• iTunes movie rentals and Netflix Online can live together in harmony

    I’m sure that when Apple announced their long-rumored movie rental service, the collars in the Netflix boardroom got a little wet and salty. After all, Apple and iTunes are a force to be reckoned with in the on-demand media world. But the NY Times makes a good point when it suggests that the two services can coexist due to their different aims. Netflix offers low-cost access to a… Read More

  • IBM snuggles up with Apple

    Corporate types looking to get their e-mail sync on with the iPhone/Touch are in luck. If, of course, you’re using Lotus Notes, which is pretty unlikely these days. That is a generalization that I’m sure many of you, dear readers, will flame me on, but during my corporate monkey stint I only came across one client who used it. Anyway, IBM is releasing a version of Lotus Notes for… Read More

  • Who would sue Microsoft over the Xbox Live outage?

    Not from Texas, but they are d-bags. I’m just as pissed as everyone else over the Xbox Live outage over the holidays, but suing Microsoft probably isn’t going to get you very far. The three douches from Texas who are suing Microsoft are seeking an excess of $5 million in damages. That alone warrants some finger pointing and name calling, but their lawyer is an even bigger d-bag. Why? Read More

  • Google throws millions at the problems of the world

    It’s almost as if they just typed “problems+the+world+is+currently+facing” into their own search engine, and gave a million dollars to everyone on the first page. They’ve got money going to renewable energy, Tanzanian entrepreneurs, $8m to various health initiatives, and a bunch more. They’re setting up an entire institute in India to do a national assessment of… Read More

  • Zoopla! launches property command and control system

    Zoopla! is a new online real estate play which more closely resembles a missile guidance system than the usual run-of-the-mill property aggregators. It appears to be capable of zeroing-in on just about every aspect of property, from hard-core buyers and sellers, to more passive casual browsers and ‘tempt me’ sellers who might be lured into the market for the right price. The site… Read More

  • Rumors of Canon Rebel XT surface, again

    For those of you following rumors on DSLR news before PMA, here’s some info on the Canon Rebels. Again, only time will tell. It will be the Rebel XTs. Same sensor, 3″ screen, live-view, dust remover (already had in XTi), increased noise and DR performance (gaining of 2 stops more or so claims Canon), support for UDMA cards, Digic3, Canon wireless master built in, improved AF… Read More

  • Blogger Suffers Major Outage. Bloggers Not Happy

    Google’s Blogger hosted blogging service has suffered a major outage this afternoon (PST) with Spammers bloggers flooding forums to complain. Users affected by the outage were presented with a Blogger error message that included the code “bX-uxu3fu,” and were unable to read their blogs, or log in to the backend. No further details are available as Blogger employees have… Read More

  • If TechCrunch Was Written By Cats

    TechCrunch isn’t written by cats? Thanks to a tip from Ryan Kuder let me introduce LOLinator, a site that combines the still hot LOLcats phenomenon with any site of your choosing. The service comes from Malevolent Design and turns any site into one designed by cats. You can visit TechCrunch designed by cats here if you want the full version, or a screen shot below. Read More

  • Every Urban Legend Is True

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1797753&fullscreen=1 It’s not as good as “What a comment stream would look like in real life,” but it’s another hit from College Humor nonetheless. Who needs the Hollywood writers anyway. Read More

  • XtremeMac debuts Tango X2

    Yes, it’s another iPod dock. Is it necessary in an already over saturated marketplace? Probably not, but if you were a fan of the original Tango then the X2 just might be the perfect upgrade. The 2.1 speaker system offers ‘precision tuned high dynamic speakers’, tweets and a sub. An AM/FM radio is also included in this iteration. A blue LED display is placed behind the… Read More

  • VoxSwap language site launches, as FriendsAbroad adds features

    Privately-owned Voxswap, a person-to-person language learning site, launches today. The site features internal email, chat and forums to get people speaking to one another and allows users to personalise their profiles with video, pictures, tags and further information about themselves. Voxswap is hoping its extra linguistic-friendly features, such as a virtual keyboard which supports… Read More

  • Search Atheism On The Rise

    In Google we no longer trust. A new study from the University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future has found that a growing number of people no longer believe that search results are reliable and accurate. The survey found that only 51% of people trust information provided by search engines, down from 62% in 2006. Google, as the most popular search engine in the… Read More

  • Mumboe: Paradise For Lawyer Types

    Electronic agreements have greased the wheels of commerce, causing businesses to push a lot of digital paper these days. Several startups have popped up to help manage these contracts (mostly through eSignatures): EchoSign, DocuSign, VeriSign, Entrust, amongst others. And people are using them. DocuSign claims to have completed over 5 million eSignatures alone. Austin-based Mumboe… Read More

  • Facebook considers Ireland for Euro hub

    Following moves to set up a sales office in London, uber social network Facebook is considering Ireland as the location for its European hub. Apparently executives from the company have met providers of business and technology services in Ireland in recent weeks, according to the Irish Times newspaper, whose subscription firewall prevents us from seeing much more on this story. However, a lot… Read More

  • The Reg takes on the OLPC XO

    Ever a trustable resource, The Register has completed its full review of the OLPC XO laptop. The verdict? I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Actually, I do: they are pleased, but cautious and critical of several bits. The browser is lacking somewhat (though Opera has an XO port), the flat file browsing scheme (no folders or containers) is unintuitive for most people who have grown up… Read More

  • Nokia's 3310 Evolution hugs trees, does drum circles

    I wanted to write up this phone while at CES because it was simply the most practical-looking phone there, felt good in the hand, and looked sweet. It wasn’t sensational enough at the time, but now we know that Nokia is doing it green-style. They claim to be using “innovative bio-materials,” which sounds a little shady, but their charger is super-efficient and… Read More

  • EU May Regulate Text and Mobile Data Costs

    Mobile phone users in Europe are paying high costs to text message or use mobile Internet services outside their own country, the EU’s telecoms chief said today. This word comes just a few months after the EU regulated the cost mobile phone service providers could bill for roaming charges outside a customer’s country of origin. Last September the European Commission capped roaming… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #294

    I’ve had the opportunity to talk with some of the top talkers in the tech world. My all time favorite has to be Patrick Norton. I like him because he talks fast and because he’s got that compelling X-factor quality that can’t be easily explained or understood. I met up with him at the xTrain.com booth to talk about what to me seems like irrational disappointment in this… Read More

  • Steve Jobs is a mean, mean man

    http://qik.com/player.swf?streamname=30d766ebf3984b7bab34a4c9b4dbbc60&vid=8984&playback=false&polling=false&user=scobleizer&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous Poor Violet Blue! All she wanted to do was take a picture with Steve Jobs and his highness told her she was rude and blew her off. Just so you don’t think she tried to share some… Read More

  • Hear Text News on your iPhone with PimpMyNews

    A startup called PimpMyNews.com has launched a free news application that converts text news into spoken news for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Web-based service can be accessed through the iPhone’s or iPod Touch’s Safari browser. PimpMyNews uses the Internet to find the latest news and converts text into audio that can be listened to on the devices. Audio versions of the news can… Read More

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