• Blyk launches ad-supported mobile network

    Blyk, the mobile virtual network operator offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising, launches in the UK today. Renting airtime from France Télécom’s Orange network and targeting only 16-to 24-year-olds, the network will target the ads based on a detailed profile customers will fill out on their website. It’s ironic timing. MySpace… Read More

  • 40GB PS3 Closer To Reality, May Ship With Backwards Compatibility

    The 40GB [tag]PS3[/tag] is pretty much confirmed. Reports from Asia, that mythical land, suggest [tag]Sony[/tag] has gone with Foxconn to manufacture the 40GB entry level PS3. There’s speculation that Sony will have to drop a few odds and ends from the PS3 in order to make the expected $399 price tag. Would you buy a PS3 sans USB ports and/or without backwards compatibility? An… Read More

  • I'll Jack You: Super Mario 64 Completed In 6:47

    I was never the type to try a speedrun of a Mario game and this video is living proof as to why. Super Mario 64 was always a huge pain when it came to getting every star, every level. But thanks to some glitches (there’s tons in this game), the player was able to get past certain doors and entryways with only one star total. Six minutes later, the game is finished, Peach is saved and… Read More

  • An 8-Year-Old and His OLPC

    The One Laptop Per Child project has a noble goal: to digitize the developing world. You can now buy your own OLPC as long as you buy two — one for yourself and one for a needy child. Well, Laptop got their hands on one and they not only reviewed it, they gave it to an 8-year-old who pronounced it “fun.” The device, called the XO, exhibited quite a few problems but was… Read More

  • Your VoIP Calls Are Being Tapped

    There are only so many ways you can avoid advertisements online these days, but that’s about to change if you’re a VoIP user. Silicon Valley-based The Pudding is implementing an ad structure that’s similar to that of Gmail using speech recognition software that listens in on your conversation and picks out key words that will trigger relevant ads to show up in your web browser. Read More

  • VeriSign’s Mobile Banking Now Utilizes ClairMail Platform

    VeriSign, a company which operates digital infrastructure services across voice and data networks, announced today that it will tap into ClairMail’s 2-way mobile customer interaction platform for VeriSign Mobile Banking Solution. This agreement is only one part of a global technology alliance between the two companies. VeriSign sees that the world’s financial institutions are… Read More

  • And The Halo 3 Reviews Trickle In…

    Tomorrow is September 25th and at midnight, hundreds of thousands of gamers will flock to stores to purchase Halo 3, the year’s most anticipated title. But unlike the general mass of Halo fans, myself and others enjoy reading reviews first before plunking down $60 of our hard-earned cash. Luckily, the reviews are starting to come in and the consensus is that Halo 3 is the coolest thing… Read More

  • Starbucks To Give Away 1.5M Songs Per Day Next Week For Wi-Fi iTunes Launch

    You didn’t think Starbucks would quietly launch the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store (which launches October 2), did you? The coffee giant will dole out, for free, 1.5 million songs per day (or 50 million in total… my bad), but only from select artists. Think Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and the other “safe” artists the store promotes. There’s a noticeable lack of 2Pac… Read More

  • ThePudding: Targeted Advertising Comes to Phone Calls

    ThePudding provides free, PC-based phone calls to anywhere in the US or Canada. The big catch: computers in Fremont, CA will eavesdrop on and analyze every word of your conversation so they can serve up advertisements tailored to the topic at hand. Users initiate a phone call simply by visiting ThePudding’s website (currently in private beta) and entering a phone number into the browser. Read More

  • Good Morning, Starshine: The Best Spam Comment Today

    Our site gets a few hundred comments per day and the overwhelming majority are spam. Well, I just spotted a charming “recommendation” from a spammer inducing us to share our hot business ideas. Go ahead through the list and see which one doesn’t quite fit. Hey, I was wondering if anyone here has a habit of coming up with cool business ideas out of nowhere, but never got around… Read More

  • Online Streaming Of TV Shows: Get Used To It

    The TV networks have found their newest cash cow: online streaming of their TV shows. Hope you didn’t get too comfortable downloading shows from iTunes and the like because, as FT finds out, the networks will be throwing all their weight behind streaming, where they can embed ads, to the detriment of downloads. The networks’ biggest concern vis-a-vis streaming was that… Read More

  • Fox Interactive Media Launches Free Mobile MySpace

    Need to check your MySpace page while on the go? Need to check someone else’s MySpace page while on the go? Doing a big of MySpace surfing has gotten a tad bit easier. Fox Interactive Media has announced that MySpace Mobile is now in beta and will be available to consumers this week with a wider FIM rollout planned in the coming months. And it will be free to use. Of course you’ll… Read More

  • Sketchcasting – Another Weapon In The Blogging Arsenal

    A new site called Sketchcast launched moments ago – it’s a tool for bloggers and others to create a presentation to express an idea using a sketchpad and (optionally) a †sound recording, and then embed it into a website. Sketchcasts can also be subscribed in iTunes and RSS readers via a feed. The video below shows an overview of what it is, using the tool itself. The idea for… Read More

  • pa.gd (Paged Mobile) shortens Web for Mobile

    When recently asked, “have you ever tired to enter a long Web address without using a standard QWERTY keyboard” I was reminded of my visit this summer to the City of Light. Paris is many things, but a high-tech metropolis it is not. The cybercafés were crowded and very few had “western” QWERTY keyboards. So I was reduced to trying to use my Blackberry and… Read More

  • Pownce vs Digg: Who Will Kevin Rose Back?

    I’ve speculated previously on the growing conflict Kevin Rose has between his roles at Digg and Pownce, and now it would appear that we may finally be on the eve of Rose being forced to decide between the two. Leah Culver, a co-founder of Pownce with Rose has made a bizarre post to Digg suggesting that Digg’s new features were a direct copy of those from Pownce: Since I… Read More

  • MyQuire Wants Your Collaborative Workplace Business

    MyQuire will officially launch their online tool for doing projects at DEMO today. MyQuiore allows users work with “tools they already know,” keep their projects on track, meet with other project members in real time conferences, and connect their projects with their networks. MyQuires pitch is that instead of forcing people to change their behavior, “MyQuire’s… Read More

  • Logitech Audio Solutions

    Logitech recently unleashed a torrent of speakers and iPod docks that have furthered strengthened it’s already excellent array of devices. I’ve had the opportunity to experiment with a couple of the systems, and I definitely like what I’ve heard. Read More

  • Yuuguu Takes Desktop Sharing Mobile

    UK based Yuuguu will officially launch at DEMO today with a cross platform desktop sharing platform that also works on mobile phones. Yuuguu, a name apparently derived from the Japanese word for fusion, enables users to see, share, and control other computer screens and applications. Yuuguu supports web browsers on any device, notably on mobile phones providing anywhere access and… Read More

  • Here Come the Ad-Powered Mobiles

    Happy to get some free calls and texts on your mobile by clicking some ads? A new mobile network launches today offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising – except it’s in the UK. Blyk will target the mobile-obsessed 16-to 24-year-old crowd with ads, based on a profile customers will fill out on their website, writes TechCrunch… Read More

  • Your Truman Show Takes Lifecasting To Widgets

    Lifecasting startup Your Truman Show will present a Video Map Widget at DEMO today, bringing their life story focused video product to social networking sites. VideoMap can be placed and accessed by anyone using Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, YourTrumanShow or other sites. Its selling point is a graphical video relationship map, which, according to YourTrumanShow’s Founder & Chairman… Read More

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