• More wireless power: this one looks practical


    I’m not an experienced electrical engineer so I’m never sure about the feasibility of this sort of thing, but I’ve seen wireless power demonstrated before, and if you’re willing to work within certain restrictions, it seems to be a perfectly good option. I don’t really like the idea of, say, microwave based power being shot all over my room, so this magnetic… Read More

  • New Watchmen trailer

    http://l.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/fop/embedflv/swf/fop.swf No words. Just watch. Read More

  • Kind of awesome: external HDD with a keypad for security


    Ahhh, this is very 24. I can see Jack Bauer pulling nuclear secrets off it after choking a terrorist to death with the USB cable. I don’t think that’s the image Lenovo is going for, though. In fact, its appearance is plain practically to the point of invisibility, looking more like a credit card reader than anything else. The passcode system allows for an administrator and up to… Read More

  • Punch-O-Meters Come to Both Android and the iPhone

    Today, I downloaded one of the dumbest, yet somehow most satisfying, apps to my Android phone. It is called the Punch-O-Meter. You grasp the phone (firmly) in your hand, tap the screen, and then give it your best shot. The app uses the phone’s accelerometer to measure how fast you can punch. After each punch, you get a score and a one-to-five-star rating. It is guaranteed to destroy… Read More

  • American Airlines introduces mobile boarding passes

    Though nearly the entire pre-flight process has been tweaked to make use of modern technologies, one outdated aspect still lingers: the tickets. Every single time I fly, I find myself checking the location where I put my tickets once every 3-4 minutes. Are they still there? Did I remember to zip up after I last checked? When I pulled my hand out, did the ticket sneak out? I’ve never lost… Read More

  • Apparently Somali pirates might ruin the holidays

    I’ll be honest; I can’t really tell how much of this recent Reuters article is pure, unabashed sensationalism and how much of it is something to seriously worry about. Apparently pirate activity (the yarrr kind, not the torrent kind) near Somalia has been picking up recently, with more frequent plundering against freight ships causing some companies to opt for alternative… Read More

  • Chief produces "World's Thinnest" tilting mount for the thin HDTVs of the world

    What’s the point of owning one of the ultra-thin TVs if it’s hung with a standard wall mount that’s two inches deep? None. There has been thin mounting solutions before but Chief has produced the thinest model with a tilting ability yet. It’s not self-powered or motorized, but it can support a flat-screen up to 100 lbs and collapses to a mere three-quarters of an… Read More

  • Best Buy in ‘The New Adventures of Your Old TV’

    Round of applause for Best Buy, which aims to educate you all about the upcoming digital TV transition. (Remember the big day: February 17, 2009.) The lastelectronics retailer left standing will hold a series of workshops at 25 of its stores to “educate consumers about the transition to digital television broadcasting and help them choose the best solution for their television… Read More

  • Contest: Nerdiest gamer wins a nerdy game


    So Penny Arcade just released the second episode of its well-liked Penny Arcade Adventures series. Well, we happen to have a very nice collector’s edition of the first episode sitting around and we thought it might be nice to give away a matching pair to a loyal reader. So what do you have to do to win? Read More

  • Xpod: Tiny speakers, presumably tiny sound

    These portable Xpod speakers are about the size of the iPod nano. As such, they couldn’t possibly sound any better than two wires connected to a dirty penny. The two-channel 770mW amp hardly belies that metaphor. Moving on. Any USB port can charge them, so, at the very least, you won’t be scrambling to find batteries when they die during the “good part” of that one… Read More

  • XO Laptop to be sold in Europe (for a lot more than $100)

    Those crazy Europeans will be able to buy an XO Laptop, too. Amazon’s Euro stores will sell the little guy for £263 (or €313 or $390). That’s strange, considering the One Laptop Per Child program was initially billed as the $100 laptop. What are you gonna do? The Guardian, home of the Football Weekly podcast, calls the whole program a “flop,” noting that it has… Read More

  • Obama To Post Fireside Chats On YouTube

    Barack Obama is already being called the YouTube President because of the 1,800 YouTube videos that help propel him to win the election and have been watched more than 110 million times. So it seems fitting that Obama will continue to use YouTube to get his message out once he takes office. The weekly radio address that every president has done since FDR will be videotaped and put onto… Read More

  • Dual-core Atom benchmarks return interesting data

    PC Pro got a chance to put Intel’s dual-core Atom 330 chip through the wringer and found some interesting results. It seems that the 330 indeed outperforms the single-core N270 processor from Intel as well as the C7-D from VIA in all key areas except one: Microsoft Office 2003 performance. Read More

  • Matrox launches Intel Atom-powered camera

    The Intel Atom CPU isn’t just for Netbooks as Matrox’s smart camera proves. It has not only a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, but also 256MB of RAM, 1GB of flash storage and a full array of connectivity ports. This marks one of the first devices that the Atom as powered outside of the generally accepted computing market. One has to wonder when we will see more Atom-powered CE devices. Read More

  • Video: Google speech-to-search iPhone app

    I wonder how well it actually works. We’ll find out sometime today. Read More

  • More Samsung P3 PMP pics

    The upcoming haptic touchscreen-equipped Samsung YP-P3 broke cover the other day and a bunch of live pics show the PMP in all its glory. My first reaction was of curious wonder but now that the whole thing is revealed I could take it or leave it; probably the later of the two. But maybe it tickles your fancy though. Read More

  • Sun Puts Tech Layoffs Over 20,000 So Far This Month (Oodle and Rearden Also Join Our Tracker)

    Since the last time we gave an update at the beginning of the month there have been 20,171 layoffs at tech and media companies added to our Layoff Tracker. That brings the total to 58,709 tech layoffs over the past two and a half months. One previously unreported layoff we have been able to confirm is 10 people at classifieds search engine Oodle, which occurred last week and represents a… Read More

  • GMail, news, traffic all on the iGala digital picture frames

    The latest frames from iGala utlize WiFi and Microsoft’s FrameIt service for some spiffy features. The connection associates the frame with Windows Live, Flick, and Gmail in a unique twist. No, you can’t check your email here but rather the frame can get its own email address so people can simple email that address photos to have them show up on the frame. Neat. Plus, the… Read More

  • Dell small biz 16:9 widescreen Vostro starts at $379

    Hey now, here’s something you don’t see every day. It’s a true 16:9 display in a business notebook for way, way cheap. Dell’s Vostro A860 line starts at under $400 (that’s after instant savings – it’s normally $448) and features a 15.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. The notebook weighs in at 5.4 pounds, too, which isn’t bad for a unit… Read More

  • American Airlines introduces mobile boarding passes

    Though nearly the entire pre-flight process has been tweaked to make use of modern technologies, one outdated aspect still lingers: the tickets. Every single time I fly, I find myself checking the location where I put my tickets once every 3-4 minutes. Are they still there? Did I remember to zip up after I last checked? When I pulled my hand out, did the ticket sneak out? I’ve never lost… Read More

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