Saturday, 31 October 2009

Giz Explains Why Every Country Has a Different Fing Plug

Ok, maybe not every country, but with at least 12 different sockets in widespread use it sure as hell feels like it to anyone who's ever traveled.

So why in the world, literally, are there so many? Funny story!


Googles Creepy Social Search Reviews by PC Magazine

Is there anything Google won't search? It already indexes our Web pages, chats, e-mails, photos, voicemails, planets, and stars.

Why not your social circle, too?


MapQuest Updates Its Maps But is it Too Late

MapQuest continues to lose market share to Google Maps.

While MapQuest started the year with a small lead, it's now 10% behind Google Maps.


Firefox 40 Interface For Linux Mockedup

Version 4 will see a raft of major new features and improvements " not least of which is the refined interface above.

Another major addition will be Browser Sync via Mozilla Weave, allowing for cloud syncing of bookmarks, passwords and favourites.


iPhone Apps That Bloggers Need

Most bloggers are going to do the majority of their speedy writing in front of a trust ol' computer.

But occasionally there will be instances " breaking-news scenarios " where all we can rely on is our trust phone to do our jobs. This post highlights some of the iPhone apps that bloggers need.


mysleepingangelcom review

Andy takes a look at My Sleeping Angel...what does he find?


Friday, 30 October 2009

Major Makeover at Netlog growing at 500000 users a week

Today, Netlog - the 'European MySpace' as they're often referred to - is hosting a Partner Day at and around their global headquarters ...


Motorola Droid [Review]

The Motorola Droid is the first truly lust-worthy smartphone from Verizon Wireless, and it puts all other Google Android phones to shame.

The Droid is a big, industrial, even a little steampunk-looking contraption at 4.56 by 2.36 by .54 inches (HWD) and a hefty 5.96 ounces.


Unboxing the Verizon Droid the Pictures

Unboxing The Verizon Droid [Pics] *Desc* The Motorola Droid, the first Google Android phone for Verizon Wireless, is one of the hottest products of the year.


1000 Budget PC Buyers Guide October 2009

$1000 may not seem like a steal for the truly frugal, but in a world of fluctuating economies and ever-changing technologies, getting the most bang for your buck is more important than getting rock bottom prices at the expense of performance.

We've carefully pieced together a sub-$1000 spec that doesn't break the bank or compromise performance.


secureincomesystemcom worth it

Andy reviews Secure Income System...what does he discover?


Meet BigDogs TwoLegged Brother

Unlike previous suit testers, which had to be supported mechanically and had a limited repertoire of motion, PETMAN will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents.


Thursday, 29 October 2009

The iPhone Is Still Not The Number One Smart Phone

A recent survey shows that while Research In Motion continues to lead as the smartphone of choice among consumers, that Apple's iPhone is quickly catching up.


City of Los Angeles Switching to Gmail

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to outsource its e-mail system to Google Inc, a making it the largest city in the nation to have made such a move.

Welcome to the cloud.


Comparison Google Maps Navigation Vs iPhone GPS Apps

Impromptu comparison of the Google Maps Navigation and the iPhone GPS Apps


Review of tradinginthebuffcom

Andy takes a look at Trading In The Buff...what does he discover?


Googles free turnbyturn navigation cardock UI to Andriod

Google today unveiled Maps Navigation (beta, of course), an extremely upgraded version of its current Maps software that'll be free and, from what we understand, available by default on all Android 2.0 devices.


Widespread availability of online video means less P2P use

Has Keyboard Cat captivated you in 2009? You're not the only one.

Online video has continued to grow in popularity while P2P is on the decline, according to the latest data from Sandvine. The trend is good for both content producers and users alike.


Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Net Neutrality Follow the Money

Its been framed as a fight for freedom but Net Neutrality is really a battle of business models.

The outcome will almost certainly affect We The Peoples wallets or/and Internet experience so wed best keep a wary eye on everyone who is trying to help us.


The Rise of Chinas Internet GRAPHIC

The internet in China is HUGE.

Here's how huge.


Want 50Mbps Internet in your town Threaten to roll your own

ISPs may not act for years on local complaints about slow Internet—but when a town rolls out its own solution, it's amazing how fast the incumbents can deploy fiber, cut prices, and run to the legislature.


Tuesday, 27 October 2009

10 things Google has taught us

What makes Google so revolutionary? Ken Auletta, author of a new book on the company, shares his insights on why it's uniquely successful and what that means for the media world


25 Experimental Typography Showcases

We all know it " A picture is worth a thousand words.

This is certainly true in most cases but clever use of typography can also turn words into pictures and then interesting things start to happen.


Richard Stallman Dances to Soulja Boy

Richard Stallman may be a smelly hippy, but he can crank dat, MIT style.


Debunking Some Linux Myths

With new releases of several major Linux distributions coming up in the next few weeks, I would like to take a few minutes to debunk some of the more blatant inaccuracies which are circulated about Linux.


Review of Online Cash Pump

Andy reviews Online Cash Pump...what does he reveal?


Cyberattacks Espionage now sabotage soon

An analysis of recent cyberattacks on Korea and the US suggests that the nations with advanced digital sabotage capabilities have, so far, kept them in check... but it also says that we're only a few years from this technology filtering down to non-state actors.


Monday, 26 October 2009

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Should you use Comic Sans

Great typographic advice in a simple flowchart.


OMG UBUNTU Ubuntu 910 Karmic Koala A Guided Tour

"It's set to be the biggest and best release of Ubuntu so far and it impresses right from the get-go with an impressive installer, fast boot times, new artwork and a whole lot more. Meet quite possibly the best operating system on the planet - Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala!"


Apple Applies for Patent on OS With Embedded Advertising

"Want to launch Microsoft Office? Sure, but first a word from our sponsor." That somewhat surreal scenario could become a reality, based on a patent application filed by Apple, which was published today by the U.S.

Patent and Trademark Office


satellitedirecttv review

From the site:SatelliteDirect's technology allows you to watch over 3,500 HD channels right on your PC.

There are No subscriptions/monthly fees, NO hardware to install and NO


Verizon Droid is a SERIES of phones HTC Droid Eris is next


Droid is the brand name being applied to Verizon's Android devices. It isn't a single phone. 2. The Sholes -- the phone we've been calling the Droid so far -- may simply be known as the Droid. 3. HTC's Desire will be coming to market as the "Droid Eris."


Saturday, 24 October 2009

10 of the most important Internet rules and laws

The internet has matured into a world of its own, and like the real world, it obeys certain immutable laws.

Here are 10 of the most important.


BlackBerry Storm 2 Review

Great detailed review of the BlackBerry Storm 2 and comparison of the old Storm.


Microsoft starts selling PCs online

In a twist, Microsoft has started selling computers and third-party software via its online store.


Ubuntu 910 Karmic Koala Release Candidate Download

The Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Release Candidate is now available to download.

Be nice and use the torrent ;)


Friday, 23 October 2009

Bing Creates New Twitter Search Product

Microsoft is looking to build an advantage over Google by beefing up its ability to search the real-time Web.

The company on Wednesday (Oct. 21) announced that is new search product Bing will soon be able to deliver search results which including up to the minute information from both Twitter and Facebook.


Nokia suing Apple for Infringing Patents

Nokia, the worlds largest mobile phone manufacturer, has said that it is suing its Apple for infringing patents on mobile phone technology for the iPhone.

Nokia is suing Apple claiming patent infringement for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards. Nokia licenses these technologies to other companies but says Apple has not paid for the right


Mac vs PC Windows 7

Trust me!


Japan Burger King Offers Windows 7 Whopper

Oh Japan, how I love your ability to create the most insanely odd advertising campaigns.

The burger stacks seven patties, extending a normal Whopper to 5.1 inches tall.


TwitterMicrosoft Bing Deal Confirmed So Is FacebookBing

In a stunning one-two punch, Microsoft will announce separate nonexclusive deals today with both Facebook and Twitter to integrate their real-time feed of status updates into the Bing search service.


Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Most Notable Automobile Flash Web Designs

Stylish and impressive automobile websites done in Flash.


New Tech Turns Static Items into Interactive Fun

Xsights Media turns printed matter into interactive multi-media experiences for its users.

Xsights makes it possible to transform static, printed items that can be captured through the cell phones camera into dynamic, multi-dimensional and interactive multimedia experiences.


EFF Is Net Neutrality a FCC Trojan Horse

On Thursday, the FCC Chairman is expected to unveil draft rules aimed at imposing network neutrality obligations on ISPs.

In the excitement surrounding the announcement, many have overlooked the fact that the this rulemaking is built on a shoddy and dangerous foundation " the idea that the FCC has unlimited authority to regulate the Internet.


BREAKING Google Announces Search Deal With Twitter

Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results.


SharePoint Is Microsofts Real Window Of Opportunity

The Windows 7 sideshow begins Thursday but the main event, held earlier this week, was the introduction of SharePoint 2010, which underpins Microsofts migration of Office productivity tools to the Web.


Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Barnes Noble officially launches nook ereader 259

Looks like all those whispers were true -- the nook is alive and well, and it's calling itself the planet's "most advanced e-book reader." Measuring 7.7- x 4.9- x 0.5-inches and weighing 11.2 ounces, the device includes a top e-ink display from Vizplex and a color touchscreen (3.5-inches) below, which supports one-touch control and swipe-to-browse


35 Fresh Useful jQuery Plugins

Here are 35 useful jQuery plugins focusing on navigation, gallery and slideshows, calendars, tab browsing and further resources to reduce time and effort while increasing your audience


Who Needs Cameras Judges Allow Twitter in the Courtroom

With practically unlimited ways for users to access Twitter for sending and receiving tweets, we wondered how long it would take before it became an active participant in courtrooms.


SCO fires CEO Darl McBride architect of litigation strategy

SCO CEO Darl McBride has finally been let go by the serial litigator.

In an SEC filing published today, SCO reveals that the controversial CEO has been ousted as part of the latest reorganization plan.


Barnes Noble Nook Up Close Yep Its Real Nice [PicsVid]

They were a little skittish about demoing the Cover Flow feature, but up close, man it makes even the relatively benign-looking Kindle 2 seem like it was beaten with an ugly stick.


Tuesday, 20 October 2009

New Bluetooth Low Energy Runs for a Year Off a Watch Battery

By Texas Instruments, a new, 6mm-square Bluetooth system-on-a-chip can operate for "more than a year" on a small button-cell battery (like you see in watches or very tiny remotes).

Everything from cellphones to laptops could get a battery boost from the technology increasing competition for the emerging Wi-Fi Direct to Connect technology.


LEAKED Details of the Facebook Home Page Redesign

A few weeks ago, we caught wind that Facebook was testing a new homepage design.

Screenshots revealed a few interesting changes, such as a decrease in size for


Ubuntu Linux powers up

The nice thing about Ubuntu is that it really is free: Just download a disc image at, burn a CD or DVD, and you're ready to install it on a computer near you. (Ubuntu will work on Intel-based computers; PowerPC-based machines can find some new life with a Linux distribution called Debian, available at


Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, Public Enemies tops the chart this week followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The Taking of Pelham completes the top three.


Apples Another Big Quarter More Macs And iPhones sold than

The Q4 numbers are in for Apple and they're good.

Quite good. Really good. The company posted revenue of $9.87 billion and a ...


Monday, 19 October 2009

Windows 7 vs Mac Snow Leopard The Great Debate

A couple of weeks ago, Apple wanted to go on record and talk about why Snow Leopard is better than Windows 7.

Apple's Senior Director of Mac OS X Product Marketing Brian Croll gave his side of the story and then Microsoft's Jay Paulus, Director, Product Management Windows Client, made his case.


The 100 Oldest COM Domain Names

The 100 Oldest Currently Registered .COM Domains


TV Boss Set To Drop A FileSharing Bomb On Digital Britain

The Commissioning Editor for Education at the UKs Channel 4 will publish an essay tomorrow that is guaranteed to cause controversy.

Noting that people will never go back to paying for music, Alice Taylor vehemently opposes plans to disconnect Internet users on a simple accusation, labeling the entities calling for it as dying behemoths.


Sunday, 18 October 2009

Verizons antiiPhone gets its first commercial Droid Does

The spot, which launched tonight and can be view in its entirety after the break, is a 30 second clip that begins by mocking Apple's cutesy music and iconic font typically seen in iPhone plugs.

It reels off a number of things that the iPhone can't do...


This is the greatest message I have seen on my computer

This is the greatest message I have seen on my computer.


Saturday, 17 October 2009

Proposed AntiPiracy Legislation is Flawed ISP Says

Cheered on by the music industry, the UK government is desperately trying to tackle the issue of online piracy.


Google Wave Cinema Pulp Fiction

Excited for Google Wave? You should be.Created by Joe Sabia


InApp Sales iTablet The Killer Combo to Save Publishing

Apple on Thursday made a subtle yet major revision to its App Store policy, enabling extra content to be sold through free iPhone apps.

Its a move that immediately impacts the publishing industry, and it could pay even bigger dividends if the Cupertino company indeed delivers its highly anticipated touchscreen tablet.


Known Software Bug Causes Drama During Brain Tumor Zapping

The maker of a life-saving radiation therapy device has patched a software bug that could cause the systems emergency stop button to fail to stop, following an incident at a Cleveland hospital in which medical staff had to physically pull a patient from the maw of the machine.


Will Linux be the dominant OS for consumer electronics

Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin says that mobile convergence will boost Linux adoption because the open source operating system is the ultimate enabler of consumer electronics.


37daystocleancreditcom worth it

Andy puts on his reviewer's cap to take a look at 37 Days To Clean Credit...what does he find?


Friday, 16 October 2009

Can Spy Satellites read your Car Number Plate

A nearly universal myth tells the story of US and Russian Spy Satellites being able to read car number plates and the headlines of newspapers being held on a sidewalk clearly, but is that true? Here is the truth.


Five ways the Linux desktop shoots itself in the foot

I love the Linux desktop, but facts are facts.

Linux only holds a niche of the greater desktop market. Part of the reason is Microsoft's monopoly, but it's not just the Evil Empire that's kept Linux down, Linux has done a lot of self-damage.


Fast Internet access becomes a legal right in Finland

Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right.


7 Key Principles That Make A Web Design Look Good

By following some simple pointers, anyone should be able to create a visually pleasing design and take one step closer to fame.

Okay, its not that simple, and talent and experience do matter, but anyone can turn their home page into something prettier within mere minutes.


Dell founder attacks netbooks Vista

Dell's namesake Michael Dell in a talk late Tuesday criticized both his own products and Microsoft.

Despite his company offering multiple netbooks, including the Mini 10, the CEO largely dismissed the category and said a "fair amount" of buyers are unhappy with them for both their smaller screens and slow performance. Many existing notebook...


Arbor Group worth it

Andy dons his reviewer's mantle to take a look at Arbor Group...what does he find?


Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Internet is about to die Literally die

One research group continues to claim that the "sky is falling" on the Internet thanks to high data growth rates and that network neutrality means the whole Internet could just "go away." Ars sifts through the hyperbole looking for a kernel of truth.


Mobile Apps Its a Numbers Game

Apple's AppStore has 85,000 apps, where as Microsoft's new Windows Mobile Marketplace has around 260.

Should that matter?


OMG UBUNTU Is This The Face Of Google ChromeOS

Perhaps the first look at what ChromeOS will be like.


Diggs VoteforAds Experiment Is Raising Revenue

The campaign, which allows users to vote for the ads they like and veto the ones they don't, has had some early successes.


Rumor Apple To Switch On Sleeping FM Radio in iPhone iPod

Reports suggest that Apple is on the cusp of releasing an FM radio application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

And get this: it will be for the current models.


joyfultomatocom a scam

From the page:This method will also protect your tomato plants from rot and fungus and disease.

If you don't do it, there is a very high chance


Wednesday, 14 October 2009

iPhone App to Help Men Score from Pepsi

Pepsi have produced an iPhone app that breaks women down into 24 set types and provides tips on how you can "score" with them.

Not only are there facts which show how you might impress a certain type, there's also the means to brag about your success on Facebook on Twitter.


EMail Mocking Obama Is Exhibit A in Wrongful Firing Suit

The president of a Midwest office supply company is in court after a salesman claimed the boss pre-election e-mail rant against Barack Obama amounted to an edict: vote for Obama and be fired.


Polaroid Classic Instant Cameras To Make a Comeback

Polaroid has announced it will be re-introducing its classic instant film cameras, and has a new digital instant camera lined up as well.


10 Cool Extensions for Google Chrome

For a lot of us Google Chrome is still not hot enough.

The reason? Its still not extendable enough like Firefox. Ever since it came out, users have cried out for ways to tweak the browser to make it the Jack of all trades. Here are some of the cool extensions you'll confront for Google Chrome


Vaynerchuk Use Social Media to Crush It in Business

Gary Vaynerchuk, aka @GaryVee, says being successful doing what you love is now much more possible, provided you are willing to work tremendously hard - and leverage sites like Twitter and Facebook.


Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Reservella The shadowy company behind The Pirate Bay

Dutch copyright holders this week filed documents in court alleging that The Pirate Bay's mysterious owner, Reservella, is nothing more than a front for The Pirate Bay administrators, who have been in legal trouble for years.

Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde calls the document a forgery.


Judge Refuses to Punish Lawyer for AntiRIAA Blogging

An attorney defending against a music piracy lawsuit didnt cross ethical bounds by filing motions broadly attacking the recording industry and posting them on his blog, a magistrate judge has ruled, rejecting demands from the RIAA for monetary sanctions...


10 Essential OS X Apps for Pro Web Developers

Tools for coding, testing, uploading and tracking costs with web development. Note that with the exception of Enkoder, a script for encrypting web addresses online, these are commercial software tools.


8 Things To Think About For Windows 7

Windows 7 has features that point to the future of the desktop.


Major bug in Snow Leopard deletes all user data

Reports have been cropping up on the Apple Support forums that users have been losing all their data due to a nasty bug in Snow Leopard, Apple's latest Operating System.

Many users are reporting that all settings are being reset and most data is gone.


Fit Over40 Asap worth it

From the site:I really tried everything to lose the weight; I tried every "diet program" and "quick weight loss" solution and then I signed up at Curves


Monday, 12 October 2009

Compute This Worlds Oldest Working Computer On Display

From 1952-1957 it was in use at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Oxfordshire.

It spent its remaining years, until 1973, as an educational tool at Staffordshire Technical College. After that, it was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Birmingham, where it has since been in storage for nearly 30 years.


TMobile we probably lost all your Sidekick data

T-Mobile's now reporting that personal data stored on Sidekicks has "almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger."


iTunes LP broken for indie record labels

There's word from an indie record-label that iTunes LPs are not for the indies.

Introduced at Apple's "It's Only Rock and Roll" event in September, the iTunes LP format adds "bigger than a matchbook" album art, song lyrics, video clips, and other extra content to albums sold through the iTunes store.


Oh hi I upgraded your RAM

I wonder if needs some thermal paste for the CPU?


The Pirate Bay Shows Love to Nasty Old People

The Pirate Bay has been portrayed by Hollywood as the enemy of everything thats creative.

They say the site is the death knell of the entertainment industry, causing hundreds and thousands of people to lose their jobs. Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is helping out yet another indie artist to promote her work.


hippojawcom worth buying

Andy dons his reviewer's cap to take a look at Hippo Jaw...what does he find?


Sunday, 11 October 2009

Guess Who Google Ranks for Search Engine

Dogpile, Alta Vista,, Lycos, etc. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google is shown bad search results and reacts.


Ubuntu 910 Almost Perfect

Ubuntu 9.10 is only days away... and it is spectacular. Here's a quick look and what makes this the best release of any Linux distro. Ever.


Conan OBrien talks to the cocreator of USB on The Tonight

Conan O'Brien interviews the co-inventor of the USB port


TDK Develops 320GB Optical Disc

The 12-centimeter disc has 10 recording layers, each of which can store 32 Gigabytes.

In comparison a Blu-ray Disc can hold 25GB on each layer, and a dual-layer disc is the highest capacity generally available at present.


What makes MobileMe worth 59 a year

What makes MobileMe worth 59 a year? Can Apple justify charging for email and syncing? Apple's suite of online services made headlines last year when it changed its name from .Mac to MobileMe.

Not because anyone cared what it was called, but because the revamp went so badly that the internet resounded for months with the caterwauls of dissatisfied


Kiss Hair Loss Goodbye worth it

Andy puts on his reviewer's mantle to take a look at Kiss Hair Loss Goodbye...what does he find?


Saturday, 10 October 2009

Bits Craigslist Expands Legal Battle Against Spammers

The company has filed four new lawsuits in federal court against spammers, accusing them of violating its copyright and trademark.


Yahoo says HACK US Web Apps Open Hack Day

Yahoo has opened the application floodgates to its home page, with hopes that external developers will soon build tens of thousands of programs that's more than 330 million visitors will find useful.


YouTubes Anniversary How HOTorNOT Started It All

YouTube's original goal, its founders have said, was to build a video version of

Needless to say, that setup didn't last for long.


Testing Diggfed Content Ads

In the spirit of testing different ways to make ads on Digg better (similar to what were doing with Digg Ads), were launching some new ads today called Digg Content Ads and wed love your feedback.

These ads are in limited release so only a small percentage of folks on Digg will currently see them.


35 Smart Logos With Second Thought To Make You look Twice

You need to really deliver message to people and you need to deliver the RIGHT message - those are logos, which will be remembered.

Of course it's hard task, but this collection should help to get better!


STACKERS Trading worth it

Andy dons his reviewer's cloak to take a look at STACKERS Trading...what does he find?


Friday, 9 October 2009

Speeding Things Up

Weve heard from you that performance is important and the Digg engineering team are busy working on making our site load faster.

Today, were also making some changes to reduce page payloads and minimize HTTP requests with subtle UI changes.


Senators Renew Patriot Act Spy Powers

A deeply divided Senate committee forwarded legislation to the full Senate that reauthorizes three expiring and constitutionally suspect provisions of the Patriot Act hastily adopted in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks.


Enough about Windows 7 what about 8 or 9 128bit slated

Can't bear to read another Windows 7 story? How about Windows 8? Or 9? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder rumors of 128-bit support; of cabbages and kings.

Not to mention super social networking... (MSFT)


Hotmail phishing attack How to avoid becoming a victim

This week's phishing attacks on Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail have resulted in thousands of email addresses and passwords being posted online.

But there are some simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of cyber criminals.


10 Ways to Take Your Site to 1 Million Users by Kevin Rose

At the Future of Web Apps conference Kevin Rose (Digg, Pownce, Wefollow) gave a cool presentation on the top 10 down and dirty ways you can grow your web app.


Lose Man Boobs Revealed worth buying

Andy puts on his reviewer's cap to take a look at Lose Man Boobs Revealed...what does he find?


Thursday, 8 October 2009

Google barcode

Google celebrates invention of the bar code


Karmic Koala The best Ubuntu Linux ever

After kicking the tires of the beta of Ubuntu Linux 9.10, I'm impressed.

This may be the best version of Ubuntu to date.


Is Twitter Shortening Our Attention Spans

I'm sorry that was too long.

Please start over


Top Social Networking sites in US

Suddenly everyone has been talking about Social Networking.

It's spreading like a wild fire and there are way too many networking sites to remember. Most of us connect with our friends on a number of these sites and its always nice to know which of your favorite sites have made to the top.


Digg Facebook Loyal Readers

Where should website owners go to get the most loyal referrals? According to a new study by ad network Chitika, the answer is Facebook and Digg - and it's not even all that close. Facebook traffic is almost twice as loyal as Google or Bing, and Digg traffic is 50% more loyal.


Survey Vault a scam

Andy dons his reviewer's cap to take a look at Survey Vault...what does he reveal?


Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Verizon to Launch Android Powered HTC Hero

Theres a couple hardware modifications and one big one is that the buttons below the trackball are, as were told, not physical, but touch-sensitive buttons.

Look for it to drop in November on Big Red.


Bank Botnet Serves Fake Info to Thwart Researchers

Researchers tracking a gang of online bank thieves found that the criminals have deployed a devious means to thwart law enforcement and anyone else trying to monitor their activities.


BREIN Disconnects The Pirate Bay For Now

Last Friday The Pirate Bay moved to Ukraine after its Swedish bandwidth supplier was forced to stop servicing the tracker.

In the new setup, traffic to TPB is routed through The Netherlands, but anti-piracy outfit BREIN has now asked ISP NForce to stop handling TPBs traffic. As a result the site is now down for most people.


Passing The FBI Exams worth buying

Andy dons his reviewer's cap to take a look at Passing The FBI Exams...what does he find?


IBM aims for personalized medicine with DNA chip

IBM aims to expand the life span of humans by developing a chip that could make personalized medicine affordable and quick.


Possible Facebook design refreshment in the works

The new feed is not very different from the current one available, but it does lack Facebooks signature Publisher box by default and instead simply features an alternating title and a button (positioned to the top right of the news feed) with the text Update Status which when clicked, displays the publisher box.


Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Inside the Google News algorithm

While he didn't give away all his secrets, the creator of Google News, Krishna Bharat, outlined why certain articles get higher placement than others.


Nasty banking Trojan makes mules of victims

A sophisticated Trojan horse program designed to empty bank accounts has a new trick up its sleeve: It lies to investigators about where the money is going.


Apple Joins Nike Dumps US Chamber Over Climate Change

In what is rapidly becoming the trend of the moment, Apple has joined Nike and become the latest company to leave the U.S.

Chamber of Commerce over the Chamber's opposition to climate change legislation.


Psystar To Sell Secret Sauce Behind Mac Clones

Despite its embroilment in a copyright lawsuit with Apple, tiny Psystar said that it plans on licensing its controversial Mac cloning technology to third parties.


This Is a Photoshop and It Blew My Mind Photosketch Gizm

PhotoSketch is an internet-based program that can take the rough, labeled sketch on the left and automagically turn it into the naff montage on the right.

Seems unbelievable but as the video shows, it works.


The Hypothyroidism Solution worth buying

Andy puts on his reviewer's cap to take a look at The Hypothyroidism Solution...what does he reveal?


Monday, 5 October 2009

Evolution of the Cell Phone

In 1956, the first automatic mobile telephone system weighed 88 pounds and were so heavy and power-hungry that they required permanent installation in a car or other vehicle.

The phone served a mere 125 subscribers from 1956 to 1967.


Kevin Rose confirms digg iPhone app

Kevin Rose confirms digg iPhone app in development.

Check out the video from FOWA London taped yesterday.


Apple may take Woolworths to court over similar logo

Apple may soon take Woolworths to court over its use of a logo which it claims looks too similar to its own.


Forex Cyclone worth a scam

Andy puts on his reviewer's mantle to take a look at Forex Cyclone...what does he discover?


Sunday, 4 October 2009

Muzu music video site launched to rival YouTube

Muzu, which is based in Ireland, has signed deals with the so-called "big four" record labels " Universal, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI " as well as more than 7,000 independent labels.

Users can create playlists of their favourite videos and clips, and share them with friends over the internet, or embed them on social-networking sites.


Singularity Summit 2009 How to Not Create Skynet

Ray Kurzweil's concept of the Singularity rests on two axioms: that computers will become more intelligent than humans, and that humans and computers will merge, allowing us access to that increased thinking power.

So it only makes sense to begin the conference with discussions of those two fundamental concepts.


Tidy songs worth buying

Andy puts on his reviewer's cloak to take a look at Tidy songs...what does he reveal?


Saturday, 3 October 2009

Is the iPhone hurting ATTs brand

The Apple iPhone has boosted AT&T's subscriber numbers, but network problems and a bevy of complaints from frustrated customers are likely hurting the company's reputation.


Six Apart Resurrects Pownce in New Microblogging Platform

Pownce, the hosted Twitter-alike service Six Apart acquired last year, re-emerges as free, open-source app for Web developers called Motion.

Read this blog post by Rafe Needleman on Rafe's Radar.


magicaltacticscom worth it

Andy dons his reviewer's cloak to take a look at Magical Tactics...what does he reveal?


DHS TSA Win Secure Flight Comes to Southwest Airlines

Six years ago the federal government proposed taking over the job of comparing passenger names against the terrorist watch lists.

Just this week, Southwest Airlines frequent fliers are being asked to update their profiles with name, gender and date of birth information in order to let the feds try that system out.


Google Strips Pirate Bay Homepage from Search Results

The Pirate Bays homepage and seven other pages relating to the BitTorrent tracker website have been removed from Googles search engine, following a DMCA complaint.


Bill Gates down 7 billion still richest American

The 2009 "400 Richest Americans" list has been released by Forbes, and techies continue to do well in the rankings.

Bill Gates stayed on top, but the list shows that the global recession robbed loads of cash even from the ultra-rich.


Friday, 2 October 2009

Teen Wins 150K Over Amazons Kindle EBook Lawsuit

When Amazon eliminated a George Orwell book from users' Kindles earlier this year, after discovering the electronic text had been sold without proper authorization, it also eliminated Justin Gawronski's homework.

His notes on the margins remained, but since the text of Nineteen Eighty-Four was gone they were undecipherable.


Govt To Issue 66700 H1B Worker Visas

Anger over the use of H-1B visas to bring in foreign technology workers to this country grew steadily this year even though the number of applications declined markedly.


Researchers create Amazing XRay Wireless Network

Don't freak out or anything, but those wireless signals you bask in everyday could be watching you.

Or at least they might, someday, if the work from a group of researchers at the University of Utah makes it beyond the lab.