tech - hawg
Tech gagdets for Gangstas
From Sync magazine comes a list of must haves for the G-G-G-Gunit in us all. From the Redman Redeye filter
to the Ba-Donka-Donk Mouse
to the Scarface router
. [the whole list
The fuzz gets busy
The government announced they were going to be laying the warez-smackdown across 11 nations
on Thrusday, going after Internet pirates responsible for releasing movies, games, music and others various copyrighted media works.
Watch your TV from anywhere in the world
With you forward thinkg, latest technologies enthusiasts out there, surely you mish your TiVo when you're away from home. Fret no more. The Slingbox
turns your laptop (or any PC for that matter) into a portable viewing station. It connects to your home TV enabling you to check out whatever your missing on cable or to catch up on the shows you have recorded to your DVR. The offcial description (unofficial - it's hella friggin kewl!!):
Slingbox is a compact and elegantly designed, state-of-the-art electronic device that connects to the back of your TV. It redirects, or “placeshifts,” the TV signal from your cable box, satellite receiver, or digital video recorder (DVR) to your computer or laptop of choice, no matter your location — so long as you have a high-speed Internet connection. This utterly unique device will transform the way you watch TV. Whether you want to watch your soaps in the laundry room, or catch the big game during a conference call, or watch your local news from China, the power is now in your hands.
Opera on Windows Mobile
You asked for it (apparently you did
) and now you got it, Opera has released a version of their popular internet browser
for devices running Windows Mobile Edition. The browser comes with "Small Screen Rendering" which makes web pages longer if they are too wide, so you don't have to do the horizontal scrolling to read them.
Google's video player gets hacked
A Norwegian (surprise!) hacker (same techie who opened up DVD encryption
back in the day) has opened up Google's video player
to play video from pretty much anywhere and not just on Google's video site. [yahoo
Akimbo to deliver Video blogs to TVs everywhere
IPTV pioneers, Akimbo, are letting Vloggers (cool IT word for video bloggers, which itself is a kewl word for web log...nice) upload their video blogs to the Akimbo service, making their videos avaiable to all Akimbo-ans (like that?). [ehomeupgrade
Get rid of the wires in your life
Corded devices making your PC life miserable? Clean things up with the $4.99 Cableyoyo
. It would have been even better to plug more than one device into the 'yo at a time but for $4.99, this ain't too shabby either. [gizmag
Verizon ships the Samsung i730
Verizon has begun to ship the Samsung i730 smartphone to customers. The so-far-from-cheap mobile comes with Wi-Fi and EV-DO high speed connectivity, 64 MB RAM/128 MB Flash (and an SD I/O expansion slot also) and Windows Mobile Second Edition amongst other features. [mobiletracker
Google gives access to their mapping tech
With all of the Google Maps hacks you have probably seen lately, you probably didn't know they were almost all violationg Google's Terms and Conditions. Well, now they're not. Google is going to be opening up their mapping technology for free
for developers who make tools that use that technology and distribute what they make free of charge.
Your own little pot of plant horrors
Make your desk that much more menacing by picking yourself up the $22.99 carnivorous desktop plant set
. Not sure if you can buy packs of bugs to throw in this thing or you just have to catch some yourself, either way it's still cool.
Speaker plugs directly into the internet
From the the Japanese National Institute Of Information and Communication Technology (the NICT) comes the NET Speaker
. The NET Speaker doesn't even need to be connected to a pc to run. You can connect it to a PC to configure it's settings, like volume and such, but once that's done, hook it right into the internet and you're off and running.
Worst waste of LED lights ever
Maybe not the worst but I don't know many pets that would willingly eat or drink from this LED Pet Water Bowl
that had green blinking lights. It would freak them out, I would think but apprently not. Somebody's pet has to like this or else they wouldn't have made it, or would they? At least the lights aren't red. Maybe this is a device hoping to capture the minds of pets everywhere to form a kind of pet army used to take over the world? [ia gadgetryblog]
Motorola's new RAZR mobile
Some details of the latest Motorola RAZR mobile device
(dubbed the RAZRberry unofficially due to it's Blueberry-esque look) have begun to leak, or at least that's what they're saying. The features list looks purty dern good:
Mode: Quadband GSM GPRS (Class 10) / EDGE (Class 6)
Chipset: Freescale Neptune LTE + Intel Bulverde
Size: ~78cc, 112 x 64 x 11.5mm Weight: ~115g (max)
Memory (FLASH/RAM): 128MB / 64MB
Removable Memory: Mini SD
Display: 2.4” 320x240 65K TFT
Battery Type: 1130 mAh (TBD)
Digital Usage: 4 Hours
Digital Standby: 8 days
Voice Activated Dialing: Speaker Independent Name and Digit Dialing
Camera: Integrated 1.3 Mega pixel (1280x960) CMOS Imager with flash
Connectivity: Bluetooth, IrDA
Personalization Capabilities: Digital Personalization (Ring Tones, Wall papers, etc)
Voice Recognition: Speaker Independent Shortcuts (i.e. Voice Mail, Recent Calls, etc)
Speakers: Dual Stereo Quality Speakers
Navigation: Thumbwheel, 5 way Nav Key,Left and Right soft keys, Dedicated Camera Key
Google hits $300 a share
With Google releasing all this product
< href="http://earth.google.com/">lately it should be no surprise that Google's stock price recently hit and passed the $300 level
bringing their market cap to $84.5 billion. With it's stock moving the way it has been moving lately, I wouldn't be surprised if Google forms it's own country here soon.
Google unleashes Google Earth
Google has released their Keyhole 3D driven satellite imagery Software Google Earth
. Best of all it's free which means that what once cost some $$$ you now get for free. Google Earth also comes with the best features of Google Maps and Google Local. I can't to play around with this one. I heart Google.
iTunes gets updated
Apple releases an iTunes update
bumping the version up to 4.9. This new version comes with more podcasting related options like the ability to download podcasts and even the ability to:
select subscription options and download you favorite podcasts automatically.
Gunning for Apple's iPod
Fast Company has an article up detailing how a number of digital audio makers are gunning for Apple's iconic iPod
. Interesting to see what these other companies think about the iPod.
Scientist bring dead dogs back to life
In great timing considering Land of the Dead opened last Friday, US Scientists working at Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research have brough back scientifically "dead" dogs by basically replacing their blood and giving them 100% oxygen. Talk about creepy. They get restored to their previous state without any signs of brain or tissue damage so I wouldn't be worried about witnessing Dawn of the Dead anytime soon. Still though, if you live in Pittsburg, I would consider moving.
Duing the procedure blood is replaced with saline solution at a few degrees above zero. The dogs' body temperature drops to only 7C, compared with the usual 37C, inducing a state of hypothermia before death.
Although the animals are clinically dead, their tissues and organs are perfectly preserved.
Damaged blood vessels and tissues can then be repaired via surgery. The dogs are brought back to life by returning the blood to their bodies,giving them 100 per cent oxygen and applying electric shocks to restart their hearts.
Google's Video Player
The Google video player we posted about earlier
is out now
. Prepare for the tech-hawg video updates! (Maybe, if we find anything of interest or get access to anyone cool).
Inflatable speakers bring the party to you
These Ellula Hot Air Speakers are some NON-waterproof inflatable speakers that even come with a little mini amplifier. You can connect them to any sound source that has a headphone jack for some 10 Watts RMS Audio Output.
Grokster gets backhanded
The Supreme Court (in a 9-0 decision) has ruled that Grokster can be sued
basically because they promoted the program's ability to infringe on publishers copyrights. Wrote Justice David H. Souter:
We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties
. Ouch. The case now heads back to the lower courts.
Odeo is the future
This is way cooler than radio and a lot more fun. I was recently let in to Odeo and got a chance to poke around and check out the different content that's available. Couldn't upload or create anything since I don't have a friggin mic for my pc yet but all of the other shows were very cool. This would be great for the music business but they will prbably wait until it's too late and something else is on the verge of changing the whole marketplace. I wonder how ads are going to be worked into this. Man I need to get a mic so I can bring you all (all 2 of you who read this blog) the tech-hawg podcast show! I wonder if that will help my chances of getting into E3.
Timing your swim laps gets easier
Training to become an Olympic-level swimmer but hate not having your stopwatch in the water with you when you're trying to time your laps? Too bad! j/k, Bring a stopwatch in the water with you next time with these. In a perfect example of filling a need, Brunel University student Katie Williams created a prototype of the goggles
due to her experience of the hassle it was trying to time yourself when trying to time your laps. Have to keep checking your watch or the second hand on a wall mounted clock isn't really all the efficient, she knew it and create a product that she believed would make it easier. The glasses aren't supposedly all that different from wearing regular goggles but she's working on making it cost effective before bringing it out to the general public.
Put up a projection screen anywhere
is a special water-based acrylic paint that enables you to turn any hard paintable surface into a high-quality video projection screen. This is mostly made possible by the paint having a highly reflective acrylic coating. This is a pretty cool tool for the home theatre set.
Ajax on Rails
Since I'm digging on the whole Ruby on Rails
scene lately, this
gave me a little chuckle.
Tax-Free Online Sales to be a thing of the past...
...Maybe. Late last month, a California state appeals court found Borders.com liable for $167,000 in back taxes since they commingled the operations of it's online business with their brick and mortar business. Buy all the stuff you can while it's still tax free!
Microsoft and Toshiba join forces
Microsoft and Toshiba team up
to develop HD DVD players together and well as cross-license technology and help design new mobile pcs. Toshiba sees this as a big win since they gain another HD DVD supporter and a big one at that.
Google To Launch Online Video player today
According to John Battelle, Google is set to launch an in-browser, ope- source video player
tying it in with their Google Video service. The code is said to be completely open source with Google releasing the code as part of their Google Code project
. We can probably expect to hear more about Google's online payment system soon too since that too will tie into their video service since users who have uploaded their videos didhave an option to be able to charge people to view their content but no way to actually charge people and collect money.
PayPal founder thoughts on Google's Wallet service
Nice read about what Paypal co-founder, Max Levchin, thinks of Google upcoming Wallet service. [link
Longhorn to include RSS support
Looking to not be left behind (if Apple does it they gotta do it too!), Longhorn will include native RSS support in Internet Explorer 7.
Longhorn will store all data downloaded to a computer via RSS in a single place. It will maintain a central list of all of a computer user's RSS subscriptions, from Web log entries to photos pulled from an online family picture gallery.
It will include a feature called simple list extensions that will let Web sites use RSS to publish lists of content that users can subscribe to, like a weekly run-down of chart-topping songs or an online gift registry
iRiver U10 gonna rock joo
Some info on the newest iRiver player, the iRiver U10
Lamp follows your heartbeat
This soft-flower looking Matty Salin designed lamp
will pulsate in rythym with your heart if you place your hands on it for 6-10 seconds. Apparently, watching the lamp pulse with your heart beat, can visibly show you calming down.
Apple's Intel-based Mac dev kits
Apple's Intel -based Mac development kits
are beginning to surface.
The Intel systems run Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger identically on the surface as ordinary Macs, with the exception of a modified Processor System Preference (from Apple's CHUD tools) that allows the user to toggle Hyper-Threading on or off. Apple System Profiler includes a new line under Hardware listing CPU Features; for the 3.6GHz Pentium 4 this comprises a rather lengthy list of technical acronyms: FPU, VME, DE, PSE, TSC, MSR, PAE, MCE, CX8, APIC, SEP, MTRR, PGE, MCA, CMOV, PAT, PSE36, CLFSH, DS, SCPI, MMX, FXSR, SSE, SEE2, SS, HTT, TM, SSE3, MON, DSCPL, EST, TM2, CX16, and TPR.
Sun kind of sort of open up Java
Sun Microsystems is launching a new project called GlassFish
that 's users view and tinker with the source code but doesn't just falt-out let them have access to it. It seems like Sun is trying to be open source but doesn't feel comfortable with everyone being able to view the innards of their software. Do they not get it or are they really just playing with us?
PVRs aren't mainstream yet, and won't be for a while
If you do own a personal video recorder, consider yourself cooler than 92% of other homes. PVR's won't hit the mainstream for a while
, jumping to 40% home penetration by 2009.
Hoping that all of their sellers don't leave to start their own web stores, eBay launched a new service call ProStores
. ProStores will let sellers set up their own e-commerce site (with their own domain name even) for $6.95 a month with a .5 - 1.5 percent transaction fee per...transaction. With revenue slowing down, they had to think of something.
Mannequin that can project anyone's image
"Ack!" was my first response to this picture. Apparently, some Japanese researchers have developed a mannequin that uses a built-in projector
to project anyone's face on the mannequin face so you can "talk" to anyone you wish. Ishikawa Optics and Arts Corp. of Tokyo frontman Jun Ishikawa wanted to develope this to talk to historical figures like Cleopatra. Just wait until the pr0n industry gets a hold of this, it's only a matter of time.
Sprint + Nextel = The Sprint Nextel Corporation
Details of how Sprint and Nextel will work after their proposed merger are beginning to come out. The company will be called, the Sprint Nextel Corporation
and will use Nextel as a brand name for the services provided inder their iDEN network.
BlackBerry users get downed 2nd time in the past week
Blackberry users experienced some dowtime today
due to hardware problems. Most users were back up within the hour but the second time in a week? Bad luck or something sinister, bwa ha ha!
iPod Shuffle Clip makes clipping easier
The DLO Flip Clip for your iPod Shuffle
looks like it would makes it hella easier to clip it to anything that tickles your fancy. Nice and simple, I haven't tried one myself so I would wonder how sturdy it is but it looks pretty solid.
Google's payment serivce plans confirmed
Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed
that Google was infact developing an online payment service:
Schmidt said Google does not intend to offer a 'person-to-person stored-value payments system' like PayPal's, in which money briefly resides in PayPal's control during the transaction, but he did not give details of how the Google system would differ.
He went on to elaborate further:
The payment services we are working on are a natural evolution of Google's existing online products and advertising programs, which today connect millions of consumers and advertisers...
Some pics of a firefighting robot dubbed Gado Robo D1 from a Japanese company. I would totally dig being saved by one of these. I would even put myself in harms way just so that the Gado would save and I would be able to say, "Domo Arrigato Mr Roboto..". Score!
AOL begins to open up
Since people are leaving the service in droves, probably after figuring out you can use AOL IM from basically anywhere, AOL is trying to transition to a different kind of internet company to compete with the likes of Yahoo, Google and MSN. AOL has now began to make their proprietary content freely available thru their AOL.com website (at http://beta.aol.com). Is this too little too late? The beta website doesn't "pop" or ooze coolness, yet.
Artist Clark Sorensen's "Nature's Call" art exhibit showcase his knack for pretty potties. The Jack-in-the-Pulpit
(pictured) goes for the oh so low price of $3500 so you might as well get two. One for the living room and the other for the front yard. Perfect.
Mankind gets a step closer to human clones
UK researches (isn't it always) have been able to get embryonic stem cells to develop
into a early form of cells that will eventually form eggs or sperm. Woah.
The idea is that it might one day be to allow people who cannot produce eggs or sperm to have children, by taking cells from their body, deriving embryonic stem cells (ESCs) via therapeutic cloning and then deriving eggs or sperm.
CommonTunes allows free sharing of music....blasphemy!
Music for the people by the people...kind of. CommonTunes
let's user share their freely available music online. Looking for abscure hippie music or maybe your blossoming ice cream truck
business needs some new tunes, all types of music can be found. The select is only going to grow and get better as more people use it so keep an eye on it!
Great website for bored of summer school kids
It's like a flea market for jobs! Looking for a job or someone to do your job (more like chore really, something like paint the house or setup your blog), look to Jobazaar.com.
Motorola is pushing the RAZR
Motorola is going to be launching an upgraded version of their RAZR cell phone
to make it Bluetooth friendly and comaptible with BT's Fusion UMA service by the end of his year. They're also releasing Bluetooth headsets and putting more people behind their CDMA RAZR project for us lonely Americans. People are digging the RAZR and Motorola
s is taking notice, hoping to capitalize. The phone is cool and all but it's so tiny and thin. If you're rugged or wear-a-helmet-walking-down-the-street accident prone, you might want to go with something else. But if you're cool and you want people to know you're cool, defintely pick one up.
Sprint PCS is about to...score...with the NFL
Sprint is this close to closing a deal with the NFL that will let Sprint show NFL game highlights as well as advertise all over and during games (talks confirmed by NFL
, with whom still unconfirmed...but it's Sprint !!!). They won't be able to do any live broadcasting of the games though. That's reserved for ESPN since they have the rights to being broadcasting live on their phones in 2006.
Microsoft launches Local-area searching web tool
Microsoft launches a new search website that will search local businesses and local services for you. To show that they too can build cool web tools (after someone else does it first
of course), they are also going to integrate their Virtual Earth technology they've been working on
Take your mouse with you...everywhere!
From Japanese company Scythe
comes the foldable mouse
. It doesn't look to fold all that much, just the buttons. Which would be good if you plan on putting it in your pocket a lot. It would keep the buttons from getting clicked all the time.
Verizon Wireless releases ringback tones nationally
Verzion Wireless was the first major carrier to introduce ringback tones in the US but they weren't they first to release them nationally. T-Mobile had that pleasure back in December of last year. Now, Verizon has caught up by releasing their ringback tone service nationally
. The service is $.99 a month and songs are $1.99 a piece. For those who don't know (I didn't) ringback tones is the sound you hear when you're calling someone.
University of Kansas lets everyone know who failed
The University of Kansas' Office of Student Financial Aid (hope his/her resume is up to date and ready to be shopped around) sent out an e-mail
to 119 students who were in jeopardy of having their financail aid revoked because of their failing grades. The snafu was that it was a bulk e-mail that showed who the e-mail was sent to for everyone. Ouch.
Google aiming for Paypal
Google could be launching an electronic payment service that would compete with Ebay's own Paypal service
. Looks like Google could be looking for ways to make themselves less dependant on selling ads for revenue.
Pay parking meters with your cell phones...
Drivers in Miami suburb of Coral Gables can know enroll in a service that lets them pay their parking meter (and a $0.25 usage fee) with their cell phones
The automated system allows drivers who subscribe to simply dial in from their cell phone, punch in the number assigned to their parking spot, and the required costs — plus a 25-cent usage fee — will be billed to their credit card. When leaving, subscribers call back and end the billing cycle.
Odeo gets reviewed
Podcasting site Odeo gets reviewed
. Evan Williams (creator of Blogger) and Noah Glass have created Odeo to make podcasting to the masses by making it dead easy to do. The review is positive and the reviewer even thinks the site can be released right now. I wonder if there is a way to charge people to listen to your podcasts .
Hold your cell phone on your thigh (for laides and secure men)
Get your Mr & Mrs (probably more for the Mrs) Smith on with this leather cell phone holder thigh strap thingy dubbed the Tsaya
. It�s normally $79.99 but if you get a friend to buy one, you get $10.00 off. Not sure why they called this viral marketing setup menage-a-trois but whatever floats your boat I guess.
Bored with your iPod? Here are 50 things you can do with your iPod
, when you�re not driving of course. [via geekblue]
Yahoo! offering $5000 for most impressive use of Y!Q
Thursday night is the deadline to enter yourself in the Y!Q contest Yahoo is throwing
to publicize their cool litte Y!Q widget
Use Skype from anywhere
IPdrum is coming out with a cable that bridges the gap between mobile telephones and Skype
. It basically enables the user to plug into and use Skype whever they might be without the need for hotspots or special Skype phones.
Force yourself (and others) into action with PledgeBank
Maybe force is too strong. Maybe "inspire" sounds better.PledgeBank
is the latest social site of sorts which you pledge to do something and people can sign up to pledge the same thing.
More details on Creative's Zen Vision
Creative's Zen Vision
is hot like fire. The 30GB digital media player notonly has a 3.7 inch 256k color VGA screen, it comes with an FM tuner and recorder (voice recorder too!) and has video-out and supports AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV 9 and MJPEG. All this and it's USB 2.0 compliant. No idea on price yet but word will probably get out soon. [via dapreview]
Poker bots compete online
The best Poker bots are set to compete in Las Vegas
(who knew?) next month for $100,000. Poker bots haven't been perfected yet but the entire online poker industry is watching. Part of the reason why the bots aren't ready for primetime yet is that card games are unpredictable becuase you play with incomplete information. You could have a pair of 2s and bluff your way to a victory.
10GB microdrive Prototype, that sucker's tiny!
Tohoku University releases a prototype of a 10gb hard drive MicroDrive
using perpendicular storage that allows for more storage in a smaller space. [via akihabara news]
Napster and Ericsson to offer music service for cell phones
Their service will let users (existing Napster users or would even they have to pay an extra fee?) download music from the net to their cell phones or other mobile devices. Napster and Ericsson plan on rolling the service out
in the next 12 months in Europe initially and additional markets later on.
iTunes isn't main source of digital music for iPodders
About 60 million songs have been purchased for Apple's iTunes music store since they opened in April 2004. 3 million iPods have been sold. If you were to spread out the purchase music across all of the 3 million iPods, you would get 21 songs per iPod. Pretty much anyone who has an iPod has way more than 21. Where are the other songs coming from? Here's an interesting look at the music biz
and how the digital music issue could be approached.
Jobs talks about Apple going with Intel
Steve Jobs was recently on CNBC's Street Sign's show where he chatted about the Apple-Intel relationship
and the future of Apple:
We have a good relationship with IBM, and they've got a product road map, and today, the products are really good," Jobs said when asked what IBM had failed to deliver, in his estimation. "But as we look out into the future, where we want to go is maybe a little bit different. We can envision some awesome products we want to build for our customers in the next few years, and as we look out a year or two in the future, Intel's processor roadmap really aligns with where we want to go much more than any other.
New MP3 watches for those who like the sound of their own voice
Japanese company Evergreen has added 2 new models to their MP3 watch lineup
. The EG-MPW256VR (256MB) and the EG-MPW512VR (512MB). These new models now play WMA fils and come with voice recording functionality. I like the fact the don't look like obvious techy type watches. You used to not be able to go anywhere with a calculator watch on if you liked keeping your health.
Yahoo! scoops up DialPad
Yahoo! announced Tuesday that they bought VoIP provider DialPad
for 50 bazillion-fahillion-jabillion dollars (aka, an undisclosed amount). DialPad has 14+ million customers and has been offering their services for just about two years. Maybe Yahoo! will be adding some DialPad VoIP features into their already VoIP testing Messenger.
Give you tableware some spice
From London-based designer Wing Hang Yip comes The Gorgies
. They're made of white glazed earthenware and can even be ordered in different colors or with a logo on them. They sure would add some character to your table set.
Get better control of your (and your friends') golf game
If you totally blow at golf (don't we all?), make your own fun with this $24.23 remote controlable RC Incred-a-Ball
The ball has a little spinning gyro in it, and when you activate it from the remote it spins off in random directions. The acceleration varies depending on the ground, and due to its small size it obviously works best on smoother surfaces such as green and tees. All you have to do is make sure you've completely charged the golf ball in its neat little charging cradle, switch on the transmitter, and select the frequency band shown on the ball. Push or pull back the control shaft on the transmitter to drive or vibrate your golf ball and wait for the inevitable laughs. Utterly daft, and it'll probably even improve your handicap.
play your iRiver underwater (old, i know)
Being that my favorite thing to do in Colorado is snorkel, I'm going to be all over this.iRiver's underwater audio player, the H20 Audio SV i700 is a casing for iRiver iFP-700 players that will let you take it underwater. I know this is so old but it's kewl, so ha.
For earphones, this little guys ain't cheap. The Super.fi 5EB model runs US$199.99 and the Super.fi 5Pro model runs US$249.99. But they do make it sound like it's almost worth it.
Super.fi's professional-grade audio is produced by special engineering that places low- and high-frequency speakers in each ear for better fidelity, plus a unique earbud design that securely seals the ear against external noise. The earbuds' shape and snug fit -- based on Ultimate Ears' 10 years of experience in handcrafting earphones from silicone impressions of customers' ears -- yield maximum wearing comfort as well as maximum noise isolation essential for use in the gym and other noisy environments.
High Fidelity = High Fun. Oh yeah. Feel free to buy them from Ultimate Ears' website
cool retro robots for you and yours
Robots galore over at Gordon Bennett's site, Bennett Robot Works
. He builds them from scrpas he finds in various places, like dumps and garage sales. [via coolhunting]
QVGA screens are nifty
Samsung's SPH-V7800 5 megapixel digital camera phone comes with 3x optical and 4x digital zoom. By the looks of this picture, it's QVGA 16 million color capable screen looks purty dang nice!
DirecTV Update breaks TiVo, on purpose?
In another case of The Man trying to keep the people down, the recent DirectTV update breaks Tivo players
in what people are saying is a plot to get people to use their DirecTv DVRs that weren't rendered broken by the update.
Normally, the stand-alone TiVo will use the serial connection to change certain channels on the satellite receiver when a scheduled recording is about to begin. But because of a recent DirecTV upgrade to the D10 receivers, the satellite box no longer recognizes the TiVo's commands
Get eBay on your cell phone
For all you eBay junkies who constantly need your eBay fix, fret no more. Moonlight Mobile will be launching a new service called Mobile Auctions that will let you hook into your eBay account from your cell phone
. They even plan on it being able to provide real-time updates. It's Java-made so it should be available on all phones.
Shawn Fanning's SnoCap set to open it's virtual doors
Napster founder, Shawn Fanning's lates venture SnoCap is set to open up it's digital registry of music today
(Monday). If you don't know what SnoCap is, here's how it works:
Each song has its digital 'fingerprint' determined and entered into a database. Then when users share a song, Snocap checks the database for the associated copyright information and enforces whatever usage rules the owner has assigned. This will allow music retailers and P2P networks to offer a massive library of legal content without having to maintain relationships with each individual copyright holder, according to Fanning.
New bullet -looking DAP from Philips
Who the hell keeps buying these things? Are these companies even making money? Or are they all just hoping to be as cool as the iPod
. I swear, new digital audio players come out everyday. Well, anyway, here's the latest DAP from Philips, the SA255/00
. It looks like a bullet so from now on I shall dub it the Bullet of Sound! The Bullet of Sound is a flash memory user, coming with a mini-SD slot for memory expansion (need some mini-sd
memory? click mini-sd
) and it plays MP3, WAV and WMA formats. Coming with USB 2 will let you get your tracks on the Bullett of Sound faster and the one AAA-battery it runs on will light up the 128x48 white backlit LCD screen. Other than that, there's not much else to it.
Why Speech Recognition does (and doesn't) work
Interesting article up at ExtremeTech on the un-awsomeness of speech recognition software
. I didn't know speech recognition was built into Office XP (I probably did but quickly forgot since it probably didn't work).
Divx and Xvid capable portable media player
Get your portable DivX on with this portable player from Japanese company Evergreen
. It offers DivX/Xvid playback and is PAL and NTSC compatible. It also supports DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD-DA, CD-G, CD+G, MP3, MPEG1-4, AVI, WMA, JPEG and HDCD. Did I already mention DivX?
From ex-TechTv-ers comes free tech show Systm
. The latest episode (downloadable via BitTorrent
) shows you how to build your own MythTv box. Good stuff and being free doesn't hurt either.
Macs almost got Cell porcessors?
Many people in the industry believe that Jobs is racing quietly toward a direct challenge to Microsoft and Sony in the market for digital entertainment gear for the living room. Indeed, Sony's top executives had tried to persuade Jobs to adopt a chip that IBM has been developing for the next-generation Sony PlayStation.
So Sony pitched Apple on the Cell, why didn't they bite and choose to go with Intel instead?
Update 1: Nokia Unveils Seven New Mobile Handsets - Forbes.com
seven new cell phones (5 in the 6000 series and 2 in the 2000 series), all of which should be available the second half of this year.They range in price from $170-$460 and some are even high-speed 3G capable.
The U.S. to get walkman phone
Sony Ericsson announces that they will be marketing the W600a (their second Walkman cell phone, the W800i was the first) in American markets late this year. The Sony Ericsson W600a will come with a 1.3 megapixel camer, a 262k TFT display, Bluetooth capability and 256MB of user memory (amongst other things
). If this sells well, it could convince other companies that people do want to listen to and play music on the cell phones. Something I'm not convinced everyone wants to do yet.
iRiver gets an update
Ogg Vorbis compatibile digital audio player, the iRiver
, gets an update [japanese]
. From 256mb to 1GB the iRivers are OGG, MP3 and WMA compatible and they also come with an FM tuner and USB 2.0 connectivity.