On Gear Live: Amazon announces the Fire Phone, available July 25th

InternetI think it is safe to say that we all love broadband Internet access. As connection speeds for home users continue to be upgraded, one question comes to mind, “Do we really need and have a use for all this speed?” Although any one’s initial answer may be, “Yes, give me more!” this is hardly the case – at least at this point in time. Sure it’s great to have a 20Mbps connection, but without websites providing content worthy of such speeds, what’s the point? No matter how fast your download speed, you will never be able to bring in the content faster than the server can serve it. Spencer Kelly of BBC News takes a look at this topic at an even greater depth – check it out.

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DIY Dirkon Paper CameraThe story behind this paper camera is an interesting one dating back to the seventies. This site gives a brief synopsis of said history, and provides downloadable PDF templates which can be used to build your very own Dirkon camera out of paper.

The name Dirkon is a play on words based on the combination of the parts of two words: Dirk- is the beginning of the Czech word dírka – pinhole, and -kon is the end of the name of a well-known Japanese camera which needs no introduction.

For all you new-schoolers - sorry, no LCD viewfinder here.

Read More | DIY Dirkon via MAKE


Longhorn IranNo, Microsoft didn’t up their development cycle overnight in order to compete with Tiger. This copy of Windows Longhorn is actually available for purchase in Iran, including nice packaging and a CD Key. While they are pirated beta versions of the operating system, Microsoft really can’t do much about Iranian copyright law (or the lack thereof). Typically, this kind of software can be purchased there for prices ranging from $1 to $20 USD. Here in the states, we continue to wait.

Read More | Me and Sassan


Latest Gear Live Videos

Microsoft E3 Invitation

If you were still on the fence about whether that Xbox 360 logo we posted was actually something Microsoft has been considering, check out their press invitation for their E3 press briefing. It it about the size of a CD case, with the front featuring a mirrored background with the multiple green circles. The difference here is that there are about three times as many circles than were in the logo. This thing is so cool that I hope it isn’t something that needs to be turned in to gain access to the Xbox 360 E3 show. Of course, if I do have to part with it to get in, I will do so with glee.


Yamauchi Retiring from NintendoThe man who has been a huge part of Nintendo’s history, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has announced that he plans to retire from his management position within the company on June 29th. It is he who led Nintendo into the video game business in the 1970’s, however, in recent years he was lambasted by gaming fans for some of the decisions Nintendo made, including using cartridges with the Nintendo 64. In 2002, Yamauchi stepped out of his role as Nintendo President, allowing Satoru Iwata to step into the role. Yamauchi plans to migrate into a consultant role with Nintendo.

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Tom BihnTom Bihn sent us a couple of their bags to review, and also one to give away to one of our readers. While we haven’t yet completed reviewing the bags (they will be put to the test in a couple of weeks at E3), I can say that people have stopped me to ask where I got the bag on the streets. We were able to sit down with Tom to discuss a few aspects of the company and what makes their bags unique. The questions are actually from you guys, as we received a bunch of email when we were running the bag giveaway.

What are a few things about a Tom Bihn bag that sets it apart from another?

All of our bags are completely American made. We are very proud of that. They are very streamlined, with appealing aesthetics with highly functional designs. Looking at them, you will also see that we use bold colors in our materials. One of the nicer things, though, is that the bags are extremely durable. We had one customer actually complain to us that his bag, after seven years, has yet to wear itself out!

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OS X Tiger Seattle

In case you missed it, Apple dropped Tiger on us the other day, and the reviews have been astounding. One thing that always amuses me is the fact that Apple fanatics are so passionate about their beloved systems and software, that they are willing to wait in line for hours - in the rain - just so that they could purchase the latest and greatest OS from Apple. It was damp and cold, but the media was out in full force, and to Apple fans it was a very bright day indeed. We have a couple more photos from outside the Seattle Apple Store after the jump.

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Build DVRI’ve been wanting a TiVo for sometime, and while searching the interweb I found a great article about how to build a complete DIY media PC.  It may look daunting, but the satisfaction you will earn from building a highly scalable DVR solution, which can also stream music/video and run emulated game software is unmatched by anything TiVo, ReplayTV, or your local cable company can give you.

Read More | MAKE


Microsoft LogoMicrosoft and Samsung are working on a new hybrid hard drive that will use 1Gbit NAND flash memory as a buffer. The goal here is to take part of the load off the spinning drive and to lower loading times and boot times. Longhorn will fully support this technology once it ships. However, the question remains about how the two companies plan on addressing the flash memory’s erasure endurance. Knowing Microsoft, they will give us an answer next year along with a big marketing technique. If this comes into fruition, we have heard that bootup times can be sped up to mere seconds.

Read More | arsTechnica


AOL Tritan IMI have been messing around with the new iChat AV messaging client for a couple of hours, and it is impressive. AOL, and many of the other IM client suppliers in fact, has seen their AIM client become antiquated. They are currently at work on Tritan, their new messaging client which plans to improve upon the experience currently enjoyed by AIM users of today. Moving ahead into the 21st century, AOL plans to add more than just textual improvements. Look for audio, video, and file transfers to be vastly improved and simplified. Also look for a “spam catcher” that will put any messages received from those not on your Buddy List into a specified tab for your review.

Read More | Messaging Pipeline via GigaOm


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