Archive for October, 2009
  • Heat sensitive lights turn on/off with your presence
    by Mike
    Posted October 28th, 2009 at 7:35 am
    A few months back I wrote an article (for the love of god...I spent an hour looking for it...no dice.) about some cool light technologies. The lights you see were able to be turned on/off by text message. The reasons for such an action are easy to see -- drastically reduced energy consumption being the prime reason. But the fine people of France are removing "manual" human interaction from the equation all together. Just recently, a 500-meter stretch of the Allée Camille-Soula was retro...
  • Facebook gives users a channel to grieve
    by Mike
    Posted October 28th, 2009 at 7:16 am
    Having a friend or loved one pass away is never a fun thing to go through. With a society so entrenched in social networking, the accounts and services that are left behind when the original owner passes often get forgotten and left in a state of "always on". In the case of Facebook profiles, once a person had passed, unless someone else knew the password that was it. There was nothing anyone could do. The page was there forever, ingrained in the digital world. Realizing this extreme oversi...
  • iPhone/iPod Touch iTunes syncing unofficially officially coming to Linux
    by Mike
    Posted October 28th, 2009 at 6:51 am
    Before we really get your hopes up, we need to stress that this process isn't exactly "download - click to install - enjoy". But if you're running any distro of Linux, I'm assuming your at least a fairly versed in getting down and dirty behind the scenes of the pretty UI into the heart of your machine. And that's a good thing because that is exactly what it's going to take to get this unholy union to kiss and make up. The image above is a nice graphical representation of what the installed so...
  • Geolife and PosiMotion announce first turn-by-turn app for iPod Touch
    by Mike
    Posted October 28th, 2009 at 5:26 am
    Want to get in on the turn-by-turn hot action but have a lowly iPod Touch? Such issues, you know, not having a device with access to a mobile network were a problem. I mean, a simple media player has only been able to harness GPS via WiFi locations -- something that won't be very helpful if you're traveling further than 200 feet from a router. Looking to further expand the iPod Touches potential, Geolife and PosiMotion have teamed up to announce that the first true turn-by-turn GPS app for ...
  • City of L.A. joins list of largest U.S. companies to embrace Google Apps
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    In a move that is sure to spur countless ramblings, clown faces, and repetitive though baseless comments from The Balms himself, the L.A. City Council voted an astonishing 12 - 0 on a $7.25 million contract to move all 30,000 of the cities' employees over to Gmail and other Google related apps. Not a small move by any stretch. In fact, after the move is complete, the city of L.A. will be one of the largest municipal users of Google apps. Pretty cool huh? In an effort to prevent mass chaos, t...
  • Movie labels pushing “no rental period”
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    They'll never learn... The entire world is running towards digital, yet the few greedy suits who control major movie labels as well as their bass akwards business models refuse to die. The movie labels are toying with a "no rental" plan that would prevent new movie releases from being rentable for up to a month after a purchase only release. Fine, be that way. I'll torrent it for the pain in the ass you caused me. Or I'll *gasp* wait an extra month, rent it, and then copy it. Such reactio...
  • Google launching their own, free, mobile map app?
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    You don't say? Ridiculously overpriced map apps *cough*...TomTom...*cough*...navigon may soon be getting some competition from the multi-purpose likes of Google. Pointing out that Google already has Google Maps as their own is a rookie mistake. Understandable, though still very rookie. You see, they still license international map data from TeleAtlas while U.S. maps are now handled by Google's own accrued map data. Which by the isn't hard to believe seeing as the last several years have see...
  • Ceiling mounted water faucet turns heads, drops water.
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    Upon first look, this metal shaft descending from the ceiling may may seem like the perfect accessory to a night full of fun at "the bachelor pad". Capped off with pizza, beer, and a few female companions, who would say no? But this isn't any normal female companion pole. (Plus, I cringe at the thought of some woman jumping all over this thing only to have it rip from the ceiling, showing the spectators in vast amounts of plaster, drywall, paint dust, plumbing, water -- pretty much everything...
  • Official BlackBerry Storm OS 5.0.0.238 mutilates custom themes! [Update -- Fix!]
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    **Update: There's a fix folks. Find it here. Disappointment for sure. It looks as if a nasty bug in the official BlackBerry 5.0 software renders custom BlackBerry Storm themes ugly and not quite so functional. The image above is from Kyle over at BlackBerry Cool and foreshadows a tidal wave of disappointment for all new BlackBerry Storm users who pick up a model with 5.0 pre-installed as well as those who have already upgraded. In this particular issue, the phone in question is the ...
  • Chad Ochocinco to all who support “traditional” news based business models: “To hell with the middleman”
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    The social networking bans making there way across various professional level sports is not only stupid, but extremely ignorant and short sighted on the leagues' parts. First, by protecting old archaic business models and not embracing a new, modern technology, they are pushing themselves and their message further into irrelevance. Thankfully for us techies, Bengals player, Chad Ochocinco, isn't taking this affront to modern news reporting or fan interacting lightly. Mr. Ochocinco is starting...
  • Last.fm rolling out new video service: “Last.tv”
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    In the grand scheme of online streaming, three big names including Pandora, Spotify, and Last.fm could be considered the "big 3" of their market. If you love the latter, you're going to want to pay close attention to their new project titled: "Last.tv". This new venture will revolve around (obviously) video content. Initially, CBS owned Last.tv will feature content from music festivals across Europe and is reported to be launching this coming January. Until then, CBS will be hard at work li...
  • Android 2.0 (Eclair) gets the “official” treatment.
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
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