• Odd Iogear KVM cable is actually pretty cool

    I’m a huge KVM fan. I followed them all through high school and was really upset when the broke up. Not a lot of people could do proto-punk-reggae like those guys and even 311 don’t hold a candle to their work. That said, this is another kind of KVM. It’s essentially a USB cable that you connect to two computers. The host computer can then bring up the guest… Read More

  • Japanese company produces durable furniture made of paper

    Japanese chemical company Nippon Kako-Kizai will start selling “green” furniture completely made of paper in September. The furniture is supposedly durable and able to replace “real” products: A stool from the company, for example, can withstand up to 700kg. The paper is as thick as cardboard and made of 90% recycled content. To stabilize the legs of tables and… Read More

  • AMD's DTV biz gets scooped up by Broadcom

    AMD wanted to get out of the DTV market for a bit now and just found a buyer. Broadcom, maker of chips and bits inside of broadcast equipment, is paying $192.8 million in cash to acquire all of AMD’s assests for the digital television bisiness. AMD’s DTV assets include Xilleon integrated DTV processors and reference designs, NXT receiver ICs, the Theater 300 DTV processor, and a… Read More

  • Robot Lord reports "GARBDHLEOOOOO"

    Make shows off a clever voice synthesizer connected to an accelerometer that blows out a strange voice-like noise when you move it around. It doesn’t do much, but clearly this will be valuable when robotic spiders start falling from the sky and need to control for the Doppler effect as they shout out orders to the humans below. via BBG Read More

  • Open Tech to Sell its OS X Piracy Company: They Take PayPal

    Open Tech opened its doors three weeks ago and planned on selling barebones PCs that were compatible with OS X. Instead of repeating PsyStar’s mistake and pre-installing the OS, Open Tech was going to make the operating system available with its PCs. Well, the company is now on sale. $50,000 gets you their trade secrets, press contacts, and website… and they accept PayPal! The… Read More

  • iRecord Pro now compatible with 3G iPhone and iPod Touch


    Streaming Networks has announced enhancements to its iRecord Pro, including support for direct recording to the 3G iPhone and iPod Touch. iRecord Pro now supports high quality, full D1, H.264 video encoding, lossless audio compression, timed recording, live streaming, direct recording to Windows PC or Macintosh computer hard disks and transcoding of existing digital contents to portable… Read More

  • Olympus SP-565 20x Ultra-Zoom digital camera

    What do you get when you throw in a 20x zoom lens into a smallish package? A peeping tom’s second best friend.  Olympus is doing just that with their new SP-565 ultra zoom point-and-shoot cam. (third new model of the day btw) The camera outfit is simply updating the venerable SP-570UZ with the same 20x zoom lens but shrinking the overall bezel size. The techs still were able to include… Read More

  • Cowon announces two new portable media players

    After about a half-year break from making anything substantial, the well-rested Cowon has just announced two new portable media players. The S9, seen above, will be primarily geared towards light portable computing and more with a 3.3-inch 480×272 AMOLED display, 500 MHz dual-core CPU (Atom, possibly?), capacitive touchscreen, TV-out, voice recorder, digital TV (T-DMB), Bluetooth, and… Read More

  • New method enhances efficiency in ethanol production

    Professor Michikazu Hara, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has created an inexpensive substance, which can boost the efficiency of ethanol production. Reportedly, the costs of producing bio-ethanol from rice straw and other nonfood crops can be cut by more than 30%. Hara says the special catalyst he created is able to break down plant-based material and produce sugar (one… Read More

  • New photos of Moto's VU30 and ZN4


    Phonearena has posted more recent photos of Motorola’s Rapture VU30. The handset is predicted to launch from Verizon on September 9th, and specs for the flip phone were leaked late last week.

    More photos of the Motorola Blaze ZN4 have also surfaced, which we also expect to launch this fall. While no solid info on specs, it appears to have a transparent flip up cover and touch… Read More

  • HTC Dream: Sidekick-like keyboard and trackball?

    Rumor! Grains of salt and whatnot. Forward-looking statements, etc. Thinking caps on, pencils down and what have you. Gearfuse apparently got a tip from an insider close to the HTC Dream saying that the device “will feature a keyboard and trackball almost identical to the Sidekick.” If this is true, fine by me. The Sidekick’s got a nice keyboard. I’m not… Read More

  • Are you a European startup going to TechCrunch 50?

    If you’re a European startup going to TechCrunch 50 (either as a demo company, individual, or even if you’re just thinking about being in San Francisco while the event is on) then please let me know or leave a comment below. There may well be scope for a “UK/Irish/Euro Meetup” if people are interested… Read More

  • LG has a NAS (n. the rapper) with built-in Blu-ray

    Credit to LG for demoing the world’s first network attached storage (NAS) with a built-in Blu-ray burner. Those are two really different technologies, a high capacity disc and a high capacity disk, but I guess LG is giving the people what they want. (How many of you have Blu-ray burners, by the way, and why?) The NAS supports up to 4TB using four HDDs, while the built-in Blu-ray drive… Read More

  • O1 laser keyboard phone: A big load of fake

    Cellular-news did a bit of sleuthing on some sort of O1 virtual keyboard phone that projects a laser keyboard on the surface in front of it and was said to have 32 gigabytes of storage. It turns out the magazine that broke the story, T3 – your basic boobs and gadgets lad mag from Europe – owns the O1 website and could essentially be in marketing bed with the scammers who are trying… Read More

  • O1 laser keyboard phone: A big load of fake

    Cellular-news did a bit of sleuthing on some sort of O1 virtual keyboard phone that projects a laser keyboard on the surface in front of it and was said to have 32 gigabytes of storage. It turns out the magazine that broke the story, T3 – your basic boobs and gadgets lad mag from Europe – owns the O1 website and could essentially be in marketing bed with the scammers who are trying… Read More

  • Denon AH-D7000 headphones coming mid-September

    Denon, purveyor of reasonably-priced Ethernet cables, will be releasing its natural wood and mahogany AH-D7000 headphones in mid-September. You can currently grab the lesser AH-D5000 headphones for about $700. The AH-D7000 cans will have an MSRP of 800 Euro, which is just under $1,200 USD – roughly 1/3 of what my first car cost. It was a 1990 Mitsubishi Mirage. [Press Release… Read More

  • No VoIP for Nokia's N78?


    While Nokia has typically included VoIP functions in many of its smart phones—much to the chagrin of carriers—it looks like the top handset maker may be changing its stance, and removing VoIP on some of its new N-series handsets. Gigaom reported that the N78 is not VoIP compatible and when they asked Nokia why, the company replied: “Nokia Nseries is committed VoIP services… Read More

  • OpenClip, she is dead

    For those of you who do not remember – or do not care to remember – OpenClip was supposed to be an open framework for implementing the Cocoa NSPasteboard functionality to the iPhone. While I’m thinking that if Apple wanted to implement copy/paste into the iPhone they would have done it already or will do it soon, OpenClip was a noble effort to work around the limitations of OS… Read More

  • Learning a language the Web 2.0 way

    TechCrunch UK recently ignited a debate around education startups in the UK, but it’s quite clear that the biggest Web 2.0 education market is language learning – and that market, obviously, scales internationally. Here, Nicola Robinsonova of Learnitlists.com pens a guest post about the myriad services out there and which ones cut the mustard. ‘Unless there is a law of… Read More

  • Panasonic launching four new Blu-ray recorders, including VHS-to-Blu-ray model

    Blu-ray set-top recorders, and DVD recorders for that matter, have never really caught on in the States. Most users here seem satisfied with hard-drive based recorders and don’t want to deal with a portable media. Japan AV-types scoop up these recorders though, and Panasonic is launching four new models aimed right at their home turf. We aren’t going to dive in, and run… Read More

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