• Twhirl Supports FriendFeed Rooms, But Not Seesmic – Quite Yet

    I’m in Erick’s camp. While delighted to receive the occasional YouTube video in my inbox from friends, I largely sit things out when it comes to personal broadcasting services like Twitter and FriendFeed – they simply generate too much noise (and I have too little time to sift through it all). So perhaps I’m not the best-suited to review the newest version of Twhirl… Read More

  • LG KT610 S60 QWERTY clamshell hands-on'd

    MobileBurn has managed to get a hands-on with LG’s latest QWERTY clamshell, the KT610, which is possibly LG’s ugliest clamshell to date. Now, don’t get me wrong; LG can make some gorgeous looking handsets — but this isn’t one of’em. How do you go from something like the LG Dare, with its tight lookin’ angles and smooth finish, to this? The exterior… Read More

  • The future of Moore's law: IBM's chief technologist weighs in

    Trouble ahead, captain! Before ten years is out, our pattern of reducing the size of semiconductors (for example, the move to 45nm from 65nm with Penryn) every two years or so is going to hit a brick wall. In a few more shrinks, we’ll be approaching 10nm, at which point quantum mechanics begin to take over and reality gets all wobbly. So what’s next? IBM’s chief technologist… Read More

  • Motorola, Paramount team up for movie service for cellphones in Europe

    The one-time darling of the cellphone industry, Motorola will roll out a movie download service in Europe in the coming weeks, launching first today in the UK. The service will have movies for around $12 to $18 a pop, and will have to be sideloaded—you download the movie first on your computer then transfer it to your phone. No over-the-air magic, in other words. So far, Paramount is… Read More

  • The iPhone 3G's FCC filing hits the web

    If you’re not iPhone 3G fatigued, as I know I am, then you might want to have a gander at the recently unveiled official FCC filing of the new iPhone. There’s nothing there that we hadn’t seen before, but many of you love FCC and patent filings. That is because you’re nerds, and we’re okay with that. Are you ready for July 11? We know you are. Read More

  • New York, ISPs target child porn found on Usenet

    Usenet is in the news today, but not for something as trivial as downloading music or movies or anything, but for efforts against child pornography. New York’s attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, said today that ISPs Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner have agreed to help block newsgroups known to carry child pornography. Some 88 groups have been identified in the plan, which contained as many… Read More

  • Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X, will be light on new features

    Somewhat lost in the iPhone 3G hype/madness yesterday was Apple’s announcement of the next version of Mac OS X, to be called Snow Leopard. The big news: rather than promise wiz-bang new features along the lines of Spotlight or Time Machine, Apple says it will focus on “enhanc[ing] the performance” of the operating system. Says an Apple senior vice president: We have… Read More

  • Digifriends modular MID coming to US ‘very soon’

    Jenn over at Pocketables has some news about a mobile Internet device called the “Digifriends MID” that’s set to show up here in the US “very soon,” according to a company spokesperson. While this device was originally shown way back at CES and might look like another dopey, no-keyboard MID, it’s got an interesting array of snap-on accessories; a QWERTY… Read More

  • Symantec Buys Online Backup Service SwapDrive For $123 Million

    Online storage is back. Last September, EMC bought online storage startup Mozy for $76 million. Last week, Symantec signed a deal brewing since February to buy SwapDrive. A source close to the company says that Symantec paid $123 million. According to my source, the company made $13 million in profits last year, on revenues of $22 million. That’s up from $5 million in revenues the… Read More

  • Verizon planning PTT upgrades to compete with Sprint's QChat

    With Sprint’s Qchat purportedly set to roll out nationally soon, Verizon’s making sure everyone know that they’re not just sitting on their hands. This morning, Verizon confirmed that they will be rolling out improved Push-to-talk services and phones later this summer. They didn’t mention what technology they’d be using, nor did they give a specific time… Read More

  • NZXT Reeks Khaos gaming chassis: ROAR!

    NZXT just released the Reeks Khaos gaming chassis with curved plates, two 120 mm fans, and a thick aluminium frame. It will be available in June for $399. It includes 11 5.25″ inch bays for maximum expansion and looks like it could kill us all. Read More

  • NASA to send a probe to the Sun, what will it find?

    I wonder which job is tougher; blogging or designing “a heat-resistant spacecraft designed to plunge deep into the sun’s atmosphere where it can sample solar wind and magnetism first hand.” One the one hand, blogging makes your hands, fingers, and wrists hurt sometimes. On the other hand, nobody’s ever been anywhere near the sun before. It’s a toss up, for… Read More

  • Phonevite Makes Mass Phone Calls Even Easier. Uh-oh?

    Phonevite, a mass-messaging startup that launched earlier this year, is launching a new Express version of their product that makes the service even easier to use. Photevite’s main service involves mass-broadcasting phone calls to groups, which has an endless number of possible uses. Clubs use the service to organize get-togethers and parties, while some school systems use it to… Read More

  • Flickr photo uploading comes to BlackBerry

    As Apple gets all up in RIM’s territory with their upcoming enterprise features, RIM is responding by showing the lighter, less corporate side of BlackBerry devices. Continuing down the social site path they started down with the release of their Facebook application, BlackBerry has released a free application which allows for quick Flickr photo uploading. The Flickr for BlackBerry… Read More

  • HP's Blackbird 002 gets refresh, e-tailer availability

    HP’s stunningly good-looking and high-powered Blackbird 002 gaming PC is getting its availability expanded. I have no trouble recommending the configuration they have for retailers: a Core2 Quad 9450, 4 gigs of RAM, an nForce SLI mobo and dual 9800 GTs. It’s only got one 500GB HDD, though, and onboard sound, which is surprising considering the setup costs $3300. As usual with… Read More

  • LiquidPlanner: Project Management That Deals With Uncertainty

    The only thing you can count on with most projects is that they won’t come in on time. And the more people involved, the greater the uncertainty grows. There is no lack of project management software out there to try to contain this uncertainty: 37Signals’ Basecamp, Clarizen, Daptiv, Huddle. Wrike, Viewpath, Microsoft Project. But one that is launching commercially today after a… Read More

  • Solar briefcase for your laptop-enhanced picnics

    O brave new world, with such products in it! Now honestly, it sounds nerdy, but as a blogger I can’t think of anything nicer than taking a blanket and a wireless broadband card out to a park and blogging all day in the sun (if we had sun here in Seattle this spring). Trouble is, my old MacBook Pro only has enough juice for two hours maximum, what with me constantly having a Super… Read More

  • Wireless pen transmits characters written in the air on a screen

    Tokyo-based SMK Corp. presents a new kind of wireless input pen that is able to display characters written in the air on monitors. A built-in triaxial sensor detects the positional information and is able to recognize characters inputted with the pen. Via Bluetooth, the pen transmits the data to a screen that can be up to 10 meters away from the user. SMk claims their invention is a… Read More

  • Crime-fighting dog found dead in Malaysia

    Sad news, folks. Manny, a dog trained to sniff out pirated DVDs, has died in Malaysia. The AP is reporting that the dog “died of an unknown cause” and that Malaysian authorities don’t suspect foul play, but then added that two other dogs that helped uncover 1.6 million pirated DVDs last year “reportedly caused movie pirates to place a bounty on their heads.”… Read More

  • IP3G to stop us unlocking firmware like it's our job – or perhaps that was the point?

    http://www1.funnyordie.com/public/flash/fodplayer.swf?36e2ccefHuman Giant – Corn Chowder w/ Rob Riggle on FunnyOrDie.com With O2 and AT&T reporting contract signings at their respective sales points, I think the idea of an unlocked iPhone 3G will soon become moot. If you can’t get one without signing on the dotted line, what’s the value in pulling it off your local network? Read More

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