• Is Twitter down? What do you think…

    Checked your Twhirl client this morning? Tried hitting the home page? Just ask IsTwitterDown.com, here’s all it needs to say: Read More

  • NVIDIA's ambitious mobile phones take aim at pretty much everybody

    NVIDIA’s on a roll with their graphics hardware and motherboards, why shouldn’t they find success in the mobile and PMP market? They have the technology. Graphics-intensive applications like 720p video recording and playback are a breeze when you design the whole package from tip to tail with your own technology instead of piecemealing it from various parts. It looks like… Read More

  • AT&T Mobile TV Launched in 58 U.S. Markets

    AT&T, which is about a year behind Verizon Wireless in the Mobile TV market, has announced today that subscribers in 58 areas around the U.S. can sign up for the company’s new mobile TV service. AT&T Mobile TV is now available in 58 markets, including the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the service… Read More

  • Useful: Missile throwing robot

    If you’re the tinkering type, then you might want to check out this little slice of heaven. It’s a missile launching robot, I think, that doesn’t tame the savageness of man, but rather entertains you for all of two minutes. The fun, I’d expect, is in making it; the necessary parts are all there for your enjoyment. As I’ve said before, my knowledge of hacking… Read More

  • European online advertising up 40% year to £9bn

    Europe’s online ad market is growing by 40% year on year across the continent, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (release). In 2007 the European online advertising market was worth €11.2bn (£8.88bn), up from €7.2bn in 2006. The news means the market is closing on the US online ad market, which increased by only 26% during the same period to €14.5bn. The… Read More

  • Boot camp café for obedient geeks in Akihabara

    Japanese Otaku love to relieve stress in “Maid Cafés,” where they usually are treated like kings by (mostly) cute and extra-submissive J-girls. For an extra fee, it is even possible to lay your head on a maiden’s lap for a few minutes and ask why it seems impossible for you to get laid. Now, all geeks preferring the opposite side of the continuum are served with the opening of… Read More

  • Productivity on the Road

    I was supposed to finish this piece last Friday to cap off productivity, but, in fact, I was traveling. That’s right. I couldn’t do a piece on travel productivity because I was traveling. Trust me: it wasn’t for wont of gear that I didn’t turn in my piece. It was because we just weren’t prepared for the strain travel takes on communications. You can carry your… Read More

  • New billboard ads could determine how effective they are to you

    I’m OK with billboard advertising. Many think they’re eyesores, but advertising pays for many things we take for granted, and how else am I to know that a Banana Republic scarf can make me more attractive? One problem has always dogged billboard advertising, and that’s metric feedback. You can put an ad up on a bus shelter, but how do you know who’s stopping to… Read More

  • Famous Austrian abductee credits Star Trek for outlook

    Natascha Kampusch was abducted at the age of 10. She was kept prisoner in a cramped basement for eight years. She escaped, and her story captivated Europe. Now Natascha is starting a career as a talk show host. She’s famous not just for her ordeal but also for her attitude and demeanor after the fact. What’s interesting is in a recent interview, the famously precocious Natascha… Read More

  • Gigabyte M912 jumps into the mini notebook pool

    Here’s yet another netbook/UMPC/mini laptop/tiny notebook/lapito contender, this one from Gigabyte. The M912 sports the usual list of features found in most other devices in its class plus a few extra niceties — 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 8.9-inch 1280×768 touchscreen that rotates up to 180 degrees, integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam, three USB ports. support for Windows XP or Linux… Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond ROM dumped, ported to other HTC handsets

    Even though the HTC Touch Diamond is barely out the doors, the talented magicians over at xda-developers have already managed to dump the Diamond’s ROM and are quickly getting it up and running on other HTC handsets. Within hours of release, the ROM is already reported as functional on the HTC Touch Elfin and the HTC Kaiser, with more in the works. While it’s ultra unlikely that… Read More

  • China Unicom to buy China Netcom

    Last month, the Chinese government ordered changes in the country’s telecommunications sector. The plans call for the country’s six telecommunications companies to combine into three groups. The move in meant to create a more competitive atmosphere and stop one operator from monopolizing the market. Pursuant to this mandate, China Unicom announced today that it will buy the… Read More

  • New gear knob-shaped FM transmitter from Japan

    Plug this new FM transmitter from Japan into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet and you can use your DAP on the road. The device comes with an audio cable for connection to sound systems and a USB port. The transmitter is designed like a stick shift to make it blend into your car’s dashboard. It is mainly controlled via two buttons on the knob’s back. The GH-FTC-35GP from… Read More

  • Travel Advisory: Optimus Prime is a security threat

    The guy in the photo here, UK resident Brad Jayakody, tried to board an airplane wearing that Transformers T-shirt and was told by security at London’s Heathrow airport, “You cannot get on the plane because there is a gun on your T-shirt,” according to The Sun.  Luckily, Brad was able to change into a different shirt in order to board the plane. A spokesperson for… Read More

  • Facebook Platform Now Open Source: fbOpen Released

    As we wrote last week, Facebook is turning parts of its application platform open source, the company announced today. It’s available here for download. This comes a little more than a year after Facebook Platform first launched to allow third party developers a way to get their applications directly onto Facebook. The company says more than 24,000 applications have now been built on… Read More

  • Video: Slew of Metal Gear Solid 4 videos, some exclusive

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=223977 Apparently this is a spoiler video, so I’ll have to abstain from commenting on it. Watch at your own risk. The two videos I’ve pasted below are exclusive to MTV and I haven’t watched those either. Truth be told, I was never very interested in the MGS series. It’s inexplicable, really. Read More

  • Qualcomm likes Windows Mobile 7 for tiny laptops

    Qualcomm is betting that its Snapdragon chipset (see a hands-on we did at CTIA) will taste better with Windows Mobile 7, especially when it comes to tiny notebooks. The company is looking to make a move into the inexpensive laptop arena with the added twist of having the devices run Windows Mobile 7 instead of Linux or Windows XP/Vista. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset, which includes a… Read More

  • 4 more Sony Ericsson demo videos released

    Jeez – there has been a pretty much constant flow of Sony Ericsson demo videos over the past few days. First the Paris, then the BeiBei, and now demos for the W760, W980, G700, and G900 have hit YouTube. These new ones aren’t quite as exciting as the others, as they’ve already been formally announced — but it’s still nice to see them in action. Sony Ericsson… Read More

  • Sony could release "OpenBook" very soon

    Contract OEM “leaked” a Sony version of Via’s “open source” laptop running a 1.6GHz C7-M processor. It seems that IDG walked up to one of their laptops at WiMax Expo in Taipei and opened the system properties. A check of the laptop’s properties confirmed the laptop is based on a 1.6GHz C7-M processor from Via and listed Sony as the manufacturer. When the… Read More

  • OiNK: Six were arrested last week, shared 'advance' music

    More information has emerged on the OiNK-related arrests of last week. (Please don’t call it “oinkgate;” The “gate” suffix is banned here.) A total of six people were arrested in Cleveland (in the UK), all of them for sharing “pre-release” albums. All those ADVANCEs you downloaded? They range in age from 19 to 33. Oh, boy, this is getting… Read More

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