• Get thee to the Last HOPE today, its final day ever

    The Last HOPE is entering its final day today, and Gearfuse of all sites (!) is doing a genuinely passable job of covering it. That lanyard up there is the show’s entrance badge, the same one with built-in RFID that makes tracking attendees a cinch. If you’re anywhere near the Hotel Pennsylvania (34th Street & 7th Avenue in Manhattan), you really ought to attend. Read More

  • Pwnage 2.0 released: For iPhone 3G, you can only jailbreak

    Pwnage 2.0 is here! It was officially released a few hours ago, and the servers have been pounded ever since. As such, mirrors keep popping up on the Dev Team’s blog; be sure to check often if you’re keen to use the software. Note that for the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch, Pwnage 2.0 only jailbreaks—that is to say it doesn’t unlock Apple’s newest speedbumped phone… Read More

  • Lonely? Try fondling Augmented Reality Cyber Maid Alice

    Augmented reality (AR), the combination of virtual worlds and reality, is a cool concept that leads to useful applications in navigation systems, medicine, architecture and many other fields. Geisha Tokyo Entertainment Inc. [JP] now found a way to help all single otaku overcome their problems in finding a real girl friend. Their alternative to heal loneliness 2.0 is called “Dennou… Read More

  • Startup Job Site Gets Backing From Y Combinator, Relauches As Startuply

    New Y Combinator startup Startuply launches today. It’s a free job listing service aimed squarely at small startups, which have a lot of trouble getting the attention of new engineering graduates over the noise of the brand recognition and recruiting efforts of larger companies like Google and Microsoft. Startuply is actually a fresh relaunch of Jowba, which originally launched in 2007. Read More

  • Tesla Motors Unveils Jaw-Dropping Menlo Park Showroom

    Tesla Motors, the automobile startup with backers that include Sergey Brin and Larry Page, held a party tonight to mark the launch of its Menlo Park storefront. The store, which is the company’s second, will be open to the general public beginning this Tuesday. Despite Tesla Motors’ well deserved reputation as a high-end car manufacturer, it is still very much a startup –… Read More

  • Magic Bus

    Note: If you think Twitter is a joke, or that Microsoft has no chance of being trusted with anything, or that Apple will fall to the surging citizen militia, or any other common wisdom of the Internets, please move along, I beg you. I thought I’d take a little more time to explore the reasons why I think Microsoft’s Live Mesh can emerge as the host platform for a large percentage… Read More

  • Finalist In McDonalds/MySpace Jingle Contest Is Former McDonalds Armed Robber

    Well, here’s something that’s so ridiculous it couldn’t be made up. McDonald’s teamed up with MySpace to create a new jingle for the 40th anniversary of the Big Mac. The original song (two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce…) was created back in 1974. Over 1,000 user created songs and videos were submitted – the winner’s jingle becomes the… Read More

  • Pressflip Is A Belly Flop

    Pressflip is a new blog search engine (it’s actually a relaunch of a site called Persai, which launched earlier this year). The idea is you do a search, train the engine by telling it which results aren’t interesting to you, and then wait for new results to come in over time. The search results aren’t very deep compared to established blog search engines, there’s no… Read More

  • Edopter Attempts "Social Trendcasting" Through Crowdsourcing And Internet Buzz

    Edopter is a unique concept that attempts to combine crowd-sourcing with internet buzz to predict new trends. It’s called “social trendcasting.” The way it works, is by allowing users to generate “trends” according to what they think will catch on. Some trends are “cewebrities” (pictured below), “Batman: The Dark Knight,” and… Read More

  • Plug-in hybrirds to the rescue, in 2010!

    Not quite… How are those gas prices treating you? Thought so. Good news, though, as plug-in hybrid cars aren’t too far away. In fact, if you’re keen to wait only 18 months, you could soon be driving out of your local dealership while thumbing your nose at Big Oil. Big Oil is Evil, remember. Cars like the Chevrolet Volt, which is due for release in 2010, run on both… Read More

  • VC Deals In Charts (Q2 2008)—Exits? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Exits?

    Second quarter data is out on venture deals from the National Venture Capital Association and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Despite the IPO market drying up completely, the What-Me-Worry crowd on Sand Hill Road keep pumping money into venture deals at a steady pace. Venture capitalists invested $7.4 billion last quarter in 990 deals, compared to $7.5 billion in 997 deals during the first quarter… Read More

  • Video: IMAX, The Dark Knight & you

    Popular Mechanics has about 20 seconds of non-trailer footage of The Dark Knight wherein the director, Christopher Nolan, explains his decision to film certain parts of the movie using IMAX cameras. Of course, the video itself isn’t embedable, but a quick trip to YouTube fixed that problem. Thanks, Popular Mechanics! Possibly even better, the second, most recent trailer in Lego form. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Henge Hunting Edition

    New face recognition system helps stores to identify VIP customers
    Badger badger badger badger, mushroom vacuum
    -henges of the world, unite!
    Remember to give your ears a break with reusable, flat earplugs
    Review: iPhone 3G Read More

  • Kid uses GPS to contest speeding ticket

    Here’s a fun little story that ought to excite your Freedom Bone. It seems an 18-year-old was recently pulled over for speeding, with police claiming that the lad was 17 mph north of the speed limit. An on-board GPS unit disagrees. Yup, the kid had a GPS device(an RMT Rover, seen here) in his car at the time , and its data indicates that he was doing the 45 mph speed limit all the way to… Read More

  • EA, Ubisoft: E3 was a waste of everyone's time this year

    Should they make a comeback? How big of a waste of time was E3 this year? Watching the coverage on G4, you’d think something important was happening. Maybe FPS With Different Shades of Brown 87 still interests y’all, but I’d say the show was rather bland. Even Electronic Arts, everyone’s favorite giant of a publisher, agrees that the show has lost its luster, saying… Read More

  • Remember to give your ears a break with reusable, flat earplugs

    It’s a common problem when going to loud shows. Remembering to bring those damn earplugs along. I know I always forget them. There’s no guarantee the club will have them to hand out (or sell). Therefore, all too often I’m left with ringing ears for days on end. It would appear a future exists where we will not have to check behind the bar for that fishbowl filled with… Read More

  • Google releases iPhone app for the UK

    You may already have heard via the chatter on Twitter, but in case you haven’t: Google has released its iPhone app for download by UK users. Until now, the native Google application was only available in the US. In all respects the UK version appears to be the same as the US one, including integration with location. So you can look for businesses around your location, something which… Read More

  • Chinese anti-gun campaign backfires on reporters

    Reporters attending a press conference on the success of the police department’s anti-gun campaign were accidentally shot when a confiscated gun went off in an officer’s hand. One reporter needed surgery, while two others suffered minor injuries from the homemade gun. The press conference, in the Chinese city of Nanchong, was to promote the department’s campaign against… Read More

  • Facebook Sues German Social Network StudiVZ

    Facebook is starting to pursue social networks that have copied their design or features by suing German site StudiVZ. The Financial Times has reported that Facebook filed a suit in California against the German company for what it claims is an infringement of Facebook’s “look, feel, features and services”. StudiVZ claims to have 10 million active members, and is the… Read More

  • -henges of the world, unite!

    Some years back Stonehenge was roped off to protect it from vandals. Sadly, the same fate hasn’t been bestowed on most of the other –henges of the world. What other –henges you ask? Read More

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