• James Wagner Au to Second Life Marketers: Don't Be Stupid

    James Wagner Au to Second Life Marketers: Don't Be Stupid

    Everyone’s favorite games writer (after Peter Suciu), James Wagner Au, went about debunking five major myths about Second Life. The myths he debunks — that it has a population of 5 billion or 5 lonely weirds, that it is full of porn, penises, and dancing vulvas, etc. — are aimed at marketers who might be thinking of advertising in the world and are put off by dancing… Read More

  • JVC GZ-HD3 Hard Drive High Definition Videocam

    JVC GZ-HD3 Hard Drive High Definition Videocam

    Word is going around about a new 60GB video camera from JVC, the GZ-HD3. The teeny cam will support 1440 x 1080 resolution and include an SDHC slot. No real official announcements, and when CamcorderInfo talked to the folks at the big Vic they said they had no official announcements, so I guess we’ll have to sit on our hands and wait. JVC Shows Off New High Definition Everio GZ-HD3… Read More

  • Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?

    Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?

    The Motorola PEBL was actually quite cool. In a year of angular, flat, and unappealing cellphones, the orotund and organic PEBL felt like something you might have placed on your back at an exclusive spa. Instead, it’s UI was an insipid as the RAZR’s and it just wasn’t angular, flat, and unappealing enough for the free-phone desiring masses. And so we come to the ROKR U9… Read More

  • Helicor StressEraser Biofeedback Device Review

    Helicor StressEraser Biofeedback Device Review

    Yoga masters and scientists know it, but if you find it difficult to breathe easy, you may need to ease your breathing. It turns out that by moderating your breathing patterns so that your exhalations are long and regular, you can activate the part of your nervous system (the parasympathetic nervous system, it’s called) that allows you to stay calm, relaxed, and… Read More

  • AdSense for Mobile

    AdSense for Mobile

    We’re hearing a lot about AdSense for Mobile this week. Basically this new service allows publishers to place adsense contextual advertising on WAP sites to help form a revenue stream for the traffic. The service, which is currently in beta, is being aimed at publishers looking to take advantage of the fast-growing mobile advertising market with targeted Google ads. So what does this mean? Read More

  • NextWave to Acquire IP Mobile

    NextWave to Acquire IP Mobile

    U.S. telco startup NextWave Wireless Inc., a technology and equipment provider, has announced that it will purchase a 69.23 percent equity stake in IP Mobile. This would make it the first foreign mobile phone carrier in Japan after the pull out by Britain’s Vodafone Group last year. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is expected to approve this acquisition. If… Read More

  • The Dawn of Nerd: HP Looks Back at the Calculator, Gets Pantsed

    Ask any accountant or rocket scientist — HP makes some of the best calculators on the block. TI might have the graphing market sewn up — I had a weird friend who made a basketball game on his TI-81 (you typed in the angle of the shot and hit or missed the basket. Dude was a genius) — but when it comes to spelling 5318008 or rocking amortization rates, you come strapped with HP… Read More

  • User Research Study Tests iPhone Interface

    User Research Study Tests iPhone Interface

    The iPhone has been out for a couple of weeks now, so apparently that’s been enough time for someone to look into how the new “revolutionary” handset is being used. Chicago-based usability consultancy User Centric, Inc. has announced that it has conducted a test with iPhone customers who purchased the mobile phone on the first day it was released. This study was conducted… Read More

  • Paying Too Much for Mobile? Move to Canada!

    Paying Too Much for Mobile? Move to Canada!

    It seems everyone complains about the cost of their wireless plan, despite the fact that compared to the early days of cellular calls the costs are reasonable. Plus the service providers keep in throwing in all sorts of free extras, and making it affordable to do just about everything on your phone. But of course we like to complain. So if you’re feeling that your mobile service is… Read More

  • PayPal Mobile Checkout Lets You Pay While On the Go

    PayPal Mobile Checkout Lets You Pay While On the Go

    As a frequent traveler, and eBay addict I’ve been faced with a small problem. I can watch the auctions for those rare vintage maps, international DVDs and other “junk” that fills my apartment from my mobile phone. I can even place bids for the items. But paying for the stuff was a pain. And many sellers have strange, and even demanding rules on how quickly they want to be paid. Read More

  • Masabi Launches World’s First Mobile Java Security App

    Masabi Launches World’s First Mobile Java Security App

    This week Masabi, the UK-based secure mobile apps company, has announced that BT has validated the cryptographic algorithms used in EncryptME. This is the world’s first mobile Java security application and can provide Web commerce level security for the vast majority of existing mobile handsets. The 3K code footprint allows fully secure transactions from any Java-enabled phone. The first… Read More

  • Cellfish Media Launches Mobile Threat Channel

    Cellfish Media Launches Mobile Threat Channel

    There is a lot of music tunes and videos available for mobile devices, but much like in the 1980s when there were plenty of top 40 radio stations and few “alternatives,” the state of mobile music is all about the big hits. That has left those looking for something “harder” out in the cold. Metal heads and punk rockers rejoice! Cellfish, the mobile and Web… Read More

  • Blueapple WAP Portal to Video Content

    Blueapple WAP Portal to Video Content

    Searching for mobile video, and being able to watch content from multiple Web sites, has just gotten a little easier thanks to Blueapple, a WAP portal that lets users search for video content. From the WAP site the service will provide a list of relevant videos, which can then be either streamed or downloaded depending on the operator parameters and type of mobile handset being used. The… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Hidden Party Edition

    Daily Crunch: Hidden Party Edition

    Nyko Wii Party Station
    Logitech MX Air Review
    Build Your Own Hidden Door Bookshelf
    Com One Phoenix WiFi/IP Radio Review
    Warner Music Catalog Streaming For Free Read More

  • Moo's Got Stickers

    UK-based Moo, a startup that prints “mini cards” from photos and other images that you upload directly or point them to via Flickr, Bebo, or their other partners, has been a real hit among the early adopter, silicon valley crowd. People hand them out like crazy, and they are great, if somewhat expensive, conversation starters. Next week the company will expand beyond cards and… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    It is with great pleasure that I bring you three comments from the past 24 hours or so that may or may not be funny. Humor is subjective. Congrats Johnal, Yoshi, and Arik! You’ve written what may very well be three great comments. Johnal alludes to talking out of his a-hole, except that he says “wii hole” instead which, if scrutinized closely enough, might be taken to mean… Read More

  • 40 Terabytes More Data For Amazon S3

    40 Terabytes More Data For Amazon S3

    Startup Phanfare, which stores a lot of user generated media, announced today that they are in the process of moving all of their backups of stored user data – 40 terabytes – to Amazon’s S3 storage service. Amazon S3 has been on a bit of a roll lately, recently surpassing 5 billion stored objects and growing fast. It’s also racking up a number of passionate users who… Read More

  • ThumbStrips: A Filmstrip Of Screenshots

    ThumbStrips: A Filmstrip Of Screenshots

    ThumbStrips is a Firefox plugin that records a filmstrip of screenshots. The plugin comes from Intuit’s Innovation Lab, an Intuit R&D unit headed by former General Manager of Quicken Roy Rosin. ThumbStrips records a filmstrip of a users browsing session to make it easy to return to and share pages a user has visited. The plugin was developed after observing people struggling with… Read More

  • Get An Invite To Any Private Beta

    One of the most frustrating things for early adopters like ourselves to deal with is the private, limited invitation beta. The startups seed a few invitations to their friends, and each new account has 3 or so invitations that can be given away. If you know the founders or one of the very early users, you can get in quickly. But if you don’t, you often have to wait a long time to see a… Read More

  • Gelato: Own Your Own Tumblelog

    Gelato: Own Your Own Tumblelog

    Gelato is an open source tumblelog “content management system” (CMS) from a group of Mexican developers. Tublelogs are the ADHD version of blogging, meant for easily throwing up mixed media posts made up of photos, videos, chat logs, links, quotes, and short paragraphs. Similar to full blown blogs, you can host a tumblelog on a site like Tumblr, but Gelato lets you own the code. Read More