Earlier this year in a now-infamous story, Gizmodo editor Jason Chen got his hands on the next iPhone months before its scheduled release. Rumors flew wildly around the Internet about where it came from as the story was revealed piece by piece in a saga dramatic enough to become a movie.Now, the search warrant previously issued for Chen's home has been revoked. A California district attorney withdrew the warrant upon agreement with Chen's lawyer that he would voluntarily provide any information the state was looking for in its seizure of his computers, phones, and other devices. As soon as the information on the devices is verified, Chen will (finally) have his property returned. It was taken away by authorities in April, after the search warrant in question was issued. While the investigation is still far from over, the Gizmodo editor should be able to breathe a little easier knowing there's no longer a valid search warrant hanging over his head.
I've suggested that all of the drama surrounding the next-generation iPhone could easily be turned into a movie, and now new reports are making the story even more dramatic. Just-released court documents show that Steve Jobs asked Gizmodo editor Brian Lam to return the phone to Apple directly, because it could hamper future phone sales.Lam then wrote Jobs directly, asking Apple to announce that the phone was, in fact, theirs, and telling him he'd like to "work closer with Apple, too." Hmm . . . I'm thinking the answer to that request is, "fat chance."
Additionally, it seems that Brian J. Hogan, the 21-year-old student who found the iPhone, was turned in by his roommate, who was fearful that Apple would track the phone to her computer. And, according to the same WSJ article, Hogan was offered $10,000 from Gizmodo, not $5,000, and an additional bonus should the phone turn out to be legit. Perhaps the best quote in the entire stash of court documents belongs to Hogan, who said in regard to Gray Powell, the engineer who lost the phone, "Sucks for him. He lost his phone. Shouldn't have lost his phone."
A gadget girl living in and writing from China, Elaine is set apart by geography and gender, as most of the Giz staff is male. Check out what she has to say about that, as well as a valuable dating/technology lesson she learned in my interview with her.
GS: You're the Gizmodo member who writes from Asia. Do you look out for what's breaking in tech while we're all sleeping on the other side of the world?
EC: Basically that's my job! Catch things that are only around the Asian websites or that would otherwise fall through the cracks during the graveyard shift. Thanks to the Internet, it's not too hard to do — though it sometimes gets lonely since very few of my coworkers are on the company chat room at two in the morning.
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Our gals at GeekSugar spotted a Goyard laptop case that, at $830 a pop, is rubbing some people the wrong way. Gizmodo posted their frustrations with Geeksugar's excitement but we think someone needs to remind them that this is just par for the course. We're talking about a company that has, since 1892, produced leather goods for pets. We're talking about custom-sized dog collars and traveling water bowls and Gizmodo is up in arms about laptop cases? Puhlease. Geeksugar, we feel your enthusiasm. That is one snazzy, albeit pricey, leather good.
*Also, we're pretty sure it's just a document case that Vogue poised as a laptop case but that's beside the point.
For the last installment of the Geeks We Love V-Day series, I would like to introduce you to the multi-talented, fascinating Adam Frucci. Adam's home base is in Brooklyn and he currently works as a contributing editor for Gizmodo. Why do we love Adam you ask? Well he doesn't exactly fit the "guy in the tech industry" average mold. Adam doesn't own an iPhone, would be the first to admit that digital photo frames are tacky pieces of garbage, and actually discusses the environmental impact of packaging from crappy gadget knock-offs and useless accessories—We're in love! And that's just the beginning (trust me). . . Keep reading to check out the full interview with Adam below and be sure to stay tuned tomorrow for a round-up of all our Geeks We Love interviews!
GS: You write for various websites and do improv comedy performances. How do you manage to squeeze so many things into your busy schedule and what other "hidden talents" can you share with us?
AF: Since I work from home, it's really important for me to get out of the house most nights, otherwise I'd go completely crazy. Improv is great because it keeps me busy two to five nights a week and lets me be creative in a way that's completely different than my writing, which is important to me. As for other talents, I'm not sure. I really love writing fiction, but it's tough to sit down and write for pleasure after writing nine hours for work, so I haven't dedicated as much time to that lately as I would like. It's something I always tell myself I'm going to get back into, but haven't yet found the time or energy to dive full-on into it as I'd like.
GS: What are some gadgets you can't seem to live without and why?
AF: I'm actually not a huge collector of gadgets. Since I deal with them all day for work they don't give me a huge rush in my free time — I think I'm the only Gizmodo editor without an iPhone and I don't have cable. But I would go completely crazy on the subway without my iPod and obviously no one can survive without a cell phone these days. So that's my really boring and predictable answer: My iPod and my cell phone.
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Shows like Beauty and the Geek give male geeks a bad rep. I have news for you folks, not all geeks think pocket-protectors and worn corduroy pants are trendy. In fact, I know plenty of fellas that showcase the very best of geekiness: smarts, passion, chic clothing, success in their field and the ability to program your TiVo, computer or Blackberry when you’re not in the mood. In an effort to celebrate this month of love, I have put together a series of interviews with some of the most interesting geeky guys out there to prove that geeks are just as lovable as A-list actors.
When it comes to guy gadget sites, Gizmodo.com has earned a reputation as a go-to source for all things geeky - combining breaking news, gadget reviews and a saucy grown-up nerd attitude you can’t help but love. The site’s cool content and buzz is created by a team of geeks that are dedicated to keeping the rest of the world updated on the inner-workings of the gizmo world around the clock and not afraid to admit how many hours they spend playing Xbox or cruising the internet. Among these fearless techie leaders is Jason "JC" Chen, a technology writer/associate editor for the site, who is known to make a "Wii in my pants" joke now and again. While Jason is happily attached, he agreed to share some of his secrets with us. To find out what makes Jason such an alluring geek, read more