• Zune Firmware Update 1.3 Approaches

    Zune Firmware Update 1.3 Approaches

    Cesar over at Zune Insider announced last night that new Zune firmware will be released later this month. Update 1.3 will fix a number of issues, but not really add any functionality. At any rate, this is what you can expect from the new firmware: The skipping issue that many users have experienced on content purchased from the Zune Marketplace will be resolved. Improved device and… Read More

  • CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA, everyone’s favorite place to hang out while waiting for the sig. other to come out of Kohl’s, is closing 126 stores, or 50% of its current crop, to create a cash infusion of $440 million. Most of these stores are “old” which presumably means they were laid out in the 1800s and are no longer competitive in the face of Best Buy and Circuit City. The closure is… Read More

  • Stanton UBERSTAND For Laptop-based DJs

    Stanton UBERSTAND For Laptop-based DJs

    Normally, I’d dismiss an stand like this as utter crap. However, after reviewing and spending time with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab, I realize that there is a market for this stand and it’s probably very useful. The Uberstand was created as a portable response to the ongoing problem of DJ setups not having room for a laptop. The UBERSTAND also folds up and fits in a 12-inch bag so… Read More

  • Mobeam: Barcode Scanning With the Backlight?

    Mobeam: Barcode Scanning With the Backlight?


    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • LG Fuses Art And Air-Conditioning Together As ARTCOOL

    LG Fuses Art And Air-Conditioning Together As ARTCOOL

    Damn those Europeans! The finest fashion, the fastest cars, and now priceless works of air-conditioning! Apparently, air conditioners haven’t caught on in Europe as much as LG has liked them to. So as a strategic new approach to marketing an air conditioner, LG has unveiled its new line of units called ARTCOOL. In a nutshell, it basically is an air conditioner with a picture frame on… Read More

  • Media Demagnetizer for the Rich

    Media Demagnetizer for the Rich


    In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your prized CDs. Why, you ask? I suppose it reduces crackle and prevents your Florgo 5000 $20,000 CD player from blowing up. How much does it cost to demagnetize your media? $2,900. A bit much, it seems… Read More

  • iTunes Giving Independent Filmmakers A Chance

    iTunes Giving Independent Filmmakers A Chance

    You no longer need to be a Spielberg or a Lucas to get your film on iTunes. Just ask Forum Snowboards. The company created a 30 minute movie called That, which currently sells on iTunes for $1.99. The movie covers snowboarding and is the first video on iTunes to come from an extremely independent filmmaker rather than a big name studio like Paramount. I feel that putting action-sports videos… Read More

  • Zipper MP3 Player Design Concept

    Zipper MP3 Player Design Concept

    What if instead of just fiddling around with a zipper on our coat, we used it to control the audio we listen to? That seems to be the mindset of designer Eric Liu. His Zipper MP3 player incorporates physical interaction to control the device. When you zipper up, you’ll enjoy your tunes. Zipper down and the device pauses itself. You can also control the volume and sequence of the music… Read More

  • BGR Unboxes The Sony-Ericsson W880i

    BGR Unboxes The Sony-Ericsson W880i

    Those of you who took a keen interest in the W880i should throw your hands up in excitement, as The Boy Genius Report has posted a plethora of unboxing photos. From well-designed packaging, to the built-in RSS reader on the phone, to the polished metal design, this phone is absolutely loaded. Not since the W800i have I gotten as excited for a Sony-Ericsson phone. Interestingly, BGR calls out… Read More

  • Samsung M55 Now Has HD DVD Burner

    Samsung has announced a change to the M55 laptop that may cause the Earth to stop spinning. Well, maybe not, but HD DVD fans will be happy to hear this bit of news. The new M55 will be equipped with a Core 2 Duo T7200, 2GB RAM, a 120GB SATA drive, GeForce 7600, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a 17-inch screen as well as the aforementioned HD DVD burner. Cost will be around $3,200. Samsung was on the… Read More

  • Buffalo's Shock Proof 200GB Hard Drive

    Buffalo's Shock Proof 200GB Hard Drive

    With all those 100% legal MP3s you’ve been downloading this past year, your hard drive is sure to fill up sooner or later. So the investment of an external hard disk is probably a necessary one. Check out Buffalo’s HD-PL200U2/UC 200GB external drive. It has some swanky features like a retractable USB cable, an all-white, thin design, and it’s shock proof. Go ahead, drop it a… Read More

  • The Futurist: What Women Want In Gadgets (Hint: It's Not Just Pink Paint)

    The Futurist: What Women Want In Gadgets (Hint: It's Not Just Pink Paint)


    For the most part, the attention gadget designers give to women doesn’t go much deeper than a thin coat of pink paint. Dip it in fuchsia, slap a label like “Rose” on it, and CE companies take it for granted that the fairer sex will claw at each other to grab their products off store shelves. But what does it take to make a truly female-friendly product? Could it be that… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Shopping Edition

    Daily Crunch: Shopping Edition

    Laptop Batteries Made Just For You, Not From Babies
    Practical Robotics: Beer Launching Fridge!
    Review: HeadRoom Desktop Amp
    New TomTom Device at FCC
    CostCo Buckles Down on Returns Read More

  • Helio Brings the Heat

    Helio Brings the Heat


    Helio announced today the availability of its new device, the Helio Heat. It’s an EV-DO phone that is positioned just below the Drift in features and price. If you draw the Heat, expect it to feature a 1.3MP camera with 136MB of internal memory. It shares the same GPS and stereo Bluetooth as the Drift, so feature-wise, it’s similar in that department. The Heat features a… Read More

  • Troubled Insider Pages Acquired By CitySearch

    The Insider Pages acquisition rumors that we posted on last week were accurate – later today Citysearch, a division of InterActive Corp., will announce that they have acquired the company. The size of the transaction is not being disclosed, although our understanding from a source close to the deal is that the price is in the $13 million range. The company had previously raised… Read More

  • Adobe Photoshop: Online Edition

    One of the risks of trying to find a niche to build a startup is that the big guys can land on your face at any time. That’s why all of these startups are going to be in serious trouble when Adobe releases a free, ad supported online version of Photoshop in six months. This announcement comes at a time when developers are lavishing attention on Adobe’s Flex platform, particularly… Read More

  • Confirmed: V-Cast Mobile Video Pricing and Launch

    Confirmed: V-Cast Mobile Video Pricing and Launch


    Laptop just confirmed that Verizon is launching V-Cast video tomorrow. The service will cost $15 a month or $25 a month for video and mobile web. There will only be a few markets at launch including Albuquerque and Salt Lake City, but expect UHF bands to clear up in other cities soon. This is mostly exciting for Verizon customers who like video on the mobile, which is something we are… Read More

  • Exclusive: Is Spotplex a Better Digg?

    A new site called Spotplex launched today that arguably sorts news in a better way than Digg does. I’ve been testing the service for the last couple of weeks and like what I’ve seen. News stories are not submitted by users, as with Digg. Instead, sites that want to participate include some javascript code on their site, which monitors what stories/posts are read. The more times a… Read More

  • Wesabe Gets Money From Tim O'Reilly's OATV

    Berkeley, California based Wesabe will announce a $700,000 round of financing tomorrow from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (as well as a couple of individual investors), and Tim O’Reilly will join the company’s board of directors. A good overview video of the service, which launched in December, is below. Wesabe is best described as a web version of Quicken, but with some… Read More

  • Pete Rojas Cuts Lines

    Can you say blogfight? UPDATE – It seems there was no line for the press, but where I was standing there sure seemed like a line. Perhaps there’s no line for people who get the PR folks attention while the rest of the journos stand quietly waiting to be checked in? Read More