• 2K Marin to develop BioShock for PS3; new screen shots

    Unlike grumpy Peter, I won’t hate on the PS3 port of BioShock (not that I’ve played the original, but I hear good things). That said, a few more tidbits of information have bubbled to the surface, like who, exactly, is handling the game’s development. That would be Novato, Calif-based 2K Marin, which is a sort of amalgam of 2K Boston and 2K Australia. It’s the same… Read More

  • Pentax goes wide, long with new lens


    I’m a Pentax fan and this new lens has me reaching for my wallet. I generally use my 50mm and 28mm lenses these days and leave the kit lens, 18-55mm, at home. It’s not a bad lens, but my 50mm is sharper and faster. The 28mm is great as well, but it’s MF and I haven’t really had the time to learn how to meter down with it. Anyway, the 17-70mm f/4 lens equates to a 26mm… Read More

  • KDDI au releases 12 new cell phones in Japan

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au yesterday followed DoCoMo and Softbank with their presentation of 12 new cell phones to be released this summer. The first models will be sold at the end of June. Here is the complete line-up:
    W62H from Hitachi
    (equipped with a 2.8 inch OLED display featuring 480×240 resolution) Read More

  • JetBlue in-flight Wi-Fi service gets Gmail, Exchange

    Hot off the travel-related press, is news that Jet Blue’s in-flight Wi-Fi service has added support for checking more e-mail accounts than just Yahoo! Mail and BlackBerry Mail, which were previously the only ones available. Jaunted.com has more details, including… [S]tarting today, you’ll be able to check your accounts at Gmail, AOL, Hotmail and Windows Live Mail, too. If… Read More

  • iPhone battery die? How does a $7 repair kit sound?

    Should your iPhone battery die, you have but so many choices. You can send it to Apple to have it replaced for a cool $85, or you can drop $7 and change on this do-it-yourself kit. It comes with all the tools you’ll need to get the job done, including a highly sophisticated pry bar and, natch, the battery itself. I honestly don’t know, do iPhone batteries die very often? I… Read More

  • HubDub launches feature to track pundit predictions

    Today Scotland-based prediction market startup HubDub, launched a new feature. PunditWatch is tracking ten pundits across four categories, politics, technology, entertainment and sports. Whenever someone makes a prediction on the tracked site, Hubdub either places the prediction in an existing HubDub market or they create a market for it. Every pundit has a shadow HubDub account as if they… Read More

  • Upcoming Street Fighter movie won't have Ken or Ryu

    Bad news, sports fans. Ken and Ryu, metaphors for the fighting game genre, will not be in the upcoming Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li movie. (This is the first I’ve heard about the movie, by the way—people still put faith in game-to-movie adaptations?) The movie’s producer says he wants to focus on developing the Chun-Li storyline as thoroughly as possible, which… Read More

  • New waterproof Viera mini-TVs from Japan

    Today Panasonic Japan [JP] unveiled a new mini TV specifically aimed at Japanese women in their 20s and 30s. A marketing research company conducted a large-scale survey asking this target group what they would like to do while taking a bath (Japan has a unique bathing culture). 64% responded with “listening to music”, while 51.5% said they want to watch TV while sitting in their… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Wal*Mart offering $100 gift card with every Blu-ray player purchase


    This image came up when I Googled Wal*Mart To boost the sales of Blu-ray players, Wal*Mart is offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of any player from June 8-14. The retailer has also increased the number of manufacturers of Blu-ray players with the inclusion of Samsung, Panasonic and Magnavox. Select titles will be super cheap at $15 during the promotion as well. Jump on in, folks… Read More

  • YA Rumor: Mac OS X 10.6 to debut at WWDC, will be Intel-only

    Could developers be getting a sneak peak at Mac OS X 10.6 at next week’s WWDC? Maybe! A little birdie told TUAW that Apple could well give developers an early build of 10.6 at the conference in San Francisco. It’s been suggested that 10.6 won’t bring much in the way of new features, but will instead focus on stability and security. That 10.6 could be the first Intel-only Mac… Read More

  • Lego robot driven by an iPhone

    Is there anything the iPhone can’t do? Sure it can cure cancer, but did you know that it can also acts as a robot brain? By using a NXT Robot, a light sensor, and two iPhones, you can program a little robot that will react to the iPhone’s flashing screen and drive around the office. There are full instructions here but just wait until the 3G iPhone. That one will already be… Read More

  • Vibering watch warns deaf of possible danger

    Look at this watch. Biggs sees it, and drools just a little; he drools a lot, though, so it might be unrelated. Known as “Vibering,” it’s a watch designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and warns the wearer of incoming danger—an onrushing car, a reckless delivery guy on a bicycle, and so on. Two rings go around the wearer’s wrist, and “listen,” so… Read More

  • Gmail, Hotmail, AOL Mail, Windows Live Mail and Amazon.com(!!) Now Available on JetBlue

    Hot off the travel-related press, is news that Jet Blue’s in-flight Wi-Fi service has added support for checking more e-mail accounts than just Yahoo! Mail and BlackBerry Mail, which were previously the only ones available. [S]tarting today, you’ll be able to check your accounts at Gmail, AOL, Hotmail and Windows Live Mail, too. If your office uses Microsoft Exchange, you’ll… Read More

  • Japan will get the iPhone "later this year"

    Today Softbank, Japan’s No. 3 mobile telecommunications company after DoCoMo and au, said they will be releasing the iPhone in Japan. In light of this big announcement, the press release seems to be rather short: “SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple® to bring the iPhone™ to Japan later this year.” That’s it. No word on price… Read More

  • Live: Panel Meets To Discuss 'The Future of Media'

    Today a panel of journalists (including our own Erick Schonfeld) is meeting at NYU at an I Want Media Forum to discuss the future of media. The panel includes: * David Carr, New York Times media columnist
    * Keith J. Kelly, New York Post media reporter
    * Kenneth Li, Reuters global media correspondent
    * Diane Mermigas, MediaPost editor at large and columnist
    * Johnnie L. Read More

  • UK, Canada can now download, rent movies from iTunes


    Flickr’d Now British and Canadian users can download moves from the iTunes Store. The UK Store has a selection of 700 movies from Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and so on. Most of the major studios, it looks like. Even nicer, more than 100 of these are available in HD. The Cousins pay £10.99 for a new movie download (£3.99 library) and £3.49 for a new rental (£2.49… Read More

  • Comcast trial throttles top users during peak hours

    Comcast will be running a month-long trial in certain areas of Pennsylvania and Virginia, which “will result in delayed response times for Internet traffic only for those customers who are using more than their fair share of available Internet resources at the time.” The basic idea is that when the network gets clogged up, those who are downloading a bunch of stuff will have… Read More

  • Jerry Yang's Salary Is Only $1, But Icahn Still Wants His Head

    June promises to be an interesting month for Yahoo. The company filed it’s proxy statement yesterday, setting the date for its annual shareholder meeting on August 1. Activist shareholder Carl Icahn, who has already proposed his own alternate slate of board members, is now also calling for CEO Jerry Yang’s head. Icahn points to a recently unsealed complaint in a shareholder… Read More

  • Yahoo Opens Address Books to 3rd-Party Developers

    Yahoo is releasing an Address Book API today that will give 3rd-party developers access Yahoo users’ contact lists without the traditional, but primitive, method of page scraping. In addition to searching for specific contacts and fields and reading their data, developers can use it to add contacts and change existing records (although to start, only pre-approved developers will have… Read More

  • Flip 'Mino' flash-based camcorders available today

    The Flip Mino is officially available today. It’s the smaller, more pocketable successor to the popular and easy-to-use Flip series of digital camcorders. With a built in rechargeable lithium ion battery (charges via USB) and 2GB of memory, the Mino should make a good choice for people who want to keep a video camera on hand for quick uploads to YouTube, MySpace, and AOL Video. The… Read More

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