• BenQ Tells You How Fat You Are

    This is by far the strangest convergence device I’ve ever seen/read about. I’d consider myself a health freak, but BenQ seems to be some sort of psychopathic healthy monster. Do consumers really want to measure their body fat while waiting for the bus or after they’ve eaten a Big Mac (I know this won’t actually be applicable)? BenQ has done their homework on how to… Read More

  • Sneak Peek: Asus Bearlake Motherboards

    Intel’s newest chipset, code name Bearlake, is still a few weeks away from an actual launch, but we’ve got some specs that you might find handy in case you’re pondering a new desktop in the near future. The P35 chipset is built on one of the 65nm process nodes and will undoubtedly hit the ground running on Core 2 microprocessors that require a 1,333MHz front side bus. The… Read More

  • Internet More Dangerous than School Violence, Sexually Transmitted Diseases for Children: survey

    A new survey from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, The National Poll on Children’s Health, has found that US parents rate Internet Safety as being a more serious health threat to children than school violence, sexually transmitted diseases, abuse and neglect. Yes, the Internet. No, I’m not kidding. The survey found that Internet safety is a relatively new health concern… Read More

  • Google Testing New Search Results Layout?

    A tip in today pointing to Beyond Teck, a site that claims to have a screen shot of a new layout for Google’s search results page. I can’t confirm the veracity of the screen shot, if it’s photoshopped then it’s a very good effort. The screen shot purports to show Google testing a new layout for their search results. Of note is the introduction of a left navigation bar… Read More

  • TwitBin: Inline Firefox Twittering

    Twitter Users are currently given two primary interfaces through which they can interact with the growingly popular service: by the Twitter website itself or through TXT messaging via mobile phone. A number of companies have launched third party tools to enhance computer based Twitter interaction. Twitterrific has a strong fan base amongst Mac Users, Twitteroo a PC version of Twitterrific… Read More

  • Will Powerset Have PowerGrowth?

    Any serious Internet startup tries to guess early growth rates so that they have enough hardware to scale (hopefully the software hangs in there, too). Stealth search engine Powerset (see our earlier coverage) is being very transparent about their modelling, and have posted some of their thinking on their company blog. Steve Newcomb, co-founder and COO, wrote the post and goes into… Read More

  • Orange Launches Netvibes/Pageflakes Competitor

    Everyone else has one, so why not one more? Orange, a massive European mobile phone carrier that is now a subsidiary of France Télécom, is beta testing a customizable Ajax homepage product called Bubbletop. The team building this is actually based near San Francisco, and also created the Pikeo photo sharing product. For some reason, they decided to break the story of their launch on a… Read More

  • Microsoft DigiDesk Hands On

    <div class="center" Touch screens, WooHoo!!! Microsoft revealed the DigiDesk concept at Convergence ’07 and boy does it do some cool stuff. The DigiDesk is basically two giant flatscreens that are touch-sensitive and will make any corporate geek wet himself. Some other cool features include a voice recognition module, document scanner and the ability to resize windows … Read More

  • Game Over, Mario…RIP

    <div class="center" OMG, OMG, OMG!!! Poor Mario couldn’t control his mushroom addiction and he goes on a drug induced rampage through Brooklyn and…I can’t, it’s too painful. This is what happens when you’re on your last life and the drugs take over. Don’t do drugs, kids. Read More

  • Fujitsu Santa Rosa Laptops Coming Soon

    Some recently released documents on the FCC site have shed new light on the new Santa Rosa-based Fujitsu laptops, but it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you’d expect. The E-series lifebook gets an upgrade ala E8410/8490 with a Core 2 Duo T7700 2.40 GHz chip and 15.4-inch WUXGA/WSXGA or WXGA display. The A6020 laptop gets an upgrade with the same specs and is now the A6030. Read More

  • Major Zune Announcement on Monday!


    Big news coming out of iLounge about a new Zune being announced on Monday. That’s not a typo, folks. I did say iLounge. Details about what might be coming out of Redmond are skimp, but rumors have been going around about a flash-based Zune for some time. Nothing to lose sleep over, but we’ll keep our ears to ground anyway. New Zune on Monday? [iLounge] Read More

  • Second Life: Europeans Outnumber Americans 3 to 1

    If Web 2.0 is a bubble of hype, then surely Linden Lab’s Second Life is the shiniest bubble of them all. Companies from IBM, CNet, Reuters, American Apparel, Coldwell Banker and many more have established their presence in the metaverse, but a new study of Second Life finds that the expenditure may be wasted. comScore reports that not only are there more Germans actively using Second… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Just Married Edition

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  • Ask: Is the Algorithm Working?

    It’s Friday night in London. You’re out on the town with some friends at the local pub, drinking some beers and the call of nature beckons. Making your way to the restroom you’re confronted with advertising that tells you that 75% of online information goes through one company. On the other side of the Pond, a soccer mom makes her way along the New Jersey Turnpike, passing a… Read More

  • Rescue Time: Automated Time Management meets Web 2.0

    Time Management as a distributed concept is not new, from long corporate training days with free lunches (the lunch often being the highlight) through to earlier software packages, and even through to today, with a wealth of Web 2.0 options focusing on providing the user with the tools to better manage their own time and that of team members. Whilst I’ve been a user of a number of… Read More

  • Belkin Supports Boobs


    Belkin announced today the launch of two products benefiting the fight against breast cancer. It has pledged 10 percent of the proceeds from a new pink iPod nano Sport Armband and the “Hope” Remix Metal Nano case. Belkin will give a minimum of $100,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The items will be available on May 6 for $30 each. Here is your opportunity to wear pink and not… Read More

  • Portable DirecTV Unit Available Now; Includes Power, TV

    I live in an apartment. It is a nice apartment with great views of most of Seattle, from the Downtown all the way up to the U-District and even the Freemont Bridge. Sadly, like many apartment dwellers, I’m limited to cable TV. My building has strict rules against DirecTV-style mini dishes. The manager says it’s about decor, we think it’s more to do with the heft discount… Read More

  • Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX N100 Review

    Smaller, lighter, better, is the mantra for the new category of ultra portable multi-function GPS devices. While portable GPS systems aren’t new, manufacturers are expanding the category by cramming in new features. Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX N100 certainly fits that bill, if only somewhat. The difficulty is providing a feature-set that appeals to a broad audience and a user interface… Read More

  • Windows Media 6 Upgrade Now Available for T-Mobile Dashers

    Just a quick note: If you use a T-Mobile Dash you should head over to the T-Mobile WM Upgrade page and download the free Windows Mobile 6 package. While it doesn’t fix all of WinMo’s issues (it’s still Windows), it goes a long way to make it more usable and intuitive. And it’s free. We like free. Make sure to do a sync and a complete back up of your Dash, because… Read More

  • Google In Talks To Acquire SimplyHired

    Rumors surfaced today that Google is in discussions to acquire job search engine Simply Hired. Trip Chowdry, a research analyst at Global Equity Research first spoke about it, and the story was then picked up by Alarm:Clock. I spoke with Simply Hired president Dion Lim, who confirmed that there is “lots of interest in us” from a number of parties but would not comment directly on… Read More