• HP announces laptops, PCs, monitors, well in advance of CES

    The TX 2000 Whoa, there, Mr. Packard! HP has just launched two new laptops, the HP Pavilion tx2000 mdash; a $1,299 convertable tablet — and the Pavilion HDX series of notebooks the Blu Ray playback and 20-inch ultrabright display (about $1,999). The tx2000 is aimed at students and artists who need handwriting recognition and a nice touchscreen while the HDX is a monster gamer/meda… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #284

    John Biggs is right. 2007 was a dead year for gadgets. My Top 10 Gadget List for 2007 has some of my lifetime favorite innovations, but it would be a major challenge for me to create a list for ’07 that extends much further beyond 10. At any rate, my top 10 is pretty predictable for regular GBTV viewers because it’s stuff I talked about over and over throughout the… Read More

  • The Netflix Set-Top Box Will be a Hard Sell

    Today, Netflix took another step away from its reliance on the U.S. Postal Service by announcing a partnership with LG Electronics.  Netflix wants to stream videos over the Internet right to your TV.  Already, Netflix customers can stream movies directly to their PC.   This partnership extends the service to their TVs. LG will bake Netflix’s video streaming service right into a… Read More

  • Benchmark Europe Invests In UK Gambling Site. Prostitition, Drug and Gun Startups, Send in Your Business Plans.

    UK-based betNOW is announcing a round of financing from Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital Europe) this morning (Balderton has also invested in Bebo, Codemasters and Setanta). Balderton’s Tim Bunting is taking a board seat at the company. The size of the round is not being disclosed. I don’t know what surprises me more about this deal – the fact that a top tier… Read More

  • Veoh Adds Videos From Hulu

    Today, video Website Veoh.com is adding more videos from traditional TV networks, including NBC (The A-Team, The Office, Heroes), Fox (The Simpsons, Family Guy, 24), the Sci-Fi Channel (Battlestar Galactica), the USA Network (Monk), and FX (Damages). All of this new content comes from Hulu, the NBC-Fox joint venture. CBS content was already on the site through a previous deal, but now all… Read More

  • Nokia Siemens Acquires Apertio For €140m

    Telecommunications solutions supplier Nokia Siemens has acquired mobile network management provider Apertio For €140 million. Bristol, UK based Apertio provides customer management tools to mobile operators, as well as “convergence” tools that enable the delivery of multimedia content to handsets. Apertio’s “One” suite also caters to the growing Mobile… Read More

  • Scoble blocked from Facebook

    Well known tech blogger Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account disabled after he ran an unnamed script over it, breaking the site’s terms of use. As he says on his blog, he is appealing, but he Twittered that he will be taking the normal customer service route rather than contacting Facebook’s PR people, as he could certainly do (not that it will take long for the PR guys… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Marry Meat Edition

    Rumor: Red’s Redcode coming to Final Cut Studio as native at Macworld
    Hot Rock: Finally a rock I can put my meat on
    Wii is gimmicky: I didn’t say it, but I wish I had said it in exactly this same manner
    Artificial intelligence expert claims sex with robots a real possibility
    2008 Bloggies: Nominate Us!
    And we’re off: CES 2008 Meet-up Read More

  • IBM Acquires Storage Company XIV For $350 Million

    IBM has acquired Israeli based data storage technology company XIV for what is believed to be $350 million. XIV’s main product Nextra is a storage system based on a grid of standard hardware components. XIV will become part of the IBM System Storage business unit of the IBM Systems and Technology Group. Andy Monshaw, general manager for IBM System Storage said that the acquisition of… Read More

  • Lenovo lets loose three IdeaPads: Y710, Y510, U110

    Ever since my conversion into the Apple race, I tend to shake my head at other notebook manufacturers and think their hardware isn’t as nice or pretty or whatever. I obviously come to my senses shortly after and take another look at it from an objective standpoint. More often than not I see the error of my ways, but sometimes crap is just crap and there’s no getting around that. I… Read More

  • The Weather Channel On The Market For $5 Billion+

    Cable TV network The Weather Channel is on the market for a reported $5 billion or more, according to the NY Times. As well as providing the leading cable weather channel, the company also has a big web presence, with Weather.com the 25th most popular site in the United States, according to Alexa. The Weather Channel provides data to a range of leading online destinations including MySpace… Read More

  • LG and Netflix to team up; Streaming and downloadable rentals for HDTV on the way

    Digital downloads and streaming video to the livingroom is going to be a big theme in 2008, mark my words on that, and LG and Netflix agree. The HDTV maker and video rentals giant have teamed up on a set-top box that would allow Netfix customers to view rentals directly over the Internet, we should see official releases sometime tomorrow. Apple is rumored to be working on a similar concept, as… Read More

  • More blogs, like Popular Mechanics, think Macworld will bring touchscreen MacBooks

    What if I told you that now even Popular Mechanics is jumping on the “Apple will introduce a tablet Mac at Macworld” bandwagon? What then? What if I told you that they also have a completely fake and not-even-good-looking video of the device? Then you’d have absolutely nothing else to impress you for the rest of the year, and for that you’d be sorry. But don’t take… Read More

  • Dubious Rumor Alert: Apple is not starting a record label with Jay-Z

    We like BGR as much as the next blog, but we’re calling horse hockey on the Boy’s rumor that Jay-Z is starting a new label for Apple. While we’re sure there’s a nugget of truth to this, Jobs would be shooting himself in the foot if he started an Apple-branded label. Let’s break down why this is kinda goofy. Read More

  • ChaCha Launches Mobile Interface. They Still Suck.

    I was surprised this evening to receive an email from the ChaCha communications team about a new feature they’ve just launched. I say surprised because we have not been kind to the service in our three posts on them so far. In the most recent post, I called them “a bad idea, poorly executed.” The new feature is a mobile interface to the search engine – try it… Read More

  • Hot Rock: Finally a rock I can put my meat on

    The holidays are over but that shouldn’t stop you from thinking of your loved ones this month. Want to get Dad something really special? Get him a hot rock to cook his food on. It uses no oil and is great for beef, fish, and chicken. I can’t get to the product website, but feel free to enjoy this washed out photo of a steak on a rock while you wait for it to come back up. Read More

  • Rhapsody Pulls Plug On Non-Public APIs, Effectively Shuts YottaMusic Down

    A reader of ours tipped us off today about the recent demise of a highly regarded music service called YottaMusic that was shut down on December 30th after Rhapsody had given the service a December 31st deadline for ceasing use of its non-public APIs and data. YottaMusic was a music web application started in 2006 that primarily afforded a superior interface to Rhapsody’s streaming… Read More

  • Redfly announces a sub-sub-notebook to be shown at CES

    The Foleo was, alas, a non-starter. The subcompact form factor, however, has a champion now in the form of the Asus Eee PC, and Redfly thinks that maybe the time is right for someone to take a shot at the sub-sub-compact. This thing is small enough to fit in your purse, guys, and although it’d be cool if it was running some kind of compact Linux distro, it’s got a custom OS that… Read More

  • Sweet Nintendo DS mock-up, with carbon-fiber trim

    I’m not entirely convinced that Nintendo’s next handheld will be another DS, but if they were to do that, it would be pretty tight if it looked like this. Your criticisms are likely already addressed at the Giz article by the creator, Phil Nolan, but whatever your quibbles are, you know you’d love to have one of these things. I actually see Nintendo going for an… Read More

  • Rumor: Red's Redcode coming to Final Cut Studio as native at Macworld

    Part of Macworld next month will be a thing called the Final Cut Pro group, just for you video guys. And we’ve been tracking rumors that there will be a special surprise on the 16th. We’ve done some digging, and we’re fairly sure that this surprise has something to do with the Red One camera and Final Cut’s integration with Redcode. In reality it’ll be an update… Read More

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