• The internet is a series of tubesteaks being cooked by a Tesla coil

    The Nevada Lightning Laboratory made these for Maker Faire, and smartly turned the terrifying viewing in to a picnic lunch by using the power of electricity to zap a couple hot dogs into delicious submission. They want to build a pair of these ten times bigger, inside which an observer could stand and measure whatever phenomena manifest in the middle of a lightning storm. Shocking.
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  • Rumor: Sprint's Treo 800w to drop June 22

    We’re hearing more and more about the Sprint Treo 800w, the first new Treo from Palm sporting the new Centro-like re-design. It’s a good looking phone, WinMo aside, and has many fanbois up in a tizzy. WMExperts has it that the 800w will hit the streets for Sprint on July 22nd. What’s notable about this device is that it’s the first Palm smartphone with integrated… Read More

  • Solar-powered hearing aids help poor deaf folk

    Did you know that there’s 250 million people around the world who are hearing-impaired? Even worse, two-thirds of them live in the developing world. Odds are, these people don’t have the type of money needed to buy conventional hearing aids, primarily because their expensive batteries last only about a week. What if you could design an affordable hearing aid for the… Read More

  • Zune invades Canada June 13

    Hip hop hooray!!! Pricing as follows for you Canucks lusting over the Zune. * Zune 80GB: SRP $249.99 CDN (available in black or red)
    * Zune 8GB: SRP $189.99 CDN (available in black, red or pink)
    * Zune 4GB: SRP $139.99 CDN (available in black, red or pink) Thanks for sending this in, Stephane. Read More

  • Egg cellphone concept could be best one yet

    Go ahead and tell me this cellphone concept, the Egg, doesn’t look better than the HTC Diamond. The color scheme, the contours and curves, the UI, it all looks better, I think, than the Diamond. Yes, the Diamond has the advantage of being a “real” cellphone, but these days I tend to like concepts more than actual, finished products. Read More

  • One-third of Hong Kong households watch TV via the Internet; U.S. not even close

    This adorable graph shows worldwide IPTV penetration. More specifically, it shows the percentage of households per country that watch TV via the Internet. Hong Kong leads the line, followed by Iceland and Estonia. Not a single Western Hemisphere country is listed, which must thrill the likes of NBC (Hulu) and ABC. Certainly, I watch all my TV shows (“Lost,” “the… Read More

  • HTC’s Diamond may Rough-up iPhone

    High Tech Computer (HTC) announced the HTC Touch Diamond today. The Touch Diamond utilizes 3G (third generation) mobile technology. The device runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and has a touch screen that can be used one-handed. Apple hasn’t said when it will launch a 3G phone, but the company is expected to do so later this year. Starting this June, the Touch Diamond will… Read More

  • UK CCTV cameras used to solve only 3% of London crime

    Despite having more CCTV cameras than anywhere else in Europe, UK police have solved a whopping 3 percent of London robberies with them. Considering that all those cameras cost somewhere in the billions of pounds, or infinity dollars, that’s not exactly the return on investment many had wanted to see. As to why the cameras aren’t being used to solve crime, New Scotland Yard says… Read More

  • PrimeSense could add 3D vision to consoles

    Imagine the Wii with 3D vision. The console would understand if you were behind an object and images would move accordingly and you could reach out with your hand to “touch” items on the screen. The technology is real and it works and PrimeSense, a small Israeli company, is trying to release it into the wild. PrimeSense, which just closed a $20 million funding round led by… Read More

  • Cellcrypt to encrypt mobile calls

    I’m not sure if they are going to have a clause in their contract which says “No terrorist clients”, but UK startup Cellcrypt is looking to raise several million pounds for its voice call encryption technology which works on mobiles over VOIP. It’s already closing in on deals with multinational companies and the British government, so it sounds like it will be vetting… Read More

  • Jada Guitar Hero Air Guitar Rocker now available

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=gotme.flv Remember this thing from CES? Yes? OK. It’s available now at Target, Wal*Mart, Best Buy and Toys R Us for $30. There will also be encore packs available this summer for $15. Read More

  • BlackBerry 9000 reviewed

    A few weeks back someone unloaded a few BlackBerry 9000 devices on eBay and everyone assumed they were fake except a few people. Kevin over at CrackBerry.com was not one of them. He dropped, roughly, $828 based on a few pictures and the belief that not everyone on eBay is a complete scumball. He got lucky and here’s a brief synopsis of what he found. Read More

  • Video: UI and photo fun with the HTC Touch Diamond

    Here’s some more video of the Touch Diamond’s interface. The various devices I’ve seen have at times been a little laggy with the photos and the tilt sensor — stuff like that. It may have to do with the fact that they’re connected to the Wi-Fi network here along with 150 other people. Hopefully the production versions will be a bit snappier. The device demo’d… Read More

  • Photos: HTC Touch Diamond

    Here are some photos of the Touch Diamond. It’s a lot smaller than I thought. Enjoy. Read More

  • Hey, Egypt, Greece, India… are you ready for some iPhone?

    Riddle me this… is it 3G? Vodaphone just announced that it will be selling the iPhone — an iPhone — in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey. Man. Now that’s what I call a roll out. None of this pussy-footing around with Germany and the UK. That’s a man’s roll-out, friends. Now about… Read More

  • Two Companies to sell iPhone in Italy

    Telecommunications companies Vodafone and Telecom Italia will sell the Apple iPhone in Italy. Previously, Apple only allowed one company to sell its popular device in any national market. Exclusive franchise deals that lets Apple share service provider profits were struck with AT&T in the United States, O2 in Britain, Orange in France and Deutsche Telekom in Germany. Vodafone and… Read More

  • Opera Releases Firebug Alternative: Dragonfly

    For web developers, and especially front-end coders, the Firefox extension Firebug by Facebook’s Joe Hewitt is a killer app and major time saver. It lets you deconstruct the webpage currently loaded into Firefox to get a better idea of how HTML, CSS, and JavaScript needs to be modified to work properly (and it can even make changes to CSS on the fly). Opera has just released a competing… Read More

  • Could AOL Be Next on Microsoft's List?

    With Microsoft walking away from the Yahoo deal, there’s been a lot of talk about what it’s next best option would be. Going after AOL is an obvious choice. It has the ad inventory (aka pageviews) Microsoft needs, has its own collection of growing online advertising businesses, and has a very willing seller in parent Time Warner. The Times of London is reporting that Microsoft… Read More

  • Video: HTC Touch Diamond Web Browser

    The sound got all jacked up — my battery was dying. Forgiveness, please. Try to just listen with your eyes. I have a briefing in a couple hours so I’ll get better footage. Read More

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