• Apple Releases Push Notification Services Developer Kit, Background Apps FTW

    I think it’s safe to say that iPhone OS 2.0 is far from perfect and anyone saying otherwise must be on Apple’s payroll. Other than the horrendous battery life (on the iP3G), what else do we all hate about the OS? The inability to run background apps! Sure, Apple’s argument against a Windows Mobile-like task manager makes perfect sense, but the ability to run background apps… Read More

  • Madden 09 demo on Xbox Live

    The demo for Madden 09 is now—or will be in the next few hours—available on Xbox Live. (PS3 owners: a demo is salted to appear on PSN around the same time.) Go crazy, football fans, playing the same game you’ve been playing for the past 20 years. That’s two NFL stories in as many days. Clearly something has gone wrong here. Read More

  • T-Mobile lets your parents control your phone

    T-Mobile announced its new ‘Family Allowances’ service, to promote ‘responsible’ use of cell phones by children, or whoever’s phone you are paying for. Available starting in August, the new service allows parents to easily control and how their family members use their T-Mobile phones and service. Using the online tool, parents can set and change limits for… Read More

  • Should Apple go with an nVidia chipset this time around?

    By now you’ve probably heard and re-heard the rumor that Apple is considering dumping Intel’s chipset (not the processor, mind you) for its next line of laptops. Now there’s reasonable assertions out there that Apple may well go with an nVidia-developed chipset. That’s Ryan Shrout’s (of PC Perspective fame) prediction, and it’s not as far-fetched when you… Read More

  • Sega Toys presents a new robot animal, the dream hamster

    Following robot cats, baby biddies and scary big dogs, Sega Toys now announced [JP, PDF] they will start selling a robotic hamster starting August 8th. The company plans to produce no less than 100,000 units yearly. Sega Toys says their main target group are not kids, but females between 20 and 40 years old (at least in Japan). Dubbed Yume Hamusutaa (Dream Hamster), the robot will start… Read More

  • LG intros Blu-ray player with Netflix streaming

    Remember the great Blu-ray versus HD DVD debate of 2008? When Blu-ray finally won, some claimed that it didn’t really matter, as streaming and/or downloadable online video would soon be the reining champion of the HD movie marketplace. Whatever your opinion, it appears that LG is attempting to head things off at the pass with the introduction of the LG BD300 Blu-ray player with… Read More

  • Kleiner Perkins' iFund Invests In Stealth Gaming Startup ngmoco

    Kleiner Perkins is adding to its iFund portfolio of iPhone-focused startups. It’s latest investment is a series A round in stealth gaming company ngmoco. Kleiner partner Bing Gordon, formerly chief creative officer of Electronic Arts, will join the board (he is also on the board of Zynga, which KP also recently invested in through its regular fund). Ngmoco’s CEO is another EA… Read More

  • Sprint offers femtocells nationwide

    Sprint is expanding its femtocell offering nationwide, including cheaper unlimited voice plans. The Airave by Samsung hooks up to your home broadband connection to improve indoor wireless coverage for any Sprint phone (Nextel handsets are not compatible yet). Customers can also opt in for the unlimited in-home calling plan starting at $10 per month. Sprint says the Airave creates a… Read More

  • For education: Intel Classmate PC deployed en masse in Portugal

    Intel’s Classmate PC, the company’s answer to the XO Laptop, will soon be in the hands of Portugal’s schoolchildren. Some 500,000 laptops will be given to the country’s six-to-10-year-olds as part of a government initiative to improve education. Laptops for educations? Sounds familiar. While the Classmate will no doubt help the youngsters, Portuguese teachers recognize… Read More

  • Wordscraper Hurts My Eyes

    Yesterday, one day after taking down Scrabuluos in the U.S. and Canada in response to a lawsuit from Hasbro, the Indian brothers behind Scrabulous, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, released a brand new crossword-like game on Facebook called Wordscraper. The brothers have obviously been preparing this countermove for a long time. Wordscraper is designed to get around any of the intellectual… Read More

  • LG Releases Blu-ray Player with Netflix Streaming

    CG’s Doug writes: Remember the great Blu-ray versus HD DVD debate of 2008? When Blu-ray finally won, some claimed that it didn’t really matter, as streaming and/or downloadable online video would soon be the reining champion of the HD movie marketplace. Whatever your opinion, it appears that LG is attempting to head things off at the pass with the introduction of the LG BD300… Read More

  • Video: Windows Vista running well on a tablet, gasp

    Willcom D4 UMPC: Vista Home Premium performance from Jenn Lee on Vimeo. Windows Vista gets a lot of stink for being too resource demanding, something this video here tries to dispel. This 12-minute video shows a Willcom D4 (1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM) running Vista, going through various processes in order to put the tablet to the sword, so to speak. As you might imagine, the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Desert Discovery Edition

    T-Mobile’s Sidekick 2008: Yes, it kicks ass and yes you can have ours
    Ancient computer knew more than just when the Olympiad was scheduled for
    WANT: Spray on laser shielding
    Smart trousers detect wobbly walks, imminent falls in elderly
    The Telemegaphone: No good can come from this Read More

  • Dr. Horrible Not So Horrible, And It's Now On Hulu (Update: And International)

    Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog is a 40 minute musical that stars Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, a bumbling, video blogging super villain who’s trying to get into the Evil League of Evil. The project is available on iTunes for $4 – this week Hulu also put it on its site for free with commercials. The video is an experiment in a new type of video… Read More

  • Flickr Co-Founder Caterina Fake Joins New Startup, Hunch

    Caterina Fake, who co-founded Flickr along with her husband Stewart Butterfield in 2004, has announced her plans to join a fledgling new startup called Hunch. Flickr is one of the web’s most popular photo-sharing sites, and was acquired by Yahoo in 2005 for $35 million. Since then, Flickr has been one of Yahoo’s most successful properties, but Fake left the company in June as part… Read More

  • Google To Launch Venture Fund

    The WSJ is reporting that Google is set to launch a venture fund to give it the option of investing in startups instead of just flat out buying them. The fund will be led by Google’s SVP Corporate Development David Drummond and Bill Maris, a long time business friend of Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin’s wife. Maris is a tech entrepreneur with a degree in neuroscience and worked with… Read More

  • Socialmedian Brings A New Take On News Filtering

    There is no shortage of social news aggregators looking to help users cut through the noise on the web. Digg is by far the most popular, with similar offerings from Reddit, Newsvine, and a host of others. Today, Socialmedian (not to be confused with SocialMedia, the ad network) is launching its own take on social news. The site has just launched in public beta, and can best be compared to… Read More

  • T-Mobile 3G launching in 27 markets on October 1st

    From TmoNews: “This poster, taped (poorly we might add) on the wall outside a meeting is our glass slipper, our unwavering proof of a date that will live in T-mobile infamy. Mark your calenders folks, October 1. Wake up, walk outside and breathe that 3G air.” “Hey Bob – we’ve finally set the date for when we’ll be launching 3G services in 27 launch markets. Read More

  • Start voice calls via Twitter? No way! Way.

    Would you like to talk to your Twitter friends or set up a spontaneous conference call? Normally you’d have to agree to hook up over Skype or something else. But soon you could be making calls via Twitter. Phweet is a new piggy-back Twitter service which does just this (thanks to Pat Phelan of MaxRoam and Twitterfone for the tip-off). After signing in with your Twitter name and password… Read More

  • Annoy everybody but yourself with portable DJ scratch pad

    No, it doesn’t play records. No, there doesn’t seem to be any moving parts. No, it doesn’t plug in to anything. Yes, it is a credit card sized polypropylene scratch pad. Dubbed Plastinkuzz, this portable annoyance-maker was designed by Anton Schnaider. The little piece of plastic could be good for many non-dj-ing activities. For example, you could drive the cats crazy. Or… Read More

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