• Phanfare Relaunches with Improved Sharing Functionality, Free Version

    Photo and video sharing service Phanfare has relaunched with enhanced sharing capabilities and a free 1GB version meant to entice users who are not ready to pay $55 per year for unlimited storage. The company found that the first version of its service didn’t make it easy enough for its 11,000 paying members to share their hosted media with each other. Sharing usually had to be done… Read More

  • Pluck signs Guardian deal

    Texas-based Pluck, the social media platform provider, has signed a deal with the UK’s Guardian Unlimited which will now use its SiteLife suite, which gives comment, rating, video, forum, blogs and social profile features to readers. The Guardian currently powers its blogs with Six Apart’s MovableType. GU had previously used Pluck’s BlogBurst service to aggregate material… Read More

  • Why Warner's Blu-ray decision hurts pirates, regular consumers

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    Thanks, AP Warner’s decision to exclusively back Blu-ray definitely hurts pirates and could, in the long run, hurt regular consumers, too. By all indications, right now, Blu-ray has the momentum to “win” the format war, especially if the reports suggesting Paramount will switch to it turn out to be true. That would… Read More

  • The venerable Friends Reunited preps a relaunch

    UK startups prepping their next social media or social networking site need to be aware of the sleeping (admittedly nearly dead) dragon of Friends Reunited. The biggest “Web 1.0″ social network in the UK has been declining for years due to a lack of investment on the part of owners ITV, the TV channel. But now it’s set to undergo a name change as part of a strategic… Read More

  • Comcast Launches Fancast: Part TV Guide, Part Hulu

    Comcast launched Fancast at CES today. The site, which we first mentioned in April, serves as both a media guide for TV shows and movies, as well as a destination to watch full length and preview clips of professional content. Fancast partnered with Hulu to offer content from NBC and Fox, in addition to content from CBS, MTV, and BET. If Fancast doesn’t stream the full-length content… Read More

  • AudioVox/RCA Small Wonder

    The video is kind of Le Boring but go ahead and take a look at Audiovox’s Small Wonder camcorder. It’s small and it’s certainly a wonder. $149. Read More

  • Video: Turntable controller for Guitar Hero

    This Guitar Hero turntable controller, designed by this guy, evokes memories of Konami’s beatmania, the original music game series. As the above video shows, it works just like a proper GH controller, complete with whammy bar and all the buttons you need to complete face shredders on expert mode. While I haven’t been bitten by the GH bug—I tried to play The Strokes’… Read More

  • Another 150 Tickets On Sale For The Crunchies

    Another 150 tickets for the Crunchies startup awards ceremony and party, which will be held on January 18 in San Francisco, are available now for purchase. The event will be held at the Herbst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a party. This event is being produced by Read/WriteWeb, Venture Beat, GigaOm and TechCrunch. For your entertainments, the Richter Scales will be singing… Read More

  • Michael Douglas loves XStreamHD, so should you

    We’ve told you about XStreamHD once or twice before. You can forget the format war because we all know physical media is going down the pooper. I like where XStreamHD’s head is at with streaming 1080p video and 7.1 channels of DTS-HD Master Audio (lossless audio). But it does more then movies, too. You can watch TV, listen to your music and play games via satellite. Did I mention… Read More

  • CES 2008: Odd gear out

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    My favorite thing to do at the show is hit the odd retailers who sell the crazy junk we all know and love from Sharper Image, Brookstone, et al along with the stuff that ends up in close-outs. Take this weird blue phone, for example. It’s a mini phone! It’s blue! Doug loves it. Read More

  • CES 2008: Name brands add features to battle cheaper HDTVs

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    AP image It’s Day Two of the Consumer Electronics Show—time to start analyzing, looking for trends, seeing what’s hot and what’s not. Right now, we’ll focus on HDTVs. In case you hadn’t noticed, unknown companies from Asia (mostly China) are moving in on the HDTV space, which must frighten the… Read More

  • Tuning Lamp is part lamp, part PC, part no-idea

    [photopress:lamp_pc.jpg,full,center] Look at this gadget, called Tuning Lamp by its designer, and you’d half-think it’s a prop from a sci-fi movie. Too bad it’s just a render at this point. Like Chumby, it displays all sorts of widgets, from weather to news—Drudge Report, no doubt—to music. There’s a wireless, fold-out keyboard for controlling all that… Read More

  • Facebook, Google And Plaxo Join The DataPortability Workgroup

    After publishing an invitation to Facebook to join the DataPortability Working Group January 4, we never thought that Facebook would accept it. Today changes everything you’ve ever thought about social-networking data and lock-in before, because today Facebook, Google and Plaxo have joined the DataPortability Workgroup. Google and Plaxo joining are a positive, however given that both… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #288

    I started Brief 288 talking about Rovio, a home exploration and telepresence robot, but the photo we showed, we think is called “Mr. Personality.” Samsung had a couple cool announcements. The HT-X715 5.1 home theater-in-a-box includes Bluetooth for streaming audio from a phone or other Bluetooth audio source. The SyncMaster 2263DX is the perfect monitor for Adobe users. Oh Gizmo… Read More

  • Apple updates Mac Pro, Xserve: Penryn processors

    [photopress:08mp_display.jpg,full,center] A prelude of things to come next week at MacWorld? Apple speed bumped the Mac Pro and Xserve today; both now use Intel’s recently-released Penryn processor. The revised Mac Pro, what every little Mac Head wish he had the money for, has: – two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses;
    –… Read More

  • E.P.A. Promotes Cellphone Recycling

    The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) launched a $175,000 campaign today to remind people to recycle their old handsets. The initiative, entitled “Recycle Your Cellphone. It’s an Easy Call.”, will relay on public service announcements that target 18-to-34-year-olds, the population that trade up to new cellphones the most often. The announcements will explain why… Read More

  • Viacom Spreads Its Video Love to Everyone But YouTube

    In another move to strengthen the anti-YouTube coalition, Viacom is syndicating its videos (from Comedy Central, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, and Atom Films, among other properties) to a whole new slew of video-sharing Websites. The new recipients of Viacom’s video love are Dailymotion, Veoh (which already has Hulu and CBS videos), imeem, GoFish, and MeeVee. They join AOL, Bebo, Joost… Read More

  • Yahoo Life Has Been A Long Time Coming

    The unveiling of Yahoo Life (which is not the official name) as a harbinger of the company’s strategy to incorporate social networking into Yahoo’s existing mail and IM communications systems is a step in the right direction. But you’ve got to wonder what took it so long. The notion that the big Web portals could turn their IM and e-mail contact lists into full-blown… Read More

  • Yahoo to Offer its Mobile Services to many Mobile Phones

    Yahoo’s mobile Internet services will be crafted to run on various phone platforms, potentially including Google’s phone software and the Apple iPhone. Yahoo is committed to compete with rivals in a new and more open strategy, mobile chief Marco Boerries told reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. By offering Internet services that work on existing phones, Yahoo hopes… Read More

  • CES 2008: Bill Gates keynote liveblog replay, now with tons of photos!

    While our liveblogging software worked wonders, our wireless connection did not. Thanks, CES, for repeatedly holding the keynotes in places surrounded by electronic interference and wall after wall of signal-reducing crap. Anyway, here are the photos we couldn’t get to you live, and we’re sorry we could not. Also is the replay, so you can follow along step-by-step, like you were there! Read More

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