• Samsung's Blu-ray and HD DVD Compatible Duo HD Player Here By The Holidays

    Samsung's Blu-ray and HD DVD Compatible Duo HD Player Here By The Holidays

    Samsung will release the Blu-ray and HD DVD-playing Duo HD Player (BD-UP5000) before the Holidays. Unlike LG’s Super Mega Happy Whatever dual disc player, Samsung’s will actually support both formats completely, interactive features and all. The player stands to benefit from the general confusion surrounding the high definition disc format war. (‘Cause it’s so… Read More

  • Sun Buys SavaJe With Leftover Raffle Tickets

    Sun Buys SavaJe With Leftover Raffle Tickets

    Breaking news, folks. Sun Microsystems, creators of hit products like Java and the Java Runtime Engine and Java 2, have acquired all the assets and intellectual property of SavaJe, which is some startup that made a Java-based OS for cellphones. The company is now out of business, hence why Sun was actually able to afford a purchase since, last I checked, Sun isn’t exactly rolling in cash. Read More

  • Wi-Fi iPod On The Way, Could Be Ready By Summertime, Living to Be Easy

    Wi-Fi iPod On The Way, Could Be Ready By Summertime, Living to Be Easy

    Apple’s primary manufacturer has hinted at the production of Wi-Fi iPods to be released in the second half of this year. Taiwan’s DigiTimes reports that Foxconn will manufacture the finished iPods and could be ready to ship as early as during the summer. No word on whether or not this Wi-Fi iPod will have a touchscreen like the iPhone. Sure, an iPod with built-in Wi-Fi has been… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 5

    The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 5

    We’ve finally hit the wall, people. One more kit left. Yesterday’s kit is now winging its way to OffBeat Mammal while one more waits spinning in its launch tube, primed for almost any of our 5-10 loyal readers. Where will the secret subject line be? Who will win the last kit? What am I talking about? BTW – the secret subject line is not SkypeMe. Read More

  • Sony Patents 3D Virtual Reality Controller For The PS3

    Sony Patents 3D Virtual Reality Controller For The PS3

    Sony has patented a 3D controller for the PS3 and Vaio PCs that responds not only to your wild, flailing movements, but also to your hand grip and applied pressure. As the drawings so wonderfully illustrate, the controller’s held in the palm of your hands. There’s a tactile response, too, so you’re able to feel the game, so to speak. I bet Sony’s real happy it… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Cingular Cell Phone Geo-Finder Services

    . While there are many other players with location based technologies in this field, the fact that a carrier like Cingular has some innovations and is looking to add value to its new Apple relationship holds a bit of promise. With the growing geography + mobile, IM, blogging field developing with Twitter and Outside.in, these technologies are also feeling quite timely for launch. Read More

  • Konami Characters And Their 1980s Counterparts

    Konami Characters And Their 1980s Counterparts

    This is quite possibly the most awesome set of comparisons ever. For years I’ve been saying that the guy from Contra looks like Arnold and sure enough, according to this Shamoozal article, he does. A bunch of characters from Konami games have been compared to their 1980s counterparts and boy are the results right on the money. Aside from Contra, you’ll also find comparisons for… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Apple and the Long (Mc)Fly Ball

    The AudioFile: Apple and the Long (Mc)Fly Ball

    People have been clamoring for WiFi-enabled music players for a long time now. But current offerings from Archos, Microsoft, and SanDisk make it seem like they’re all just taking weak jabs at Apple, like when George McFly goes to deck Biff in Back To the Future and just lands a wimpy blow on his shoulder. The big blunder is simple: keeping social WiFi (sharing music) and productivity… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Shower Scene

    Daily Crunch: Shower Scene

    Geek Squad Dude Caught Recording Showering Women
    Juke Tower In-Shower MP3 Player: Bring Your Own Memory
    Fake Chopsticks for Wannabe Asian Food Nuts
    The Futurist: Technology and Toys — Sometimes Low-Tech is High-Fun
    20GB PS3 Discontinued, Funeral Service Scheduled For Next Week Read More

  • Apple Delays OS X Leopard Due to iPhone

    Apple Delays OS X Leopard Due to iPhone

    Apple has announced that OS X Leopard is now officially delayed. The reason? The iPhone. That’s right, Cupertino had to “borrow some key software engineering and QA resources” from Leopard development and apply them to iPhone production. As a result, Leopard will debut in October rather than at June’s WWDC event. I still maintain that the iPhone is going to be a… Read More

  • Sidekick ID Hands On

    Sidekick ID Hands On


    The Sidekick ID: Don’t Call It a Comeback The Sidekick line is an odd animal. It’s not smartphone nor is it a fashion phone, but it seems to straddle the line between the two so precariously that it becomes everything to everyone. I’ve used the SK3 since it came out and found it to be the best messaging phone I’ve ever used, bar none. Symbian, WinMo and Linux have… Read More

  • CEO Of Rivals Involved In Securities Fraud; May Kill Yahoo Acquisition

    Update: See here. Rumors about a possible $100 million acquisition by Yahoo of sports content site Rivals surfaced today. But two previous deals to acquire the company died once it was discovered that the CEO, Shannon Terry, was found to have been involved in a classic “pump and dump” scheme, and violated the anti-touting and antifraud provisions of U.S. securities laws in… Read More

  • VisiblePath Is A Lot Like LinkedIn, Except It's Useful

    VisiblePath Is A Lot Like LinkedIn, Except It's Useful

    One of the better features of LinkedIn is the relationship map that shows your friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so on. It is a useful tool when you need to talk to someone you don’t know directly, or get information about them – just find a path through mutual friends. But we all know what sucks about LinkedIn. Contacts are sorted in only a single list, and there… Read More

  • Trimble Outdoors' Multimedia Google Earth Layer: All That Outdoor Fun On Your Cellphone, Desktop

    Trimble Outdoors' Multimedia Google Earth Layer: All That Outdoor Fun On Your Cellphone, Desktop

    GPS software firm Trimble Outdoors gets a gold star for being the first to release an outdoor enthusiast multimedia layer for Google Earth. Users download the software to their cellphones and other GPS-capable devices. It then piggybacks on top of Google Earth, providing video clips and the like for featured areas. Want to check out your local hiking trail before you even step outside? Read More

  • China To Ban All-Day Online Gaming: You Go Now!

    China To Ban All-Day Online Gaming: You Go Now!

    China doesn’t want its citizens to become video game-playing zombies, so it’s going to impose restrictions on the amount of time gamers can play. This doesn’t just apply to Internet cafes, either, but will be a server-side ban that affects everyone. The government will give companies that host online games three months to install time-limiting software. Once installed… Read More

  • Cosplay Dance: Why, Japan, Why?

    Cosplay Dance: Why, Japan, Why? Free Skype? Cosplayers dance. Police come. Cosplayers scatter. Rinse. Repeat. via TokyoMango Read More

  • Rolling Stone Says They'll Launch Social Network

    The best place to tell secrets may not be while speaking to a room full of journalism students at New York University. But that’s how Keith Blanchard, Wenner Media’s executive director for online media for Rolling Stone and other magazines, released the news that they plan to launch a MySpace-style social network around the Rolling Stone brand. Andrea Feczko, one of the students in… Read More

  • Dell Ups Laptop HD Capacities to 250GB

    Dell Ups Laptop HD Capacities to 250GB

    In all likelihood, desktops will always be ahead of laptops as far as storage goes. It’s simply a matter of size and power: a desktop can have both in spades, but a laptop needs to be portable and cord-free. Dell, though, is stepping things up a notch by adding 250GB HDs to certain of its XPS M1710 laptops. These make the first mass-produced commercial laptops in America with… Read More

  • Payday for Red Swoosh: $15 million from Akamai

    Update: According to SEC documents, Red Swoosh sold for a total of $18.7 million to Akamai. Akamai has acquired Red Swoosh for $15 million in a stock for stock transaction. We covered Red Swoosh last year when they launched a free, ad supported version of its file serving technology. Red Swoosh uses bittorent-like technology to quickly transfer files using peer to peer technology. Some… Read More

  • Stanton's T.90 USB High-Torque Turntable

    Stanton's T.90 USB High-Torque Turntable


    The new T.90 USB High-Torque Turntable from Stanton certainly isn’t the first we’ve seen for converting your vinyl to digital files on your computer through USB, but it is definitely better equipped to handle the demands of a pro or hobbyist DJ than most. The T.90, aside from its namesake high-torque direct-drive motor, features a built-in “Key Lock” for adjusting… Read More