• Why, hello everyone in the world who makes Facebook apps

    At 6:40 pm last night, a RockYou employee sent out an email to RockYou’s entire existing and potential advertising partners – 450 people in all. The email itself was a simple notice of RockYou’s new advertising website, and a request to “please change their ad tags to reflect the changes in our ad servers.” Pretty run of the mill stuff, except RockYou included… Read More

  • PixelPipe Releases Personal Media Syndication Service

    Given the rising popularity of social media services, it’s not uncommon for someone to have their photos scattered across a handful of sites, like Facebook, Flickr, or a personal blog. Unfortunately, adding new media to these services can be a pain – most people find themselves picking and choosing where to upload their photos rather than taking the time to create new albums… Read More

  • Exec departures and Board growth at Virgin Mobile USA

    There has been a bit of shuffle going on over at Virgin Mobile HQ lately. CFO John Feehan has jumped shipped, moving on to become CFO at the identify theft protection company LifeLock. Additionally, Virgin Mobile has elected to bring two new members on to their board: Richard Chin, President of SK Telecom Americas, and Sungwon Suh, EVP and Head of Global Strategy of Investment for SK Telecom. Read More

  • Google looking to buy Valve?

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. The Inquirer says, “Well placed sources tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now.” What? And all because of Steam, Valve’s “amazing content distribution platform” no less? Okay, I can see that. Read More

  • Sony updating the 4k SXRD projectors

    In case you are in the market for a projector that cost more than the average, oh, Porsche, Sony has two new 4K SXRD projectors. The SRX-T110 and SRX-T105 both retain the previous generation’s 4096 x 2160 native resolution, but get a bump in lumens. The big boy T110 now spouts out 11,000 Lumens, with a contrast ratio of 2,500:1, with the T105 now at 5,500 Lumens and 2,500:1… Read More

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    We Tell You: Why Samsung wants SanDisk

    In the parlance of today’s youth, Samsung could be said to be “all up in SanDisk’s grill.” But why? Why would a massive South Korean company with factories around the world be focused on a fairly small memory manufacturer with a total revenue of $3.9 billion? To put this into perspective, Samsung did $100 billion in 2007 which means Samsung has, in the common… Read More

  • Kodak announces $999 OLED photo frame

    Kodak will be showing off a fancy OLED photo frame in Germany next week. I bet it’ll look really nice. I also bet it’ll be prohibitively expensive for most people. Yep, there we go — it’ll cost $999. I hope you have some really good looking friends and family. If you have beautiful acquaintances and deep pockets, here’s what you’ll get: a super thin… Read More

  • Amazee Is Facebook-meets-BaseCamp For Activists

    Combine Facebook Causes pages with Basecamp and the ability to take PayPal and credit card donations, and what do you get? Zurich-based startup Amazee comes out of beta today with a “social collaboration” platform which allows people to organize, track, promote and fund projects of any size. Read More

  • Nostalgiamatic: The Sharp TM-20 with PocketMail

    It all started back in 2000. The Y2K scare had come and gone with nary a hiccup, Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men was unfortunately taking the music world by storm, and a fresh-faced youngster named Doug Aamoth (me!) was finessing his way through his junior year at the University of Puget Sound. Ah t’was a simpler time, to be certain. All of a sudden, a portable device emerged –… Read More

  • WEbook Raises $5 Million In Latest Round of Funding

    WEbook has raised $5 million in funding. The round was led by WEbook’s new investor, Vertex Venture Capital and its existing backer, Greylock Partners Israel. The round also included investments from eight unnamed angel investors. WEbook is an online platform where the site’s users — authors, writers, and even readers — collaborate to write books. Since its April… Read More

  • SanDisk unanimously turns down Samsung's buyout offer

    Samsung yesterday, “You smell pretty. I buy you for 26 dollars a share. You mine now.” SanDisk today, “Thanks, but get your stinking offer out of here. You are grossly undervaluing me Samsung, and I don’t have to take it. The market as a whole is down and that is why our stock price as dipped since we first started talking back in May ’08. So get the hell away… Read More

  • Canon adds new lens to the EF family

    Alongside the new EOS 5D Mark II, Canon is launching a new EF-series lens.  Featuring a 13-element, 10-group lens, the EF 24mm f1.4L II USM is designed to achieve the highest standards of image quality. Two high-precision GMo aspheric lenses are employed to correct various forms of aberration such as curvature of field and distortion, with a floating mechanism ensuring crisp… Read More

  • Canon PowerShot SD990 IS and SD880 IS: Point and shoot cams for the masses

    So maybe the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the G10, along with the SX10 IS just don’t scream your style. Canon understands that and has the obligatory, new Digital Elph upgrades just for you. The SD990 IS and SD880 IS both pack optical image stabilization and the DIGIC 4 image processor, but that’s where the similarity stops. Read More

  • Canon PowerShot SX10 IS: 20x zoom powered by AA batteries

    Some peeps must have lots of zoom and Canon’s latest SX-series model packs a lot in that department. An image stabilizer assists the 20x wide-angle zoom lens by reducing jittery motions, while the face detection should help focus in on all your families smiling faces faster. The digicam also boosts Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor, 2.5-inch swivel screen, all powered by four AA… Read More

  • Canon PowerShot G10: 14.7MP Prosumer Flagship

    Canon’s latest DSLR, EOS 5D Mark II, might be impressive, but that price tag is awful high for those just looking for a new, higher-end digital snapper. The longstanding G-Series might just be the ticket that person is looking for, with a rich heritage of impressive cameras. 14.7MP G10 sports the firm’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor, 28mm wide-angle optical image stabilized… Read More

  • Google Launches Audio Indexing

    As the Web becomes more sophisticated and audio and video becomes a more important part of our online lives, we need something that will help us sift through the junk and find what we’re looking for in all that content. To address that, Google announced Wednesday that it has launched audio indexing in Google Labs. Dubbed GAudi, the new service is designed to work with YouTube, and… Read More

  • UpTake Raises $10 Million In Series B Funding

    UpTake, a travel search engine that specializes in helping users find travel ideas by taking a semantic approach to indexing destination descriptions and user comments across the Web, announced today that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. Read More

  • Google to Acquire Valve?

    Update: Valve says the rumor is untrue. The Inquirer is reporting this morning that Google is close to an acquisition of Valve for an undisclosed price. According to the Inquirer, its “well-placed sources” say the acquisition could happen “any second now.” At first glance, Google acquiring Valve seems a little unorthodox. But considering Steam, Valve’s game… Read More

  • New switching power supply makes flat panel TVs thinner


    Sony’s KDL-40ZX1 Bravia, the world’s thinnest LCD TV Osaka-based electronic component manufacturer Tabuchi Electric recently announced [JP, PDF] it has developed a switching power supply aimed at making flat-panel displays thinner. The new component is just 10 mm thick. Tabuchi says their existing power supplies are about 25mm thick. Usually, TV makers need to incorporate three… Read More

  • Eizo-C@T-one: Remote controller and optical mouse in one device

    In Japan, display maker Eizo recently started selling an optical mouse [JP] that doubles as a remote controller for TVs and other appliances. Dubbed Eizo-C@T-one, the device is available for $120. The company hasn’t said whether it will ever find its way outside of Japan. The Eizo-C@T-one is equipped with a tilt sensor that makes it possible to immediately switch from mouse to TV… Read More

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