Month: April 2007

Wii-mote Hacks: New Uses by DJs, Doctors, Musicians, and Engineers

A DJ in the Netherlands uses his Wii-mote (what fans call the Nintendo Wii’s remote control) to mix techno music at dance parties while a medical student in Italy has reconfigured his to analyze results from CT scans. More uses? You bet. A software engineer in Los Angeles controls a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner with

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Month: April 2007

Sony Now Trying the “Unconventional” with PS3 While Nintendo Sales Soar 90%

In the latest news from the console wars, Nintendo released sales and profits. Sales soared 90%, fueled by the success of the Wii. Nintendo has now sold 5.84 million of the consoles worldwide. Meanwhile, Sony announced a partnership with Hasbro to combine the worlds of trading cards and videogames using a new Sony video camera

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Month: April 2007

Month: April 2007

SwitchPlanet: Mixing Netflix, craigslist, eBay, and Amazon but for Free

SwitchPlanet is one of the more compelling online communities I’ve seen in a while. Members can switch movies, CDs, books, and games with each other for free. The system is based on Switchbucs, an internal currency. You list whatever items you have for a Switchbucs price and get credited that amount when you ship an

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Month: April 2007

Mozy Makes It Big: Online Backup Deal for All 300,000+ GE Employees

Till now, Mozy has been an up and coming backup solution for the home user with its free online backup (up to two gigabytes) or its unlimited online backup for $5 per month. Since its launch in April 2006, over 175,000 customers have signed up. But the big news is that General Electric recently bought

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Month: April 2007

DoubleClick Defending Google Deal But Privacy Groups Want Investigation

New York based DoubleClick came out with a public statement today, pledging that the information it collects for and about its customers won’t be shared with Google after the $3.1 billion acquisition: “Google would not be able to match its search data to the data collected by DoubleClick, as DoubleClick does not have the right

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Month: April 2007

Social Networking Dethroning Sex in Terms of Online Traffic

The Economist (subscription required) has an interesting piece on sex and the Internet, which revolves around the graph pictured to the right. While the online porn industry was valued at $1 billion back in 2002 by America’s National Research Council, the latest data shows that social networking traffic is set to take over the number

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Month: April 2007

Microsoft Selling Software for $3 to Reach the 5 Billion People without PCs

Microsoft software will sell for just $3 in some parts of the world in an attempt to reach the five out of six people worldwide still not using computers. The software giant has a goal of bringing computing to a further one billion people by 2015 (doubling the current number of computer users). Bill Gates

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