• Half Of All Clicks On Display Ads Are Worthless

    More and more online advertisers are paying on a per-click basis, but who is clicking on those ads and how much are they worth? A study put out yesterday by comScore, Starcom Media, and Tacoda suggests that half of all clicks on display ads (as opposed to clicks on paid search links) are generated by only 6 percent of Web surfers. And these are not a particularly desirable bunch. The… Read More

  • Neo promotional video: Now you can see the small phone move!

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=neo.flv Just converted Neo’s promo video for your wee-phone-loving edification. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’. Read More

  • TwoFish Announces Micro-Transaction Engine for Games

    A new gaming startup called TwoFish has announced a product called TwoFish Elements that it claims is the “first turnkey solution for powering a dynamic and realistic in-game economy.” CEO Lee Crawford, who has worked on gaming infrastructure for the likes of Yahoo, Sega, Heat.net, and Shockwave.com, says that TwoFish is addressing the biggest opportunity the gaming industry has… Read More

  • The wee Neo 808i: Awful small

    Well this is interesting. As manufacturers make bigger and bigger handsets, Dubai-based Neo is making one of the tweeist handsets known the man. The 808i has a 4-megapixel camera, WiFi, and plays MP3s and MPEG4s. It’s also small enough to be ingested by a Shi Tzu. They should be available in the US shortly, with no carrier mentioned. I suspect this will be an online sales play although… Read More

  • Warning to Microsoft. Think a Yahoo acquisition will play easy in Europe? Guess again.

    If there was any doubt that the European Commission would roll over and play dead when big tech companies come to play in Europe, it must be dispelled today as its offices raided the premises of Intel and some top European electronics retailers yesterday. The EC’s antitrust probe has extended to Media Markt, Europe’s biggest electronic chain, and DSG International, which runs PC… Read More

  • Your Phone is Your Mic: SpinVox Lets Users Talk to Twitter, Facebook, and Jaiku (Europe Only)

    I am convinced that we are going to see a big growth in voice apps that use a mobile phone as a microphone. Today, at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, London-based startup SpinVox announced a new feature of its speech-to-text service that lets users call in their Twitters or send in messages to Facebook or Jaiku. Is making a phone call easier than thumbing an SMS? Depends what kind of… Read More

  • There's still hope for PS2 backwards compatibility

    [photopress:ps22222.jpg,full,center] This month’s Electronic Gaming Monthly has an interview with PlayStation Network director Eric Lempell. Among other things, Lempell wants the world to know that PS3 backwards compatibility isn’t quite dead yet. (The 40GB PS3 killed backwards compatibility.) He says there may be a way through software emulation and other forms of wizardry for all… Read More

  • Video: MacBook Air spotted in Pixar's The Incredibles? (No)

    Did the MacBook Air debut in Pixar’s The Incredibles? No. No it did not. I didn’t know so many people on the Internet were English majors, looking for meaning in things where there isn’t any. Pixar Movies revealing Apple secrets? [9 to 5 Mac] Read More

  • A message to Yahoo! people

    If you’re getting layed-off, let go or leaving for new pastures today/this week, then get in touch. We’d be interested to hear… More on CNet: “One source inside the company said the number was 1,100, which is slightly higher than expected. The layoffs bring the headcount down to about 13,200 employees.” Read More

  • Hands on with GestureTek's camera-based gesture system

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=gesture.flv I lost quite a bit of this video but here’s a look at GestureTek’s EyeMobile system that uses a phone’s camera to create a gesture-based experience for maps and games. It worked really well and could be a way to add interesting interactivity features without adding an accelerometer to the package. Product Page Read More

  • The WGA strike, she is over

    Strike‘s over. Now let us never speak of it again. STRIKE OVER: Hollywood Back To Work! [Deadline Hollywood via Drudge Report] Read More

  • Fear and Loathing in Hyrule

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/7274/bbtv_2008-02-13-002457.flv I could actually use a Power Bracelet right about now. Fear and Loathing in Hyrule: Gonzo vs. Zelda [BoingBoing] Read More

  • Dr. Marty Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone, likes the iPhone


    Engineer and all-round-nice-guy Marty Cooper told some gathered reporters and industry folks that he likes the iPhone… and Samsung and Motorola phones, but for different reasons. He did, however agree that it’s not as good as everyone says but he does enjoy using it. He was talking about the future of mobile and his point was fairly simple: have faith. Things can and will get… Read More

  • Panasonic's 32GB SDHC memory card coming in April

    These SD cards just get bigger and fatter all the time — and by bigger and fatter, I mean internally. After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. This one from Panasonic, available in April, is a 32-gigabyte card. Granted, it’s $700 but it does work rather speedily with a 20mb/sec transfer speed. There’s a SanDisk 32-gigabyte card that’ll also be out… Read More

  • T-Mobile to Drop Google and use Yahoo in Europe

    T-Mobile announced that it will be dropping Google and picking up Yahoo as its preferred mobile search provider in Europe. This is a minor victory for Yahoo, which is in direct competition with Google and Microsoft to put its search engine on mobile phones that can access the Internet. When T-Mobile partnered with Google, it was heralded as one of the first partnerships between a mobile… Read More

  • AOL Mobile's crowd: One guy


    Another sad showing in the pR()N hall. AOL Mobile’s booth was big, empty, and white. Read More

  • Spice Mobile's optical media disk hands-on


    I just wandered over to the Spice booth to see their weird optical-disk-reading phone. It was pretty clunky and I probably wouldn’t use it, but that won’t stop the rest of the world from giving it a go. A lot of us forget that IP-based media, in the aggregate, is unfairly distributed. Overlay a heat map on the globe and you’d see white hot action in most of Asia, warmish… Read More

  • Rare Mobile Phone Viruses Feared by Public

    A survey released at the Mobile World Congress today reports that 72% of those surveyed feared a virus may infect their handset. The poll was conducted by IT security specialist McAfee, and based on 2,000 people in Britain, the United States and Japan. Only 2% of respondents actually had a virus in their mobile phone. Nearly 12% said they knew someone who had a virus, while 86% of people said… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go 3.0 Beta: You're chorking on it

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1318.JPG,full,pp_image] Got a moment to play with Yahoo! Go 3.0 Beta on Symbian hardware and it looks pretty nice. It has a sort of carousel interface with news, maps, and messaging and, sadly, doesn’t really filter images for taste and aesthetics, as we see here. It works with Blackberries, most Nokias, and the UIQ Sony-Ericssons. They were also showing off… Read More

  • Remote smartphone support: Crazy good idea

    I popped by the LogMeIn booth today take a look at their RescueMobile package for smartphones. Essentially, the service lets technicians take control of a smartphone remotely, accessing all of its functions and repairing it over the air. LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile simulates a remote smartphone on a support technician’s local computer, who can then manipulate the screen, use its keypad… Read More

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