• The iPhone will have a glowing Apple


    Artist’s rendition Mea culpa. So I said the iPhone wouldn’t light up. It was too tacky. Who wants lights on an iPhone, right? Wrong. A tipster has seen the new matte iPhone and the bugger has a light-up Apple. That’s right: it lights the freak up. Who knew? What in the name of Soleil Moon-Frye is going on here? Read More

  • Live With The Google Wave Creators

    We’re here in the press room at Google I/O for the follow-up press event to the Google Wave unveiling today during the keynote. The initial audience response to Google Wave was huge; there was a standing ovation the likes of which I haven’t seen at a tech event, including the Apple events in recent years. We spoke with the creators of the service, brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen… Read More

  • EATR defense robot scrounges for its own food

    This is pretty old but I thought I’d put it out there in light of recent movements by our future robotic overlords to become autonomous. The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) by RTI has a built-in foraging system that can harvest biomass as well as fuel like gasoline, propane, coal, and solar energy on the go. It powers itself with a combustion engine and can hunt out and… Read More

  • Hulu Desktop Lets You Rot Your Brain From The Comfort Of Your Couch


    Since launching in late 2007, Hulu has done one one thing very well: it lets you watch your favorite TV shows and movies from your computer, free of charge. But aside from improving the user experience with assorted niceties like smart thumbnails, improved navigation, and social features, the site hasn’t really done anything extreme to expand its functionality. That changes today. One… Read More

  • Google expects 18-20 Android handsets this year

    Google’s Andy Rubin, Mr. Android himself, remarked yesterday that we can expect to see 18 Android phones in the US world by the end of the year. That’s way, way, way up from “one” last year. We may even see 20 Android phones this year, all coming from eight or nine different companies. Read More

  • Exclusive: Video Interview With The Google Wave Founders

    Everyone’s still digesting the Google Wave news from this morning. The demo video that we’re seeing at Google IO isn’t yet up, so for now you’ll have to digest the our overview and screen shots. But the product is important – not only does it do fantastic new things in a browser care of HTML 5, but it also proposes a new communication paradigm. The founding… Read More

  • The first Mini E is now cruising around LA

    One lucky Californian dude is cruising in style after he took delivery of the very first production electric Mini. The Mini-E is available for lease on a very limited basis reminiscent of the GM EV-1 from the ’90s. Except this time around, the plug-in electric car will only be in customers hands for one short year instead of three. Presumably, the 500 cars will be sent back to Mini… Read More

  • OMG! Space Ace for iPhone!

    Digital Leisure has just launched Space Ace for the iPhone/Touch. This game, for those of you too young to remember when games were groundbreaking and amazing and worth spending money on, used a laserdisc to display little cartoons that played when you tapped the buttons or controller correctly. Obviously this is about as intuitive as a do-it-yourself colostomy kit but dammit look at those… Read More

  • Verizon to sell Palm Pre, Storm 2 within six months

    First it was AT&T mouthing off about carrying the Palm Pre and now Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam is stating that VZW will begin selling the Palm Pre “over the next six months or so…” Also mentioned was the Storm 2 by McAdam, which will also go on sale in the same time frame. Side note: Palm shares went up 11 points while Sprint’s went down 3 points after this… Read More

  • Palm Pre: An also-ran

    An “also-ran” is, literally, “a horse that does not win, place, or show in a race.” The world loves an underdog but it never loves an also-ran. It forgets about an also-ran. And so we reach nearly the end of Palm Pre madness and I’m afraid to report that after all the magic, all the tears, all the joy the Palm Pre will be just another phone. It won’t save… Read More

  • XBox 360 sales top 30 million with 20 million LIVE subscribers

    Microsoft just announced sales of Xbox 360 consoles have passed the 30 million mark globally, up 28 percent over last year, which it claims is the highest percentage growth in hardware sales of any console so far in 2009. In addition, the Xbox LIVE community has grown to over 20 million users, coming from 26 countries. And these users spend money, too. In a press release touting the… Read More

  • Is it better with Windows?

    Hot on the heels of their successful advertising campaign to make consumers see a PC running Windows as a better value than a Macintosh, Microsoft is now declaring “It’s Better With Windows“! The new website, aimed at Asus Eee PC users, reminds us that “Windows helps you quickly and easily get online and connect to your devices and services — without dealing with… Read More

  • Why Bing? Sift Would Have Been Better.

    Microsoft just announced it’s new search engine Bing, and it is going to spend a reported $80 million to $100 million on an advertising campaign to familiarize consumers with the brand. But was it the best name it could have picked? Asked about the name onstage at the D7 conference, CEO Steve Ballmer admits: “I am not what you would call the creative side of life. Short matters. Read More

  • Sony Japan to roll out cordless walkman for workouts (video)

    In case you’re tired of your earphones constantly falling out while you jog or work out, Sony’s new music player, the W Series Walkman [JP], might be the right device for you. It’s light (35g), cordless and curls around your neck and over the ears. Read More

  • Google Wave Drips With Ambition. A New Communication Platform For A New Web.

    Yesterday, during the Google I/O keynote, Google’s VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, laid out a grand vision for the direction Google sees the web heading towards with the move to the HTML 5 standard. While we’re not there yet, all the major browser players besides Microsoft are aligned and ready for the next phase, which will include such things as the ability to run 3D games… Read More

  • Spotify releases video of Android app in development

    Spotify, the streaming music service which is gradually gathering a large fan-base in Europe, has been plotting a mobile version. It recently hired a head of mobile and the speculation was that it would come out with an iPhone app first after releasing a teaser video. But today it’s released video of an Android app it’s being demoing to people at Google I/O. The Android app is… Read More

  • Bing! Microsoft Prepares For War With A Revamped Search Engine (Screenshots)

    Today, Microsoft publicly unveiled its soon-to-launch search engine Bing. It will become available over the next few days, and be fully launched by June 3. On the surface, Bing has a distinct gloss. The home page features a rotation of stunning photography, for instance, which can be clicked on to produce related image search results. But the most significant changes are under the covers. Read More

  • Dell rolls out the colorful Studio 14z notebook

    Looking for a slim, powerful, but still cheap notebook? Well, you have a plethora to choose from already, but Dell is adding the 14-inch Studio 14z to the mix. The notebook comes loaded with Intel Core 2 Duo CPU options, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, HDMI & DisplayPort outputs, up to a 500GB HDD, an ExpressCard slot, dual headphone jacks, eSATA out, and either a six- or eight-cell battery. Read More

  • One more thing: The Palm Pre syncs with iTunes

    Per a Fortune blog, the Palm Pre syncs “seamlessly” with iTunes. It’s not that shocking considering there are apps that add this functionality to many MP3 players and smartphones. However, this is the first phone besides the iPhone of course that has this ability out of the box. Don’t expect to load your iTunes Music Store purchases on the phone as it can’t handle… Read More

  • Space Ace for iPhone!

    Digital Leisure has just launched Space Ace for the iPhone/Touch. This game, for those of you too young to remember when games were groundbreaking and amazing and worth spending money on, used a laserdisc to display little cartoons that played when you tapped the buttons or controller correctly. Obviously this is about as intuitive as a do-it-yourself colostomy kit but dammit look at those… Read More

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