• Road Warriors Unhappy With Mobile Phone Service

    The title of the survey only sounds like it could be the script for a post-apocalyptical film set in the outback. But In-Stat’s recent study “Road Warriors 2007: Love Them or Lose Them” actually has some bad news for wireless operators. High average revenue per user (ARPU) customers in North America are unhappy with their service, but is that really a surprise? Over 60%… Read More

  • Skype 3.5 Steps Up Video Chat

    Skype is introducing a fun new way to video chat with your family and friends with the inclusion of shared video content from sites like Daily Motion and Metacafe. Skype 3.5 for Windows allows you, dear readers, to include videos you’ve downloaded from said video-sharing sites and insert them in your Skype ‘mood.’ Imagine if you will, you’re talking with your buddy… Read More

  • Sony Contemplates Bringing Home To PSP

    Home, Sony’s unofficial Second Life implementation heading to the PS3 this fall, will also, maybe, makes its way to the PSP, in one capacity or another. Maybe. That’s what a marketing head told MTV, that bastion of investigative journalism. The marketing man told MTV, Intuitively, if you take the PSP with you, you would want to take some of Home with you…” So from… Read More

  • Sony Working On New AIBO Possibly

    Yes! I used to have an older Sony AIBO and although many would claim it was a waste of $800, I thought it was the coolest thing since Led Zeppelin. It could do a bunch of nutty stuff that was extremely enjoyable while intoxicated (it did headstands for crying out loud). Now word is that Sony is working on a new version of the previously cancelled robodog. Says Sony’s Masaya… Read More

  • Diner Dash 2 Serving Up This Fall

    Glu Mobile Inc, the publisher that brought you Diner Dash, plans to release Diner Dash 2 around the world this fall. This will be Glu’s third title developed and published with its partner, PlayFirst, Inc., a publisher of casual games. The original Diner Dash went mobile in 2006, and over one million people have been slinging electronic hash ever since. “The Diner Dash franchise in… Read More

  • Garmin Announces Budget Text-To-Speech PND, nüvi 260

    Garmin’s latest entry into the nüvi line of personal navigation devices is low in cost, but fairly full featured. The nüvi 260 can strut around knowing it has text-to-speech capability, which is a huge deal considering drivers should have their eyes on the road rather than squinting at their GPS screen trying to figure out where to turn. Some of you may scoff at this feature because… Read More

  • Lenovo Wants Packard Bell

    PC manufacturer/IBM buyer Lenovo today declared its intent to purchase Packard Bell. So far, not many details are available about the acquisition. Seems both companies would rather not comment on the deal right now. I wonder why… Oh wait. That’s right. No one gives a shit about Packard Bell anymore and hasn’t since 1993. My mistake! Does Packard Bell make anything still? Read More

  • NES Emulator Hits The iPhone

    BITCHIN’! Now you finally have a reason to get an iPhone! Sure, it may not have 3G or Adobe Flash support, but that’s fine. Someone made an NES emulator for the iPhone that actually loads up and works. It’s currently too slow for anyone to play game on it, but that’s not the point. Soon, everyone will be busting out some Bubble Bobble when they’re bored on a bus… Read More

  • Belkin Cushtop


    A few months back I reviewed a little product called the Lapinator. It was a simple product made from 3M Thinsulate. The premise was simple, when using your laptop, the Lapinator was positioned between yourself and your machine. In addition to providing cushioning, it prevented your crotch from erupting into flames under the heat of your laptop. Read More

  • 89% Of America Wants To Ban Texting While Driving


    TEXTING + DRIVING = DEAD MOOSE Driving while talking on your cellphone may have risks involved, but it’s still possible to do it safely via one way or another. However, when it comes to texting and driving, that’s just a bad mix no matter how you look at it. My roommate texts and drives all the time, even when he’s doing 80MPH down the BQE. It kind of freaks me out and I… Read More

  • SF Chronicle Trims Business Section; The Best Are Gone

    We all knew big layoffs were coming at the San Francisco Chronicle, but I had hoped that they’d try to keep at least one of the business/tech writers that is responsible for my occasional purchase of a copy of the paper. No luck. The paper that is losing $1 million per week could fire every journalist it has on staff and still not break even. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying. Read More

  • Stupid Babies: Playskool And Creative Team Up

    Hasbro’s Playskool probably isn’t as “dope” as it was back in the 1990s, but it can still kick out the jams thanks to a new deal with Creative. What does this new deal entail? I’ll let you take a guess. It’s either an MP3 player geared towards toddlers or it’s a flaming motorcycle with the words “EAT MY HELLFIRE” painted on the side. Give up? Read More

  • Drunk Drivers Perceived As Dangerous As Text Drivers

    Are you one of the millions of drivers who can’t wait to send a text message? A survey released today by Pinger, Inc. and conducted by Harris Interactive finds that 91% of American adults think sending text messages or mobile emails while driving is as dangerous as driving after a few drinks. State Legislators across the nation are looking at laws to combat this scourge of the… Read More

  • MP3s In Your Shower: Finally, A Sensible Invention

    I love solutions to problems that don’t really exist, like, say, wanting my shower head to control my MP3s. Until now that was an impossible dream, like the Cubs wining the Series (or even a pennant) or like John losing weight. Impossible dreams, you know? Lo! the shower head with built-in MP3 player. Not only does it control the flow of your water, crucial to taking a shower, but it… Read More

  • Alcatel Unveils Cellphone On The Cheap

    Not every consumer is looking for the latest, greatest iphone out there. That’s why when carriers still give people basic options as far as hardware-selection goes, it’s always a win. I mean, who doesn’t like choice? Those on a budget and living across the pond should peep Alcatel’s new £15 cellphone, the OT-E201. It has a 65k color screen, dual-band GSM, and most… Read More

  • Microsoft Gets Company's Code Certificate Pulled

    Better watch out fellow coders. Make a useful utility for Windows and Microsoft might jump all over your ass for it. LinchpinLabs, an Australia-based company, released the Atsiv utility July 20th for free. It allows users circumvent a feature of the 64-bit version of Vista that allows only digitally-signed code to be loaded into the OS kernal. In short, you can’t go messing with… Read More

  • Sidekick Shuriken Slides By FCC

    The Danger Shuriken aka Sidekick LX aka Sidekick 4 has popped up on the FCC site and I’m just as disappointed as everyone else about the details. Based on model number, PV250 (SK3=PV200, SKiD=PV150), we know it’s the next incarnation in the family, but it lacks 3G support, which sort of makes sense because T-Mobile hasn’t pulled their head out of their ass long enough to… Read More

  • Sony BMG's First iPod Game: Musika

    Hah, every time Sony releases something iPod-related it reminds that it really dropped the ball as it relates to digital music. Today’s “poor Sony” moment comes to us in the form of an iPod visualizier/game called Musika, the first such app from Sony BMG for the iPod. Designed by the same guy who brought us PaRappa The Rapper, Musika is part visualizer. part game. I have no… Read More

  • Meetro And AOL Quietly Developing New Forum Products

    Only very long time readers will remember our coverage of proximity-based instant messaging service Meetro back in 2005. Meetro is an instant messaging client for Windows and Mac that shows you other users (and their picture) that are physically close to you. Want to make friends with someone sitting near you in a cafe, or who lives in the same, apartment building? Meetro can help you do… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Xbox 360 Price Cut: Premium Now $50 Cheaper

    Microsoft has cut the price of the Xbox 360, ending months of idle speculation. The Premium SKU’s price drops by $50 to $350, the Core by $20 to $280 and the Elite by $30 to $450. All price cuts go into effect tomorrow, August 8. Read More