• Despite Bleak Outlook, Mobile Ad Startups Keep Getting Funded; Amobee Spurns $150 Million Buyout Offer From Yahoo

    In the previous post on the future of mobile technology, Michael notes the “bleak prospects for mobile advertising revenue” expressed by some mobile carrier CEOs and Fortune 500 executives at a panel at Davos. This dour assessment stands in stark contrast to all the early-stage money going into mobile-ad startups. This week alone, I’ve received several announcements of new… Read More

  • Wii Virtual Console to get Sega Master System games

    Remember turning on your Sega Master System? It’d go, “Booo-wip, Saaaay-gaaaah!” Ah, those were the days. A simpler time with games like Outrun, Astro Warrior, Shinobi, Alex Kidd, and Great Baseball. Oh how I long to be eight years old at my friend Jimmy’s house watching him beat Enduro Racer. Good times, except for the time he told his mom to shut up and she washed… Read More

  • Slack off all day with World Golf Tour

    If I still worked in an office instead of out of the home — where I’m mere feet from an Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii — I’d probably play this game all day long. Actually, who am I kidding? I’d have to get up and walk to the other room and turn on the TV and the consoles and load the games. This game is right in front of me, right now! It’s a simple… Read More

  • Super Panel At Davos: The Future Of Mobile Technology

    Fortune Senior Editor David Kirkpatrick led a power-packed session at Davos this afternoon called The Future of Mobile Technology. Panelists included Google CEO Eric Schmidt, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker, SK Telecom CEO Kim Shin-Bae and China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou. Kirkpatrick attempted to steer the conversation towards asian growth… Read More

  • Asus Nova P20: Mac Mini for PC people

    Kudos to CNET UK for referring to the Asus Nova P20 as a “Mac Mini mangler” instead of a “Mac Mini killer” but honestly, I don’t know why people are so hell bent on one type of device choking the last, sweet breaths out of another device. There’s plenty of room here for gadgets from all walks of life. I guess mangling’s better than killing… Read More

  • Nokia’s Mobile Growth Prediction may be too Optimistic

    Yesterday Nokia issued a prediction that in 2008 its mobile phone shipments will increase by 10% and that the company’s worldwide market share will increase beyond the 40% it claimed in the fourth quarter. But these numbers may be too optimistic. Analysts at IDC predict annual growth in mobile phone sales will drop below 10% this year, making Nokia’s growth projection look unrealistic. Read More

  • Realeyes3D Announces New Bar Code Scanning Technology

    Realeyes3D announced today that it is releasing a new technology that allows mobile phone cameras to read 1D barcodes. The 1D barcode is that mysterious strip of lines and numbers that appears on everything from a bag of potato chips to your cell phone battery. Standard 1D barcodes are everywhere, printed on billions of products worldwide and already linked to a vast number of both free… Read More

  • Global Digital Music Sales Up 40 Percent, But Overall Sales Down 10 Percent

    The sale of digital music globally hit $2.9 billion in 2007, up 40 percent from 2006. But, as we’ve seen in the U.S. alone, that was not enough to offset the 10 percent decline in overall music sales to 17.6 billion, according to a report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Digital sales now account for 15 percent of the global market. Compared to other… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: The Rocketeer Edition

    I’m a Rocket Man! Burning out his jetpack up here alone
    Yet another gorgeous lens I can’t possibly afford
    Batman set to perish in issue #676
    Lego wants your input for 10th anniversary Star Wars set
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl looks amazing, wish I could play Read More

  • Scoble Sells Out

    Robert Scoble, who has long been proud of the fact that his popular blog remains free of advertisements or sponsorships, will soon put ads on his site, he told me yesterday. The change comes as part of his move to Fast Company, who will sell the ads on his behalf and will also be redesigning the site. Scoble and Dave Winer have been the main proponents of advertising-free blogs over the… Read More

  • How to get a one-time extension your iTunes movie rentals


    So you’re watching Lady Terminator but you don’t have time to finish it. You’re going to be busy until tomorrow night, and your movie is only rented for 24 hours! It’ll be long deleted by the time you get back. What the hell? Well, here’s what you do: hit pause. That’s it. When you come back to it a day from now (or more; no outer limit has been… Read More

  • More Fuji's: the J series simple picture takers

    [photopress:j50.jpg,full,center]Fujitsu dropped a couple more point n’ shoots in our proverbial laps today with the J10 and J50. Both are simple cameras with 8.2-Megapixel resolution, anti-shake technology, and automatically adjusting settings. The J10 has a 3x optical zoom, whereas the J50 has a better 5x zoom, as well as a higher resolution screen. Otherwise, they’re about the same. Read More

  • Fujitsu's almost-a-DSLR is almost a DSLR

    [photopress:s8100fd_image_4.jpg,full,center]If you’re not quite ready for a DSLR, but you like your photos to look better than what most point n’ shoots can deliver, the latest generation of almost-DSLR cameras might be something to consider, like this Fuji S8100fd. While it doesn’t have the DSLR’s action, it promises to take better photos than most other digitals due… Read More

  • 80GB PS3 being pulled by Best Buy?

    Not sure if this is legit, but apparently the 80GB version of the PS3 is going to be pulled off the shelves on or before January 28th. Best Buy is purportedly only going to be carrying the 40GB version. Rumors of a $299 PS3 are continuing to swirl after this internal letter was leaked. Oh, and what the heck does it mean when it says there isn’t a version that’s compatible with… Read More

  • GT 5: Prologue available for pre-order

    March 18th is just around the corner and this is probably the only game worth playing on the PS3. Oh, and it’s $40. Read More

  • MacBook Pros next in line for multi-touch trackpad

    Duh! The only other thing worth noting is that the new MBPs will get Penryn-based Core 2 Duo processors. They will supposedly be introduced in the next few weeks. Good thing I’ll be getting that $600 check from the government. Next-gen Apple MacBook Pros to gain multi-touch trackpad [Apple Insider] Read More

  • Google May Knee Cap Domain Tasting

    Google is said to be considering banning newly registered domain names from participating in the Google for Domain Names program, severely hampering the practice of domain tasting. According to Jay Westerdal at Domain Tools, Google would block all domains if they are less then five days old. In Jay’s words, “This potential new policy change by Google could stop all Domain Tasting… Read More

  • Jailbreak for OS X

    Mac OS Xers can now get their jailbreak on. All the fun starts here. Read More

  • Five new lenses from Pentax

    To go along with the K20D and K200D, Pentax announced five lenses that range from 18mm to 300mm. Without getting into exact specifics since I know most of you don’t care, I’l touch on a few key things. The 200mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4 lenses have Sonic Drive Motors, which basically ensure quiet and fast focusing as well as weather resistant and dust resistant bodies. The 35mm f/2.8… Read More

  • Instruments for Rock Band priced, dated

    OK, sports fans, the individual instruments for Rock Band will begin shipping on February 12. The drum kit is first and will retail for $80. The Strat comes next on April 1st for $60 (PS2/3 and Xbox 360), but no word on microphone. And there’s something about the Playstation guitar being compatible with the PS2/3. That’s it. Move along. Rock Band Instruments Priced, Dated [IGN] Read More

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