I've never gotten along with the SureType keyboards on some of RIM's BlackBerry devices. You input a couple of letters, get a list of possible words, scroll over to the correct one, then select it--yeah, no thanks. I know it gets easier to use over time, but it really shouldn't be so much work. It's a shame, too, because they're found on some of the company's best smart phones, including the sexy BlackBerry Pearl. I really like the design and functionality of the Pearl, but much prefer to have a full QWERTY keyboard. What'… Read more
--PHOTOGRAPHY: Stunning HDR shot of Tokyo skyline (Boing Boing)
--APPLE: Apple's 21 million reasons to love the holidays (CNET News.com)
--THE INDUSTRY: Net video firm Brightcove reals in $59 million (CNET News.com)
--GADGETRY: Battle of the 7-port USB hubs (ProductDose)
--ARTS & CRAFTS: Make your own Mario quilt (Kotaku)
--ONLY IN JAPAN: McDonald's Mega Mac in Japan (Plastic Bamboo)
--SOCIAL NETWORKING: Unofficial Child Surveillance Day: IMSafer and MySpace upgrade (Webware)
--POLITICS: Obama's online route to the masses (CNET News.com)
A Sacramento, Calif., radio station has fired 10 employees after a woman died in a water-drinking contest to win a Nintendo Wii, the Associated Press and other media sources are reporting.
A preliminary autopsy indicated that Jennifer Strange, 28, died from water intoxication after participating in KDND-FM 107.9's on-air "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest Friday. The participant who drank the most water without using the bathroom was promised a game console valued at $250.
During the match, contestants were given two minutes to drink an 8-ounce bottle of water, then given another bottle to … Read more
--ONLY IN JAPAN: Only in Japan (Pink Tentacle)
--GAMING: Survey: 54% of stores have PS3s in stock (Joystiq)
--SECOND LIFE: Behind the Anshe Chung DCMA complaint (CNET News.com)
--WEB 2.0: A widget storm is coming (GigaOM)
--HISTORY LESSONS: Using coffee as fuel in Brazil locomotives (Make)
--NEWS: Ten fired from radio station after Wii contest death (Game|Life)
--SECOND LIFE: Second Life Keenag Art Gallery (Productdose)
--WORLD OF WARCRAFT: 28 hours later, Warcraft gets its first Level 70 (Joystiq)
Technology conventions like the Consumer Electronics Show are great places to see what's coming next, but some companies also like to remind you of what's happened in the past. It's always great to be reminded that the crowd went bonkers back in the mid-'70s when Asteroids came out in color or Chuck E. Cheese was upgraded to include food edible for humans.
At this year's CES, Japan's LCD giant Sharp trotted out some tidbits from its history. The calculator pictured here was the first-ever LCD calculator produced. The EL-805 could run 100 hours on … Read more
Add one more reason to doubt the iPhone hype: It appears that Apple's uberdevice utilizes a totally proprietary 1.5:1 aspect ratio. While that's wider than the standard square-ish 1.33:1 (4x3) aspect ratio found on older TVs, PC monitors, and iPods, it's 15 percent narrower than the 1.78:1 (16x9) screen dimensions found on most HDTV and DVD programming.
Forgive the horrible pun in the headline (five days in Vegas will do that to you), but corniness aside, the important news is that T-Mobile and Research in Motion have just released a white version of the BlackBerry Pearl and it's now available for purchase online and in retail stores.
The new pearl-white color is part of T-Mobile's and RIM's strategy to appeal to general consumers and the younger crowd, providing them with a full-featured smart phone in a sleek and stylish package. The BlackBerry Pearl White's feature set is identical to the original Pearl's.… Read more
--PARODIES: ZunePhone ad: Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPhone (YouTube)
--APPLE: Mac found in temple ruins of the East (CrunchGear)
--SCARY STUFF: Hello Kitty gallery (Gizmodo)
--CYBERLAW: Bloggers get first federal court press credentials (BoingBoing)
--COOL STUFF: The Internet black holes (Information Aesthetics)
--GADGETRY: The ultimate toilet for the gadget freak (UberReview)
--ONLY IN VEGAS: Qualcomm at CES (Notcot)
--WEB 2.0: What if Google and Yahoo switched designers? (TechCrunch)
--TELECOM: No Skype on mobiles anytime soon (GigaOM)
--APPLE: Ask an attorney: Apple and Cisco will share 'iPhone' (Cult of Mac)
--GAMING: Remember to always use your Wii strap! (GameVideos)**
--WEB 2.0: MyState of the Union (PSFK)
--APPLE: Apple's iPhone a threat to mobile operators? (CNET News.com)
--ARTS & CRAFTS: Ball point pen chandelier (Make)
--THE INDUSTRY: eBay to buy StubHub for $310 million (CNET News.com)
--JUICY GOSSIP: Rumor: MTV acquiring 1UP, adding to their collection (Joystiq)
--GADGETRY: USB-powered laptop cooling stand (ProductDose)
--ONLY IN JAPAN: Spotted in Akiba: Kit Kat in a can (TokyoMango)
**Yes, we know you already know this. Friendly reminders are good every once … Read more
It's been a year since we were first introduced to Monsoon Multimedia's Hava device, a placeshifting product that delivered a handful of features--Wi-Fi connectivity, multicast functionality, and Windows Media Center integration--not found on the category-leading Slingbox. Hava went on to release its flagship product in late 2006, and the company has since licensed the technology to Pinnacle, which sells a Hava clone called PCTV To Go.
At CES 2006, Hava was showing off a new entry-level product called the Hava Gold HD. It's housed in a different enclosure than the Hava Wireless HD, and it loses that … Read more