• Bolt Sells to GoFish to Pay Universal Music Settlement

    Video sharing site Bolt.com is being acquired by GoFish – a smaller but richer rival, in order to pay the settlement the company has agreed to with Universal Music Group for copyright infringement. The New York Times broke the story tonight. Bolt will go for an estimated $30 million in GoFish stock (update: forms filed Monday indicate that the acquisition was for about half this amount) … Read More

  • Very Ugly Bug at BarackObama.com

    The “find a group” section of the new Barack Obama social network contains a hard coded racial and sexual orientation slur. When searching groups, a couple of search options appear along with the hard coded text “Example: Gay Nigger Association of America -#@ for Obama, 16892.” If you have an account and are signed in to the social network, this appears on… Read More

  • MyBarackObama: Who Built This?

    Everyone’s buzzing about the new social network that presidential hopeful Barack Obama launched today on his website. Lots of opinions from the experts on what’s good about it, what’s been left off, etc. All I really want to know is, who built this for them? It launched basically feature-complete and bug free, which would be very hard to do without an extended beta. My bet is… Read More

  • GPS – Heads Up 3D and Marking the Spot

    GPS – Heads Up 3D and Marking the Spot

    In January, Denso received a smart patent on displaying GPS and navigation information on a heads up display while Alpine Electronics received a patent on marking a favorite spot using a GPS system. Denso Corporation of Japan, primarily an automobile parts manufacturer, has developed and patented a three dimensional heads up display for a car that uses sensors to detect when certain directions… Read More

  • Is that a Star Wars Game in Your Pocket?

    Is that a Star Wars Game in Your Pocket?

    Considering that the prequels have run their course, it would seem that Star Wars fans would move onto the next thing. But apparently grown geeks can’t get enough of stuff from that galaxy far, far away. WizKids is introducing a new line of constructible strategy games (CSGs), a category that the company “pioneered” in recent years, which combines trading card games (TCG) with an… Read More

  • Digg Rock Stars

    A Wall Street Journal article called “The Wizards of Buzz” focuses on the power of the top users on Digg, Netscape and other “social bookmarking” sites. The article highlights 16 or so of these users, along with their real name, screen name, areas of interest and other information. The point of the article, I think, is to show how much power these individuals have, and how… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Two DAP Minimum Edition

    Daily Crunch: Two DAP Minimum Edition

    First Zune Phone Photo Leaked Apple Orders Bar to Cease and Desist “iPod Monday” Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio: It’s HD RoboBoa iWoofer Is Out Of This World Read More

  • The Second Life Census

    Second Life has done a good job being transparent with their statistics. Key metrics are available on the home page, and additional information was released last December. Today the company got even more granular, releasing detailed information on the Second Life population, demographics, usage time and land supply in an excel spreadsheet. All of the important ways of measuring Second Life are way… Read More

  • Things We Hate About Apple

    Things We Hate About Apple

    Since its founding over 30 years ago, Apple has been one of the most important companies in the tech industry. Having defined the personal computer, mainstream GUI-based operating systems and an arsenal of other gear, Apple has been instrumental in advancing technologies. But for all its accomplishments, Apple also manages continually to be one of the most inflammatory companies trading today. Read More

  • First Zune Phone Photo Leaked

    today, I guess it was inevitable. The blogosphere is an arena of oneupmanship and we have officially been one-upped by DSL Reports. It has secured the first known picture of Microsoft’s hotly anticipated Zune Phone. To quote Gizmodo’s Brian Lam, “It isn’t what I expected at all.” Start your professions of lust below. A WiMax Zune Phone? [DSL Reports] Read More

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  • FastMac Macbook Extended Life Batteries Are Here

    Macbook owners rejoice, FastMac has announced an extended life battery for Macbooks. I will definitely preorder one as I can’t get enough work done from the couch without having to recharge my Macbook. A cool $99.95 will keep your Macbook truckin, coming in white and black! Product Page [via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Vodafone Launches YouTube Mobile

    The UK gets all the drool-worthy mobile goods. Vodafone customers in key European markets will get YouTube content directly from Vodafone live! on their mobile phones. :sigh: The agreement states that YouTube will provide a selection of new videos on a daily basis especially for Vodafone customers. But that’s not the best part; users can upload their own videos from their mobile phones onto… Read More

  • The Zune Phone That Might Be

    The Zune Phone That Might Be

    Last month MobileCrunch and TechCrunch reported on Steve Jobs very public release of the iPhone. Steve Balmer scoffed at the new phone calling it overpriced, but Microsoft may be offering its own mobile version. CrunchGear has been following the leads closely and it has turned into a fairly solid story. Crunchgear reports that on Monday, Microsoft filed an application with the FCC for a wireless… Read More

  • Zune Phone (nearly) Confirmed

    CrunchGear’s Matt Hickey has been tracking rumors about a Zune phone for the last week. What began as a reliable tip is now a solid story: Last Monday Microsoft filed an application with the FCC for an enigmatic wireless device that could be used to talk over the Internet. The device is described as being used for “consumer broadband access and networking.” Microsoft goes on to… Read More

  • Skype Coming To PSP? Shut Yo Mouth

    Has anyone delved into the PSP’s firmware updates snooping around for hidden treasures? We haven’t, but Quick Jump has. According to QJ, if you look into the decrypted version of vshmain.prx from Firmware 3.10, you may be led to believe that some form of VoIP functionality will show up in the future. All signs point to Skype at the moment as the provider. Checking the dump, there was… Read More

  • Sonnet Technologies Gives You Four Inputs, No Waiting

    Earlier this week, we posted a collection of Mac accessories, including a Western Digital My Book Pro featuring three inputs: FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. However, Sonnet Technologies’ new Fusion R400Q four-bay rack mount drive goes one higher with four interface choices—FireWire 400, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and SATA II. An integrated port multiplier supports up to four hard… Read More

  • Apple Orders Bar to Cease and Desist "iPod Monday"

    Apple Orders Bar to Cease and Desist "iPod Monday"

    For the past two years a Des Moines bar has run iPod Monday, a gathering where patrons bring in their iPods and share playlists others in attendance. For two years, Clint Curtis, the event coordinator, has sent weekly updates to Apple and prior to the event he asked for permission. For two years, Apple remained silent. Then one day Curtis quietly received an email from Apple ordering him to cease… Read More

  • Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio: It's HD

    Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio: It's HD

    Sure it costs $300, doesn’t have a CD player and high definition radio probably isn’t available in your area, but who cares?! It’s HD capable, and what’s more important than being an early adopter? This tabletop unit from Boston Acoustics is pretty barren, but it’s stylish face might be enough to woo some buyers. The system features two speakers, one in the head-unit… Read More

  • RoboBoa

    Robert from RobotsRule sends in this video of a RoboBoa, the dancing robot snake. In addition to its disco moves, the RoboBoa has some use doubling as an alarm clock. By far the most useful feature though is its room sentry function. Using motion tracking it can identify intruders and dance them into submission. Quite intimidating. RoboBoa Read More

  • TiFinity Titanium Toothbrush

    TiFinity Titanium Toothbrush

    Something about scrubbing my teeth with metal scares me. It probably has something to do with the fear that titanium would grind the enamel right off of my teeth, I think that’s it. Anyway, there is no denying that this is the coolest looking toothbrush I’ve ever seen. Titanium is one of the sexiest metals. Due to its unique ability to retain shape, its used in a variety of settings… Read More