The New Yorker on Simultaneous Invention and the Intellectual Ventures Laboratories

Malcolm Gladwell (smart guy, puffy hair) has a feature in this week's
The New Yorker about the history of simultaneous invention, the best example being Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray both patenting the telephone on the same day. There are many other examples, leading to the conclusion that "scientific… » 5/07/08 1:15am 5/07/08 1:15am

Mossberg Looks at Ubuntu Linux on a Dell (Verdict: Not Quite Ready for Primetime)

We Ubuntu hitting Dell a while ago, but Walt Mossburg's just now getting around to giving them a go—apparently after a barrage of mail from readers, the same thing that prompted Dell to put 'em out. Evaluating it "strictly from the point of view of an average user," he thinks "still too rough around the edges for the… » 9/13/07 8:09am 9/13/07 8:09am

Pogue Sees Eye-to-Eye With Vudu Video-on-Demand Box (Verdict: Mostly Great)

Pushing out his review a bit before the official embargo lifted last night, our favorite Times wonder-reporter put the video store in a box, Vudu, through its paces and walked away mostly happy with the experience. Brownie points for: picture quality, slick five-button remote, pay-per-flick, and truly instant viewing.… » 9/06/07 1:00pm 9/06/07 1:00pm

NYT: Asian Handset Makers Finally Fear the iPhone, Maybe

The NYT tries to spin the same old iPhone competition story with a seemingly fresh angle: Rather than going on about handset makers writ large adapting to the iPhone, the story at first seems to zero in on Asian companies, like LG and Samsung. But after what amounts to a long introduction, it elides actually… » 7/03/07 9:48am 7/03/07 9:48am

The New York Times Makes Writing iPhone Non-News Easy

The headline of today's NYT iPhone story was promising: "Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone." On the heels of last week's GooTube-on-your-iPhone confirmation and coming from a legitimate newspaper (not, you know, a blog) it seemed like it might contain some actual, you know, news. Not… » 6/25/07 10:10am 6/25/07 10:10am

JetPacks You Can Buy Now, Reviewed Head-to-Head

Did you know that not one but two JetPacks are for sale right now? Pop Mechanics puts em to the test in the July issue. The Tam Rocket Belt costs $250k, flies for 30 seconds and has a top speed of over 60mph. The JetPack H202 goes 70mph, flies 33 seconds and is a bargain at $155k. Both weigh over 100 pounds, include… » 6/19/07 5:05am 6/19/07 5:05am

New York Times Wrings Its Hands Over Touchscreens

Did you know that the iPhone doesn't have a mechanical keyboard? While you might have known it in your head, maybe you didn't know it in your heart. Today, the Times takes to heart what it really means to not have a proper keyboard and goes through a bit of protracted "What does it all mean?" handwringing as a result.… » 6/13/07 10:15pm 6/13/07 10:15pm

NYTimes' Pogue Tests High Def Hard Drive Camcorders

Pogue's back from vacation, and this week, he's taking a look at high def hard drive camcorders (or, HDHD camcorders), marveling at the gadgets that giving your boring home videos the same picture pizazz as professional HD content. In his words, the picture is "sharp enough to slice a tomato." And your goofy dad will… » 5/04/07 6:40pm 5/04/07 6:40pm