• It Is Staples "Policy" To Rip You Off With Bogus "File Conversion" Fees


    I just got back from Staples where I was faced with one of the worst examples of bogus fees I’ve ever seen. The ruse: If you have them print ANY file that is not in PDF form, they add on a $2 “Conversion Fee”, even if no file conversion takes place. It would be bad enough if they charged a fee for something that takes a single mouse click and costs them absolutely nothing… Read More

  • Video Professor Sends Reviewers To Detention, Files Suit Againt 100 For Bad Mouthing Product

    Surely you know who the Video Professor is. He’s the “guy” (it’s actually a company named after the guy whom we all know and love) who tells you, late at night when you should either be sleeping or several drinks past the legal limit, that it’s OK if you don’t know how to use a computer. Take this woman here: she’s so dumb her 3-year-old knows more… Read More

  • Helium Alleviates Your iPhone Headphone Jack Woes

    Have an iPhone? Want to use better earbuds and/or headphones instead of the crappy white earbuds you get from Apple? Course you do. Helium Digital has announced a cheap adapter that lets you infiltrate that recessed headphone jack. The HD-005 costs a mere $3.99 CAD and it works with their Bluetooth headphones, but no one wants a daggling cord from any gadget, even if it means wireless streaming. Read More

  • Virgin Digital downloads for the last time

    The dangers of hooking yourself up to a DRM-enabled music rental store which could go bang at any moment are highlighted today with the news that Virgin Digital customers will lose all their music when the store closes its doors next month. Virgin Digital was a two-year old Windows Media-based alternative to Apple’s iTunes, but it stopped selling one-off downloads last week and next… Read More

  • Protect Yourself From Bluetooth Hackers

    I imagine most of our audience is quite familiar with Bluetooth security, but it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher or, at the very least, pass this along to a colleague, friend or family n00bs. A recent study by InsightExpress revealed that 73 percent of mobile device users are unfamiliar with counter measures to prevent spam texts or even someone taking complete control of your phone. Read More

  • Eventvue Grabs Angel Round Over The Weekend

    The firstTechStars startup has gotten funded over this weekend. Eventvue has closed a round estimated to be about a quarter million dollars from Brad Feld, David Cohen, Dave McClure, Wendy Lea, amongst others. See our earlier coverage of them here. Eventvue brings social networking to the context of conferences, helping conference goers re-connect or follow up with business they… Read More

  • Solio Hybrid 1000: Save Some Money, Help The Planet


    Comes in orange and grey. I’ve mentioned before how big a fan I am of the Solio charger and now they’ve outdone themselves with the Hybrid 1000. Not only is it cheaper, but it’s undoubtedly more rugged and easier to charge while on the go. The solar fan-type may hold a longer charge, but you can’t always find a place to setup shop or find something to strap it to your bag. Read More

  • Vista-to-XP Downgrade Available To Everyone

    Admittedly my one experience with Vista was a terrible ordeal and I’m still not sure whether it was the OS or the hardware, but I haven’t touched a Vista machine since then so my opinion is slightly flawed. I never had any issues with XP other than the usual and I’d gladly pick up another XP machine, but I’ve been under the impression that the downgrade has only… Read More

  • Furutech LP Flattener Revives Vinyl

    I’ve been itching to get a record player of my own for over a decade now, but I’ve never found the right time or have I had the money set aside to really think about getting one. My recent stint in an East Village sublet piqued my interest once again and also alerted me to a few things about old LPs that I never really had to think about. Warped LPs are a deal breaker when… Read More

  • Sony Updates VAIO AR Series

    While I wouldn’t necessarily want to replace my desktop with a laptop, I surely wouldn’t want it to be a Sony VAIO since it runs Windows and we all know how much CG hates loves M$. Wouldn’t you love to have a Blu-ray card and CableCARD? I know I do, which is the case for the 17-inch VAIO AR series notebooks that also come equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 and T7500… Read More

  • Google Analytics in AIR; That's What I'm Talking About

    Having just bought a Mac after ten years of Windows, I feel as though I have a heightened appreciation for products and services that are pleasurable to use. And while I love websites that implement Ajax or Flash effectively, few online destinations can match the usability of a well-designed desktop application. That’s why I found Google Analytics AIR beta, publicly released on… Read More

  • Ultra Products Reduces Some Clutter With Stackables

    Having enough real estate on our desks/work stations is a problem that everyone and anyone can relate to. It’s even worse when you’re a geek who has 2+ monitors, multiple external HDDs, USB hubs and whatever else a geek feels necessary. So I’m pretty happy that Ultra Products has announced the Stackables computer peripherals line of products that consist of a 3.5-inch HDD… Read More

  • Trutap rasies another £3m in funding

    Trutap, a recent entrant in the TechCrunch40 competition which markets a social media client software for mobile phones, has raised another £3.23m ($6.5 million) from The Tudor Group and angel investors. The offers software blog posting, IM, group SMS, web photo-sharing and access to existing social networks. Last year it raised £600,000 ($1.2) angel funding, with £3.23m ($6.5m) from Tudor. Read More

  • Vertu Releases Another Ferrari Phone

    The iPhone or a black N95 from Europe are certainly too rich for my blood and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the uber rich with either on more than occasion, so I have to wonder who wants to buy a phone from Vertu. Ferraris are very cool cars, but I feel it extremely unnecessary to commemorate the 60th anniversary with a limited edition phone. The Ascent Ferrari 60 will yield only 60… Read More

  • Ouch…mEgo Gets Kicked Out Of DEMO Conference

    Well this was inevitable I guess. mEgo has been booted out of the DEMO conference. The reason? They showed their stuff at TechCrunch40 last week. Our coverage of them is here. That’s a bit rough on the company, since many of the presenting startups at DEMO are already launched and have tons of press out there about them. In this case, mEgo may have simply been the sacrificial lamb in… Read More

  • Who Else Got Burned By An 'End Of Summer' Promise?

    Long Zheng of istartedsomething.com is mad. So am I, although not quite about the same thing. Zheng is brassed off that the Windows Ultimate team hasn’t delivered DreamScene (basically, the ability to use a video file as your desktop background) and 20 language packs by the end of summer like it promised. Read More

  • Dell to Sell In China: Avoid Inhaling Burning Lead Paint Fumes

    Dell is teaming up with a Chinese partner, Gome Group, to sell Dell-branded laptops in China. HP and Lenovo are leading the race in our neighbor to the east and this move has been a long time in coming. Dell’s market share is currently worldwide 16.1 percent, an average percentage, and about 18 percent of China’s PC market. This move should allow the manufacturer to sell directly… Read More

  • Newer Technology NuPower Video+ Review

    Sometimes I receive review units of items I’ve never requested or completely forgot about. Newer Technology’s NuPower Video+ iPod battery is one of these. It came a few days before I left for Boston and I didn’t have much time to play with it. I grabbed it, took it on the plane and that was that. It gave me a little juice, my iPod lasted the entire trip – I was happy. Read More

  • Microsoft May Invest in Facebook At $10 Billion Valuation

    Facebook may be worth $10 billion, at least to Microsoft, says the Wall Street Journal. Someone leaked to them that the two companies are in discussions to take a Microsoft investment of $300-$500 million for 5% of the company. Here’s the (free) Reuters angle on the story. They’re saying Facebook may be holding out for a $15 billion valuation. What the hell. Why not? The two… Read More

  • What's Next For Acer?

    The fourth-largest IT company in the world is about to get a whole lot bigger, especially here in the US. Here’s a look at what we can expect to see over the next year or so from Acer. Read More

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