• Star Trek gadgets IRL

    Top ten lists! What would we do without ye? SlipperyBrick (Motto: “The website that sounds like loose stool”) posted 10 cute items that were popularized by Star Trek and eventually came to fruition. They include the touchscreen, the computer disk, and, interestingly, Spock’s space coffin. I wanted so hard to put a virginity joke in here, but I didn’t. Trekkies have… Read More

  • Fifth-gen iPods no workie with iTunes movie rentals?

    I’ll be honest, Apple is starting to weird me out a little bit. I picture Steve Jobs like the paranoid Mr. Burns in that Simpsons episode where he owns the casino and he stops shaving and starts wearing Kleenex boxes on his feet because he hates germs. It’s just that some of the recent decisions behind certain products and services don’t make much sense, like charging iPod… Read More

  • African Mobile Internet Services to see Huge Growth

    Analysis from growth consulting company Frost and Sullivan predicts that Africa’s demand for mobile Internet access will increase between 40% and 50% between 2006 and 2009. It is thought that this expansion is due to the continent’s lack of sufficient fixed line structure and the reduced cost of handset and mobile internet service prices. “The poor state of fixed line… Read More

  • Mass Effect begins conversation on sex and video games

    [photopress:masseffect.jpg,full,center] You’re probably familiar with the manufactured controversy surrounding Mass Effect, with misinformed pundits lampooning its graphic sex acts. You know, those sex acts that don’t really exist. But Next Generation took the opportunity to address the subject at large—sex in video games, and how to incorporate it in a productive manner. Read More

  • Sprint's LG Rumor OTA update available now

    Some of you have experienced the little problem that was discovered with the LG Rumor late last year and I know you’ve been waiting for that OTA firmware update to fix the little snafu. Well, Sprint has announced that the new firmware is readily available for download or if you’re really feeling that lazy, you can take it into your local Sprint store. To download the update… Read More

  • Skype for PSP is here! [Update]

    From Crackle: Skype on the PSP The official announcement that Skype would be coming to the PSP (PSP-2000 series only) came at CES and now we’re seeing signs that firmware v3.90 is set to roll out this week. It’s pretty straightforward. If you’ve used Skype then it should be a simple and painless process. In case you’re wondering what to expect later this week today… Read More

  • Ajaxonomy Hacks Together del.icio.us Spy

    One of the most popular visualization tools in social media is Digg Spy, which lets you watch as stories get dugg on Digg, constantly scrolling the latest links as they are submitted to or voted on the site. Now Ajaxonomy has created a similar page for bookmarking site Delicious, called del.icio.us Spy. It shows new sites as they are submitted to Delicious, along with a thumbnail of the… Read More

  • Slashdot hates on Digg's 'tyrannical' user-driven model

    [photopress:sdigg.jpg,full,center] Slashdot used to be the place to go for tech news. I now go there because, while the news may be a little older than what you can find on blogs, the comments are usually a lot more informative—a more “elite” techie than the average blog reader, maybe. But Slashdot has been in a feud of sorts with Digg since the latter’s launch. Read More

  • U.S. Leads World in Productive Use of Telecommunications Technology

    Connectivity Scorecard, a system that ranks countries on around 30 indicators that measure how will a country boosts its social and economic prosperity through telecommunications technologies, puts the United States at the head of the list. The system was created by London Business School professor Leonard Waverman to examine how well countries utilize networks, cell phones and… Read More

  • Let's Trash Yahoo During Happy Hour

    Yesterday I was scheduled to appear live on the Happy Hour show on the Fox Business Channel. The show is held at the Bull and Bear bar at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, with customers milling around and drinking. I can’t believe no one has rushed the set as a prank yet. The topic, I thought, was our presidential endorsements of Barack Obama and John McCain. But we never… Read More

  • BlogTV Signs Strategic Deal With ICQ

    Live video streaming service BlogTV has signed a deal with the AOL owned ICQ that will see BlogTV promoted to ICQ users. The initial stage of the deal will see BlogTV promoted to ICQ users through the ICQ website, and in return ICQ will become the preferred instant messaging platform on BlogTV. The second stage will see ICQ users being able to use their ICQ login details to access and use… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Debatable Edition

    The Unreasonable Stance: Vote Republican for a tech revolution
    The CrunchGear Tech Presidential Primaries
    Keepon the dancing robot and Diane the dirty call management system
    Tactile MP3 player: Control it with near-zero forethought
    Childhood 2.0: Your kids live their lives online and that’s horrible Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. The Unreasonable Stance: Vote Republican for a tech revolution Krump Too bad you are not half as educated in politics\government as you are in tech. You bought hook line and sinker into a bunch of crap that someone sold you. If you are… Read More

  • eBay Changes Fee Structure To Drive Growth

    eBay yesterday announced a major shake up in its fee structure in an attempt to revitalize their core auction business. Amazon surpassed eBay in US traffic in December for the first time according to Nielsen, and growth rates on eBay have been either static or minimal over the last two to three years. Under the changes, eBay will slash listing fees by up to 50%, but in turn will increase… Read More

  • MOLI's $30m privacy-based network de-cloaks in Dublin, then de-robes a new user

    A lot of people this side of the Atlantic are sitting around scratching their heads as we learn that Ireland-based MOLI has – as if it were a Klingon starship in an episode of Star Trek – ‘de-cloaked’ in the middle of Dublin with a brand new kind of social network and almost 60 staff on its books. Who knew? It turns out US-based Mainstream Technologies, which runs MOLI… Read More

  • Tripr.TV: Get Paid For Hotel Videos

    Hotel video guides are a vertical that has started to grow from nothing in the last nine months. We covered Trivop in June 2007, a site billed as the first video guide for hotels. Then came TVTrip, another videoguide for hotels that scored $4.8 million in funding in July. Both sites rely on professionally recorded video. New comer Tripr.TV is embracing the move towards compensating user… Read More

  • ThisNext Takes $5 Million Series B

    Social shopping service ThisNext has taken $5 million Series B in a round that included previous investors Anthem Venture Partners and Clearstone Venture Partners. ThisNext launched in 2006 with a product that offers shopping combined with comments, tagging, social recommendations, comment ratings and a wishlist. Users can also create a website widget to show products they like to others via… Read More

  • MySpace Platform Goes Live February 5; Accepting Developer SignUps Now

    After months of rumblings and announcements, MySpace is finally getting ready to pull the trigger on its long-awaited platform for developers. Starting today, programmers can sign up to register for the MySpace API program, which will go live on February 5th. The APIs will allow developers to create social applications for MySpace much like they can already for Facebook. The platform will… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Wal-Mart wants to outfit you with cheap TVs for Funday


    Agreed to host that Super Bowl party, but forgot that you’ve got a 12-inch TV with dials for UHF and VHF? Well, go kick it at Wal-Mart. And while you’re trying to forget that you’re at Wal-Mart, buy some of their inexpensive goods. They’ve got a 32-inch LCD TV for just under $600, a Polaroid one with a built-in DVD player for $700, or if you’ve already got a… Read More

  • Vaio T's get a CPU bump, new sexy shells


    The Sony ultraportables that were so unfavorably compared to the MacBook Air in the Stevenote have received a shot in the arm in the form of an extra 200MHz bump in the CPU. And to celebrate the new brain, they went out and bought it some new clothes. A model and a scholar! Well, kind of – it’s still not as powerful as the Air, though it’s smaller in some ways and still a… Read More

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