• Contest: Worst. Valentine's. Ever.

    Now that the worst Hallmark holiday has passed us it’s time for a contest! Once again, TeleNav has been generous enough to give the lucky winner three free months of service. So how do you win? It’s pretty easy, really. Tell us over at BFF your worst Valentine’s Day horror story – getting lost on the way to your date, being stuck in traffic, not knowing where the… Read More

  • Who Bought Rupture?

    We knew something was up when Shawn Fanning’s startup Rupture, an unlaunched social network around gaming, delayed and delayed their launch. Well, it turns out, say multiple sources, that Rupture was able to do what Parakey pulled off in 2007. Get acquired before launching, that is. We’re shaking trees to find out the buyer and size of the transaction. But Fanning, who founded… Read More

  • Digital Downloads Are Not About To Kill Blu-Ray

    With Toshiba’s announcement that it is to cease manufacture of HD DVD players, the High-Definition format wars are now over. With Blu-Ray left standing, some, such as Rob Beschizza at Wired are now saying that digital downloads will now kill Blu-Ray. It’s an argument I want to support and many of you reading this will feel is a sound one, but it’s not going to happen… Read More

  • Media Alert: Bluetooth headsets are good for those who drive cars!

    [photopress:Bluetooth_Headset.jpg,full,center] Massachusetts is likely going to be the next state to adopt headset-while-driving laws for cellphone users, but it’s the Boston Globe that takes the award for breaking it down into simple, bite-sized pieces with this headline: Headsets may come in handy for drivers Thank you, Boston Globe for that hard-hitting journalism. Other articles of… Read More

  • Rumor: iPhones, iPod to be $100 cheaper very soon?

    [photopress:400.jpg,full,center] Are you one who’s been wanting that iPhone or iPod Touch but on a budget? You might be in luck within the next two months, there are rumors (of course) swirling that Apple is planning a $100 price drop across the board. That would make for a $300 16GB iPod Touch, or $400 for a 32GB Touch or 16GB iPhone. Coupled with the pending SDK, that makes the… Read More

  • Fred Wilson – Hypocritical, Wrong and Conflicted

    Fred Wilson lit a fire today suggesting that certain bloggers need to step it up a notch to improve quality and be more like mainstream journalists. A fair point if spoken generally, although I’d argue that the quality of reporting done by many bloggers today, at least in the tech space, is equal to or better than most mainstream journalism. I think this is particularly true when… Read More

  • Today's religious teens forgo social networking for Lent

    [photopress:god.jpg,full,center] Do you know what I gave up for Lent? Nothing, I’m not religious. But kids these days, I tell you! Do you know what they’re giving up for Lent? MySpace. And Facebook. In this modern, connected world of Social Networking, that’s quite a fast indeed. Sites like Facebook and MySpace can be quite addictive, and I can only imagine the anguish these… Read More

  • Video: Ken Burns-esque "History of the LOLcat"

    http://www.glumbert.com/embed/lolcatshistory The history of the LOLcat, it is amazing. Read More

  • Playstation 3's used by scientists as mini Supercomputers

    [photopress:psthree003.jpg,full,center] Now that Blu-ray is the decisive winner in the next-gen format wars, it’s time to take another look at the PS3. Game play and disc features aside, it’s a sound system. Did you know that scienticians use them to frickin’ model black holes? Maybe you can find one on sale. Why scientists love games consoles [The Telegraph] Read More

  • New iPhone, iPod Touch firmware coming sooner rather than later?

    [photopress:114.jpg,full,center] Remember, like, a few hours ago when you updated your iPhone or iPod Touch to version 1.1.3? And then, like, a few minutes later you Jailbroke it? Yah, that was rad, but we’re going to have to do it all over again soon if the rumormill has anything to say about it. See, the grapevine has it on good authority that firmware update 1.1.4 is right around… Read More

  • Video: Cellphone radiation in action

    OMG CELLPHONE RADIATION YOU HAVE CANCER EVERYONE PANIC! Really, though, what’s the big deal? Read More

  • Verizon's rumored Samsung U940 appears at FCC

    [photopress:u940.jpg,full,center] Verizon Wireless users, meet the U940. The sliding-QWERTY, EV-DO phone showed up recently on the FCC’s certification site and all signs point to it passing muster, paving the way for a possible late summer release. Coupled with VZN’s new all-you-can-eat voice plan, this text-friendly phone could be a new flagship for the youth marketplace. Samsung… Read More

  • Boycott on eBay threatens action figure, car parts, and stuffed bear lovers across the globe

    [photopress:ebay_tart.gif,full,center] Oh man, people are mad at eBay. So angry, in fact, that there is supposedly a boycot starting on Monday to protest changes the auction site has made to the way feedback is handled, raised fees, sellers standards, and the way search works. Many people make their living on eBay and fear the changes, which they deem “unwarranted”, would make… Read More

  • Rumor: Verizon adding $99 unlimited voice

    [photopress:verizonguy.jpg,full,left]Verizon is setting to offer an all-you-can-talk voice plan for $99. Word is it’s to launch on Tuesday, with ads popping up randomly on USA Today’s website, among others. This is hardly surprising as unlimited plans are the next logical step for carriers if they want to stay competitive. If you’re a power-talker, and on Verizon, you might… Read More

  • Samsung's amazing TouchWiz OS

    Seriously. This is one OS — found on the F480 — I saw at MWC that could even be considered a competitor to the iPhone. Compared to this, the X1 looks like it was designed by a committee of narcoleptics. Samsung TouchWiz & F480 [PhoneScoop] Read More

  • It's an ionizing, MP3-playing thingy!

    [photopress:handy_mp3_player.jpg,full,center] At 128MB, I’m not sure if I’d call this an acne-fighting MP3 player or an acne-fighting gizmo with MP3 capability, but it is what it is, sort of. See, you hold it to your face for ten minutes with it set to “negative” and it shoots your pores with negative ions. Then do the same thing set to “positive” and it does… Read More

  • Xperia X1 to run Windows Mobile 6.1, me to cry

    The charming, polished S-E X1 runs Windows Mobile 6.1, which is like saying that hot, 6-foot-3 model you know is a furry — and not the fun kind of furry but she wears a ratty old Tweety Bird costume with her ugly, loud boyfriend who dresses up like Sylvester and they have sex. And you’re all like “What? She can do better than that. Hell, I’ll dress up. Just not in… Read More

  • Two gPhones coming for post-Christmas?

    RXC is positing that there will be two gPhones coming after Christmas, both made by Samsung (!!). He describes the phones as something like the Pearl with a flip up screen. I’m calling bullshit, as does 9to5mac, but it’s not too hard to make a “gPhone” — just rebadge something in the OEM’s pipeline — but I just can’t see Google selling… Read More

  • Twitxr – Like Twitter, With Pictures. Yeah, It's Photoblogging.

    FON (better known for building a WiFi community) launched Twitxr today through their FON Labs group. Basically, it’s Twitter but allows picture uploads when sending a message (which makes it particularly useful for camera phones). FON founder Martin Varsavsky announced the product on his blog. So, yeah, basically it’s a photoblog. You can easily set it up to automatically send… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #313

    http://podshow.com/mc/videos/flash/player/fleapit.swf?conf=http%3A%2F%2Fpodshow.com%2Fmc%2Fvideos%2Fscripts%2FmplayerXML2.php%3Fguid%3D29c8dd0a567caa95fd9008cb67fc1a5f XamBox may be the single best intermediary device between analog and digital I’ve ever seen. Paper documents, receipts and business cards are scanned in and dropped in a box. Software converts the paper to PDFs and catalogs… Read More

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