• Crunchies: Here's The Winners' Award

    Last night we gave an overview of our thought process for coming up with the award that will be given to each category winner for the Crunchies event on Friday night in San Francisco. The award itself, created by Clockwork Apple, is 14 inches tall and created in a very hard, very heavy cast plastic. The inspiration comes from 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the movie a tribe of prehistoric… Read More

  • How Do You Say "Fix Your Service" In Japanese?

    Twitter is to launch a dedicated version of their growingly popular messaging service for Japan. The new site is will be developed in partnership with Digital Garage, who as part of the deal has also made an investment in Twitter, “and will commit engineering and other development resources to help bring Twitter to Japan.” The announcement follows a week where Twitter failed under… Read More

  • Loopt Launches Mobile Location Based Application Platform

    Loopt has the most tightly integrated and feature rich mobile social networking service we’ve seen, and we’ve seen a bunch. Loopt’s mobile application lets you broadcast your location even while your phone is closed and send messages or photos between you and your friends. It can do this to a greater degree because of their deal with Sprint/Nextel, which recently went… Read More

  • Toolbar Company Conduit Raises $8M More

    Conduit, a service that enables web publishers to easily create their own toolbars for Internet Explorer and Firefox, has raised $8M in a Series B round with Benchmark Capital. We covered Conduit a couple of times early last year when the company had 25,000 partners and 5M toolbar installs. The company now has 140,000 partners with 12M+ installs. The company is cash-flow positive and describes… Read More

  • Salesforce.com To Offer DaaS Service, New Pricing Model, Competition

    CRM and SaaS provider Salesforce.com have announced that there Force.com Cloud Computing Architecture (our review here) is to now offer Development-as-a-Service (DaaS), a new pricing structure and a developer competition. The DaaS service consists of a new set of development tools and APIs that allow enterprise developers to harness cloud computing. The tools offer full access to the… Read More

  • Velocity Interactive Puts $10 Million Into Broadband Enterprises

    The newly formed Velocity Interactive Group (Jonathan Miller’s and Ross Levinsohn’s vehicle for investing in digital media) is making its first investment: $10 million in video ad network Broadband Enterprises. Already one of the largest video ad networks and producers of video commercials for the Web, its video ads reach about 45 million people a month through 1,800 affiliate sites. Read More

  • Obligatory MacBook Air poll

    Are you getting one? Waiting for the multi-touch to come to the MacBook Pro? What the hell is Air? Read More

  • Microsoft's Blounge™ at Macworld

    I’m truly grateful to Microsoft for having a Blounge™ at Macworld. It saves me the headache of scrounging for an outlet and the seats are ultra cushy. But I feel like a caged animal on display. The jealous and annoying Macworld attendees stop and gawk and point fingers. What’s the big f*cking deal? These people need to get a life. In fact, some a-hole is peering over my shoulder… Read More

  • Macworld 2008: Some losers pissed me off, so I'm sharing them with you!

    The media queue to get into the keynote yesterday morning was insane, it always is at an event like this. It’s a couple of hundred journalists jockeying for the best spots in line so as to get the best seats with clear shots of the stage, while at the same time getting their software running while trying to keep their batteries from dying. It’s chaos. And the last thing it needs… Read More

  • Hands on with RhinoSkin's aluminum MacBook case

    If you’re looking for hardcore protection for your MB or MBP then take a gander at RhinoSkin’s latest offering. The aluminum case should catch the eye of road warriors or frequent flyers. Chances are your precious won’t get a ding or scratch when it’s encased in this beast that’s lined with neoprene. You always have access to your ports and when it’s all… Read More

  • Star Wars Mimobots

    Star Wars + USB flash drives = Awesome. [photopress:IMGP4725.JPG,thumb,pp_image] Read More

  • MySpace May Still Dominate in the U.S., But (Surprise!) Facebook is Catching Up Fast Worldwide

    Here’s a little anti-spin on the Hitwise numbers that just came out showing that MySpace still rules social networking in the U.S. (See Duncan’s earlier post). Hitwise says that MySpace commands a 72 percent market share of visits to the top ten social networking sites, while Facebook has only gained a 16 percent market share. I find the way Hitwise discloses its data to be… Read More

  • Hands on with some Marware goods

    I don’t usually get excited over laptop sleeves as they’re all pretty much the same, but Marware’s Sportfolio sleeve was too cool to pass up. What makes it so special? Something about the Orca skin makes it uber soft to the touch and smooth. I also liked the top loading version they had. They had a sweet little iPod Nano case dubbed the Sidewinder that has a little slide-out… Read More

  • Crumpler gets Squirrely at Macworld

    Crumpler makes great gear and their booth is always top notch. This year they’ve got some crazy theme that I don’t quite understand, but it’s certainly eye catching and the best of the bunch. For Macworld they’ve launched the Squirrel line and they’re bigger, better and more kickass then anything else out there. There are five different models, which are named… Read More

  • Macworld 2008: DLO's HomeDock HD is maybe the most innovative thing we've seen so far

    DLO, makers of so many rad iPod cases and docks we can’t keep track of them all, has outdone itself with its new HomeDock HD. While it’s tempting to say it’s just another iPod dock with video out, that would be incorrect. The HomeDock HD doesn’t just feature HDMI and component out to work better with your HDTV, it also features upconverting technology, meaning it can… Read More

  • Macworld 2008: Hands-on with Casio's EX-F1 hybrid camera prototype

    We’ve been talking quite a bit about Casio’s new Exilim DSLR/point-n-shoot/video hybrid camera, the EX-F1. In short, it’s not quite a DSLR, though it handles like one, but it also shoots up to 1,200 frames per second for ultra slow-mo or making sure you get THE perfect shot. At CES it was behind lock and key, visible only through a glass cell. At Macworld, though, Casio let… Read More

  • Macworld 2008: Microsoft treats us to some rock and roll, with some Devolution thrown in

    Last night the nice people who are sponsoring Macworld’s Blounge, the Office for Mac group at Microsoft, took us bloggers out for drinks and eats, and then to a surprise show. I’m all about rock n’ roll, before I was a blogger I was part of the northwest indie scene, so I was reluctant to see Hootie or Nickelback or some other band Microsoft would consider “hip”. Read More

  • Facebook Up, But MySpace Still Leads By A Very, Very, Very Long Way

    New figures release by Hitwise show that despite Facebook’s rising traffic, MySpace still dominates US social networking traffic. Facebook’s traffic grew 51% from December 2006 to December 2007, taking its share of social networking traffic to 16.03%. MySpace’s traffic declined 8% over the same period, to 72.32%, down from 78.89% in December 2006. To have a little fun with… Read More

  • Review: Office 2008 for OS X: Word 2008

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    So here we are faced with another version of Microsoft’s behemoth and I’m not terribly excited. I’ve been using Microsoft products since Works, back in the day, and I’ve got to say that with the slow and steady rise of web-based editors and programs with better workflow and features — some aimed at long form writers rather… Read More

  • AOL Rumored To Be In Talks To Buy UK Social Travel Site WAYN For $200 Million

    British site Where Are You Now? (WAYN), a social network for meeting fellow travelers, is rumored to be in negotiations with AOL to be bought for $200 million. That would make it one of the biggest Web 2.0 acquisitions of a UK startup after CBS’s $280 million purchase of Last.fm. TechCrunch UK has the scoop: Social travel site WAYN is allegedly in talks with AOL over a possible $200m… Read More

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