• Sweet Zune o' Mine: Where do we go, now, where do we go?

    So now the new Zunes are out and about, cool. They’re a big improvement to the original, which had been out less than a year. And while we’re supporters of the Zune and the Zune marketplace, there’s no doubt that the Zune still has a long way to go to catch up with Apple and the iPod line. While we now have two versions of Microsoft’s media player, Apple is filling out… Read More

  • Hands on with Verizon's latest batch [Updated]

    Earlier today I spent some time with Verizon’s latest devices. Was I impressed? Sort of. Was I disappointed? Sort of. We pretty much knew what to expect, but the hands on with all the devices wasn’t that bad. The Samsung Juke was pretty cool. It’s a tiny and slim phone with a 180 degrees keypad. It does have 2GB of internal storage, which is pretty neat. Stereo Bluetooth… Read More

  • Magnify.net Launches New Video Aggregation Platform

    Video discovery and broadcast service Magnify.net has launched a new platform for the aggregation of web video. The new platform offers “a complete customization toolkit” that aims to make it easier for users to create branded online broadcast channels, discover and integrate Web video, and analyze visitor statistics and activities. New features include: The “Magnify… Read More

  • Are You Going To The Zune Social? Me Neither.

    Poor J Allard. The one cool guy at Microsoft—he’s the one who brought us the original Xbox—is trying so hard with the Zune. But he’s no match for Steve Jobs. Redmond’s answer to the iPod has been a relative flop so far. The 1.2 million Zunes sold since it launched a year ago amounts to less than three percent of the number of iPods sold during the same time… Read More

  • Zune 2 family launched: We're digging Dad and the kids

    Not sure if you heard about this, but Microsoft, a software and technology company out of Redmond, Washington, is just today announcing a new portable media player. It’s the first sequel to the media player it released last year, called the Zune. This media player is also called the Zune, though we’re calling it the Zune 2, as it’s a follow-up to the original, or it might as… Read More

  • Rememble and Miomi herald the long-play DLA

    As Mike Arrington noted recently, a new class of startups is emerging that is addressing a new space in digital lifestyle aggregation. It’s about winning people for years to come, helping them assemble their memories (blogs, images, video), and, bluntly, locking them in through the amount of sheer time they’ve invested. In the US, Our Story (which has raised $6 million in… Read More

  • Fujitsu MediaTop: The cube's the thing

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Fujitsu’s MediaTop is kind of like Microsoft Surface but with blocks. You use a Bluetooth-enabled cube that lets you control on-screen action in three dimensions. When you place the cube near the screen you can turn it to control the UI or use it like a 3D mouse. They even have a plan to give kids huge… Read More

  • Bloglines Supports OpenID, Will Support oAuth and APML

    The IAC owned Bloglines has announced a number of new and intended features today. OpenID for Bloglines accounts joins with a new version of Bloglines Mobile beta and new personalization features as being available immediately. Perhaps more interesting from a particular perspective is Bloglines’ intention to provide support for oAuth (Open Authentication) and APML (Attention… Read More

  • JVC Booth Tour

    JVC is reviving the name Victor in Japan, which is actually quite cool. Victor, if you’ll remember, was the gramophone maker that advertised with little dog who tilted his head to the speaker cone, reacting to “His master’s voice.” It was a great proto-campaign that really sent a powerful message about audio reproduction. Enough, nostalgia, though, because the booth… Read More

  • Betavoltaic Battery: It's probably a pump and dump scam


    I had a moment to mull over this “30-year laptop battery story” and I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that it’s a pump and dump scheme of nefarious proportions. Penny stock companies that promise “unlimited energy” and “cures for cancer” often try to build a case for their stock by getting a piece in the legitimate media. As this is getting… Read More

  • Justin.TV Teams Up With On2 And Opens Network

    We’ve been following the evolving live streaming space for some time now. The success of recorded social video on the net (read YouTube acquisition) spurred on many more video startups, including a host of video sites hoping to find an equally large demand for live content. There are a bunch of them out there, including Ustream.tv, Stickam, Blogtv.com, Operator11, Mogulus, Veodia… Read More

  • The Daily WTF

    Can you guys see this? I ate four pieces of potentially bad sushi last night and now this thing has been following me around all morning asking for quarters. Read More

  • Sony's OLED TV: Awful small

    Sony’s XEL-1 is pretty impressive. It’s only 27 inches wide and costs $1,500, so it’s not that impressive but if you want to be an early adopter and feel like your TV can get blown off the table with a strong gust of wind, this is your device. OLEDs use less power and are more eco-friendly than plasma or LCD screens. Does this mean you’ll have an OLED in your home… Read More

  • Fadnation: Why Steve Ballmer Could Be Right

    The hot topic on Techmeme today is a story quoting Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer claiming that the rush into sites like Facebook could be a fad. Naturally, there has been a slew of people claiming that this could be nothing further from the truth; Robert Scoble puts forward one of the better arguments against Ballmer. But what if Ballmer could be right? Lets look at the exact quotes… Read More

  • The Robots of Chiba

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf One thing CEATEC has a surfeit of is robots. They come in all sizes, from a twee bike-riding robot whose visage I cannot now find in my photo library to a set of guard robots that won’t do much guarding when you kick them over before they can alert the authorities. Then there was yesterday’s Sony… Read More

  • Yahoo May Sell Kelkoo

    Yahoo is considering “strategic options” for comparative shopping site Kelkoo, including a possible sale, according to a report at FT.com Yahoo acquired Kelkoo in 2004 for €475 million ($670 million). Paris based Kelkoo has continued to offer a standalone comparative shopping service, whilst being used to power Yahoo Shopping sites for the United Kingdom, France, Germany… Read More

  • Zune press release sneak peek leaked, MS shrieked, source's outlook bleak

    Holy moly, Zune day is rolling along nicely. Somebody, and we’re not saying who, mostly because we don’t really know, has leaked the embargoed Zune press release set for midnight tonight. Now, we’d never do anything like that, our journalistic integrity is more important than a scoop, even one as scoopable as Zune deets. We’re not like that. Fortunately, anonymous… Read More

  • Banned on Japanese airplanes: Playing DS, using other similar devices

    Man, Japan’s usually hip to technology, but this news sorta diminishes that perception. A revised law means that passengers on board Japanese airplanes will no longer be able to use video game systems with built-in wireless functionality. So say goodbye to the DS and PSP whip out the Game Gear. The law doesn’t stop there, oh no. It also prevents the use of pretty much… Read More

  • SecondRotation.com: Like eBay, only without the rich human interaction

    Have an old cellphone lying around? Not sure how to type eBay or Craigslist into your browser? Want to receive approximately the going rate for your gear but not a penny more? Don’t trust the vagaries of the invisible hand of the markets? Boy, have we got a site for you. Granted, the eBay/Cragislist experience is fraught with pain and sadness. I’ve all but given up on eBay and… Read More

  • Samsung BD-U5000 dual format player delayed

    Samsung’s attempt at hitting middle ground with the BD-U5000 –instead of siding with either HD-DVD or Blu-ray– has recently been delayed to December in the U.S, and early 2008 for Europe. The claims aren’t confirmed as Samsung wouldn’t be too proud of missing the critical holiday shopping time-frame, but don’t hold your breath if you want this under your… Read More

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