• AllofMP3 Goes Down In Midst of Much Bigger WTO Scuffle

    AllofMP3 Goes Down In Midst of Much Bigger WTO Scuffle

    It looks like the RIAA and big music labels have won a battle, if not the war, against massively popular AllOfMP3, a Russian music download site that sells MP3s for as little as two cents per megabyte. The site has been shut down, again, reportedly at the hands of the Russian government. Russia agreed to force the site to shut down last year, in response to pressure by the U.S. government and… Read More

  • Patent Wars: Local.com Nabs Local Search Patent

    Patent Wars: Local.com Nabs Local Search Patent

    Local.com saw its stock price rise 52% today after it was awarded patent number 7,200,413 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to the text of the patent, it covers what they term “Enhanced Directory Assistance”, which will deliver keyword specific ad referrals based on user input via operator, SMS, WAP, or voice. This is in addition to their recently granted patent… Read More

  • Monsoon HAVA Gold, Platinum Hit Retail

    Monsoon HAVA Gold, Platinum Hit Retail


    HAVA Platinum HD Monsoon’s HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum full-featured video streaming devices are now available through Fry’s Electronics, TigerDirect.com and other select retailers nationwide. The boxes allow you to view and control your live TV feed from anywhere through a broadband-connected PC or mobile phone (think Slingbox). The HAVA Gold retails for $129.99 while Platinum HD… Read More

  • iPhone Costs Apple $220 To Manufacture

    iPhone Costs Apple $220 To Manufacture

    If you’re still in shock over the prices you actually paid for your iPhone then you should steer clear of this story. It could send you to the emergency room. Teardown firm, Portelligent, estimates that the cost of materials for the 4GB model is $200 and $220 for the 8GB model. These estimates don’t include the final build, but Apple has historically seen gross margins of 50… Read More

  • Korean Navy Endorses Starcraft Team

    Korean Navy Endorses Starcraft Team

    This only happens in Korea, I swear. My countrymen love them some Starcraft and the mandatory military service hinders that love, but no longer. In April the Air Force profiled the King of the Terran Tribe in Starcraft, Im Yo-han. The profile caused the site to crash from all the hits and the Navy is hoping they can have the same success with the announcement of team Aegis. The formation of… Read More

  • Greenpeace Rates Electronics Companies: Nokia Best, Sony Worst

    Greenpeace Rates Electronics Companies: Nokia Best, Sony Worst

    The tree-huggers at Greenpeace published their list of best and worst companies for the environment (specifically as it releates to harmful chemicals) last week and Nokia came out on top. Citing its policy of “eliminating the worst chemicals from many products,” Greenpeace gave the Finland-based cellphone an eight out of 10. Greenpeace rated Sony the worst, claiming that it has… Read More

  • HD DVD Not Dead, Not Even Close Says Toshiba

    HD DVD Not Dead, Not Even Close Says Toshiba

    HD DVD ain’t dead yet, no matter what Peter and his interviewees say. Toshiba had a press dealie Thursday that essentially pimped its HD DVD players and Regza HDTVs. (To be honest, I don’t give a damn who wins the high-def optical disc wars, so I’ll happily play each camp against each other until Hell freezes over.) I will say that the ability to upgrade its players’… Read More

  • XtremeMac Certified iPhone Car Charger Available

    XtremeMac Certified iPhone Car Charger Available

    The InCharge Auto is a certified iPhone car charger available in black or white for $19.95. It plugs directly into your cigarette lighter and features a usb-to-iPod/iPhone-port cable for juicing up your wonderphone for those long trips from mom’s basement to the LAN party two towns over. It’s backed by a lifetime guarantee, which should more than cover the 2 years you’ll… Read More

  • Alienware Hangar18 HD Entertainment Center Gets Reviewed

    Alienware Hangar18 HD Entertainment Center Gets Reviewed

    The chaps over at Computer Shopper rubbed their paws all over the Alienware Hangar18 HD entertainment center and it looks good, definitely worth the $3,199 you’ll be spending on it. Here’s a quick rundown on the specs to refresh your memories since I know you’ve been bombarded with iPhone coverage lately. The Hangar18 includes an AMD Athlon X2 4600+, 2GB of DDR2, two 1TB… Read More

  • SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive Designed by Pininfarina (They Design Ferraris)

    SimpleDrive Portable Hard Drive Designed by Pininfarina (They Design Ferraris)

    Fabrik has announced that shipments of its 250GB SimpleTech SimpleDrive have begun. Ferarri’s own design firm, Pininfarina, has designed a stylish and rugged portable drive that needs no external power, utilizes USB 2.0, runs at 5,400rpm with 8MB cache AND comes with 2GB of free storage on myfabrik.com. SimpleTech SimpleDrive portable drives are available in colors and capacities… Read More

  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time Named "Best Game of All Time" By Edge Magazine

    Zelda: Ocarina of Time Named "Best Game of All Time" By Edge Magazine

    Edge magazine has named The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time the best game of all time. Yes, everyone hates these so-called “best” lists and many of them are created just as Digg bait nowadays, but Edge magazine, in my opinion, isn’t your typical video game magazine. It doesn’t use words like “awesome” or “super-de-dooper” to describe and… Read More

  • Deal is Confirmed: Google Acquired GrandCentral

    Deal is Confirmed: Google Acquired GrandCentral

    Google has confirmed the Grand Central Acquisition we suspected would be announced today or tomorrow. No official word on a price, but we believe it’s in the $50 million range. Google will be moving the service over to Google’s network. A limited number of invitations for GrandCentral beta accounts will still be available. If you have a U.S. telephone number, you can sign up for… Read More

  • Sony PSP Gets Wi-Fi Geolocation Software

    Sony PSP Gets Wi-Fi Geolocation Software

    New software for the Sony PSP will allow users to use a GPS accessory for outdoor geolocation and then switch to indoor geolocation provided by a Wi-Fi signal when in a building. The new navigation software from Zenrin Map 2 and the Edia Maplus will still use the GPS accessory for the PSP, but add location data provided through Wi-Fi. For instance if the PSP is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot… Read More

  • Belkin iPhone Accessories Now Available

    Belkin iPhone Accessories Now Available

    Belkin just launched their first wave of iPhone accessories in the form of a slim-fit case, an acrylic case, an armband, and a headphone adapter. The Slim-Fit is made of black leather and features a belt clip. It’s perfect for people who are cool enough to own an iPhone, but don’t want to look cool at all. I’ll set you back $29.99. The acrylic case provides less… Read More

  • Second GTA IV Trailer: Yup, the Game Will Be Good

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=20932 Nearly lost in all the commotion of “something” last week was the release of the second Grand Theft Auto IV trailer. What’s most impressive about this trailer is that it’s far more “hip” and “stylish” than anything I’ve seen any CE company put out, save for Apple. We get a lot more… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Have Video, Will Travel

    Great Outdoors: Have Video, Will Travel


    Why are you watching videos again? Summer is currently in full effect. It’s hot as hell outside, the sky is beautiful, the water is warm – you need to get out there. So bring your family or some good buddies and hit the trails, slope, or beaches. Find something to do. Just remember to be equipped with the best video gear possible. Because between the 14-hour car ride to your… Read More

  • Handle-It Begs You To Geek Out Your MacBooks

    Handle-It Begs You To Geek Out Your MacBooks

    Oh man, I’ve found my next MacBook accessory purchase. The Handle-It is exactly what I’ve been wanting without even knowing it. It bolts onto the underside of your MacBook or MBP and acts as both a handle and heat sink. The Italian pebblestone leather clad aluminum accessory is the neatest thing I’ve seen lately and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. It comes in… Read More

  • The Wii Is The Best Game Console Ever

    The Wii Is The Best Game Console Ever

    The Wii continues its game console domination in Japan with reports showing that the Wii outsold the PS3 6 to 1 in June. The tiny white console entered into 270,974 homes while the huge black BBQ only made it to 41,628 homes. The Xbox 360 was barely even looked at with only 17,616 units sold. It’s been a steady climb to the top for Nintendo as sales have increased every month over Sony… Read More

  • iDay: Where Were You When the iPhone Launched?

    iDay: Where Were You When the iPhone Launched?

    Friday, June 29, 2007. iDay, in marketing lingo, the day Apple released a widget that compelled grown men to use words like “awesome” and “cool” to describe a fancier-than-most cellphone. Where were you that day? Where were you at 6 p.m. when it officially launched to an amount of pomp and circumstance usually reserved for a Roman triumph? Throughout the day I was out… Read More

  • Verizon Makes Bold Move With Mobile E-mail

    Verizon Makes Bold Move With Mobile E-mail


    Verizon has finally pulled its head out of its butt and added a new e-mail client that supports Yahoo!, AIM, AOL, Windows Live Hotmail, Verizon.net and POP3/IMAP. Oh wait. Did I say they pulled their heads out of their butt? I meant they’ve shoved it even further up there because they’re charging $5 for this service when other carriers don’t charge a dime. The service is… Read More