• Sony planning PlayTV launch on March 28, about $150

    The PS3’s PlayTV add-on — essentially a DVR for the PS3 — will go on sale in Europe in March for about $150. Not word on US availability. There are also reports that content recorded by PlayTV will not be copy-protected and that you will be able to drop video onto MPEG-2 compatible devices without DRM. Sony stamps on PlayTV date and price listing [GamesIndustry] Read More

  • Skuair: Turning Images Into Barcodes for Your Mobile Phone

    From Mobilecrunch: Daem Interactive has developed Skuair, new technology that it is calling the next generation of 2d code readers. Skuair isn’t limited to reading barcode lines and numbers but can read product logos or images. Skuair works with any mobile phone camera and is easy to operate. The user simply takes a picture of an advertisement or product logo and a low resolution image… Read More

  • Mass Effect for the PC coming May 6


    These two totally do it. Sweet! Now I can put off buying a 360 for a little longer. Mass Effect is definitely one of the killer apps for the 360 (I’m not a Halo fan), but knowing it will be just as sweet on my killer rig means I won’t have to drop those bills on a console just yet. Looks like the PC version will also sport some improvements. Improved inventory, revamped… Read More

  • DualShock 3: Stateside on April 15

    [photopress:ds3apr15.jpg,full,center] April 15. Tax Day here in the U.S. It’s also the release date for the DualShock 3 for the PS3. Everyone can now easily sleep at night again. Yup, the PS3 controller with vibration will reach our hallowed shores in just about six weeks. As you may (or may not!) know, the current PS3 controller, the SIXAXIS, doesn’t have any vibration to speak… Read More

  • Sony to tone down the bloatware and trialware

    Got word this morning that starting in the next few months, Sony’s going to be offering computers free of bloatware and trialware. Amen and thanks for listening. The amount of crud on a new Sony computer has gotten out of hand as of late and refreshingly, Sony’s listened and will begin offering the option to have your rig shipped out clean. Details are sparse at this point but… Read More

  • Where are the ATI GPUs in the new MacBook Pros?

    [photopress:nvidia.jpg,full,center] We’d heard that the new MacBook Pros that launched today were going to feature new ATI GPUs, but here we are, they’re launched, and they feature NVIDIA GeForce chipsets instead. Or that should be “still”, as that’s what the MacBook Pros have had standard all along. Video editors in particular want ATI, but Apple keeps going… Read More

  • Zune case mod, for really insane Zune fans

    [photopress:2293571765_048cac2126.jpg,full,center] Zune owners are a proud lot. I know several, and they rightly justify their purchases. At first it was all about “not an iPod”, but now that the Zune Marketplace has matured, the Zune is a great way to go, and you can ask any Zune fan about it. Take my friend Josh for example, who made this literal casemod from a Belkin Zune case. Read More

  • Rollbase PaaS Service To Launch, Invites For TechCrunch Readers

    http://www.viddler.com/player/a57b1d6c/ Rollbase will tomorrow officially launch its do-it-yourself, on-demand application development and delivery platform offering Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for users who aren’t programming experts. Rollbase can be used to design, develop and deploy custom Web-based applications using intuitive and interactive tools within a web browser. Read More

  • Sweet "Enerjar" measures your appliance's power consumption


    I saw a concept like this a while ago that was considerably slicker, but was of course just a CGI rendering. This is much more real and much more steampunk. Looks pretty awesome, in addition to being useful and interesting as well. I like to know how much processor each of my applications is using, why not extend that obsession to everyday objects? Of course, this thing is not actually… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 demonstration

    http://blip.tv/play/Aar1HQ Here’s a little more info on the upcoming Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 due out in May for $399. The 3-inch tilting LCD screen is a pretty nice touch. Read More

  • Sony's duo of GPS systems

    [photopress:NVU83Tfrontwimage_med.jpg,full,center] Sony today announced a pair of in-car GPS receivers. The large-screen, suction-cup-mounted GPS units feature touchscreens and real-time traffic updates, as well as voice-to-text interaction. The two units are the NV-U73T and the NV-U83T. They’re similar in most ways, save for the U83T featuring Bluetooth for handsfree calling. Read More

  • Cloudbook launches on Wal-Mart's website

    [photopress:cloudbook.jpg,full,center] Did you hear that? That was the sound of the Everex Cloudbook finally hitting. We’d heard rumors of it being delayed until at least March, but Wal-Mart has them in stock, at $399. While initial review units had problems, it’s possible they’ve been corrected for the final retail version, but given the tight time from, we doubt it. Read More

  • Pearl Izumi bicycle shorts with built-in MP3 player helps fight Parkinson's

    [photopress:jbshorts.jpg,full,center] Dear John Biggs, This pair of Pearl Izumi Microsensor Bib Shorts reminds me of you. I don’t know what it is about them. Maybe it’s the form-fitting Spandex, maybe it’s the straps that remind me of that thing you wore that one time, who knows. I shouldn’t have brought that up, I know. What I do know, however, is that it has a… Read More

  • 1.1.4 firmware for iPhone, iPod Touch out now, update in iTunes

    [photopress:ipodtouch.jpg,full,center] Wow, it looks like firmware 1.1.4 for the iPhone and iPod Touch is out after all. Last week we heard it wasn’t coming anytime soon, that the “right around the corner” leak was a joke. Well the joke’s real, because it’s out today. Nothing major is updated as far as we can tell yet, but it adds “bug fixes”. What… Read More

  • Panasonic's Kozuka: HD DVD died at the hands of Toshiba itself

    [photopress:kozuka_.jpg,full,center] According to Panasonic’s Masayuki Kozuka, HD DVD’s implosion is all Toshiba’s fault. He argues that by flooding the market with cheap, unprofitable players for the holiday season last year it discouraged other vendors from producing their own players. And he doesn’t mean Panasonic, he means the Cobys, Mistushitas, and Sorny’s… Read More

  • Where is your Bucks of Woodside?

    Over many years Bucks of Woodside in Silicon Valley has become known as a place where entrepreneurs and venture capitalists meet over coffee or brunch to discuss their next project. As you can see from the video of owner Jamis Macniven below, Hotmail was started there, at table 15. Of course, other ‘normal’ people go there for breakfast, but it helps that you can ‘run… Read More

  • Samsung U940 is now the Glyde: Note the "y"

    [photopress:glydeee.jpg,full,center] That Samsung U940 that Hickey mentioned the other day has changed its name. Once known as the Q-Ball, it’s now called the Glyde. The weird thing about that name is that “glide” is usually spelled with an “i” rather than a y, so someone at Samsung must have been doing DMT. The Glyde is still on track for a late March… Read More

  • Did the Market Overreact To Google's Click-Through Woes?


    Google’s stock took a big hit today—still down 4 percent to $465—on comScore data suggesting that the click-through rate on its paid search ads is decelerating. As the chart above from Bear Stearns shows, the year-over-year growth of paid clicks on Google in the U.S. went from 37 percent in October to 0.3 percent in January. Since these are year-over-year numbers… Read More

  • WTF: New MBP, MBs not available in stores [Update]

    Available immediately, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro models start at just $1,099 and $1,999, respectively. [Feb 26, 2008] So I just called the SoHo and 5th Ave. Apple stores here in Manhattan and both stores told me the new MBPs are not in stock and they don’t know when they’ll be receiving them. That pisses me off because I’ve been waiting to upgrade from my MB. Apple… Read More

  • Sexy little Asus PCs look like video game consoles


    Straddling the line between PC and work of art, the Nova P22 is a Core 2 Duo desktop with 802.11n and Bluetooth. It comes in black or orange/white and is two inches thick. It has a 1.86GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 160GB of hard drive space. It’s available now for $938. I’d hit it. Product Page Read More

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