• Realtime wars pick up speed

    Thursday night Twitter engineer Alex Payne finally acknowledged the obvious regarding the firehose – the full stream of data sought after by third-party developers to add back the long-withheld Track service. Twitter executives have been all over the map on this, sending developers on a wild goose chase to obtain access to the XMPP stream that the company has failed to provide since… Read More

  • jill-e designs steps up and produces manly camera bags dubbed jack

    jill-e designs have been around for a while with great, but pricey, camera bags. the firm has won numerous awards but is now stepping in to the male arena with its jack lineup. three different bags make up the line starting with a rolling camera bag, followed by a messenger style, and lastly, a medium sized case. all the models are made out of rich brown colombian leather, with contrasting… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: RouteYou makes it easy to find the perfect driving, hiking, or biking route

    It’s Elevator Pitch Friday, which means another startup has created a video that’s worth showing you. This week’s presentation comes from RouteYou, a startup that wants to make it easier for you to find outdoor routes that are optimized for your needs. RouteYou wants to make it easy for you to find the best route from one place to another, whether in a car, on foot, or riding… Read More

  • Apple goes political with California's Prop 8

    In an attempt to stay non-partisan, here is Apple’s official statement on California’s Proposition 8 that aims to eliminate rights of same-sex couples to marry. Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex… Read More

  • Apper! No! This is Orange!

    http://player.youku.com/player.php/sid/XNDg4MTc1NzY=/v.swf My friend Jeremy once bought a tourbillon watch on eBay. Tourbillons were invented by Breguet in the 1880s in order to offset the force of gravity on the balance wheel and they’ve become something of a status symbol of late. Jeremy’s watch, however, had a working tourbillon in it but broke maybe three weeks after he bought… Read More

  • Are point-and-shoots matches for Leicas and Hasselblads?

    Here’s a controversy that’s always popping up. “Do we really need those $40,000 professional cameras when a regular point and shoot takes almost indistinguishable pictures?” It’s often propagated in the “six megapixels is enough” argument, or a fraudulent comparision between two resized photos. Depending on the size of the originals, there is always… Read More

  • It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a flying lens!

    A so-called flying lens could be the key to developing the next-gen, ultra-tiny transistors and optical drive technology. The new approach employs a metal arm with a tiny lens the literally flies above a chip’s surface which happens to be the equivalent of a 747 flying two millimeters above the ground but offers so much potential.  Professor Zhang explains an overview of the… Read More

  • Kodak brings its pro Vision3 film to Super 8

    I’m loving Kodak lately. They’re rocking the sensors, they’re introducing new Super 8 film(spotted here), what’s next? Their own social network? Actually, to be honest, I don’t really understand this latest move. It makes a lot less sense than a new color still film, which is still relatively well-used. Super 8 is pretty rare to find, and although its low cost… Read More

  • 19,683 Tech Layoffs And Counting

    This has been a brutal month or so for tech layoffs. According to our Layoff Tracker, there have been 19,683 job eliminations at tech companies announced since mid-September, and we’re not even counting the 24,600 people at Hewlett-Packard who are being eliminated as a result of its merger with EDS. But only five big companies make up more than 90 percent of the layoffs: Xerox (3,000)… Read More

  • AOL Begins Shutdown Of AOL Pictures, BlueString And Xdrive

    In July we wrote about AOL’s plans to shutter a number of services based on an internal email from EVP Products and Marketing Kevin Conroy. Next week, AOL says, they’ll begin to communicate the news to consumers around the shutdown of three of those properties – AOL Pictures, BlueString and Xdrive.
    AOL Pictures will close in December, and users will have the chance to move… Read More

  • ZvBox to enter the custom install market; good for them

    I was less than impressed with the ZvBox, but the concept is very solid and the company seems to be committed to the product. ZeeVee is taking the next logical step and entering the custom install market with a rack mountable version of the ZvBox with better cooling and more connectivity options. Also, an improved GUI which should be entering beta soon (thank goodness). Hopefully this… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Oprah loves the Kindle so here's 50 bucks off

    Amazon Kindle is either Oprah’s favorite gadget or Amazon sent over the largest fruit basket looking for the ultimate endorsement. Either way, by using OPRAHWINFREY as a coupon code, her glorious name nets you $50 off the e-books standard $359 price. Gosh, is there anything Oprah can’t do? Amazon via BBG & Lockergnome Update: Our lovely Doug has pointed out that this coupon… Read More

  • Legendary Pictures to take over Epic Games?

    It’s always interesting when industries collide. And despite games becoming bigger and bigger every day, the money flowing around Hollywood is probably bigger by an order of magnitude. When you see a major critical and commercial success like Gears of War, is it even comparable to the success and money generated by something like The Dark Knight, which was produced by… Read More

  • Ralph Lauren launches an iPhone application. Anyone care?

    Proving that not everything needs to be made into a mobile application, Ralph Lauren has released a free iPhone application. No matter where you are, you can look at Ralph Lauren clothes. Can you buy them via the application? Er, no. Does it allow you to read those QR codes Ralph Lauren started putting in ads a few months back? Nope. What it does do:
    • Video highlights from the Fall… Read More

  • Review: Tanita BC-573 InnerScan Scale

    While I often blame food on my morbid obesity, I can actually only blame myself. Food doesn’t jump into my mouth unbidden, correct? And sitting on the couch all night when I used to actually run at night when I felt I had too much energy is probably not helping? Right? Well, now I can confirm that I’m an amorphous blob of flab thanks to the BC-573 InnerScan Scale. This thing tells… Read More

  • E3's changing face has CEOs and partners cheering

    Expect more of these ^ Come June, we will face a different E3 than recent years, and if you believe the planners, different than even the old days. The confusing, “invite only” nature of the show recently has taken such withering criticism from industry heavies that the planners have moved back to the old format, and the most outspoken critics are now effusive in their… Read More

  • Garmin Nuvi 510 is for all those scooters they have in Europe

    This GPS device from Garmin, the Nuvi 510, isn’t intended for your fancy Ford Crown Victoria, but rather your fancy Vespa. (It seems to be Europe-only at the moment, and Barcelona was nothing if not filled with guys on scooters.) That explains the extra large icons, weatherproofing and 8-hour battery life. Like every other in-car (or in-bike, as it were) GPS device, it comes with the… Read More

  • Don't Be Evil? Google Uses Shady Ad Tactics To Edge Out Competitor

    Two weeks ago we wrote about Yamli, a powerful transliteration engine that allows users to use their Latin keyboards to type in Arabic text. The service has gotten rave reviews (see the comments), and serves a very large audience that has largely been neglected. Now we’ve gotten word that Google has launched its own competing service, and is using a dubious advertising scheme to get… Read More

  • Aerion supersonic jet flies from New York to London in 3 hours

    The superrich and political élite will be able to fly from London to New York in three hours once 2015 rolls around. A new supersonic jet, the Aerion, is in development that will be able fly at mach 1.6—that’s 1,217 mph. And it’s not like this is a mock-up or anything. The company has already received 50 $237,000 deposits for the first models. The supersonic jet is being… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Canada introduces "myPair" plan for unlimited cellular sweet nothings

    We’ve all been there: There’s still a week left in your month, and you and your snuggle buddy are already 300 “Oh, I just wanted to hear your voice” calls deep. Your minutes are now almost completely gobbled up. Suddenly, you’re wracking your brain with each incoming call, trying to figure out if it’s worth your now precious time. I mean, come on, you… Read More

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