• Add ‘Pod’ and ‘Pillow’ for some true beach nerdery

    Hey there, good lookin’. I see you’ve got your face pressed against some sort of florally-decorated cushion that also covers up your gadgets. It’s called a PODillow? Anything with POD in the name is cool, am I right? Sweet beach day, huh? I just ate two hours ago and I still have to let my double-coating of SPF 120 sunscreen soak in or I’d take off my OS/2 Warp T-shirt… Read More

  • OpenMoko open cellphone reviewed

    Back in the day I had a Compaq iPaq running Qtopia. It was a hot little package with a full bore Linux OS on a device about as big as a Treo and for circa 2001 it was hot stuff. That’s why I’m kind of excited yet disappointed with the OpenMoko review by Ars. They delve into the device but basically come out reporting that not much has changed since 2001 in the mobile Linux front. Read More

  • Who Needs Music Labels? Last.fm Starts Paying Royalties To Unsigned Artists

    Music-streaming service Last.fm is now paying unsigned artists royalties for every song played on its service. Since the company announced the program last January, 170,000 70,000 artists and small music labels have signed up for it and uploaded 450,000 tracks. What Last.fm is doing here is creating an alternative to the official royalty-collecting organization for musicians (i.e., SoundExchange). Read More

  • Some ‘Rock Band 2’ details for your perusal

    Hey, look at that fancy guitar there, wouldja? That’s what you’ll get if you buy Rock Band 2 when it comes out in the fall. If you already own the first Rock Band and you purchased any songs for it, they’ll all transfer over to Rock Band 2. Glory be! Kotaku tells us that you’ll also get new drums with “a metal reinforced pedal, quieter pads, velocity… Read More

  • OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology

    Imagine you could play video games – and immerse yourself in virtual worlds – with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL•E. And then imagine you could experience and control those graphics in real-time from any internet-enabled device, whether it be a desktop computer, set-top box or even iPhone. Sound far-fetched? It doesn’t… Read More

  • Stanford Chooses Zimbra Over Gmail, Outlook

    Webmail in the educational market appears to be a three horse race between Zimbra, Gmail and Outlook/Microsoft Exchange. And today, Yahoo’s Zimbra won out against the other two in a bid to provide for Stanford University. This is the latest in a series of victories for Zimbra, which includes Georgia Tech, University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Cal Poly, and University of Pennsylvania. Read More

  • myAWOL: A Music Label For The Digital Age

    The big music labels have made it patently obvious that they don’t know how to deal with the internet. Revenues are down, the market is fragmented, and indie artists that manage to gain a following find that they have little need for the labels in the first place – they can sell their music online through sites like AmieStreet and iTunes. myAWOL (My Artists Without Labels) is… Read More

  • How to install Android on your Nokia N810 tablet

    PenguinBait has posted some detailed steps on how to install Android onto your Nokia N810 tablet, thereby giving you the opportunity to test the DontBeEvilOS before everyone on your block. The instructions are fairly complex and could brick your stuff so keep your wits about you. via Pocketable via AOL Read More

  • Getty Images could buy your Flickr photos


    Flickr’d. I’d pay money for a poster-sized version of this photo of Carrie. Getty Images may soon buy your Flickr photos. The professional photo database has teamed up with Yahoo!, which owns Flickr, to look for great photos that it can turn around and sell to its clients. Of course, as photographer, you’d get a cut of the action if and when Getty buys your photo off… Read More

  • Silicon Apartment: It's funny because it could be true

    As we learned from Zero Punctuation, web comics are very easy to make. They involve a few basic things: a knowledge of the CE industry, an appreciation for its many absurdities, and the inability to draw. The results are somehting like SiliconApartment which has a basic premise: what if Steve and Bill had to live together. The resulting hilarity is fairly limited but it’s always nice to… Read More

  • Shopflick, No Longer In Private Beta, Raises $7 Million For Web Video Shopping

    The YouTube generation needs its QVC. That is what Shopflick is trying to become, but with an edgier feel targeted at younger Internet shoppers. The LA-based startup has raised $7 million in a series A financing, led by Panorama Capital and Venrock. Earlier it raised $1 million in angel money, including from former Guba CEO Tom McInerney. Like eBay, the company plans to make money from… Read More

  • iPhone hype moratorium

    It’s Wednesday, we’re all tired, and we’ve decided to stop writing about the iPhone until we have it in our hot little hands on it Friday. There is no reason to obsess over every single screw on a device that, while being the best thing since a simultaneous orgasm in free-fall, is essentially the same device only ostensibly “faster.” Peter will be getting one at… Read More

  • Listen to XM radio on your iPhone with uXM


    Ron and Fez, noon to 3pm This is pretty cool, and I hate damn near everything. It’s an application for jailbroken iPhones (and iPod touches) called uXM that lets you listen to XM Satellite Radio. Yes, XM is reportedly working on a proper application to launch with the App Store, but that’ll cost you money. This uXM is free, provided you already subscribe to XM. You can find it in… Read More

  • New Wolfenstein to breach the surface at E3?


    The grand-daddy of FPSes (if you don’t count The Eidolon) is coming back for another round and may show its face next week. I’m super pumped about this; Return to Castle Wolfenstein was an awesome game, and Enemy Territory is up there with Tribes as one of my favorite multiplayer games of all time. And buddy, I was good at it, too. Anyway, Raven Software, responsible for the… Read More

  • Idlasso and Retaggr arrive to fight over your profile

    I don’t know. You wait for a startup to come up a particular idea, then two come along at once. Identity is a big deal on the Web. But with so many social profiles to keep track of, how do we manage it all? So idlasso and retaggr have arrived to to help us. Coincidentally, they are two UK-based startups doing very similar things, which have launched very close (in timing and idea) to… Read More

  • Live reactions to BGR's iP3G unboxing

    http://images.operator11.com/swf/o11player.swf Explanation: We were all supposed to watch this video and react to it 2girls1cup style. It didn’t work. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: In-car GPS system for $79.99

    Looking to get into the GPS game for under a hundred bucks? Newegg has the Initial GM-351 GPS system with 3.5-inch touchscreen for just shy of $80. Why so cheap? Well, apparently the maps are from a few years ago and they’re not currently updateable. That might just be a deal breaker for some people. However, if you live in an area of the country that fears change, especially as it… Read More

  • Xtract closes 7.5m Euro B round

    Xtract, a web an mobile analytics company I have been tracking for a while, has closed its series B round of funding with EUR 7,5 Million ($11.74M) from leading early-stage technology investors Creandum, ETF III advised by Eqvitec Partners and InnovationsKapital. Xtract specialises in something it calls “social advertising intelligence” . In Englsih, that means it enables mobile… Read More

  • Orange World wraps up socnets

    It’s time once more for that predictable roll-up of social networks onto mobile operator platforms. Orange’s new Orange World service aggregates the popular functions of many of Europe’s social networking sites onto one mobile web page so you can view and make any updates with one click. The news follows the completion of partnership agreements with MySpace, Facebook and… Read More

  • Livestation goes social – allows viewers to add channels

    Microsoft-backed Livestation, the online broadcast platform which offers live 24×7 news channels in high-quality, is adding features which will allow viewers to add their own channels from any TV, radio or webcam streams. They are also making it social. Livestation viewers will be able to browse through all of the channels other viewers have stored. You watch the broadcasts inside the… Read More

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