• Hackers extract HTC Diamond keyboard, embed it on your weaker, less jewel-like Windows Mobile devices

    The folks at XDA Devs has pulled off the soft keyboard from the HTC Diamond — the one that looks kind of like the iPhone keyboard — and has made it available to regular WinMo phones. They extracted a file that you can use on your own phone. Use at your own risk as it is fairly slow right now and may or may not work on your hardware. Read More

  • Guitar Hero IV drum kit pictures

    Doug told you about the drum kit with cymbals coming to Guitar Hero IV yesterday and now we have pictures. I can’t decipher much of the text from the GI article, but it appears that you won’t be able to use the Rock Band drum kit on GHIV, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Read More

  • SwissCom confirms iPhone is coming

    SwissCom, who you’ll remember offered some potential pricing for the 3G iPhone, confirmed it is getting said iPhone “later this year.” Their exact words: Later this year, the iPhone available. We will inform you personally as soon as news. I’ve worked with SwissCom in the past and those boys wouldn’t inform you you were on fire unless they had a sworn… Read More

  • How the RIAA finds out you're sharing music, assuming you are dumb

    In a discussion with the Chronicle of Higher Education, an RIAA representative describes how they find and attack music sharers. Here’s how they do it: 1. They go to a computer.
    2. They start LimeWire.
    3. They look for a popular song (I hear the kids are into rap so let’s assume they look for “Gonna Gat-Cap Your Ass and Shake Your Milk” by Souljah Bizzoy so assume they… Read More

  • Verizon joins open Linux mobile group 'LiMo'

    Verizon has signed up as the final member on the board of directors of the LiMo Foundation, a group founded by Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vodafone “to deliver an open and globally consistent software platform based upon Mobile Linux for use by the whole industry to catalyze next-generation mobile consumer experiences.” I’m all for openness, but… Read More

  • British town to run fiber-optic cables through sewers

    Normally when you think of fiber and sewers, a different, smellier thing comes to mind than broadband internet access. Hay-oh! Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Bournemouth, UK, which is full of old people — Pem Charnley of EcoWorldly says that a common joke is “that the shop windows are all fitted with bi-focals to allow passers-by to ascertain what lies within”… Read More

  • LiMo Foundation member count grows, Verizon joins Board of Directors

    Filling the last available seat on the Board of Directors, Verizon has become the first American carrier to join with the LiMo foundation. LiMo is the main competitor of Google’s Android in the area of Linux-based software development platforms. However, Verizon will not be dropping their intentions to support Android; by supporting both, Verizon is more or less guaranteeing themselves… Read More

  • Microsoft representative denies new Xbox 360 in '09

    Despite rumor upon rumor of a slimmed down Xbox 360 appearing some time next year, Microsoft has now come out and said the following, according to Ubergizmo… “While we don’t normally comment on rumours like this, we can tell you that we have no plans to release a new console in 2009.” The rumors surfaced out of Taiwan that Microsoft will be releasing a console called… Read More

  • Philips X800 all-touchscreen WinMo phone confirmed

    The Philips X800 that Peter told us about last week has been confirmed according to GSM Arena. It’s a tri-band GSM/GPRS device running Windows Mobile with a 2.9-inch display that covers most of the face. It’ll also have a 2-megapixel autofocus camera, Bluetooth, and memory will be expandable via microSD. Battery life looks okay, too, at 850 hours of standby time and 8 hours of… Read More

  • Juniper Research: Mobile Web 2.0 to be worth 22.4 billion in 5 years.

    The UK’s Juniper Research published a report this morning which predicts massive growth in Mobile Web 2.0 revenues. According to the report, they expect social networking, user generated content, mobile search and instant messaging to more than triple the Mobile Web’s current estimated worth of $5.5 billion up to $22.4 billion by 2013. I will have to check the accuracy of this from… Read More

  • Pundit: MacBooks could take 50% notebook share in a year/ Me: Prolly not

    I like to think that everyone will buy Macs. I buy Macs regularly and just bought one for my sister- and brother-in-law so they can join me in my OS X joy. But folks who say Apple can hit 50% market share in notebooks next year are deluding themselves. Jeremy Toeman believes in this delusion and his points are these: 1. Virtually all MacBook owners will recommend most MacBook models when asked
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  • Touchwall: Microsoft's Inexpensive Wall-Based Multi-Touch Interface

    Bill Gates will demo a new multi-touch computer and interface today called TouchWall at the Microsoft CEO Summit in Redmond. TouchWall refers to the touch screen hardware setup itself; the corresponding software to run TouchWall, which is built on a standard version of Vista, is called Plex. TouchWall and Plex are superficially similar to Microsoft Surface, a multi-touch table computer that… Read More

  • 115 CEOs Converge At Microsoft For CEO Summit

    Microsoft’s annual CEO Summit kicks off officially today with an 8:30 am keynote by Bill Gates titled “The Next Wave of Business Productivity and the Challenge of Continual Innovation.” 115 CEOs will attend from 26 countries, says Microsoft. The combined annual revenue from these companies tops $3 trillion annually and they employ 10 million people worldwide. Attendees… Read More

  • The boldest PR pitch of the day OR something to wake you up this morning

    I’m going to post this in its entirety as an example of either the greatest pitch in the world or the mad ramblings of an insufficiently breast-fed misogynist. I’ll let you all decide. Hello, Please find a link for a submission to your blog. I have also attached
    an image. It is called Boob Art Canvas and is SFW. http://www.gofrostfire.com/acatalog/Boob_Art_Canvas.html kind regards
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  • Stitcher Streams Customized Audio Feeds to Your iPhone

    Few things are more annoying than two week-old podcasts. Yet it seems that every time I’m about to embark on a long train ride, I forget to sync my iPhone with iTunes, leaving me with stale news reports. Stitcher, which launches today in public beta, looks to put an end to this problem by providing a customizable and continuous stream of news, talk, and sports to your iPhone and… Read More

  • Magnify's New Blogging Plugin Tries to Make Multimedia Simple

    Magnify.net has introduced a plugin for Movable Type and WordPress that attempts to minimize the effort required to add multimedia content to a blog. Magnify.net is a video discovery and broadcast platform that provides a hosted framework for video distribution. The plugin, called Magnify Publisher, allows bloggers to search and embed content from over a dozen media sites including YouTube… Read More

  • Slingpage Lets You Share the Web With One Click (500 Private Beta Invites)

    The idea of leaving sticky notes on the Web for others to find has been tried many times, but has never really taken off. Third Voice dotbombed with the idea in the late 1990s, then Activeweave tried it with Stickis (only to abandon the idea in favor for an app called BlogRovr, which was recently acquired by BuzzLogic). The missing element was that there was never a social way to share the… Read More

  • Scoutle: Automated Social Networking For Bloggers

    Dutch startup Scoutle marries different networking ideas to deliver what they call an “Automated Social Networking for Bloggers.” Scoutle operates via webcrawlers they call Scouts. Users create their own personal Scouts, for example one for their blog, another for their Facebook or similar profile, and the scouts “walk through the Internet,” by meeting other Scouts… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Events across Europe

    Since I write for TechCrunch from London, and since the rest of Europe is less than a two hour flight away, I am going to do some “Euro-tripping” over the next few weeks, criss-crossing the continent meeting startups and writing about them on TechCrunch (the image is courtesy of Dopplr). But I need your help. I’d like to meet as many startups as possible both informally and… Read More

  • Travel Search Site UpTake (Formerly Kango) Launches In Public Beta

    If you are looking for ideas for a family vacation, a pet-friendly hotel, or the perfect place for a romantic weekend, try travel search engine UpTake. It is geared only for travel and looks for keywords in destination descriptions and user comments across the Web that help it place results into different travel buckets. It can understand about one million different travel-related keywords… Read More

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