• Veotag's Deep Tagging Gets $750K

    Veotag's Deep Tagging Gets $750K

    Veotagveo just got an angel investment of $750K. As we’ve covered before, deep tagging is an important feature in lengthier online media. Who hasn’t wanted to skip the boring parts of a keynote address? A host of startups are incorporating deep tagging into their services, such as Pluggd, Viddler, Motionbox, and JumpCut, among others. Veotag allows you to add this functionality to… Read More

  • Lots of Product Announcements At Google Today

    Lots of Product Announcements At Google Today

    Lots of announcements today at Google during their Searchology event. My live blogging notes are here and I’ve posted on their pre-announcement of a cross-language search engine coming soon. See SearchEngineLand as well. Cross-Language Search Engine Google’s Udi Manber mentioned in passing that they would soon be launching a cross-language search engine. More details… Read More

  • Google To Launch Cross-Language Search Engine; On-The-Fly Translations of Queries and Results

    Google To Launch Cross-Language Search Engine; On-The-Fly Translations of Queries and Results


    Udi Manber, VP Engineering at Google (and former CEO of Amazon’s A9) just announced at the Searchology event that Google will “soon” announce a cross-language search engine. Screen shot of the user interface is above. To return more results, queries will be auto translated into other languages to retrieve more results, and all results will then be translated back into… Read More

  • Symantec Suing Eight Companies Over Piracy

    Symantec Suing Eight Companies Over Piracy

    Sheesh. I wonder if Symantec is going after the guy TorrentFreak interviewed. I doubt it, as Symantec is attacking eight companies it says illegally copied its software to avoid licensing fees. The software maker is looking for $55 million in damages and jury trials, meaning this just isn’t a case of Joe Blow burning a copy of Norton AntiVirus for his co-worker. According to the… Read More

  • The 12 Ugliest Gadgets Of All Time

    The 12 Ugliest Gadgets Of All Time


    Some gadgets are good-looking — chances are the look of your cell phone was a major concern when you went shopping. Then again, some gadgets are ugly. Very, very ugly. We’ve found the ugliest gadgets ever made, so you don’t have to. Some you’ve likely seen before, others you thankfully haven’t. Just believe us: You’ll never take your iPod for granted again. Read More

  • The Ultimate Geek Cab

    The Ultimate Geek Cab

    Some of us have trouble pulling ourselves away from the computer and sometimes that can be OK. But if you need your fix of video gaming and Internet surfing and happen to live in Austin, Texas, you may want to call Ricky Gray for a cab. Gray has outfitted his minivan-turned-taxi with two LCD TVs on which customers can play Playstation 2 games on, watch TV, and surf the… Read More

  • Dude Knows Better Than Apple, Offers Way To Perfect The iPod

    Dude Knows Better Than Apple, Offers Way To Perfect The iPod

    All credit to Wired‘s Leander Kahney, for he and he alone knows how to fix the iPod. You know, the iPod that rejuvenated Apple, helping transform it from Apple Computer to Apple, Inc. It seems Kahney thinks that there’s something& mdash; some things — wrong with Apple’s portable media player. They “bug” him. Watch out, world, Kahney’s on a tear. Read More

  • Amazon To Open DRM-free Music Store

    Amazon To Open DRM-free Music Store

    Oh boy. Apple and Amazon are about to have a huge showdown. Bezos and Crew are set to debut an MP3 downloading store that will feature DRM-free tracks. No word yet on what bit-rate songs will be encoded in, but if it’s anything less than 256kbps, Amazon stands no chance against Apple. As you might have suspected, EMI is backing up Amazon on this move and will be offering millions of… Read More

  • Club Penguin In Acquisition Talks With Sony For $500+ million

    It’s been rumored for a while that Montgomery & Co. is representing virtual world Club Penguin in a sale transaction. It looks like the company is locked in talks, possibly exclusive, with Sony, and the price is “at least half a billion” says a source close to the deal. We mentioned Club Penguin last month when a competitor launched from IAC called Zwinktopia. The company… Read More

  • Cowon D2 Review

    Cowon D2 Review


    The new Cowon D2 is a pretty geeky-looking PMP that fits squarely (ok, rectangularly) in the palm of your hand, ready to play 30-fps video, photos, and music at the touch of a virtual button. With up to 4GB of internal flash storage plus an SD card slot–and a 50-hour battery life–the D2 can keep you mindlessly occupied for hours on end. That doesn’t include the time… Read More

  • Interview With A Warez Scene Releaser

    Interview With A Warez Scene Releaser

    Earlier in the week, I let you know a thing or two about piracy. If you became intrigued, I highly recommend checking out TorrentFreak’s interview with a releaser who does Warez scene releases. In case you forgot or didn’t know, Warez is slang for pirated and cracked software available on the Internet. Some fantastic questions are asked, including questions asked by visitors of… Read More

  • Searchology Event At Google Today: Tons of Announcements

    Searchology Event At Google Today: Tons of Announcements

    Update: There are a couple of fairly significant announcements in the notes section below. I’m starting to turn these into posts. Lots coming. At least half of silicon valley’s tech writers and major bloggers are at Google HQ today at the invite-only Searchology, where we are watching a series of presentations by Google executives. There may or may not be announcements of note… Read More

  • Lightascope Makes Your Plasma Look Pretty

    Lightascope Makes Your Plasma Look Pretty

    Now that flat-screen TVs are popping up everywhere, it makes sense to take advantage of them to the fullest. After all, you might not be watching that much television, but you did plunk down three grand for the set. Might as well put it to good use. With Lightascope, you can turn your high-def plasma or LCD TV into tripped out visuals for parties a beautiful work of art. It slides over the… Read More

  • Next Firefox Version Will Look More Mac-like, Less Crap-like

    Next Firefox Version Will Look More Mac-like, Less Crap-like

    How many of you use Firefox on the Mac but hate how it looks like a Windows 3.1 application? The guys at Mozilla know this, have heard your complaints and are now doing something about it. If all goes according to plan, Firefox 3.0 will feature a much more Mac-like interface. In the meantime, one of the main developers of the new Mac build has released a preview version on his Weblog…… Read More

  • TI Navigator Adds Wireless Connectivity To Calculators

    TI Navigator Adds Wireless Connectivity To Calculators

    I’ll admit, when I first saw the TI Navigator, I couldn’t help but think why someone would need wireless connectivity on a calculator. According to Texas Instruments, the TI Navigator is more of a device for the classroom than the individual student. It allows the teacher or professor to view the student’s calculator in real-time so they can see where people are getting stuck… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Puzzles on the Portables

    CrunchArcade: Puzzles on the Portables


    Big things do indeed come in small packages, and this is notably true of the some of the latest puzzle games for the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable. These offerings might not be overly complex, but don’t call them simplistic. They’re the types of games that are easy to learn, hard to master and even harder to put down. More importantly puzzle games are also the kind… Read More

  • Halo 3 Zune Up For Pre-Order at Gamestop

    Halo 3 Zune Up For Pre-Order at Gamestop

    The Halo 3 edition of the ever popular Zune is now available for pre-order at Gamestop. It will be available June 15 for only $249. The special edition will be jam packed with advertisements for Halo 3, a Halo 2 theatrical trailer, three Halo 3 ‘making of’ documentaries, the first six episodes of Red vs. Blue Season 1 and a custom episode for the Zune. Better get in line because… Read More

  • Sprint Launches Two Low-End Phones, Monsieurs M510 and M300

    Sprint Launches Two Low-End Phones, Monsieurs M510 and M300

    2007 is the year of the smooth phone. Case in point: the two newly released clamshells from Sprint/Samsung. The M300 is a basic phone with a clever mirror finish on the front and it supports Bluetooth and Spring Vision. VGA camera, yadda yadda. It’s 3.6 inches long and offers 3.2 hours of talk time. There’s an external 96×96 pixel color screen and an internal 128×160… Read More

  • Halo 3 Release Date Announced

    Halo 3 Release Date Announced

    For those of you psyched about Halo 3 and its sub-par graphics, you now have an official launch date: September 25th. That’s right. Come the end up September, you can line up outside Target or Best Buy with your Halo 3 Zune, listening to all the Slipknot you so desire. Then when midnight hits and you rush inside to score a copy, you’ll have to decide whether that Legendary… Read More

  • Sex Offenders Complain About Removed PCs

    Sex Offenders Complain About Removed PCs

    Over in Minnesota, a group of imprisoned sex offenders are pissed off because guards confiscated PCs they were using in their cells/rooms. So like any American, they took it to a court of appeals, only to have it shot down by a judge with half a brain. I’m guessing the court appearance went something like this: Judge: Why should I let a group of sex offenders keep their PCs? Inmates: So… Read More