• European VC investment in tech is actually going up. But Seed funding?

    James Brocket of Headhunters CallibreOne has been busy compiling a great list of VC investments in tech companies (PDF). Why? Because they do a lot of work for VC backed companies. The number are encouraging – surprising, even, given the doom and gloom in the wider economy. Nic Brisbourne DFJ Espirit pulled out some good points: More venture capital appeared in Europe in Q1 than ever… Read More

  • Nokia N810 WiMAX edition priced like we told you a month ago

    We told you how much it would be a month ago, but some people just don’t listen. We’re off by a few dollars, but we were correct in our initial claim. I don’t understand how it’s already sold out, though. Are there that many people in Chicago and DC that want this thing? I guess I’d buy one if I were in an active WiMAX market. Read More

  • Lenovo U110 notebook available tomorrow

    Lenovo’s little notebook, the U110 that I drooled all over at CES will be available starting tomorrow at Lenovo’s site and will be available in stores mid-May. A quick refresher in case you’ve forgotten what makes this IdeaPad so special. The U110 sports a red and now black top with raised tendril design. The 11-inch notebook can be outfitted with a 120GB drive, up to 3GB of… Read More

  • Intel and Cray getting in bed together – wait, Cray?

    Who knew that Cray was still a player in the supercomputing field? Not only that, but they’re making news. Cray computers have been using AMD processors for a while now, but Intel has convinced them to include Xeons in their 2010-scheduled "Cascade" series of machines instead of the current Opteron configuration. Getting Cray isn’t exactly a lethal blow to AMD, but… Read More

  • Batman MP3 player looks pretty stupid unless you're Batman, because all his stuff is shaped like bats

    Don’t get me wrong; I like Batman. I think he’s a cool guy. I don’t think he gets nearly the credit he deserves, being that he has no actual superpowers other than a love of gadgets and cars that run on jet fuel. And he’s the perfect guy to own a bat-shaped MP3 player because, hey, pretty much everything he owns is bat-shaped or has some sort of bat logo. It’s… Read More

  • Rummble rolls out support for Fire Eagle

    Rummble, the mobile and location-based ‘social discovery’ tool, has added a basic integration of Yahoo’s Fire Eagle location data to its service. If you have a Fire Eagle account (it’s in invite-only beta right now) you can allow Rummble to set your Fire Eagle location when you set your location on the Rummble web service. You can also update your location manually… Read More

  • Cheats for GTA IV leaked

    We’re still working on getting some face time with the game before launch, but CVG already has 16 cheat codes posted. That was quick. Read More

  • Blockbuster getting into the gaming business

    It probably looks like this.
    Today, Blockbuster announced that they will be expanding their gaming portfolio by adding more titles for all platforms as well as selling hardware and accessories throughout their locations. That’s a great idea, had they done it years ago. There are places called Game Stop that cater specifically to gamers, Blockbuster. Maybe you missed that memo. To entice… Read More

  • Necklace reminds you to take your medicine

    There’s an experimental necklace developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology that reminds you to take your medicine. Users must first ingest a special pill, along with your other pills, that contains a small magnet, which then activates the necklace. The necklace then records when, exactly, you swallowed the pills. That way, your nurse or caregiver can know when, or if… Read More

  • The true story of an iRobot spy and a $300 million theft

    Who stole the sole? Noah “Red Hot” Shachtman wrote a great piece on an iRobot insider who stole the plans for the company’s military Packbot robot and recreated the robot himself, becoming a direct competitor to iRobot. The thief, Jameel Ahed, was frustrated because he wasn’t given full control over the project. He quit the company and, after reworking the design, was… Read More

  • Rumor: New Sidekicks on the way

    TmoNews seems to have the inside scoop that there may be two new Sidekicks being announced in late July. The SK Gekko is slated for July 27th and the Sidekick Aspen should surface on the 30th. It’s unclear whether or not these are new devices or anything else, really. So let’s all take a big chunk of salt with this one. But this gives me hope that the recent acquisition by… Read More

  • Review: SageTV HD Media Extender

    The SageTV HD Media Extender is a $250 ($200 if you already have a SageTV license)box that streams high-definition content from a PC over an Ethernet connection. Supported files include MPEG1/2/4, H.264, WMV, AVI, MP3, JPEG, PNG, and GIF and if you’ve got a TV tuner installed on your PC, you can watch and record television. It’s a nice option for fans of the SageTV media… Read More

  • Going Green: Orly airport relies on geo-thermal energy

    I’m a fan of geo-thermal energy. It’s almost free, available everywhere, and doesn’t pollute in any way. France likes it too, and is taking advantage of it to power a new airport. Geothermal power uses water and the Earth’s own internal heat to generate steam, which turns turbines and produces electricity. The only costs are those associated with pumping of the water… Read More

  • Wolpy – a simple socnet for travellers

    Coming out of Europe, Wolpy is a new social network for travellers to share their travel experiences. The basic idea is to create a map of the places you have visited and preview the places mentioned. You can share these places with your friends view their trips. You can view the map in full screen mode. It’s a nice clean design and has simple features, but other than a Google Mashup… Read More

  • Did you know that Facebook apps aren't 100 percent secure?

    Wow, breaking news from the AP today. It seems the news-gathering agency just found out that social networking sites are insecure, something we’ve known already for at least three months now. What’s even more troubling is that the particulars addressed therein—third-party applications have access to all info posted in your profile—is hardly anything to be concerned about. Read More

  • Brain pacemaker could keep us all happy

    A small device, implanted in the chest, can potentially treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder in most patients. The device, produced by Medtronic, prevents recurring feelings of depression or obsession by shocking the brain consistently. Seventeen patients, diagnosed as having major depressive disorder, were followed for a year and demonstrated overall improvement in mood as well… Read More

  • Robotic exoskeleton from Raytheon looks like an Aliens Power Loader or Exo-Squad suit

    This kind of exoskeleton has been around for a while in prototypes and blueprints; I remember seeing one in DARPA paperwork years ago, but I think that now they’re getting out of the prototyping stage. The article compares it to Iron Man because it’s timely but I think that’s quite a stretch; it’s much more like a power loader or a dude from Exo-Squad. It can lift… Read More

  • New Prince of Persia coming in time for Eid ul-Fitr

    PoP: Something to Do with War or Swords or Sand will be available this holiday season for all of those willing to wait for more red hot Persian on Persian action. Obviously I’m a big crank and haven’t enjoyed this franchise since the original PoP, one of the best action games for the Atari 800XL I’ve ever played. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Violence, hardcore-ness scared away female gamers

    Did violence, poetically, kill the female gamer? The co-founder of Atari and co-creator of small-time game Pong, Nolan Bushnell, says as much. Violence, along with gaming’s shift from short, fun little romps to long-winded epics—I do not have the time to play a 50+ hour game anymore, either—caused females to pack their bags and quit gaming altogether. Quoth the Raven: I like… Read More

  • I Want My MTV…Voki Playground?

    MTV has partnered with Oddcast to provide avatar-centric Voki Playgrounds for some of their most popular shows. Visitors to these so-called playgrounds (really just a fancy word for sub-sites) can create customizable avatars that mouth your recorded voice online. The avatars can be viewed on the sub-sites, emailed to friends, or embedded elsewhere like MySpace. Users are encouraged to create… Read More

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