• Loic Le Meur's Ten Rules For Startup Success

    The Financial Times has a profile of French (now Silicon Valley) entrepreneur Loic Le Meur today. Loic is an accomplished entrepreneur – he founded uBlog (merged with Six Apart), organizes the annual Le Web conference and has now created Seesmic (note that I’m an investor in Seesmic). So even though he’s French, his advice, when given, is worth listening to. Included in… Read More

  • Belkin Bluetooth dongle transfers photos with ease

    I am, oh, so very jaded. I almost passed up this little trinket from Belkin because I figured everyone and their mom’s rig had Bluetooth, but they don’t. In the rare case that your desktop or notebook is sans Bluetooth and you happen to be an avid photographer with that 2-megapixel camera on your phone and you’re looking for an easy way to upload to your rig then look no further. Read More

  • Solar-powered taxi making its way around the world

    Fueled by a 65-square foot trailer covered with solar panels, this three-wheeled, two-seat taxi is making its way around the world without stopping for gas. It was developed by a Swiss teacher named Louis Palmer and the whole taxi thing is more or less a gimmick, although he is actively picking people up and giving them free rides. Palmer says that if the car were to be mass produced, it… Read More

  • Fools, money, soon parted: Keyport ships

    Have $295 hanging around? Need a key fob to hold all your keys in a little box? Ummm… what else. Did we say it costs $295 and it’s shipping out to the folks who pre-ordered a few months ago. Super, right? Product Page Read More

  • Like Transformers except monitors that only turn into monitors in different configurations, not cars or planes

    If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to move to Korea, prepare to be pushed off of said fence into the backyard of the Korean side of the decision-making process. For once you’re there, you’ll be able to pick up this wonderful contraption. It’s two 15-inch monitors that flip and spin and otherwise dazzle with the sheer amount of possible configurations. Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Sanyo Xacti 720p HD Cam, $299 shipped

    Boy, if you’ve been waiting for hi-def camcorders to get affordable, your wait is over. Amazon is offering this cute little number for $299, which is just about half off the list price of $595. Somehow I doubt you’re getting the quality of a RED or HV20 here, but at three bills anything is a steal. It does 720p and 7-megapixel stills, recording to SD cards. It’s got HDMI out… Read More

  • 20% of French iPhone buyers paid almost $1000 for an unlocked iPhone


    Orange is reporting that of the 30,000 iPhones they sold in the first five days, 20% were purchased unlocked for 749 euros. With contract the phones sell for 399 euros, meaning 6000 users opted to pay more for complete phone portability. This makes perfect sense. First off, unlocked phones are the norm overseas and paying a premium for a good product is understood and accepted. The false… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologizes For Beacon

    Finally heeding calls to apologize for the privacy disaster surrounding Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took responsibility for the company’s mistakes in a blog post this morning. Excerpt: We’ve made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we’ve made even more with how we’ve handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release… Read More

  • I don't need anymore gadgets for Christmas, thank you very much

    To be perfectly honest I haven’t thought about what I’d want for Christmas until now. Like most of us at the Gear, I’m content with the arsenal of gadgets I own. My MacBook (despite my issues with Leopard, which is probably a hardware issue, anyways) is rock solid and perfect for what I do, doesn’t need to be upgraded. My Pentax K100D Super has been my longest… Read More

  • Children's Spanish for Everyone DS game has racist storyline?

    In listening to an old edition of High Society Radio, I heard the guys talking about a Nintendo DS game called Spanish for Everyone. Ostensibly, it’s a game designed to help kids learn Spanish, but some of the scenarios presented in it are kinda racist methinks. Miguel’s a thief with the cops chasing him? A Spanish-speaking bull? A shady-looking Tío Juan (in Tijuana)? A trampy… Read More

  • iDrudgeReport: Drudge goes mobile, is now readable on iPhone and BlackBerry

    Readers will have noticed that I’m a big fan of the Drudge Report. Well now—NOW!—I’ll be able to read the Web site on-the-go. Mr. Drudge just launched idrudgereport.com, which is a mobile version of the Report. It’s just headlines: no pictures, no sirens, no zaniness. It must be Mobile Optimization Wednesday. I bet the code for iDrudge must have taken months… Read More

  • Download files in Mobile Safari

    A new “plug-in” from hachu lets you download files straight to your unlocked iPhone. This lets you download zip and tar files as well as save MP3 files to the internal memory. So what does that get you? Not much, but thanks to Erica Sadun, you can now use the SendFile application to send files from the Downloads folder in your iPhone, creating a fairly cool little way to download… Read More

  • Tvinci Makes MTV Israel Rock So Much Harder Than MTV.com

    Video sites are moving towards full-screen, immersive experiences where there are lots of things viewers can do besides hit play. One of the better examples of what is possible comes from a small Isreali startup with two 26-year-old co-founders and no VC funding called Tvinci. The startup’s media management technology powers the social video player for MTV Israel. If you play a video… Read More

  • CG Holidays 2007 Recommendation: ReProduct Greeting Cards

    I’m a guy. I don’t like greeting cards. But if you have lady parts and/or you really like greeting cards, here’s a way to send someone a special message while helping the environment. ReProduct cards come with a 2-way envelope. You open the card, enjoy it, and then send it back to ReProduct. Then, and I quote, “Shaw Industries then uses 100% of the cards and envelopes… Read More

  • Google for the iFones now available

    Surf on over to Google, iFones fans, and feast your eyes on the new mobile version of Google. You’ve got Google Reader, Gmail, your Calendar, and even Docs all nicely arrayed in Joe Hewitt’s (TC thinks) iPhone sexiness. It’s good to own the best phone on the market today, isn’t it? via TC Read More

  • The 18 greatest video game intros of all time

    Gamerhelp.com has a list of the greatest video game intros of all time. Of all time! What’s on this list? Metal Gear Solid 2, Warhammer, Super Metroid, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Ninja Gaiden, Resident Evil, and my personal favorite, Road Rash, to name a few. Ha! I remember firing up Road Rash for the first time on 3DO (remember 3DO?) and watching… Read More

  • Ads in P2P-shared films? BT is trialling it

    BT is trialing a new service which will allow non-skipable video advertising to be embedded in films which can then be freely shared across the Internet, including P2P platforms like BitTorrent. The advertising is served by Hiro Media, a three-year old privately-backed Israeli startup which has developed a (patent-pending) codec for Windows media player, allowing it to send a targeted advert to… Read More

  • Director Michael Bay says HD DVD/Blu-ray war (and market confusion) encouraged by Microsoft


    A scam, apparently What does Transformers (and Pearl Harbor…) director Michael Bay think about the HD DVD/Blu-ray format war? Oh, you know, that it’s all Microsoft’s doing: Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads…. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out… Read More

  • Spada: Skis made out of granite

    A pair of skis made from stone? Sounds good, especially considering I don’t even know what “normal” skis are made out of (winter and I don’t get along too well). The idea behind the skis, named Spada, is that stone—the skis are constructed from granite—is the perfect material to absorb the bumps and shocks and vibrations associated with skiing. To my… Read More

  • Free Universal Music with purchase of select Nokia cellphones starting next year

    Nokia, the Finnish cellphone maker, and Universal Music Group, which serves no purpose in 2007, have cut a deal that will allow users of certain Nokia phones to download the entire music catalog of Universal. The program, which is set to launch for consumers sometime in the second half of 2008, will have users trading in vouchers (that comes with eligible cellphones) for the ability to… Read More

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