Monthly Archives: November 2010

PCWorld: Apple ?Smoked the Competition? in Reliability Survey

Apple products earned the highest marks for reliability and service based on a recent poll of 79,000 gadget owners. PCWorld this week put out results of its annual survey, gauging customer experiences with various gadgets including laptops, desktops, HDTVs, cameras … Continue reading

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BitTorrent-Based Domains Could Make Sites Invincible Against Government Seizure [Internet]

In response to the recent flurry of aggressive takedowns against P2P and piracy-related websites, a group of programmers is working on a new, decentralized system that would make domains untouchable. The Dot-P2P project is partially powered, appropriately enough, by BitTorrent. … Continue reading

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Frontier Arcade Machine ? A gift for the person that has everything?

UK based Liberty Games has launched a cool new home-market focused multi-game arcade machine, which can be completely customized from the look of the cabinet, display size, controllers, sound system and more. The PC based system is powered by a … Continue reading

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The Intricate Choreography of Flight [Video]

5,000 airplanes are in the United States skies alone every hour. 63 such planes were filmed for this time-lapse video showing the intricate and beautiful choreography of take-offs and landings. Watch it. It’s worth two minutes. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/d0fn9TLEmug/the-intricate-choreography-of-flight Canon … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Jailhouse Edition

Review: Dropcam Echo Root Access Found For Windows Phone 7, Jailbreak Not Far Off Robo-Deer Draws Fire From Poachers Limili Identifies That Song That?s Playing, Adds It To Your Grooveshark Collection Killing Time: How Many Of These 25 Bad Tech … Continue reading

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Google Should Use This Groupon For Groupon [Humor]

Okay this is just awesome. Internet marketer John Boyle has taken creative liberty with the rumors circulating about a Google Groupon acquisition and mocked up a meta “Groupon for Groupon,” which is exactly what it sounds like. So far the … Continue reading

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Kinect 3D Video Capture Just Got Even More Insane [Video]

If Oliver Kreylos’ Kinect 3D video capture work was amazing already, his hack to use two Kinects to eliminate shadows and fully capture reality in 3D space is just crazy. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/x4aVl-yb-r0/kinect-3d-video-capture-just-got-even-more-insane Syntax-Brillian Synopsys Synnex Symantec

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RSS Live Links for Chrome lets you monitor news feeds in real-time

Not everyone uses Google Reader; some people (a dying breed, perhaps) like to consume their RSS feeds locally, using a desktop feed reader. Firefox has long had a Live Bookmarks feature that gave it some of those “desktop feed reader” … Continue reading

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Fonera SIMPL router now on sale for $49, moving quickly to telcos

Still holding tight to the “Sharing is Caring!” mantra? Not afraid in the least of handing out a few kilobytes to lost tourists down below? If so, you’re a prime candidate to own a Fon router; for those unaware, Fon’s … Continue reading

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App Deals of the Day [Dealzmodo]

A few extra apps on your phone can make the difference between a boring and a fun-filled, entertaining travel experience. Do yourself a favor—check out the great selection in today’s #appdeals and stock up! More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/dilBnaV2l5A/app-deals-of-the-day Rackable Systems Quest … Continue reading

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Verizon Buys #CyberMonday From Twitter

It looks like Verizon has bought the promoted trend “#CyberMonday” to mark the Monday after Black Friday and Thanksgiving when consumers look to the web for exclusive holiday deals. This buy follows another significant Promoted Trend this past Friday, when … Continue reading

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Safretti’s back with Double Vision hanging HDTV / fireplace combo

Nothing quite says “the holidays” like warming up to an artificial fire in a spacious, well-appointed apartment while watching a DVD of generic snow-filled landscapes. Unless you’re in our family, in which case “the holidays” is more about drunken egg … Continue reading

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Auto HD for YouTube lets you pre-set Chrome for 720p in YouTube

Auto HD for YouTube is a fairly simple Chrome add-on, which has a similar function to the many Greasemonkey scripts that do the same thing: it makes YouTube default to high-quality playback. I’ve tried it out, and here are some … Continue reading

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Xbox 360 May Get Cable-Like Online Subscription Service [Microsoft]

Microsoft’s no stranger to working with TV networks, but according to Reuters they’re working on a cable-like online subscription service for the Xbox 360. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/mLalf393W0Q/microsoft-eyes-up-online-tv-service-using-xbox-360-as-media-hub Hcl Technologies Hewlett-Packard High Tech Computer Hon Hai Precision Ind.

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SVG-edit is a surprisingly powerful in-browser vector image editor

Watch out, Inkscape! As Web browsers become increasingly powerful, it is only a matter of time until a free browser-based vector graphics editor pops up that is powerful enough to compete with a desktop application — and SVG-edit may well … Continue reading

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Morgan Stanley Tech Analyst Mary Meeker Joins Kleiner Perkins As Partner

Longtime technology analyst Mary Meeker is leaving Morgan Stanley for greener pastures at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She will join the firm as a partner. Mary Meeker joined Morgan Stanley in 1991 as the Firm?s PC … Continue reading

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This Is What Happens When You Burn Steel Wool [Video]

It’s so surprisingly fantastic and magical that I’m going to go buy steel wool and light it on fire right now. It’s like having front row seats to an intergalactic light show. [Boing Boing] More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/Mzbx1sJZgVA/this-is-what-happens-when-you-burn-steel-wool Manhattan Associates Lsi … Continue reading

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Tokyoflash brings RPM LED wristwatch concept to reality (video)

Tokyoflash, purveyor of all things awesome when it comes to watches, has just unveiled its latest addition. If you’re of the eagle-eyed variety, you’ve probably spotted it just to the right (or after the break in video form). The difference … Continue reading

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Acer seduces with slim, trim AZ3750-A34D all-in-one PC

Go ‘head Acer! Get down with your bad self! After introducing a bevy of tablets at a press event earlier this week, it seems as if the company has at least one more trick up its sleeve: this. The AZ3750-A34D … Continue reading

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Ultrasn0w iOS Unlocking Tool Now Works with Version 4.2.1 (3G/3GS Only) [Unlock]

Ultrasn0w, the iPhone Dev Team’s iOS unlocking tool, was broken recently by Apple’s “aggressive compiler optimization.” Whatever. It works again, sort of, but only for iPhone 3G and 3GS. The iPhone 4 uses a different baseband so that version will … Continue reading

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Sprouty is a bare-bones personal budgeting application

Mint is pretty much the behemoth of personal budget management. But it’s also a tad complex, and it’s very American. If you happen to live outside the US, you probably won’t be able to use all of Mint’s options. Sprouty … Continue reading

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Kinect used to control Super Mario on a PC, redefine convergence (video)

If, like us, you’ve been waiting to see Kinect in control of a truly marquee game, your wait has now come to an end. The same fella that brought us the Kinect lightsaber has returned with a hack enabling eager … Continue reading

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Dave?s Holiday Wish Lists and Suggestions

I love the Holidays….the brisk winter weather (or for us here in the Pacific Northwest, the dumping rain),  the hustle and bustle, getting together with family and friends, eating too much, buying gifts for everyone, etc. Often I am consulted … Continue reading

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Ask a VC: Why David Hornik Invests Close to Home and the Dumbest Deal in the Valley (TCTV)

Ten years ago, most VCs refused to invest outside of Silicon Valley. Now, most of them have funds in Israel, Europe, India or China– and lately many of those Chinese funds are outperforming the US counterparts. But August Capital is … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Couch Cushion Edition

Review: 2011 Ford Edge Sport Volt?s Wild Ride: A Long Drive In Chevy?s Electric Vehicle A Chair Made Entirely Of The Cracks Between The Cushions The SenseFly Swinglet CAM: Your Very Own UAV Metaflex: Getting Closer To A Proper Invisibility … Continue reading

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Sony aims for half of Japan’s e-reader market by 2012

Given the dominance of Sony’s Walkman over in the Land of the Rising Sun, it’s a little surprising to think that Sony has been all but silent regarding the Japanese e-reader market. We heard back in May that the mega-corp … Continue reading

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A Card Trick Leads To A New Mathematical Bound On Data Compression [Mathematics]

A complicated card trick that deals with the colors of the cards and a binary De Bruijn cycle has helped a mathematician reach a new bound on data compression. Magic and math, more friendly than you’d think! More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/lsnoGyKb9T8/a-card-trick-leads-to-a-new-mathematical-bound-on-data-compression … Continue reading

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Google Apps accounts finally get full range of Google services

As a long-time Google Apps user, I was overjoyed when I could finally start using Google Reader with my Apps account a few months ago. And now, Google has announced that all Google services are to become available for Google … Continue reading

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The 7 Best Deep-Fried Turkey Disaster Videos [Video]

Today’s Thanksgiving, and a whole bunch of people are going to just toss a frozen turkey willy-nilly into a deep fryer, film the exploding fireball that results, and post it on YouTube. (For which we, of course, are very thankful.) … Continue reading

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FCC Aims to Bring 911 Into the Modern Era

With a catchy title — “Broadband NextGen 911″ — U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Department of Transportation officials want to bring emergency services into the age of technology with more than just a three-number telephone call. “Today’s 9-1-1 system doesn’t … Continue reading

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Unfortunately, You Can’t Eat These Radioactive Jars of LED Jam [LEDs]

Considering I’ve just polished off half a jar of jam, you could say I’m a fan of all things preserved. But inedible LED jams? JellyLamps’ bright hues make me sad I can’t slather a knife-full on a bit of crust. … Continue reading

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The Most Boring Day In History Was April 11, 1954 [Boring]

The weekend after Thanksgiving/Black Friday is definitely relaxing but also a little boring. But it’s not the most boring day in the 20th century. That’d be April 11th, 1954. A scientist developed software to determine that as the boringest day … Continue reading

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The Real Story Behind NASA?s Resurrected Space Plane [SpaceShuttle]

Why did NASA quietly move two long-grounded X-34 space planes for inspection? Did they want to see if they could fly? Were they eyeing a return to space via reusable, airplane-style vehicles? Here’s what they were doing and why. More » … Continue reading

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Firefox 4 UI update brings snazzy, new alert pop-ups

Lest you think blogger Long Zheng is all about Microsoft apps, our Australian friend has a keen eye on all kinds of bleeding-edge software. — including Firefox 4. Today he noticed a change in the Firefox 4 nightly build — … Continue reading

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BendDesk: the curved multitouch workspace of the future (video)

The Media Computing Group — otherwise known as the dudes and dudettes responsible for making multitouch hip again — is back, and some might say better than ever. The BendDesk is an outlandish new concept workspace for the future, relying … Continue reading

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Lifechanger: Happiness Is a Loaded Sonos [Lifechanger]

Magic is a singing home. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/96-oGpYVu7U/lifechanger-sonos Cisco Systems Cognizant Tech. Solutions Comcast Commscope

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Associated Press (Or CBS) Surrenders Their Dignity

A lot of people out there still seem to think that all blogs do is riff off of major media content. Reblog it, or just plain plagiarism. Most people know that most major news is now broken by blogs, but … Continue reading

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AAXA debuts L1 v2: world’s smallest 20 lumen pico projector

The pico projector may have peaked a year or so ago, but AAXA Technologies is hoping to ride the coattails of success with the laser-based (read: focus-free) L1 v2. Predictably, this is the second generation L1, and it’s being hailed … Continue reading

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TuneCrank lets you listen to independent music and rank it

TuneCrank is another crack at a familiar problem: How do you make people listen to unfamiliar independent artists, and help the good stuff float to the top? Uvumi tries to do this, and so does Bandcamp in a completely different … Continue reading

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Syte Shirt redesigns iPad-toting version, introduces smartphone edition

Look, it’s not embarrassing. We too are waltzing around the dinner table, iPad Syte Shirt on, with a slideshow of pilgrims and Tofurkys to really “showcase our spirit.” But what about the jubilant among us that aren’t about to part … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Nuked Edition

Sling Releases SlingPlayer For iPad Video Hands-On: Hexbug Spiders Review: Rampage, Menace, Spitting Out Fire Star Trek-themed Home Automation Center Is Star Trek-Themed Gran Turismo 5 Review Round-up: Yeah It?s Good (But *How* Good?) The Black Friday Survival Guide Source: … Continue reading

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TopWinPrio gives a priority boost to your focused application window

TopWinPrio‘s function is mashed right into its name. Once you launch the app, it hides in your system tray and automatically bumps the process priority of your foreground window. If you’re focused on an app and working in it, it … Continue reading

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Syte Shirt redesigns iPad-toting version, introduces smartphone edition

Look, it’s not embarrassing. We too are waltzing around the dinner table, iPad Syte Shirt on, with a slideshow of pilgrims and Tofurkys to really “showcase our spirit.” But what about the jubilant among us that aren’t about to part … Continue reading

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Apple’s Black Friday Deals [Apple]

Looks like decent-ish savings on Black Friday for Apple: $101 off Macs, $41 off iPads, $21 off iPod Touches and slightly cheaper accessories. Interestingly, there’s no mention of Apple TVs being discounted. Check out Apple’s Black Friday preview here. [Apple] … Continue reading

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11 Or 13? Today, Both MacBook Airs Cost The Same

A recurring refrain in my Twitter feed is the coded question, “11 or 13?” Despite it’s religious overtones, this is not a reference to passages in the Bible. It is a question familiar to any Apple-obsessed consumer: Should I get … Continue reading

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