• GeForce 9800 GX2 crashes outside Area 51, photographed by HardOCP

    The only word that comes to mind is “impractical.” From every perspective, this video card is just ridiculous. It’s enormous for one thing, with two PCBs stuck together, and it looks like an matte black air conditioner for another. It’s essentially two 8800s in a native SLI setup, with a gig of RAM and 256 stream processors. For the layman, that basically means… Read More

  • Facebook lauded for privacy and security in the UK. What gives?

    How ironic. Just as Scoble and Faceboook were clashing (then later making up) about who owns his 5000 contacts, a new UK report has named both Facebook and Bebo the best social networks for features like privacy and security, including how easy it is to remove personal details. Independent consumer advocate Computing Which? found Bebo and Facebook scored 79% and 74% respectively for their… Read More

  • It was a digital music Christmas

    According to various reports, one of the hot items given as presents this year was vouchers for digital music stores and media players like iPods. That must be the main reason why figures showing online downloads more than doubled in the UK in the last week of 2007 compared with 2006, according to analysts at UBS. The industry is hoping falling CD sales (heaven knows why when you can more… Read More

  • Skype to come to the PSP

    Skype is coming to the Sony PlayStation Portable. As reghardware reports, Sony’s own website now says: “Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers or catch up with acquaintances via Skype for PSP.” Looks like someone forgot to switch that bit off before the CES show in Vegas. Interestingly, Sony Europe has been cooking up communications tools for the handheld with none other… Read More

  • Wireless Rock Band gear to be made by Mad Catz

    I can’t say that accessories manufacturer Mad Catz has the best track record – their third-party controllers are, as often as not, chintzy and only minimally functional. However, they could be the cheap bass and drums you can actually afford if you want to have a Rock Band get-together with other poor people. Or, if your friends are imaginary, those weak third-party instruments… Read More

  • Autonomy benefits from need to search documents faster

    Autonomy – one of the original UK startups but now publicly traded – has won a $70m (£35m) deal with the Citigroup bank – its largest contract to date and evidence that the search firm will benefit from the US subprime lending crisis. Why? Because Autonomy has software to quickly find documents for lawsuits, which are expected to rise in the wake of the credit crunch. It… Read More

  • Wii not getting DS games, NYT screwed up multiple times

    Not only did the NYT screw up Reggie’s name two times, it screwed up the whole Wii and DS game transferring as well. An article about the Nintendo DS video game system in the Dec. 31 Business Day section of the New York Times incorrectly referred to future capabilities of the device. The statement that complete Nintendo DS games will eventually be able to be downloaded into the device via… Read More

  • MSN Video to Veoh: Right Back At 'Cha (With TV Shows From Hulu)

    Just a day after video-sharing site Veoh added a TV tab with shows from Hulu and CBS, Microsoft did the same thing with the launch of a new MSN Video Guide. (This is really just a new user interface to showcase this content). It too has a TV tab with full-length episodes from Hulu (Fox and NBC Universal shows), as well as CBS. Similar to Veoh, the shows range from Battlestar Galactica, CSI… Read More

  • Infinity anounces Classia Series speakers

    One of these days I’m going to get myself a nice set of surround sound speakers. Who knows, maybe I’ll snag a set from Infinity. The Classia Series is aesthetically pleasing and includes a compact bookshelf monitor, wall-mountable center channel, floorstanding tower, and a wall-mountable surround speaker with selectable monopole/bipole/dipole/dual-speaker operation. Drivers in… Read More

  • Man follows GPS directions onto train tracks, car destroyed

    Someone’s been recreating episodes of “The Office” in his spare time. A California man drove into a Metro North commuter train last night in upstate New York because “the GPS system [told] him to turn right, and he [turned] right onto the railroad tracks.” You read that right. Because the GPS “told him” to turn right, he turned right then had his… Read More

  • Monster Delivers Sweeter Second Pay Day for Affinity Labs Founder

    Job listings site Monster announced today that it has paid $61M for a young startup called Affinity Labs, which runs a set of websites for niche audiences such as police officers and nurses. These sites, while only a few months old and attracting a total of only 800,000 unique visitors per month, are attractive to Monster because it can use them to target professionals who are in high demand… Read More

  • Why hasn't the XM-Sirius merger been approved yet?

    What happened to the XM-Sirius merger? Announced last February, the merger appears to have hit a snag. We sat through all of December with little hints here and there—sources say an announcement will be made later today, sources say the FCC is just crossing T’s and dotting I’s—but now we’re left wondering what’s going on. Some attribute the delay to the… Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung Progressive HD camcorder, SC-HMX10C

    [photopress:IMGP4221.JPG,full,center] Just in time for CES, I received a Samsung HD camcorder to record all of our shenanigans for your viewing pleasure in HD (720p). I dig the 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD and swiveling handle for some reason. We’ll see what this biotch can do in a few days. Read More

  • Fuji lets loose high-fashion FinePix digi

    [photopress:fujif100.jpeg,full,right] Fuji’s Z-series digital cameras tend to be compact, feature rich and, dare I say, stylish. The FinePix Z100fd further complements said adjectives with an 8-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, high-res 2.7-inch LCD and an ISO that tops out at 1600. It’s not just a pretty face, either. The Z100fd includes Fuji’s Dual Image Stabilization… Read More

  • Sony BMG will drop (some) digital music DRM this year

    [photopress:nonauxdrm.jpg,full,center] Sony BMG is dropping DRM. That makes it the last major record label to (at least partially) do so. The details of Sony BMG’s scheme aren’t finalized just yet, but it’s expected to begin with a promotion (teaming up with Pepsi) during the Super Bowl, beginning on February 3. Pepsi will give away some 1 billion songs during the promotion… Read More

  • Sennheiser releases first untethered Kleer wireless earbuds

    [photopress:MX_W1_Set__Large_.jpg,full,center] I pray that Kleer actually takes off but after seeing ideas like this try and fail to gain traction — Zigbee, anyone? — I’m a little dubious. Anyway, Sennheiser just launched the first Kleer compatible headphones which allow you to listen to any Kleer-enabled MP3 player and even share your music with others. The MX W1 headphones… Read More

  • Netflix + HD monitor = DRM issues

    [photopress:sevensheaven_drm.jpg,full,center] Didn’t see this one coming in any way. Sucks to be Davis Freeberg. When I called them they confirmed my worst fears. In order to access the Watch Now service, I had to give Microsoft’s DRM sniffing program access to all of the files on my hard drive. If the software found any non-Netflix video files, it would revoke my rights to the… Read More

  • Iqua SUN comes to U.S. Shores

    A solar-powered Bluethooth wireless headset by Iqua will be showcased at next week’s Consumers Electronics Show (CES). The Iqua SUN (BHS-603) was launched last year in Europe and is due to hit U.S. stores and online retail sites in January. The device measures less than two inches and weighs under an ounce. It incorporates a photovoltaic cell that uses any available light –… Read More

  • Nokia N95 8GB now runs YouTube, widgets

    For any owners of the 8GB N95 who haven’t upgraded to the latest firmware, V15.0.015, you may want to take a few minutes and do so. That is, of course, if you care about being able to watch YouTube. And no, it is not the mobile site, but the full on version you watch everyday at work. Along with GooTube the new firmware includes Web Run Time, which allows for widgets. Hooray! Now go… Read More

  • Intel quits OLPC, stops work on XO Laptop after dispute

    [photopress:olpcintel.jpg,full,center] The first OLPC story of 2008 isn’t exactly positive. It seems Intel has left the initiative, claiming the OLPC camp, lead by the cocksure Nicholas Negroponte, wanted it to stop producing chips for its own low cost PC and for other companies’ low cost PCs (like the Eee PC by Asus). Intel wanted none of that so it left. Exactly how true this is… Read More

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