’ve got money to burn, go for it.
    Most are groaningly bad, but they have their functions: GlaDOS: good litmus test for whether people you’re with are huge nerds.
    Pimp or sexy lady voice: good test for whether you’re a raging misogynist (or… Read More

  • How to get detained at the airport: step one, put these in your bags


    I guess that’s that’s one way to make a statement. Of course, you’ll also be missing your plane. While I’m sure the look on the screener’s face will be worth it for a few minutes when they see a ghostly X-ray image of an LOLcat (or what have you) in your luggage, you’ll probably regret it once they put the hood on you and put you in a pile with other… Read More

  • Repurpose an Ikea door into a desk, save $100


    Decided to outfit your place with Ikea stuff but still have to find a way to tighten up the budget? Have I got a deal for you. What you really need is a decent desk, right? Well, what is a desk but a flat surface on some legs? And if you’re too fancy to use a sheet of plywood and some sawhorses to do the job (the rustic look), you can piecemeal together a desk from one of these Ikea… Read More

  • Wal*Mart pulling the plug on their music DRM Server

    6 months after Wal*Mart jumped onto the music peddling party bus back in August of 2007, they decided to make the switch to 100% DRM-free tracks. Awesome, right? Unfortunately, any music purchased during that 6-month window before the switch is still at the mercy of Wal*Mart; if they were to pull the plug on the DRM server, the files would become useless on anything but the computer… Read More

  • Xbox Live and Zune going down for maintenance on Monday

    Anybody who completely relies on Microsoft for all of their entertainment needs is going to be bored straight out of their minds when Monday, September 29th rolls around. At 12:01 AM PST, both the Xbox Live and the entire Zune service will be taken down for maintenance. Live will be out for 24 hours, while Zune will go dark for closer to two days. According to Major Nelson, the Live outage is… Read More

  • Songreference Turns Your MP3 Playlist Into A Video Playlist

    I love useful tools like this. Songreference is a free download for iTunes (Windows only for now) and Winamp that searches for the music video of whatever MP3 you are playing at the time and then plays it synced to the song. That syncing part isn’t trivial, and it makes all the difference. The plugin also has links to Wikipedia information on each song. Read More

  • Iron Man concept pieces and set shots released

    Conveniently timed for the DVD/BluRay release of Iron Man that just so happens to be going down in 3 days, 37 oh-so-awesome pieces of concept art and set stills have wound up online. Besides being some outright impressive work, the concept art is a shining example of how well even the most complex of artistic visions can be translated to the big screen. Check out shot three for example… Read More

  • Have Three Days To Spare? Get The Entire TechCrunch50 Conference On BitTorrent

    If you weren’t one of the 1,800 people who attended TechCrunch50 earlier this month to watch 52 startups launch, and didn’t catch the UStream live stream of the event, don’t worry. You can download around 25 hours of live footage – the entire three day conference – if you’ve got the room on your hard drive. The BitTorrent links are below. Each file is about… Read More

  • PhoneSaber returns to the App Store as Lightsaber Unleashed

    After disappearing off the app store for just over a month following an amicable take down request by THQ Wireless/LucasArts, the iPhone lightsaber simulator PhoneSaber has returned. Its got a new name and a new look, but all of the accelerometer based lightsaber swinging good times remain. Rather than being lame and just yanking the idea for themselves, THQ Wireless brought the original… Read More

  • Stop Complaining about Apple and the App Store

    This week there have been several stories on the blogsphere (here, here, and here, for example) which consist of developers complaining that Apple has rejected an iPhone application that they submitted to be part of the App Store in iTunes, or because they believe that the process for submitting an application is too cumbersome. At least two of these have been because Apple believes the… Read More

  • Yahoo, We Can't Afford A Monopoly In Search Advertising Even If It Kills You

    Yahoo and Google aren’t holding anything back in their effort to win our hearts minds in the search marketing war. Or rather, Yahoo’s surrender in that war as they prepare to include Google Adsense ads in their search results. They had what amounted to a advertorial in the New York Times earlier this week. Google wrote not one but two blog posts on the matter, and launched a… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Band Together Edition

    Cute gets an upgrade: The Tamagotchi goes color
    A Swiss man just flew over the English Channel with a jet pack
    Robovie-X Lite: Japan gets another robot for home use
    Fan-made rubber band revolver based on Metal Gear Solid 4
    XKCD raptor attack simulator Read More

  • Google's Tenth Birthday Logo

    Ok, here it is, right on time sort of: Google’s Tenth birthday logo. They also created a timeline of Google’s history over the last ten years as well. Read More

  • XKCD raptor attack simulator


    Deeply geeky. As if the nerdy humor and nerdier meta-humor of XKCD weren’t enough, this enterprising coder (apparently with a little too much time on his hands) created an interactive simulation of the raptor attack scenario brought up here and solved here. It takes a little imagination for those squares to look like raptors — although it’s not a stretch for yourself …… Read More

  • Digg Valued At $175 Million In Latest Funding

    Digg’s latest funding round valued the company at “around $175 million” we’ve heard from a source with knowledge of the deal. The company raised nearly $29 million in the round, which was announced earlier this month. The valuation seems about right for the company, which attracted 15.7 million worldwide visitors in August, up from 10.1 million a year ago (Comscore)… Read More

  • 10+ alternative OSes that may provide next year's innovations

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/software/10_Alternative_OSes_that_ll_provide_next_year_s_innovations’; One interesting thing about the software world, I find, is that there is a trickle-up system for innovation. Things like live searches, better task bars, and the much-debated widget/gadget/dashboard idea often have had their seeds in smaller OSes or pieces of software. Read More

  • Mouse review week contest winnars!

    You’re all winners, people. But only a couple of you will actually win something. Did you enter the contest? Then click below to see if you won. If you didn’t, don’t freak, because I just got like 5 more mice in the mail. Well, what are you waiting for? Read More

  • Video: fixing a CPU with bent pins

    http://www.viddler.com/player/79a884b9/ I’m not sure how many of you out there do a lot of CPU swapping, but if you’re like me and do it every once in a while, you know the terror that strikes when the processor doesn’t seat right. “Did I get the wrong socket? Did something break off in transport? What could it be, oh god!” Or something like that. Well, nine times… Read More

  • Touchless touchpad detects inputs from 3cm away


    How cool! While this touchless capacitive touchpad is not a usable technology at this point (“it often malfunctions”), it’s certainly promising. Not necessarily for notebooks, where tapping and precise multi-touch are key, but for perhaps public kiosks or interfaces that require more basic interactions and simultaneously are hotbeds for germs. Its extra-sensitive… Read More

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