• Video: Apple genius doesn't buy kid's "my iPhone broke" story

    Fake Steve Jobs is the man. He completely calls out this tool who brought his non-functioning iPhone to an Apple Store to get it checked out. Judging by the comments found on blogs left, right and center, the guy was just hamming it up for his hidden camera, possibly thinking he would become the newest YouTube sensation. The Apple guy told him to take a short walk off a long pier. Hats off… Read More

  • Hands on with the Blackjack II


    Try as they might, Samsung and AT&T attempted to keep the Blackjack II under wraps, but something always surfaces, which is the case with the Blackjack II. The highly anticipated next-generation Blackjack is significantly improved over its predecessor. Take your pick between red wine and slick black, I’d suggest the red wine because it has a textured feel sort of like faux leather… Read More

  • Mozilla makes free software, plenty of money

    For a company that makes its living by producing open source software, Mozilla’s doing quite well for itself. It brought in almost $67 million in 2006, up 26% from the year before. It spent just under $20 million, mostly on its 90-some employees (full and part time) around the world and the necessary infrastructure required to support things like serving up "close to 600,000… Read More

  • Bonjour works on iPhone, iPod Touch


    I see you see me Erica from TUAW got Bonjour up and running on her iPhone and iPod touch. At this point it’s really just a proof of concept—all it can do is send pictures from the iPhone to the Touch—so it’s yet another example of doing something for the sake of it. That’s right now, at least. In the future, with a little more tinkering, Erica says it could… Read More

  • CTIA SF 2007

    Morning sports fans, I’ll be hopping over to the Moscone in a bit to bring you all the joys from CTIA. Strap in and keep all arms and legs inside the vehicle, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Read More

  • Pixsy To Power Search Engine On LastMinute.com

    Media search platform provider Pixsy has signed a deal with bargain hotel and travel site lastminute.com that will see Pixsy operate a travel focused video and image search engine at lastminute.pixsy.com The new service will allow users to search millions of travel photos and videos while simultaneously shopping for travel services. Pixsy has been on a roll of late, signing deals to power… Read More

  • Hulu Set to Launch on Monday

    After gearing up all summer, Hulu (the NBC-Fox joint venture that is going up against YouTube) was supposed to launch in private beta yesterday, says a source. That is why NBC pulled its videos from YouTube last week. (This, after NBC abandoned iTunes for Amazon, and already started offering free downloads of its shows on the Web). But launching a video Website can be hard—even if it… Read More

  • PatrolBot brings you your beer, warns of intruders

    Robots are completely useless you train them to do you bidding, making Mobile Robots’ PatrolBot entirely useful. There’s three models to choose from: Jeeves, a robotic butler (a robotic table top essentially); BrewskiBot, a refrigerator for cold beverages; and Agent 007, a toy-like intruder detection system. The PatrolBot has some impressive technology under the hood. You’re… Read More

  • Tickle Me Elmo 2

    Not to be a nerd, but look at how fluidly this thing moves. Amazing work, especially on a toy. [Thanks, Orli!] Read More

  • Mac sales up, PCs are stupid and dumb


    Hot ladies love the Apple! Hey, stupid Windows users, look at us! Wheeee! We’re high on the hog! Livin’ off the fatta the land! We’re riding the peace train all the way to funky town because Apple sales are up 34 percent and many of those were sales to new Mac users. In your FACE Vista! WOOOOT! Although this won’t affect our lives in any way. It’s actually just… Read More

  • CNET reviews Rhapsody on TiVo

    As a current TiVo and former Rhapsody subscriber, the idea of putting the two together intrigues me. What doesn’t intrigue me is paying $17 a month for TiVo and another $13 a month to use Rhapsody on it. I like the services and all but $30 a month seems a little steep, especially on top of the extortion money that I have to shell out to Comcast every month to rent (against my will) a… Read More

  • With FriendCSV, Data Sneaks Out Facebook's Back Door

    As we’ve suggested before, there is an underlying problem with many proprietary systems – such as Facebook – because information inside of them tends to get trapped. Information flows in but not so easily back out. This can be very frustrating for users who wish that the highly personal data stored in social networks could be transferred to other applications for other uses. Read More

  • China and the lie of luxury

    This is a bit off-topic, but it has quite a bit to do with electronics and boutique home audio so let’s begin. Luxury items have always been status symbols and, increasingly, commodity products. This nasty mix creates a drive to sell more product at luxury prices, which is good for the companies but not so good for the consumer. Dana Thomas’ book, Deluxe claws at — but… Read More

  • Digging Into Apple's iPhone Numbers

    What can we glean about how the iPhone is doing from AT&T’s and Apple’s earnings calls? Last quarter, AT&T Wireless had a net gain of 2 million subscribers, its best quarter ever. Apple sold 1.1 million iPhones in the quarter (and 1.4 million cumulatively). Though some portion of those were already AT&T Wireless subscribers, it is safe to say the iPhone deal is… Read More

  • Police shut down OiNK BitTorrent site

    Police raided and shut down the OiNK BitTorrent site earlier today after a two-year investigation, shocking users across the BT community. Additionally, the 24-year-old man who ran the site was arrested. Good luck, bro. I really love this quote by one of the anti-piracy guys that make OiNK users sound like war criminals: OiNK was central to the illegal distribution of pre-release music online. Read More

  • Comcasts says it only 'delays' BitTorrent traffic, doesn't block it

    Comcast, in responding to last week’s AP investigation that found it blocks BitTorrent traffic, said today it only “delays” the traffic and doesn’t outright block it. You know, like picking up a phone and getting a busy signal. Right… Ladies and germs, if you believe that line of rubbish you should be ashamed of yourself. The Philly-based company said it has a… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. CrunchDeals: Damn that’s a cheap Zune Ryan $85
    $50
    $12
    still a zune Read More

  • Hisense to buy Qualcomm’s Innovative MEMS Mobile Phone Displays

    Hisense, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, and Qualcomm, a wireless products developer, announced today that Qualcomm MEMS displays will be put into Hisense phones in 2008. The Qualcomm MEMS displays are being touted as superior in viewing quality and lower in power consumption. Qualcomm has developed the first direct view MEMS display for mobile devices, an innovation that offers… Read More

  • Sohu.com Claims Exclusive Internet Advertising Rights For Beijing Olympics

    Chinese portal (and NASDAQ listed) Sohu.com is claiming exclusive internet advertising rights for the Beijing Olympics, resulting in a dispute between Chinese internet companies. Sohu.com paid $30 million in 2005 for the rights to host the games website for the Beijing Olympics and to use the logo of the event, however is now claiming the deal includes exclusive rights to host all advertising… Read More

  • Real-Time Videoconferencing for Today’s Mobile Phone

    KT-Tech, a small start-up company, has revealed its mobile phone videoconferencing application, KTvid. KTvid allows person-to-person videoconferencing in real-time over today’s mainstream cellular networks. The application doesn’t require the high-bandwidth of a 3G cellular network for quality two-way video and audio connectivity so its potential can be realized today. I… Read More

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