Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Office Snapshots is hosting a growing collection of boredom

Ever curious about what it looks like in the offices of, say, Pixar or Digg or Facebook or Craigslist? Office Snapshots is hosting a growing collection of photos.
This isn't half as interesting as it sounds, mostly because they have a large catalog of companies you don't know or care about and because there isn't an index of what's available, so you're left to dig through it all. (via GMSV)


Web site archives the dead of MySpace

Somewhere deep in cyberspace, where reality blurs into fiction and the living greet the dead, there are ghosts. They live in a virtual graveyard without tombstones or flowers. They drift among the shadows of the people they used to be, and the pieces they left behind.

Somewhere deep in cyberspace, something very creepy is going on....


Friday, July 27, 2007

Google Street View Camera Vehicles Spotted All Over US

Gizmodo has turned the tables on Google (or at least their contractor) and published photos of cars snapping photos for Street View. Looks like they have at least three different cameras in use.

Responding to our request for pictures of the Google camera cars and vans, eagle-eyed Giz readers have been spotting the Chevy Cobalts, VW Beetles and vans with cameras up top all over the United States.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Nine Hacks That Will Make You the Master of Your iPhone

Only a few days after the iPhone went on sale, hackers were already kicking the wheels and checking under the hood to see if they could pimp out Apple's locked-down smartphone. After a month, they've made surprising progress. Below, we detail some of the milestone hacks for what has been called "the most significant consumer electronics product ever."
Nice recap ensues.


Allofmp3.com Owner Facing Jail Time Over Laws That Didn't Exist

The former head of the popular-yet-shady MP3 site Allofmp3.com is looking at some jail time and some hefty fines in his home country of Russia now that his site has been shut down. The authorities say he owes the RIAA a bunch of money and was violating all sorts of copyright laws. The only problem is, well, that he didn't actually break any Russian laws by running the site.
I imagine the Juice will be contributing to his defense fund. He was pretty distraught when they closed them down last year.


Motorola and Microvision Build Projector into Cellphone

This would be kind of cool, if they ever get around to releasing it.

The project, still at prototype stage, will see the tiny PicoP DLP (Digital Light Processing) projector inside a Moto handset. Using a tiny, vibrating mirror to steer laser light, the projector can achieve a 15 inch image from a half meter distance (1.6 feet). Not huge, but a lot better than a cellphone screen, and at 854 x 480 pixels, you get better than DVD resolution.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fuel for Thought

Americans who support higher fuel efficiency standards even though they don’t buy fuel efficient cars are not necessarily irrational. Consider:

Back in the nineteen-seventies, an economist named Thomas Schelling, who later won the Nobel Prize, noticed something peculiar about the N.H.L. At the time, players were allowed, but not required, to wear helmets, and most players chose to go helmet-less, despite the risk of severe head trauma. But when they were asked in secret ballots most players also said that the league should require them to wear helmets.
Maybe this also applies to restaurants that support smoking bans. (via Daring Fireball)


Unboxing the Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset and Hands-On Review

First of all, I’m blown away by how small Apple’s Bluetooth Headset is compared to all the images published by Apple. So how does it feel, and does it remain firmly in my ear? It feels amazingly lightweight and yes, another shocker is that it stays put!
Here's the first review I've seen of Apple's new Bluetooth headset. Have you come across any others of value? (via Gear Diary)

UPDATE: AppleInsider | Review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset - fewer details, similar conclusions


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sources: Apple set to grow iPhone family pre-holidays

If you haven't been following the iPhone rumors and patents approvals, here's what you need to know: Apple might be releasing a less expensive, second model of the iPhone this year and it might look a lot like a regular iPod -- with a modified click-wheel instead of a touch screen. And it might be essentially just a phone and an iPod -- none of that "Internet access device" goodness. Just call it "iPhone nano" for now.


Saturday, July 21, 2007

3D Mailbox - Hang out with your mail pool-side

Can you think of anything less useful than this? If you can't, then maybe you need to Get A First Life. (via You So Gangsta)


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

OMG -- My Boss Wants to Be 'Friends' with Me on Facebook

On the one hand, accepting a person's request to be friends online grants them access to the kind of intimacy never meant for office consumption, such as recent photos of keggers and jibes from friends.... But declining a "friend" request from a colleague or a boss is a slight.
Sounds like a good time to discover how the privacy settings work. MySpace provides hardly any control over who sees what, which is why smart people avoid posting anything even remotely compromising there. Facebook offers a great deal of granularity in their privacy controls, but it's hard to separate colleagues from personal friends. Multiply (yeah, I know, you've never heard of them), makes it super easy to limit access to specific items based on a family, friend, colleague or individual basis -- but good luck getting all of your friends to sign up and use it.

And don't even get me started on Twitter, which provides absolutely no privacy controls, other than total blocking of all non-friends or of specific users. It's all-in or nothing over there.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Permanent Link to ScratchYourself: Viral Sweepstakes That Brands Could Love

It's a fairly simple Flash application that lets users upload an image and build a lottery-style scratch card from it....

Users have an incentive to create and embed these on their blogs, MySpace page, etc.: if you create a scratchcard and someone wins a prize, you get the same prize as the creator of the card.
Scratch away, people! Win us both some cash!


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Will It Blend? - iPhone

This is sick, sick, sick and So Gangsta.


Sex Advice from People Standing in Line to Buy an iPhone

I would guess that the closer you get to the front of the line, the lower the skill set you're going to find.
(via You So Gangsta)


Movie trailer creates buzz with mysterious tone

If you've seen Transformers, then you've probably seen this trailer and wondered, "WTF?" Here's the inside scoop (as much as they're saying, anyway).

It's possibly Hollywood's biggest experiment with reverse psychology, creating immense want-to-see passion in people by refusing to say anymore.
If you haven't seen Transformers, then what the heck are you doing with your life?


Saturday, July 7, 2007

iPhone Remote 0.9.7 alpha

Now this could get interesting. Gruber describes it succinctly:

Free, open source utility offers remote access to your Mac from an iPhone via a collection of web apps. Extraordinarily clever; includes screen sharing, script execution, iSight image capture, and some basic developer documentation for creating additional modules.


iPhone Native Looking Skin

"Make your applications look and feel like a native iPhone application" using Joe Hewitt's native looking navigation skin.

Perhaps not the best name (kinda creeps me out and doesn't immediately communicate it's utility), but it does look like a very help leg up if you're developing your own iPhone web apps.


Thursday, July 5, 2007

How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense

I read about Twitter when it first launched and was impressed enough with the novelty of the idea to create an account -- but not enough to actually use it. (I have a bad habit of doing that, but at least I usually get my preferred username.) Then I read Clive Thompson's article in Wired and thought it might be useful after all.

So now I'm busy conning a few brave friends into trying it with me. And we'll discover together whether or not "a shared understanding larger than yourself" is to be found by twittering away some time.


Patience Pays Off Big for Dallas iPhone Fan

Not sure which of these people is the bigger jerk, but I know which one got the better deal. Watch the video and decide for yourself.