Teevox Turns Your iPhone Into A Computer TV Remote Control

Founded by former MIT students Jong-Moon Kim and Andrew Sugaya, YCombinator-funded Teevox is an iPhone app that allows you to remotely control watching Hulu and Netflix on your computer.

While apps like PlayOn let you watch Netflix and Hulu on your phone and Apple’s own Remote allows you to phone control movies on iTunes, what’s novel about Teevox is its simple interface and the fact that Hulu and Netflix are just the beginning. According to Jong-Moon Kim, the possibilities for adding features are limitless.

“While there are hundreds, if not thousands of iPhone remote apps. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice they all require proprietary hardware (Apple TV, Boxee) or separate software you need to download and install.”

With Teevox, I downloaded the free app on my iPhone, typed the code in and was fully connected (In terms of user experience the Teevox website is rad).  Implementation of both Twitter and Facebook Connect means that anyone with an iPhone and an account can start using the remote immediately.

The app integrates Twitter and Facebook even further. You and your friends can simultaneously watch shows and send messages about them. Anyone who’s ever been in a long distance relationship will especially understand the utility of this feature for “movie date night.”

Kim (who goes by “Jiggity”) emphasizes that the watching TV on your iPhone thing is the first of many things that the Teevox-backend technology can do. The ability to communicate with websites without having to download any additional software or hardware bodes well for slideshow viewing on websites like Flickr or Facebook.

Teevox plans on expanding to the iPad and to other platforms that can’t be currently disclosed. The iTunes store, which already has its Remote service, is something that the founders are definitely looking at in terms of support.

Kim says we should expect more Teevox-related announcements in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime you can try it out here.

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Want To Recreate Sterling Cooper Or Just Be On Mad Men? Get Bidding.

Um, awesome.

I’m a huge fan of the AMC show Mad Men. I’d argue it is the best show on television right now, but that will just lead to a flamewar with the Breaking Bad people. Anyway, as the winner of the past two Emmys for best drama, the show has a lot of fans. And it has plenty of people who wish they could live in that moment of time (New York City in the 1960s). Now, thanks to eBay, you can get pretty close.

And, if you’re willing to act a little bit — and spend a whole lot of money — you can get very close.

Currently for sale on eBay are dozens of pieces of furniture and outfits from previous seasons of the show. This includes a lot of the furniture from Sterling Cooper, the advertising agency that the main characters work at.

As the show is still very much alive, doesn’t AMC need the set furniture anymore? Well, no. I won’t spoil why, but if you watch the show you’ll know why.

Anyway, this is all being auctioned off for charity. 10 percent of the final sale price will go towards the City of Hope nonprofit. No word on where the other 90 percent is going — but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Smartly, the eBay page for each item includes details about how it was used in the show. For example:

Mad Men Sterling Cooper Cabinet – Break Room
The Sterling Cooper break room was always buzzing with the juicy gossip. Get your very own conversation piece. Cabinet, metal, utility, Aqua blue, 1 drawer, 1 door with 1 inner shelf. Rubber top, black faux marble design.

They also include a video clip from the show showing it in action.

But the biggest item is a walk-on role on the show itself. Currently at $16,000+, it won’t be cheap, but it will be for one show next season. You’ll also get a custom wardrobe fitting, period hair and makeup, and a VIP tour of the set if you win the bid. And you can bring a guest on to the set to watch the filming of your scene.

Currently, the cheapest item is the drapery from Peggy Olssen’s office at $20.50.

The auction for all the items ends on August 22. <Insert 60′s-era joke about who is going be be able to fit into Joan’s dress.>

[thanks Chris]

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Salesforce Posts Record Revenue In Q2, Net Income Drops

Salesforce just released Q2 financial results today, posting record revenue of $394 million, an increase of 25% on a year-over-year basis. Q2 GAAP diluted earnings per share decreased 35% year-over-year to $0.11, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was flat year-over-year at $0.29. Net Income came in at $14.7 million, down from $21.1 million in the same quarter in 2009.

The company added 5,100 paying customers during the quarter, 500 of which came through the acquisition of Jigsaw earlier this year. Salesforce says that it currently has 82,400 paying customers in total.


Google Tries To Steal Facebook’s Thunder, Plays Up Impressive Maps Userbase

Attention those who still remember their parents’ stacks of old Thomas Guides, Google Maps for Mobile has hit a userbase milestone. More than 100 million people a month use the service across various mobile devices, according to a very interestingly-timed post on the Google Blog.

With GPS killing Android-only features like Google Maps Navigation, as well the increasing Google Maps reliance of app developers who want to power location-based services through the iPhone, it’s no surprise that the extremely useful service has grown exponentially since its launch in 2005.

Google Maps has most recently tried to take a cut of Yelp’s action with its Google Place Pages. Facebook shortly followed suit with their own social leaning “Place” in the name product. You might have heard of it.

Stay tuned for the Facebook vs. Google land grab. Literally.


Update: A Google representative reiterated that the Google Maps post timing was completely innocuous, “We issued the post in conjunction with having reached the exciting milestone today. “


Facebook Places Vs. The Location-Based World

Let’s just pretend for a second that Facebook Places aka Facesquare is a charitable attempt on Facebook’s part to quell check-in fatigue by making nice with Foursquare, Gowalla, Booyah and Yelp (and not another attempt by Facebook to turn the world into this).

Because Booyah always throws people for a loop (“Who the hell uses MyTown?”) and Loopt’s 4 million users statistic always seems to shock people, we’ve posted this handy LBS comparison below. Water cooler tech forecasters should take note of Facesquare’s current lack of game mechanics.

As a wise TechCrunch commenter once said, “Just because you don’t use it, or have never heard of it, doesn’t negate its market share.”

Note: Data for all platforms except Facebook Places was last compiled in July 2010. Booyah has just released figures that sets their user base at 3.1 million.

For a hi-res image: Fidelman via Techpp.


iPhone For Pen Testing

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The iPhone has quickly become more than your average smart phone, it really is a computer in your pocket. So why not use it as one?

The guys over at HackADay have a great write up on setting your iPhone up as a penetration testing tool with all the goodies like Aircrack-ng and Ettercap.

The first step is to jailbreak your device and setup OpenSSH so that you can tunnel in for the rest of the setup. From there the rest of the setup is just acquiring build tools and compiling pentesting programs

Head on over to HackADay for the write up

tech.nocr.atiPhone For Pen Testing originally appeared on tech.nocr.at on 2010/08/19.

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Affordable P1 Jr Pico Projector

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Projector technology has really come a long way from the days of lugging 30 lbs projectors around. In recent years we have seen the advent of some really small units but nothing that was ever affordable, until now.

Claimed as “the world’s smallest LCOS pico projector” the P1 Jr comes with it’s own battery, external AV connectors so you can hook up a DVD player or iPhone and it has an SD card slot so that you can use it’s built in mp4 player to watch some video.

With it’s 10 lumen LED light source you are only going to be using this thing in a very dark room, but for $119 you really can’t ask for much.

[ AAXA Technologies P1 Jr Pico Projector ]

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RTCW Open Sourced

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During the recent QuakeCon festivities id released something that should make the modding community super happy; source code. People can now access the source to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Return to Castle Wolfenstein via id’s FTP.

The code is being release under the GNU license which allows for both free and commercial use as long as credit goes to id and no one tries to claim it as their own.

I wonder how quickly we will see some awesome game modded off the source.

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RTCW Open Sourced

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During the recent QuakeCon festivities id released something that should make the modding community super happy; source code. People can now access the source to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Return to Castle Wolfenstein via id’s FTP.

The code is being release under the GNU license which allows for both free and commercial use as long as credit goes to id and no one tries to claim it as their own.

I wonder how quickly we will see some awesome game modded off the source.

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iPhone Spy Stick

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How scary is it to know that something as simple as a USB stick can pull data from your iPhone (with some limitations). You really don’t need to be super scared just yet since the iPhone Spy Stick will only run under Windows and will only work with iPhones running iOS 3.2.1 and earlier, but the company claims it will have an iPhone 4 version sometime in October.

How it works is simple, you pull the stick and iPhone into a machine and run the included software. You can grab deleted texts, calendar events, pics, and contact info. You can also grab locations tracked via GPS, voice memos, recent map searches and your web history.

The supplier boasts that it “Looks like an ordinary USB flash drive – no one will suspect that it’s a professional grade forensics tool.” Maybe some one should tell them about the “iPhone Spy Stick” logo that’s on it.

If you want one it will cost you $199

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Real Life Flinstones House

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This real life house looks like something straight out of the Flinstones. The house which is located in Portugal uses two gigantic stones for it’s main structure linked with a concrete mix.

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I’m sure it has an awesome insulation value since this boulders are ridiculously thick, but on the flip side, home renovations on this unit would be a bitch.

tech.nocr.atReal Life Flinstones House originally appeared on tech.nocr.at on 2010/08/18.

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All In One MacBook Air

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Remember the good old C64, the home PC that was all enclosed in a keyboard? Kinda like the first laptop sans screen. A crafty hacker has done just that. By using the guts of a MacBook Air, a thin Mac keyboard and Apple’s new trackpad he has created an all in one keyboard based Mac.

Not ‘quite’ there yet with the case. I have to add some small mounting points for the keyboard and trackpad to rest on and attach the left hand side of the case where the USB ports are. However everything is in its place, the motherboard is bolted down so it can’t move about and everything else is held in place in the most hack friendly method ever….black duct tape.

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If you interested in the project you can visit the modder’s site here

tech.nocr.atAll In One MacBook Air originally appeared on tech.nocr.at on 2010/08/18.

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Transforming Thomas

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As a father of a small child I know all to well who Thomas the Train is. My little guy has a really cool train table with 100′s of trains (I step on the stupid things all the time). Although I do enjoy the morals that the show teaches my child, I often wonder what ever happened to the awesome violent cartoons of my childhood. Show’s G.I., Joe, Thundercat’s and Voltron?

Well, now you can mix the two and enjoy play time with your kids.

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This awesome Chinese knockoff brings the joy of Thomas and mashes it with the awesomeness of Voltron. I’m sure if you head on down to your local Chinatown you’ll be able to pick one up.

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Gorgeous Tuned Up Clock Radio Also Has an Alarming Price Tag

Product: Evoke Flow

Manufacturer: Pure

Wired Rating: 7

One day a boom box made sweet, sweet love to a lunch pail and this designer-sleek internet radio with a fancy OLED display was born of that union.

And it’s one bouncing baby of an audio device. First off, it’s beautiful. The four touch-sensitive buttons that adorn its handsome face glow green like props from Tron Legacy; in fact it’s almost impossible to walk past without tweaking them.

It’s also a great entertainer. Pure gives you access to a collection of over 15,000 stations from all over the world, working together with their website. After connecting it to Wi-Fi, I quickly found myself head-bobbing to Punjabi folk music and trying to decipher community news in Thai.

Did we mention it’s also annoying? Those gorgeous buttons are horribly underutilized. There’s no pause/play button to turn off the music; you need to shut down the radio itself. Plus the learning curve is steep — navigating through the radio’s overcomplicated menus is like playing Pictionary in the dark.

But once you learn how to properly operate the Flow, you’ll have an impressive amount of audio options at your disposal, including seamless streamed songs from your laptop’s iTunes or by directly connecting your iPod. There’s also a robust list of preloaded soothing sounds that can appeal to just about everyone ranging from a human heartbeat (you’re welcome mommy’s boys) to the roar of a 1979 Ferrari (hello gearheads).

Honestly, the best alarm clock is the one you hate. (Personally I need one that is the audio equivalent of a punch to the face.) But the Flow is a bit too polite for my taste. It begins with a whisper of “psst, please wake up” and progressively gets louder, but never reaches banshee decibels on maximum volume. Hitting the snooze button is satisfying but it presents a small target — nailing a bull’s eye in darts after you’ve had a few dozen beers presents about the same level of difficulty.

If you want a stunning clock-radio with great sound that also doubles as a conversation piece, the Flow is actually a decent choice. Especially if you’ve already transformed your bedroom into the interior of an art-deco space capsule, this pricey box will look great next to your sleeping pod.

WIRED Sleek and sexy touch-sensitive buttons and OLED face. Gives you a huge library for your ears, including podcasts, relax-sounds, Wi-Fi and FM stations and access to your iTunes. Better sound quality than most bedside devices.

TIRED Wonky interface takes time to master. Only portable with the proprietary ChargePAK E1. Alarm clock a bit too mild for our tastes. Static noise is pronounced when the volume is at max and the radio is on.

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Mini Arcade Machine

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Master modder Marcelo Souza of São Paulo, Brazil has built one cool tabletop arcade machine emulator. This isn’t your average mame cabinet. Marco has added custom optical sensors to catch coin inserts and built the unit off of a Arduino board. Check out the video of the unit in action.

If you know how to read Portuguese you can head on over to Marco’s site and read up on how he built it. Looks like Marco will also be selling kits for those of you who might want to build your own!

tech.nocr.atMini Arcade Machine originally appeared on tech.nocr.at on 2010/08/17.

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