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05 Sep 2010 21:52


Tech: Is the new iPod Nano simply begging to be an iWatch?

9To5Mac came up with this use of the new iPod Nano, and it certainly makes a lot more sense in this context, doesn’t it? source

11 Aug 2010 22:28


Tech: Treesaver and Nomad Edition: The latest web magazine twist

  • While the magazine is interesting, the technology is way more interesting. Treesaver is a HTML5 platform designed for magazine content in a way that is very versatile and adapts to the viewport on the screen. Which is frickin’ rad. As for Nomad Edition, the magazine format which will use the to-be-open-sourced technology first, we liked the idea until we read the phrase “links will not be embedded in the Nomad Editions content” in this New York Times article. Boo. You don’t get the advantages of this format. You lose instantly. Go directly to jail, do not collect $200. source

24 Jul 2010 23:46


U.S.: Litmus test: The NYT compares your views to the Supreme Court’s

  • Liberal or conservative? The New York Times has this awesome feature about the Supreme Court and how your opinion compares to the American public at large. OK, so they didn’t give Iowa’s flooding big play, but this almost makes up for it. Almost. source

14 Jun 2010 11:14


Tech: Geniuses take netbook CPUs and make a cool server out of them

  • See this smug bastard? Wondering why he’s so smug? Well, his company, SeaMicro, just blew up the server industry. This device he’s sitting next to uses hundreds of Intel Atom chips – 512 to be exact – to create supercomputer-level performance with a lower energy footprint than traditional servers. Why does Intel Atom sound so familiar? Oh yeah, those are the chips that they use in slow, low-power netbooks. Nice idea. source

28 May 2010 22:13


Tech: Kevin Rose’s new Digg: A lot of ingredients in one little feed

  • Kevin Rose just combined Digg with Facebook and Twitter. As you may know, we think that Digg has a relevance problem. It also has an over-influence problem. And a sexism problem. And let’s face it, it’s kind of a pain in the butt to submit articles to. Fortunately for Digg, it has a coming redesign that looks pretty awesome.
  • Fixing the faults Digg had a lot of problems and this update has turned it into a viable source that we might actually use. It’s also way ahead of Twitter and Facebook in the way it handles RSS feeds. (Making it easier for content to gain influence organically, just like Twitter.) The mix of news, friends and tastemakers is kinda brilliant.
  • Reddit’s co-founder just jealousOne of the co-founders of Reddit has posted about it, and has trashed it as a crass move to please venture capitalists, but we completely disagree. And, if we’re being completely frank, Reddit still has these problems and always will as long as it treats content promotion from legitimate sites like spam. source

09 Apr 2010 15:32


Tech: Want to print your own newspaper? In the U.K., you totally can.

By taking advantage of large newspaper presses’ offtime, The Newspaper Club has been able to turn out small print runs for anyone, cheap. (Hat tip @10000words) source

02 Apr 2010 12:13


Politics: S.E. Cupp: Why can’t the U.S. accept me as who I am?

  • But recently, I’ve felt that my unconditional love of country isn’t being reciprocated. Maybe America’s just not that into me.
  • Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp • Suggesting on AOL News that the U.S. is becoming too much of a nanny state, noting the health care bill in general and some of New York state’s policies in specific (they’re talking about a tax on sugary soda, and it costs an arm and a leg to buy a pack of cigarettes). Her point? “I should be allowed to be as moronic, stupid and unhealthy as I want, as long as the only idiot I’m hurting is myself.” We have to say, we actually kind of like S.E. Cupp’s opinions on things, because unlike a lot of conservative columnists, she seems to have the magical gift of levity. source

15 Dec 2009 23:00


Offbeat: This coconut-wielding octopus is a big-time show-off

  • Because, really, why not? This octopus proves exactly how brilliant its species supposedly is. It can use this coconut shell as shelter and as a tool for digging. And it also can do some craaaaaazy things with its tentacles, too. source

01 Dec 2009 21:52


Tech: Fair and Square: Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey simplifies buying stuff


  • OK, this is pretty cool. Jack Dorsey, one of the guys behind Twitter, has another startup which promises to revolutionize the process of credit/debit transactions. It’s a tiny square. It requires an audio jack. That’s it. Like Twitter, it’s dead simple. Unlike Twitter, it’s not a super-esoteric concept at the outset, begging people to figure out why it’s necessary. It just makes sense. Kudos. Could someone give us a reason to use this? source

17 Nov 2009 10:36


Tech: YouTube connects citizen journalism with real news organizations

  • News organizations can ask for citizen reporting; nonprofits can call-out for support videos around social campaigns; businesses can ask users to submit promotional videos about your brand. With YouTube Direct, the opportunities to connect directly with the YouTube community are endless.
  • The announcement on YouTube Direct • Describing how the service can be used for citizen media in conjunction with the mainstream media. This is cool. If it makes AP a little less stogy and stuck in its ways, it’s a smart idea. • source