• Oh puh-lease: A treadmill bike? Get the hell outta here

    I’m going to go on record and say that this is fake. Sure, there’s a product page that appears to be selling it for $2500, Canadian, and sure, it’s got some customer reviews, but I refuse to believe it’s an actual product. It’s too dumb. Plus, watch the above video. Why can’t anyone finish a sentence without smirking and/or laughing? Anyway have fun with… Read More

  • Computers on wheels: Microsoft Auto

    These days, new cars have a truly new feature, which those in the industry call telematics. You and I would probably call it an in-dash computer, but what do we know? Right now Microsoft has Sync in Fords and competes with OnStar and Hughes Telematics in GM cars and Mercedes/Chryslers respectively. They’ve been around for a little bit and are becoming standard. What’s the next… Read More

  • Black iPhone is an urban legend

    We did a little research and found lots of phones on AT&T’s website were reporting a “Black” version. Clearly this is a shopping cart glitch and not proof-positive of a chupacabra like 3G iPhone in the wild. Read More

  • “Someone just knocked-off MiWi”, says Nintendo in a cockney accent

    The latest Wii knock-off has at least one thing going for it, its name is fun to say in a British accent (give it a try). After your done saying the name 50 times, that’s about all the fun you’re going to get out of this thing. It is made by Eittek of China, it features Wii (and N64?) like controllers, 23 WiiSportish games, and various attachments… but they all suck. Read More

  • Old 486 desktop + ingenuity = dedicated NES emulator

    Here’s something I didn’t cover in my Emulation Orientation a few weeks back, though I did mention NESticle. A couple guys have decided the most noble job for a venerable 486 is to run the venerable NES emulator full time, complete with controller ports. Find out how they did it here (good luck with doing it yourself). Of course, there are much, much easier ways to go about this. Read More

  • SK Telecom denies Virgin/Helio merger rumor, calls it "groundless"

    Last week, CrunchGear reported on a rumor that Helio and Virgin Mobile had gone to the table to discuss the possibility of a merger. SK Telecom, one of Helio’s two parent companies (the other being Earthlink), is calling shenanigans. According to a spokesperson for SK Telecom, there had not been “any sort of talks” between Helio and Virgin, saying all rumors as such were… Read More

  • Microsoft to offer limited XP to low-cost PC makers

    Microsoft has unveiled a plan under which a somewhat crippled version of XP will be made available to the makers of low-cost PCs like the Eee PC and XO laptop. I’m not sure how I feel about this; at $25 it’s practically free, but the arbitrary hardware limitations Microsoft is imposing are, I think, kind of despicable: the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit screen sizes to… Read More

  • Red Ring of Death? Fix it yourself, void your warranty

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1271373/360_three_rings_of_death_fix__real.swf I keep waiting for the day when my Xbox 360 throws me the Red Ring of Death, cringing at the thought of having to call Microsoft, wait on hold, box up my console, and wait forever for it to get returned. Even though the above video tutorial likely voids your warranty, I’d much rather fix my Xbox 360 myself… Read More

  • Human Hearing Basis for Audience’s Voice Processor

    Whether you believe in evolution or creationism, it is hard for technology to beat the natural world when it comes to design and function. Often it is best to study nature and try to emulate its wonders. That’s what Audience has been doing for its voice processor that can be found in NTT DoCoMo’s new mobile phone, Sharp SH705iII. Audience created the A1010 Voice Processor and based… Read More

  • bview mashes up Yelp, Yell and Facebook to keep businesses honest

    BView claims to be Yelp+Yell+Facebook for businesses and their customers. When I first heard that, I though “join the queue”. There are lots of startups trying to do this, many from different angles, including Welovelocal (since bought by GCap), Tipped, TrustedPlaces, Qype and even Rummble. Some are more directory based, some leverage social networks, some major on local reviews. Read More

  • BlackBerry inks deal with MS for Windows Live stuff

    I’m not sure how many BlackBerry users also use Hotmail, but the three or four of them will be happy to know that BlackBerry devices will soon support push Hotmail. Oh, and Windows Live Messenger, too. Read More

  • New Visual Search Engine Picitup Needs to Pick Up Its Game

    Visual search and image recognition is one of the holy grails of consumer Internet technologies. Picitup is jumping into the deep end of this space by announcing the launch of its public beta. Unlike Like.com (formerly Riya) which focuses on likeness, Picitup focuses on attaining matching images. This differentiation is important as it sets the company on a completely different trajectory… Read More

  • Patent: Location-based music from Sony Ericsson

    Sony Ericsson has a somewhat interesting patent in the works that would essentially allow your digital audio player to determine where you were located and then offer you up a list of downloadable tracks that have been tagged to that location. The idea is that certain music works well in certain locations, like I’d tag “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head” to all the gas… Read More

  • Boston Apple Store will open earlier than expected

    Originally thought to be opening on Friday, May 16th at 6:00, it appears that the Boylston Street Apple Store will actually be opening a day earlier on Thursday, May 15th at 6:00. Apple will be “giving away limited edition T-shirts and other surprises,” too, so you can look forward to some potentially free loot. More details at Apple.com. The store is located at 815 Boylston… Read More

  • DVR, web video blamed for prime time decline

    The New York Times has a piece on the impact that digital video recording, on-demand offerings, and web video services have had on advertising budgets for prime time television slots. Apparently if people aren’t actually watching TV during prime time, it makes advertising “trickier to measure and pitch to marketers,” resulting in less ad revenue, giving the networks… Read More

  • GTA IV glitches: Funnier than the activities of monkeys in a barrel

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=214041 I actually can’t believe there aren’t more glitches in this massive game but Game Trailers finds a few good ones. Wait for the amazing black hole at the end. via Kotaku Read More

  • iPCS Inc. Sues to Stop Clearwire WiMax Network

    Last week Sprint Nextel announced that it was partnered with Clearwire to build a high-speed WiMax network in major U.S. markets. Investors like Intel, Google, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have agreed to invest $3.2 billion in the Sprint and Clearwater partnership. The new company, called Clearwire, is slated to have over $15 billion in assets. But lawsuits filed in Illinois by iPCS… Read More

  • Nintendo launches "homebrew" service WiiWare

    Have a great idea for a game? Add it to WiiWare, a game distribution system on the Wii that lets you sell your own video games online. The current line-up iusn’t great (Defend Your Castle is one and sounds like an anti-masturbation title) but the expectation is that the service will embolden experts and amateurs alike to create content for Nintendo’s runt. WiiWare frees… Read More

  • Powerset has a 'secret' video

    The much talked-about Powerset (at least in Silicon Valley circles),which is trying to crack the nut of natural language search, has been looked at more closely by TechCrunch. But did anyone notice the promotional video about it which few have seen so far? It was only added 3 days ago to Vimeo but is fast gaining attention. (Update: OK, so I got beaten by Arrington to it!) Meanwhile, I do… Read More

  • Car vs. iPhone: Who shall be the victor?

    Umm… looks like the car won. Reader Meir ran over his iPhone with a Mercedes — if you’re going to destroy your phone, do it in style, people — and quickly hopped out to retrieve the device, now artfully crazed like a 18th century glazed ceramic chamber pot. His story: A couple of days ago, due to a series of very unfortunate events my iPhone
    found itself being driven… Read More

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