• CloudMade raises €2.4m to supercharge open source maps

    Think for a moment about about how amazing it was a few years ago to see Google Maps for the first time. Suddenly not only was mapping a fascinating new arena for online, but Google’s map API lead to a wave of mashups and new innovation. It even lead UK startup MultiMap to completely change course and invest in draggable maps, because the market wanted them. Now think for a moment about… Read More

  • BroadSoft Going Up Against Ribbit with VoIP Platform for Web Apps

    Tomorrow BroadSoft, a VoIP software provider for telecom companies that’s been around since 1998, will officially announce a platform for integrating voice into web applications. The company’s new offering, BroadSoft Xtended, will enable developers to add voice capabilities to their applications and then showcase these applications in a centralized directory called the Xtended… Read More

  • Nokia 3555 lands at T-Mobile

    Nothing to get too excited over, but T-Mobile announced that Nokia’s quad-band 3555 is available today for $50. The clamshell is MyFaves compatible and features an FM radio, VGA camera with 4x digital zoom for stills and video, IM, stereo Bluetooth, microSD and music player. Like I said, nothing to get excited about. T-Mo Read More

  • Video: "I Love My Mac"

    Apparently there’s some contest going on for the MacHeads movie and Joel over at BBG found Tonya’s entry. It’s quirky, fun and pretty spot on. via BBG Read More

  • Fujitsu's Mac-lovin ScanSnap now shipping

    Fujitsu’s lovely Mac-centric scanning wonderwhozit is now shipping. You can grab details here. It’s a great little machine. I’ve been using the non-Mac one for months and I’m more organized then ever. Read More

  • Why do people suck so much?

    So I was sitting at the airport earlier today trying to get a little bit of work done before boarding my plane. My MBP was on its last legs with about 30 minutes to go and I noticed someone plugging into an outlet on the other side of the gate. I wandered over and plugged in and started to crank out some e-mails and then I noticed my battery meter was on red. WTF?! It wasn’t charging so… Read More

  • Is this the GTA IV intro movie?

    Probably not! They’re tearing it apart in the comments over at Kotaku. I agree that the disc-to-PS3 transfer looks kind of fishy. What do you think? GTA IV Intro Leaked? [Kotaku] Read More

  • FriendFeed Adds Search, And Suddenly Feels Like A Destination Site

    FriendFeed, a service that aggregates social network information, just launched quite a nice little search feature. Users can search by individual, friends, or all users, and specify the search only to specific services like Twitter or Delicious. A basic search box is on every page. Advanced search is here. FriendFeed is clearly more than a simple service to aggregate lots of data from… Read More

  • Pentax lets loose a new Optio point-and-shoot

    Today marks the arrival of yet another point-and-shoot from Pentax. The Optio V20, is like the sixth in the last few months, that features a 5x zoom lens, 8-megapixels and a ginormous 3-inch LCD. It appears to be geared towards portraits thanks to three key features: face recognition, smile capture and blink detection. I think you can decipher what each does and see its value in taking portraits. Read More

  • The best thing I saw all day…

    It’s fake, but it’s absolutely hilarious. via Panopticist Read More

  • Push To Classify Internet Addiction As a Mental Disorder

    An editorial to be published in the American Journal of Psychiatry argues that Internet addiction is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder that should be added to psychiatry’s official guidebook of mental disorders. Report author Dr. Block defines Internet addiction as including “excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations and e-mail/text messaging.” Block says that those… Read More

  • Polaroid makes PMPs now instead of Polaroids


    I would have preferred that Polaroid just ran itself into the ground making the same exact Polaroid film cameras and cartridges, but someone got ambitious over there and now they’re getting into the business of making just about everything. Coming soon is a new PMP, and believe it or not, they didn’t call it the PMPeroid, which would have sold so many. The PMP itself sports a… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $10 off at Crucial

    Looking to upgrade your RAM, SSD, flash cards, USB drives or performance DRAM? Crucial currently has a deal where you can save $10 when you order $100 or more. Give it a whirl. My old MacBook was upgraded with 2GB of RAM and never had any problems. My latest rig, Penryn MBP, will see a bump in RAM to 4GB from Crucial later this week so look for a review as well as new benchmarking numbers. Crucial Read More

  • Vista SP1: Things to fix in tomorrow's service pack

    Joe Wilcox has an article over on Microsoft Watch called “10 Things I Warned Microsoft About Windows Vista” wherein he details some of the advice he gave to Microsoft executives back when Vista was in development. Some of the points are moot now that Vista’s been released like “Vista will miss the big PC upgrade cycle, call Vista Basic ‘Windows Basic’… Read More

  • Onkyo debuts pair of entry-level HDMI-handling AV receivers

    [photopress:onkyos.jpg,full,center] Onkyo makes good home theater gear, and today we get word of two new affordable receivers. They’re coming out in April, and they seem pretty sweet, as far as how they spec out. The TX-SR576 and 506 both come in black or silver, feature daul audio zones, 5.1 Dolby and DTS, and multiple HDTV inputs, including 3 HDMI inputs and two component video inputs. Read More

  • 3D Social Networking Destination RipLounge Moves Into Beta

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1164981/.swf 3D social networking destination RipLounge from OTC listed Wyndstorm Corporation is now available for beta testing. RipLounge targets the 25-40 year old market with a browser based 3D social networking platform that promises an “interactive online experience of free virtual worlds, such as swanky nightclubs, beaches and yachts, where users… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Fujitsu LifeBook UMPC $850 AR

    [photopress:FUTFPCM21341.PNG,full,center] I’m in the minority that thinks UMPCs — or at least ultra-portables in general — are the wave of the future. The Internet needs to be mobile, and current laptops are just still too big. Even the MacBook Air, with its svelt design, is too cumbersome. The problem is, they tend to be pricey. Here, though, is a good deal, at only $850… Read More

  • Rumor: Acer planning a game console?

    There’s a lot of loose talk being bandied to and fro concerning Acer and its supposed plans to build an “open” game console. I think that if Acer were to attempt to build such a system, it would be more or less a console-like PC that hooked up to a TV and played PC games while also featuring an open SDK, but that’s just me. Some comments by one of Acer’s senior… Read More

  • Supreme Court Clears The Way For Novell To Seek Revenge From Microsoft For Crushing WordPerfect

    Microsoft, marked with the scarlet letter “A” (for “antitrust”), is still paying for yesterday’s sins. Today, the Supreme Court ruled that a private antitrust suit brought on by Novell against Microsoft for crushing WordPerfect can proceed. Microsoft had tried to block the suit on the grounds that the statute of limitations had run out (the alleged crushing… Read More

  • Cloudbook turning Japanese, gets touchscreen and XP

    On March 22nd, Everex will be releasing its Eee-like Cloudbook in Japan. Unlike the Cloudbook available here in the US, the Japanese version has a front-mounted trackpad (instead of up in the corner), touchscreen, webcam, and Windows XP. All these features will come at a price, though, as the Japanese Cloudbook (model number CE1200J) will cost 59,800 Yen — or $617 US. More details… Read More

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