• Nokia's DVB-H Mobile TV Standard Gets EU Blessing, Market Poised to Finally Materialize

    Nokia's DVB-H Mobile TV Standard Gets EU Blessing, Market Poised to Finally Materialize

    Mobile TV is still FUBAR here, but over in Europe and Korea (especially Korea) it’s in much better shape. And now that the EU has backed a single standard for mobile TV there—one supported by Nokia—its prospects are looking better and better. The EU has given its blessing to DVB-H, which, while annoying proponents of other standards such as Qualcomm, should kick start the… Read More

  • Pioneer Kuro HDTVs Only Do 720p

    Pioneer Kuro HDTVs Only Do 720p

    Wow. Pioneer is trying a little too hard to advertise its Kuro line of HDTVs. Pioneer’s plasmas are usually fine, so its “look how great they are!” is a little troubling. The Kuro line is split in two: the Kuro and the Elite Kuro. Both are available in 42-, 50- and 60-inch models, but none of them are 1080p. Hmmm… Strange, considering it’s 2007. Both models have… Read More

  • 1980s Apple Concepts & The Origin Of The iPhone

    1980s Apple Concepts & The Origin Of The iPhone


    “You know the rules, and so do I!” Back in the early ’80s, Apple was hard at work designing new and innovative products. German designer Hartmut Esslinger, who originally designed the Apple IIc, did some mock up products that draw inspiration from the computer he created. One standout picture is of a landline phone with an Apple logo and a touchscreen. Though it’s… Read More

  • Everex Sub-$300 Green PC Launches

    Everex Sub-$300 Green PC Launches

    When you stroll into Wal-Mart today to pick up some cheap meds and plentiful toilet paper, you may notice a new PC for sale in the electronics section. Everex has released the Impact GC3502, its new $298 “green” PC that uses 20W of power at most thanks to a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor. You won’t find any thrills on this system, though it’s not a piece of crap necessarily. Read More

  • CTIA’s 2007 Technology Fair

    CTIA’s 2007 Technology Fair

    If you’re around Washington, DC tomorrow you might want to head to Capitol Hill for the CTIA’s 2007 Wireless Technology & Reception. This event will highlight recent advancements in wireless technology. It will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer on Thursday, July 19th, 3pm until 7pm. Representatives from various wireless companies, along with senators and members… Read More

  • PS3 Outsells Xbox 360 In Japan 2:1

    PS3 Outsells Xbox 360 In Japan 2:1

    “I can’t go for that (no can do!)” is probably ringing through the heads of Microsoft execs right now as they look at Japan’s Xbox 360 sales. Though Nintendo’s Wii is still selling strong around the world and is outselling both the PS3 and 360, Sony has the edge in the land of the rising sun/tentacles. According to Enterbrain, a Japanese gaming mag publisher… Read More

  • Sony LocationFree Technology Merged Into VAIO Base Station

    Apparently, Sony is no longer “down” with their LocationFree technology and is looking to integrate it into its VAIO product line. The new VAIO LF-V30 Base Station costs $250 and arrives in September. It features component inputs and outputs that can be used to attach your cable box so you can then have your video converted into QVGA or standard definition. Exciting. Sony makes… Read More

  • Secure Your iPhone's Traffic Lest Hackerz Steal Your Info

    Secure Your iPhone's Traffic Lest Hackerz Steal Your Info

    Everyone who’s cool already has an iPhone*, but there’s the minor problem of having all your data floating in the air just waiting for script kiddies to sniff. (I used to cruise for passwords on campus. They’re lucky I was just doing it because I could and not to sell the info to some Third World maniac.) Macworld has put together a comprehensive list do’s and… Read More

  • Vizio Launching 52-inch LCD TV Next Month

    Vizio Launching 52-inch LCD TV Next Month

    I just finished spending a few months with a Vizio HDTV and for the price, you really can’t complain too much. Those with a thirst for the big screen and a small budget will be excited to know that Vizio will be selling its new 52-inch model online and at Costco stores next month. Word from Taiwan is that the set uses the same exact LCD panels used by LG Philips. Though not cheap by… Read More

  • German Throws Computer Out Window, Escapes Fine

    German Throws Computer Out Window, Escapes Fine

    Whether it’s a blue screen of death, a kernel panic, or even just a lag in Firefox, sometimes we just want to smash our computers. It’s perfectly OK to want to do so, but to actually do it takes some iron balls. A German man in Hanover had the iron pair and actually managed to get angry enough at his PC to chuck it out a window, smashing to pieces on the ground below. When… Read More

  • I-O Data Slim DVD Burner Announced

    I-O Data Slim DVD Burner Announced

    Sometimes having an external DVD burner is a great idea. I mean think about it. What if that hot chick from math class comes over and she want’s a copy of American Pie 2 burned for her? You’d use your internal burner, except you cheaped out configuring your laptop and bought the combo drive. Bummer! What do you do? You fish out the lunch money you’ve saved up over the past… Read More

  • MUD Creator Richard Bartle on MMORPGS

    If Richard Bartle were dead, he’d be rolling over in his grave! Richard Bartle is the guy you need to thank for bringing you obesity, acne, and an obsession with the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh. See, Bartle is the guy who created Multi-User Dungeons and, as a result, added a new form of media to the now crowded world of electronic interaction. Read More

  • iPhone Partially Unlocked

    iPhone Partially Unlocked

    Gizmodo is reporting that the hackers at the iPhone Dev Wiki have successfully unlocked the iPhone…partially. You can’t use that T-Mobile account just yet, but you can use any AT&T SIM card that you choose. This means any pre-paid, Cingular, or AT&T SIM card can be thrown into the iPhone and calls can be made. With the included WiFi the iPhone has, you’re pretty much… Read More

  • 3D Mailbox: My Eyes!

    Dear 3D Mailbox Development Team: In the name of all good and holy, please euthanize your marketing team and CEO. Product Page Read More

  • 3D Mailbox: Worst. App. Ever.

    Do you find dealing with email boring? Would your day be brighter if your email was rendered as characters in a SecondLife style universe, complete with spam eating sharks? Were you dropped on your head as a child? Introducing 3D Mailbox. We get to see a lot of new products and services at TechCrunch, many of them bad; usually it’s a case that they won’t get a run. Then there… Read More

  • Hearst Isn’t So Local After All; Local Mobile Search Still Going?

    Hearst Isn’t So Local After All; Local Mobile Search Still Going?

    Hearst Corp. apparently didn’t find what it was looking for, as it has sold off its shares of Local.com, a search engine for local businesses, services and products. Hearst was thinking locally earlier this year when it made a private placement investment in Local.com, and had paid $6 million for its stake, obtaining a 22 percent stake in the company. But last week the company converted… Read More

  • AT&T Researching Femtocell Suppliers, Completely Ignoring Burgeoning Atto- and Yoctocell Market

    AT&T Researching Femtocell Suppliers, Completely Ignoring Burgeoning Atto- and Yoctocell Market

    Femtocells are mini cellphone repeaters that are supposed to improve cell reception in homes and businesses. Like T-Mobile’s Hotspot@Home, femtocells allow smaller devices to most of the heavy lifting for carriers, reducing strain on an already over-worked cellular infrastructure. It seems AT&T is looking at building a femtocell network by supplying consumers with the cells in… Read More

  • Publishing Group of America Brings Out Mobile Editions

    Publishing Group of America Brings Out Mobile Editions

    The Publishing Group of America, publisher of print magazines American Profile and Relish, has signed a deal with DMD Mobile Holdings Inc. to offer pay-per-use mobile versions. This new mobile content, which will include recipes from Relish on demand, as well a horoscopes and other factoids from American Profile, will be available through texting codes printed in banner ads in the print… Read More

  • Thomson ROC3205 3-in-1 Remote Control Review

    Thomson ROC3205 3-in-1 Remote Control Review

    I think this is a Euro-only device, but I bought this 3-in-1 universal remote yesterday for my father-in-law here in Poland and I consider it an example of some of the worst quality CE design in the free world. Add the fact that the remote was broken right out of the box and you’ve got one of the biggest turds I’ve ever laid eyes on. Read More

  • Don’t Text And Drive, Let Your Virtual Assistant Answer For You

    Don’t Text And Drive, Let Your Virtual Assistant Answer For You


    Well it seems obvious enough that texting while driving is a bad thing, it takes tragic events like the one last week to really bring the point home. The best rule of thumb should be to keep the thumbs on the steering wheel at all times, and avoid even touching the mobile handset. But since a lot of people aren’t going to listen to this advice, we figured we try and recommend an… Read More