When the cat's away, the mice will play! Or something to that effect. Donald is taking some well-deserved vacation this week, which gives Jasmine the perfect opportunity to run amok, spouting off on anything her little heart desires (within the confines of the MP3 player/headphone topic, of course). She opts to invite fellow female tech editors Bonnie Cha and Nicole Lee on the show to tear down or shore up stereotypes about gadget-conscious ladies and just generally gab about all things portable audio.Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 123
Snipd, a Web clippings service we profiled in September, has just opened up to everyone. Its claim to fame is that it lets you clip bits of the Web including text, images, and videos, all without having to download any software or register for an account. The first time you use it via its tiny bookmarklet, it simply creates an account for you, which can be claimed later on.
The AirCurve dock collects and amplifies the sound from the built-in iPhone 3G speaker. It does so by using a coil waveguide within its base, and therefore doesn't need batteries or another power source to work.
While the acoustically amplified sound is not as loud as that made by electronic amplifiers, it's loud enough for you to enjoy music in a quiet room or to use as an alarm clock. The compact dock … Read more
Instead of just pulling down pirated clips, copyright owners are choosing to use YouTube's copyright filters to generate advertising revenue, Google said Wednesday.
Late last year, Google introduced a copyright identification system called Video ID, which tracks unauthorized videos. It enables a copyright owner to either block the clip, leave it up, or enable YouTube to sell ads against the material.
Google said on its blog Wednesday that copyright owners were choosing to turn a buck from unauthorized clips 90 percent of the time.
"It's clear to our (more than 300) Video ID partners that our technology … Read more
Well, that didn't take long. As soon as people started to get excited about open-source OpenClip, and its ability to bring copy-and-paste functionality to the iPhone, Apple found a way to shut it down with its 2.1 firmware.
Of course, OpenClip is open source, and perhaps enterprising developers will find a way around the 2.1 firmware. Or maybe (gasp!) Apple will actually deliver the copy-and-paste functionality many have demanded.
But for now, its ClosedClip, not OpenClip. Even communities must apparently bow to Apple. Code is law, to borrow Larry Lessig's phrase, and Apple controls the iPhone … Read more
I finally got my iPhone 3G. Love it, hate it, this is all getting old. However, one of the things I do really notice is that although the phone seems very sturdy and scratch-resistant, it attracts fingerprints and shows sweat stains easily. I have the black model and it looks dirty all the time.
For this reason, the Power Support Air Jacket for iPhone3G caught my attention Thursday. It's one of hundreds of jackets you can buy for the new iPhone, but with one unique attribute: it's very thin (merely 1mm thick), and see-through. This means your iPhone … Read more
In case you needed proof in a divine being....
Could Apple shut it down, as it has with other applications that it doesn't like? Well, as OStatic points out, OpenClip "uses shared space, outside the common resource space that Apple's SDK protects, to facilitate copy and paste." So maybe it's on firm legal territory.
I wouldn't want to put myself up against Apple's legal team, however, which is why making the application open source … Read more
One of the common complaints about Apple's iPhone--and one that did not get solved with the launch of the iPhone 3G--is the lack of a copy-paste function. An independent developer, Zac White, recently unveiled his open-source solution: OpenClip, a standard for other iPhone application developers.
He's not the first one to have that idea: another developer, Preston Monroe, has created a hack called iCopy that lets iPhone owners copy and paste between the e-mail and Web browser applications.
OpenClip is not a standalone app but rather a technology that developers can incorporate into their iPhone applications, should they … Read more
After gyroscopesand lasers, we thought there was nowhere new for laptop mice to go. then we read Michelle Thatcher's take Tuesday morning on Logitech's new V550 Nano laptop mouse, which adds a unique "clip and go" dock that lets you clip the mouse to your laptop's lid.
After reading over the pro-and-con debate on this new development's usefulness, we managed to get our hands on one of these just-announced mice. Our initial impressions are that the mouse itself is a bit bulky for a laptop accessory, and that we've never seen so much … Read more