Subtitle-Reading Glasses Make Cinema-Going for the Hard of Hearing…

Here's something that could be a godsend for the hard of hearing who feel they are not getting their money's worth in the movie theater. A nifty little idea thought up by some clever people at Madrid's Carlos III University for the Spanish Center for Subtitles and Closed Captions, this gadget fixes onto a person's… » 4/18/07 9:41am 4/18/07 9:41am

Scientist Declares Beer as the Source of Civilization and Technology,…

Click to viewThis is a post that Gizmodo's resident hops philosopher Travis should have written, but as he's sleeping one off it's been left up to me. Charlie Bamforth, a British academic who holds the most fabulous of titles—the University of California's Anheuser Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science—claims… » 4/18/07 8:51am 4/18/07 8:51am

Intel Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 Officially Announced, MIDs and Menlow…

Intel has officially presented the Intel Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 (formerly known as McCaslin) and announced the new Menlow architecture with Silverthorn processors for 2008. They have also given us a peek and poke over Redflag's MIDinux Linux distribution, which apparently has been designed for those mobile… » 4/18/07 6:17am 4/18/07 6:17am

The Porsche Phone: Look Ma, No Taste

Before you get all over-excited and think that the German carmaker is about to team up with Vertu, à la Ferrari, think again, because the Porsche people are far too cool to do that, preferring to redeploy their technology to the kitchen toward sleek toasters and kettles. » 4/18/07 6:10am 4/18/07 6:10am

iPod to be Mandatory Tablewear for Oyster-Slurping Diners - and What if…

The Fat Duck, one of the restaurants in the celebrated UK gastronomic town of Bray, Berkshire, is to take its customers' enjoyment of food up a notch. Diners who choose a dish called Sound of the Sea, a mixture of seafood and edible seaweed served on a sand-like tapioca mixture, will listen to the sounds of crashing… » 4/18/07 6:00am 4/18/07 6:00am

Slaudiolab SRS-200BD: Bluetooth Audio Transmitter for your iPod

This is Slaudiolab's SRS-200BD, an audio transmitter for the iPod. Connect it to the base of any iPod dock connector and in return you get high-quality stereo audio as if by magic thanks to Bluetooth and its SRS WOW HD audio enhancement technology. The device has been FCC-approved, so expect to see it winging its way… » 4/18/07 5:43am 4/18/07 5:43am

YouTube Leashed: "Claim Your Content" Is On Its Way

It may sound like a game show for accountants, but Claim Your Content is actually the name of YouTube's new content monitoring tool. As near as we can figure, it's an automated feature that accompanies every user-uploaded video. Content owners, including such publicly announced Claim Your Content charter members as … » 4/17/07 8:40pm 4/17/07 8:40pm

Pandora Co-Founder Gives Two Reasons Why Royalty Decision Sucks

We asked Pandora's co-founder, Tim Westergren, if he would like to discuss the decision of the Library of Congress's Copyright Royalty Board to uphold its decision to charge new crippling rates to Web-based broadcasters like Pandora. Tim responded: "I think there are two main points that would be great to make, both… » 4/17/07 7:00pm 4/17/07 7:00pm

Swiss FusionMan Flies With Kevlar, Fiberglass Wings and Probably a High…

Let's hear it for the Swiss, who are probably seen as the most boring of Europeans. Remember Orson Welles' character, Harry Lime, in The Third Man? "In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they… » 4/17/07 10:25am 4/17/07 10:25am

JVC Gets the Hang of Networking; Embraces DivX

JVC today introduced its Sophisti DD-3 system, two D's for a double dose of digital pimpin'. It's a 3.1 home theater in a box, with a DVD player, subwoofer and three speakers. The front left and right speakers do a virtual surround thing so you don't need two in the rear, says JVC. (Home theater nerds can feel free… » 4/17/07 10:15am 4/17/07 10:15am

Fujitsu Releases New Spaceage-style Desktops, Black Monoliths to Come…

Fujitsu has brought out a Spring range of desktop PCs that look all white and fresh and lovely (if you ignore the repulsive screen graphics that the pics have been issued with). The one above is the Deskpower LX, which can work as an all-in-one video tool. The LX will cost you around $2,250 and is available from the… » 4/17/07 9:02am 4/17/07 9:02am

Underdog Lexmark To Outsmart Competition With Secret Wi-Fi Technology

Lexmark is the Butters of the printing business. Though it regularly gets stomped on by Canon (Kyle), Epson (Stan) and HP (Cartman, of course), it manages to keep an insanely chipper attitude. And like Butters' alter ego Professor Chaos, though it remains consistently behind the pack on such small matters of print and… » 4/17/07 9:00am 4/17/07 9:00am

Gunshot Audio: Virginia Tech Shooting Update

I have updated the Virginia Tech death toll on our first post » 4/16/07 9:10pm 4/16/07 9:10pm several times, and although, like some of you have posted, it is hard to imagine a killer with that kind of sick drive, the numbers themselves tend to lose their meaning. The sense of fear and realism became more clear when I saw footage shot by a…

Netflix Set-Top Box Rumor Will Not Die

Following closely on the heels of its April 11 announcement that Bruce Willis' band will headline a concert series that I, for one, will not be attending, Netflix today announced the appointment of Anthony Wood, founder of both ReplayTV and Roku, as VP of Internet TV. » 4/16/07 7:15pm 4/16/07 7:15pm

Rumor: Intel to Announce WiMax Chip Date

For those of us who aren't lucky enough to make it to the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing this week, the big news is that Intel will be announcing support for WiMax in its 2008 mobile chipset, called Montevina. If all goes well, Montevina will come out in the first half of the year, and replace the Santa Rosa… » 4/16/07 6:45pm 4/16/07 6:45pm

10-Umbrella Salute to That Dastardly Nor'easter

For all of you stuck in the middle of this crappy April showerama, wondering, like Creedence before you, "Who'll stop the rain?" here's a partial answer. That is, here are 10 umbrellas we have covered over the past year or so. Surprisingly, not all of them are lightsaber-themed. » 4/16/07 3:15pm 4/16/07 3:15pm

Adobe Tries To One-Up Video Distribution Rivals With Media Player

In the video-download world already confusingly crowded by the likes of Joost, YouTube, iTunes, Windows Media Player and others, Adobe hopes to kick some ass with a new obviously Flash-based desktop player. The lightweight download will offer the ability to watch protected Flash content offline. Adobe says it will… » 4/16/07 1:45pm 4/16/07 1:45pm

Samsung and Nokia to Collaborate on Mobile TV and DRM Standard, then…

Giant mobile and electronics empires Nokia and Samsung have decided that it's best to work together in mobile TV. They want to accelerate the adoption of the technology, all after realizing that past collaborations often brought great benefits to famous former enemies. You know, like funky policemen Starsky and… » 4/16/07 12:15pm 4/16/07 12:15pm