• S-AIR to potentially give Sonos, Logitech a run for their money

    Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give a man a way to transmit music wirelessly through his home and you’ve got a locked in consumer. The S-AIR system works in two ways. It allows you to add rear satellite speakers to any 7.1 system or add a receiver anywhere in the house to play back audio streamed from the main receiver. Full release after the jump. Read More

  • 'Sony Electronics 2008 Open House' preview

    Doug Aamoth here in beautiful, romantic Paris (Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas) for the Sony Electronics 2008 Open House — or as I like to call it, the SoLec08OpHo. I’ll be getting my gigantic man-hands on all these products (and then some) very soon — but for now, here’s some of what to expect out of Sony today. Read More

  • Newt Gingrich's American Solutions Opens Silicon Valley Office

    Don’t be surprised if you see former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich strolling down the streets of Palo Alto. He’s opened a Silicon Valley office for his American Solutions organization, which supports limited government, and we hear he’s been spending a lot of time in the area. David Kralik, the organization’s Director of Internet Strategy, is heading up the new… Read More

  • Sony releases BD-Live capable Blu-Ray players


    The BDP-S350 and the BDP-S550 are Sony’s latest Blu-Ray players with full BD-Live capability and picture-in-picture support for movies that support. The S550 also has 1GB of storage inside and 1080/60p HDI output. They have 7.1 channel audio and will cost $400 and $500, respectively. Read More

  • Sony takes up where Sharper Image left off: Vinyl to USB turntable

    The PS-LX300USB is one of the most exciting new inventions to come down the pike in a long time. See, it’s a record turntable that connects to a computer. Records are disks encoded with music or spoken word and these records spin. A needle touches these disks and transmits the audio electronically to a digital sound thingie that puts it on the USB cable and then into your computer. If… Read More

  • Texas Instruments to Expand OMAP Chip Line Beyond Phones

    Texas Instruments announced today that it will add new chip applications beyond the mobile phone market. The new chips will be used in everything from music players to medical equipment. The company, which faces stiff completion from Qualcomm in the wireless arena, will expand its OMAP product line. OMAP is currently used to support gaming and video in cell phones. “We’re… Read More

  • London offices too expensive for startups?

    It’s a truism to say property is expensive in London. And the latest victim of rising prices is – ironically enough – real estate search engine Nestoria, which is moving out of its current home “because the building is to be renovated and turned into luxury flats.” However, despite the nostalgia associated with “little quirks like the window that never… Read More

  • The cavalcade of Sony

    Sony is holding an open house — I recommended that they bake cookies or boil a little cinnamon to make things homier when prospective buyers come through — and boy did they release a lot of stuff. Of note are their new interactive Blu-Ray players, a multi-room listening solution, and a turntable with USB output. I’ll break them out in posts in just a moment. PR Page Read More

  • Estimates Put Internet Advertising at $21 Billion in U.S., $45 Billion Globally

    Two reports are out today on the size of the Internet advertising market. The Interactive Advertising Bureau has a preliminary estimate of $21.1 billion for U.S. Internet ads in 2007, a 25 percent increase over 2006. (For the fourth quarter of 2007, it is estimating $5.7 billion for the size of the industry, up from $5.2 billion in the third quarter). Meanwhile, the Kelsey Group puts U.S. Read More

  • Number Two U.S. Music Retailer is iTunes

    Apple’s iTunes digital media store has beat out Best Buy and Target to become the second largest music retailer in the United States. Wal-Mart is still number one according to data released today from the tracking firm NPD Group. Sales made in 2007 show that legal music downloads account for 10% of all music sales in United States. But an increase of download sales hasn’t been… Read More

  • Daem Interactive’s Skuair Image Reader

    Daem Interactive has developed Skuair, new technology that it is calling the next generation of 2d code readers. Skuair isn’t limited to reading barcode lines and numbers but can read product logos or images. Skuair works with any mobile phone camera and is easy to operate. The user simply takes a picture of an advertisement or product logo and a low resolution image is sent to the… Read More

  • MacBooks left out in the cold, no multi-touch

    Featuring a gorgeous 13-inch glossy widescreen display, and with prices still starting at just $1,099, the new MacBook lineup comes in three models and includes faster processors and larger hard drives across the line; sleek white 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz models with 120GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives and a stunning black 2.4 GHz model with a massive 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive, previously only… Read More

  • MacBook Pro line updated with Multi-touch

    The new MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo technology with up to a 2.6 GHz processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache; up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and up to a 300GB hard drive, plus NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with up to 512MB of video memory. Every MacBook Pro now includes a trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support for pinch, rotate and swipe, making it more… Read More

  • Google Talk Adds a Chatback Widget

    Do you really want random people on the Web IMing you? Google thinks so. Yesterday, it added a chatback widget to Google Talk that lets you put a little badge on your Website or blog linked to your Google Talk account. When you are available, visitors to your site can start an instant message conversation with you. This is a similar idea to all the call-me buttons that have proliferated… Read More

  • Apple store down, duh

    And now we wait. Apple Store Read More

  • Fewer and fewer M-rated games being made?

    [photopress:mrated.jpg,full,center] Are M-rated games on the way out? That’s what Next-Generation asked and it turns out—sorta—that yes, less M-rated games are being released. The publication took numbers from the ESRB and combined them with independently obtained numbers. The result is that graph up there (and several others in the piece proper). There’s several… Read More

  • Mochila Now Lets You Add BBC Videos To Your Blog

    If you are looking for some stock videos to add to your blog or Website, Mochila just added about 800 clips from the BBC Motion Gallery, the licensing arm of the BBC. It doesn’t include news clips unfortunately, but there are plenty of science and culture videos. If you need a nicely produced video of striped fish or how to make a Singapore Sling, you can find it on Mochila and embed it… Read More

  • Maybe: iPod shipments down from the previous year

    [photopress:ipoddownn.jpg,full,center] Shipments of the iPod could be done this quarter, the first ever such decline. An analyst at Piper Jaffray looked over the NPD numbers from January till now and found shipments in the 9.5 million to 10.3 million range. AppleInsider reminds us that, even if the final number turns out to be in the middle of that range, it would still represent a 6… Read More

  • Don't worry, There Will Be Blood still on track for April HD DVD release

    [photopress:twbb.jpg,full,right] There’s confusion surrounding the pending high-def release of There Will Be Blood. The movie, which will be released here in the U.S. by Paramount on HD DVD, was scheduled for an April 8 release. Then it disappeared from Paramount’s site. Axed? No. Hardly. Apparently Paramount was just restructuring its Web site to reflect a new March 4 release… Read More

  • EditGrid Adds Analytics, Mashup Functionality, and More

    Online spreadsheet software provider EditGrid today is rolling out a set of enhancements including analytics and mashup functionality that adds to the image retrieval capability we wrote about last month. The new analytics (shown to the left) will let spreadsheet owners track views and visits over a spreadsheet’s lifetime. The new mashup functionality will let you dynamically import… Read More

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