• A Xobni Executive Leaves The Red-Hot Startup. But Why?

    Xobni, the Y Combinator email startup that turned down an acquisition offer from Microsoft earlier this year, has just lost its VP Engineering and first employee, Gabor Cselle. Cselle joined the company in March 2007, sporting a seemingly perfect resume that included work on the Gmail team and a Master’s thesis on “Organizing Email”. The departure may not be abrupt… Read More

  • Red iPhone for XMas?

    Rumors have been propagating through several popular Mac blogs that Apple will be releasing a red iPhone 3G model for the holiday season. The release will be well-timed, considering the initial iPhone hype will start to slow, and people will be opening up their wallets more for the holiday season. (Photo via MacBlogz) The red iPhone will presumably be sold as part of the (PRODUCT) RED… Read More

  • Hello Kitty dresses up Dior

    Japanese Vogue’s successful spread in June of Hello Kitty dressed in John Galliano’s latest Dior line, has hatched these couture mobile accessories. The Hello Kitty Dior Mobile accessory kit will make fashionistas purr with two Hello Kitty charms showing off the autumn and winter looks, the purrfect pair for the Dior mobile phone. Via ChipChick, to order the 65 euro set, see Colette. Read More

  • Samsung's ToC line of LCD monitors double as a mini HDTV

    Also announced today from Samsung is the Touch of Color line of desktop monitors. These LCD monitors double as HDTVs thanks to a built-in digital ATSC/QAM tuner. The ToC line features two HDMI ports, a 5ms video response time, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 16:10 aspect ratio and comes in 22-, 24- and 26-inch models. No word on when these will be out, but prices range from $429 to $599. Read More

  • SF mayor retrieves keys to the city

    Charismatic San Franciso Mayor Gavin Newsom, did it again, this time convincing rogue network administrator Terry Childs to hand over passwords to the city’s captive network. Childs was jailed July 13 after hijacking the city’s multimillion network and refusing to hand over passwords to the system. Though city officials said the network had been functioning without error… Read More

  • Digg To (Finally) Integrate OpenID, If This Picture Is To Be Believed

    When Digg’s Lead Architect Joe Stump took the stage at the Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco earlier today, something in one of his screen shots caught our attention. He was there to show how users will soon be able to log in to Digg without an account via their Facebook credentials (the new Facebook Connect product). But also included prominently in the screen, but not… Read More

  • Electric Minis on sale next summer

    Nobody knows exactly when, how many will be available, their price, charge time, range, or pretty much anything about the electric vehicles BMW is planning on selling. But we do know that they plan on selling them, probably in about a year. Not really big news unless you were one of those people planning on investing in an electric car sometime in the middle of 2009. Oh wait, that’s… Read More

  • Samsung announces holiday lineup of HDTVs

    Series 9 is pictured above
    Announced earlier today were updates to four of Samsung’s varying HDTV lines. First up is the Series 6 LCD HDTVs that feature ToC (Touch of Color), you know, the red bezel on top of a 40,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, full 1080p picture, and Auto Motion Plus 120Hz technology. A flash memory drive is also onboard so you can drop in music and images via USB port. Read More

  • Palm tweaked our browser

    More from the cheeky Inquirer, this time with some finger pointing from Japanese software firm Access, which makes the Netfront Mobile browser and bought PalmSource back in 2005. While the firm lists Garnet OS (Palm’s OS) as a compatible system for its Netfront mobile browser version 3.5, the company told the Inquirer that if Palm wants it to make the new browser available for… Read More

  • Round up: Mini notebooks

    Here’s a quick look at six mini-notebooks whose main appeals are size, price and mobility.
    The recently launched Eee PC 1000 is available with either a 40 GB or 80 GB hard drive. Both have 2 GB of RAM and run a 1.6 GHz processor. Keyboard is sized at 92% of full size. WiFi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth enabled.
    Recent price: $549 Read More

  • More on the state of the mobile web

    Webmonkey has posted a nice pro/con list of the ever-evolving mobile Web experience. While we all agree using the Web on mobile phones (from the iPhone to the Instinct) has come a long way, its still not good enough to chuck the laptop. So despite the handiness of quick reference sites, mobile e-mail and GPS directions, getting real work done on tiny screens isn’t very practical… Read More

  • Homemade total isolation gaming pod, not nerdy at all

    It’s because of awesome things like this that gamers are unfairly slandered as anti-social, solitary, and obsessive. The thing looks to be about 3’x5’x8′ and offers complete isolation from that bothersome outside world (read: the guy’s children). Is it day? Is it night? Who can tell when you’re in your pod? And who cares anyway? I’d need a little… Read More

  • Mass Reorg at Microsoft Platforms & Services Division

    Microsoft has just announced a major reorganization of its Platforms & Services Division. It will now be split into two groups (Windows/Windows Live and Online Services) which will both report to Steve Ballmer. That’s right. Steve Ballmer will now personally be running Windows. Kevin Johnson, who used to head the Platforms & Services Division, will soon be leaving the company… Read More

  • Apple Seeing Red For iPhone Holiday Sales

    Rumors have been propagating through several popular Mac blogs that Apple will be releasing a red iPhone 3G model for the holiday season. The release will be well-timed, considering the initial iPhone hype will start to slow, and people will be opening up their wallets more for the holiday season. (Photo via MacBlogz) The red iPhone will presumably be sold as part of the (PRODUCT) RED… Read More

  • Sony first to ship Centrino 2

    While Lenovo, Fujitsu, Toshiba and other PC manufacturers have been making a fuss about launching the first PCs to include Intel’s new Centrino 2 chipsets, Sony it seems actually shipped the first Centrino 2 products. The Inquirer reported Sony’s claim to being first, with Sony saying that Intel’s embargo lifted at 8:00pm on Monday the 15th and that the company started… Read More

  • Really, really flat-packed furniture

    Designer Joost van Bleiswijk makes everything flat. He designs components on a computer and then essentially laser cuts them out and folds them together into full-sized candelabras, clocks, and even this insane fireplace thing. Everything is made of stainless steel. It kind of reminds me of Ponoko but clearly this guy has taken it to a whole other level. There’s an altar in that… Read More

  • A motor powered by light

    How awesome! — assuming this isn’t some sort of hoax. It doesn’t sound like one, though; the photoreactive properties of dies like azobenzene are well-documented. I think I used some of the stuff myself in college for a lab and considered sprinkling some in my abominable roommate’s bed (damn him). Anyhow, the actual machine, built by researchers in Japan, relies on… Read More

  • iPhone launching in 20 mystery countries by Aug. 22

    Hurray! Now more people around the globe get to experience the excitement of hearing “Sorry, we don’t have any left!” During the quarterly conference call with COO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple announced that the iPhone 3G would be makin’ its way to 20 more countries by August 22nd. Which countries? Nobody knows – it wasn’t mentioned in the call. Read More

  • OH NOES Zune guy covering up his tattoo!

    I happen to think the Zune has a long, happy life ahead of it as long as it has no illusions about market share. I like mine, but apparently the Zune tattoo guy has had enough. He feels the Zune has been neglected and the reworking of the Xbox 360’s interface with no Zune love has put him over the edge. Unless he gets something like I’ve pictured above to cover up the infamous… Read More

  • Facebook Connect Coming To iPhone This Fall

    Today at the f8 conference Benjamin Ling revealed that Facebook will be releasing a Cocoa framework for the iPhone that will allow application developers to integrate with Facebook Connect. The framework is expected to be released sometime in the fall, and will take the form of an SDK that can be used by developers of iPhone applications. Facebook Connect allows applications to integrate… Read More

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