• AI chopper flies self, kills none

    On Monday, computer scientists at Stanford demonstrated their AI helicopter, sending it flying around campus all on its own. Instead of reveling in its new found freedom, the ‘copter performed aerobatics that it learned from watching a radio-controlled helicopter flown by a human. The AI system communicates with a ground-based computer that does the actual guiding. Each helicopter… Read More

  • The Mess On Wall Street: Four Trillion Dollars Down The Drain

    The collapse of so many major financial institutions in the past year, and over the past few days especially, is hard to fathom in its enormity. Sometimes you need a good visual to put things in perspective. The New York Times has an interactive graphic up on its site that pretty much says it all. It shows that $4 trillion has been wiped off the total market capitalization of the U.S. Read More

  • Review: NZXT Avatar gaming mouse

    It’s that time again, kiddies. Today we take a look at NZXT’s first foray into mouse country. Are they naturals? Find out above in video form or below in plain text and pictures. Read More

  • Google's mobile geolocation gets a small accuracy tuneup

    You know that big blue circle that hangs out around your icon in any Google-powered maps application? That whole area is where you might be, be it that Google didn’t quite nail your actual location. That margin of error is a must in tower-based GPS, as peaks and valleys in the signal can really tweak the results. It’s not as big of a problem in big cities; the more towers… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Seagate 500GB external hard drive for $89

    You can get a half a terabyte Seagate external hard drive for only $89 and when you throw in shipping, for less than a bill. Come on, that’s not bad. Ships from BuyNow Incorporated through Amazon, but the company is rock’n five stars with 12,803 ratings. Not too shabby at all. Read More

  • Unboxing: Blu-ray "Iron Man" Ultimate Edition

    This is a gadget blog not a movie blog! Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to share with my fellow comic book geeks the unboxing of the Blu-ray “Iron Man” Ultimate Edition. I have yet to pop it in and give it a whirl, but I figured an unboxing would suffice for now. Check out the gallery after the jump and the list of goodies you can expect from the 2-disc set. Read More

  • Yahoo Loses Search Monkey Product Manager

    Yahoo may be pushing ahead with its strategy to open itself up to outsiders (this weekend was Hack Day), but insiders are still streaming out the door. Even some of the product managers driving the open strategy are not sticking around. We have learned that Amit Kumar, the director of product management behind Yahoo’s Search Monkey and semantic Web initiatives, is leaving by the end of… Read More

  • Toshiba Direct lets out two new Tecra laptops

     Yay! We have two new, mundane laptops brought to you by the good folks at Toshiba. In fact, they are so boring that a press release was nowhere to be found. Read More

  • T-Mobile officially announces Android press conference on September 23rd

    Seems our insider was right about a press conference in NYC. Let’s hope he/she/it is right on the retail launch date as well. Here’s what we know so far about the HTC Dream: What we know about hardware can be found here. Pricing is said to be around $200 with a 2-year contract from T-Mobile. The MSRP is rumored to be listed at $399, according to various sources. Check out… Read More

  • Expensify: The Corporate Card For The Rest Of Us

    Business expense accounts may sound glamorous, but for most frequent travelers they’re more of a hassle than anything. Sure, there’s always the novelty of being able to go out to to dinner on the company’s dime, but this wears thin after a few days of stuffing your wallet full of receipts. Expensify, the startup that took second place at TC50’s DemoPit, is hoping… Read More

  • The average price of Blu-ray players is dropping just in time for Christmas

    According to the latest Manufactured Product Indices from PriceSCAN, Blu-ray players are dropping in price. Thank goodness. The price index for Blu-ray players fell just 12 percent over all of Q3 2008, according to the company. The PriceSCAN Blu-ray player index is a price-weighted index comprised of the average retail price of Blu-ray players. Hopefully, with Christmas right around the… Read More

  • Skol! Buscum Ducis is shipping – Updated

    All around nice guy Sven from Buscum Ducis is reporting that he just got his first shipment in of his first watch line and one is winging its way over to the US as we speak. As you’ll probably not recall, Sven van der Zande is a 21-year-old horologist with a dream: he wanted to make his own watch. The resulting beefster, as we see here in this mock-up, looks like a monster. Look for it… Read More

  • Peter Moore: Day Two

    I’m getting all wrapped up in this interview with Peter Moore over at The Guardian. In today’s second part, he recounts his transition from the demise of the Dreamcast to his eventual move over to Microsoft. Seems he held some resentment against Sony PR for getting in the way of his Dreamcast plans. Read More

  • Vuzix AV310 video eyewear to do 16:9 widescreen

    And now to talk about video glasses that push everything out in glorious 16:9. The AV310 from Vuzix will cost $249.95 (not bad, not bad), replicate a 52-inch screen as viewed from nine feet, feature independent adjustment for each of your eyeballs, and work for up to five hours on a single AA battery. The glasses hook up to just about anything with video output. All iPod models are also supported. Read More

  • Mmmm, iPhone cupcakes look Cupertino-licious

    Oh man, right around lunchtime. I bet I could eat all twelve of those cupcakes. I’d probably start with the e-mail one. I like how the e-mail works on my iPod Touch. I’d eat the clock one last because it’s like, hey, there’s a clock up in the corner. Don’t go making me poke a little square just to see what time it is. I have the corner, man. [Rapidpik via Digg] Read More

  • UK participant in Apple's "Back to School" promo getting the 4G Nano

    Well isn’t this a load of crap. Apple’s annual “Back to School” event just finished up here in the States, but is apparently getting underway ‘cross the pond. Because of the timing, those lucky Brits will get the new iPod Nano announced last week, with our students getting hosed with the previous generation. More details on Apple’s UK website. via TUAW Read More

  • Video: Google shows Android handset at Developer Day

    With the first Android-powered handset launch just around the corner, Google’s finally getting around to showing the OS up and running on a live handset — albeit with a bit of tape covering up some unmentionables on the hardware itself. They showed the goods today at Google’s Developer Day today in London, and some chap in the audience managed to get it all on video. Check… Read More

  • Video: Google shows Android handset at Developer Day

    With the first Android-powered handset launch just around the corner, Google’s finally getting around to showing the OS up and running on a live handset — albeit with a bit of tape covering up some unmentionables on the hardware itself. They showed the goods today at Google’s Developer Day today in London, and some chap in the audience managed to get it all on video. Read More

  • Dell to offer legal download-and-burn DVD drive

    Dell is apparently getting ready to offer a Qflix-compatible DVD burner as a $120 add-on to some of its computer packages. The technology works by burning DVDs with CSS copy protection so that they’re “functionally identical to standard retail DVDs,” according to the Qflix web site. The system is in use for many of those DVD-burning kiosks we’ve been hearing about. Read More

  • In2Games reveals first image of motion controller for Xbox 360, PS3

    Well, look at the beauty. Come 2009 PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be flailing around the living room and knocking stuff over like those Wii owners. The explanation of how the controller from In2Games is comical and made me LOL. Mostly the first sentence. “proprietary and cutting-edge patent-pending ultrasonic technology to provide a true motion capture gaming experience. Unlike other… Read More

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