• Swurl's Lifecasting Generates Your Blog For You

    Everyone likes to share their thoughts and activities with friends and family, but, narcissists aside, most people don’t have time to spend hours each week blogging about their life. Swurl, a new startup that just launched in public beta, is looking to fix this problem. Swurl is essentially a lifecasting aggregator that pulls your current activity from web services that include… Read More

  • The Tick Tock: What we know about the Virgin Mobile and Helio merger [Update]

    Rumors surrounding the possible merger and/or acquisition between Virgin Mobile and Helio began surfacing in May. Shortly after this rumor circulated around the Web we learned that Helio’s Chairman Sky Dayton and VM’s CEO Dan Schulman met with Best Buy during CTIA. The following day SK Telecom, Helio’s biggest backer, sent out a release stating that they were, indeed… Read More

  • Elevator Pitches, Now Ready For Your Uploads

    Earlier this month we launched Elevator Pitches, a site for startup CEOs and founders to upload a 60-second video explaining what their companies do and how they make money. As I explained in the launch post, the idea is to create a repository of startup pitches where viewers can offer their critiques and vote the best ones up and the worst ones down. The initial response was very encouraging. Read More

  • Rogers announces iPhone plans

    Crack open a Molson, Canada! A picture is worth a thousand words so I won’t bore you with the details. However, all you “north of the border” types better start lining up for your iPhone 3G. With these kind of data plans – which are actually quite reasonable – you now have a reason to throw away those old boring phones you’ve been using all these years… Read More

  • First review of The Dark Knight: Rolling Stone absolutely loves it

    For whatever reason, we’ve been following The Dark Knight like it’s our job, posting the latest trailers and gossiping like a bunch of hens. So imagine our delight when we read the first published review of the latest Batman movie in Rolling Stone, a publication that’s usually too cool for the room for us to care about. Surprise, surprise, though: they liked it! Like, 3.5 out… Read More

  • Sun Distributes MySQL and Glassfish Package

    Sun has announced that they will package their recently-acquired MySQL database server with their Glassfish application server together for a new price of $65,000 per annum. The Sun pricing model is a flat model per-customer and includes support and upgrades. Yesterday at Sun we heard their claim that most companies report saving up to 90% when switching from traditional enterprise… Read More

  • Xbox 360 license transfer tool now available, but you can only use it once a year

    A lot of people got double-screwed when there were all those 360s failing. Not only did your damn console die, but if you had downloaded content like XBLA games, chances are it wouldn’t be on your new console when you got that. Until now, recourse has been difficult, but the license transfer tool lets you consolidate any licenses you had on your last four systems that died. However… Read More

  • Review: Casio Pathfinder PAW-1500T watch

    I’m a mechanical man, but sometimes you need a sports watch to withstand the hard knocks associated with heavy activity like “drinking at a bar” and “sitting on the back porch with a beer.” I’ve worn Pathfinders for years now – my first one was a large titanium model with that is basically a cousin to this one. Pathfinders are part of Casio’s… Read More

  • Palm is feeling optimistic after a pretty decent quarter

    Not the most exciting of news, but it’s still good to hear: Palm is doing all right. They’ve sold nearly a million units this quarter, doubtless driven by the tiny, cheap, but feature-rich and popular Centro. Revenue was a healthy $300 million, though smartphones are becoming such a huge market that that number should probably be bigger. Still, with stiff competition from… Read More

  • Full-page ad showing Xbox 360 price cut revealed: Should happen at E3 week

    That Xbox 360 price drop rumor is gaining traction. This is the full-page Kmart ad; isn’t it grand? More importantly, the flyer where the ad is from is for the week of July 13, which coincides with E3 week. Don’t put it past Microsoft to use the pared down trade show to announce price cuts. Read More

  • Nokia Wants You to Xpress Yourself

    As part of the handset maker’s new Supernova line, Nokia announced four new phones that “feature a mix of bold colors and of-the-moment designs.” Aimed at the fashion conscious the Nokia 7610, 7510 and 7310 Supernova handsets include exchangeable ‘Xpress-On’ covers so your handset can match your mood or handbag. And the 7610 Supernova slider features… Read More

  • Japanese company sells male-only combat cookies to fight obesity

    Japanese health and beauty care company Greenhouse [JP] offers a special kind of cookies that are supposedly able to support men who are on a diet. The so-called Otoko no kanpan – Sentou Ryoushoku [JP] (Men’s Crackers – Battle Provisions) come in boxes holding 500 grams of the cookies in 20 bags. Wheat flour, sugar, black sesame, seaweed powder and pumpkin paste are the… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's bleak second quarter represents industry-wide downturn

    What’s the Swedish phrase for “we’re screwed”? Quick, someone ask Sony Ericsson, it must know. Right, so Sony Ericsson said today that its second quarter pre-tax net income and sales would be “negatively affected by moderating demand of mid-to-high end mobile phone.” It seems people would rather spend their dollars and euros and pounds (oh my!) on actual… Read More

  • Helio Hangs it Up

    Virgin Mobile purchased Helio today for $39 million in equity. Helio is a small MVNO that made its name by selling powerful and high-end telephones aimed at technophiles and, thanks to an investment by South Korea’s SK Telecom, Korean-Americans. As part of the deal, Virgin Mobile is also receiving $50 million to pay down Helio’s debt (half from SK Telecom, and half from its… Read More

  • DXG's 567V HD camcorder could give the Flip a run for its money

    DXG, “the digital camera company,” has thrown its Cowboy hat into the increasingly crowded direct-to-YouTube video cameras space. Its 567V shoots video at 30 frames per second with a 1280×720 resolution. Pretty sure that’s above and beyond (n. the trance DJs) YouTube’s requirements, but here we are. All CMOS-captured, H.264-compressed video is recorded onto… Read More

  • Google tries to take over our TVs

    Google just announced its odd Google Media Server, a Windows app that finds photos, music, and video and makes it available to DLNA devices like the PlayStation 3, XBox 360, and most Media Center PCs. Google Media Server is a Windows application that aims to bridge the gap between Google and your TV. It uses Google Desktop technology such as Desktop gadgets for the administration tool and… Read More

  • Apple to release free iTunes remote app

    A pre-release version of iTunes 7.7 includes this little gem: Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home — a free download… Read More

  • You Suck at Photoshop #11

    http://www.mydamnchannel.com/xml/mdc_embed.swf?episode=803 Welcome back, Donnie! We’ve all missed you. Read More

  • Tokyo Virtual Reality Expo 2008: $80,000 high-end VR helmet presented

    Yesterday I attended the 16th Industrial Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo to find some cool tech to cover for CrunchGear. However, a lot of what I saw was just boring stuff. Advanced maybe, but boring: motion capturing systems, VR games, 3D projectors etc. Read More

  • Live: Virgin Mobile/Helio conference call

    http://www.ustream.tv/flash/live/19220Free video streaming by Ustream The call starts at 11am eastern, 8am Pacific. Listen in live as Virgin and Helio describe their new partnership. Read More

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