• Mixx Democratizes Categories: Something Digg Should Have

    In late November I wrote that Digg is still the best online social news voting site online, but upstart Mixx is trying very hard to change this. Mixx has added groups to their social voting service. The new feature allows for the creation of public groups based on topic area, allowing for free and open categorization of news. For example Mixx users could start a Ron Paul group that only… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Symbian Mobile Disco Edition

    The most memorable quote from 2007 is…
    Holy gargantuan monkey goats!
    Smartphones Now: Symbian
    AT&T’s list of most downloaded ringtones in 2007 makes me sad
    Paramount, MTV forego theaters stream “Jackass 2.5″ Read More

  • Photobucket Now Available Inline For MySpace Users

    Photobucket has announced inline support for inclusion of Photobucket photos within MySpace. To use, MySpace users click on “Add Image From Photobucket” when leaving a comment, which then provides them the ability to browse their Photobucket photos. Users can also search Photobucket for images other than their own for inclusion in a comment. The only downside is that MySpace has yet… Read More

  • Lobster Eye X-Ray Inspection Device: real gadget, real name


    You’ll be seeing this at the airport soon, I think. Everyone was concerned when they started saying they would install X-ray backscatter scanners at the security checkpoints, and those things couldn’t move. Now we’ve got a similar (to laypeople) technology in a mobile, pointable form. Sounds great! These things work by emitting X-rays and analyzing the reflections; they… Read More

  • New touchscreen technology dubbed "SHISUTEMUONGURASU"


    I can’t say I got the full message from the translation of this page, but apparently Sony Japan is working on a new touchscreen technology that’s thinner and more durable than current models. If I’m reading this correctly, and I doubt that I am, it involves something called a “NARIMASHI hoop.” It seems you can also write on it with a special pen, and… Read More

  • Rachel Ray Gets Shangby'd

    One relatively young startup, Shangby, has been receiving national coverage this holiday season. Rachel Ray’s cooking show covered the Austin based company before we got our hands on it. The site is like an online Home Shopping Network for goods made in Shanghai. On most nights they host a live video exhibition from 6PM PST / 8 PM CST. During the broadcasts, viewers can call in to… Read More

  • Super Mario Galaxy for the DS totally awesome, totally fake

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=143887 As much as I’d like it to be true (I’ve been playing a lot of SMG lately), the professional buzzkills at Joystiq have investigated and thoroughly debunked the widely-viewed video purporting to show a DS version of Super Mario Galaxy. You can read the whole article if you like but the gist is that the original video (which… Read More

  • ♫ Deck The Halls With Google Gadgets… ♫

    Another day, another Google announcement, and this one fits right in to the silly season. Google is offering Christmas themed gadgets for Google Desktop and iGoogle users who want to spruce up their desktops with holiday kitsch. According to Google: You can decorate a Christmas tree, listen to music, exchange ornaments with a friend, count down to the New Year, and more. They look right at home… Read More

  • Ferrari Phone from Motorola: It's red!

    Usually when Ferrari sells out its name on a non-car related piece of hardware, it’s total crap. Not so with the new Limited Edition Ferrari Z8 slider from Motorola. While I still don’t see what the appeal of the Ferrari brand is (it appears to be for guys who wear Aqua Velva and shop via Skymall), there are those who love it. And those dorks shouldn’t feel bad about this… Read More

  • Is Pownce Going To The DeadPool?

    Uncov has a very funny post on the demise of Kevin-Rose-founded-Twitter-clone Pownce, noting that their traffic seems to have fallen to the point that “Even TechCrunch can’t save you now.” The image above is taken from their post. That may or may not be true, but when you look at Pownce v. Twitter on Compete.com, the difference doesn’t look quite so brutal. Still, there… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: XtremeMac's XtremeHD HDMI switcher

    I really love home theater stuff. I’m a nerd for it. And that means that, perhaps like you, I’ve run out of HDMI ports for my gear. My TV has but one, and I’ve got three different devices that vie for it, much the same as how girls vie for my attention. The solution is the XtremeHD HDMI switcher by the geniuses over at XtremeMac. Looking very much like my Apple TV, the… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless brings Guitar Hero III experience to mobiles

    Can’t get enough of Guitar Hero III? On Verizon Wireless? Listen up, because those two great tastes that taste great together are bringing you Guitar Hero III Mobile, which promises the “same stunning graphics, high-quality audio and addictive gameplay” as the console version. Sure. What’s stunning is Verizon is asking $4.49 per month to play the game, in which you tap… Read More

  • The most memorable quote from 2007 is…

    Ah, memorable quotes. "Where’s the beef?" Brilliant. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Powerful. "Bus driver, move that bus." Silly. The Yale Book of Quotations has published its list of the ten most memorable quotes from the past year. Numbers ten through five include a bunch of stuff from government types, followed by Don Imus’ famous… Read More

  • Danger Inc. in trouble, IPO coming soon

    Had no idea Danger was in the hole $7.2 million. Most of us know Danger through the T-Mobile Sidekick brand, which utilizes the Palo Alto-based company’s software-as-service for data and Internet, but they make a few extra bucks for themselves in Europe and OZ with the hiptop brand. At the end of their fiscal year on September 30, Danger reported a loss of $28 million. The previous… Read More

  • The Orientation: The differences between GSM and CDMA

    It’s come to my attention that not everyone understands the subtle yet significant differences between GSM and CDMA. We’ve received random e-mails from folks asking how they can get XY phone from AT&T to work on Sprint’s network and it makes me scratch my head. My first instinct is to curse and hit the Spam button, but I slowly realize this individual just doesn’t… Read More

  • Japanese Wi-Fi finding watch!

    It’s a pretty decent looking digital watch that also happens to be a Wi-Fi hotspot locator. Oh how’d I’d love to have one of these! Sorry, this is a geeks-only device, and it’s $30 on Think Geek. Wi-Fi finding watch [Think Geek, thanks, Ro!] Read More

  • Ed Colligan says palm can make it work; Yours Truly has faith, industry? Not so much

    I recently gave you a primer on the Palm operating system for smartphones, and John lamented the possibly pending passing of palm, and now Palm itself speaks up with news for us. Or at least Palm’s CEO, Ed Colligan, who’s promising investors that Palm’s on a course to turn around in the near future. Saying that it’s streamlined its operations (read: layoffs) and focused… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Wikipedia

    There was controversy when I endorsed the movie “Once” last week, primarily because some folks (where “some folks” is defined as one of my friends) argued that movie reviews have no place on a tech site. Well, hater(s), this is my column and I’ll endorse whatever the heck I want. Today, though, I’m bringing it back to tech. Wikipedia, you just got… Read More

  • Breaking: Kayak Raises $196 Million, Buys Rival SideStep

    Discount travel site Kayak has acquired rival SideStep for $200 million. This story was set to be announced tomorrow but word is leaking all over the place after Sidestep CEO Rob Solomon told his company employees the news at an all hands meeting. This is a two part deal. Kayak raised $196 million in a new round of financing from their existing investors (Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst… Read More

  • Peer Into The Minds Of Digg Users: Digg Adds New Photo Visualization

    With the help of Stamen Design, Digg has added a new way to visualize their recently added photos category. Stamen has done a great job on the other visualizations, and photos is no exception. The “pics” visualization lets you view streams of photos as they are Dugg. Each major category has its own stream (technology, offbeat, world & business, science, entertainment… Read More

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