• Verizon Makes Bold Move With Mobile E-mail


    Verizon has finally pulled its head out of its butt and added a new e-mail client that supports Yahoo!, AIM, AOL, Windows Live Hotmail, Verizon.net and POP3/IMAP. Oh wait. Did I say they pulled their heads out of their butt? I meant they’ve shoved it even further up there because they’re charging $5 for this service when other carriers don’t charge a dime. The service is… Read More

  • Geni: 5 million Profiles In 5 Months

    We just got word that genealogy site Geni will be announcing that they’ve hit their 5 millionth profile, just five months after launching the service. This is up from 2 million in March. You can view the press release here. This is not the number of registered users (Geni had 100,000 when reporting 2 million profiles), but rather the number of people put into Geni family trees. A user… Read More

  • Nokia Making Cross-Platform Games About Crack


    TOTALLY cooler than a PS3 Nokia is on a mission to create a mobile game that’s cross-platform and doesn’t suck. The first project, which is rumored to run on both PC and mobile phones, is called “Project White Rock”. Judging by the name, I’d say the title will be an MMORPG in which players compete to become addicted to crack-cocaine. Or not. But after the… Read More

  • Sharp Announces 16 G-Series AQUOS LCD TVs

    Now that the iPhone has been launched and it’s the utter failure we all expected it to be we return you to our regularly scheduled ranting and raves. We’ll start with Sharp Japan announcing 16 new G-Series 120Hz AQUOS LCD TVs. The 37-, 42-, 46- and 52-inch sets are equipped with an ultra-thin 8.1cm panel. All models feature three HDMI ports, component, DVI, two FireWire, S/PDIF… Read More

  • Broken iPhones Appear on Flickr

    This is poetry. Photos are showing up on Flickr of destroyed, broken-beyond-repair iPhones and I couldn’t be happier. It goes beyond mere schadenfreude, mind you. All that hard work waiting in a line, talking to the mainstream media as if there weren’t more pressing matters that needed to be discussed, all just to post a photo showing a cracked screen. Poetry. Apple replaced… Read More

  • Google Should Announce GrandCentral Acquisition Today or Tomorrow

    A follow up to our post a week ago: A source close to the deal has confirmed to us that Google has closed the acquisition of GrandCentral and will be announcing it this week, probably today or tomorrow. Acquisitions are generally announced after the close of market, so look for this after 1 pm PST on the Google blog or in a press release (or both). If not today, possibly tomorrow. We have… Read More

  • Bombin' And Taggin' With Light

    There’s a new kind of graffiti coming out that won’t piss of owners of billboards and buildings. Using different kinds of light and cranking up the exposure time on a camera, some artists are now throwing up pieces and tags with lights. Hit the jump for a quick breakdown: Gear
    this is a small collection of flashlights, biking-lights and flashing LED lights they all work with… Read More

  • GOOG 411 Adds Maps

    Google’s recently launched Free 411 competitor, GOOG 411, has added maps to their directory assistance. Customers will now have the option of getting a hyperlink to a map SMSed to them by saying “map it” for any listing in the directory. It’s not as clean as TellMe’s solution, which lets you interact with listings through a map or the voice interface, but is a… Read More

  • ASUS To Become "Competitive"

    Watch yo’ back Dell and Toshiba. ASUS, everyone’s favorite OEM parts manufacturer, is splitting up its business into two sectors to become “more competitive” and to put strength into building a name for itself. One unit will be called Pegatron and will work on PC-related products, which I suppose is a fancy word for peripherals, while the other sector that concentrates… Read More

  • "Hackers" Gets The Steampunk Treatment


    Ye shall hack thy Gibson, doth Spotted over on BoingBong today, someone with a lot of free time and a keen sense of humor re-did the entire script of Hackers in steampunk speak. It’s called “Clockers” and here’s a sample that will make those familiar with “Hackers” laugh: Read More

  • The Tax Man Cometh to Second Life (in Korea)

    Virtual worlds like Second Life are strange creatures. The people who participate in them won’t admit to it, but they’re huge dorks. Bar none. They got picked on in school or couldn’t cut it in the Real World. So they hop online, armed only with an avatar and their keyboard. Perhaps some sort of fat-based snack as well. But online they’re kings, demigods among virtual… Read More

  • Dismantled: Inside the iPhone


    Smashy smashy! Besides the YouTube video making the “check this out!” email rounds Monday morning in which some dudes use the highly precise hammer and nail technique, others were not as lucky in their quest to make Apple fanboys cry. The folks at Smash Some Stuff missed launch date. They’re still $375 behind on their goal. Meanwhile, Smash My iPhone has only raised a… Read More

  • Frank Sinatra To Host Sirius Show

    Looks like Frankie is being raised from the dead. Sirius is debuting a new weekly program called “The Chairman’s Hour” that will be hosted by Old Blue Eyes himself. Producers have meticulously collected tons of clips of Sinatra speaking and will produce a show in which Frank plays some of his tunes and talks about his work as a musician. Through the use of… Read More

  • 500,000 iPhone units sold

    What do I do after posting about how iPhone has gotten too much coverage? I post more iPhone coverage. According to Reuters, half of Apple stores on the U.S. West Coast sold out as Apple purportedly sold 500,000 units of its trendy high-end gadget. According to TechCrunch, that amounts to $250 to $300 million in revenue. Unsurprisingly, Apple shares were up a percent before Monday’s… Read More

  • That $599 iPhone Costs $220 To Make

    As a follow up on our earlier post about Apple’s $300 million iPhone weekend – January estimates guessed that Apple was making 20-50% margins on the iPhone (probably closer to 20%). New estimates, based on a tear down of a unit by Austin-based Portelligent, put the cost of components at a mere $220. This does not include the cost of final assembly. The most expensive part is the… Read More

  • Palm OS II Delayed Until 2008

    Palm’s new Linux-based mobile operating system has just been delayed to 2008. When the system was announced in May of this year Palm claimed that devices on “OS II” would be in consumer hands by years end. Recently however, Palm’s CEO Ed Colligan was quoted saying that “Products based on the new Linux-based platform that we’re working on, that won’t… Read More

  • Over 500,000 iPhones Sold


    Tools Consumers line up at the Apple SoHo store There’s this gadget that came out this past weekend called the iPhone, right? And apparently it’s doing pretty decent in terms of sales. Mixed reports are coming in stating that either 500,000 or 525,000 have been sold. And just like the Playstation 3, most people in major cities went for the high-end 8GB model over the cheaper… Read More

  • AT&T Buys Dobson Communications

    During the extravaganzafest known as the iPhone launch, we somehow overlooked this AT&T purchase. Seems AT&T is hell-bent on becoming an absolute telecom behemoth. Now with the purchase of Dobson, which cost a whopping $5.1 billion, AT&T has now scooped up all of Cellular One’s customers. Seems the number of GSM options for consumers is quickly shrinking. To be honest though… Read More

  • iPhone Madness Decoded: It's All Very Freudian

    Like many of you, I was reading lots of iPhone coverage over the weekend and I hoped for death. However, if you’d like to see the truth behind the coverage, feel free to use our Freudian Decoder to figure out what the reviewers/writers/pundits/Macbois are really saying. Yes, friends, sometimes a cigar isn’t just a cigar. iPhone Decoder Read More

  • Yahoo Launches Smart Ads

    Yahoo has announced the launch of Yahoo SmartAds, a new advertising platform that delivers tailored display ads to highly targeted audiences. The new service automatically converts creative campaign elements and offerings into highly customized and relevant display ads by delivering ads according to the Web surfer’s age, gender, location and online activities. An example given by Yahoo… Read More

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