• 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

  • Surprised? Scottish couple falsely accused of downloading Atari game

    A Scottish couple has been falsely accused of illegally downloading a video game, Race07 calling into question the wisdom of filing lawsuits based merely on IP addresses. The couple, Gill and Ken Murdoch, are 54 and 66-years-old and claim to have never so much as played a video game in their lives, let alone illegally downloaded one. The lawyers responsible for the law suit, Davenport… Read More

  • Casio stops the lies and repairs the camera

    The case of “Casio claiming there is a fingerprint within the a camera and therefore the company will not fix it under warranty” has been resolved. The manufacturer has recanted, repaired the camera, and even gave the consumer a free 8 GB Class III SD card for his troubles. Nice to see a company acknowledged its mistakes and resolve the situation. The whole situation kind of… Read More

  • Face Gadgets: Rolling Razor = blades on a ring

    I don’t find shaving to be a good use of my time. As such, I use a trimmer every week or so to just clip the little guys down to a manageable, non-itchy length. It’s one of the sad perks of never interacting with real human beings day after day. Anyhoo, this Rolling Razor thing looks a bit intriguing as it’s basically reminiscent of a secret decoder ring with two blades… Read More

  • Garmin targets pilots with the 7-inch screen GPSMAP 696 aviation unit

    Garmin is surprising the aviation crowd with the GPSMAP 696. The aviation GPS unit seems to have everything pilots would want in a portable GPS unit: huge, 7-inch screen, victor airways, XM Satellite Weather, jet routes, MEA and major visual references like points of rivers, state boundaries, highways, and railroads. Generally, Garmin announces these aviation models in the summer months… Read More

  • Miyamoto wants "fresher" games: Sister, so do I

    Shigeru Miyamoto is a gaming god. He made some of the defining games of our generation and essentially defined the world as we know it when it comes to platformers and, to an extent, RPGs. That said, homeboy has been slacking lately and he admits it. For example, he wants to make his games good at the core and not just, to use his cooking metaphor, sauce a nasty piece of meat in hopes of making… Read More

  • Awdio raises 1.5m Euros for its live club music shop

    Paris Based Awdio will announce today a first round table of 1.5 million euros (about 2 million dollars) closed with Ventech. Awdio offers a unique music service that connects the best clubs around the world to the internet and allow them to broadcast live their music online. Read More

  • Led Zeppelin Radio returns to Sirius XM Radio

    Flickr’d Sirius XM will launch Led Zeppelin Radio on November 1, marking the second year in a row that satellite radio subscribers have had such a channel. It’ll be on channel 12 on Sirius and channel 39 on XM. Also like last year’s channel, Led Zeppelin Radio isn’t merely going to broadcast “Stairway” over and over again—Sirius XM promises that… Read More

  • Zero Punctuation on Saint's Row 2

    http://static.escapistmagazine.com/media/global/movies/player/FlowPlayerDark.2.2.4-tm.swf?config=%7Bembedded%3Atrue%2CplayList%3A%5B+%7B+%27url%27%3A312%2C%27linkUrl%27%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fvideos%2Fview%2Fzero-punctuation%2F312-Saints-Row-2%27%2C%27linkWindow%27%3A%27_top%27%2C%27name%27%3A%27Saints%2BRow%2B2%27+%7D+%5D%2CsplashImageFile%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fglobal%2Fcastfire%2Fsplash%2F312.jpg%27%2CshowVolumeSlider%3Atrue%2Cpid%3A%27html_test%27%2CinitialScale%3A%27fit%27%2Cloop%3Afalse%2CautoPlay%3Afalse%2CautoBuffering%3Afalse%2CusePlayOverlay%3Afalse%2CautoRewind%3Atrue%2CbufferLength%3A15%2CmenuItems%3A%5Bfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Ctrue%2Ctrue%5D%7D Robocop with more flexible ethics and trousers. Plus a bonus review of Force Unleashed&hellip… Read More

  • Dell kicks XPS One line up a notch with 24-inch LCDs

    The Dell XPS One line of all-in-one PCs has added two new models, each with 24-inch screens (the other models have 20-inch screens) and 4GB of RAM, standard. One starts at $1,699 and features a quad-core Intel Q8200 processor, Vista Home Premium, DVD burner, 4GB of RAM, 320GB SATA hard drive, integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics, and a SoundBlaster Audigy HD sound card. The other starts… Read More

  • Zazzle Launches Custom Embroidered Clothing: Who Knew Stitching Could Be This Cool?

    Zazzle, the site that lets you custom-design and sell everything from T-shirts and hoodies to sneakers and skateboards, has launched a new feature that may well put it leagues ahead of its competitors: embroidery. And while the prospect of having an embroidered shirt may not sound appealing at first (I’ve always associated embroidery with tacky nametags emblazoned on polo shirts)… Read More

  • Samsung showcases 63-inch plasma display with 4,096 x 2,160 pixels

    Samsung is currently exhibiting a 63-inch plasma display with a resolution of 4,096×2,160 pixels, with each pixel measuring just 0.339×0.363mm. The device is being showcased at the FPD International 2008 show in Tokyo. Read More

  • AT&T plays nice, gives BlackBerry users free Wi-Fi, too

    After months of giving and taking back free Wi-Fi to iPhone users, AT&T announced that all BlackBerry users will be privy to the “nation’s largest Wi-Fi network” if you have an unlimited data plan. Other Wi-Fi-enabled devices will receive the same treatment in the future. Free Wi-Fi is also being offered to those with AT&T small business broadband plans, AT&T… Read More

  • Mobile Dead goes live for BlackBerry in NYC

    Its been a few months since we last mentioned Mobile Dead, but this zombie-blastin’ “Mobile Multiplayer Trans-Reality” (MMTR) game has now gone live in New York City. Like other MMTR games, you’re wandering the streets of your own city rather than some made up fantasy land. Your character and other in game objects are superimposed onto a map of your area, with your… Read More

  • FireWire 800 now part of Western Digital My Passport Studio portable hard drive

    That Apple eliminated FireWire 400 from the MacBook Pro wasn’t lost on Western Digital, which just original story titlereleased a FireWire 800 version of the My Passport Studio portable hard drive. The HDD, which tops out at 500GB, is designed for mobile professionals—photographers and videographers—who need to carry large files with them. It weighs less than seven ounces… Read More

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