• Google's square barcode ad scheme: CueCat 2.0!

    I had seen mention of this odd plan by Google to show little barcodes in advertisements that were readable by cellphones and PCs. I was underwhelmed so I didn’t talk about it here but Joel Spolsky just pointed out that Google is essentially resurrecting the CueCat, one of the stupidest devices in all the land. The CueCat was a little barcode reader shaped like a cat. You connected it to… Read More

  • SPOT outdoors GPS device sends txt messages of your location to friends, family

    [photopress:spotspotspot.jpg,full,center] My idea of camping includes walking through Union Square to get to the subway, but I know plenty of y’all enjoy roughing it. While sleeping under the stars, though, it’s best to put safety first by letting your friends and well-wishers know exactly where you are. That idea—keeping your friends and family abreast of your current… Read More

  • Sony announces 1080p projector, time for me to find my own apartment


    I’m not unhappy with the 42-inch Vizio that’s sitting in my living room, but it’s only 720p and who wouldn’t want a 1080p set? My brother splashes up 720p content onto his 90-something-inch screen and that makes me uber jealous. Playing Gears of War, Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, or even Halo 3 just isn’t the same when I come home after spending a few hours at… Read More

  • Sony Europe says no 120GB PS3, maybe 160GB PS3

    The other day we informed you that there could be a tiny shakeup in Sony’s PS3 line that included the dismissal of the 80GB and the introduction of a 120- or 160GB model with DualShock 3 controllers. Those were based on rumors or moles, so, obviously, Sony had to say something. But it’s not coming from Sony America, rather, Sony Europe. A spokesperson for SCEE said, “We do… Read More

  • DIY: $1 image stabilizer

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1041948/1_image_stabilizer_for_any_camera___lose_the_tripod.swf

    $1 Image Stabilizer For Any Camera – Lose The Tripod – video powered by Metacafe I’m of the mindset that most DIY projects take a little more effort then I’d like to put in simply because I don’t have enough time, but the fact of the matter is is that I’m lazy. Read More

  • Loomia Powers Social Recommendations for WSJ, CNET, and NBC by Leveraging Facebook

    Recommendations engine Loomia has signed deals with the Wall Street Journal, CNET, and NBC to provide users of those companies’ news websites with recommendations based on what their Facebook friends are reading.
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    Readers of these publications who are also Facebook users with Loomia’s SeenThis? application installed will see a list of recommended news articles like the one seen… Read More

  • iStorez Takes Those Retail Newsletters Out of Your Inbox

    One of the annoying things about e-mail marketing is that once you sign up for a few newsletters from your favorite stores, they quickly clog up your inbox. And those are the ones you opt in for. Add all the other retailers who somehow get your e-mail address and just send you digital flyers without asking, and it is no wonder more and more people simply ignore all of them. But when you are… Read More

  • DVI slowly going the way of the buffalo

    Omigosh DVI, I can’t believe you’re leaving already. You JUST got here! Stick around for a bit, huh? I won’t miss your prohibitively expensive cables and the constant fear of pending your fragile pins every time I move my monitor around on my desk, but I’ll miss the feeling of knowing that you transmit a relatively clean, all-digital signal. If only there were a… Read More

  • Star Trek gadgets IRL

    Top ten lists! What would we do without ye? SlipperyBrick (Motto: “The website that sounds like loose stool”) posted 10 cute items that were popularized by Star Trek and eventually came to fruition. They include the touchscreen, the computer disk, and, interestingly, Spock’s space coffin. I wanted so hard to put a virginity joke in here, but I didn’t. Trekkies have… Read More

  • Fifth-gen iPods no workie with iTunes movie rentals?

    I’ll be honest, Apple is starting to weird me out a little bit. I picture Steve Jobs like the paranoid Mr. Burns in that Simpsons episode where he owns the casino and he stops shaving and starts wearing Kleenex boxes on his feet because he hates germs. It’s just that some of the recent decisions behind certain products and services don’t make much sense, like charging iPod… Read More

  • African Mobile Internet Services to see Huge Growth

    Analysis from growth consulting company Frost and Sullivan predicts that Africa’s demand for mobile Internet access will increase between 40% and 50% between 2006 and 2009. It is thought that this expansion is due to the continent’s lack of sufficient fixed line structure and the reduced cost of handset and mobile internet service prices. “The poor state of fixed line… Read More

  • Mass Effect begins conversation on sex and video games

    [photopress:masseffect.jpg,full,center] You’re probably familiar with the manufactured controversy surrounding Mass Effect, with misinformed pundits lampooning its graphic sex acts. You know, those sex acts that don’t really exist. But Next Generation took the opportunity to address the subject at large—sex in video games, and how to incorporate it in a productive manner. Read More

  • Sprint's LG Rumor OTA update available now

    Some of you have experienced the little problem that was discovered with the LG Rumor late last year and I know you’ve been waiting for that OTA firmware update to fix the little snafu. Well, Sprint has announced that the new firmware is readily available for download or if you’re really feeling that lazy, you can take it into your local Sprint store. To download the update… Read More

  • Skype for PSP is here! [Update]

    From Crackle: Skype on the PSP The official announcement that Skype would be coming to the PSP (PSP-2000 series only) came at CES and now we’re seeing signs that firmware v3.90 is set to roll out this week. It’s pretty straightforward. If you’ve used Skype then it should be a simple and painless process. In case you’re wondering what to expect later this week today… Read More

  • Ajaxonomy Hacks Together del.icio.us Spy

    One of the most popular visualization tools in social media is Digg Spy, which lets you watch as stories get dugg on Digg, constantly scrolling the latest links as they are submitted to or voted on the site. Now Ajaxonomy has created a similar page for bookmarking site Delicious, called del.icio.us Spy. It shows new sites as they are submitted to Delicious, along with a thumbnail of the… Read More

  • Slashdot hates on Digg's 'tyrannical' user-driven model

    [photopress:sdigg.jpg,full,center] Slashdot used to be the place to go for tech news. I now go there because, while the news may be a little older than what you can find on blogs, the comments are usually a lot more informative—a more “elite” techie than the average blog reader, maybe. But Slashdot has been in a feud of sorts with Digg since the latter’s launch. Read More

  • U.S. Leads World in Productive Use of Telecommunications Technology

    Connectivity Scorecard, a system that ranks countries on around 30 indicators that measure how will a country boosts its social and economic prosperity through telecommunications technologies, puts the United States at the head of the list. The system was created by London Business School professor Leonard Waverman to examine how well countries utilize networks, cell phones and… Read More

  • Let's Trash Yahoo During Happy Hour

    Yesterday I was scheduled to appear live on the Happy Hour show on the Fox Business Channel. The show is held at the Bull and Bear bar at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, with customers milling around and drinking. I can’t believe no one has rushed the set as a prank yet. The topic, I thought, was our presidential endorsements of Barack Obama and John McCain. But we never… Read More

  • BlogTV Signs Strategic Deal With ICQ

    Live video streaming service BlogTV has signed a deal with the AOL owned ICQ that will see BlogTV promoted to ICQ users. The initial stage of the deal will see BlogTV promoted to ICQ users through the ICQ website, and in return ICQ will become the preferred instant messaging platform on BlogTV. The second stage will see ICQ users being able to use their ICQ login details to access and use… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Debatable Edition

    The Unreasonable Stance: Vote Republican for a tech revolution
    The CrunchGear Tech Presidential Primaries
    Keepon the dancing robot and Diane the dirty call management system
    Tactile MP3 player: Control it with near-zero forethought
    Childhood 2.0: Your kids live their lives online and that’s horrible Read More

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