• Stealth mode Smarta aims at entrepreneurs

    Smarta, a site aimed at entrepreneurs, has launched a ‘taster’ version and plans a full launch some time later this year. It is backed by BrightStation Foundation, the “social” arm of the BrightStation Ventures investment vehicle set up by Dan Wagner and Shaa Wamund. So far it consists mainly of supportive sounding promotional videos by entrepreneurs, some of whom… Read More

  • Sneak a download of the NGage platform for S60, guv'nuh?

    [photopress:nokia_n95_8gb.JPG,full,center] Remember the NGage? For those who don’t, it was Nokia’s (yes, we know it’s Nokia day today) idea to combine a Gameboy-like device and a cellphone. While the concept was sound, the final product sucked. Badly. It was expensive, underpowered, hard to use, and ugly as sin. But NGage is back, this time as a game platform for… Read More

  • Wi-Fi sharing app for S60 surfaces

    [photopress:TMobile_HotSpot.jpg,full,center] We’ve heard of tools like this for Windows Mobile, in fact we used one to liveblog the Bill Gates keynote at CES, but this is the first time a Wi-Fi sharing app for smartphones has hit a Symbian phone. If your S60-powered phone has Wi-Fi, you can now use it as an access point for all of your Wi-Fi-epuipped devices. Install the app and run it… Read More

  • Russian search ad market booms

    Europe: The contextual advertising market in Russia is worth $225 million. According to iConText the market has grown over two and a half times since 2006. Yandex, the Russian search engine and one of the biggest Russian Web portals online since 1997, could account for 64% of the market , accounting for $145 million. If you’re in the search ads market then it might be interesting to… Read More

  • Asus saving the world again with energy-efficient mobo

    Asus has some green ambitions. Last time it was bamboo laptops, now it’s power-saving mobos. Their P5E3 Premium mobo has all the features you’d want in a good motherboard (I can’t see how many SATA slots though) in addition to a new hardware power monitor that is said to increase energy efficiency by up to 50% and reduce consumption by up to 80%. Big claims for an as-yet… Read More

  • Nokia's N82 is real, and ready for pre-order

    [photopress:n82_tar.jpg,full,center] For those who like their phones black and sexy and powerful, there’s the Nokia N82. It’s been rumored for awhile, but the latest addition to the N-series is real, it’s shipping soon, and is badass. The Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G GSM phone is running S60 over Symbian, has a 5-Megapixel camera with Xenon flash, and looks amazing. $630, but good to go… Read More

  • Something about discounts on MacBook Airs, we think

    I am a writer. I write in the English language, one that I can also speak quite well. In summarizing this post on the UK’s T3, which I believe is about a way to get a discount MacBook Air if you sign up for a year’s worth of broadband, I’m lost. A tasty quote: The discount is £250, so 100 nicker less than it could be, but it does bring Apple’s size zero newbie down… Read More

  • Review: Razer/THX Mako 2.1

    If there’s one single gadget out there that I’ve been longing to review this year it’s the 2.1 speaker system from Razer. We caught a glimpse of them at last year’s CES and then there were teases that it would be out towards the end of last year, which never came about, but we’re getting much closer. You can pre-order now on Amazon and I’ve heard whispers… Read More

  • Verizon says it has no plans to filter Internet, looks like an angel compared to AT&T (Updated)

    [photopress:vvzwha.jpg,full,right] It’s been the “in” thing to do to bash Verizon and its related companies, including Verizon Wireless, since I’ve been around, but its latest stance may sway some of our opinions of it. You know how AT&T wants to filter our Internet traffic in the name of fighting piracy? Well Verizon wants nothing to do with that. Verizon, holy… Read More

  • Get Yer Free Calls While They Last

    Everyone loves a free lunch, so just about everyone should love ooVoo, at least until the end of the month. The video conferencing company has just launched its new VoIP to landline/mobile phone service and is kicking things off with a month of free calls to the United States and Canada. That’s right, free calls from your computer to anyone’s phone and with no advertisements to… Read More

  • Thunder thighs abound in Street Fighter IV shots

    Methinks these scans are slightly distorted, or else the art director for Street Fighter IV has a thing for squat, powerful young ladies (and beasts). Either way, I’m pumped for some SFIV, though my heart will always be with Samurai Shodown II or IV — Ukyo FTW! Anyway, check out the character art and a few screens straight from Famitsu.
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  • Ask and Digg Team Up for Big News

    Silicon Alley Insider reports that Ask has just launched a news site called Big News in partnership with Digg that, from the looks of things, only partially incorporates social news functionality. There were rumors just earlier this week that Digg was white labeling its technology for Ask. However, Big News is more akin to Google News or TechMeme than to Digg. The bulk of the news items… Read More

  • Ativa Burrito: Best product pitch, ever

    I had no idea that Office Depot had an in-house team of product developers. Whoever told the folks over there that I like burritos and hot sauce is forever in my debt. It’s not every day you get a package with something wrapped in tin foil. And after setting up my Razer/THX Mako 2.1 speaker system, I definitely need a cord managemeny system. The Burrito features a cable winder that holds… Read More

  • Revver Making Last-Ditch Attempt to Avoid Deadpool?

    CNET is reporting that video sharing site Revver is trying to sell itself for $300-500k, a measly price given its total funding of $12.7M. The company apparently has fallen on hard times, with over half of its staff leaving in the last 18 months and having accrued a debt of $1M. So far the company has had no luck finding a buyer even at such a low offering price. Both LiveUniverse, a… Read More

  • Sony shrinks Bravia technology down to three inches

      If you live in Japan and you like mobile digital television, you’re probably going to think at least once (maybe twice) about Sony’s new little XDV-D500 handheld TV. It’s got a 3-inch screen and uses Sony’s Bravia technology to showcase some mighty fine moving picture elements via the “OneSeg” digital TV service in Japan. Read More

  • Kodak, Slide help you win brownie points all year long with the lady friend

    One of the biggest selling points for social networks, at least for me, is the ability to upload and see others photos. It’s pretty much the only way I stay in touch with friends in different parts of the country and world. I know there are other photo hosting sites that do some slide show stuff that you can embed onto your MySpace or Facebook page, but for those of you who use… Read More

  • Nintendo's odd and fantastic Wii accessory patents

      Nintendo has some patents floating around the European Patent Office that hint at some “interesting” Wii accessories. A hollowed-out skateboard wheel, for instance. Or a bicycle with a pedal to which you can snap a Wii controller. And let’s not forget the Wii Teddy Bear or Crazy Helmet Head Wii and the lesser-but-still-impressive Goggle Face Wii controller… Read More

  • Ninjas, Pirates and Black Ops to hit XBLA next Monday

    Before I getting started, I would like to know if you guys want us to inform you of upcoming XBLA releases. Leave a comment if you hate it else I’ll keep going with the updates. Coming next Monday to a Xbox 360 near you is Ninja Gaiden Black, Sid Merier’s Pirates! and BLACK. Each game is 1200 Microsoft points. For our foreign readers, I should inform you that certain games… Read More

  • Mass Effect Xbox LIVE content coming next month

    BioWare’s Mass Effect will be offering up some extra downloadable content to its 1.6 million or so gamers on March 10th. It’ll be available at 2AM PST for 400 points. The Bring Down the Sky downloadable content pack will be released to Xbox LIVE Marketplace on Monday, March 10 at 2 a.m. PST, and will be available for 400 MS points. This is the first in a series of planned… Read More

  • Toshiba adds Penryn to U305 thin-and-light laptops

    Toshiba’s Satellite U305 line gets a bump with the recent addition of the Satellite U305-S2816, which features the new Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor (Penryn). The S2816 starts at $1,349.99 and comes with 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, 13.3-inch 1280×800 widescreen display, DVD SuperMulti drive, and weighs in at 4.54 pounds. I couldn’t find a battery life spec (except… Read More

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