• Space Shuttle Launch on Mobile, Like Watching Paint Dry?

    Space Shuttle Launch on Mobile, Like Watching Paint Dry?

    On July 20, 1969, the country paused to watch the first man walk on the moon. Just under 40 years later, and the space shuttle launch raises little more attention than a regularly scheduled flight on a commercial airline. Can mobile change all that? German mobile software company Dynetic plans to stream the next NASA launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday, June 8, at 7:38 p.m. Read More

  • Mobile Web 2.0, an Overstatement?

    Mobile Web 2.0, an Overstatement?

    It’s one thing to call social networking and commerce sites with advanced features Web 2.0, but to put the Mobile Web — which is in its infancy — in the same bucket may be overstretching definitions. mocoNews is reporting Google’s Sumit Agarwal, a product manager in the mobile division, is calling it “Web 0.5.” Form factors like small screens and tiny… Read More

  • Ccube Expands Free Click-to-Call

    Ccube Expands Free Click-to-Call

    Staying connected while staying private has just gotten easier. Ccube today unveiled their new click-to-call feature, which will allow members of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook to get connected while maintaining their privacy. The click-to-call widget can be placed in the user profile to enable communication with other Ccube members, but without revealing personal… Read More

  • Users Touchy About Touchscreen Interface

    Users Touchy About Touchscreen Interface


    A report by Strategy Analytics “Positive Learning Curve for Touchscreen Devices” finds visual feedback and durability to be key to the success of touchscreen interfaces on mobile phones. While it’s OK to include a stylus for the phone’s operation, by definition and research, a touchscreen must respond to finger gestures. “Durability of the screen remains the… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging Revenue Exceeds $1 Billion in Q1

    Mobile Messaging Revenue Exceeds $1 Billion in Q1

    Mobile messaging through VeriSign’s digital infrastructure brought carriers topped $1 billion in the first quarter. The provider trafficked an excess of 17 billion messages, up from eight billion in the first quarter of 2006. The messaging peak occurs in the early evening hours, no doubt when plans are being made, or texting teens are (supposedly) doing their homework. At that time, as… Read More

  • Motricity Powers Musician Storefronts

    Motricity Powers Musician Storefronts

    With the launch of Linkin Park’s mobile storefront, Motricity, a provider of mobile content services and solutions, announced this week that it now powers more than 400 mobile storefronts, including nine of the top 10 sites. “Mobile is now a standard component for album releases,” said Jud Bowman, CTO and general manager of media and entertainment for Motricity. “Inserts… Read More

  • Photo Sharing with Burstcast

    Photo Sharing with Burstcast

    Want to share the photos you’ve taken on your mobile phone? While it is easy enough to send them via e-mail, you can use Burstcast to send to one online location for all to see. Burstcast is an online image viewer that lets you e-mail your photos directly from the camera where they are then posted to a Web page. Your phone number and other personal information remains secure as well, so… Read More

  • 30 Years Of Apple

    30 Years Of Apple

    Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first Apple computer going on sale. It has been a long and winding road. Nothing in history or even amongst the paleofuture study of the company could have predicted Apple in 2007. The Apple Mac may not hold a position of dominant market share today but amongst the technology influencers there is no other choice. The iPod is all dominant; even Apple… Read More

  • Amp'd Melts Down, Helio Says They Are Doing Just Fine

    When Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Amp’d declared bankruptcy earlier this week, a lot of people pointed to competitor Helio as the next one to fall. There are suspicious similarities between the companies. Amp’d launched in the U.S. in December 2005. Helio entered the market just a few months later, in May 2006. Amp’d raised $360 million in capital, Helio raised… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Clowntime Is Over Edition

    Daily Crunch: Clowntime Is Over Edition

    Travel Gear Roundup
    Melt Umbrella: Not Only is it Better, But it’s Environmentally Friendly
    M60M Watch Doesn’t Have Hour, Minute or Second Hands
    Badonkadonk Tank: Yours for Only $20K
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  • Movable Type 4.0 Beta Launches, Platform To Be Open Sourced

    Movable Type 4.0 Beta Launches, Platform To Be Open Sourced

    SixApart have released a new beta version of popular blogging content management system Movable Type. Moveable Type 4.0 is the first major release of Movable Type since MT 3.0 in 2004 and comes complete with a market disrupting announcement: SixApart will open source Movable Type before the end of the third quarter. I spoke to SixApart’s Vice President Anil Dash prior to the launch and… Read More

  • Google and Salesforce Tightly Integrate Adwords Products

    Google and Salesforce Tightly Integrate Adwords Products

    There’s been a lot of speculation about Salesforce and Google lately. Tomorrow the two companies will announce a marketing and distribution alliance that will tightly bind Google Adwords to existing Salesforce tools that track sales from online advertising. Salesforce and Google will be starting an extended partnership encompassing marketing and distribution of their products across… Read More

  • Major Relaunch For Ask: Ask3D

    Major Relaunch For Ask: Ask3D

    Forget the advertising campaign debacle: There is some real news about Ask.com tonight. The search engine, which is currently the fourth most used search service, is publicly re-launching tonight around 9 PM PST. You won’t see this when visiting the site: The home page and all results pages have been significantly overhauled and a ton of new features and resources have been added. Read More

  • Lost In Translation: Europe Could Still Get Zune's This Year

    Lost In Translation: Europe Could Still Get Zune's This Year

    This should be a lesson to you all. Find someone that actually reads and speaks the language before you go spouting off that Microsoft will not ship Zune’s to Europe in 2007. It’s not to say that it will actually happen, but do you see how quickly the Interwebs light up at such news? This is what Ballmer really said when he was asked about Zune’s being launched in… Read More

  • Hey! It's A Zune! And It's Red! But Why?

    Hey! It's A Zune! And It's Red! But Why?


    Not just red, but watermelon red. (But not (PRODUCT)RED, so you’ll have to take your charity business elsewhere.) All the insides are the same, which has already been well established. It’ll be exclusively available on Amazon.com and at Target stores round about June 10. So, why pink and red this spring/summer? Well, according to the Microsoft spokesperson I spoke to, “the… Read More

  • PNY, SanDisk Solid State Drives In Sizes Worth Buying

    PNY, SanDisk Solid State Drives In Sizes Worth Buying

    At Computex Taipei 2007, SanDisk showed off its two new additions to its line of solid state drives (SSD): SanDisk 1.8-inch 64GB UATA 5000 and 2.5-inch 64GB SATA 5000 SSD products. This was trumped by PNY’s announcement of a 2.5-inch 128GB SSD. SanDisk and PNY are stating read speeds of 67MBps and 66MBps, respectively. How’s that for fast boot times and file access… Read More

  • Lala Launches On-demand Free Streaming Music Service

    Lala Launches On-demand Free Streaming Music Service

    Just launched: LaLa is offering users the ability to listen to an unlimited amount of on-demand streaming music, for free, marking the first time this has been available legally. Their new tag line is “Play albums on demand, buy the ones you love.” We wrote about this product a week ago, although the final launch product has additional features we did not cover in that post. Read More

  • Yes, But What Does That Have to Do With The iPhone?

    Yes, But What Does That Have to Do With The iPhone?

    I had lunch with journalist Steve Gillmor yesterday. I wanted his input on the Google/Salesforce story I was working on and so we met at our favorite hangout near San Francisco airport. But he jokingly answered all of my questions with “Yes, but what does that have to do with the iPhone?” His point was that the iPhone will change everything this year, and it was all he wanted to… Read More

  • Badonkadonk Tank: Yours for Only $20K

    Badonkadonk Tank: Yours for Only $20K

    Thank God for Digg. Sure, some of its users are noisy, know-nothing nerds, but without it, how would we ever discover gems like this? It’s a land cruiser tank of some sort under the name JL421 Badonkadonk. Yes, Badonkadonk. Its top speed is 40 mph and appears to actually be available for purchase for the reasonable price of $20,000. You’d have to be making Jobs-level money to… Read More

  • Legitimately Awesome Item of the Day: A Pop-Up Book of Phobias

    Legitimately Awesome Item of the Day: A Pop-Up Book of Phobias

    This right here = awesome. It’s a pop-up book of phobias, including spiders, fear of death, snakes and clowns. (Hey, books were gadgets in the old days.) I have to say this book, even though I’m like seven years behind the curve, is something that I need in my collection immediately. The next edition, the Gadget Blogger Edition, will have: WordPress is ganked; Internet connection… Read More