• How to catch a mouse, humanely and on camera

    Remember the PocketWizard we mentioned a while back, that powerful remote strobe setup? Jim Clark, the creator of that device, recently found himself in possession of a minor mouse problem. Being a nice guy, an engineer, and a photographer, he decided that he was going to catch the mouse safely and catch it all on film. Er, sensor. Digital back. You know what I mean. Read More

  • Tech bargains may be going the way of jobs, housing, food

    The NPD Group is reporting that consumer electronics sales will fall .6% while prices of gadgets to go up in reaction to the Great Depression II. Read More

  • Facebook: Privacy Now Optional

    A big difference between Facebook and MySpace has always been how the two companies approach the privacy of user data. At MySpace your profile is public by default and users can choose to make it private (except under 18 users, who default to private). At Facebook, your profile information has always been private and shared with your friends and, optionally your network (your school, company… Read More

  • Microsoft Sidewinder X8 review update

    Some of you may recall that I had two major issues with the Sidewinder X8 in my review. I promised I’d post an update once I’d gotten a spare unit and tried some things out. Well, here you go! The good news is that the primary problem has been solved. The bad news: the spare unit has a different problem. Read More

  • Twitter Experimenting With Text Advertising

    Twitter, the subject of endless business model speculation, added another weapon to the arsenal today – house advertisements on the home page when you’re logged in, and some search results. The advertisements currently only link internally to Twitter Search or the Twitter Widget. But it isn’t much of a stretch to assume they’re testing the units for possible third… Read More

  • Hardware geek heaven: a pictorial history of Intel motherboards

    If you’ve been computerizing a long time, you’ll probably remember the days of putting together systems with 4MB of RAM, freaking out about the Turbo button, and you may remember a few of these motherboards. During a tour of Intel’s mobo-designing facility, Tom’s Hardware encountered a hallway filled with framed motherboards, the way you might find platinum records… Read More

  • uTest Bug Battle: Which Social Network Is The Buggiest?

    uTest, a startup that allows companies to outsource their QA testing to ‘the cloud’ has just concluded its latest quarterly bug battle, during which it put some of the world’s largest social networks to the test. Hundreds of participants (many of which have been involved in product testing for over a year) did their best to uncover flaws across Facebook, MySpace, and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Repolish your iPod's chrome back, ¥2100 (plus airfare)

    This isn’t actually a real CrunchDeal, but it is a pretty good bargain if you’re in Japan. It seems that Apple went to a Japanese metalworker named Kobayashi Kazuo to create the shiny aluminum back for its many iProducts. They wanted an 800-grade finish, and then a 1000-grade finish, which is, as far as I can tell, 100% reflective. This is difficult to do (mirrors aren’t… Read More

  • Bad news: your cellphone is probably a bacterial paradise

    If you were a bacterium (assuming you’re not), where would you like to live? How about a nice dark place constantly being touched (never cleaned) and covered in new bacteria, food, and constantly being moistened by a warm, wet breeze? Sounds great, right? Prime real estate. I call it a “mobile phone.” Now, “bacterial paradise” is a bit of an understatement by… Read More

  • Use Cloudkick To Manage Amazon Web Services' EC2

    Cloudkick, a Y Combinator startup, offers a free, easy server management system to businesses whose web infrastructure is maintained by Amazon’s EC2 or Slicehost cloud-based servers. Built off of Amazon Web Services’ API, Cloudkick gives users a single control panel where you can manage all of your servers (or instances) through various platforms. Cloudkick’s dashboard allows… Read More

  • Zelda/hip hop mashup: The Ocarina of Rhyme


    Oh no you did not. That’s right, these utter geniuses have taken tracks from The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time and combined them with hip hop from Dre, Jay-Z, Common, and more. The result: Team Teamwork’s “The Ocarina of Rhyme.” I’m not a big mashup fan, but this is completely off the chain. Get it quick before every artist on the list sues. Now… Read More

  • AdMob Is Working On An iPhone App Exchange To Swap Ads For Traffic

    With more than 20,000 apps available for the iPhone, standing out from the crowd is becoming harder and harder for app developers. There are only so many slots in the the top apps lists in the iTunes Store. Discovering new apps is becoming a real problem. But what if apps started cross-promoting other apps, just like they do on Facebook? AdMob, which claims to be the largest mobile ad network… Read More

  • AudioBoo out of beta, now available at App Store

    AudioBoo, the audio blogging platform and iPhone app that was launched in private beta in January, is now freely available at the App Store. It’s one of 4iP’s first investments – backing Best Before Media’s development of AudioBoo, which lets users create and tag recordings which in effect produce a map of the world tagged with evocative sounds of each place. Knocking… Read More

  • What the hell is a SyFy?

    Oh man, Dave Howe should be tarred and feathered today at Sci-Fi’s presentation to advertisers today in NYC. “What we love about this is we hopefully get the best of both worlds,” Mr. Howe said. “We’ll get the heritage and the track record of success, and we’ll build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and… Read More

  • Confirmed: iPod chip is available only from Apple, amounts to hardware lock-in [UPDATE]


    Maybe it’s the BBQ I just had on the Meatbus or something else but I’m not as up in arms about this as I was yesterday. But I’m still kind of miffed. BBG has confirmed that the secret 8A83E3 chip found inside the iPod Shuffle’s headset is actually an Apple-only chip used for transmitting audio or key clicks and is not available anywhere else. Read More

  • Miniature Nikon SLR found in Japanese candy

    Aren’t these little Nikon models stunning? The miniatures were found in Glico caramel candies in 2002 and likely cost more than the candy themselves. Who cares though. Look at ’em. They are fantastic. One more after the break. Read More

  • Boston-Power's eco friendly HP laptop batteries now on sale

    Boston-Power announced earlier today that their line of Sonata Li-ion batteries for 18 HP notebooks (about 70 percent of HP’s lineup) are now available directly from HP. The Sonata batteries were the first to be Nordic Ecolabeled, which essentially means they pollute less by being high capacity, longer lasting and having the “smallest amounts of detrimental heavy metals.”… Read More

  • Study: Americans Want To Customize Their Phones, But Don't Want To Pay Extra For It

    Do most people view their phones as portable computers? According to a recent international survey conducted by Zogby and Skype that looks at how people perceive their mobile phones, the answer seems to be a resounding “no”. But it’s clear that many of the features now associated with smartphones, like custom app stores, are now desired by the huge number of people who use… Read More

  • Study: Americans Want To Customize Their Phones, But Don't Want To Pay Extra For It

    Do most people view their phones as portable computers? According to a recent international survey conducted by Zogby and Skype that looks at how people perceive their mobile phones, the answer seems to be a resounding “no”. But it’s clear that many of the features now associated with smartphones, like custom app stores, are now desired by the huge number of people who use… Read More

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