• 5-megapixel cameras with optical zoom on every mobile?

    A couple years ago I would have refused to buy a phone with a camera – useless, I’d say. But since then, the cameras on phones have become far better than the old Powershot I was using at the time, and my last three phones have had functional cameras that I’ve actually used. So when a leading manufacturer like Sony Ericsson drops a phone with 5-megapixels and a 3x optical… Read More

  • American Shoppers Can't Find Walmart, But V-Enable Helps Them

    Mobile 411 provider V-Enable has released a list of the top retail searches undertaken by users in 2007 using their 411 service and the results are a little interesting. The list: 1.Wal-Mart
    3.Game Stop
    4.Best Buy
    9. Toys R Us
    10. Blockbuster Video
    11. CVS
    12. Circuit City
    13. Home Depot
    14. Radio Shack
    15. Sears Yes, apparently thousands of… Read More

  • Dell's Latitude XT tablet-hybrid PC now buyable, with free shipping

    Touchers unite! Dell’s much-anticipated but rather expensive touchscreen laptop/tablet PC is now available for purchase on their website. The hard drive is a little skimpy, so upgrade that, and you can get a Core2 Duo for like $70 more so I’d hook that up too. Customization is your friend. The XT and the other Latitudes are also shipping free for a limited time, so put on your… Read More

  • Wii reservation details revealed at GameStop

    If you’re dying for a Wii, you may have already heard about the reservation system that the famously pre-order-happy retailer GameStop is running. Well, there’s a little more info out there now – stop by your local GameStop, ask for a reservation, and they’ll give you a special case with a “guarantee slip” inside, pictured above. You’ll then have to… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Opera Mini will rock your world

    Let’s be perfectly honest with each other for a few minutes: most built-in mobile Web browsers make me (and probably you) want to scratch my eyeballs out. Any Java-enabled device not running Opera Mini is a travesty. You’re just not living and there are no bones about that. Not only is it faster, but it doesn’t take up a whole lot of space on your device’s already… Read More

  • Fashion Social Network Chictini Harmonizes with SeeqPod

    Chictini is a social network, launched just this fall, where people can submit fashionable items (clothes, accessories, art, and even electronics) found on the websites of online retailers. Members (“chicsters”) vote submitted items up or down, causing them to rise and fall, thus making the site like Digg but for trendy merchandise. Chictini thinks that the expression of… Read More

  • Teutonic toilet seats can be a buzzkill

    http://www.ifilm.com/efp If we learn anything from foreign — this one is German — commercials it’s that a) foreign girls are hot b) ad agencies overseas couldn’t give two poops about the Moral Majority. But seriously: at what point in your clubbing career do you do blow off of a toilet seat. Video: Swedish German Self-Cleaning Ruins Cokehead’s Evening [BBG] Read More

  • Toshiba joins 32-nanometer chip development group

    An industry group comprised of IBM, AMD, Samsung, and a few various semiconductor companies has just initiated Toshiba into their club, which has been formed to "work through 2010 to design, develop and produce chips using tiny circuitry." Toshiba had to drink a gallon of beer in under a minute and then do the elephant walk with all the other companies. Other secret initiation… Read More

  • "The Hobbit" films greenlit with Peter Jackson

    Not quite tech news, but certainly dorky enough for CrunchGear. TheOneRing.net reports that Peter Jackson and New Line have settled a disagreement allowing the Academy Award winning director to produce two movies based on Tolkein’s The Hobbit. This means that when this is all said and done, Jackson will have been attached to the film versions of most of Tolkein’s works. All… Read More

  • Amazon partners with Sellaband, the bank for music fans

    Amazon is partnering with music community startup SellaBand to offer aspiring young bands a leg up the slippery pole of fame and fortune. Under the deal, SellaBand will have a dedicated music store on Amazon as well as an affiliate sales deal and promotion to the 50 most active reviewers on The Vine, retail website’s reviewers’ programme. Revenues will be shared equally between… Read More

  • Sun Table powers laptop, costs roughly as much as a whole pallet of extra laptop batteries

      Bolt four sticks onto a giant solar panel and what do you get? That’s right, a $3600 table that charges in 3 hours and can power your laptop and other crud using a built-in 150-watt power inverter hooked up to a NiMH battery. I’m going to buy this as soon as summer rolls around. And by "buy" I mean "not buy" because I won’t have that kind of money… Read More

  • What Do Venture Capitalists Know?

    The National Venture Capital Association surveyed 170 of its members, and this is their collective wisdom for 2008: The sectors VCs are most bullish about are Clean Tech, Media, Biotech, and the Internet, in that order: Those also happen to be the sectors they think will become the most overvalued: Will that stop them from investing? Nah. VCs are particularly optimistic about their own… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Palm OS Phones

    Palm, as a company, should need no introduction. The chameleon of a technology company has changed hands more times than a Hilton’s phone number, and is used just as often, too. The company essentially founded the concept of modern handheld computing back in 1996 with the Pilot 1000, and kept the platform evolving into what it is today, the secret behind the best-selling and popular… Read More

  • CG Holiday Recommendation: Denon AVR-2808CI

    Good A/V receivers ain’t cheap and such it should be no surprise that the 2808CI will set you you back $1,200. And yet, the price is vaguely surprising due to how affordable it is compared to other high end models. The 2808CI packs in every feature you could possibly want from an A/V receiver, including 1080p up-sampling, DTS neo 6, neural sound, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and about a dozen… Read More

  • Verizon Updates LG Voyager Firmware

    The LG Voyager’s firmware has been upgraded. Know what doesn’t need to be upgraded? The girl’s pony from the Verizon commercials. I wonder how she’s doing with her new pony, besides being an ungrateful brat that wants a cell phone instead of a pony. She probably asked for both and then just started pouting when she only got a pony. So the pony bites and you’re… Read More

  • Review: Logitech G9 Laser Mouse

    So, of Logitech’s Big Three mice, I don’t know which is the sexiest. The MX Revolution is certainly a looker, but this G9’s understated profile and swappable shell is also pretty nice. The MX Air is like a critter out of Halo, but since I’ve never touched one we’ll leave it out of the rest of this review. In any case, it’s safe to say that Logitech has… Read More

  • Gears of War 2 available for pre-order

    It’s only 11 months away, but that didn’t seem to stop anyone from pre-ordering Halo 3 last year, either. I have to credit GOW for bringing me back into the gaming world. Sure, I played my PS2 every now and again, but now I’m on my 360 night and day. It’s not healthy, but at least it’s better then my crack addiction, though I could die from a marathon… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Whither Palm?

    My dad is an inveterate pack-rat and when I was home this weekend I was going through a copy of Bon Appetit from 2001. Don’t ask me why. On the back page was an ad for the Handspring Visor. It showed the Visor in four configurations — phone, black and white camera, MP3 player, and I think GPS. Each of these features required a separate piece of hardware along with some software. Read More

  • uTest Gets $1.7M for Crowd-Sourced Quality Assurance

    Boston-based uTest has raised $1.7M to bring to market a crowd-sourced quality assurance (QA) marketplace and community. The service has begun recruiting testers in anticipation of its official launch, expected in early 2008. No fuzzy logic here; uTest presents clear and communicable value propositions: For companies in need of QA, uTest is providing an on-demand environment for the management… Read More

  • Fujitsu's probably-Penryn laptop has huge battery life

    The line between portability and battery life is about to get a whole lot blurrier, like your vision if you were to walk into a doorknob eye-first and then fall down and hit your other eye squarely on an orange that you left on the floor in the middle of your kitchen for some reason. This laptop will be under three pounds, have a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display at 1280×800 resolution… Read More

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