• SendMe partners with Moderati for ringtones


    Mobile media company SendMe has announced a partnership with mobile content provider Moderati to provide SendMeMobile’s members access to Moderati’s indie music catalog. Members who sign up for SendMe’s mobile content offering will be able to select and download ringtones from Moderati’s vast catalog, including songs from labels such as Beggars Group, TVT Records… Read More

  • We dare you to call this USB drive ‘fashionable’

    The nerve of some people, trying to convince us that a USB drive is “stylish” and/or “fashionable.” Why not sell designer can opener while we’re at it? Look, it’s the same drive you’ve stored your files on since 2004, only this one is gold-colored and comes in sizes from 1 to 8GB. When we see this $15 to $55 drive on a catwalk in Milan or Paris… Read More

  • Four Sony Ericsson demo spots released: F305, S302, J132, K330

    Even though the C905 demo video leaked out almost a week prior to its announcement, Sony Ericsson managed to keep the demo videos for the other handsets announced in June under wraps until now. Released this morning, the demos show off the F305’s gesture-based gaming, the S302’s photo snapping prowess, and that the K330 and J132 are.. uh.. phones that can be used while standing… Read More

  • Sprint owes customers $73 mil in Calif. early termination fee ruling


    Struggling Sprint Nextel suffered another defeat, as a California court ruled it would have to pay $73 million in a case challenging the carrier’s practice of charging customers a fee who want to cancel their contracts before they are up. Called early termination fees, Verizon Wireless and AT&T face similar suits in various state courts over the practice; the charges argue that… Read More

  • Panasonic to sell 40-inch OLED TVs by 2011

    Samsung’s 31-inch OLED TV prototype According to reports in Japanese newspapers today, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic) has set internal directives to start offering OLED TVs by 2011. Currently, Panasonic is selling both LCD and Plasma displays. The company intends to use its R&D center in Kyoto as a base for a manufacturing plant solely for OLED panels. By next spring… Read More

  • Cloud Computing Test Bed: Live Notes From The Conference Call

    Hewlett Packard, Intel and Yahoo announced the Cloud Computing Test Bed this morning. Executives from the three companies are holding a 9 am PST conference call to discuss the new venture. Participating are Prith Banerjee, Senior Vice President, Research, HP and Director, HP Labs; Prabhakar Raghavan, Head of Yahoo! Research; and Andrew Chien, Vice President, Corporate Technology Group, Intel… Read More

  • Babbel wins funding, enters crowded language market

    Language learning online is picking up again. We already have sites like Mango Languages and LiveMocha which offer new interfaces on languages, and often social networking features. LingQ, offers vocabulary and grammar drills. Then in Europe you have FriendsAbroad, VoxSwap and the LearnItLists widget startup. Not to mention italki from China. So now Babbel, the Berlin-based language… Read More

  • Treo 800w to get Bluetooth Voice Dialing soon

    With the Treo 800w lacking a standard wired headset/headphone jack, users were a bit surprised (read: mad) to find that the voice commands they’d grown accustomed to on other (cheaper) Palm handsets weren’t functional over Bluetooth. Fortunately, it seems that voice-enabled features were just a bit delayed, rather than completely omitted. From this page over at… Read More

  • Microsoft Researchers Get Fancy With A Sphere Display

    Not content with a PC on every desktop, Microsoft wants to see every available surface become a computer screen. It has already developed a multi-touch Surface Computer (which is being used in AT&T stores), and turned that vertical in a multi-touch wall. Now, it’s latest project at Microsoft Research is a Sphere (see video above). A prototype of the spherical display is expected to… Read More

  • WidgetBucks Launches Skinnable Advertising Widgets

    WidgetBucks, a widget-based advertising platform that has seen explosive growth since its launch last October, has implemented a new feature that allows users to created customized versions of their widgets. Users can choose from a selection of over 125 pre-generated designs, or they can upload their own art to modify their widget. The ability to create branded widgets at no extra charge… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson G705 slider leaked

    Looks like we have our first clue as to what SE might be announcing in two weeks. Some resourceful gent over at the arabic Sony Ericsson community, SE4m, has managed to get their hands all up on an unreleased Sony Ericsson slider, and was kind enough to share the experience with the world. Not a whole lot is known about the slider, tentatively labeled the G705. It’s packing a 3.2… Read More

  • Video: This John Mayer tech support video made some people laugh for some reason

    This video ostensibly shows John Mayer, musician, tell his dad how to fix his computer. Yes, hilarious! Speaking of hilarious, did you know that John Mayer is a fan of stand-up comedy? He recorded a few words for the Opie and Anthony show yesterday, to the effect of “Good luck to XM people trying to keep their jobs now.” He’s also been known to do sets at the Comedy Cellar in… Read More

  • HP, Yahoo, Intel Launch Cloud Computing Test Bed

    The mystery announcement we mentioned yesterday was just released – Yahoo, Hewlett Packard and Intel are jointly announcing a new cloud computing research initiative called the Cloud Computing Test Bed. Users will be able to build and launch new applications on the platform. It’s being described as “a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment designed to… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson to make another announcement within 2 weeks?


    Hot on the tail of the Walkman trio announcement last week, rumor has it that Sony Ericsson’s looking to make another announcement within the next 2 weeks or so. Sony Ericsson has had a fairly constant flow of announcements over the past few months. Unfortunately, outside of the C905 announcement back in June, they’ve all been pretty boring. It’s tough to get pumped… Read More

  • W3C releases mobile Web recommendations

    The World Wide Web consortium or W3C announced new standards that it hopes will make mobile Web browsing easier. Published as a W3C recommendation, the groups says it Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 “condenses the experience of many mobile Web stakeholders into practical advice on creating mobile-friendly content.” Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, leader of the W3C Mobile Web Activity… Read More

  • Creepy Japanese fembot promotes suntan lotion on TV

    This week, Osaka-based healthcare company Kincho released [JP] a new commercial for their “Preshower” sunscreen, which currently airs on Japanese TV. I have no idea why but the ad stars Actroid DER-2, a humanoid robot made by Kokoro-Dreams [JP]. Tagline: “Also recommended by androids – Preshower is good for your skin!”. The picture above shows the fembot… Read More

  • BT Acquires Ribbit For $105 Million

    BT announced that it has acquired Silicon Valley based Ribbit for $105 million in cash. On July 9 we reported that Ribbit executives were telling friends the deal was done while simultaneously denying it to the press. One thing we got wrong was the price, though. We were hearing $55 million, $5 million more than competitor GrandCentral managed to wrangle out of Google. Ribbit got nearly… Read More

  • More Lego Batman impressions: It's fun!

    Attention, Batman and video game fans. Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the dandiest gaming blog out there, has given its professional opinion (two opinions, actually) on Lego Batman, a game we’ve covered as part of our boyish infatuation with The Dark Knight. As you might expect, RPS liked what it saw. Playing as Mr. Freeze and the Riddler, RPS pranced about, doing all sorts of Lego-y and… Read More

  • Endgame: Scrabulous Gets Wiped Off Facebook

    Long outplayed by two Indian brothers, Hasbro finally delivers a massive counter blow to Scrabulous, one of the most loved games on Facebook. Scrabulous fans in North America will see the following message when they try to play the game: Scrabulous is disabled for U.S. and Canadian users until further notice. If you would like to stay informed about developments in this matter, please… Read More

  • Dell Studio Hybrid gunning for Mac Mini, EeePC

    Dell has a new, rather odd-looking desktop that might tickle your computer bone. It’s called the Studio Hybrid, and it’s the company’s first foray into the trendy yet utterly useless realm of “green” and ”eco-friendly” computing. The Studio Hybrid partly uses laptop components, such as a smaller power supply (65 watts v. 300 watts) to achieve its… Read More

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