• Massager Doubles As Torture Device

    Massager Doubles As Torture Device

    For those with bad headaches or big egos, this 92-brush head massager will keep the brain prepped and ready for action. There’s not much more info on it, since I can’t read much Japanese (golden mountain … head skin … product number … thing), but the brush extensions are meant to poke you in the right places along the rim of the head to keep you refreshed, according… Read More

  • The iPod Crows at Midnight

    The iPod Crows at Midnight

    I spotted a front-page story (paid subscription required) in the Wall Street Journal this week about bird watchers who are using portable technology to find birds. Some are using wireless devices like Blackberries to receive bird proximity alerts, while others are using iPods and speakers to mimic bird calls. The interesting part of the article is the controversy: One point of contention is the… Read More

  • Voice of Mario Not Italian?!

    Keeping with the spirit of my weekly Mario posts, here is a GooTube video of the man who gives Mario and other Nintendo characters their voices. Charles Martinet also does the voices of Luigi, Wario, Waluigi and Toadsworth, according to his Wikipedia profile. Although his landmark game was Super Mario 64, I’ll always have Mario’s “Let’s Go!” phrase drilled into my… Read More

  • MP3 Players Usher in New Era of World Peace

    MP3 Players Usher in New Era of World Peace

    Here are two MP3 players that hopefully will bridge the gap between religions. The first is a concept device by Manworks Design. It’s a flash-based MP3 player that would have a chrome-plated steel body in the shape of a cross. The 1GB player, which would have an OLED-display, is meant to be worn around the neck. The second is a real watch marketed toward members of the Islamic faith… Read More

  • CG Secret Agent Edition: 5-In-1 Webcam

    Almost every spy film has a scene where the secret agent is taking pictures of covert documents or downloading files from an enemy computer. But it has to be pain in the butt to carry around all those gadgets, right? That’s where the 5-in-1 webcam comes in handy for any situation you or any secret agent might encounter. The camera can take up to 2,000 photos of secret documents at a… Read More

  • Nokia 5300 XpressMusic Review

    Nokia 5300 XpressMusic Review

    The market for music phones is growing every month. Demand for integration and combination is adding increased pressure on manufacturers such as Sony and Nokia to combine the functionality of an MP3 player inside a cellphone. Nokia’s latest effort, the 5300 XpressMusic from T-Mobile is a valiant effort that comes with both faults and favors. If you’re thinking about leaving the iPod at… Read More

  • Big Round of Funding For RockYou

    We’re getting reports from multiple sources (but no confirmation from the company yet) that photo widget company RockYou has raised a big round of financing. The unconfirmed numbers are $10+ million at a $50+ million valuation, which is in line with what competitor Slide raised late last year. The company had previously raised $1.5 million from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Nokia Wants You to Throw Away Your Wallet

    Patent Monkey: Nokia Wants You to Throw Away Your Wallet

    Let’s face it, RFID has had a lot of hype in the past four years, but has failed to find its way into our everyday lives and pocketbooks. Case in point: Mobile Phones using RFID. Nokia announced its new JV, Venyon Oy, in hopes of becoming a major player using Near Field Communication (NFC) to build a cell phone ‘swipe-to-pay’ feature. While Apple receives praise for connecting… Read More

  • ChaCha: 90% Pranksters

    I’ve been hard on ChaCha, the new search engine that pairs users with a human guide to help them find better results (see this TechCrunch Forum thread as well). I was supposed to meet with the CEO of the company earlier this week but missed the appointment due to the flu. I really want to get their side of the story and present a balanced view of the startup. But for now, I just don’t… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Eau d'Bedroom Dancing Edition

    Daily Crunch: Eau d'Bedroom Dancing Edition

    Tune-In Bed Makes The Ladies Swoon Sanyo MAJ-U02 Ghetto Blaster It’s iPod Speakers And a Pet Carrier! Hooray! Cell-Lock Keeps Cellphones Safe During Class Meizu MiniOne Gets Priced Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Has a Winnah Read More

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  • Tribe Gets Acquired, For Real This Time

    Last year was a turbulent one for Silicon Valley based Tribe.net. Founding CEO Mark Pincus was ousted, in April 2005 and then returned in August 2006. While Pincus was gone rumors swirled that the company had been acquired by NBC, but the deal was never consummated. But now the New York Times is reporting that the assets of the eight person company have been acquired by Cisco. This follows their… Read More

  • Billmonk Has A Half Brother

    Billmonk Has A Half Brother

    Social/mobile payments site Billmonk had a mini merger with competitor Obopay last month (we called it a “battle for relevance” since PayPal has a strong product offering in the mobile space as well). Buxfer is another social money Y Combinator funded company that softly launched last September. It provides the same basic functionality of Billmonk, such as keeping a running total of… Read More

  • First Look: Helio Heat

    First Look: Helio Heat

    I’ll have my review of this up tomorrow, but I wanted to give you all a first look at the hottest device on the horizon, the Helio Heat. This fancy pants Samsung slider from Helio features EV-DO and a bevy of other features, but more on that tomorrow. For now, here is a Helio Heat slideshow: Read More

  • Solar Powered Gadget Charging Purse for Stylish Girl Nerds

    If you’re girlfriend is like mine, then you always have to wonder if her phone is charged when you call her. Often she’ll answer, “Hey, baby!” only to be disconnected as the battery dies, unable to call again until it’s slightly charged 30 minutes later. That’s why I’m strongly considering purchasing her a Power Purse. The stylish handbag is covered in… Read More

  • Tripper V For Traveling Photographers

    The Tripper V from ASKA is a great companion for any photographer. The HDD is available anywhere from 40GB to 160GB and comes equipped with CF/SD slots. Pictures can be viewed via the 4.3-inch monitor, which outputs 800×480 resolution. It also allows for video playback and supports Mpeg-4 codec. It’s essentially a DAP for photographers because it supports both MP3 and AAC formats. Read More

  • LG-KH1300: Now With Hot Models

    It’s a slow news day and I figured some eye candy was in order. We all know that SK gets the best phones because most of the top tier mobile phone manufacturers reside there. LG has been on a hot streak lately, releasing drool-worthy mobile phones one after another. The KH 1300 is the newest to join the already stacked LG line up. With HSDPA you’ll be downloading MP3s wicked fast. It… Read More

  • Thin-and-very-light Gaming Notebook From ABS

    It doesn’t have the fastest graphics available, but if you like a little 3D-gaming action when you’re on the road, the ABS Mayhem Blackhawk notebook will let you do just that. The 14.1-inch widescreen laptop weighs a travel-friendly 3.8 pounds—a weight generally found only in smaller-screened, business-oriented ultraportables. Graphics are driven by a 256MB Nvidia GeForce Go… Read More

  • Five Ways to Mix, Rip, and Mash Your Data

    Five Ways to Mix, Rip, and Mash Your Data

    Call them pipes, teqlos, dapps, modules, mashups or whatever else but fact is that recently we have seen a good number of new services that allow developers and users to build mini-apps and mashups that mix and re-mix data. Here we run through 5 applications that allow you to mix, rip and mash your data, looking at the data input, output, REST support, suggested use, and required skill level… Read More

  • Option USB GlobeSurfer iCON HSUPA Modem

    Option USB GlobeSurfer iCON HSUPA Modem

    The world is shedding its wires and I, for one, am thrilled. Option has just announced a USB version of its GlobeSurfer HSUPA modem. The device offers the ability to suck in a 7.2Mbps downstream and pump out a 2Mbps upstream. It features a swivel USB head so it should be able to easily fit any USB port, despite bothersome casings or whatever. It supposedly offers plug and play capability and is… Read More

  • JBL On Air Control Wireless Speakers Reviewed, Not So Wireless

    JBL’s On Air Control 2.4G wireless satellite speakers, mentioned on this very site at the end of January, promised to add some stereo audio to your life without all the necessary wiring required for standard sats. Well, turns out the speakers are about as wireless as something with a lot of wires. See, like all other “wireless” speaker systems currently available, the On Airs… Read More