• Help-Key: Recovering from a tragic hard drive crash

    Computers are evil, vile machines. They’re smarter than they let on, and they like to mess with us lesser humans. That’s why they pick the absolute worst times to crash, and the hard drive is where they like to do it, making you panic. But don’t be fooled: you own the computer, not the other way around. It’s a machine, a servant to humans, and though they throw… Read More

  • Doof aims to socialise casual gaming

    Doof, a new UK startup about playing games and meeting people (sometimes described as social gaming), launched its open beta a short while ago and – I hear – is poised to start beating the marketing drums. Casual games are little time-wasting games (at least in my dystopian world) which appeal to the masses, so mash those up with a social aspect and you should, at least in theory… Read More

  • Upgrading a T-Mobile phone now carries an $18 fee?

    According to Consumerist.com, T-Mobile "will now charge existing customers $18 when they buy a new phone" which is apparently supposed to help the wireless carrier "underwrite the cost of selling subsidized phones to new customers." I’m no psychologist but this seems like a bad idea, especially given the competition between mobile phone companies. Sure, for most… Read More

  • IAB: Internet Advertising Continues To Head North


    New figures released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers show that internet advertising continues to grow to record levels, with the 3rd quarter internet ad spend in the United States hitting $5.2 billion, a $1.1 billion/ 25.3% increase over the same quarter in 2006. Whilst the $5.2 billion figure is a record month, the growth rate quarter on quarter are… Read More

  • Acquisitions: IBM Buys Cognos, Microsoft Buys Musiwave

    IBM has agreed to buy business intelligence and performance management software maker Cognos for $5 billion. Ottawa based Cognos has 3,500 employees and serves more than 23,000 customers in over 135 countries. The acquisition follows SAP’s acquisition of Cognos competitor Business Objects for €4.8 billion October 7. FT.com has more. Microsoft has announced that it has entered into… Read More

  • Feist's iPod ad spoofed by MadTV

    I feel you, MadTV Feist. That’s why I won’t upgrade my iPod until the one I have dies. Read More

  • Tested by Guinean schoolchildren, XO laptop makes a difference

    I’m in. This article from Laptop magazine showed me why the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop is worth all the hullabaloo. The magazine sent an XO laptop to a handler in Guinea, who then showed it to grade school-aged kids. The kids, not jaded by megahertz races and touchscreens and format wars, readily took to the XO; built-in features likes its VGA Web cam caused a commotion amongst… Read More

  • Tomorrow's Vista updates improve battery life, wireless

    I can hardly wait until tomorrow. That’s when Microsoft will release an update "that extends laptop battery life, improves the stability of wireless network connections, shortens recovery time after exiting hibernation or sleep, and deals with compatibility problems with some antivirus software." The wireless network connection issue, in particular, has been the bane of my… Read More

  • Script kiddy attacks What.cd, sends out phony RIAA e-mails

    You know, in this post-OiNK world, music fans can’t be too careful when it comes to picking a new BitTorrent tracker. That’s why when I woke up this morning I was fully convinced that that RIAA had shut down What.cd?, one of the two biggest trackers comprised of former OiNK users (the other being Waffles). It seems someone is out to “get” What.cd? for whatever… Read More

  • gPhone Madness winners

    Through the use of advanced math techniques, namely doing a query and scoring entries based on comments, vote total, and number of votes, we’ve found that mickmel won with a score of 301 and ObsessedWithShiny won with a score of 388. We got 51 full, well thought-out entries along with this: Phone Idea: Transformer
    Unregistered The phone should transform into a car and then a robot… Read More

  • HTC Touch Cruise groped on film

    The HTC Touch Cruise, which looks strikingly similar to the Android demo is now official. In Europe. As expected the TouchFLO UI is present in case you didn’t pick that up from the name. It runs WinMo 6, which is bearable with TouchFLO, has a built-in GPS, HSDPA, stereo Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi. You’re not even reading this anyway since there’s a video. HTC Touch… Read More

  • Accelerate your startup this Friday

    Breaking news: Today’s the last day you can apply to this Friday’s Creative Business Accelerator event in London which supports creative and innovative early stage London businesses looking to raise finance. Here’s the application form or contact angela.p@gle.co.uk or 020 7089 2337. All London-based companies are eligible to apply (as this is essentially a local event, not… Read More

  • How do video game magazines survive in the online era? Can they?

    Print media, so says conventional wisdom, is dying a slow death, kicking and screaming all the way to the pearly gates. (Sounds like the RIAA to me…) What better way to analyze this than through a lens no doubt many of you can relate to, say, video games. The conundrum for video game magazines is clear: why pay for a magazine that comes only once a month with old news and reviews when… Read More

  • Jemima Kiss buys an iPhone

    Ohh, Jemima. How we love thee. Although all we’ve ever seen of you is your byline and small image, shown here, and we only just heard about you last week, your smiling visage and Cockney rhyming slang — we think that’s what it is — are so refreshing in this sea of pale, pasty men with large bums. We’re so happy that you finally bought an iPhone. Welcome to the… Read More

  • Customizable Zunes are wicked cool

    I think I’m beginning to understand the whole You Make It You thing, but I could be wrong. I think it’s very cool that MS is taking the laser engraving beyond some stupid text like Apple does, but you’re really not making it you, per se, when you’re using graphics from 18 different artists that includes 27 unique designs. Wait. No. That’s pretty damn cool and if… Read More

  • Android Demo: Wowzers

    Did he say ‘oogle’? Download the SDK here. It’s so easy to build an app and play Sudoku! Watch the other videos after the jump. Read More

  • Spaloo installation video: The good, the bad, and me on the toilet

    Note: the failure of this install was not Spaloo’s fault — our contractor messed up installing the toilet itself along with the electricity and his failures did not allow me to wash my bum correctly. You cannot believe how much I wanted to install this. I think what I’ll do is install it in the new bathroom we’re putting in here in my attic. I was really crying at… Read More

  • Microsoft mulling direct-to-Zune downloads?

    Microsoft apparently intends to purchase a French mobile music service company called Musiwave, according to Electronista. The technology would be implemented into "Microsoft’s more portable hardware and software services, including Windows Live, the Windows Mobile OS for smartphones, and the Zune media player." Read More

  • Rumor: Google to acquire Sprint, a bad case of dandruff, some flatware

    Hrmmm… so they’re saying that Google will buy Sprint. While this is as likely as the Pope buying up a chain of dry cleaners in Wisconsin, there might just be some truth to this wild, inaccurate rumor. Some guy who covers the space says: So do I think Google will make such an acquisition? Maybe. If the search leader is going to bid on wireless spectrum it may make more sense to just… Read More

  • Google's '$10 Million Android Developer Challenge'

    Thinking about looking into developing something for the upcoming Android platform? Google has announced a $10-million jumpstart to things in the form of "cash prizes ranging from $25,000 to $275,000 to developers whose applications are picked by a panel of judges." Now’s your chance to get out of Encino and make a better life for yourself. You can do it! Everyone believes in you. Read More

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