• Japanese alarm clock wakes up heavy sleepers with helicopter engine sound

    Tokyo-based Toyo Trading [JP] is selling an alarm clock in the shape of a helicopter, which wakes up users with a tricky mechanism. Unfortunately, the device is Japan-only at this point. At the preset time, the clock launches a rotor up in the air that keeps on flying around while making an extra-annoying engine sound (see Toyo Trading’s promo video below). The battery-powered clock can… Read More

  • And what a rumor! Microsoft's next console to be forwards compatible

    Yup, that’s cleavage at 9 in the morning. Backwards compatibility, schmackwards compatibility. If we’re to believe this hot little number, Microsoft may well be working on future compatibility. It would work like this: the next generation Xbox, which current projections and speculation put somewhere in a 2010-2012 launch window, would be able to play and improve Xbox 360 games. Read More

  • The MacBook and MacBook Pro splayed-out revealing intimate details

    It’s just tradition that when a new, hot gadget launches, someone has to tear the sucker apart thus producing what is affectionately called circuit board pr0n. Besides the pretty pictures though, sometimes hidden details are uncovered as is the case with these new Apple notebooks.  Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Drive-By Photo Gallery Edition

    Japan gets a portable Hello Kitty DVD player, the rest of the world doesn’t
    The Martyr nightlight will give your kids nightmares & voices in their heads
    Sit-down arcade driving sim with built-in kegerator – wait, what?
    An egg-beater turned centrifuge can save lives
    Facebook hits 10,000,000,000 photos, good LORD Read More

  • YouTube Founder Compares Online Video To Nascent TV Market

    YouTube Cofounder Chad Hurley spoke at the MIPCOM Conference in Cannes, France yesterday. In the talk, which is transcribed below, Hurley compares the current state of online video to the nascent years of television. In 1941, he says, “CBS has just launched its new television network amidst cries that it means the death of radio.” Advertisers were hard to come by. Content owners… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile G1

    I will keep this review short and straight to the point, folks. You know how Google likes to keep things in Beta for years and years? Well, Android is no different. Like many of you I was excited at the prospect of a new OS to muscle it’s way in and take down the iPhone, but I’m afraid Android is not it – at least not yet. The OS actually isn’t that bad, but it does… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 out on October 30

    The T-Mobile G1, or the Google phone to you and I, will go on sale on 30 October in the UK. The Android open source-powered mobile has attracted 25,000 UK consumers to pre-register for the device. The tarrif will be £40 a month with “unlimited” data for all that Google Maps, Google Talk IM and Google Mail you’ll be using. Problem though: It has no in-built video… Read More

  • Playboy is getting out of the DVD business, going all-online

    Facing rising ink and paper costs and a declining demand for physical discs, the world’s most recognizable skin rag — I mean, adult entertainment periodical — is getting out of the DVD business. Their online distribution system will be their primary method of content distribution, and other cost-cutting measures will be taken in order to return the company to profitability. Read More

  • Bragster dumps bets and hones in on video bragging

    Startups across the globe are knuckling down and concentrating on what works right now, for a lot of very obvious reasons. Included in this is Bragster, the UK-based startup we described as Jackass meets Facebok when they won a $3.5 million Series A in February. They are now stepping away from betting and focusing on “dares” as, says co-founder Wim Vernaeve says “they were 70%… Read More

  • What Android Can Learn From the iPhone: It's the Software, Stupid.

    By now, all the first full reviews of the Android G1 phone have come out. This isn’t one of them. You can read CrunchGear’s in-depth review or my initial impressions of the G1 in an earlier post. And there are plenty of other places where you can (re)read about the specs, the slide-out keyboard, and the $179 price. But I did get my Android loaner from T-Mobile last Friday and… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile G1

    I will keep this review short and straight to the point, folks. You know how Google likes to keep things in Beta for years and years? Well, Android is no different. Like many of you I was excited at the prospect of a new OS to muscle it’s way in and take down the iPhone, but I’m afraid Android is not it – at least not yet. The OS actually isn’t that bad, but it does… Read More

  • Have It Your Way: MyWonderfulLife Helps You Plan Your Own Funeral

    Death is an unfortunate consequence of life, at least until science can prove otherwise. And while most of us would rather just avoid the subject entirely, the thought of having a sappy, cheesy funeral weighs heavy on some people. MyWonderfulLife, a Minnesota-based startup that launched earlier this month, is going to help you make sure that doesn’t happen. You’re first asked… Read More

  • Review: Griffin Clarifi iPhone 3G case

    I’m not the type of person who puts stuff in protective cases. I feel it’s like putting one of those leather bra things on the hood of your car; sure, it’ll protect the front of your car from rocks on the freeway, keeping it in perfect shape for when you sell it – but in the meantime, you’ve still got a funky looking leather bra thing on the hood of your… Read More

  • That's Right. I Just Threw A 110 MPH Fastball On iBaseball

    SGN is definitely on to something with these Wii-like iPhone games. They’ve had over 2 million downloads of iGolf and iBowl. And tonight they’ve released the next game in the series, iBaseball (iTunes link). Like the other games it’s free, and you use the accelerometer in your iPhone to control game play. The application includes applause and game sounds, vibrates when a hit… Read More

  • EA's CEO on Spore: I hate DRM but it's here to stay

    It’s hard to exaggerate just how much EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello, misses the point here. I personally don’t like DRM. It interrupts the user experience. We would like to get around that. But there is this problem called piracy out there. That’s what he said at some hoity-toity media conference, referencing the Spore-DRM brouhaha. First, the pedantic… Read More

  • FriendFeed Built The Ultimate Live Blogging Tool

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/2008-debates/realtime?embed=1 What you see above is an embed of a special page on FriendFeed tracking discussion of tonight’s presidential debate. The page updates dynamically, meaning no page refreshes are necessary, using similar “long polling” code that makes instant messaging on web pages (see Meebo, eBuddy) work properly. Facebook implemented… Read More

  • NVIDIA drops a little more info on the new 9400M

    If you’re wondering about those new MacBooks and what exactly it is that NVIDIA contributed, they’ve got you covered. There’s not a lot of testing yet (we’ll cover it as soon as it happens), but it’s enough for them to say that the 9400M is a huge improvement over the last generation MacBooks’ integrated graphics. “Industry-Changing” is, I… Read More

  • Carbon E7 police car looks like Transformers prop; equipped with tons of gadgets

    Carbon Motors, never heard of ’em either, is working on a custom police car to catch all of Gotham’s baddies. It kind of looks as if K.I.T.T. and Robocop breed a Transformer offspring meant just for police duty. It’s dubbed the E7 and specific details about all the gadgets haven’t been released, but this short video shows off it’s bad-ass styling. Allegedly, the… Read More

  • Ecobee thermostat has a Wi-Fi connection

    Here’s a way to control the temperature in your house from far, far away. The Ecobee “Smart Thermostat” has all the stuff you’d expect with a standard digital thermostat and adds a pretty nice-looking touchscreen interface and – gasp! – a wireless connection, allowing you to log in and control it via the web. It’s not super-duper expensive either, at $385. Read More

  • Your cellphones aren't safe from hackers

    We’re being told to be afraid of hackers again, only now they’re targeting our cellphones. But we use our cellphones! Security experts at Georgia Tech said that hackers, those faceless but utterly contemptible malcontents, could soon turn their attention toward creating botnets out of cellphones. These botnets wouldn’t then be used to send e-mail and so forth, but rather would… Read More

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