• Sony Announces EX-1, ZX-1 and XEL-1 TVs at IFA 2008

    Sony wants to be the number one TV company by the year 2010.  To that end, they’ve announced three sexy new products today at IFA. The Bravia EX-1 PictureFrame television is a wall-mountable LCD television that utilizes wireless HDMI to reduce cables going to your set.  It’s designed to look good on your wall, as though a piece of art.  The wireless HDMI has a range of about… Read More

  • iPhone Reception Problems are All Your Fault

    According to an AT&T source, net effect problems in the iPhone firmware are causing poor reception and calls dropped for iPhone 3G carriers. It’s all your fault. Read More

  • Sony presents world's slimmest LCD HDTV

    Sony presented a number of new Bravia full HD LCD TVs [JP] today in Japan but the KDL-40ZX1 stands out as the world’s slimmest LCD HDTV (thickness: 9.9mm). The TV, which is only available in a 40-inch version, comes with a contrast ratio of 3,000:1, LED backlighting, 120Hz MotionFlow technology, a viewing angle of 178°, BRAVIA Engine 2 image processing, acTVila video on demand web… Read More

  • Microsoft's Live Search Cashback Scheme Fails To Move The Market Share Needle

    When it comes to search, Microsoft is trying everything it can to become a serious player. It tried to acquire Yahoo, its latest version of Internet Explorer attempts to steer Web surfers away from Google, and then there is straight-out payola to search advertisers. I am talking, of course, of Microsoft’s Live Search Cashback promotion, which lets advertisers offer rebates to consumers… Read More

  • JamLegend Takes On Guitar Hero On The Web (1,000 Invites)

    One of the most promising startups to come out of the LaunchBox incubator is JamLegend, a music site with mass appeal. JamLegend takes the familiar anyone-can-be-a-rockstar model made popular by videogames like Guitar Hero and Rock Band and puts it on the Web. The site is in private beta, but we have 1,000 invites for the first people to sign up at the site with the invite code… Read More

  • SpeedDate Scores $6 Million For Matchmaking In A Hurry

    Online dating site SpeedDate has raised $6 million in a Series B funding round led by Menlo Ventures. SpeedDate offers users a series of 3 minute mini-dates, during which they can converse through video, audio, and a chat box. If both partners decide they were a good match when prompted at the end of the date, they can continue communicating through the site until they make the jump to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Skate or Die Edition

    H-Box looks like a BSG ship more than a theater
    Go Plate saves you the struggle of making two trips to the kitchen
    Pixel Art: Game Boy de-makes
    Tiny Linux Space Cube: Oh boy, more stuff to misplace
    Zazzle starts printing custom skateboard decks Read More

  • What The Veoh Decision Means For YouTube And Others

    Attorneys representing online video sites around the country are salivating today over the Veoh summary judgment decision (I know this because I’ve spoken to a few of them). In a nutshell, here’s what we learned today: If you take reasonable precautions against copyrighted materials on your service, you may be ok. And oh yeah, if you are going to get sued, try to get sued in… Read More

  • VoIP calls on Aircell's Gogo? Big deal, seriously.

    So you’ve found a way to make VoIP calls on American Airlines flights with Gogo by using some Flash-based service? Good for you, really, but anyone saying that they’ve hacked the system needs to reassess the meaning of the term. Stumbling upon an app that works is not hacking anything. It’s called being lucky. I honestly didn’t care enough to try out all the possible… Read More

  • Microsoft signs Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement with Nikon

    The press release doesn’t say a whole lot about what the two companies will be doing together, but we do know that MS is being compensated by Nikon for an undisclosed sum. The two juggernauts in their respective industries are hoping this agreement will further advance each company’s current and upcoming product lines. This directly impacts Nikon’s digital cameras as well… Read More

  • RIM's BlackBerry Storm 9530 aka Thunder for Verizon packaging leaked

    Well, that touchscreen RIM device that we’ve been waiting for is one stop closer to becoming official on Verizon. EngMo received renderings of the Storm 9530 aka Thunder’s packaging and reveals some details that were unsubstantiated in the past. The Storm 9530 will be a world phone and includes a SIM card, an 8GB SanDisk microSD card preinstalled (huh?), but no signs of Wi-Fi. In… Read More

  • Logitech Squeezebox Boom made official

    Looking for a dead simple music player? Take a gander at Logitech’s Squeezebox Boom. It connects directly to your home network and streams all your content along with the ability to tap into your Last.FM, Slacker, Rhapsody and Sirius accounts. The innards consist of a digital 30W amp, two ¾-inch tweets and two 3-inch subs. It even acts as an alarm cock. It retails for $299.99 and will… Read More

  • Bungee Labs In A Freefall

    Bungee Labs, a well funded Utah based startup that left private beta only six months ago, laid off 15 employees today to give themselves more runway on their cash burn rate. The last we checked they had 38 employees, so this is nearly 40% of their total headcount. Read More

  • Sony announces four new nav-u GPS units

    Sony is adding upon their line of GPS systems with four new models, NV-U94T, NV-U84, NV-U74T and NV-U44. Picking up where the NV-U73T and the NV-U83T left off, the new units add some new features for the form factors. The top of the line U94 adds a photo viewer and A/V player. All of the GPS devices are bringing back Bluetooth connectivity and incorporate gesture command. Ranging from $250… Read More

  • FYI, None Of Us Can Go To The Google/Vanity Fair Party Tonight

    From: Vanity Fair / Google
    Date: August 27, 2008 9:06:32 PM PDT
    To: Michael Arrington
    Subject: IMPT: Google/Vanity Party Status
    Reply-To: demconventionparty@google.com Thank you for your interest in the Vanity Fair / Google Party. We have reached full capacity for this event and are unable to accommodate additional guests. If you have NOT received a Confirmation email–separate from… Read More

  • Sony announces four new Xplod in-dash car stereos with Zappin

    Available starting in September, Sony’s new car stereo line up will add the ability to connect music players via USB. A first for Sony, they are also incorporating their “unique Zappin technology” which acts like the traditional scan feature found on most car stereos, except now users can scan their own libraries. Also integrated is the Quick-BrowZer feature that allows users… Read More

  • Ten million PSPs sold in Japan, Monster Hunter rocks

    In a bit of surprising news, it seems the PSP is actually thriving over in Nippon. Everyone thinks of Japan as a Nintendo stronghold, especially when it comes to handhelds, but the truth is that the PSP is doing pretty well; selling 10 million is no joke. I wonder how many are Stella Artois units. And why haven’t I played Monster Hunter?! That game looks like it kicks ass &mdash… Read More

  • Samsung has cheapie SSDs coming your way

    One of the biggest obstacles in the uptake of SSDs is the price, as I’m sure you, sir, are well aware. We keep hearing about the benefits of SSDs, but how many of us have flash-based storage outside of our mp3 players? It’s just not cost-effective — yet. Predictably, Samsung wants to change that. They’re introducing a line of low-capacity SSDs that are… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Wednesday, August 27

    Today’s Top Posts: Watch out, there’s a computer virus (well, worm) aboard the International Space Station SanDisk releases 30MB/s SDHC cards Epson rolls out 4-inch high-res photo viewers Garmin refreshes two GPS lineups GamePark releasing new GP2X portable in October Nikon D90 is real, not just a collection of spy shots Daily Crunch: Heatstroke Edition Rock Band 2: Song… Read More

  • Immersion, Microsoft, Sony finally settle their beef (beeves?)

    I’m just going to refer you to the excellent diagram above for your lesson in force feedback lawsuitology. The outcome is basically that Sony ended up paying a bunch of money, Immersion came out on top for the most part, and Microsoft is still richer than Croesus. It’s finally been settled, as Microsoft got their ounce or so of the pound of flesh that Sony had to deliver to Immersion. Read More

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