• Apple's iPhone Confidentiality Letter to FCC Surfaces

    Apple's iPhone Confidentiality Letter to FCC Surfaces

    Here’s a delicious little find: A letter dating Oct. 12, 2006, requesting that the FCC refrain from releasing iPhone particulars to the public in hopes of preventing competitors from gaining “an unfair advantage.” Sadly the letter doesn’t really go into details on any of the information it seeks to keep from prying eyes. One can, however, gather a possible iPhone release… Read More

  • Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit

    Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit

    Troy Hurtubise, famous for his bear-proof suits, recently made headlines for developing a Halo-inspired anti-ballistic suit. After spending $15,000 and several years developing the suit, Hurtubise had hoped to sell the design to some military hoping to protect its troops in hostile situations. Suit features include a head-guided laser pointer, the whole bullet deflection thing and a handy… Read More

  • Quieter Xbox 360s Coming Soon

    Quieter Xbox 360s Coming Soon

    I love my 360. It’s a great system and I feel confident that it will win the console war. There is a problem though. It’s the nosiest device in my room. When I’m sitting here playing Gears of War there are so many grinding sounds emitting from the unit that sometimes I wonder if it’s going to explode. Recognizing that there is a problem, Microsoft is taking steps to rectify… Read More

  • Helio Hits 70,000

    Helio Hits 70,000

    Everybody’s favorite MVNO Helio today announced that it had reached 70,000 subscribers, a pretty substantial number for a year old company. The results were released because Earthlink, Helio’s parent company in conjunction with SK Telecom, will tomorrow release its annual earnings report. Helio projects that it will reach 100k subscribers by the next quarter. And I certainly hope so… Read More

  • Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch

    Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch

    Just finished a quick review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch at my watch porn site, WristWatchReview. This watch is made in Swizterland but was designed by John Patterson, surfer who hangs ten in Hawaii and wanted something that could survive the deepest depths and shark attacks. At $775, it’s fairly pricey but it’s quite handsome and comes with two removable straps, a… Read More

  • A Deeper Look at Wal-Mart's Digital Downloads Service

    Wal-Mart has landed what at first blush appears to be a solid punch to Apple’s gut, signing a deal with all six major movie studios for movie downloads, a feat the inventor of the marketplace couldn’t achieve. Apple landed the first contracts to sell movies over iTunes, but not all studios got on board. So how did Wal-Mart convince the hold-outs to join in the game? With built-in… Read More

  • Apple Openly Supports Death of DRM

    Apple Openly Supports Death of DRM

    Steve Jobs has stepped up to the plate and written an open letter to the music industry in the fight against DRM. We wrote our thoughts on the eventual demise of DRM just last month. Bill Gates gave his own thoughts on DRM back in December. Despite Apple’s near monopoly on legal digital music sales, he discusses how they got to where they are now with DRM and options moving forward. The… Read More

  • snom 370 IP Business Phone

    snom 370 IP Business Phone

    VoIP is hot right now for a good reason. It drastically reduces the cost of telephony by allowing high-bandwidth voice communications to be conducted over the Internets rather than through telco routings with premium rates. The technology makes sense for everyone. Berlin-based snom technology AG has developed a VoIP phone that allows businesses to optimize its IP communications. The snom 370… Read More

  • WWDC: Apple Sets Date, We Speculate

    What’s next for Apple, one would ask? Now that AppleTV and iPhone have hit, where does a company go next? We have a feeling that it might have something to do with, you know, computers. Apple has announced that the 2007 WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) will be June 11-15 in San Francisco. Traditionally, Apple uses this venue to announce pro software upgrades and minor new products… Read More

  • Review: ZuneOne's Silicone Skin, Crystal Case

    One thing we feel the Zune has over the competition (iPod) is its matte finish. What might seem like a minor design point was without a doubt meticulously poured over by marketing and design gurus for what must have seemed like minutes. They came up with a material that felt good but didn’t scratch too easily, like other competing products (iPod) tend to. Though it affords your Zune some… Read More

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  • Wifi Digital Cameras: Canon and Olympus Newly Minted Patents

    Wifi Digital Cameras: Canon and Olympus Newly Minted Patents

    Two newly minted patents to Canon and Olympus covering wifi image transfers for digital cameras hit in January are just the beginning… Canon recently received an issued patent covering an external device, such as a PC, that triggers wireless transfer of images from one or more digital cameras in a home or office network. Read More

  • Need Speed? Peep The Sony-Ericsson PC300 Card

    Need Speed? Peep The Sony-Ericsson PC300 Card

    During CES, it would have been great to have had some kind of EV-DO card or high speed wireless card. Since I now know that John is going to horde them for himself, I’m eying the recently announced Sony-Ericsson PC300. This bad boy not only comes with HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS, but it has a wicked neon pink label! It supports download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps and has an integrated antenna… Read More

  • Thanko Releases USB Wii-mote Charger

    Thanko Japan, I thanko you for this kick-ass USB Wiimote charger so I don’t have to buy new batteries every few days. The Thanko charger comes with a USB cradle, nickel battery and a new battery cover so you know, you can charge those new batteries. The new batteries provide up to 25 hours of juice and recharge to full capacity in 3.5 hours. Charges from any USB port and has blue LEDs to let… Read More

  • Kyocera Wonder Phone

    Kyocera today unleashed upon Japan the W51K, a device that I’m extremely jealous of. This svelte wonder comes with 65MB of on-board storage, TV tuner, FM tuner, MP3/video playback and a 2-megapixel camera. It also comes in three shades of cool: mirror orange, cyano blue and metallic silver. Read More

  • Network Solutions Acquired By General Atlantic

    We’re just getting news that domain name registrar (the original one) Network Solutions has been acquired by General Atlantic, a private equity firm. The price hasn’t been disclosed, but it will be leaking soon. Network Solutions was the original domain name registrar and was part of Verisign until it was spun off in 2003. Since that time, they’ve lost a stupendous amount of… Read More

  • Apple Vs. The World: Brit Hates Macs, Our Freedom

    , has penned a delightful screed against Macs and the people who love them, saying: I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly… Read More

  • Nice One, Walmart

    Nice One, Walmart

    This is what Walmart’s brand new video site looks like in the Firefox browser. It works fine in Internet Explorer, but the CSS is not loading properly in Firefox. One designer’s opinion: “Somebody really fucked up. I could fix this in 30 seconds. Did they even test this in Firefox before launching?” Read More

  • Zune Phone Indications?

    that Microsoft had begun working on a phone that would be released under the Zune name. Details were, and are, sparse, but since our story broke, an additional rumor has emerged that may or may not bring some more clarity to the situation—how’s that for ambiguity? The current rumor stems from this announcement from Phillipine-based call center Global Sky: Microsoft recently awarded… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Announces New Cybershot Phones

    Sony-Ericsson Announces New Cybershot Phones

    Just when you thought that the W610 was the only thing Sony-Ericssson was pulling out, in comes the K810 (left) and K550 (right) Cybershot phones. Both phones have beautiful designs and pack a lot of power to boot. The K810 is only 17mm thick and has a 3.2-megapixel camera with auto focus and Xenon flash, a video camera in the front for video calls, Memory Stick Micro support and tri-band GSM.The… Read More

  • US To Get Sony-Ericsson W610

    US To Get Sony-Ericsson W610

    Another day, another Walkman phone in the news. Sony-Ericsson announced today that if you live in the US, you’ll be treated to yet another GSM, Walkman-series phone—the W610. It’ll pack an FM Radio with RDS, an LED flash for its 2-megapixel camera, improved battery (thank god), Bluetooth with A2DP support and a 512MB Memory Stick (Duo?) is included. Between the feature set and… Read More