• Look out, Newzbin: MPAA targets Usenet indexing site

    Usenet appears to be the MPAA’s next target. Not good. The MPAA has told Newzbin, a popular Usenet indexing service and creator of the NZB file format, that it’s hosting copyright-infringing material, material that needs to be removed post-haste. Never mind that NZB files themselves aren’t copyright-infringing (though I doubt the courts would make that distinction), but such… Read More

  • Cassette tape watches, and their Cold War precursor

    You may have seen pictures going around of this awesome cassette tape-styled watch. I happen to think the little written “Hour” and “Min” are butt-ugly, so I checked if there were any more like it without the scribbles. Turns out there are a couple G-Shocks that look suspiciously like cassette tapes, whether they were meant to or not. Then I got a craving for a real… Read More

  • Toyota's new digital dash includes the road you can't see

    While not a new idea, Toyota is executing a neat play on the digital road in its new Crown Hybrid series of cars. Using infrared cameras and other sensors, a virtual representation of the road ahead is displayed under the instrument panel. It’s smart, too; pedestrians and other objects are highlighted so the driver can be informed of things in the road before he can see them. The idea is… Read More

  • Xerox's new gel printer ink might trickle down in a decade or so

    Don’t expect this new ink to be hitting a printer near you any time soon, but I found it reassuring that the companies in charge aren’t just sitting back and letting the cash roll in. They are, in fact, hard at work on new ways to make money. The latest advance is this gel ink, which, not being water-based, will keep its place and shape on nearly any surface. There’s… Read More

  • FCC considers making next spectrum winner offer free wireless broadband Internet access

    Flickr’d Don’t look now, but the FCC, in an unusually egalitarian move, may require the winner of an upcoming spectrum auction to give away free, wireless Internet access. A June 12 meeting will determine the rules of an upcoming auction, with one of the bandied-about provisions being that the winner must provide at least 50 percent of the country (well, the population) with… Read More

  • Hallway Gossip At D6: Revver Founder Selling Stealth Startup Digisynd To Disney

    Revver co-founder Oliver Luckett (on right in picture) and CTO Rob Maigret left Revver in a management shakeup in late 2006. By June 2007 they had founded their new venture, Digisynd, based in Burbank, California. In May 2008 they raised a seed round of financing from Greycroft Ventures and Villiage Ventures. Digisynd has been deep in stealth mode, although we’ve been able to gather… Read More

  • Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb

    Samsung has announced the Soulb, which they say contains “all the merits of Soul DNA” in a candy bar form factor. The names an interesting one — though I’m unable to replicate it here without using an image, the trailing b in Soulb is actually written as if it were a superscript, like so: . How would that be pronounced? Soul to the power of b? Soul-bee? Soul… Read More

  • Instant Marketing Materials with BrandDoozie

    BrandDoozie has launched a Flash-based tool for SMBs that want to create marketing materials without hiring a designer. The tool’s 3-step process leads to branded sales sheets, postcards, business cards, and letterheads that can be downloaded in PDF format, and soon, ordered from professional printers as well. You start by picking a general design from a gallery that’s divided… Read More

  • Why Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and online streaming are threatening cable companies

    Comedy Central said last week that it will stream the comedy triumvirate of “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and “South Park,” in their entirety, on Fancast.com. (Silly name, but whatever.) Beyond the “wow, neat” reaction, there’s something else going on here that we already hinted at a few days ago: what if people, seeing all… Read More

  • The Hospital's mashup of real and virtual networks

    The Hospital private members club in London is not the first place you might look for a new kind of web model. It’s a private members club, afterall. This sort of thing does not scale in the same way that, say, a web app might. Every new member must be vetted by hand. Problem. However, increasingly you see that VCs are quite interested in sites that makes things happen in the real world… Read More

  • What it's like to use the BlackBerry KickStart

    It seems pretty basic and doesn’t appear that you’ll be missing out on the BlackBerry experience with the new flip variation. In fact, it’s pretty much the same thing. Except for the fact that you’d have to dial on a SureType pad and flip open the phone, but you can see the incoming messages on the external display. I don’t see the point of this device given the… Read More

  • Hackers get comcast.com and have fun with it

    Look out, it’s Comcast Hackers attacking! A group of ne’er-do-wells defaced Comcast’s portal last night, pwning the landing page for many of its Internet subscribers who are too dumb to figure out how to set their own home page.

    The attack was more than cosmetic, as it disrupted the @comcast.com email addresses of many users, as well as many hosted email accounts. It should… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Paris demo spot hits the Internets

    Someone managed to get their hands on the ad spot for Sony Ericsson’s P5 Paris, and as with just about any video with “Paris” in the title, it wound up on the internet for all to see. Details about this QWERTY/NumPad combo slider have been leaking out since the beginning of April — word is it’ll be made official at Sony Ericsson’s press conference in… Read More

  • Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed?

    Well, this one is just about as speculatory as it gets: Infineon, who might be supplying the chips for the 3G iPhone, announced this morning that they are seeing less demand for HSDPA chips than they expected from an unnamed project. Analysts are guessing this means the next iPhone has either been delayed, or will launch with lower volumes. Nothing to worry about, iPhone fans. If Steve planned… Read More

  • JS-Kit Scores Deal With WorldNow, Adds 19 Million Potential Users

    WorldNow, a leading CMS provider for local television news sites that total over 19 million visitors monthly, has partnered with JS-Kit to provide them with a number of community based widgets that will be embedded across their sites. JS-Kit, founded in 2006, creates simple widgets that can be implemented with only a few lines of code (you can see our introductory review of them… Read More

  • Tecmo Bowl coming to Wii in 2009

    Kotaku is reporting that everyone’s favorite football video game from the late 80s will not only be coming to the DS, which we already knew about, but also the Wii in 2009. In case you’re wondering, Bo Jackson will not make an appearance since he’s too busy doing whatever it is that he does these days. Read More

  • CableCARD goes two-way with new specs

    While CableCARD technology is still alien to most people, the development goes on. The latest advancements include two-way card communications, meaning that your CableCARD-powered devices can now communicate back to the content originators instead of just dumbly unlocking content. For those not in the know, CableCARD is a standard way to allow subscribers to make certain set-top and… Read More

  • Windows Live for Nokia expanding availability

    Windows Live for Nokia is a service that brings Live Contacts, Messenger, Hotmail, and Spaces to the Nokia S60 platform. While it has been available in many parts of the world for quite a while, the US and a number of other countries have been missing out. Today, Phil Holden announced on his blog that Windows Live for Nokia would be rolling out in 7 new markets, bringing the total up to 33. Read More

  • Video: Prince of Persia trailer is fantastic

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=34501 Ubisoft released this trailer for its upcoming Prince of Persia title and while it’s not in-game footage, it still looks amazing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t shed any light on the premise of the game, but the video is fun to watch. The Prince also gets himself a super powerful ally that I’m sure he secretly wants to cuddle… Read More

  • Revision 3 says RIAA/MPAA anti-piracy company responsible for recent outage

    Flickr’d You guys watch Revision 3, right? Diggnation, Tekzilla (my personal favorite), Totally Rad, etc. The company was DoS’d last week, and you’ll never guess who was responsible. Can you say MediaDefender, the same company the RIAA and MPAA employs to shut down illegal BitTorrent trackers? According to Rev3’s CEO Jim Louderback, the anti-BitTorrent company had… Read More

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