• 50 Cent Gets Down With YouTube

    50 Cent Gets Down With YouTube

    YouTube has announced a new music competition that will be judged by leading artists 50 Cent, Common and Polow da Don. YouTube OntheRise Rap Edition is a follow up to last year’s YouTube Underground contest and seeks to discover the best rap and hip-hop artists in the United States. Unsigned talent who aspire to be professional artists have until August 17 to submit their videos. The… Read More

  • "Cavemen" And Other Sure-To-Be Fall TV Hits Already Leaked Online

    "Cavemen" And Other Sure-To-Be Fall TV Hits Already Leaked Online


    “Cavemen.” It was leaked and it sucks. “Son of a submariner!” That’s an expletive certain to be heard in the greater Hollywood area when TV execs find out that many of their upcoming TV shows, scheduled to debut this fall, have already leaked online. I mean, they all probably suck to high heaven, but that’s besides the point. Such works of art as… Read More

  • Sony's XAV-W1 SACD Player: In-Car 5.1 Sound

    Sony's XAV-W1 SACD Player: In-Car 5.1 Sound

    Outside of a niche of audiophile snobs, Super Audio CD is relatively obscure. Even though few people know about the format and even fewer actively use it, Sony will roll out the XAV-W1, its first in-car SACD player… ever! It’s fully compatible with 5.1 sound systems and has a 7.1-inch WVGA screen, further future proofed with its compatibility with satellite radio, HD Radio and… Read More

  • Action Engine Raises $20 Million

    Action Engine Raises $20 Million

    Mobile applications developer Action Engine has raised $20 million in new round led by Baker Capital. Previous investors Northwest Venture Associates and The Spangler Group also participated in the round. The company develops mobile device software that allows media companies and mobile operators to provide music, video and other content on mobiles. Action Engine’s ODP platform… Read More

  • Slot Loading iMac Says Goodbye On September 18

    Slot Loading iMac Says Goodbye On September 18

    Come September 18 we’ll all be wearing black, mourning the death (or celebrating the life) of the slot loading iMac. Yes, the computer that brought USB to the masses and brought the Mac OS back into our hearts gets end of life’d on that fateful Tuesday. Once the 18th hits, Apple will no longer offer service parts or documentation to repair centers for this model iMac. Now… Read More

  • NEC, Hitachi Announce Water-cooled HDD

    NEC, Hitachi Announce Water-cooled HDD

    NEC and Hitachi’s joint efforts are beginning to materialize some worthwhile products, IMO. What you see above is the first water cooling system for your HDD. Not only is the system ultra quiet at 25dB, but NEC plans to equip future desktops with this exciting new cooling system. Joy. In a box. NEC and Hitachi water-cool your HDD [Akihabara News] Read More

  • iHome iH82: The iHome Speaker Dock You Know And Love, Now With Two Speakers

    iHome iH82: The iHome Speaker Dock You Know And Love, Now With Two Speakers

    Companies have yet to perfect the iPod speaker dock. That, or people keep buying the damn things, year after year, minor revision after minor revision. Either way, iHome’s iH82 can be thought of as nothing more than an iH80, itself just a speaker with a hole on top to plug your iPod, with an additional speaker. Yes, iHome has lost its mind and now has its flagship iPod speaker dock… Read More

  • Google Licenses Gmail In Japan

    Google Licenses Gmail In Japan

    Google has licensed Gmail to Japanese mobile operator KDDI Corp. The email service will be branded by KDDI and work on the “auone.jp” domain. Google will provide the backend for the service and account holders will have the same functionality as provided by Gmail itself, including 2GB of storage. The announcement continues a recent string of deals in Asia for Google as it attempts… Read More

  • Three NV Series Samsung Cameras Announced

    Three NV Series Samsung Cameras Announced

    Today Samsung introduced three new additions to the NV series of point and shoot digital cameras. The NV8 (8-megapixel), NV15 (10-megapixel) and NV20 (12-megapixel) all feature premium Schneider optics with 3x optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCDs, shake reduction, auto contrast balance, face detection up to nine mugs and 14 scene modes. You can also record VGA movies at 30fps. The image noise… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 For Palm Treo 750 Is Out, Don't Tell Anyone

    Windows Mobile 6 For Palm Treo 750 Is Out, Don't Tell Anyone

    Just because I don’t like Windows Mobile doesn’t mean I should deprive you of the awesomeness that is Windows Mobile 6. If you own an AT&T Treo 750 and want to upgrade to the latest crap version then listen closely… Read More

  • Alibaba.com IPO Confirmed

    Alibaba.com IPO Confirmed

    Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba has confirmed preparations for an IPO of Alibaba.com. Alibaba.com shares will be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in the third quarter and the IPO is expected to raise HK $7.8 billion (US $1 billion). Alibaba has said that they would be using the additional capital to expand their international footprint. The IPO will see the partial spin-off of… Read More

  • Fox Angry Over Czech Cam Of The Simpsons Movie, Pirates Laugh

    Fox Angry Over Czech Cam Of The Simpsons Movie, Pirates Laugh

    D’oh! I wasn’t aware that Czechs enjoyed good ole American humor like The Simpsons (I’m being sarcastic for those of you who take me too seriously), but I’m wrong, as usual. Nor did I know it was the new hotbed of piracy. I realize that studios have to make a public statement announcing their disgust and disdain over CAMs, but let’s be real about this Fox. It… Read More

  • Blu-ray Gets Naughty In Japan

    Blu-ray Gets Naughty In Japan

    Many have said that the porn industry could be the deciding factor yet again in the format wars and this seems to ring true. While the US porn industry has adopted HD DVD with open arms, the Japanese porn industry is canoodling with Blu-ray and it’s about to get sticky. Sony may go on record and denounce pornography altogether, but they’ve found a loophole so as not to piss off… Read More

  • Meebo Hits The Live Music Promotion Road

    Meebo Hits The Live Music Promotion Road

    Web based instant messaging platform meebo has announced a new partnership with Live Nation and The Firm to promote “Family Values,” a series of live music events billed as “this summer’s biggest tour.” The partnership includes concert promotion and concert presence. Music fans visiting meebo.com, the Family Values Tour website and featured band websites have a… Read More

  • Dimple: The DAP With A Dimple Instead Of Buttons

    Dimple: The DAP With A Dimple Instead Of Buttons

    Designers are crazy. That’s the only way you could explain the description of Dimple, a DAP that invites us, humans, to touch its dimple. That little, oh-so-tantalizing depression in the center of the player controls volume and fast-forward/rewind. (Well, if it were real; it’s just a concept.) Apparently the designer, one Priscilla Lui, didn’t bother improving the… Read More

  • Another Reason To Stay In Bed: The Voice-Command Universal Remote Control

    Another Reason To Stay In Bed: The Voice-Command Universal Remote Control

    What’s the point of getting out of bed anymore? We might as well be bedridden for the rest of our lives the way technology wants to improve our otherwise active lifestyles. Sheesh. The Voice-Command Universal Remote Control. Need I say more? Fine. The latest offering from Hammacher Schlemmer works with your TV, VCR, DVR, DVD, cable box, and satellite by the sound of your voice. It… Read More

  • Verizon Set To Terrorize 700k New Users In 2008

    Verizon Set To Terrorize 700k New Users In 2008


    Listen to this guy If any of our readers are Rural Cellular subscribers then get out NOW! We don’t have time for questions. Just do it. Verizon is taking the necessary steps to make your life a living hell in the first half of 2008 with the announcement today that they would be purchasing Rural Cellular for $757 million in cash to save a few bucks ($1 billion) on roaming. The $45 per… Read More

  • Apple TV Hacked To Support USB Drives

    Apple TV Hacked To Support USB Drives

    I dream about being a world-class hacker only because I’m vain and want to see my name be the first thing to pop up when I Google myself. Hackers do great things and it brings a smile to my face. I love it even more when Apple products gets hacked. If you’ve been wavering about Apple TV, Apple’s silent and brooding stepchild, then this may swing the vote because it’s… Read More

  • BuddyTV Takes $2.8 million Series A

    BuddyTV Takes $2.8 million Series A

    Seattle based BuddyTV (Advanced Media Research Group Inc.) has taken $2.8 million in Series A funding in a round led by Gemstar-TV Guide International. BuddyTV is a television focused content network with a team of dedicated entertainment writers producing content that is complemented by users. The service also provides broadcasting tools. See our previous coverage here on the space. NASDAQ… Read More

  • Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Facebook is my white whale: I write about it seemingly every day even though I purport to want nothing to do with it. Be that as it may, it’s good to see the Web site handle its business with regard to keeping child predators away from unsuspecting minors. Just like MySpace before it, the social networking site has become something of an attraction for guys from “To Catch a… Read More