• Sony casually reminds us that PS3 Network is free (and Xbox Live costs money)

    [photopress:ps3freexblnot.jpg,full,center] What’s a guaranteed way to stir the hornet’s nest that is the console wars? If you’re Sony you start an ad campaign reminding people that its PlayStation Network is completely free. The not so subtle “what doesn’t this ad say?” is that Xbox Live costs $50 per year. And then both camps started calling each other names. Read More

  • Local UK sites now in all out war

    There’s something about ‘local’ that really gets our startup juices flowing in the UK. Maybe it’s that ‘children of Thatcher’ thing? (She was a greengrocer’s daughter). Nine-year old local search site TouchLocal has raised £7M (€9.4M) from Balderton Capital to combine a yellow pages model with a social community of recommending and reviewing… Read More

  • We7 proving ad-supported music has a future?

    Ad-supported music seems to be gaining traction as a business model. We7, a UK-based music download service driven by advertising sales, has raised a $6M Series ‘A’ round led by musician/investor Peter Gabriel and Spark Ventures and UK VC firm Eden Ventures. The founders of We7 are John Taysom, chairman, and CEO Steve Purdham. Purdham founded SurfControl, a publicly-traded firm… Read More

  • Pleo, what have they done to you?

    The uber dorks have ported an AIBO tool over to the Pleo so you can make it do wretched things to satisfy your weird taste. Poor Ferbie. Robots Rule Read More

  • TrackMyShipments: Like TripIt For Deliveries

    TrackMyShipments offers a centralized delivery tracking service that is similar to TripIt. The concept is simple. Users sign up and forward emails they receive when ordering goods online to TrackMyShipments. The email can be in any format and any layout. The service then extracts the data to create a centralized tracking point for all deliveries. TrackMyShipments regularly pings the… Read More

  • Rumors running rampant over Pentax K20D


    Can you tell I’m obsessed with cameras lately? I’ve been closely watching the forums at DPR and today I came across some interesting posts regarding the Pentax K20D. One individual claims to have seen a handful of images taken with the K20D, which include EXIF files. There are also two purported images (super boring subjects) taken at ISO 100 and ISO 3200, but no EXIF files. Read More

  • Nope, no AT&T contract required for bring-your-own-SIM card plan

    [photopress:attoops.jpg,full,center] Some people freaked out the other day when they saw that AT&T wanted to tack on a two-year contract to its “bring your own SIM card” plan. Why should I have to sign up for a contract when the entire rationale for contracts is to subsidize cellphone, which I’m providing? It was a typo. Relax. AT&T will not require you to sign up for… Read More

  • Get out your piggy banks; the FCC spectrum auction starts thursday


    The big day is almost here! All the heavy tele-hitters will be making offers on the chunk of wireless spectrum being made available by the FCC. There are 5 blocks, A through E. A and B are regional and may be bought by carriers hoping to strengthen their coverage in certain areas. E is one-way, so it’s useless for cool stuff like email, mobile web, and so on. C and D are where the… Read More

  • Piper-Heidsieck limited-edition upside-down Champagne


    Sure it’ll set you back $125 but look at that bottle. Yes, folks, that’s a full bottle of old Champy in an upside-down bottle with a giant cork, designed by Viktor and Rolf. It’s actually a nice Rose with the “fruity flavor of morello cherry, citrus, and mandarin” and will reverse any hangover. I kid! Read More

  • The Club demo now out

    From the creators of Project Gotham Racing comes The Club, which is some underground fight-club-like shoot out involving seven other blokes who are pissed about something. The demo is available now for XBL and comes out January 24th for the Playstation Network. The game itself ships February 19th for the 360, PS3 and PC. The Club Read More

  • Noca Targets Transaction Fees with New Online Payment System

    If you sell anything online, whether physical goods or services, you’re probably keenly aware of the 2-3% (plus $0.30) lost through transactional fees every time someone makes a purchase with their credit card. This fee rears its ugly head whether you use PayPal, Google Checkout, or Amazon Flexible Payment Service since those companies are largely just passing on the fees imposed on them… Read More

  • Condemned 2: Bloodshot details emerge

    It’s not slated to hit shelves until March 11, but Sega just can’t keep a secret till then so today they revealed some tidbits about the online multiplayer modes for the second chapter of Condemned. Read More

  • English lady columnist calls video games 'crack cocaine'

    [photopress:vcross.jpg,full,right] This lady rules. Janice Turner of The Times—they have a decent football podcast—goes into the familiar “new technology is scary and stupid and I wish the Old Days were here again when I didn’t have to know what a Web site was and how to dial a mattress” crutch in a recent column entitled “Xbox is crack for kids”… Read More

  • Rumor: Canon to introduce mid-pro "3D" camera and 5D replacement?


    Apparently some Canon reps technicians have loose lips and while jawing about how unpredictable their bosses were about announcing things, may have leaked a few specs for a phantom camera set to fit in between the 1D Mark III and the 5D. He also mentioned some possible upgrade specs for the 5D — maybe now is your chance to buy a used 5D on the cheap as all the pros ditch for the new… Read More

  • 23andMe Now Available In Europe, Canada

    23andMe, the consumer genetics testing company founded by Sergey Brin’s wife Anne Wojcicki, is now available in Europe and Canada. The service, which launched in November enables customers to search and discover whether their genes make them more predisposed to certain outcomes, such as cancer or other illnesses. Michael signed up for a 23andme kit in December. You can read his… Read More

  • Velociraptoricide!

    Off-Road Velociraptor Safari from Matthew Wegner on Vimeo. So this game lets you be a velociraptor who can mow down other velociraptors in a jeep using a big chain and the front of the jeep. It should be on the web soon enough or you can just take a bunch of Robitussin and fall asleep on the couch and you can dream this game before burp/puking up a lot of cough syrup. Besides — it’s… Read More

  • More Olympus point and shoots – here come the Styluses. Styli?


    Olympus has unveiled its new higher-end point and shoots, starting at $250. More megapixelage and better lenses, but slightly heavier if you’re watching those ounces. More pics and specs after the link. Read More

  • Rumor Smashed: Lenovo not outsourcing to Taiwan

    This is not happening according to my Lenovo rep. No… the press reports that note Lenovo is moving ThinkPad production from China to Taiwan are incorrect. There are no plans to change ThinkPad production. Read More

  • 20x, wide-angle zoom Oly makes me feel funny

    I don’t know how they do it, but the Oly SP-570UZ boasts ultra zoom with a 10-megapixel sensor, dual image stabilization, face detection, shadow adjustment and perfect shot preview, which I’ll discuss later. The 570 is sort of like an SLR, but not. It has a rather large LCD at 2.7-inches and a f2.8-4.5 lens with an equivalent of 26-520mm focal length. I guess the inclusion of… Read More

  • Sony to release Ceramic White PS3 in the US

    [photopress:whiteps3.jpg,full,center] Given that 2008 is predicted to be the PS3’s year, it’s no surprise that Sony will want to keep momentum on its side. Sony will release the Ceramic White PS3 in North America, several years after white-colored electronics have gone from fashionable to dated. (See: the just-released pink iPod nano.) In Japan, the Ceramic White model comes with… Read More

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