• Taiwan scores big with handsets this year

    Mobile handset production in Taiwan is currently up 82 percent from last year and the first quarter of next year is forecast to see a 150 percent increase over the first quarter of 2007. This growth is thanks in large part to device manufacturer HTC’s popular handsets and a little upstart device called the "iPhone" (whatever that is). The value of devices shipped out of Taiwan… Read More

  • Crazy Guitar Hero Christmas lights mod

    What do you get when you mix Christmas lights, massively intelligent cubicle dwellers, Python, open source electronics, and a Guitar Hero controller? A crazy light show that I would call one of the coolest things I’ve seen all year. This is what tech is about — having fun with cool stuff without worrying about EULAs. Read More

  • Jim Clark Has The Miami Real-Estate Blues

    Five years ago, Jim Clark left the speculative bust of the tech industry for the speculative promise of the real estate industry. A founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and WebMD, the Web billionaire decided to build condos in Miami with former Excite@Home CEO Tom Jermoluk. Well, it looks like the two should have stuck to technology startups. Reports the NYTimes: The first two projects… Read More

  • OLPC project off to a good start in Peru

    The OLPC XO laptop seems to be a hit in Peru. The country placed the largest order for the machines (272,000) and it’s already enjoying success in many of the smaller rural villages. One village in particular, Arahuay, is featured in an Associated Press article published on Monday. It’s an interesting read about how the computers are being used in daily life and how positively… Read More

  • Chicago being sued for automobile cell phone ban

    An attorney who’s sued the city of Chicago over 100 times is at it again. This time he wants the city to stop ticketing people for talking on their cell phones while driving and he wants anyone who’s been ticketed to be paid back. The case may have legs, too. Read More

  • Optimus not prime for shipping on time

    Art Lebedev Studios was more than happy to take preorders for the Optimus Maximus keyboard (that we all thought would never see the light of day) but seems to have neglected to make the device’s firmware work well enough to justify the high price tag. The method by which the firmware gets upgraded also needs to be overhauled. Alas, she’s been delayed until the end of February. Read More

  • Ha ha work is funny

    http://www.glumbert.com/embed/baddayoffice glumbert – Bad Day at the Office Yeah, I know it’s stupid and probably staged, but I’m a sucker for office fighting. Read More

  • Airborne Internet raises important societal questions, allows porn surfing in coach


    Your next flight will look nothing like this. Ahh, holiday week. A time when journalists will brush off any old clinker and write it up in order to fill their word quota for the week. Take this AP story about airborne Internet. It begins with: Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn… Read More

  • Russia launches last three navigation satellites

    Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is just about complete, thanks to a late-night launch yesterday of the system’s three remaining satellites. GLONASS is similar to our GPS system here and will initially cover most of Russia and then, by 2009, the world. There are 24 satellites in all, with the purpose of giving the Russian military "exact bearings around… Read More

  • Radiohead To Promote Album With New Year's Eve Concert on Current TV

    You’ve got to hand it to those guys at Radiohead. Not only are they great musicians. They are great promoters who are at the forefront of figuring out how to use the culture of free music to sell CDs. On New Year’s Eve, just before their latest album In Rainbows goes on sale in stores on January 1, the band will broadcast a prerecorded concert of all the album’s tracks… Read More

  • Kwout, A Simple Quote Tool For Bloggers

    People who do a lot of copying of quotes from other sites are going to like Kwout, which launched yesterday. Use it to grab a quick quotation or other screen shot from a web site and embed it into a blog or other website (one click to Flickr and Tumblr). To grab a quote, just type a URL into the Kwout home page, or use the bookmarklet when on a web page. A new window pops up that allows you… Read More

  • O2 winning big in Europe because of iPhone

    European telecomm O2 is expecting 200,000 iPhone sold in the UK by the end of the year while analysts expect up to 400,000 in the next few months. It’s this news that buoyed O2’s hopes in Europe and made everyone — including big Steve — purdy happy. The real takeaway, however, is that O2 will be carrying the 3G iPhone in Europe. O 2 has signed a multi-year deal with… Read More

  • Headphones made of wood hope to be a real boy someday but for now are just pricey

    The HP-FX500 headphones from JVC are partly made of wood, which is supposed to make stuff sound better. Here’s to hoping that it makes stuff sound WAY better because these things are expensive. They’re available in Japan for 15,000 Yen (about $132)and may or may not mark the resurgence of wood-paneled audio gear that the world fell in love with back in the late 70’s or… Read More

  • Foonz, The Deadpool Is Calling

    Here’s my prediction for 2008: The deadpool is going to fill up with VoIP services. The first one to jump in may be VoIP conference-call service Foonz. News flash. There’s just no money in giving people free calls. The CMO of Foonz’s parent company, RPM Communications, tells GigaOm that he has “shifted focus” to a new service called Utterz that lets people… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: Low Traffic Is One Problem Yahoo Doesn't Have

    When comScore releases its monthly lists of top performing sites there’s one result that has always surprised me, and that’s seeing “Yahoo sites” ahead of “Google sites.” Google remains the dominant leader in search, but when it comes to traffic across all properties Yahoo remains on top. In November 2007 Yahoo sites tracked 136 million unique visitors in… Read More

  • Is Google Reader Sharing Too Much?

    A small privacy debate is igniting over a new sharing feature in Google Reader. A couple weeks ago, Google turned on a new feature in its feed reader that lets you share posts with anyone in your Gmail or Gtalk contact list (assuming you use either of those other Google services as well). The problem is that sharing is an all-or-nothing proposition. You either share posts with all of… Read More

  • A Very Amazon Christmas For Apple, Nintendo, and the BBC

    Amazon released some holiday statistics today, saying this was its “best season ever”—which is what it says every year. The peak shopping day this year for Amazon was December 10 (as it was for all e-tailers—”Green Monday” strikes again), when it shipped 5.4 million items. That is a 35 percent increase from last year’s peak day total of 4 million items. Read More

  • For the Chinese, Wiis are plentiful this season

    BEIJING — China might lack safe water and air, but it does have something the United States lacks: Nintendo Wiis. In fact, CNET recently chronicled a reporter’s failed quest to find the infamous Wii just before the holidays. But in Beijing, finding a Wii isn’t difficult. Shortly before Christmas, I strolled through a random section of Beijing and curiously walked into a… Read More

  • What did you get?

    Tell CG what you got for Christmas! I got a Noon Solar bag and Omega GMT Seamaster. My son got this crazy hot wheels thing with a dragon that knocks a car off of a track. I remember when my parents used to give us twigs and dirt. Those, my friends, were the days. Read More

  • Christmas Day Or April Fools?: Prediction That Web 2.0 Will Die in 2008 Due To Lack Of Advertising

    Tis the season for everyone to make predictions and whilst a well thought out predictions list can make for an interesting read, some are just beyond bizarre. UK based research firm Scivisum has predicted that Web 2.0 will die in 2008, as “cautious companies pull their advertising from user-generated content web sites, worried about the effect on their brand of appearing alongside… Read More

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