• Leveraging Facebook To Compete With eBay Won't Work

    Buy.com made a splash tonight with their announcement of a new Facebook application called Garage Sale. Facebook users can use the application to sell thing directly to others via their Facebook profile. Buy.com charges a flat 5% commission on completed sales (the seller will also have to pay Paypal or other payment fees. The application says “thanks to Garage Sale, Facebook users… Read More

  • Low-End Handsets Drive Down Chinese Mobile Revenue

    Here is something unexpected. Lower-end foreign handsets are on the rise in China, and are actually driving prices down! According to a new report from CCID Consulting some 71.478 million domestic-made handsets were sold in China in the first half of 2007. Due to continuous price drops and the introduction of low-end products revenues have actually fallen year to year, while over all profits… Read More

  • Visto Pushes Chinese Mobile E-mail

    Tianjin MIE Productivity Center (MPIC) and Ke An Vehicle Satellite Location Network Technology Corporation (Ke An) announced that they have selected Visto to bring push e-mail to China’s mobile workforce. The Visto Mobile will bring push e-mail to more than 30,000 mobile professionals in China, where MIPC will now offer real-time access from the GPS application implemented by Ken… Read More

  • Democracy Wireless MVNO Launches

    Left-wingers People for the American Way and Working Assets Wireless have launched the right-bashing MVNO Democracy Wireless this week. This new MVNO runs through Sprint, and lets subscribers make “free speech” calls of up to 30 minutes a month to the White House at no additional charge. Additionally, we’re hearing that a portion of all monthly charges are donated to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Every Planet We Reach Is Dead Edition

    NASA’s New Mars Lander Powered By IBM Architecture
    Nostalgia Overload: Singing, Talking Robotic Elvis
    Brando Chromatic USB Hub
    ATC2K: Oregon Scientific Action Video Camera
    Hands-On With The Wowwee Roboquad: It Crawls, Dances Read More

  • Nirvanix To Challenge Amazon S3

    Look for new San Diego-based Nirvanix to launch in the next few weeks. It aims to compete with Amazon’s popular S3 storage web service and provide web developers another choice for online storage. The company, which is affiliated with online storage startup MediaMax (aka Streamload), should also be announcing a $12 million round of financing in the near future. It’s not clear… Read More

  • More Lawsuit Fun For Facebook

    Facebook is going to have to defend itself against at least one more lawsuit in the coming months. They’re not just dealing with the ConnectU lawsuit – another one was filed against them last month, in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit hinges on U.S. Patent 6,519,629 (“System for creating a community for users with common interests to interact in”), which was issued in 2003 and… Read More

  • Boring Edition: Canon Announces imageCLASS MF4270 Laser Multifunction Printer

    Going after small businesses and home offices who desire an affordable network-ready tool, Canon has announced the imageCLASS MF4270 laser multifunction printer. The MF4270 is lightning quick and will spew out 21 pages-per-minute. Like whoa! Try to contain your excitement because I’m trying very hard to contain mine. It also prints duplex output directly from your PC, incoming faxes… Read More

  • Spreadsheets Coming to iWork, (i)Life Is Now Complete

    Well, well, well. As with any Mac-related event the rumor mill is buzzing, but it seems 9to5Mac has it from a reliable source that iWork will be updated with…wait for it…wait…for…it….Spreadsheets! iWork and .Mac is also said to be joining forces and this evident from the temporary closure the site will experience during the event. There could be a possible tie-in… Read More

  • Ready To Kill Some Time (And Some Enemies)? Try Duels.com

    Duels is a new online role playing game that I’ve wasted most of the evening on. It’s both a social network and role playing game – create a World of Warcraft type character, buy him or her armor, weapons, etc., and then challenge other players to duels. Win and you get experience, gold and other stuff. Lose and you get nothing. Founder Andrew Busey (previously the co-founder… Read More

  • NASA's New Mars Lander Powered By IBM Architecture

    NASA’s new Phoenix Lander launched last Friday, destined for the red planet. The first in NASA’s Scout Program, Phoenix will look for habitable zones and evidence of water in Mars’ artic region. The lander itself is powered by a processor based on IBM’s Power Architecture, similar to the one used in Sony’s PlayStation 3. I don’t mean to speak for Josh… Read More

  • Commodore Gravel C200 Details Revealed

    Commodore is making a strong comeback, albeit under the guise of just the name, into the PC market and they’re also making their presence known in the PMP market. The C200 is the latest to join the Gravel series, but don’t expect it to compete against the iPod or Zune. It has a 1.8-inch OLED screen, plays back all major file formats for music/video (MP3, WAV, WMA, MPEG2, MPEG4… Read More

  • The Fuzzwich Cartoon Maker

    Fuzzwich is a dead simple application for creating and publishing animated shorts. The animation editor comes pre-populated with a random selection of music, background, and cartoon characters. However, you can easily change them to any of their other 42 characters, 15 songs, or 14 backdrops. The content library will be changing over time, and they plan on adding a character editor soon. After… Read More

  • Dot Mac Will Be Down During Tomorrow's Event

    The message below indicates we’ll be seeing some changes made to .Mac during tomorrow’s event unless Apple really likes messing with us. We’ll see what happens tomorrow at 1PM EDT. Due to scheduled maintenance, .Mac members might be intermittently unable to access some .Mac services from 10 AM to 12 PM PDT on 08/07/2007. We apologize for any inconvenience. .Mac Update Coming… Read More

  • XM-I Announces Accordion-like Mini USB Speakers

    XM-I has released the perfect speakers for the road warrior or anyone, really, that wants powerful speakers that are easy to travel with. The USB powered speaker features a vacuum chamber that when stretched out offers a subwoofer-like boom, boom, boom. There’s a built-in rechargeable battery with a retractable dual interface USB cable and stereo mini-jack connector. The on/off switch… Read More

  • Help-Key: How To Shop for a GPS Unit

    If you love your GPS unit, you’ve got former president Ronald Reagan and some trigger happy Commies to thank for it. In 1983, a civilian airliner from the USA on its way to South Korea flew into Soviet airspace on accident. The USSR, in response, blew it out of the sky, killing hundreds. There was international outcry, of course, and calls were made to make sure it never happened… Read More

  • Brando Chromatic USB Hub

    Don’t you just love multi-colored USB hubs? You do? Really? That’s fantastic because Brando has a chromatic USB hub that not only lets you connect four USB devices, but it also brightens up that dreary desk of yours. It consumes very little power and lets you hot swap on any Windows OS machine. I’m completely mesmerized by the gif and how it moves. I really want one. Read More

  • Poopy Brown Halo 3 Zune For US Military

    I think we all know what MS is doing with all the poopy brown Zunes that aren’t selling. They’re making Halo 3 Military Editions for the US military and they will go on sale in military retail stores at a discounted price this month. MS donated 300 of the special edition 30GB Zunes to the USO of Metropolitan Washington and soldiers leaving for duty today had special access to the… Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl 2 Launching Next Month

    The BlackBerry Pearl 2 aka Komet is set for launch in September according to the Spanish fanboys at Miblackberry. The Komet will launch with Vodafone and while it’s hardly worth frothing over unless you’re a woman or you have small hands, it’s a sign that our refresh of the popular Pearl is imminent. Be sure to tell your lady friend about it. I’m sure she’ll be… Read More

  • Sprint Adding Motorola RAZR 2 Next Month

    According to BGR’s anonymous tipster, Sprint will be unveiling the RAZR2 V9m sometime next month. Specs remain the same, but something that jumps right out is the 3 hours of talk time in digital mode. Hmmm. That’s not a whole lot of time, Motorola. Services supported will include Sprint TV, Music Store, Picture Mail, Video Mail, a NFL Mobile app, On Demand, Wireless Backup and… Read More