• Vista Disappoints PC Industry, Me

    Photo “enhancement” courtesy of Peter Ha. Big ups to Acer head-honcho Gianfranco Lanci for addressing the elephant in the room known as Windows Vista. No ups to me for using the phrase “big ups.” Lanci has pointed to system instability, sluggish speeds, and the fact that many people are still asking for XP to be loaded on their machines as the major reasons that… Read More

  • Blockbuster Shuts Down Netflix

    Oh noes, Netflixers. If you try to access the Netflix site you’re prompted with this message. What does it all mean? The update times keep changing. I know their subscriber base has tapered off and Blockbuster is muscling in, but please don’t shut down, Netflix. I loves you and your wide variety of DVDs. Hehe. They’re not shutting down, but it does seem to be taking a long… Read More

  • Elgato's HDHomeRun: HDTV On Your Mac

    It’s one thing to watch over-the-air HDTV on giant, 70-inch plasma display, but it’s quite another to watch such programming on your MacBook or iMac (or whatever other Mac you have nearby). Elgato’s Mac-only HDHomeRun combines a digital TV tuner and EyeTV software in one smart, if not awfully named, package. You’ll need to supply your own ATSC antenna or unscrambled… Read More

  • Nine Ways to Build Your Own Social Network

    The news may overflow with stories about the social networking giants, such as Facebook and MySpace, but a horde of companies are doing their best to reduce the fundamental features of these websites to mere commodities. These up-and-coming companies provide so-called “white label” social networking platforms that enable their customers to build their own social networks (often… Read More

  • TiVo HD DVR Finally Announced

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! A cheaper TiVo HD DVR has finally arrived, sort of. Beginning today, you can pre-order your unit for only $299.99 and your latest heartthrob will arrive early next month. The TiVo HD can record 20 hours of HD content and up to 180 hours of crappy standard definition content. You can also watch a previously recorded show while the TiVo… Read More

  • Stop What You're Doing and Soak In This Amazing God of War PSP Mod

    Someone call King Solomon. I’m now torn between this God of War PSP mod and that old Zelda DS mod from a few months back: Which one is better? Both are made by the same guy, but I’m leaning toward the GoW one. I’ve included a few pics in this post, but the actual auction page is filled with several more. Read More

  • Digital Chocolate to Publish for N-Gage… Wait, the N-Gage is Still Around?

    The surprise news isn’t that California based mobile game developer Digital Chocolate would publish titles for the N-Gage platform, but rather that the N-Gage was around. The hybrid gaming device, mobile phone launched what seems like ages ago, and never caught on quite as much as Nokia expected. But apparently the platform is doing well enough to entice Digital Chocolate, which will… Read More

  • Nikon Coolpix S50c Review

    I typically don’t like fussing with point-and-shoot cameras because I much prefer lugging around an SLR because we all know they take superior photographs. There are also way too many choices to choose from that it gives me a headache, but Nikon’s Coolpix S50c has built-in Wi-Fi and I just had to try it out. Wi-Fi on a camera is pretty neat in my book, but there’s more to it… Read More

  • Legendary Lara Croft Coming to Your Pocket

    Today Eidos Interactive announced that Lara Croft will soon be making its way to the mobile platform, and available for “your pocket” later this summer. The first title, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend, an adaptation of the 2006 console version, will be released on major carriers and MVNO’s in North America. “Eidos is planning to take their core brands to mobile over… Read More

  • PSP Firmware Hits 3.52, Better PSone Support

    Mere moments after releasing firmware version 1.90 for the PS3, Sony has given us PSP firmware version 3.52. And what, pray tell, does this update include? The number of PlayStation Network titles that can be played under [game] has increased Yeah, wow. If you’re cool like me then you’re already running custom firmware and have been able to play all (?) PSone games on the… Read More

  • WD Upgrades My Book Line To 2TB

    Following the announcement of new GreenPower HDs yesterday, Western Digital has announced that all My Book dual-drive storage models will be available up to 2TB. I don’t think I’ve even approached 1TB of content in all my years of pirating purchasing music and movies. That needs to change immediately. Of course, I’ll never be able to catch up to the likes of Nicholas and… Read More

  • Amp'd Still Going Strong

    Welcome to July 24, everyone. I guess Amp’d didn’t get the memo and forgot to shut off services. I fired up my Moto Q this morning and everything still worked. So I started downloading some more Club Jenna Mobile content. It was awesome. July 31 looks to be the new shut off date, but CS was still kiboshed yesterday. Q&A Read More

  • The Fujitsu Hard Drive That Runs For 24 Hours

    What could be more exciting than a Fujitsu hard disk drive? Oh, I don’t know, how about one that’s designed to run for 24 continuous hours? Oh, yes. The MHY2 BS line goes all the way up to 200GB and is mainly aimed at enterprise operations. That’s not to say that your nifty RAID array running Azureus all day long won’t benefit from the drive, but it may be a case of… Read More

  • Faraday Media Launches Particls Sidebar, Engagd

    Faraday Media will today launch a new sidebar based version of attention management tool Particls, as well as a new attention platform Engagd. The Particls Sidebar provides a same attention feed based information as the Particls ticker; a personalized, streaming view of everything that matters to the user online in real-time, but in a sidebar. The Particls sidebar is a welcome alternative to… Read More

  • WikiYou Beats Spock to Launch

    A new people-focused content site called WikiYou launches this morning out of beta. Generally speaking it is a “wikipedia for people” with a social network bolted on. The focus is is on biographies and stories about individuals. Much of the content is wiki-like, allowing anyone to edit it. The company, which was started by Bolt.com founders Jay Gould and Aaron Cohen, is very much… Read More

  • Verizon Exceeds 10 Billion Text Messages in June

    OK, someone’s thumbs have got to hurt! Verizon Wireless has announced that its customers sent and received more than 10 billion text messages (or SMS messages) last month, a new company record and the highest reported total of any mobile carrier in the United States. In June Verizon Wireless customers also sent and received more than 200 million multimedia messages (MMS), which… Read More

  • FIA World Rally Championship Races to Mobile for First Time

    Mobile entertainment publisher I-play announced today that it has signed a deal with FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to bring the license to mobile games for the first times. The game is set to launch in the fourth quarter of this year in North American, Europe and Asia Pacific. The World Rally Championship is the only mobile game to carry the official WRC Liense, and it will include… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Patent Reform More than Just in the Air

    “May you live in interesting times”, or so they say. The USPTO and IP attorneys have been handed very interesting times indeed with recent Supreme Court decisions and Congressional alignment in pushing ahead the Patent Reform Act of 2007. History may show the turning point of frustration to be NTP’s infringement case against RIM that almost shut down the Blackberry network. … Read More

  • Destroy Your Landline Contest Winners: Craig and Niels

    “Phone Burn!” by Craig and Niels I originally thought about extending the entry period, but since we got only one entry — and it was such a cool one — Craig and Niels are the winners. Congratulations and special thanks to T-Mobile for sponsoring the contest. Read More

  • iPhone Good as a Mobile Reader

    Like our colleagues over at our sister site CrunchGear, we don’t like to get our fingers all covered in ink from newspapers, which is why NewspaperDirect’s PressDisplay.com service sounds so interesting. The site offers 500 newspapers from 70 countries in 37 languages, and better still is now available free for a month for the iPhone. “The iPhone is the perfect mobile… Read More

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