• World’s biggest atlas weighs 70 pounds, costs $3500

    The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re looking for great stocking-stuffer ideas, don’t forget about this $3,500 atlas that weighs almost 70 pounds. It’s simply called "Earth" — 576 pages, 154 maps, and 800 photos along with four six-feet by four-feet fold-outs make up the contents of what Millennium House, the book’s publisher, is calling… Read More

  • Remote-controlled hand gesture sign is seven gestures of electro-luminescent awesomeness

    If this thing doesn’t make Time’s Best Inventions Of The Year list, I’m gonna burn this place to the ground. It’s right up there with the worms-to-ex-girlfriends pill from Brain Candy ("This is a drug… for the world… to give worms to ex-girlfriends.") except without all the nasty side effects. This is a sign… for your car… that gives… Read More

  • Kaixin001: China's Apple of Social Networks

    Kaixin001, the latest newcomer to the Facebook clone wars in China, is China’s fastest growing social network having amassed a staggering 7.5 million users in the first 5 months since it launched in May 2008. The site tripled Twitter’s traffic reach in the month of September alone and is currently the 250th most popular site on Alexa worldwide. Compared with rival incumbent… Read More

  • Alltel: The Rhythm is gonna getcha, the Rhythm is gonna getcha, the Rhythm is gonna get-choo

    Alltel is now selling the LG Rhythm in two colors – white and black — for $119.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year service agreement. Features include a 1-inch circular (?) touchscreen, 1.3-megapixel camera, MP3 player plus an FM transmitter (nice), GPS, support for web videos, and Bluetooth. Oh, and you also get a big intangible with any Alltel product — one of… Read More

  • AdMob: By ad request count, the iPhone is now ranked 4th worldwide

    Each month, AdMob, a mobile advertisement marketplace, analyzes their ad request/impression data to look for trends in the mobile world. This morning, they released their Mobile Metrics Report for September of 2008. As their first report was for September of 2007, this release grants us the first opportunity to compare statistics with those of a year ago. To clarify, these statistics are… Read More

  • This PSP 2 render looks better than the real thing

    Once again, the render looks better than the actual product. Specifically, this render for the PSP 2—I emphasize, it’s an unofficial render—looks better than the PSP 3000, the latest revision of the lost-in-this-world PSP. The render, designed by one Tai Chiem, uses a flexible OLED display at the system’s base and works from there: two nubs, stereo speakers that… Read More

  • Battle Titan: Meet Elekit's awesome model tank

    Japanese electronics company Elekit is selling a model tank that is operated via a wireless remote control and fires off infrared “cannons”. Up to four of the so-called “Battle Titan” tanks (size: 150×90×165mm) can be controlled simultaneuously, engaging each other in battle. When firing cannons, the battery-powered tanks recoil and make… Read More

  • iGoogle Goes Wide, Introduces Canvas Pages.

    Google’s startpage, iGoogle, is spreading its wings. Today it is rolling out a new design that shifts tabs to a column on the left so that more Google gadgets and sources of content can be accommodated. But the biggest change is the ability for content partners and developers to expand each gadget to take up nearly the whole page. Partners that are launching with expanded gadgets… Read More

  • New MacBook might be good 'nough for casual gamers

      The new 13-inch MacBook wasn’t designed specifically for gaming but with the somewhat impressive NVIDIA 9400M at the graphics core, it should suffice for occasional gaming. The Obsessable chaps installed Warhammer Online through a 32GB Windows XP partition and came to the conclusion that the notebook does a fine job even with a modern, graphic intensive game. Still, with the… Read More

  • Go Get Yer Shiny New Yahoo Profile…And Make Some Connections!

    Yahoo begins the rollout of the new user profile today, which marks the first tangible product release for the social part of Yahoo Open Strategy, or YOS. The profile is one of the anchors (mail is the other) to Yahoo’s strategy of turning the site into one big social network. It’s been a long haul for the company, which first talked about the new strategy almost a year ago. Read More

  • October 20: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on Xbox Originals

    Once Monday rolls around you’ll be able to cruise around San Andreas on your Xbox 360, for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has showed up on Xbox.com. The game, which will cost the usual 1,100 Microsoft Points ($14.99), isn’t too bad; in truth, I prefer it to the gritty realism of Grand Theft Auto IV. Plus it has that Marshall Jefferson song on one of the radio stations, embedded here… Read More

  • Looks like we've made it after alllllll…

    In the gadget blogging business there is something we call the SkyMall Effect. This is the constant sense that after rewriting 50 press releases in a single day we begin to sound like copywriters for SkyMall, the magazine you find in airline seatbacks from here to Djibouti. When words like “ground-breaking,” “svelte,” and “sleek” enter your vocabulary, you… Read More

  • Adbrite Lays Off 40% Of Staff, Including Two Execs

    It’s not a happy day at San Francisco-based Adbrite this morning. The company is laying off 40 employees, which is 40% of total staff. Among those that are leaving are VP Marketing Paul Levine and VP Finance Bob Feller. This is the second Sequoia-backed startup to report significant layoffs after last week’s meeting where Sequoia warned the CEOs of their portfolio companies of the… Read More

  • Alltel and LG feel the Rhythm

    Sure, it’s not the most unique looking handset ever (most passersby would probably just assume its an LG Chocolate), but for $119.99, the new LG Rhythm for Alltel packs a bit of punch on the music phone front. In addition to the always-welcome 3.5mm headset jack, they’ve packed an FM transmitter into the handset for pushin’ your tunes to your car radio without a mess of… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Asus Eee Box PC for $290.99

    If you like the idea of netbooks in theory but get unnecessarily agitated at the thought of having all that pesky "portability," then maybe you’d be a good candidate for the small form-factor Asus Eee Box PC. It’s specs are as follows: 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 80GB SATA hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi, DVI out, and Windows XP Home. Buy.com currently has it for $290.99 with… Read More

  • Fleck Headed To The Deadpool Because Nobody Wants to Annotate The Web

    Just a week after ReFrame It launched its service that lets people annotate Web pages, another startup that’s been doing pretty much the same thing since 2006, Fleck, is putting itself up for sale. Fleck is a Dutch company founded by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and Patrick de Laive, the famous white-suited entrepreneurs who woke up Mike once at his house to pitch their startup. The… Read More

  • Stingy Soldier Wallet Savior: A digital household account book/RPG (Japan-only)

    It’s Takara Tomy again. Following “the world’s smallest walking robot”, the Japanese toy maker today announced the “Setsuyaku Senshi Osaifu Seibaa” (Stingy Soldier Wallet Savior) [JP], a mix of electronic household account book and RPG (seriously). Users will be able to register household expenses with a data pen and collect printed receipts at the back of… Read More

  • Oh, netbooks: Mini 12 spotted on Dell's Web site

    Looks like Dell is getting ready to release the Mini 12, a netbook in the Mini 9 mold, but, you know, with a 12-inch screen. CMS Report speculates that the netbook could be released as early as this week or next. Dell.com already has a few references to the Mini 12, including a non-functioning link to its user manual. Considering the Mini 9 was well-received, there’s no reason not to… Read More

  • Radiohead sells 3 million copies of In Rainbows, but how much is that in American?

    Warner Chappell, Radiohead’s distributor, is announcing that the band “sold” 3 million copies of In Rainbows, the album that they essentially gave away online in a pay-what-you-want scheme. The reports are that they made more on the album than they did on their previous dumpling, Hail to the Thief. Previous sales numbers were in the high hundred thousands, which makes this… Read More

  • Ballmer Speaks, Yahoo's Market Cap Jumps More Than $3 Billion

    An off the cuff remark by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this morning set Yahoo’s stock soaring more than 15% to $13.73, adding well over $3 billion in market cap to the struggling company. Speaking at the Gartner ITXpo, Ballmer reportedly said a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo (presumably he’s talking about a full buyout, not the repeatedly rejected search deal) would still… Read More

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