• The cell phone of the future could be controlled with your eye

    NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese wireless carrier, is working on what they call the “cell phone of the future“. So far they have one prototype that looks like a freaky pair of headphones with wires and doo-dads popping out everywhere. Inside it’s packed full of sensors and chips (the ones you can’t eat) that track the electrical current produced by brain when the wearer moves… Read More

  • Nanostructures, sweet nanostructures


    This new technique allows for making very precisely engineered little canals and then filling them with copper (or another material) leaving no gaps at all. At the scale they’re talking about, it’s essentially like laying down nano-wire in any pattern they want to create. It’s a bit like filling a mold with play-dough and then scraping off the extra. We don’t always… Read More

  • This iPod Doctor makes ‘house calls’ in NYC

    Those of you who ever had a broken iPod—how?—know what a giant pain it can be. Enter this guy, Demetrios Leontaris. The iPod Doctor, as Fortune so lovingly calls him, is the son of a Greek immigrant who grew up in New Jersey. He was always a tinker—if ifs and ands were pots and pans—so fixing broken iPods isn’t too out of the ordinary. What’s crazy about… Read More

  • Live Blog: The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    I’ll be live blogging the debate, and posting picture here. Stay tuned Currently handing out name tags on the door. A long-held ambition…. [Update: Post event, Steve Bowbrick wrote it up here as well] The start…. I did a quick intro to why this debate happened I won’t bore you here, you’ve heard it, suffice it to say that Steve Bowbrick, chair, came up with… Read More

  • Knit you some Transformers

    Do you like knitting? Do you like Autobots? Why not knit yourself a nice little Transformers hankie. ZakaaLife shows us how to knit this sexy blue hankie for your loved ones. via Make Read More

  • 3G iPhone is still profitable at $199

    When people first saw the price of the new iPhone they thought, “Wow, how can Apple do that”? Well, ISuppli estimates the new iPhone will be cheaper to manufacture then the first one (I knew that had to be it). The original iPhone had an estimated manufacturing cost of $265, but since component prices went down the new iPhone cost about $173 to make. Also, Apple will still get… Read More

  • Windows HPC Server runs at 68.5 teraflops, can almost run Vista

    A Windows HPC Server installation is ranked as the 23rd fastest supercomputer in the world according to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The machine, which has over 9,472 nodes, hit 68.5 teraflops in trials. Similarly, computer scientists at Umea University in northern Sweden, also working with the beta version of Windows HPC Server 2008 on their supercluster, achieved… Read More

  • Vint Cerf Wonders If We Need To Nationalize the Internet

    Should the Internet be owned and maintained by the government, just like the highways? Vint Cerf, the “father of the Internet” and Google’s Internet evangelist, made this radical suggestion while he was sitting next to me on a panel yesterday about national tech policy at the Personal Democracy Forum. Maybe he was inspired by the presence of one of the other panelists… Read More

  • Amazon Gets Some New Threads, Acquires Fabric.com

    Internet-giant Amazon has acquired Fabric.com, an online fabric store that calls itself “The Place To Go When You Sew”. According to the press release, the deal will allow Fabric.com to expand its selection of sewing materials while giving Amazon a better catalog of hobby and craft materials. The cost of the deal was not disclosed. Fabric.com was launched in 1999, and joins a… Read More

  • Liquid lenses coming to webcams near you


    For the “extremely small camera” sector, this could be a real boon. These liquid lenses are fixed in place within the camera, manipulated using electricity, and — well, I’ll let Varioptic explain it: It works much like the human eye, using electricity to alter the shape of two drops of liquid, to bend light, alter focus, and produce a miniature, yet powerful… Read More

  • Syncplicity Announces New Platform, Partnerships, and Pricing Plan

    Synchronization, backup, and sharing solution Syncplicity today announced the launch of a new open platform that they hope will enable the next generation of Cloud Computing applications. The new platform allows developers to extend their web-based applications directly to the desktop, creating seamless interaction between online applications and files stored locally on the desktop. The… Read More

  • Juicy rumor alert: Microsoft may allow third-party Xbox 360s


    Flickr’d Here’s today’s hottest unsubstantiated rumor: Microsoft may allow third-parties to create hardware that plays Xbox 360 games. Boing Boing has extrapolated that to mean stand-alone third-party devices that just so happen to play Xbox 360 games. For example, Company A could create a Blu-ray player with built-in Xbox 360 compatibility. Depending on how that’s… Read More

  • Set up your 360 to be a Netflix streaming player


    I’m loving how with a few modifications, these next-gen consoles are becoming true media centers. From running third party apps to installing Linux, it seems that this stuff is just a couple clicks away (if you’re willing to fiddle with your hardware a little bit). One easy mod is this one at Lifehacker: how to make your 360 stream Netflix movies. The trouble is it requires Vista. Read More

  • Wow, Comcast is Gotham City's cable provider

    All credit unto Gizmodo for spotting this tragic ad. In anticipation of the new Batman movie, which does, in fact, look pretty good (and I hate stupid action/adventure movies), there’s a cute “fake” Web site for Gotham Cable News, presumably the fictional city’s source of fair and balanced news. And wouldn’t you know it, Comcast is Gotham’s cable provider! Read More

  • Yahoo Issues Letter Defending Google Deal: No Free Milk For Microsoft

    In a letter to shareholders that reminds me of the saying “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang explain why it chose a search deal with Google over Microsoft. For the record, we agree – given a choice between the Google and Microsoft search deals, Google’s was better, even with the steep fees if Yahoo chooses… Read More

  • RightScale Reaches Out Into MySQL Database Management

    Cloud computing management system provider RightScale has today announced at the Structure 08 conference that they have released a new utility to allow customers to deploy and manage MySQL instances on the Amazon Web Services platform. Using the new MySQL tools, customers can automate the configuration and deployment process, and manage multiple MySQL instances. RightScale allows users to… Read More

  • BridgeWave Raises Further $10M in Series D for Gigabit WiFi

    BridgeWave was founded almost 10 years ago, but has only recently become known for their high-end high-speed WiFi equipment and solutions. Today they announced that they have closed a Series D round of $10M lead by existing investor Intel Capital and co-lead by new investor Core Capital amongst other participants. BridgeWave raised the new round to assist them in further establishing themselves… Read More

  • Horrors: No more iTunes cards at Starbucks

    The joy of walking into a Starbucks and buying a CD or copping an iTunes gift card along with a venti iced coffee is over! The coffee chain, which has hit a bit of a rough patch, will no longer sell CDs or offer iTunes gift cards at its retail locations. It will still offer free Wi-Fi, though, so don’t freak out too much. Not enough people were buying CDs at stores to make it worth… Read More

  • Video: James Dyson runs his own durability test on a DC24

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1029636%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf The ‘drop test’ machine wasn’t working on my first day at Dyson, so I asked James to… Read More

  • TripSay Rolls Out Improvements, Expands Private Beta

    TripSay, the site that uses social recommendations to guide users through the plethora of travel information on the web, has introduced a number of new features that it hopes will improve the site’s accuracy and encourage collaboration. The site now features leaderboards that should encourage users to become “experts” in their region, which will be essential if it hopes… Read More

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