Monthly Archives: September 2010

This Could Be the New Fastest Street Car [Cars]

The SSC Ultimate Aero II, the second generation of America’s fastest supercar, looks like a space pod that combines Ferrari angles with Wall-E’s Eve curves. It could also be the fastest production car in the world if it reaches 270MPH. … Continue reading

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iOS 4.1 features: HDR photos

iOS 4.1 adds HDR photo capability to the iPhone — and now iPod touch — Camera app. HDR stands for high dynamic range and usually involves a photo with one or more identical photos that are over and under exposed … Continue reading

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Google agrees to pay $8.5 million to make Buzz privacy lawsuits go away

Remember back when Google’s Buzz social networking app shared user’s private information without their consent? Heck, do you remember Buzz at all? Suffice it to say that some unhappy folks sued, and it looks like they’re about to accept a … Continue reading

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High on List of Things You Don’t Want to See From Your Airplane Window: Massive Shower of Sparks [Explosion]

Passengers returning to Sydney from San Francisco were treated to a delightful pyrotechnic show as a special treat from Qantas. A mesmerizing cascade of flame and sparks! Coming from their 747′s engine. Which exploded after taking off. Wait a second. … Continue reading

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New official MeeGo screenshots show promise, influence

MeeGo’s official user interface guidelines could easily end up determining whether the platform sinks or swims — no one wants a phone whose UI looks like junk, after all. The minions at Nokia and Intel’s little pet project have posted … Continue reading

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Fail-Safe: Achieving 100% Uptime for Crucial Web Services

For a growing number of businesses, maintaining fail-safe website availability is a matter of business-critical importance, and not just for the e-commerce industry. Certainly for the e-tail trade, website downtime equates to lost business, but beyond the online sales realm, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Teen Shoots Cellphones Into Jail With Bow and Arrow [Hardtime]

Considering it less uncomfortable than other methods of sneaking cellphones into prisons, a Brazilian gang hired a local teenager to launch phones over prison walls with a bow and arrow. Their plot was foiled when one hit a guard: More » … Continue reading

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Google Wave Lives On (in a Box) [Google Wave]

Google has announced that despite Wave’s demise as a Google App, its open source code will continue to be developed into a fully-functional application available to anyone with the desire to host it. More » Linear Technology . Lexmark International Level … Continue reading

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Deal of the Day ? HP Pavilion dm3 13? 1.2GHz Dual Core (or Core i3 ULV) Ultralight Laptop

The LogicBUY Deal for Friday is the HP Pavilion dm3 13.3? laptop - just released this week!  The dm3 has a new design and 2010 Intel ULV processors.  It features CoolSense, a new cooling technology that senses if it?s sitting on … Continue reading

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iPhone 3G Speed Test: iOS 4.0 versus iOS 4.1 [IPhone]

iOS 4.0 was so slow on our 3G, we promptly downgraded after updating. Earlier this week, Apple announced, among other things, that iOS 4.1 fixed performance on the iPhone 3G. We put their claim to the test. More » Perot Systems … Continue reading

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New official MeeGo screenshots show promise, influence

MeeGo’s official user interface guidelines could easily end up determining whether the platform sinks or swims — no one wants a phone whose UI looks like junk, after all. The minions at Nokia and Intel’s little pet project have posted … Continue reading

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Travelling Around the World in a Gadget-Filled Ford Fiesta

Last weekend Jeremy Hart — Wired.com contributor and a global traveller with 120 countries under his belt — left Los Angeles for a 60 day, 21 country, 15,000 mile drive around the world — in a Ford Fiesta. Jeremy will … Continue reading

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Rounds provides fun and intimate video chat via Facebook

Filed under: Fun, Social Software This morning, I had the pleasure of chatting to a charming British expatriate currently living in Israel. We started with Skype but quickly moved to Rounds’ new Facebook video chat app. It took all of … Continue reading

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webOS 2.0 features emerge — your Palm device just blew its own mind

Filed under: OS Updates, webOSToday, HP unveiled the new webOS 2.0 SDK — and that means plenty of details about the new version are available for all to see. One of the coolest additions is Stacks, and it’s not at … Continue reading

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Shazam Launches Major Updates To iPhone app, Now On 20m Users

Music identification app Shazam has announced big feature updates to its iPhone and iPod touch music discovery apps. There are now customised settings for ?tagging on start-up? make the process of identifying a music track faster, a new UI, the … Continue reading

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Tablet Skirmish Heats Up With Toshiba Entry

Toshiba has announced its own entrant into the tablet market with the Folio 100, which will run on the Android 2.2 operating system. Sporting a screen just over 10 inches, the device will be larger than other early competitors to … Continue reading

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Can Spam-Swamped Ping Survive Without Facebook?

Facebook has reportedly shut off access to its friend search feature for subscribers to Apple’s newly introduced Ping social music service. The social networking apparently giant did this by denying Ping access to its application programming interfaces, AllThingsD reported.Nintendo Nokia … Continue reading

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Adobe Photoshop Express for Android taken for a spin, leaves me a little unsatisfied

Filed under: Photo, Utilities, Adobe, AndroidFrom the outset, a smartphone photo manipulation app is a fantastic idea. Thanks to the turtleneck mafia, awful-and-noisy-built-in-camera photography has become something far bigger than most of us expected — who could’ve predicted that the … Continue reading

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Check out some awesome HTML5 audio demos with Firefox 4 (video)

Filed under: Audio, Mozilla, Browsers With so much continued competition surrounding the HTML5 video and canvas tags, one of the other major additions to the HTML5 specification has been all but forgotten by the media: HTML5 audio. Fortunately, the bearded … Continue reading

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Mobee’s inductive Magic Charger for Apple’s Magic Mouse really is magical

If you look deep enough into the halls of IFA, if you can see through the 3D television murk and tablet hype, you might be lucky enough to find a few gems. Like the Mobee Magic Charger for Apple’s Magic … Continue reading

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Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV gets a stereoscopic software makeover, now plays nice with 2D content, Blu-ray 3D and external screens

Nabbed one of Toshiba’s fully-loaded stereoscopic laptops, only to find a dearth of actual 3D? The company’s got a software update that might revitalize your machine. Where previously you’d have to install ready-made dual-ocular content directly to your hard drive, … Continue reading

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Verizon officially announces prepaid smartphone data packages

After a flood of leaks, Verizon’s just officially announced its prepaid data plan for smartphones. The new 3G Prepaid data package will offer smartphone users “unlimited” data for $30 a month, while feature phone users can score 25MB of data … Continue reading

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Old Apple TV won?t be getting new Apple TV features

Ars Technica has confirmed that the new Apple TV software and features won’t be coming to the old Apple TV. We confirmed with an Apple spokesperson that the maximum HD resolution of the Apple TV is 720p, consistent with recent … Continue reading

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Mark Zuckerberg Is On iTunes Ping ? But Only One Is Real

Perhaps you’ve heard that Apple and Facebook are having a little bit of an issue at the moment. Despite launching with Facebook Connect integration yesterday, it’s now nowhere to be seen on Apple’s new music social network, Ping. And that’s too bad … Continue reading

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Google’s “Things to do” helps you show the power of Google to non-techies

Filed under: Business, Google, Education For most people, “Google” has become synonymous with “search”. Heck, Cambridge dictionary lists it as a verb. But as we all know, Google can do lots more than just search. You’ve got Gmail, and YouTube, … Continue reading

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This Combat Jet Joystick Is a Lot of Stick and Not Much Joy [Airplanes]

In the age of touchscreens, I love this close-up of a MiG-29 joystick, all dented and battered by thousands of flight hours, and God only knows how many missile launches and bomb drops. Form follows function taken to the extreme. … Continue reading

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Google buys mobile game dev SocialDeck

SocialDeck has become the latest addition to Google’s Hall of Acquisitions. The creators of the popular iPhone game Shake and Spell have also produced Spark, which allows mobile gamers to challenge or chat with friends, recommend games, save games in … Continue reading

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Samsung’s 55-inch C9000 LCD and its amazing Touch Remote control land at IFA

That’s not a PMP wirelessly mirroring the TV’s dipslay. It’s a Samsung remote control that first blew us away at CES in January when Samsung’s ultra-thin LCD 9000 series TV was first announced. So why revisit it? Well, for starters… … Continue reading

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Skype updates Android app for Verizon users, lets you keep the WiFi on

Well, it looks like you still won’t be able to actually make calls over WiFi, but Verizon Android users can now at least keep their WiFi connection active while using Skype Mobile — something that was curiously not possible before. … Continue reading

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When Geeks Attack, Shanghai Edition (TCTV)

For some in Silicon Valley, Asia remains an alluring black box. A promising world with pockets of hyper growth, obscured by a tangled web of unfamiliar languages, customs, regulations and native ecosystems. Although the walls are coming down fast, the … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs: iPod touch more popular than Nintendo DS and Sony PSP combined

Yesterday during Apple’s annual Special Music Event Steve Jobs announced that the iPod touch was more popular than both Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP… combined. Jobs also said more than 1.5 games and entertainment apps have been downloaded by iPod … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Ride Into The Future Edition

Crazy Cathode iPad TV Takes Us From Science Fiction To Reality Bag Week Reviews: Saddleback Leather Briefcase Razer Orca Headphones Focus On Music, Being Really Green Brainy Bike Will Tweet Its Feelings Mad At Google? The Question Is: Are You … Continue reading

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Live Nation To Power Concert Listings, Ticket Sales In iTunes 10

In case you were wondering (I’m looking at you Levine): Live Nation and sister company Ticketmaster have jointly announced that they’ll be the ones powering the concert listings feature on iTunes 10. In addition, the company said it will deliver … Continue reading

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The Second Prototype Of The Power Laces Brings Back To The Future II Shoes Closer To Reality [Shoes]

The original prototype of the Back to the Future II-inspired Power Laces were cool but needed a bulky motor attached to the heel. This second prototype doesn’t. They’re also way more awesome and with donations, could become real. [Power-Laces via … Continue reading

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Google Responds to Steve Jobs’ Thinly Veiled Insults [Google]

During today’s Apple event, Steve Jobs bragged about how many iOS devices are upgraded each day and remarked that he thinks “some of [Apple's] friends are counting upgrades in their numbers.” Google caught this thinly-veiled accusation and retorted: More » Lam … Continue reading

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"Bubbling" Tricks Your Mind To See Anyone Naked [Photoshop]

A legend born: A young Mormon, forbidden from looking at porn, discovers a way to Photoshop safe-for-work bikini shots in such a way to let his mind fill in the blanks. It’s not porn if it’s in your brain. Another! … Continue reading

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This Is How iOS 4.1 HDR Photos Look In Reality [Apple]

Apple’s iOS 4.1 will give us the ability to take HDR photos with our iPhone devices, but how will those photos look? We spent some time with the iOS 4.1 Gold Master and found out. More » Earthlink Dst Systems Discover … Continue reading

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All the Cool New Stuff From Apple Today [Apple]

Apple’s music event was so full of shiny gadgets and awesome news that your head might still be spinning. In case you struggled to keep up with everything or want a review, here are all the highlights: More » Radisys Rackable … Continue reading

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3D Sony Vaio landing next year, we preview the prototype

See this computer here? Yeah, well Sony’s going to launch a laptop next year that will most likely look nothing like this. Intrigued? We thought you would be. Sony announced today that it will be launching at least one laptop … Continue reading

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Sure, I’d Love a $700 Stainless Steel Stealth Military Keyboard [Keyboards]

One hopes that a company doesn’t dream up a $700 steel-and-rubber keyboard with red backlighting (for night vision, natch) and waterproof trackball just to hope that someone, somewhere will buy it. Otherwise Stealth is cursing a drunken general tonight. [Stealth] … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Robot Vanity Edition

Couple Builds Robot To Follow Them Around The House This Is What It Looks Like/When iPhone 4s Cry Amazon Taking Pre-Orders On Dual-Screen Toshiba Libretto Review: Fusion of Ideas? Carbon Fiber Stealth Armor case for iPhone 4 Video: Cute Robot … Continue reading

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Sure, I’d Love a $700 Stainless Steel Stealth Military Keyboard [Keyboards]

One hopes that a company doesn’t dream up a $700 steel-and-rubber keyboard with red backlighting (for night vision, natch) and waterproof trackball just to hope that someone, somewhere will buy it. Otherwise Stealth is cursing a drunken general tonight. [Stealth] … Continue reading

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3M Captures Attenti For $230 Million

Tel Aviv-based Attenti announced today its acquisition by 3M, most notably the makers of Post-Its, to the tune of $230 million in cash. Formerly Dmatek, Attenti is the world’s leading supplier of remote people-tracking technologies such as ankle bracelets, voice … Continue reading

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Sony slims down, speeds up, and adds touch to its entire Reader family

With Amazon and Barnes & Noble both unleashing new e-readers under $150 it pretty much goes without saying that Sony’s got to step it up, and its refreshed Reader family is what we’ve been expecting. Just like we’d heard and … Continue reading

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PhoneSuit Primo Battery Cube review

Smartphones are getting ever smarter and batteries ever better, but it seems that the poor things can just never catch up. It’s a thankless, tireless job powering your gadgets, and sometimes those cells need a little help. That’s where external … Continue reading

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