• Google Licenses Gmail In Japan

    Google has licensed Gmail to Japanese mobile operator KDDI Corp. The email service will be branded by KDDI and work on the “auone.jp” domain. Google will provide the backend for the service and account holders will have the same functionality as provided by Gmail itself, including 2GB of storage. The announcement continues a recent string of deals in Asia for Google as it attempts… Read More

  • Three NV Series Samsung Cameras Announced

    Today Samsung introduced three new additions to the NV series of point and shoot digital cameras. The NV8 (8-megapixel), NV15 (10-megapixel) and NV20 (12-megapixel) all feature premium Schneider optics with 3x optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCDs, shake reduction, auto contrast balance, face detection up to nine mugs and 14 scene modes. You can also record VGA movies at 30fps. The image noise… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 For Palm Treo 750 Is Out, Don't Tell Anyone

    Just because I don’t like Windows Mobile doesn’t mean I should deprive you of the awesomeness that is Windows Mobile 6. If you own an AT&T Treo 750 and want to upgrade to the latest crap version then listen closely… Read More

  • Alibaba.com IPO Confirmed

    Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba has confirmed preparations for an IPO of Alibaba.com. Alibaba.com shares will be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in the third quarter and the IPO is expected to raise HK $7.8 billion (US $1 billion). Alibaba has said that they would be using the additional capital to expand their international footprint. The IPO will see the partial spin-off of… Read More

  • Fox Angry Over Czech Cam Of The Simpsons Movie, Pirates Laugh

    D’oh! I wasn’t aware that Czechs enjoyed good ole American humor like The Simpsons (I’m being sarcastic for those of you who take me too seriously), but I’m wrong, as usual. Nor did I know it was the new hotbed of piracy. I realize that studios have to make a public statement announcing their disgust and disdain over CAMs, but let’s be real about this Fox. It… Read More

  • Blu-ray Gets Naughty In Japan

    Many have said that the porn industry could be the deciding factor yet again in the format wars and this seems to ring true. While the US porn industry has adopted HD DVD with open arms, the Japanese porn industry is canoodling with Blu-ray and it’s about to get sticky. Sony may go on record and denounce pornography altogether, but they’ve found a loophole so as not to piss off… Read More

  • Meebo Hits The Live Music Promotion Road

    Web based instant messaging platform meebo has announced a new partnership with Live Nation and The Firm to promote “Family Values,” a series of live music events billed as “this summer’s biggest tour.” The partnership includes concert promotion and concert presence. Music fans visiting meebo.com, the Family Values Tour website and featured band websites have a… Read More

  • Dimple: The DAP With A Dimple Instead Of Buttons

    Designers are crazy. That’s the only way you could explain the description of Dimple, a DAP that invites us, humans, to touch its dimple. That little, oh-so-tantalizing depression in the center of the player controls volume and fast-forward/rewind. (Well, if it were real; it’s just a concept.) Apparently the designer, one Priscilla Lui, didn’t bother improving the… Read More

  • Another Reason To Stay In Bed: The Voice-Command Universal Remote Control

    What’s the point of getting out of bed anymore? We might as well be bedridden for the rest of our lives the way technology wants to improve our otherwise active lifestyles. Sheesh. The Voice-Command Universal Remote Control. Need I say more? Fine. The latest offering from Hammacher Schlemmer works with your TV, VCR, DVR, DVD, cable box, and satellite by the sound of your voice. It… Read More

  • Verizon Set To Terrorize 700k New Users In 2008


    Listen to this guy If any of our readers are Rural Cellular subscribers then get out NOW! We don’t have time for questions. Just do it. Verizon is taking the necessary steps to make your life a living hell in the first half of 2008 with the announcement today that they would be purchasing Rural Cellular for $757 million in cash to save a few bucks ($1 billion) on roaming. The $45 per… Read More

  • Apple TV Hacked To Support USB Drives

    I dream about being a world-class hacker only because I’m vain and want to see my name be the first thing to pop up when I Google myself. Hackers do great things and it brings a smile to my face. I love it even more when Apple products gets hacked. If you’ve been wavering about Apple TV, Apple’s silent and brooding stepchild, then this may swing the vote because it’s… Read More

  • BuddyTV Takes $2.8 million Series A

    Seattle based BuddyTV (Advanced Media Research Group Inc.) has taken $2.8 million in Series A funding in a round led by Gemstar-TV Guide International. BuddyTV is a television focused content network with a team of dedicated entertainment writers producing content that is complemented by users. The service also provides broadcasting tools. See our previous coverage here on the space. NASDAQ… Read More

  • Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Facebook is my white whale: I write about it seemingly every day even though I purport to want nothing to do with it. Be that as it may, it’s good to see the Web site handle its business with regard to keeping child predators away from unsuspecting minors. Just like MySpace before it, the social networking site has become something of an attraction for guys from “To Catch a… Read More

  • FCC To Vote On How To Handle Upcoming Spectrum Auction: Google vs. AT&T, Verizon

    Google doesn’t want to do any evil. Google, does, however, want to buy up a large swath of the public airwaves in order to A) become richer and B) prevent the likes of AT&T and Verizon from gouging us, the consumer, any further. The Federal Communications Commission will vote tomorrow, Tuesday, on how to handle the upcoming auction of unlicensed, unused spectrum. Google wants the… Read More

  • GameDaily: Bejeweled Arrives for iPhone

    Our friends at GameDaily have gotten the scoop on the arrival of PopCap Games new free Web version of Bejeweled for the Apple iPhone. This popular puzzle game is available via the Safari browser. This version of Bejeweled was developed for PopCap Games by Polish game creator Arkadiusz Mlynarczyk, one of the first coders to take advantage of the device’s gaming abilities with the… Read More

  • Hang on Snoopy, Snoopy Hang on Mobile

    Namco Networks announced today that Peanuts flying ace Snoopy will now soar onto mobile handsets. Woodstock’s nest has fall and he needs Snoopy’s help in Snoopy the Flying Ace, the latest mobile game from Namco Networks. The game will let Snoopy fly him Sopwith Camel fighter plane (which we’ll see as his dog house) deep into enemy territory to capture balloons and raise… Read More

  • Beowulf on the Third Screen

    At this past weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment offered a peak at the upcoming Beowulf movie to enthusiastic crowds. Now comes word that a mobile game will arrive in time for the November 16 movie release. Gameloft has announced that it will publish the mobile handset version of the game, which will coincide with the release of the Xbox… Read More

  • Gartner Predicts Mobile E-mail Will Overtake SMS by 2010

    By 2010 a fifth of all e-mail could be wireless. So says a study by analyst firm Gartner, which predicts that 20% of all e-mail will be accessed wirelessly. This rise will see e-mail take over from other messaging services including text messages and MMS, although it might be some time until mobile e-mail completely overtakes SMS. The key to this all, according to the Gartner study, is… Read More

  • Recycling of Mobile Devices Remains an Issue

    Here is a number we didn’t want to see… In Australia only three percent of discarded mobile phones ended up being recycled last year. And with 8.7 million phones being shipped to the land down under that’s a lot of handsets that could be ending up in landfills, as the average user is upgrading their phones every 18 months to two years. According to recently released figures from… Read More

  • Match.com Expands Mobile Dating Service

    Match.com will soon let you keep track of your dates from your mobile handsets with MatchMobile, which will be available to users in the United States, the U.K. and Canada later this summer, and then to nine additional countries by the end of the year. The service will provide subscribers with text messages to their phones when they receive an e-mail from other Match.com users. For an extra… Read More

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