Monthly Archives: August 2010

This Isn’t just Any Old Ironic Misuse of a Cassette Tape, Now… [Iphone Cases]

Forever overlooked by ironic iPhone coverings, the humble plastic cassette case gets a look-in on the action along with the cassette, where it acts as a stand for watching videos. A much more worthy job than just encasing the iPhone. … Continue reading

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Leonardo’s Notebooks [Leonardo Da Vinci]

Here’s a sampling of the most fascinating of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, culled from 7000 pages of original sketches and text, by H. Anna Suh. She’ll be answering reader questions in the comments for the next hour. UPDATED. More » Openwave … Continue reading

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Olympus E-P2 dons all-black garb for limited edition pancake lens kits

Olympus has just made a pair of new, limited edition kit options official for its PEN E-P2 shooter. Both include an M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 prime lens and an all-black paintjob, with the choice for the buyer being between … Continue reading

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Motorola says leaked Droid X Android 2.2 build won’t be updated to the official release

Can’t say this is a surprise, but Motorola posted a note on its support forums today warning Droid X users against upgrading to that leaked Android 2.2 build or any of those custom ROMS that’re out there — they’ll be … Continue reading

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The Ideal Vacation Spot For You And Your Virtual Girlfriend [Travel]

You might chuckle at this fellow for pretending to be taking a picture with his virtual girlfriend, but he’s happy. He’s on vacation with his love and they’re in a place which caters to their sort of peculiar relationship. More » … Continue reading

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ZooGue iPad Smart Case ? Weird Name, Neat Case

The ZooGue iPad Smart Case combines a protective play through case for the iPad, with an innovative stand that can be adjusted to any angle. The case uses a built in prop with Velcro feet that easy allow you to … Continue reading

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Mapping Your Pals With Nearby Friends: Creepy or Fair Game? [Facebook]

Is Facebook Places not sufficiently immersing you in the mundanity of your friends’ lives? Try Nearby Friends, an app that plots their check-ins—past and present—on Google Maps. Just don’t let any of them catch you using it. More » Micron Technology … Continue reading

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Lockheed Martin and Kaman’s unmanned helicopter wins military contract (video)

When developing an unmanned vehicle there are two paths to choose from: create an entirely fresh design with no room for a carbon-based pilot, or simply take an existing craft and make it self-sufficient. That’s the direction Lockheed Martin chose … Continue reading

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IBM’s X-Force: No Telling How Many Unpatched Web Threats Are Out There

During the first half of 2010, more than 4,300 new disclosures of software security issues came to light. That’s according to the mid-year report issued by IBM’s special X-Force security research team. What’s perhaps a bit more disturbing is how … Continue reading

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Let’s Hope the Print Oxford English Dictionary Really Dies [Books]

“Falling away by tens per cent a year,” the print dictionary market “is just disappearing.” That’s what Oxford University Press’ CEO Nigel Portwood says. And that’s exactly why the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary may be online only. … Continue reading

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How to Create the Ultimate Exercise Playlist [Exercise]

Studies show that the rhythmic speed of your music influences your athletic performance. Here’s how to use that information to create the ultimate playlist for your workout. More » Hcl Technologies Hewlett-Packard High Tech Computer Hon Hai Precision Ind.

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Good Luck Enjoying Your PlayStation Move With These Orb-Obstructing Accessories [PlaystationMove]

Hyperkin’s “Sports Victory Set” of PlayStation Move accessories has a couple of problems. First, they are a bit ridiculous looking. (But hey, waving a dagger around could be fun). More importantly, they will mess up the whole damn system. More » … Continue reading

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HP’s Phil McKinney teases three mystery prototypes on Twitter

Well, this is certainly interesting — that’s HP CTO Phil McKinney pictured above in a pair of redacted shots that were posted to Twitter by HP’s Mark Budgell. Described only as “early protos” by McKinney himself, the pictures show what … Continue reading

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The 21st Century Clapper [Homemod]

The original clapper launched in 1986. It was a disaster. Because of shoddy engineering, it started blowing up TVs, and Joseph Pedott ended up having the whole thing re-designed. The rest is history. And a jingle! More » Bt Group Canon … Continue reading

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Multi-robot command center built around Microsoft Surface (video)

While we’ve given up on ever winning an online match of StarCraft II, that doesn’t mean top-down unit control schemes are only for nerds in their mom’s basement with their cheap rush tactics and Cheeto fingers and obscene triple digit … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Retro Bike-Computer Counts with Class

If you want to know just how fast you can go on your vintage fixed-gear conversion, but can’t bear to put an ugly plastic computer onto your beautifully curated bike, this concept bicycle speedometer could be right up your bike-lane. … Continue reading

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Could The Samsung Galaxy Tab Be Headed To Verizon or Sprint ? [Unconfirmed]

A CDMA version of the oft-spotted Samsung Galaxy Tab has been found, which could point toward an eventual Verizon (or Sprint) 3G version of the tablet. Or not. Whatever, all I need to know is that the Tab runs Android … Continue reading

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Could The Samsung Galaxy Tab Be Headed To Verizon or Sprint ? [Unconfirmed]

A CDMA version of the oft-spotted Samsung Galaxy Tab has been found, which could point toward an eventual Verizon (or Sprint) 3G version of the tablet. Or not. Whatever, all I need to know is that the Tab runs Android … Continue reading

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Microsoft: Script Kiddies And Hackers Accidentally Send Us Their Code All The Time [Hackers]

It’s not unusual for hackers and script kiddies to crash their Windows systems while trying to write a malicious code. It’s apparently also not unusual for them to send that malicious code right along to Microsoft when prompted. More » Seagate … Continue reading

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Snag a copy of ?The Windows 7 Guide: From Newbies to Pros ? Free eBook?

The Windows 7 Guide: From Newbies to Pros – Free eBook [affiliate link] is a 46 page guide that will introduce you to Windows 7 and what it has to offer. This guide will go over the software compatible issues, … Continue reading

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Butterfly Eggs Don’t Look Like They’re From This World [Bugs]

Butterflies sorta creep me out. First, they start out as another bug and then they cocoon themselves. Who does that? And just take a look at this butterfly egg, it’s borderline alien looking. More » Electronic Arts Eclipsys Eastman Kodak Co … Continue reading

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ASUS NX90Jq now available… sort of

Remember this classic from way back at CES in January? We had such high hopes for the ASUS NX90 Jq. The 18.4-inch multimedia laptop boasts dual large touchpads and was designed by Bang & Olufsen’s chief designer… and that shows. … Continue reading

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A Fun Way to Squirt Water Up Your Nose ? Tapi

The Tapi from DreamFarm adds a water fountain capability to your regular tap.   Just squeeze-n-snort. It doesn’t impede the normal flow and comes in a range of colors. $5 [Via Filed in categories: Kitchen Gadgets, News, Spotlight GadgetsTagged: KitchenA Fun … Continue reading

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New ARM architecture (likely Eagle) better suited for OS virtualization

Looks like that fake Pre with the iOS / BlackBerry OS split personality is a little ahead of its time, but ARM — supplier of the architecture that underpins most of the world’s smartphones — likes the idea. In a … Continue reading

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T-Mobile G2 build flashes to other devices to great results, new widgets

Remember that T-Mobile G2 build that leaked out earlier this week? Even if you didn’t, the ROM still managed to find its way onto other Android devices by way of some clever (if not elementary, dear Watson) hacking, and from … Continue reading

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Samsung Fascinate ready for Best Buy in-store pre-order ahead of rumored September 9 launch

Verizon can’t be feeling too hot about being the straggler to the Galaxy S party, but the wait seems to be almost at an end. Best Buy’s just started taking in-store pre-orders for the Fascinate, while the latest internal document … Continue reading

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Researchers set new record for ferroelectric data storage

Ferroelectric isn’t just a ridiculously fun word to say, it might just also be the future of computing. While that possibility is still a ways off, researchers have been making considerable progress in recent years, and a team from Japan’s … Continue reading

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iPad Now Shipping In 24 Hours [NowShipping]

I’m not sure how long it’s been the case but Apple’s online store now lists the iPad as now shipping in 24 hours. That goes for all versions of the pad, from the 16GB Wi-Fi only to the 64GB Wi-Fi … Continue reading

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Concept: Magic iRemote for iOS Apple TV/iTV

Dan Wineman?s concept, above, for an iOS-powered Apple TV/iTV remote that’s essentially an iPod touch without the screen, is interesting. Same accelerometer/gyro, same multitouch, same home button. I think this device might even work as the only remote for the … Continue reading

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Firefox Friday, a weekly round-up: Beta 4, Beta 5, Panorama, breaking add-ons and our Private Browsing habits analyzed

This week has produced some fantastic Firefox news. That’s a good thing, but because we covered it all on Download Squad in a timely fashion, it leaves me with a bit of a problem: there’s no new news to share … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Gift Bag Edition

The Goodbyn Lunch Box: You Know, For Kids I Love This Tool Box Save Packaging By Getting Your Amazon Deliveries Via Reusable Tote DIY: A Custom Android Gaming Mount Using Spare Wii Parts The Ewee-PT, A Budget German SegwayEmc Electronics … Continue reading

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How Nathan Myhrvold and Intellectual Ventures Would Change the Patent System [Interview]

Patents! They’re a big deal. Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures depends on patents to make money, and they file a lot of ‘em. So I asked him how he’d change the patent system. More » Asml Holding Asustek Computer At&T Autodesk

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The Patents Paul Allen’s Suing the Whole World Over [Patents]

If you haven’t heard, Paul Allen, mostly famous for his early role at Microsoft, has sued basically the entire tech world over patents filed by his former company, Interval. The WSJ has a more in-depth look at the patents, and … Continue reading

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Someone Convinced Samsung’s Newest Monitors That They’re HDTVs [Samsung]

Samsung’s latest monitors appear to enjoy pretending they’re HDTVs in their spare time. Labeled as the 30 and 90 series, they have 1920 x 1080 worth of pixels, built-in HDTV tuners, built-in speakers, and a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. More » … Continue reading

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Dell’s Aero May Crash and Burn

Another day, another new smartphone coming to market. In this case, it is Dell’s Aero, a device retailing for $99 with a two-year contract with AT&T. Features include a 5 MP camera, a 3.5-inch display, and Flash Lite support for … Continue reading

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Viking Modular’s SATADIMM jacks an SSD into your memory slot

Explaining the differences between DRAM and non-volatile storage is about to get that little bit harder, thanks to Viking Modular. The company’s decided to “borrow” the DIMM form factor for its latest enterprise SSD offering, equipping it with a 240-pin … Continue reading

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World’s Most Annoying Videographer Defends Right to Tape Girl’s Ass [NYC]

Here’s a video of New York’s single most annoying individual 1) taping a teenage girl’s ass as she poses in Times Square, and 2) proclaiming obnoxiously his right to do so. He’s right, though. [Gothamist has the crotch shots. Classy.] … Continue reading

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This Week’s Best Apps [Apps]

In this week’s rootin’ tootin’ roundup: Gmail, pushed; Don Draper, emulated; Phantasy Star II, had on your iPhone(!); pets, rescued, your Netflix instant queue, chewed through at any and every moment, and much much more! More » Nikon Nintendo Nokia Nvidia

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Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, puppy dogs, all things good and decent (not Microsoft)

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has dropped the patent suit hammer on Apple, Google, Facebook, AOL, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube, accusing them of violating his lab’s innovations in internet commerce. According to the Wall Street Journal: … Continue reading

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Pogoplug enhanced with a Biz Version

Pogoplug is taking pre-order for the Pogoplug Biz. This is a newer, more expensive version of the Pogoplug Janet posted about earlier. They announced the new product on their Blog back at the end of July. The basic Pogoplug is … Continue reading

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HP bringing dual-core Atom N550 to Mini 5103, other netbooks expected to follow

HP only just rolled out its Mini 5103 business netbook earlier this month, but it looks like it might already be set to get an upgrade — a newly-discovered support document on HP’s own site clearly lists the new dual-core … Continue reading

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WordPress.com can now tap Zemanta’s magic photoifying, taggy and related linky juice

Filed under: Blogging, Productivity Despite being posted by someone with a thoroughly unbelievable name (‘Joy Victory’? Really?), I can confirm that WordPress.com users now have access to Zemanta’s rather sexy functionality. Zemanta, if you’ve not heard of it before, is … Continue reading

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Airborne electricity is ripe for the picking, claim researchers

Electricity might not grow on trees, but it is freely available in the air — provided you know how to catch it. Such is the contention presented by Dr. Francesco Galembeck of Brazil’s University of Campinas at the 240th annual … Continue reading

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The Long, Unglamorous History of the Toilet [Toilets]

Nobody is entirely sure who first had the privilege of sitting on a toilet. Evidence of advanced plumbing systems in the ancient world abounds, but it’s a strange, meandering path from antiquity to checking your inbox on the can. More » … Continue reading

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Entelligence: when less beats Moore

Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he’ll explore … Continue reading

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