• Japanese company develops bendable, super-durable IC smart tag

    A company called KRD [JP] has developed a bendable smart tag that is resistant to heat of up to 200°C and coldness of up to minus 200°C. In the first case, the data stored in the tags is safe for 13 straight days while the tag can be used in the latter case for more than four months. KRD claims their so-called “Flex IC Tags” will neither melt nor break at these temperatures. This… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel price slashes tethering plans.. sort of.

    (Sort of) Good news, everyone! Sprint has decided to cut prices on their phone-as-modem tethering plans, taking it from $50 dollars per month down to $15. Of course, there’s a bit of a catch. With the change, tethering has become an add-on rather than a stand-alone option. First you’ve gotta rock a separate data plan, which will set you back somewhere between 30 to 70 bucks a… Read More

  • Quick look: PSP-2001 vs PSP-3000

    When Sony announced the specs of the new PSP, there was a collective sigh accross the interwebs. “A LCD new screen. Really, Sony? All we get is a new screen.” That sigh might have been premature though. Check out one of the first pics comparing the old (top) and the new (bottom). We’re impressed. Famitsu via Kotaku Read More

  • Anti-piracy comics (fail to) show the sad, short life of a file-sharer

    The National Center for State Courts, a non-profit dedicated to “Helping Courts Anticipate Change and Better Serve the Public” has released a comic book that aimed at educating children on how the courts work by ripping a case right out of the headlines: piracy! Sadly, the tale is so fantastical – most cases end up in Civil court, not State, and are rarely tried with a… Read More

  • Acer dropping prices like Galileo dropped the orange

    Acer’s netbook, the Aspire One, the netbook that our own John Biggs called “quite small” is getting a smaller price as well. Starting now, the base model with Linpus Linux Lite and a three-cell battery will fall from $379 to $329, the XP version will fall from $399 to $349, and a new six-cell, XP version with a 160GB hard drive will sell for $399. That’s insane. Check… Read More

  • Lexar bumps up storage on FireFly USB drives to 16GB

    Lexar’s smallest USB storage drives are getting a huge jump in capacity. Shipping right now, the super small storage drive now comes in a super large size of 16GB and retails for $99. What else is there to say? It’s 16GB USB storage drive for $99. Have a good day. Read More

  • Earthscape's iPhone App Puts The Earth In Your Pocket

    There is no Google Earth app yet for the iPhone, but Earthscape has released the next-best thing: Earthscape Basic. The app is now available in the iTunes store for $10, and puts a little globe in your pocket that you can spin around and zoom into specific locations. It shows where you are based on your GPS coordinates, and highlights locations with Wikipedia entries (and lets you read… Read More

  • Duh: Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC looks really good

    Grand Theft Auto IV comes out for the PC this fall, but Rockstar’s in Leipzig showing it off at the Games Convention. It’s the same game you’ve already played to death, but running at a much higher resolution. Like, 2560×1600. Gaming in 1080p on a plasma isn’t so impressive when you’re a PC gamer. (But I’m not so it doesn’t bother me.) Other than… Read More

  • Duracell: The first name in preventing kid rape

    MSNBC discovered this odd commercial made by Duracell and Brickhouse Security, a New York-based security gadget company. While I’m totally down with keeping kids out of creepy white vans, I love the incongruity between the voice-over, the scene, and the suggestion that without Duracell, your kid is going to end up in some madman’s septic system. via Consumerist Read More

  • PSP now on FON Wi-Fi

    PSP fanboys, take note. Starting today, your little Sony buddy can hop on any of the FON Wi-Fi spots. Details aren’t exactly clear as if full internet will be available or if it is just going to be Sony-exclusive material. As far as the service goes though, there are around 44,000 FON spots world-wide so chance are that unless you’re in the middle of the a corn field, there is… Read More

  • Google Offers A Geolocation API For Gears (But It Only Works On Windows Mobile)

    After hinting that it would do so last June, Google’s mobile team has released a Geolocation API for Google Gears. This works both on mobile phones and laptops running Gears, but developers will find it most useful for mobile applications. Unfortunately, they will be limited in that regard because Google Gears Mobile still only works on Windows Mobile phones, even though an Android… Read More

  • New technology to recover plastics from junk developed

    Mitsubishi Electric announced on Wednesday that they, as Japan’s first company, have developed a technology that makes it possible to automatically separate plastics from scrapped electronic devices [JP]. The company says that removing plastics from scrapped electronic devices is usually a complicated process due to resins getting mixed up in the shards. Using the Mitsubishi technology… Read More

  • How Accurate Are Listings On Real Estate Sites?


    Earlier this week in a post comparing real estate sites Trulia and Zillow, I suggested that the most important success factor for these sites is how comprehensive they are. The more listings the better because home buyers want to go to one place to find every home on the market. They want a single dashboard from which they can filter down the choices. But just how comprehensive are these… Read More

  • Google, Verizon Wireless close to mobile search deal

    Best friends Google and Verizon Wireless are expected to ink a deal that’ll really bring in the green (…) The deal would make Google the default search provider on VZW phones, and VZW will get a cut of search revenue. Apparently there’s still a few issues being worked out. Google wants to save all the searches on its servers, for one. Imagine Google with that info… Read More

  • Actors being paid to stand in iPhone lines in Poland

    Oh, Poland. Wireless provider Orange is paying actors in Poland to stand in line, waiting for the release of the iPhone 3G. Twenty stores around the country have know-nothing celebrities standing in line for the phone as part of a marketing campaign. Dumb, sure, by any standard, but it’s a poor reflection on Orange and/or Apple’s popularity in Poland. (Or maybe the Poles just… Read More

  • Sony S-Air Play, XROSS FADE: One's a multi-room speaker system, the other's for DJs

    You’re looking at the Sony S-Air Play, one of those multi-room audio systems used by the filthy rich such as John McCain and Peter Ha. It’s got all the normal things you’d expect from such a device, including iPod/iPhone connector, built-in radio, etc. That it’s wireless, meaning that you can link a bunch of these together all over the house and have them play the… Read More

  • Facebook v. MySpace In The U.S. Market: The Music Factor

    Facebook is now the largest social network in the world. But they continue to trail MySpace by a massive 36 million users in the U.S., and at current growth rates it will take them 18 years to overtake them. Most of Facebook’s growth is international, where they’ve executed on a brilliant strategy for quickly rolling out localized versions of sites by getting their users to do… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Box Hop Edition

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    DIY Speed-Vest
    The DIY Twitter-reading box robot
    iceorb – ’cause your trays are so 1960
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  • The Invisible Social Revolution

    With just the weekend between now and the start of the major party conventions, the amazing thing about the New Media is just how little it has impacted so far on the story. No major leaks about the vice presidential nominations, no blogger unmaskings of damaging revelations about the candidates at the top of the ticket, no shaky video of loose talk or surrogates jockeying for position. Is… Read More

  • Canon 50D specs find their way to the net


    Oh boy — another camera I can’t afford! I was already fretting about being too poor to get the 40D (but contemplating it anyway) and then they have to drop this beauty on my lap? Canon, give me a break. Here are the vital statistics: Canon 50D 15.1 megapixels> Digic 4 image processor 95% magnification pentaprism viewfinder 9-point AF (come on Canon, is that all?) 3-inch… Read More

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