• Yik Yak shuts down after Square paid $1 million for its engineers

    Yik Yak shuts down after Square paid $1 million for its engineers

    Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington published a farewell note to users on Friday, announcing they would shut down their once-popular anonymous social network this week. The app allowed people to connect with other users within a certain radius, and was widely marketed in and used on college campuses. Read More

  • Crunch Report | GoPro Seriously Botches Earnings

    GoPro’s earnings report is pretty bad, Yelp to lay off 4% of workforce, YouTube upgrades its comments system, Ford has ideas for last-mile tech and the Obama administration looks to create 48 national charging corridors for electric vehicles. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • After Week-Long My Cloud Outage, Western Digital Is Making A Case For Dropbox, Box

    After Week-Long My Cloud Outage, Western Digital Is Making A Case For Dropbox, Box

    Western Digital brags that the its My Cloud product and service will allow owners to “Save everything. Access anywhere”. Except when the service is down. Which it has been for almost a week. Read More

  • Why Startups Fail: A Postmortem For Flud, The Social Newsreader

    Why Startups Fail: A Postmortem For Flud, The Social Newsreader

    In late July, news broke that Flud, the social news reader for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, was headed to the deadpool. Startup failure is an all-too familiar, even cliche, story in Silicon Valley. But when San Diegoan co-founders Bobby Ghoshal and Matthew Ausonio officially shuttered the Flud app and website in August, after three years of development, it was a disappointing final chapter… Read More

  • You’re Doing It Wrong, BlackBerry

    You’re Doing It Wrong, BlackBerry

    BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins recently confirmed with CNET that the company would launch a midtier device yet this year and an “exciting” new flagship device could launch around the holidays. “It [the new flagship] takes BlackBerry 10 to another level in terms of the user experience,” he said. Great! There’s a new BB10 device launching by the end of the year. Read More

  • Blake Griffin Demos The Upcoming Vizio Android Tablet

    Blake Griffin, previously known for dunking over midsize Korean sedans and playing for LA’s other NBA team, just posted to his YouTube account a quick, clearly sponsored, video of the upcoming Vizio tablet announced back at CES 2011. The tablet is part of Vizio’s ecosystem dubbed VIA Plus that promises to bring the same sort user interaction across different platforms through… Read More

  • I hate computers: confessions of a sysadmin

    I often wonder if plumbers reach a point in their career, after cleaning clogged drain after clogged drain, that they begin to hate plumbing. They hate pipes. They hate plumber’s putty. They hate all the tricks they’ve learned over the years, and they hate the need to have to learn tricks. It’s plumbing, for goodness sake: pipes fitting together and substances flowing… Read More

  • Lord of the Rings Blu-ray trilogy on track for April release, but don't buy it

    Too bad the upcoming $99 Blu-ray release is just the theatrical edition and not the extended-cut version. It’s not even worth the $69 price Amazon has it set at for pre-order as you know the other version will come out eventually anyway. New Line just wants fans to double dip. Fail. Amazon via High-Def Digest Read More

  • Samsung dual screen camera big bucket of fail

    Bad news people, the Samsung TL225 camera that was released this August? Yeah, it’s pretty much a pile of crap. The front screen is off center, so your pictures look like everyone is staring off to the side, the touchscreen response (the only way to control the camera’s settings) is oddly disconcerting, the shutter lag is excessive, and low light sensitivity is non-existent. Read More

  • Another Windows 7 launch party in Japan, another touchscreen failure

    Judging from this video, the Windows 7 launch in Japan was certainly more, shall we say, flamboyant then the launch here in the US. But the really amusing part is the fact that the host couldn’t get the touchscreen to work. Read More

  • RubyOnRails XSS Vulnerability Claims Twitter, Basecamp And My Confidence

    It was only three days ago that I wrote about the almost hopeless challenge of web security, specifically around new vectors with cross-site scripting attacks. Today came news that an XSS vulnerability had been found in the RubyOnRails development framework – and that applications built on the framework, such as Twitter and Basecamp, were vulnerable to XSS attacks. The vulnerability… Read More

  • Gmail Now Really Down – Can I Get My Email Back Please (Update: Its Back)

    We wrote this morning about Gmail suffering some turbulence, but it appears now that it has completely crashed and disappeared. Both Apps For Domain and the usual consumer Gmail service are down completely. Google seem to be going backwards on fixing the problem, this morning they sent out an alert saying: September 1, 2009 8:18:00 AM PDT
    Google Mail service has already been restored for… Read More

  • Video: Judge Judy, "What is rocket science?"

    Oh, Judge Judy. I credit you with more laughs per half an hour than any other TV show. Your wit is quick, humor dry, and honesty pure. But you are not the best part of the show. Oh no, it’s watching trash bicker over items such as the iPhone and fail miserably when asked a rhetorical question. Then again, the chick in the video probably doesn’t know what a rhetorical question is… Read More

  • Fail: Indian W2M satellite

    W2M, the first satellite to come out of a European/Indian joint venture signed in February 2006, was launched on December 20 for Paris-based Eutelsat. On the evening of January 22, a major malfunction occurred with the power system, prompting the Indian Space Research Organization to declare the satellite a failure. Engineers will continue to try to revive some portion of the satellite… Read More

  • Linux keeps dying

    Hey guys! Guess what! It’s another post about how Windows is kicking the crap out of Linux! Robin Harris over at ZDNet asserts that “Microsoft has kicked Linux to the curb, claiming an 80% attach rate for netbooks.” Wow! Read More

  • Yet another Comcast FAIL post

    We’ve all had bad experiences with Comcast but hopefully no one’s coax network looks like this one in a Hanover, MD neighborhood. According to the Baltimore Sun, Comcast techs ran cables in such a way that they are simply laying on sidewalks and over a couple of driveways. Then there is the cable junction box cluster *uck shown in the picture above. And it was installed like that… Read More

  • Seagate's warranty policy is poo; at least according to an online tech [Update]

    When will companies learn that if you treat people badly, it will appear all over the Internet? According to this chat transcript between a Seagate hard drive owner and an online tech, Seagate has an interesting warranty policy that states the advertised one-year warranty doesn’t start when the drive is purchased, rather when it left the factory. So if the drive sat on… Read More

  • Third SpaceX attempt fails; Scotty just can’t get beamed up

    Last night the Falcon 1 two stage rocket by private company SpaceX failed 2 minutes after launch. The “picture perfect” stage 1 launch was followed by an anomaly that kept the two stages from separating. The rocket fell into the Pacific Ocean. Three satellites were on board, NASA had two: a small automated laboratory, and a solar sail experiment. The third was from Celestis, Inc. Read More

  • JCrew uploads two product images: one before photoshop, one after photoshop

    When you look at this JCrew product page, does anything stand out as peculiar? If you’re thinking “Holy crap! Lounge crinkle tissue pants for only $39.99, what a steal!”, take another look. More specifically, check out the product sample images. Roll over the first two a couple times. Yep. Likely as a result of a simple naming convention error during saving, two versions of… Read More

  • Buckcherry fails at piracy publicity stunt

    The band we all know as Buckcherry recently put out a press release stating that they were pissed off that someone leaked their music online. The tracks in question were being distributed via BitTottent. This prompted TorrentFreak to track down who leaked the album. Well, it turns out Buckcherry’s own manager was the one that leaked the album. Uh ohs! I don’t think I need to tell… Read More