• Video: Santa Claus gets a Mac in latest Apple ad

    Just in time for the holidays, Apple has released a new ad that brings together the Mac dude, the PC square and Santa. The hilarious part here is that PC square tries to pull one over on us by changing the lyrics to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” making them all pro-PC. How silly! I do, however, like the animation style in that it reminds me of “The Nightmare Before… Read More

  • Wii stolen from senior center in Spokane, Washington

    Oh come on. This is terrible. "Seniors at the Lilac Plaza Retirement Home in North Spokane sold recipe books to raise money to buy a Nintendo Wii," according to news station KXLY. How great is that? Old folks rolling up their sleeves to raise money to buy a video game console that’ll bring near-limitless joy to their otherwise mundane daily routine. Read More

  • Greys invade Apple campus

    AppleInsider is reporting sightings of slender gray and black aluminum MacBooks floating around the Apple campus, suggesting that someone has been dieting and is looking great! The slim Macbooks may or may not be launched at MacWorld along with a tiny sub-notebook. In fact, most of this is just hearsay and conjecture, so we can basically also add that Apple will launch a goat warmer and a… Read More

  • Meanwhile, uptown, the N-Gage appears

    Way to destroy our hopes for a usable gaming system for Nokia phones that will never be as good as standalone consoles like the DS or PSP and will be considered an afterthought by all but the most dedicated gamers and game manufacturers! Nokia announced that it would roll out its new N-Gage platform on the N81 and N81 8GB and offer “one or more games.” As one poster… Read More

  • Two free weeks of XM Satellite Radio for podcasters (and everyone else)

    I completely forgot to mention this the other day: now that XM is in the podcast business, it has started a promotion that gives away two weeks of streaming XM Satellite Radio. Yes, two free weeks of XM, complete with specialty channels like The Virus and that Oprah one. I hear XM is thinking about changing the name of the MLB channel to “Steroids: Everyone uses ’em.” So… Read More

  • Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB

    Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming. Amazon has just added an enterprise-class database called SimpleDB to its suite of cloud-based IT infrastructure, which also includes storage (S3) and computation (EC2) available by the drink. Today, Amazon is taking sign-ups for the SimpleDB beta… Read More

  • Bill Gates says "Get you an education"

    Not sure what this has to do with anything, but Flamin’ Bill Gates just wrote what I would call an op-ed for BBC news regarding the future of IT. Like his speech on the Internet, this seems a bit like the guy who just discovered the White Stripes and is now telling his buddies about it. If you look at the most interesting things that have emerged in the last decade – whether it is… Read More

  • With Wii shortage, Nintendo risks alienating potential customers

    How long until the shortage of the Wii starts to negatively affect Nintendo? That’s the idea of this one Times piece, which does the usual interviewing people who want a Wii but just can’t find one. Grown adults, snot-nosed kids, you know the drill—the Wii crosses demographic lines unlike any other video game console (or toy, for that matter) before it. Too bad no one can… Read More

  • Google Pushes YouTube As An "Alternative" Way To Search for Video

    Go to Google’s home page and at the top left you are given a number of options for refining your search: “Web, Images, Maps,” etc. At the end is a link for “more.” Click on that and at the bottom of the list, right after “Video,” you will find a new option: “YouTube.” Enter a search term and you are taken straight to YouTube’s… Read More

  • Streaming Internet radio coming soon to PSP

    With the update to firmware 3.80, the Sony PSP becomes a streaming Internet radio device. Screen shots of the software, which is “powered by Shoutcast,” are currently floating around the Internet and only provide the smallest of details, like better OPML and image handling in RSS. The “fun” details, like when we can expect a U.S. release or just what the relation is… Read More

  • Path Intelligence Monitors Foot Traffic in Retail Stores By Pinging People's Phones

    Analytics have turned shopping sites into finely tuned machines, enabling publishers to efficiently direct the flow of traffic around a site. However, the same can’t be said for their real-world counterparts. Aside from running tests using video tapes and infrared counters, there’s no comprehensive way for businesses to monitor how customers are flowing through their space. That… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Creepy Gift Edition

    Behold the decline and fall of the technical age: the scrolling LED tree ornament
    Chip Clips: Stocking Stuffer for your geeky girlfriend
    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Crumpler’s Brazillion Dollar Home
    Zune, Apple TV make Popular Mechanics’ worst-of-the-year list
    CG Holldays 2007 Recommendation: ACE Grooming Gear Read More

  • Ordnance Survey releases data, but stops short of radical change

    The UK’s Ordnance Survey mapping agency has (almost) come to its senses and announced that it will allow non-profit making organisations and individual developers to display their own data on OS maps for free. The OpenSpace product makes maps available from the 1:1m outline of Great Britain, up to street level (1:10,000). It provides all the necessary functionality to interact with a… Read More

  • Google Knol: A Step Too Far?

    News broke late yesterday that Google was preparing to launch a new site call Knol that will combine parts of Wikipedia and Squidoo to create a new user generated authoritative online knowledgebase of everything. All the details aren’t fully clear yet. What we do know is that Google will offer a revenue share from each page: “If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide… Read More

  • Google Preparing To Launch Game Changing Wikipedia Meets Squidoo Project

    When it comes to Google, nothing should surprise us any more. Last month it was Digg style social voting on search results, this month its a new project called “Knol” (which apparently stands for a unit of knowledge), a user generated knowledge project that combines parts of Wikipedia and Squidoo (and to a lesser extent Mahalo) into what could easily turn out to game changer in… Read More

  • Behold the decline and fall of the technical age: the scrolling LED tree ornament

    It’s official in my book: technology has become so cheap that it can’t help but be tacky. You may take this art deco scrolling LED ornament as an example of this. It has a matrix of LEDs around the outside and scrolls wishes of Xmas cheer to boost your Yuletide spirit. And get this: it’s called “Seasons Readings”. Get it!? If this isn’t an excuse for a… Read More

  • Chip Clips: Stocking Stuffer for your geeky girlfriend

    Attention, ladies of Seattle: If you’re walking around wearing these, and I see you, we’re getting married right then and right there. Computer chip hair clips! [Etsy, via 7 Gadgets, via Shiny Shiny] Read More

  • Rumors say Best Buy is sitting on tons of Wiis, playing keep away

    We think people who camp out overnight for electronics (even the iPhone) are dumbasses in general, but Best Buy is looking to force them to do just that, it would seem. Word is the biggest of the big box retailers is sitting on a glut of Wiis, keeping them from the shelves, and is planning on a few door buster sales in the coming weeks. Why they’re doing this we’re not sure… Read More

  • Assassin's Creed selling like hotcakes

    Ubisoft makes killer games and there’s no doubt about that so is it any wonder that Assassin’s Creed is boosting the French publisher’s sales outlook for 2007-08? It’s sold more than 2.5 million copies in under four weeks and Ubi expects to sell at least five million, which is two more than they expected. Really, Ubi? You didn’t think it was going to sell that well? Read More

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