• Verizon's VX6800: A meta-write-up

    Another day, another hot Windows Mobile-based smartphone made by HTC. This is the sentence where we talk about the QWERTY keyboard. This is where we mention the touchscreen. This is where we talk about the 2-Megapixel camera, the Wi-Fi, and the EV-DO data connection. Now it’s a new paragraph, where we talk about how though the hardware’s neat, we bemoan using Widnows Mobile 6… Read More

  • TiVo and Nero sitting in a tree, about to bring TiVo to your PC

    Let’s face it. Much of TiVo’s charisma is due to its excellent software interface. The boxes are nice, yes, but the real power is in the UI. Well TiVo and Nero have just struck a deal wherein "Nero will develop a software solution that will bring TiVo features to the personal computer." Hot damn. No word on timeframe or how much it’ll cost but this is good news… Read More

  • Zonbu Notebook: Linux power for a wee $279 + $14.95 a month


    Zonbu and Everex have teamed up to offer the Zonbu Notebook, a green laptop with a low-power CPU and a Linux OS. The laptop starts at $279, but that requires a $14.95 monthly service charge for using Zonbu’s web storage and service plan. The “free” edition costs $479. We talked about the original Zonbu PC a few months ago and were impressed, if a little skeptical about… Read More

  • Clean Tech Venture Deals Rising

    It is not just Google that is investing in clean tech these days. Green energy startups are cleaning up on Sand Hill Road as well. The National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Financial put out some figures today on the amount of U.S. venture capital going into clean tech startups—some of the startups are overseas, but the money came from U.S. firms. (You can download the… Read More

  • The random endorsement: umbrellas

    After throwing Peter under the bus last week with my random endorsement defending e-books, I felt it was necessary to return the random endorsement to its roots. That is, giving me an opportunity to take everyday objects and laud their capabilities, often hating on other present-day “tech” in the process. Today I endorse umbrellas, albeit somewhat reservedly. I’m mainly… Read More

  • ASUS responds to Eee source code violations

    Earlier this week, we told you about some source code that was missing from ASUS’ Eee PC software. DigiTimes relayed a statement from ASUS today in response to the allegations. "Asustek stated that it has always respected the spirit of the GPL and the failure to make the source code available was due to an omission by one of the company’s software technicians. The company… Read More

  • Blockbuster Mobile coming soon to a handset near you?

    Blockbuster CEO James Keyes has fallen in love with being able to watch movies on his BlackBerry. So much so, in fact, that his company is now in talks with handset makers like Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung about ways to get Blockbuster movies onto cell phones everywhere. Keyes has been watching movies downloaded from Movielink (which Blockbuster acquired not too long ago) that are then… Read More

  • TAG Heuer phones are go

    signature.” “Through this agreement, ModeLabs Group is confirming its mission to respond to the expectations of the most prestigious brands in the most exclusive fields, such as luxury watchmaking,” said St├ęphane Bohbot, ModeLabs Group CEO. He added, “Like the precision instruments made by the Swiss manufacturer, TAG Heuer mobile phones will feature impeccable… Read More

  • The biggest Atari joystick in the world

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/3958/bbtv_2007-11-28-041119.flv I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That’s right. via BB Read More

  • Miami to have police drones patrol its skies

    Sometimes, bordering on always, I wish I had a drone to do all my [dirty] work. Something to blog for me, read and analyze exit polls from post-Maasticht Eastern Europe, grind to level 70, etc. Now, police officers in Miami will have drones patrol the skies for them provided the FAA gives its blessing. The little robotic drones (see a patriotic video of them in action here) will fight bad guys… Read More

  • Google Mobile Maps PinPoints Your Location Without GPS

    Google has been adding features to its maps at a fast and furious pace. Yesterday, it was terrain and wiki-style collaboration for its Web-based maps. Today, it updated its mobile maps to pinpoint your locations by triangulating between cell towers (or if you have GPS on your phone, it uses that, but only 15 percent of phones sold this year even support GPS). I just downloaded the My… Read More

  • Converge much? Coffee warmer, USB hub, clock

    I’m sitting here staring at my Belkin USB hub that serves as a poor man’s docking station because I’m too cheap to spring for a $180 piece of plastic from Sony that would allow me to whisk my laptop from room to room and I can’t help but feel agitated by the fact that I don’t know what the hell time it is and my coffee isn’t getting any warmer. If only… Read More

  • Breaking: Sidekicks Slide get update [Updated photos]

    Umm. So my Slide just prompted me that there was an update. Not sure what it does. Will have to do some digging. Is this a fix for the battery issue? Update: Oh, it’s just the new e-mail app that tabs everything. So your Tmail is under one tab and then your AOL and Yahoo! e-mails are under a different tab. Boo. Wait. It’s cool, but my Slide is being sent back so it doesn’t… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #265

    Today’s Brief is half about software and half a conversation with Tim Ferriss, author of the best-selling book, The 4-Hour Work Week. We start with a new update for Zoho Writer that makes it possible to now edit documents off-line. There’s a Zoho screencast explaining how it works here. I get a ton of email from EyeTV users. EyeTV brings an amazing DVR experience to the Mac. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Unlocked 8GB iPhone for $9.90 *

    * This deal only occurs on December 12, 2007, 7.00 PM (GMT +08:00) and includes only three units. This also includes free shipping but trust me, no matter what you do or how many times you click on check out you’re going to miss this unless you get seriously OCD and write a robot to do it for you. You also get free shipping that’s free. Sale Page via 2dayblog Read More

  • Social Site Rankings (October, 2007)

    Last month, I asked comScore to run some numbers on traffic to social sites (comScore calls them social networking sites, but they are not all social networks). This month, I asked them to do the same run again for October, 2007. Below are the results, which show both absolute traffic in the U.S. and percentage change where comparable data from October, 2006 is available. I organized them… Read More

  • What happened to YouTube? [Updated with comparison]

    Today Wasn’t there a gadgets and gaming category? How To & Style? WTF is that? Some time in the past I knew something had changed! Read More

  • Orange announces iFones pricing

    The day of reckoning is upon us. Well, not us, but for the Frenchies it is. Orange has loosed pricing for the iFones that launches tomorrow or is it today? Thursday. With one of four plans offered ranging from 49 euros to 119 euros, Orange customers can purchase the iFones for 399 euros. If you snub any of the offered plans then you’ll have to pay 549 euros and without any… Read More

  • Jermaine Dupri, rapper, hates iTunes and thinks consumers are dumb

    “We let the consumer have too much of what they want, too soon, and we hurt ourselves… Did consumers complain? Maybe so. But at what point does any business care when a consumer complains about the money?” Jermaine Dupri, essentially, is wrong. In some long-winded HuffPo post in which he hates on iTunes, the rap producer defended the music industry’s stance on screwing… Read More

  • Fotolog's $90 Million Acquisition Completed

    French Internet company Hi-Media,operator of one of Europe’s largest ad networks and micro-payment services, completed its acquisition today of Fotolog. The $90 million deal was first announced last August. Since then, Fotolog has added two million more members for a total of 13 million, and claims 3.9 billion page views a month. Fotolog trails behind MySpace’s PhotoBucket… Read More

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