• Ubisoft lead developer: PC is best for casual gaming

    I can think of two reasons of the top of my head why the PC is the right platform for casual gamers. People just getting into gaming, first of all, don’t even own a console, but they almost certainly own a computer (and let’s be honest, a lot are playing at work). That tips the scales already — your target audience self-selects. Secondly, gateway casual games are ones… Read More

  • Lithium Raises New $12M Round For Hosted Communities

    Lithium Technologies, an online enterprise communities solutions provider, has raised a $12 million in a Series B equity round led by Benchmark Capital.¬† Lithium had previously raised $9 million¬†in a Series A in April 2007, which was co-led by Shasta Ventures and Emergence Capital. Lithium provides on-demand solutions for enterprise communities, providing social networks, forums, live… Read More

  • PS3 Firmware (v.2.40) update walkthrough and FAQ

    Eric Lempel, Director of PlayStation Network Operations, has put up three fun-filled posts to the official PlayStation blog. The first post is about XMB access in-game and features a video of how it will look. It should make it easier to check messages from friends without having to leave the game. The second post also had a video but this one was less exciting, since it was about the… Read More

  • A Million Businesses on Office Live While Generic Hosting Slides

    Microsoft today announced that after 2 years, their Office Live Small Business app had broken through the million subscriber mark. With one million businesses now managing their website, email and documents using OfficeLive, Microsoft have firmed up their position as a provider of online tools for the small business market against competition from Google and a host of others. At the same… Read More

  • Slide And Vh1 Team Up To Annoy The Hell Out Of You

    Slide and Vh1 excel at making products geared towards America’s lowest common denominator. The first makes SuperPoke, a popular social network app that lets you send text messages saying you’ve done “stuff” to your friends. The latter produces reality show classics like “Flavor of Love”, “Rock of Love”, and “I Love New York”. And… Read More

  • Japanese face analysis system for age verification pwn3d by magazine

    I don’t know how they ever believed this would work. How could they not have tried this? But really, it’s strengthening my belief about how technology advances in Japan. Briefly: Here in the United States, we get trickle-down tech. It’s a hand-me-down from the feudal system, I think: some lab-rats test the hell out of a product until they think it’s ready for us, then… Read More

  • News Corp Consolidates All Fox Interactive Employees Into New Facility

    Fox Interactive Media, the News Corp subsidiary that controls most of its online assets, has signed a 12 year lease agreement for a new facility in Playa Vista. All FIM companies in Southern California will move to the new facility starting in June of 2009. For those wondering about FIM and MySpace’s future growth, this move should settle speculation. The site will house over 300,000… Read More

  • The Sony Mylo 2 personal communicator gets an update

    If you have a Mylo you will be happy to know Sony released an updated for the device. Some of the more notable features in this update are support for video recording, support for a 16GB Memory Stick, playback of WMV files, and improved playback of YouTube videos. If you are not sure what the Mylo personal communicator is, be sure to check out Peter Ha’s review of the device. If you… Read More

  • Facebook Building Out Own Datacenters

    eWeek is reporting a rumor that Facebook are about to begin the move away from leased colocation to building out their own datacenters. What we do already know is that late last year Facebook leased out 10,000sq feet of datacenter space at a new facility built by DuPont Fabros Technology in Ashburn, Viginia, alongside both Yahoo! and MySpace. The lease coincided with a $240M investment… Read More

  • Pics of SLR cameras and lenses sawn in half – very cool

    I’ve actually been looking for pictures like this for ages. I find SLRs and lenses very fascinating, but it wasn’t until I saw a lens cut open like this in the window of a shop in Paris that I understood just how complicated they are. You ask what you’re paying for when you buy a really good prime lens or a $1000 zoom; you’re looking at it. The first picture is cool, as… Read More

  • How Will iPhone 2.0 Change The Smartphone Market

    AppleInsider is reporting today that a recent survey from investment bank RBC Capital Markets shows that over 50% of consumers looking to purchase a smartphone in the next 90 days are likely to purchase the new 3G iPhone which is scheduled for release on the 11th of July. Symbian currently enjoys 65% of smartphone market share (53% Nokia), with Windows on 13% and RIM on 12%. With over 35M… Read More

  • FriendFeed Finally Gets iPhone-Friendly

    FriendFeed, the popular social network feed aggregator, has released a new version of its site that has been optimized for the iPhone. While FriendFeed has always featured a relatively spartan design, the standard version sports small fonts that make text difficult to read on the iPhone’s screen. The new version has increased the font size, and has further tweaked link placement… Read More

  • Popular they may seem, Batman movies don't make as much money as you'd think

    Flickr’d So this is sorta surprising. Despite how seemingly popular the Batman movies have been, that awful one starring George Clooney notwithstanding, they don’t seem to make all that much money. Adjusted for inflation, the first movie is still box office king with $436.4 million at the box office. Batman Begins pulled in $226.3 million. The worst, of course, was that… Read More

  • Europe will finally get its hands on the DualShock 3

    Sony announced that the amazing vibrating DualShock 3 controller will be released in Europe on July 2, 2008. This is a good thing since many of the new games for the PS3 will support the vibration feature. Our good pal David Reeves, the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe says: We are delighted to confirm that DUALSHOCK 3 will be released in SCEE territories in early July. Read More

  • "The Dark Knight" already sold out

    Has anyone else tried purchasing tickets for the midnight showing? I just tried and Fandango is a dirty, filthy liar. The midnight showing at the IMAX here in NYC was lit up all red like tickets were available, but it really wasn’t. I want to cry now. You suck, Fandango. Read More

  • Yahoo Gets Dumped By Maxim

    The indignity of it all. On top of everything else that Yahoo is dealing with right now (testy shareholders, departing executives, reorganized employees), it also just got dumped by Maxim. The magazine’s site, Maxim.com, now uses Quintura to power its search instead of Yahoo. Its sister sites Blender.com and Stuffmagazine.com, will also soon be dumping Yahoo as well. All three sites… Read More

  • 13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    There has been much talk of Twitter users moving over to FriendFeed since Twitter replies were down for the majority of last week. Twitter announced that they were back on Saturday in their blog, but seeing as the outage may have inspired some users to flock to FriendFeed, I decided to take a look at the 3rd-party applications and scripts that enhance the FriendFeed functionality. For those… Read More

  • New FBI database, with biometrics a-plenty, really upsets privacy advocates (What else is new?)

    Generally, whenever someone calls the United States a “police state,” you can ignore them and go about your business. I’m tempted to do the same here, but here we go anyway. The FBI, in working with Lockheed Martin, is developing a so-called super database for crime prevention. You’ll find the same thing you’d find in other, My First Crime Prevention Databases… Read More

  • XM, Sirius will have positive cash flow next year (if they merge!)

    We’ll all be dead before XM and Sirius merge, but the two companies would like the whole wide world (or whoever reads PR Newswire) to know how they think they’ll end up financially once they’re one company. (What an awfully constructed sentence.) The headline here is the combined company will have positive cash flow in 2009. They did re-state that, technically, Sirius will… Read More

  • Want a cheap iPhone 3G data/voice plan?

    Then move to Hong Kong. Hutchison has worked it out so that those in Hong Kong and Macau can spend as little as $24/month for data/voice. You’ll have to pay $377 for an 8GB iP3G, but it’s still the cheapest compared to those announced across various carriers/countries. Some comparisons (all expressed in U.S. dollars for the equivalent of a 2-year contract): * Hutchison in… Read More

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