• IBM And Linden Lab Team For Virtual World Interoperability

    IBM and Linden Lab (the company behind Second Life) will announce a new partnership at the Virtual Worlds Conference in San Jose today that will focus on virtual world interoperability. The initial focus of the joint effort will be the ability to allow users to use a single virtual persona (or Avatar) across multiple virtual platforms, with seamless interworld transactions to be considered… Read More

  • Another day, another Bell&Ross Special Edition: White Ceramic


    Maybe you haven’t been following the watch press that closely this afternoon — who can blame you with all the news coming out of the Lohan camp regarding her quest for sobriety. However, Bell&Ross just launched a ceramic version of their huge and beautiful BR 03 Instrument Series. I’d say this one is for the ladies or for men who wear furs, but that’s just one… Read More

  • Is Wuala a BitTorrent 2.0?

    Normally I like to stick to UK and Irish firms on this site but I’m going to make an exception with Wuala, because it looks pretty interesting. “Wua.la” is a startup coming out of Switzerland, which I met at the recent Future of Web Apps conference in London. Co-founder Dominik Grolimund – who is as of today, driving around in Silicon Valley pitching the idea –… Read More

  • We're all just movie projectors?

    Wha?! Huh?! Awesome. Read More

  • DemystifyingDigital: HD and DVD camcorders for cheap

    DemystifyingDigital is a feature written by Dan Havlik, editor of DemystifyingDigital.com There’s no doubt about it, HD and DVD camcorders are the bomb but unless you know which ones are a breeze to use, you could be stuck with an expensive paper weight. (The last time our dad pulled his camcorder out of the closet was during the “exciting” analog days of Hi8.) We took a look… Read More

  • Beatles on iTunes: Finally

    Let me start this off by stating a fact that somehow manages to shock people. That fact is this: I do not like the Beatles. I don’t get what the attraction is. If you’re over 45, then you were there when they were making history by making music, I get that. But for kids my age who were barely watching TV when Lennon was shot, I don’t understand. Many people have built on what… Read More

  • Jaiku bought by Google

    BREAKING NEWS: Jaiku, the Twitter-like service from Finland, has been bought by Google. Jaiku Founders Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen today posted this on their homepage: “While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Our… Read More

  • How not to handle Comcast's customer service (even if you want to)

    We don’t talk too much about heroes, but Mona Shaw is right up there. Shaw got sick of the crappy customer service from Comcast and decided to do something about it. While we can’t recommend following her actions, and really can’t report if they did any good or not, it’s still good to hear about a senior citizen who decided to take her frustration out. With a hammer. Read More

  • MacBook upgrades for Xmas

    Stevie Clause (not pictured) knows if you’re naughty or nice, and by the looks of the forthcoming speedbumps to the MacBook line, we’ve collectively been nice. Except you iPhone hackers, you’re getting iCoal. Don’t look for anything dramatic, though a possible change to the Santa Rosa chipset would be welcome. More likely, according to ThinkSecret, we’re… Read More

  • Envision HD 720p 32-inch LCD-TV: Awful cheap or cheaply awful?


    Envision makes fairly good TVs for not much money. This 32-inch model is about $500 online right now and it has a built-in digital tuner and two HDMI in ports. You can also use it as a video monitor at 1366 x 768 pixels at 60Hz. Your best bet is to pick this up as a second TV in the house as it supports 1080i in but doesn’t display 1080i. One wag posted an online review noting that… Read More

  • Don't overreact to AmazonMP3's tough-sounding user agreement

    Holy smokes. I was gonna belittle this guy’s column on how users of AmazonMP3 should be wetting their pants. Then I reread it, realizing that I had completely missed the point. Reading the user agreement for AmazonMP3, you’ll notice the legalese is more harsh than, say, iTunes’, as it relates to copying the music and fair use. Amazon’s says, essentially, if we… Read More

  • Samsung i617 outed as Blackjack II

    The highly anticipated Blackjack II has been unveiled and it’s the Samsung i617. A lot of details are still hidden somewhere, but we do know that it’s running WinMo 6, the camera has been bumped up to 2-megapixels and HSDPA ensures wicked fast data transfer, which means AT&T is all but assured as the carrier. That’s not much of a surprise considering the original… Read More

  • Sprint Mogul getting upgrade October 22?

    Not sure how many of you own a Sprint Mogul, but October 22nd is being pegged as the day that a few of your problems will be corrected. The supposed upgrade will fix your ROM and Bluetooth woes. It’s also being said that the upgrade will fix issues with the keyboard and EVDO Rev A. will finally be unlocked. Does anyone have one? Sprint Mogul Owners: This One Is For You [Gear Diary] Read More

  • Real or Fake? Halo 3 bundle

    Yesterday Microsoft announced a new holiday bundle and that was all fine and dandy, but someone over in Spain had to go and ruin all the fun. What you see above is a purported Halo 3 bundle purchased in Spain. The console is a lowly 20GB version with an HDMI port (no cable) and the Spaniard who purchased it claims to have paid $540. That’s pretty steep considering the Elite system is… Read More

  • AdBidCentral Launches Futures Marketplace For Advertising

    AdBidCentral has today launched its futures marketplace for “premium guaranteed display advertising” after a private beta test which commenced earlier this year. AdBidCentral powers sales of futures-oriented premium display advertising on top comScore-rated publisher sites with a patent-pending futures marketplace platform that aims to make forecast buying and selling of… Read More

  • HD VMD to take on Blu-ray, HD DVD

    …and I say "take on" loosely, although this is going to be interesting to watch. A company called New Medium Enterprises (NME) has manufactured a "low-cost true high definition solution" that uses standard red lasers found in today’s CD and DVD players. The format is called "HD VMD" or High Definition Versatile Multilayer Disc. Read More

  • Sky Spies: Advanced bugs invading politics?

    We try really hard to stay away from discussing politics here on the Gear, mostly so as not to reveal our leftist pinko commie attitudes. This story, however, is neutral, and gadgety, and scary. Meet the robobug. These little fly-sized robots have been seen buzzing around political events in the NYC and DC areas. Nobody’s sure who sent them, or even what they’re capable of doing… Read More

  • AT&T to buy big chunk of 700MHz wireless spectrum

    Oh what $2.5 billion buys nowadays. AT&T will be purchasing 281 markets-worth of licenses in the 700MHz frequency band from Aloha, a company based out of Providence, Rhode Island and "the largest owner of 700MHz spectrum in the US." Read More

  • An Ignominious End: Business 2.0's Farewell Spam Email

    I’ve personally lamented the end of Business 2.0, a magazine I faithfully subscribed to until the very end. But today they spammed their user base with an offer to subscribe to other magazines. With all due respect to my co-editor Erick Schonfeld who just left that publication, this was a pathetic end to an otherwise glorious publication. At least, I hope it’s the end, and that… Read More

  • Dillard's to begin testing RFID system

    Back in high school, I worked at a Banana Republic part-time. One of the most common problems was running out of a certain article of clothing and having to direct customers to other stores, which in turn lost us business, which in turn meant less hours to work. Dillard’s is looking to change all that though (or at least the whole running out of stock thing) by testing out a new RFID… Read More

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