• Samsung SLM is the first with Napster Mobile

    Sorry for the delay, folks. I was busy fondling my Kindle yesterday and seemed to have left this one slip through the cracks. AT&T and Samsung announced the SLM yesterday, which is the first phone to feature Napster Mobile. On top of that it also has video share (3G!), stereo Bluetooth, and a 2-megapixel camera. Internal memory is a bit skimpy at only 50MB split between media and photos. Read More

  • Exmocare Watch spies on the elderly and mentally deficient, reports on their state of mind

    [Hippy dippy la la la BS about some sort of galvanic watch that watches your vital signs and that will never be released] he U.S. Company Exmocare has developed a novel wristwatch, which is capable of monitoring many physiological signals. The watch can send a report regarding the wearer’s emotional and physiological state to a loved one or caretaker, via email, SMS, or instant messaging. Read More

  • Will Boot Camp be the end of OS X apps?

    Looks like Apple might be mulling over the inclusion of Boot Camp in Leopard according to a statement released to investors last week. may deter developers from creating software applications for Mac OS X if such applications are already available for the Windows platform. Duh. Apple Warns ‘Boot Camp’ Could Lead To Fewer Mac Apps [Info Week] Read More

  • Canon 5D Mark II immenent, prepare laser cannons


    Ho ho ho! All of you folks looking for the 5D Mark II might be pleasantly surprised to find out that Capture One added the camera to their website’s error reporting page, suggesting that someone had lunch with someone at Canon maybe like last week and that someone heard that other someone say “Yeah, don’t put the 5D Mark II on your site yet, dude. God. The waitress is… Read More

  • Wire tap your kids

    I guarantee that my mom would have used one of these kits had she been more tech savvy and if this had actually been around when I was growing up. Parents do crazy things these days because the technology is there. It’s way too Big Brother for me and I don’t like it. The teddy bears with video cameras is enough, but tapping your kid’s phones is down right insane. Of course… Read More

  • Google launches video ad network in UK, Ireland

    Google is now offering its video ad-network to its Adsense partners in the UK, Ireland (and Canada), thus enabling them to display ad-supported video clips on their sites. Google is trying to further monetise content from YouTube using the new formats. The video units were launched in the US in October and publishers are offered a share of CPC or CPM deals. Partners can choose those videos… Read More

  • NiGHTS into Dreams heading to the PS2 next year


    Worst Photoshop in history? You decide. Forget that abomination of a NiGHTS game for the Wii (jkjk, guys), the real one is coming out for the PS2 soon enough. Sega announced that a port of NiGHTS into Dreams, complete with updated graphics and support for 16:9 TVs, will be released for the PS2 in Japan this February. We can only assume—hope, really—that it comes out over here. See… Read More

  • Why I'd trade my vote for an iPod touch

    About a week ago, Drudge ran a headline something to the effect of: SHOCK: NYU STUDENTS WOULD TRADE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE FOR IPOD TOUCH. While I wasn’t part of the poll even though I’m in the journalism building pretty much all day (posting to CG, natch), I think it’s safe to say I’d give up my right to vote for an iPod touch. Why, exactly? Because I’d get more out… Read More

  • NeoEdge: For Casual Gaming, Ads Are Better Than A Price Tag

    Casual gaming is a big business. A video games analyst at IDC, Schelley Olhava, estimated 2.6 million casual games were purchased ($52.7 million) last year. But in game advertising firm NeoEdge says they can triple the revenue of these games by serving ads instead of charging. Their rich media ads are served as pre-roll, post-roll, or interstitial advertisements in games. Today they’ve… Read More

  • How to extend your wireless range for 5 cents

    http://www.viddler.com/player/dec85889/ There are plenty of DIY articles and videos out there that explain how to improve your wireless signal but this is one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest ones I’ve come across. You simply need some copper wire, a straw, a wood screw, and some very rudimentary soldering skills. Happy hacking! WIFI Antenna Hack! [Viddler] via lifehacker Read More

  • Best Buy Black Friday Doorbusters

    Best Buy has listed its early morning Black Friday Doorbusters. I’d say the most intriguing deal is the notebook-printer combo seen here. It’ll be available for $229 with a minimum of 20 per store. You’ll need to line up really early, though. Doors open at 5am and you’ll need to get there early enough to get a ticket (so as to avoid a stampede) just to buy certain… Read More

  • The Google Set-Top Box (Think Android For TV)

    Deep in the Googleplex there is an engineering team thinking about how to extend Google’s reach into your TV. Its work goes way beyond the Google TV ads currently being tested by EchoStar (and targeted with help from Nielsen). It even goes way beyond the development of a Google set-top box, which has been hinted at in the past. In fact, Google may very well want to do to the set-top… Read More

  • Thank You For Coming to TechCrunch MeetUp 11 with IDG Ventures Boston

    Last week was my first TechCrunch MeetUp in Boston. We took over a club called the Estate right near the Boston Common. About 800 people came, and I think I talked to half of them. Mike was regaling the other half. And our CEO Heather, who put this all together (Mike and I just showed up to gab), was making sure everything went off without a hitch. It was hard to move more than a few… Read More

  • Yahoo and Sony BMG Buddy Up Over Produced Content

    Sony BMG Music Entertainment has agreed, in exchange for a slice of Yahoo’s advertising revenue, to let Yahoo’s users upload videos and music clips containing its produced content. The deal comes just over a year since Sony made a very similar agreement with Google that also entailed the release of “thousands” of music videos on Google Video (and, soon after, YouTube… Read More

  • WTF?

    WTF? via Giz Japan [Warning: Do not watch the entire thing] Read More

  • Report: broadband gridlock 'like whoa' by 2010

    If y’all don’t stop downloading funny YouTube videos and consuming bandwidth, the Internet may experience gridlock the likes of which it’s never seen before. According to Nemertes Research (not Acme, then), Internet gridlock by 2010 could seriously slow down our surfing habits as broadband pipes are taxed, possibly leading to a return to dial-up. (No! Anything but that… Read More

  • Slow news day: USB Cross


    What happens when there is no news to post? We post about Brando shipping the USB Cross. Now this is not to be confused with the Crux Orthodoxa USB hub or the My Puffy Jesus Lens Cleaner and Mobile Phone Charm, but at least now you can keep the most holy books of the Western canon nestled warmly near your breast where Gods love will shine out not in waves but in on/off signals on a… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #261

    The announcement of the Amazon Kindle wasn’t exactly a surprise. News has been trickling out for awhile now. What we didn’t know until Steven Levy’s Newsweek piece are the details. The Kindle was announced at an event this morning and as it was announced the Amazon.com homepage displayed an open letter from Jeff Bezos. On Brief 261, I talk about the specs and… Read More

  • Ye Olde Gadgete Bullshittery

    You, too, can look like a pasty, bloated pub-lout with rosacea. Ahh, I love these little round-ups of fake gadgets that took the world by storm. Not surprisingly Wired didn’t add Scientology’s E-Meter dead-alien-soul-dectector system but they did mention the Tesla watch, bullshit++, and the Q-Ray bracelet that my mom actually wears and which makes no specific medical claims. After… Read More

  • Levi's branded phone is dumb, stupid

    The Levi’s LS501 (501, get it?) phone was announced back in June but it’s recently been made available for preorder in Hong Kong. It’s basically a Samsung SGH-P308 phone encased in "sturdy riveted steel casing" and adorned with Levi-centric wallpaper and interface elements. Other future brand synergy initiatives will include the following: - Diet Coke 14-inch… Read More

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