• 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

  • Changes to Internet approved: Expect lots of annoying URLs now

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has approved the sweeping overhaul we mentioned the other day. Now companies will be able to register their own unique top-level domain (TLD), which is sure to be as annoying as it sounds. But think of the branding opportunities! “Go to littlebigworld.ps3 to see the all new trailer!” ”Download a special… Read More

  • When Is Good: The Bare-Bones Meeting Scheduler

    Need to schedule a meeting or phone call, but can’t agree on a time that is good for everyone? Try using When Is Good, a dead-simple Web app that does just one thing: zero in on a meeting time that is good for everyone without sending 20 emails back and forth. There are plenty of other apps that help you find a mutually convenient time time for meetings or events (such as Presdo… Read More

  • Ad shows $50 Xbox 360 price cut

    Going by this alleged Kmart ad, the Pro version of the Xbox 360 is due for a $50 price cut in the next few days (by July 6), dropping the price to $299. The ad, discovered by a member of the High-Def Digest forums, advertises it as a “new low price.” Naturally, it’s Microsoft’s policy not to comment on rumors, so we’re left swinging in the wind. But if the ad… Read More

  • LiPS and LiMo become Kissing Cousins

    The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced yesterday it will meld its activates and membership list into the Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo) with the hope of creating a strong base for promoting a mobile Linux operating system. Entities like Symbian and Android are competing with Linux to create a worldwide standard for an open mobile phone operating system. “LiPS Forum is proud of… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile acquires Helio for $39 million

    Here’s the press release for now. There will be a conference call at 11am EDT that I will broadcast here live. More as we get it. WARREN, N.J., June 27, 2008 – Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. (NYSE: VM), a leading national provider of wireless communications services, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Helio, a joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink, Inc. Read More

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