• Don't like your coworkers? Buy a USB Ferris Wheel.

    http://usb.brando.com.hk/prod_img/thumb/flvplayer.swf Oh, Brando. Your immense and ever-growing collection of ridiculous USB junk stuff never ceases to amaze. Masterfully combining ingenuity with a dash of annoyance, they’re now offering a USB powered Ferris Wheel that spins and plays carnival music whenever you’re typing. Just what you’ve always wanted. According to the… Read More

  • Review: Lian-Li PC-XB01 XBox 360 Case – UPDATED

    [svgallery name=”xboxcase”] Playing video games is hard enough without your console frying every few hours. I get headshot, teabagged, ROLFed, and laughed out of XBox Live with reckless abandon and, in a way, I’m sick of it. That’s why I’m glad I can now be a little bit different and, hopefully, keep the red ring of death from attacking thanks to the Lian-Li… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Shuttle unboxing

    Now that Virgin Mobile has finished the process of gobbling up Helio, they’ve started launching devices which utilize some of the partnerships the buyout brought to the table. The first one out the door is the Virgin Mobile Shuttle, which purportedly totes Buddy Beacon, a locational application that began its life on Helio handsets. I haven’t actually found it (or any other hints… Read More

  • How The U.S. Government Engineered The Current Economic Crisis

    These people (the U.S. government) need to be stopped. Every time we get ourselves into an economic mess, there’s usually some milestone idiocy we can point back to as the government action that made the meltdown inevitable. Take the current housing crisis that has now spread to the financial markets in general. The cause was too-easy credit that fueled a massive increase in housing… Read More

  • Seesmic and Phreadz heads meet

    Word reaches me that Kosso from UK video messaging startup Phreadz met up with Seesmic’s ubiquitous CEO, Loic Le Meur this week in London, as the latter passed through on his way to Picnic in Amsterdam. The two platforms have a slight cross-over audience, but Seesmic, with $12 million in funding, is an altogether different beast to Phreadz, a one-man startup that isn’t even out… Read More

  • From the bizarre to the raucous – the two sides of London's tech scene

    Picture if you will a room full largely of men in dark blue suits, spread across 50 or more tables in a top London hotel, watching as “urban” dancers move amateurishly to the worst kind of arthouse music imaginable on a stage recently vacated by a Newsnight presenter. Actually, you don’t need to imagine, here’s an actual picture: Fast forward a day on, to a basement… Read More

  • Fan-made rubber band revolver based on Metal Gear Solid 4

    I feel like I’ve seen something like this before (several times over the years) but this semiautomatic rubber band revolver is definitely slick. With stainless steel construction, a tactical flashlight and laser attachment, and a capacity of 8 (12? there are only 8 notches on the gear) shots, this is truly an office weapon of mass destruction. It’s designed after a gun from Metal… Read More

  • Unbelievably sweet $12,000 all-carbon-fiber road bike from Delta 7

    I was just saying yesterday how my bike could probably use an upgrade — This seems like a logical step up. At $12,000 (and that’s before you customize it), the Ascend and its country cousin the Arantix aren’t really bargains, but at 1.8 pounds(frame only, that is), it’d be like riding a cloud around. The unorthodox “Isotruss” lattice style of woven carbon… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: Brand Jury Lets You Vote For Ads

    It’s Elevator Pitch Friday, which means another startup has created a video that’s worth showing you. This week’s presentation comes from Brand Jury, a company that lets you view ads from television and the Web and vote on them based on good or bad they are. Brand Jury wants to “democratize” advertising and will let users vote and render verdicts on the ads and… Read More

  • Ex-Friendster CEO's Uber Heads To The Deadpool

    Uber, a publishing platform that was cofounded by artist Glenn Kaino and his cousin, former Friendster CEO and NBC West Coast president Scott Sassa, has called it quits. A notice on the site’s homepage states that Uber is latest victim of the US’s current economic woes, and that the site will shut down entirely on September 29. The direct cause of the shutdown has been attributed… Read More

  • Sony debuts the BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Disc Writer

    Have a hankering to make Blu-ray discs? Sony has you covered with its new BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Disc Writer that can encode a 25GB disc in under 15 minutes – 50GB disc takes 30 minutes. The drive isn’t exactly mainstream yet with a $400 price tag, but I can recall paying the same price for my 4x Pioneer DVD-R burner. Sony is sweet’n the deal a bit and throwing in Blu-ray… Read More

  • Griffin's Simplifi iPod dock simplifies your desk

    There is nothing that I enjoy more than gadgets that clean up my desk. Nothing, and the Griffin’s Simplifi combines an iPod/iPhone dock along with a CF, Memory Stick, SD, and xD card reader, along with two powered USB ports. Great! Love it! And I’ll spend the $69 for it! If want it too, it’s out now. Read More

  • Austin Was A Blast

    http://blip.tv/play/Ac_JOIOUeQ Last night was our big MeetUp in Austin, and it was a blast. The guys from DadLabs made the video above, which somehow manages to both mock and honor the event at the same time. (They also helped us livestream our Web Grassroots panel, which at one point drew an online audience of 2,600 people). As you can see in the video above, the place was packed with… Read More

  • iPhone 2.2 beta software seeded, still vulnerable to jailbreaking

    A beta release of the iPhone v2.2 software began seeding to developers yesterday. While much of the developer community is still digging to try to figure out what exactly changed in this release, the iPhone-dev team has already torn it apart. At least in its current state, v2.2 is vulnerable to the same jailbreaking methods already freeing handsets around the world. Read the rest of this post… Read More

  • The Carl Zeiss 2,500,000:1 Contrast Ratio powerdomeVELVET Planetarium Projector

    So you think that those 30,000:1 contrast ratio projectors announced at CEDIA ’08 were impressive; this Carl Zeiss planetarium projector puts ’em to shame. The powerdomeVELVET employs a 4k DLP projector system that can pull of 30bit color depth with 1,000,000:1 static or 2,500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The out-of-this-world (thank you) contrast ratio comes from a breakthrough… Read More

  • You engineering skill has increased by one point: StarCraft re-created in Spore

    Spore! StarCraft! Korea! It’s a triforce of fun! As you might have already guessed by glancing at that photo, some enterprising folks have re-created vehicles from the hit game StarCraft in Spore, which I have never played in my life. Not having played the game, I can’t really evaluate the authenticity of the re-creations, but they certainly look convincing. Bravo to the team… Read More

  • Panasonic exec reveals the Lumix DMC-G1 MSRP

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds broke cover a few weeks ago, but the press release didn’t include the price. (hate that) Thankfully, a loose -lip Panasonic Suit let it slip that the G1 is going to carry a $799 MSRP here in the States. Read More

  • Leica S2 hands-on

    Dan Havlik, our buddy and roving reporter for PDNGearGuide is on Cologne for Photokina where he got to handle the 37.5-megapixel Leica S2. This (potentially) $20,000 monstrosity has “one of the most beautifully designed cameras we’ve ever touched” and weather sealed for safety. The camera has an HDMI port but there is no live-view or video mode like this monster’s… Read More

  • Verizon packs 10 social networks into "SocialLife" application

    Forgetting that quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality, Verizon has packed the basic functionality of 10 different social sites into one little app they’re calling “SocialLife”. Besides the loss of pride that might come from needing a ten bladed social site swiss army knife, the application will only set you back $1.49 per month and carries support for Myspace… Read More

  • Neuros releases demo video showing chat room superimposed over live TV

    The Neuros set-top box is an open device allowing anyone to modify it anyway they see fit. One example is demonstrated above that I’m wondering if it’s more of an annoyance than anything else. Granted, maybe it’s the source material, ’cause a group TV chat would have been great back in Lost’s heyday. Now that the latest from Neuros is shipping, we should see… Read More

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