• The Return of Frankenphone

    In 2003 Nokia launched the N-Gage, a taco-shaped video game and mobile phone hybrid. The device was so poorly designed that it got the nickname Frankenphone. The battery actually had to be removed to insert a game cartridge. To make a call, the bulky N-Gage had to be hoisted up to the head and held sideways. Sales were so poor that Nokia stopped making the N-Gage in 2005. Since then the… Read More

  • Videohybrid 3.0: I Can't Believe This Hasn't Been Banned Yet

    Videohybrid, a site we first linked to in April as part of a broader post on online video piracy, has relaunched with a new version that is just asking for trouble. Videohybrid 3.0 marries Q&A functionality with social voting. Users are now able to submit movies, and TV shows they are looking for online, other users who would like to see that video as well vote for the request. Digg style… Read More

  • Zannel Gets Ripe

    Zannel, a company that specializes in mobile phone social networking has teamed up with Ripe Digital Entertainment, a provider of photo and video clips. Zannel users can now watch and share favorite clips and videos with friends by utilizing Zannel’s Send-To-Phone player. “The demand for instant entertainment on mobile phones is at an all-time high and Zannel is dedicated to… Read More

  • Truphone Tones In

    This week Truphone introduced their new InTones service, which is free for both callers and recipients. This new feature offers a selection of ringtone sounds that their calls where hear. The choices are rock, jazz, bluegrass, hip-hop, ska, disco, Euro house, “standard” and something called Truphone. These InTones are played by the Truphone servers before the call is… Read More

  • Action Engine Shifts into Mobile High Gear

    There are more than 700 wireless devices on the market in U.S. today estimates the CTIA, and that means a lot of options for mobile content providers. So is now the time for action? Well it is according to Action Engine Corporation of Bellevue, Washington, which announced support for Windows Mobile 6.0 powered devices including the T-Mobile DASH and WING phones. “Device support is the… Read More

  • 3D Legos for your Mobile Phone

    When I was in grade school I had a friend who had a set of Legos that we played with for hours at a time. When I asked for my own set for Christmas, I was disappointed to open a set of cheap knockoffs called Lock Blocks. Thanks to the good people at Emdigo, I can finally overcome my disappointment with LEGO 3D Action Screens. Emdigo is a company founded by a group of graphics and video… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Vending Machine Almost Empty Edition

    Street Fighter Coming To N-Gage
    And Japan’s Vending Machines Are Better, Too
    Japanese Automatic Beer Pouring Machine: Homer Simpson Would Be Thrilled
    Dalek Invasion of Earth
    Fancy Bluetooth Headsets From Nokia Read More

  • MyHeritage Takes 180 Million People Profiles To War With Geni

    Israeli startup MyHeritage was a bit of a sleeping giant. Until newcomer Geni came along and shook up the genealogy world with its slick new viral family tree application. Geni quickly reached 5 million people profiles and a monster $100 million valuation just a few months after launching. MyHeritage has been around since 2005. They’ve quietly raised $9 million in venture capital (about… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Digg Gets A Major Makeover

    Changes to the Digg template and feature set discussed by Kevin Rose August 22 are now live. The biggest change with the new look Digg is the inclusion of video on the front page. Other changes include tweaks to page and story summary layouts, streamlined navigation, and more customization options. Stories are now able to be buried in one click as opposed to the previous two click procedure. Read More

  • Facebook Takes Further Steps To Curb User Abuse; Change In How Applications Are Measured

    Last week Facebook updated their developer platform to restrict some of the more egregious abuses of users by application developers – bait and switch profile advertisements and friend spamming. Today they announced additional changes. And Facebook also announced that they are changing the way applications are measured to show user engagement instead of just how many users have added… Read More

  • Amnesty Hypercube Brings Web Widgets To The Desktop

    Mesa Dynamics has announced the alpha preview release of Amnesty Hypercube, a desktop platform for web widgets. Amnesty Hypercube allows users to use web widgets, such as those provided by Google Gadgets, Pageflakes, Widgetbox and others on their desktop in a similar fashion to Apple’s Dashboard, Yahoo Widgets, Google Desktop and the Vista Sidebar. The theory goes that there are… Read More

  • Facebook Polling Says HD DVD More Popular Than Blu-ray: Bunk?

    The great—I suppose—war rages on between Blu-ray and HD DVD. So today I was browsing Facebook when I noticed one of those polls that show up in your news feed—HD-DVD or Blu-ray? You knew the poll would be screwy when went out of its way to misspell HD DVD. There’s no hyphen there, pollmeisters. Out of the 1,000 recorded responses, HD-DVD won, 64 percent to… Read More

  • Jaxtr Closes $10 Million Series A; Announces 1 Million Users

    Jaxtr has raised a $10 million Series A round led by August Capital with Mayfield Fund, Draper Richards, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Luxemburg-based Mangrove Capital participating. They’ve also doubled their registered user base over last month, totalling 1 million users. They plan on getting to a break even point on the investment and to total 20 million users by the end of next… Read More

  • SpiceWorks Raises $8 Million; Google Adsense Even Supports IT Software

    IT software maker SpiceWorks just closed an $8 million in series B financing. The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Spiceworks series A investor, Austin Ventures. Their series A was $5 million. Shasta Ventures co-founder and managing director, Ravi Mohan, and former Dell senior executive, John Hamlin, have joined the Spiceworks board of directors. The money will… Read More

  • Griffin Amplifi Review


    Griffin’s latest iPod speaker, the Amplifi, is about as simple as they come, and the price tag won’t leave you wishing you hadn’t just bought that $4 Starbuck’s cafe mocha. The sound is a lot better than you’d expect for a $150 speaker and can fill a 15 by 15 foot living room with little problem. The included infrared remote doesn’t give you total control… Read More

  • The Nikon D3 Designer, Way Up Close And Personal*

    The recently announced Nikon D3, I’ve been told, should do a decent job of shaking up the professional camera market in Nikon’s favor when it comes out in November, a topic I’ll address in a separate post a bit later. During the press conference, Nikon revealed that the digital SLR (rangefinder?) was designed by the one and only Giorgetto Giugiaro, a crazy old Italian… Read More

  • Wis.dm Takes $5 Million

    Social bookmarking service turned Q&A style site Wis.dm was taken $5 Million in a round led by North Bridge Venture Partners. Wis.dm was founded by uDate founder Martin Clifford. North Bridge’s Michael Skok will join the Wis.dm board as part of the deal. Wis.dm provides a simple yes/no question service which aims to avoid long answers to life’s most elusive questions. Wis.dm… Read More

  • TimeWarner's Road Runner Service Couldn't Possibly Be Worse

    OK, I’ll come right out and say it: TimeWarner’s Road Runner broadband Internet connection is the worst I have ever used. Here I’m paying around $100 each and every month for cable TV and an Internet connection, yet as soon as I launch Transmission on my iMac my Internet connection slows to a crawl. If this doesn’t resolve itself, I may have to consider switching… Read More

  • ContraStream To Join Social Music Sites

    If you are into the social music scene, bookmark ContraStream, a new music discovery engine, and go back to it on September 3 when they launch. The site promises to help users find good music quickly. Artists upload indie music and others vote on it Digg-fashion to push the good stuff to the top of the site. It is at least somewhat similar to iJigg, which also lets users vote, Digg-like… Read More

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