• Blyk wins more funds to expand, starting with Netherlands

    Startup MVNO Blyk – which supports its free mobile network for 16 to 24 year olds by sending them targeted adverts – has secured undisclosed investment from Goldman Sachs and the Industrial and Financial Investments Company (IFIC), and plans a launch in the Netherlands. It launched first late last year in the UK. Also in the round were Sofinnova Partners and some private investors. Read More

  • Email Bill G, get a new Xbox 360

    [photopress:bill_gates_xbox_360_221105.jpg,full,center] I’m all about “Takin’ it to the top” to get your stuff fixed. If I have a problem with customer service, I have no compunction against asking for a supervisor. Jon, writing to Consumerist, had no scruples about this either. When his Xbox 360 started acting up, he wrote to Kathleen Hogan, VP of Customer Service, as… Read More

  • Bazaarvoice secures funds to push into Europe

    Bazaarvoice, a US-based online ratings and reviews provider, has secured funding (amount undisclosed) from venture capital firm European Founders to expand in the UK and Europe in 2008. The 160-strong client base includes Dell, figleaves.com, Early Learning Centre, Timberland and Goldsmiths. The European Founders Fund is run by the three Samwer brothers who also invested in LinkedIn… Read More

  • Yahoo! Predicts! More! Porn! On! Mobiles!


    Apologies to the Register for stealing their Yahoo! headline schtick. 2008 will be the year mobile porn gets a foothold on the market, say a number of sources in the industry. Europe, always ahead in the porn game, spent almost $800 million last year on mobile phones — a number I would question if not for the iPhone’s extremely pornable form factor. And the US only spent $24… Read More

  • Simple Bookmarking Now Available with Instapaper

    Instapaper is a cool new service taking bookmarks back to basics. If you come across some websites that you want to read but are too busy to do so, you can click on an Instapaper browser bookmarklet and then return to the Instapaper website later to read them. Think of it as Del.icio.us stripped of any tagging or social features. Instapaper is a side project of Marco Arment, lead developer… Read More

  • Guitar Hero and Rock Band make more money than commercialy downloaded actual music in 2007

    [photopress:mattyroxxx.jpg,full,right]Artists whose songs are used in Guitar Hero and Rock Band get royalties from the sales of the games, and the games have sold like insane nutty crazy. In fact, revenue from both games in 2007 surpassed that of actual musical digital download revenues, which was the largest growing sector of sales for the music industry. In other words, more money was… Read More

  • Nokia's N95 8GB NAM FCC'd


    I know you’ve all been poring over FCC documents in your mad pursuit of Nokia news, but you might have missed this one. The new and improved N95 has been approved by the FCC, so now you can enjoy your High Speed Data Packet Access with their blessing. Apparently it looks just like the old one, which is just fine, though I would have preferred some big fins on it so you know… Read More

  • Man charged with Xbox murder of his own daughter

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    This cute photo is to counteract the horror of the story below. You’re playing your Xbox 360, you’re really into your game, and your 17-month old daughter accidentally knocks the console over. Do you: a) Chuckle to yourself about having a clumsy kid? b) Explain to her that she has to be more careful and give her a “time out”… Read More

  • Tech-On interviews Casio's EX-F1 product guru, with interesting results

    At MacWorld, I got a little hands-on time with Casio’s interesting new hybrid camera, the EX-F1. It’s not a DSLR, nor is it a point-n-shoot, but it has many features of both. It’s also a great high-speed picture taker, with speeds of up to 600 frames per second. I was impressed by it, despite its high price. Tech-On has a great interview with Jin Nakayama, one of the… Read More

  • Hands on with Energizer's Duo USB charger, compact charger

    Yeah, I know, they’re just batteries, but we rely on them for just about everything from games to cameras and everything in between. I can recharge batteries via USB. That’s hot. I’ll be testing them on my Xbox 360 wireless controllers, Pentax K100D Super and whatever else takes AA or AAA batteries. Product Page Read More

  • Hands on with TeleNav's GPS Receiver

    When I switched from the Sidekick Slide, I decided to stay with T-Mobile since I’m month-to-month with them rather than jumping to AT&T or Verizon or Sprint. So my BlackBerry Curve is sans GPS, but has Wi-Fi instead. It sort of evens out. Well, in the three weeks that I’ve been away I’ve done some driving and on a few occasions I forgot to bring my Helio Ocean, which meant… Read More

  • PX-3000 is a real console but shouldn't be

    [photopress:px_3600_console_2.jpg,full,center] The PX-3000 is a real console that’s based on other real consoles. The PX-3000 also, incidentally, is a piece of garbage. Making the connection, if something that is based on something else is garbage, does that mean the thing it’s based on is garbage? Questions to ponder, friends. px-3600 console fakes xbox, ps2, ps3, wtf? [Technabob] Read More

  • Hands on with Sony PSP headphones, headset

    I’ll be testing these bad boys out a bit later tonight when I get my PSP set up with the latest firmware. Skype and PSP FTW! Read More

  • Razer/THX Mako Advanced 2.1 desktop speaker unboxing

    We’ve covered the Mako speakers on more than one occasion, but now we finally have a set in the office to test out. I think the majority of the team saw, rather, heard these at CES and everyone was blown away at how good they actually sounded. We’ll run a few tests and see who we can piss off in the office in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the… Read More

  • MySpace to open up Facebook-like API next week

    [photopress:myspace.jpg,full,center] Facebook is getting huge. Like, jumbo. And MySpace is losing users to it. Sure, most people on Facebook keep their MySpace profile, but that could change, just like it did with Friendster before it got lame. Part of the popularity of Facebook is due to the genius idea of opening up an API, allowing people to make small in-Website applications, like… Read More

  • Panasonic spits out more point and shoots, the TZ4 and TZ5


    The vital statistics:
    9.1 megapixels (8.1 on the TZ4), 10x optical zoom on a Leica 28mm lens, 3-inch LCD (2.5 on the TZ4)
    It’s got all the usual goodies: in-camera red-eye reduction, a pretty solid optical image stabilization system, face detection, and “constant AF,” which sounds annoying but may be useful — I just don’t want that little mosquito-buzz of a… Read More

  • Hitachi brings e-ink to Japanese clamshells, we hope to see it here soon

    [photopress:14445_large.jpg,full,center] We don’t see too many Hitachi-branded mobiles here in the states, but we might soon see the e-ink technology it used with this new Japanese handset. Eschewing the small, LCD screen most clamshells have on the outside, this W61H instead features large e-ink displays. Sadly, there’s not enough powere here to display new texts, but it allows for… Read More

  • WMG to integrate wireless charging in their smartphones


    That’s cool. Wireless Mobile Group will be putting SlashPower wireless power modules in their smartphones so you can just lay the sucker on a pad and get charged on up. Now if we could standardize these things so all our phones used the same charge station, as well as iPods, rechargeable AAs, etc, that would eliminate a lot of cabling from my apartment. One mouse-pad sized station… Read More

  • EMI will give 3 free songs to NY Daily News subscribers

    [photopress:nydn.jpg,full,right] The New York Daily News constantly plays second fiddle to the New York Post. The Post has the trashiest headlines you’ll ever see and the Daily News tries to play catch up. Not next Sunday! Next week, the Daily News teams up with EMI, the first record label to go DRM-free way back in the iTunes Plus days, and will give away three whole songs out of a… Read More

  • SixApart Offers MT Activity Plugin: This Is Good

    SixApart have launched a plugin for MovableType that offers a similar activity stream service to Facebook and Plaxo, but you get to host it. The Action Streams plugin, like Facebook and Plaxo, pulls your data from other services and lists it on the page, for example blog posts, Flickr photos, Tweets and more. The plugin does rely on having MovableType installed, but is self hosted, meaning… Read More

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