• Authors Guild successfully kills Kindle 2 text-to-speech feature, it's now optional for publishers

    Well done to the Authors Guild! Amazon revealed last night that the text-to-speech feature in the Kindle 2 will now be optional for publishers. The guild had been tenaciously fighting this feature, arguing that it had the potential to turn the Kindle 2 into a de-facto audiobook player. Right or wrong, Amazon has caved, and now publishers will be able to dictate wether or not the Kindle 2 is… Read More

  • DAZZ Offers A Way To Preview Photo Gifts Prior To Purchase

    Photo gift service Personello has launched a simple but useful web service dubbed DAZZ that lets you preview a wide variety of goods with uploaded photos on them, completely automated and with both custom images and video clips. It seems like a no-brainer for any personalized photo gift service provider to offer a similar functionality, but to the best of my knowledge DAZZ is currently the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Couch Guests Edition

    Japanese company sells remote control brick with built-in mini speaker
    Review: JimmyJane Form 6 Massager
    Just weird: A semi-NSFW gadget from Japan for the weekend Read More

  • Video: More BigDog

    Remember BigDog? And its diminutive friend, LittleDog? Here’s a little more footage and testimony from the soldiers at Fort Benning in Alabama. There’s not a lot of new info but it’s nice to see it’s actually in real trials and not sitting in a lab somewhere. I think they’re going to need to do something about that buzzing noise, though. Read More

  • Hearst tries to revive dying magazine business with electronic reader

    All I have to say to Hearst is “Good luck, bro.” The flatlining publisher, which produces magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Esquire and Cosmopolitan, has revealed that it’s working on an e-reader. The idea, of course, is to cut down the cost of creating a magazine—all that paper, ink, storage, delivery, gas, etc. adds up, especially in an environment when ad sales… Read More

  • ToysRUs Buys Toys.com At Auction For $5.1 Million

    In a heated bidding war, ToysRUs bought the domain name Toys.com at auction for $5.1 million. ToysRus really wanted the domain, for obvious reasons. Everyone except ToysRUs and domain holding company National A-1 (owner of domains such as free.com, boys.com, girls.com, and divorce.com) bowed out of the auction at $3 million. The last $2 million was just those two companies going back and… Read More

  • Video Review: Philips Prestigo SRT 9320 fancy-pants touchscreen remote control

    There’s an episode of Seinfeld (“The Slicer”) where George and Jerry discuss the merits of skin care and the skin care industry. Neither of them think very highly of either—at one point, George tells Jerry that all you need to do to take care of your skin is “wash it, dry it, move on!” That’s how I’ve always felt about remote controls… Read More

  • Contra remade in LittleBigPlanet is unbelievable

    It’s no secret that I love old NES games, and of course Contra is among my favorites. You can imagine my delight, then, on finding that some utterly insane NeoGAF forum members had put together a start-to-finish remake inside LittleBigPlanet on the PS3. Using the toolset they’ve been able to sort of jury-rig the guns, turrets, bosses, and even the rear-perspective base… Read More

  • Acer "Hornet": Wii-like PC game platform

    I’d be skeptical of this Wii knockoff by a reputable hardware company, except that Asus has already gone down this road, so why not Acer? The Hornet, as reported on this Turkish site, appears to be an Atom-powered supercompact nettop meant to be clippped to the back of your monitor or HDTV, and has what appears to be a camera on the top corner. The camera will, I’m assuming, track… Read More

  • Eggstra! Eggstra! read all about it!

    Some women are getting creative trying to make some quick cash in these troubled times: they’re trying to sell their eggs to fertility clinics. Inquiries to one fertility clinic in Illinois, for example, were up 40% in 2008. It sure beats stripping, but according to one clinic only 5-7% of potential egg donors are actually accepted. Egg donations may seem like an easy way to mak big… Read More

  • Breitling announces new Navitimer 125e Anniversaire

    Breitling announced their latest addition to their product line today, the Navitimer 125e Aniversaire. Based on their standard Navitimer, the 125e is limited to a run of 2,009 pieces, so make sure you get your order in fast if you want one. Read More

  • Just weird: A semi-NSFW gadget from Japan for the weekend

    This gadget (or gag item or whatever you may call it) of a very special kind comes directly from John Biggs’ favorite country of Japan: a pillow that looks like a pair of legs [JP]. The weird thing reminds me of the mouse pad for perverts and leaves me lost for words. Read More

  • Review: JimmyJane Form 6 Massager

    First, let’s get this out of the way: Tried this bugger on both myself and my good lady wife. So this is a hands-on review. Back in Columbus, Ohio the local adult shop was called the Lion’s Den. It was a chain – there were a few in Columbus and I guess they were all over Ohio. They have a NSFW website now. This place was chock-full of porn and cheap sex toys. I’ll… Read More

  • Review: Timex Expedition WS4

    What’s that? Come here, sweetie. They didn’t mean it. What did they say exactly? Come here. Stop crying. Ok. Count to ten. Deep breath. They called you “fattie?” You’re just bigger than the other sports watches, sweetie. Look at Suunto. Or look at Casio’s Pathfinder line. You’re about the same size but you have more features! What? The T-Touch said that? Read More

  • 8 Little Things We Still Can't Stand About the iPhone

    The iPhone is like the bacon-wrapped scallop of the mobile world. Both are quite visually pleasing relative to their peers, easy to use, and generally liked by the masses. Spend a little too much time with either, however, and you start to see the flaws. With the scallops, the grease and animal fat that was oh-so delicious on the way down begins to clog your arteries and slow your saunter. Read More

  • iVerse Comic Reader for iPhone and Android looks sweet, if limited

    Carrying around a little screen at all times means — what else? — that you can read comics all over the place while looking as if you’re checking your email. The iVerse app, for both iPhone and Android, lets you read comics that have been customized for viewing on a small screen. Instead of having you zoom around a full-sized page, they’ve cut the pages into smaller… Read More

  • Shock: Hackers sometimes hack just to be jerks

    Internet security experts, and the people who pretend to be them, often only track hacks and the like when there’s money or personal information involved. You know, stolen credit card numbers, eBay phishing scams, etc. That’s all well and good—“I just want to make sure my money is safe!”—but a study detailing a sample of last year’s Internet hacks… Read More

  • Bill Clinton misses out on Tesla ride

    Apparently Bill Clinton was mere moments away from picking up chicks experiencing the finest in green transportation all over Burbank, California in a Telsa Roadster. Jeremy Snyder, general manager of the Los Angeles Tesla Store, handed a set of keys to Mr. Clinton at the end of a President’s Day luncheon after the former president expressed interest in driving a Roadster. Read More

  • Forthcoming PlayStation Home plans revealed

    Good afternoon, PlayStation Owners- Just wanted to keep you abreast of some happenings that will go down on Home in the coming months. Nothing that’s going to knock you on your buttocks, but there’s a handful of things worth mentioning. Hit the jump to see what’s going down. Read More

  • OSLO accord pushes location-sharing between social networks

    We’ve had OpenId to make the transport of your ID easier between Web sites. We’ve had initiatives on Data Portability to make it easier for you to move your data around between social networks and other apps. But what we haven’t had yet is a way to allow you to share your location between different platforms. That’s something that a new, largely European-inspired… Read More

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