• TokyoFlash Tibida: White LEDs!

    Another day, another crazy watch from TokyoFlash. This one is the Tibida with a binary and digital time readout that is actually cool. See, this thing shows time in binary and standard formats. The binary mode is a little hard to grasp but the numeric mode is genius. In most cases, the top LEDs show the hour and the bottom set shows the minutes in Arabic numerals. There is also a date display… Read More

  • Is 3i pulling out of early stage tech startups?

    What’s going on at major venture capital firm 3i? Several whispers are reaching me that the VC group is planning to pull out of backing early stage Web ventures. A source who ought to know tells me they’ve heard such talk “from folk within 3i. At the end of ’07 they were trying to figure out where the VC team’s leadership would fit in the rest of the organisation… Read More

  • Canon 5D Mark II, apparently, not being announced

    pma will not bring a new 5d body….. Says tsiphoto from DP Review Forums. Apparently he has a proven track record on such things and shouldn’t be questioned. No new 5d at pma [DP Review] Read More

  • OpenID heading mainstream? Daily Telegraph to be an OpenID provider

    From February the Telegraph.co.uk become the first British media company to become an OpenID provider, adopting the single-sign on standard for its reader accounts system. The move follows announcements by much larger online players including Yahoo! and Blogger last week, with Googe rumoured to be in the works. Apparently the Telegraph is planning a few more anouncements over the next few… Read More

  • Time-killing list: Top 25 tech flops

    [photopress:topflopsss.jpg,full,right] It’s a federal holiday today so you can look forward to a whole lot of soft news: predictions, explanations, funny videos that serve no real purpose and, my favorite, lists. And golly gee, here’s a list of the top 25 tech flops, as compiled by InfoWorld. Highlights—or should I say lowlightslol—include virtual reality, Gnu Hurd… Read More

  • HBO goes online, finally

    That’s right, kiddies. Starting tomorrow you’ll be able to download HBO shows including hits like John From Cincinnati and Rome. Oh, yeah, those have both been canceled, right? Well, Flight of the Conchords and Entourage are still around. HBO’s way of bringing content online is unique in that it won’t be Web-based streaming like we’re used to with other networks. Read More

  • Venture Fundings Hit $29.4 Billion in 2007: The Year in Charts

    The year-end VC financing numbers are in from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Total venture fundings for the year were up 10.8 percent to $29.4 billion, and up 11.5 percent for the fourth quarter of 2007 to $7 billion. That makes it the fourth straight quarter where VC deals were above the $7 billion mark, and the highest yearly total since 2001. Here… Read More

  • Zlio launches social commerce site in the UK

    Zlio, a France-based startup which puts the power to create an online shop into the hands of users, has today launched a UK site. Consumers will populate their stores by choosing products to sell from 62 UK merchants including Play and Dell, among others. “Shopkeepers” earn commissions on every item bought from their Zlio Shop in a similar fashion to a regular affiliate program… Read More

  • NBC says Hollywood model needs to be revised, blames strike, changing media habits (us!)

    [photopress:upsideholly.jpg,full,center] Thanks to striking writers, who are striking thanks to your changing media/entertainment consumption habits, NBC says this is a great time to completely re-think the way television is produced. No more pilot seasons, no more song-and-dance to prospective advertisers, no more glut. No more Hollywood excess, in other words. Pat yourselves on the back… Read More

  • AT&T offers business iPhone plan: Your CEO will now bug you even more

    Does your company only pay for AT&T service? Do you want an iPhone for mission critical messaging and not a Blackberry? Are you crazy? OK. You’ve come this far, so here’s what AT&T has to offer. They are currently offering data plans on the iPhone for $45 a month for 200 SMS and unlimited data, $55 for 1,500 SMS, and $65 for everything. The a $20 or $60 extra data plan… Read More

  • Spaceships to be made out of paper if Japan Folded Paper Plane Society has anything to say about it

    Leaving no doubt that Japan is the country to beat when it comes to throwing paper airplanes out of space stations, the University of Tokyo has developed a paper airplane that can be thrown out of a space station. The plane was designed by the Japan Folded Paper Plane Society and will be tossed from the International Space Station, where it will eventually enter Earth’s atmosphere at… Read More

  • Street Fighter IV demo next month

    I haven’t been to Japan in over two decades, so I’m pretty sure I’m due for a trip out East. We know Street Fighter IV is coming and now we’re being told that a playable demo is coming next month. The product manager spilled the beans on the game’s official Japanese Weblog days ago. If you’re in or around Tokyo on February 15th you may want to visit the AOU… Read More

  • EA's Battlefield Heroes will be a free download this summer

    [photopress:bfhgfw.jpg,full,right] Electronics Arts will release Battlefield Heroes this summer, its first free-to-play game in the West. (There’s already a version of Fifa in Korea that’s free) The game, which looks a lot like Team Fortress 2, is from the same guys who developed Battlefield 1942. It will be only be available as a download and won’t cost you a dime. Instead… Read More

  • Speaking of metering the Internet…

    Jeff Jarvis got a taste of the metered Internet in a Munich hotel where he paid 27 euro or roughly $5,000 — actually about $45 but yes, the dollar is that low — for 24 hours of “premium” Internet that wouldn’t let him download YouTube videos or podcasts. Apparently the lower-cost version involved a German man running up and down stairs with packets to type into… Read More

  • Modu Wants You To Guess What It Is All About

    In an obvious attempt to generate buzz, mobile stealth startup Modu is circulating the teaser video below about its soon-to-launch product. (Perhaps in advance of a launch at Demo next week the Mobile World Congress in February?). We’ll bite and help spread the video because of who is behind the startup. CEO Dov Moran sold his previous company—M-Systems, which pioneered the… Read More

  • Paris is an idiot, but knows a good thing when she sees it

    Over the weekend at Sundance, Paris Hilton was introduced to Virgin America’s all encompassing handset and was apparently blown away. How has she not been on a VA flight yet? I take Branson’s latest baby everywhere I go. Everywhere they travel, that is. VA, please add Portland, OR so I don’t have to take Frontier Air back to NYC. Anyway, Director of Inflight Entertainment… Read More

  • Every Eee PC hack known to man

    I still haven’t seen an Eee outside of a press event and if I were in the market for a small-ish laptop then I’d opt for the Eee over the Air based on the simple fact that I can upgrade the little bugger for far less. A couple thousand less, actually. I don’t usually mod things, but I think I’d be ok with it this one time. If you happen to own an Eee, but you’ve… Read More

  • Thailand’s AIS Negotiating with Apple for iPhone

    Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS) announced today that it is negotiating with Apple for the right to carry the iPhone on its network. Apple plans to expand the iPhone franchise to Asian countries this year. The popular handset is currently available in the United States and large European countries. “We are negotiating on details, including a revenue sharing standard. Apple… Read More

  • LetsGoDigital details latest Pentax DSLRs

    Looks like LGD has the scoop on Pentax’s yet-to-be-debuted DSLRs. Not sure how accurate this is, but Pedro believes lightning can strike twice as he claims he found the specs on the Olympus E410 and E510 on LGD last year by manipulating the URL. I think he’s full of poo, but I have nothing to back it up. Dare to be disappointed? Waiting for ecstasy? Links look busted, though. Read More

  • Claim: The PS3 will ultimately 'win' this generation because of Blu-ray

    [photopress:ps3winss.jpg,full,center] This is hard to think, and even harder to say, but if the editor of Next-Generation says it, I’m inclined to believe it: the PlayStation 3 will be the ultimate winner of this generation. And, like in an academic paper, the author actually defines what “winning” means (and what it doesn’t mean). First, “winning”… Read More

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