• Exclusive: Is Spotplex a Better Digg?

    A new site called Spotplex launched today that arguably sorts news in a better way than Digg does. I’ve been testing the service for the last couple of weeks and like what I’ve seen. News stories are not submitted by users, as with Digg. Instead, sites that want to participate include some javascript code on their site, which monitors what stories/posts are read. The more times a story… Read More

  • Wesabe Gets Money From Tim O'Reilly's OATV

    Berkeley, California based Wesabe will announce a $700,000 round of financing tomorrow from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (as well as a couple of individual investors), and Tim O’Reilly will join the company’s board of directors. A good overview video of the service, which launched in December, is below. Wesabe is best described as a web version of Quicken, but with some… Read More

  • Pete Rojas Cuts Lines

    Can you say blogfight? UPDATE – It seems there was no line for the press, but where I was standing there sure seemed like a line. Perhaps there’s no line for people who get the PR folks attention while the rest of the journos stand quietly waiting to be checked in? Read More

  • Wii's Dirty Little Bonus

    Wii's Dirty Little Bonus

    Kotaku scooped a tasty little piece about Ethur, a faith-based cult in California, attacking Nintendo’s Wii. In a press release released by Ethur and ThePornTalk.com, the initiative attempts to expose the dangers of WiiPorn (not to be confused with WeePorn, which is a whole different story altogether). The frightening quotes come from ThePornTalk.com founder Mike Foster. Like the zipper and… Read More

  • Congress Introduces Digital Fair Use Bill – An End To DRM?

    Congress Introduces Digital Fair Use Bill – An End To DRM?

    Sometimes it takes bold moves for real action to happen. Lucky for us, Representatives Richard Boucher from Virginia and John Dolittle from California have the guts to stand up to the RIAA and say “We don’t need no stinkin’ DRM!” The digital fair use bill was introduced to Congress today, which is supposed to give customers more rights when buying digital content. Read More

  • CostCo Buckles Down on Returns

    CostCo Buckles Down on Returns

    Long “celebrated” by consumers for its lenient return policies, CostCo has begun to feel burned by its nice guy persona. Customers have taken advantage of the policy to an unfair degree, returning ancient items in exchange for newer, fancier devices. Great for the customer, bad for business. In response, CostCo is cutting its open-ended return policy back to 90 days—which is… Read More

  • New TomTom Device at FCC

    New TomTom Device at FCC

    No real information on this one beyond a few pics. We know it’ll be a GPS (duh it’s TomTom), SD, Bluetooth dialing and voice SMS and interface changes. It’ll also have a new docking system that will allow you to cradle your TomTom and use it to control an iPod or USB storage device. More pics after the jump: Read More

  • Neochroma Brings Your Cellphone To The Big Screen

    Neochroma Brings Your Cellphone To The Big Screen

    No matter who you are, you’re bound to have at least one juicy video on your cellphone. Whether it’s footage of a riot, you making out with some girl, or Blake’s Mom giving a lavish striptease, chances are your cellphone screen is just too small to enjoy watching anything longer than 30 seconds. Neochroma is looking to change that by blowing up the size of your cellphone’s… Read More

  • Cellblock: Fast Video and Image Vlogging

    Cellblock: Fast Video and Image Vlogging

    I’m actually quite intrigued by this simply because it could be a great way to put out “breaking news” at shows or events. This is nothing new: you take some video or an image and it pops up in a Cellblock window almost immediately after sending, without transcoding or other nastiness. The service uses a standard email address – presumably you could just email content from… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Digital Display Magic

    Patent Monkey: Digital Display Magic

    In this week’s IP-Review on digital cameras and displays, we find a slick Konica Rollable LCD screen for digital cameras and found an “immersive theater” concept patented by Kodak. What looks to be taken out of the movie Minority Report, the Konica display technology is described as using “electronic paper, [wherein] the liquid crystal layers of red, green and blue are… Read More

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  • Seriosity To Fix Email Overload (or not)

    Seriosity To Fix Email Overload (or not)

    Seriosity has a solution for over-crowded email inboxes. If you want someone’s attention, you’ll be paying for it. The company’s hook is that they’ve studied World of Warcraft and other multi-player games and believe they’ve found the right way to get people’s attention – virtual currency. You attach a payment to an email, called a Serio, which is… Read More

  • Laptop Batteries Made Just For You, Not From Babies

    is a one-stop online shop offering built-to-order laptop batteries for models both new and old. And though on first viewing of the company’s homepage I thought it made the batteries from babies, the picture is apparently a reference to the “Born On” date that appears on each battery ensuring freshness. Finding the right battery using the site’s multiple search tools was… Read More

  • Practical Robotics: Beer Launching Fridge!

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/445498/robotic_beer_launching_refrigerator.swf Sometimes we see a prototype that gets our mouths watering. The iPhone from Apple is a great example. Another is the beer launching fridge. When this thing hits the Home Depot, we are so getting one, as we’re for the advancement of beer-drinking technology. Homemade DIY gadgets are the best, you own them, you make… Read More

  • Best Apollo Demos

    There were a bunch of product demos today at Adobe’s Engage event, but there were a few that stood out and should have a big impact on the startup world. They also happened to be some of the best demos of the day. Virtual Ubiquity – Rick Treitman demoed their word processor application, BuzzWord, which was built entirely in Flex 2 and looks like it could be a direct competitor to… Read More

  • Make Your iPod Mini Flash-ilized

    page and pop in your new drive. Easy peasy. Now your Mini has no moving parts, more space, and you gain a feeling of power over your own things. Great for everyone. I actually did a similar thing by replacing my 40GB iPod Photo’s hard drive with a 60GB, again thanks to iFixIt. I can’t encourage you to hack your gear enough. It’s our right and it empowers us as geeks. Turn Your… Read More

  • iRiver Clix 2 Reviewed, So Great They Made the Review Into a Big JPEG

    iRiver Clix 2 Reviewed, So Great They Made the Review Into a Big JPEG

    The iRiver Clix 2 is a 2.2″ media player with a Flash UI and standard audio and video playback. It’s fairly cool and has a high-resolution screen and a bit less power consumption thanks to a new AMOLED screen and 2- or 4-gigabyte models available in the US along with an 8GB landing in April. What angers me, however, is the writer’s decision to make the entire review one big JPEG. Read More

  • The WiiPhone: iPhone Interface on PocketPC

    Looks like those 5 million patents Steve was talking about didn’t stop one clever wag from creating a fully function iPhone shell for Windows Pocket PC. This guy has done everything — except make Windows look like less of a piece of crap after you get past the sexy initial UI. It’s like walking into a brand new home and finding oily rags and offal piled up in every room. Watch… Read More

  • Review: HeadRoom Desktop Amp

    Review: HeadRoom Desktop Amp

    If you happen to have some pricey headphones, a good headphone amp can really make the difference between merely impressive sound and truly ass-kickin’ audiophile glory. Enter the HeadRoom Desktop Amp ($599), a relatively compact headphone amp with a bevy of input and output options and some hot internal components. I recently had a chance to check it out with a set of Sennheiser HD650s and… Read More

  • Corsair's Premium Flash Voyager GT USB Drives Go Really Fast

    Corsair announced an update today to its Flash Voyager line of USB drives by adding a “GT” to the end of the name and changing the color from blue to red. Oh, and the company hand picks the NAND flash for each one and is using a new flash controller with enhanced dual channel and interleave memory technologies. What’s all this mean my friends? Put simply: Speed. As the sizes of… Read More

  • Sony's New PictureStation Photo Printers

    Sony's New PictureStation Photo Printers

    Sony dropped a load of new photo printers today — the PictureStation DPP-FP90 (pictured above) and the PictureStation DPP-FP70 (pictured after the jump). Both print “lab-quality 4×6-inch prints” in 45 seconds (remember when you had to wait at CVS for an hour?), and the company seems especially proud of the built-in editing features that let you fix up your exposure, focus… Read More