• Linksys outs Linux-based media server Wireless-N router

    Have thing for Linux? Need a Wireless-N router that happens to work as a media server, too? Then Linksys has what you’re looking for, nerd. Say hello to the WRT160NL. Read More

  • Sirius XM iPhone app downloaded 500,000 times

    The “Howard who?” jab is unnecessarily provocative, but it helps illustrate a point. According to a leaked internal memo, courtesy of Alley Insider, the Sirius XM iPhone app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since its release last Thursday. All the assumptions that “no one” would download the app because of <its lack of Howard Stern (and MLB and NFL), it… Read More

  • EZGrill: The $5 single-use grill

    I live on the top floor of a third-floor walkup with no balcony in the middle of Boston. That doesn’t mean I don’t like grilling, though. Granted, I can’t really grill nor do I have any use for a grill, but maybe someday I’ll want to grill somewhere else. What? Now I have to buy a grill? What the hell do I need a grill for if I’m only going to use it once or twice… Read More

  • Zugara's Augmented Reality Dressing Room Is Great If You Don't Care How Your Clothes Fit

    Augmented reality, or the blending of the real world with computer graphics on the fly, is one of the most exciting fields in tech right now. Unfortunately, there haven’t been many practical uses of the technology — we’ve seen some very impressive video game peripherals and a few Terminator-style phone overlays from companies like Layar, Sekai Camera, and Seer Android, but… Read More

  • So Duke Nukem Forever is still in development, along with another Duke game

    I have never seen so many words used to described the goings-on of a near-dead video game developer and its near-dead video game. Only, maybe, nothing is dead at all?! I’m talking about, of course, 3D Realms and Duke Nukem Forever. The big news: apparently 3D Realms/Apogee Ltd. is still working on DNF, but just barely, and is also working on another Duke Nukem game, to be published… Read More

  • Mobile Data: IBM Tags Wimbledon With Seer Android

    Some of the most promising set of mobile apps being built today use a cell phone’s camera and GPS to overlay data onto the real world. In other words, instead of looking at a browser, you look through the camera lens at the real world around you and information is layered on top of the view projected on the small screen. (It’s not just a viewfinder, you know). Last year at… Read More

  • Gmail Makes Its iPhone Web Version More App-Like With Swipe Gestures

    A lot of people complain about Gmail not having a native application on the iPhone. While it’s not clear if Apple will even allow that yet with the new iPhone 3.0 SDK, one thing that is becoming more clear: Soon it won’t need one. The reason is that its iPhone-optimized mobile version continues to get some killer features. The latest is the ability to use the swipe gesture to… Read More

  • Box of Applause is applause in a box

    Buy this “Box of Applause” and put it on your desk at work. Finish those spreadsheets early? Box of Applause. Get your co-worker fired? Box of Applause. Sneak out at noon on Friday? Box of Applause. It’s like a music box, but when you open it, you get a round of applause. Read More

  • Major Nelson: Microsoft already working on new Xbox 360 dashboard

    Major Nelson, whose military credentials I suspect, said on his thrilling podcast at the weekend the Microsoft is already hard at work creating the next version of the Xbox 360 dashboard. Don’t expect a silly name, like NXE, this time around, though. Read More

  • Wireless Xbox 360 mic coming this Fall

    Coming this Fall from Microsoft is a wireless mic that’s compatible with Lips, Guitar Hero Metallica, Rock Band 2, Disney Sing it: HSM 3, and the upcoming Lips: Number One Hits and The Beatles: Rock Band. My guess is the mic will launch just before or at the same time as The Beatles: RB, but what do I know? Look for the wireless mic to retail for $50. Read More

  • Activision ships Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for every platform known to man

    It’s almost Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (aka Megan Fox on an IMAX screen) time! Sadly, I missed the preview they held last night in NYC, which I’m extremely heartbroken over, but I’ll pay to see the movie regardless. Anyway, Activision is now shipping the game companion and I’m pretty excited to play it after having previewed it two months prior. Mostly… Read More

  • Intel and Nokia announce "long-term strategic partnership" for an open mobile computing platform

    Here are some notes from Intel’s “breaking news” conference call with Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Ultra Mobility Group and Kai Öistämö, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia. Intel and Nokia have formed a long-term strategic partnership to create an open standard for a new mobile computing platform built upon Linux-based… Read More

  • Flint, MI's biogas facility gets city approval; construction to begin soon

    Quick note for those four of you that are interested in the future of Flint, MI’s biogas facility: It has a green light. The city council voted 6-1 last night, paving the way for America’s first human waste to biogas facility. Eventually, the plant might produce biomethane, which could be used to fuel municipal vehicles such as city buses. The best part, for the Flint at least… Read More

  • 'GameBone' iPhone gamepad cooler than it sounds, doubles as battery extender

    Oh, I get it. Because it’s shaped like a bone. I was thinking of something else. Here’s the GameBone Pro, a gamepad for the iPhone and iPod touch. It connects via Bluetooth or 30-pin dock connector and features a built-in battery to provide a little extra juice to your device while gaming, plus a built-in speaker and headphone jack. Read More

  • Google Wants You To Become A Gmail Ninja. Or Look Like A Huge Nerd Trying.

    Gmail is far and away the best online email management system out there right now. But a lot of people still use it like a regular email service, never touching some of its power-features that can really help with email overload. So Google launched a new Tips area of the site today to serve as a reference point for how to become what it calls a “Gmail Ninja.” It breaks the tips… Read More

  • LinkedIn Turns Industry White Papers Into Ads

    Industry white papers, in general, are dull reading—unless you need a piece of information in one of them to do your job. Then you’ll pay almost anything (i.e. expense it) to get your hands on the white paper you need. Sometimes companies produce white papers and give them away for free, but they have a hard time finding the professionals who might be interested in whatever… Read More

  • SitePoint Spins Off Website Marketplace As Flippa, Upsets Users

    SitePoint, the popular marketplace where you can buy and sell entire websites, is turning its marketplace tab into a new standalone site called Flippa, and users are not happy. Having “outgrown its tab” on the information portal for web professionals, the marketplace is launching in public beta as Flippa. In the blog post announcing the launch, the company lists 10 new… Read More

  • Howard Stern not on the Sirius XM iPhone app because of ‘contractual rights thing’

    So how’s the Sirius XM iPhone app treating you? I hear good things! (Remember: I don’t have an iPhone, and I never will.) But here’s something that probably should be brought up: the lack of Howard Stern. He’s not my cup of tea, and my loyalties lie elsewhere, as you know, but to deny his show’s importance to Sirius XM is silly. Anyway, Mr. Stern explained… Read More

  • Pentax K-7 sensor to be updated before launch

    According to Amateur Photographer, Pentax plans to tweak the sensor in the upcoming K-7 before it hits retailers. They’ve held off on their review of a pre-production K-7 after learning from Pentax UK reps that the DSLR would get a modified sensor. We’ve contacted Pentax here in the US to verify this information. Read More

  • Ericsson preps Dynamic Discounts for developing markets, cheapskates

    Your cell phone company probably gives you free nights and weekends as part of your plan, to give you an incentive for calling when the strain on their network is low. It’s a great concept, but Ericsson’s looking to take it to the next level: instead of just giving you a break when you make an off-peak call, they’ll give you bigger discounts if the network load form where… Read More

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