Archive for December, 2009
  • Firefox 4 design gets updated. Possibilities ensue…
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 10:48 am
    If you had to pick a favorite browser, which one would it be: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera.....Internet Explorer? Apparently the answer to that question is increasingly becoming Firefox. Over the last several quarters, Firefox has been gaining ground on the old giant (IE) so much so that according to recent reports, Firefox now commends more marketshare than IE7 -- no small feat. Naturally, a browser that is growing larger by the day would obviously attract some attention concerning a fresh...
  • SNES Controller becomes self sufficient gaming platform…
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 10:25 am
    ROM's are a geeks best friend. Today apparently they seem to be a hot topic... Ever want to carry a library of ROM's in a convenient, stylish, and portable form factor that you can take with you from computer-to-computer? The SNES controller above had the guts removed and replaced with the contents of a flash drive as well as a USB hub. The results is a controller that houses all the ROM's you could ever want combined with a single cable allowing you to hook up and play said ROM's on any c...
  • “Transparent Trucks” to save countless lives if they didn’t cost multiple arms and legs…
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 7:56 am
    "Transparent Truck"? At first it sounds like some weird Sci-fi contraption or lead in to the often talked about invisibility cloak. But in reality it isn't anything high tech or that complicated. The picture above shows this transparent truck concept for what it really is -- a simple yet ingenious implementation of technology on the roadways. The only problem in the near-term is cost. As with most forward thinking and leading edge tech, it will cost a pretty hefty sum of money to make anyth...
  • San Fran Transbay Tube riders can now yak it up even further underground thanks to expanded wireless coverage.
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 am
    It's kind of unfitting for a tech guru such as myself, one who loves all kinds of lights, sounds, gadgets, and gizmos to live in a land full of nothing but corn and cattle. In short: it sucks. To get my digital/big city fix I have to venture roughly 85 miles west to Chicago. Not really that long of a commute, but still enough to make me want to move. There is however one small issue with big cities -- cellphone service/reception isn't always the greatest due to the extreme amount of stacked ...
  • LG and Sprint to showcase new device at CES. Lotus 2 or Prada III to drop? [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 5:53 am
    What was your original impression of the LG Lotus? For those who don't remember, it was a goofy shaped "tweener" phone with a more square shaped design. Not exactly stylish in my opinion. Though many in the mobile world are no doubt in love. For you love birds I have some *almost* good news. LG and Sprint are taking the stage together at CES this year for a grand launch party centering around some new mobile device. Generally when I see the words "LG" and "Fashion" I think of the Prada li...
  • HTC HD2 video showing TMO branding all but confirms what we already knew…
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 5:35 am
    Regardless of your opinion on Windows Mobile, you have to admit that the HTC HD2 -- all 4.3" of it's glass faced frontal beauty -- is a drop dead gorgeous phone. Currently however, US citizens are left without any official channels to pick up a subsidized or even a US version of the device. That's all set to change in the not too distant future. A video (below) showing a new "2.0.1" ROM showcases among other things, a very familiar magenta boot image that goes "Stick Together" -- a TMO sl...
  • Bark 4 Beer Dog Collar Bottle Opener: The Greatest dog collar. Ever.
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 5:21 am
    You know, as much as I mention gadgets and other forms of digital tom geekery that in one way or another service alcohol, I wouldn't be surprised of all of you started to think I was some sort of alcoholic. But such isn't the case. And no, I'm not in denial either. Even still, regardless of alcohol consumption, you have to find an invention as clever and ingenious as the Bark 4 Beer Dog Collar Bottle Opener as a gift to all mankind. The collar itself is pretty standard run of the mill nylo...
  • Question of the Day: Should Motorola and Sony Ericsson merge?
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    Mergers are one of the capitalist societies greatest assets. Some companies just need help. 'Nough said. Think of two tech companies that you feel would most benefit from a merger. Don't think of you're typical successful giant overtaking a small startup. Instead, focus on mergers that would equally benefit both companies. If you're thinking like WSJ's Sanford Bernstein, the two top candidates for a merger if there were to be one would be Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Just think, both c...
  • Finally, a fix for Office ‘97/Windows 7 UAC woes.
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    Software from Microsoft is benefited by rather constant, frequent updates that keep your Windows software running the best that it possibly can. While I update/upgrade my hardware and software as often as I can, there are many out theme who fall more into the "casual use" category. For them, updating all the time isn't necessarily that important. With that said, users of Windows 7 whom installed Office '97 (yes, that's '97 with a "9") may have noticed as of late that editing UAC controls...
  • Down to the minute stocking stuffer: The Robot Alarm
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    Some people pride themselves in their ornate and sophisticated plans and schedules they lay their lives out in. Such ways to approach the daily grind aren't necessarily bad, they just don't allow for any flexibility in my opinion. Others however find a kind of rush by "flying by the seat of their pants" into any and all situations. Which one are you? It really doesn't matter. The Robot Alarm knows no right or wrong. Whatever type of person you are, organized or completely chaotic is nothin...
  • Motorola Opus One gets the full spec sheet lowdown…
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    Android is quickly becoming "the" OS to have. While the software itself is constantly changing, the hardware too is going for a wild ride. If you don't like the current crop of Android handsets, give it a few weeks as the market is changing that fast. For most, GSM is the way to go for Android goodness. But don't discount CDMA too quickly as there are a few gems there as well -- hello Moto Droid and Droid Eris. But many will be quick to point out that in the states at least, GSM and CDMA ar...
  • PSP-4000: Accidental slip or common marketing snafu?
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 11:43 am
    Like any gadget loving person, I constantly comb through all corners of the web hoping to find the latest dirt on private information that the companies involve don't want to be quite...so...public. So you can understand some piqued interest when stumbling upon an ad that mentions "PSP-4000 support". Is it for real or is it nothing more than a small oversight that somehow made it's way to print? A next-gen PSP has been rumored for several months. Lest we not forget the utter failure and d...
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