• The AudioFile: Keep It Simple, Stupid

    The AudioFile: Keep It Simple, Stupid


    Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Few companies in the MP3 player business grasp this important principle, and it continues to bite them in the assets. iRiver and SanDisk are feverishly trying to keep up the pace of feature bloat, while Archos and Creative are increasingly focusing on video players. Meanwhile, Sony is getting ready… Read More

  • Microsoft Refuses To Say Whether or Not New Xbox 360 Heat Sinks are Permanent

    Microsoft Refuses To Say Whether or Not New Xbox 360 Heat Sinks are Permanent

    Earlier in the week we noticed that Microsoft had started installing additional heat sinks into Xbox 360s that were sent in for repair. This was done to eliminate “red lights of death” and other problems that plague the system. Yet we didn’t know, and still don’t know, whether or not the additional heat sinks are part of a new hardware revision or are installed on a… Read More

  • Revver Founder Launches Thoof: Personalized News Service

    Revver Founder Launches Thoof: Personalized News Service

    The web is littered with failed or stagnant personalized news startups. New startup Thoof is going to give it a whirl and see if they can do better than the ones that have tried it before. The idea around personalized news: instead of showing stuff based on what an editor chooses (like this blog, or the Washington Post) or via some sort of community action (Digg, reddit), a user will see… Read More

  • Montreal Getting WiMAX Network

    Montreal Getting WiMAX Network

    Our neighbors to the north are starting on some projects similar to ongoing ones here in the US. Montreal will be the first city to get both a citywide WiFi and WiMAX network installed. The project, a joint venture between Nomad Telecom and Radioactif.com, is expected to be completed entirely in 2009, but some residents could see web access as soon as September. Similar to… Read More

  • Boston Wants To Stop Crime With TXTs

    Boston Wants To Stop Crime With TXTs

    Wacky Boston has an idea for stopping crime and guess what!? You’re a part of it! The next time you get mugged or see someone racketeering, you can be a NARC and text the Crimestoppers tipline the city has recently just set up. This new tipline will allow residents to send Boston police an anonymous (yeah, right) text message when a crime is being committed. While this seems like a… Read More

  • Garmin Launches Two New GPS Units

    Garmin Launches Two New GPS Units

    Today, Garmin announced it would be releasing two new models in its nuvi line of GPS units. The 200W and 250W each come with a high-sensitivity antenna to cut back on size so the case isn’t huge. You’ll find a very welcome 4.3-inch touch-screen on each unit, great for browsing through maps to find the closest McDonalds on the road. Garmin is including over six million points of… Read More

  • Safari For Windows Tops 1 Million Downloads In 48 Hours

    Safari For Windows Tops 1 Million Downloads In 48 Hours

    Despite its problems, more than 1 million people downloaded the Safari Web browser for Windows in the first 48 hours of its availability. Apple claims that the browser is the fastest in the whole wide world, but I’ve read a few reports online that suggest otherwise. (Plus, having used it on Mac OS X since its original release, you definitely get the feeling that there’s… Read More

  • Jingle Awarded Patent For Advertising-Supported 411 Calls

    Jingle Awarded Patent For Advertising-Supported 411 Calls

    Jingle Networks, operator of the free directory assistance service that has been emulated by AT&T, Google and others, was awarded a U.S. Patent “for providing telephone directory assistance service in which a telephone user calls to the system and the system will, based on the requested number or type of service, hear a recorded advertisement.” The patent was issued in May and… Read More

  • HeyCosmo: Webcams Meet Group Collaboration

    HeyCosmo: Webcams Meet Group Collaboration

    HeyCosmo, a new online video community from Mountain View, CA based Arsenal Interactive launches today with a well rounded package that blends web cam interaction with group collaboration tools With HeyCosmo, users are able create “channels” that can include up to 10 live web-cam video participants in a group discussion. Additionally up to 50 people can listen, watch, and chat… Read More

  • Let the Mobile Web Contests Begin

    Let the Mobile Web Contests Begin

    Mobile and Web social contest community site Tapatap.com entered beta after securing $2.5 million in Series A funding from Gabriel Venture Partners. Targeted at the teen and generation Y audience, Tapatap members can access the community from any device including mobile phones, Web browsers and embedded Flash widgets. Many of the social activity-oriented activities include photo contests… Read More

  • Location-Enabled Messaging

    Location-Enabled Messaging

    Arranging a meeting place for a group of family, friends, coworkers or other groups can be quite a task. Verizon just made it easier to handle the herd with VZ Navigator. You can call up a map, create directions, and have the map sent to a friend’s phone with a note with added instructions. Friends who also use VZ Navigator can receive the map and use it to get audible, turn-by-turn… Read More

  • MusicStation Up and Running

    MusicStation Up and Running

    Swedish mobile phone users won’t have to wait until the arrival of Apple’s iPhone to get tuned up. UK based mobile music company Omnifone has launched MusicStation in the Scandinavian country, and the service, which will work on about 80 percent of new mobile phones, will make a global rollout to Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa in the coming weeks. The revolutionary… Read More

  • Dual-Mode Phone Wanted

    Dual-Mode Phone Wanted

    Market research In-Stat has found that nearly half of the respondents in a recent survey of U.S. early adopters planning to replace their cell phones want to see Wi-Fi functionality with their handsets reports MobileTechNews. To meet this demand the Wi-Fi Alliance hopes to have more than 100 different models of Wi-Fi/cellular phones in the marketplace by the end of the year. The In-Stat… Read More

  • Mobile Payment Testing

    Mobile Payment Testing

    Motorola signed on to participate in the GSMA Pay-Buy-Mobile Initiative in Europe. Motorola will participate in trials to develop mobile payment activities, and provide feedback to GSMA Near Field Communications (NFC) Technical Guidelines white papers. The trails will also work under the standardization bodies such as ETSI and the NFC Forum. Motorola sees the NFC and associated… Read More

  • Kyte's Plans Come Together: Deals with EMI & Nokia Announced, New Facebook Application

    Kyte's Plans Come Together: Deals with EMI & Nokia Announced, New Facebook Application

    Kyte.tv, which is at its core a media player for personal expression, lets users send a stream of personal information to their friends: drag photos, video and text into the channels and interact with people viewing your content. In our launch post on the service in late April, I described it as falling somewhere between Twitter and Ustream, although Kyte has additional features as… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Periscope Down Edition

    Daily Crunch: Periscope Down Edition

    The Toy Polaris Sub Revealed
    14K Gold Slinky For The Rich
    RoboGames This Weekend: Where Robots and Their Human Masters Engage in Sport
    Hot Gear To Do Your Summer Right
    Pater Obsoletis: VOTE TIME Read More

  • Powerset To Launch Social Network Around Search Engine

    Powerset To Launch Social Network Around Search Engine


    When Powerset announced plans to launch a new service called Powerlabs a week ago, it looked to be another sand box area for product previews, like those created by Microsoft, Google and others.But today Steve Newcomb, COO of Powerset, revealed a lot more about the project. I also saw an in person demo of Powerlabs today and some of the ideas behind it. Powerlabs is more than a sandbox to… Read More

  • Archos Announces 405, 605, And TV Plus

    Archos Announces 405, 605, And TV Plus


    The boys at CG just returned from an Archos event to bring you the latest PMP goodness. The line-up starts with the 105, but today we are giving you a brief hands on with the Archos 405, 605, and the new Apple TV competitor… TV plus. The 605 comes standard with all the nifty features you’d expect in a next gen Archos device… Read More

  • AjaxWindows, Why?

    AjaxWindows, Why?

    Another web desktop (webtop), AjaxWindows, launched and I’m left scratching my head. The site and service is allegedly from the creators of Linspire and is a lot like DesktopTwo, which mimics a desktop environment within your browser, taskbar and all. AjaxWindows even comes with a syncing client to help mirror all your desktop data to their servers. The major value proposition for… Read More

  • Powerset Releases Growth Spreadsheet Models

    Powerset Releases Growth Spreadsheet Models

    In a post last month I wrote about Powerset COO Steve Newcomb’s use of predictive modeling to guess early growth rates so that they have enough hardware to scale. Good for them, I said, for releasing some of the data publicly. And I recommended they go one step further and release the predictive models themselves: Powerset should publish the model itself (without the specific… Read More