• Blogged Tries To Make A Human-Powered Techmeme For Everything

    Blogged, the blog directory that we introduced last February, has launched a news portal that aspires to hand-pick the most interesting stories from across the blogosphere. The company has employed a team of editors to identify trends and popular stories from around the web, which are presented in categories that include technology, entertainment, politics, and sports. Unfortunately, Blogged… Read More

  • 200 More Tickets for the TechCrunch August Capital MeetUp; Announcing an Android Vs. iPhone Roundtable

    Update: This batch sold out in 20 minutes. We will release one more smaller batch in the coming weeks. We are releasing the next batch of 200 tickets to the 3rd annual August Capital MeetUp on Friday, July 25, 2008, in Menlo Park, California. Our last release of tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes, so we recommend you register now if you plan on attending. Tickets are available at EventBrite. Read More

  • Blizzard Authenticator helps secure your World of Warcraft account

    Blizzard, fresh off its Earth-rattling Diablo III news, has just released a small gadget that supposedly improves the security of your World of Warcraft account. Called the Blizzard Authenticator, this small device syncs with your WoW account to provide a second password for each time you log in. The second password is randomly generated for each gaming session. The idea is, simply, two… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Black-hat hacker sells HP security secrets… from inside HP

    In order to build up a nest egg for a start-up project, French programmer Steve Rigano began selling HP, SAP, and Windows 0day vulnerabilities online for substantial sums of money. The kicker? Rigano was an HP security consultant and on the HP payroll. The 0day trade is considered by security experts to be something akin to arms dealing. Stockpile enough 0day exploits – exploits that… Read More

  • Ricoh plans to erect a "green" billboard in New York's Times Square

    Ricoh Japan is planning to set up a  billboard powered by natural energy in New York City’s Times Square in December. The sign will be equipped with 45 solar cell panels and four wind power turbines, producing a maximum of 98 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day. Ricoh’s American subsidiary says the billboard (47 feetx126 feet) might not be illuminated in case there is not… Read More

  • Pogue asks AT&T about iPhone 3G calling plans

    Nothing we didn’t already know, but it’s nice to have most of the answers in one place for us all to refer to if need be. Q: Does the new $70 iPhone plan include any text messages? A: No. This is our standard pricing for 3G PDA’s and smartphones. It’s a combined voice and unlimited data plan. The data portion is $30. It does not include text messages, which are extra. Read More

  • Xbox 360 Dashboard re-design to use motion controller

    Word on the street is that Microsoft will launch a re-designed Xbox 360 Dashboard alongside the long-rumored [Spring?] Dashboard update. That Microsoft is thinking about of integrating that motion controller that was mentioned a few weeks ago is both unexpected and annoying. One of the reasons I prefer the Xbox 360 to the Wii when I play games is the “normal” interface. I like having… Read More

  • Summer Travel Tip: Check If Those Frequent Flyer Award Seats Are Available on ExpertFlyer

    There is nothing more annoying than trying to use up your hard-earned frequent-flyer miles only to be told that the flight you want has no frequent flier seats available. Many airlines block out seats and dates for frequent-flyer eligibility. And their sites make it especially difficult to find out which flights have such seats. My experience is usually going to the Awards section of… Read More

  • Apple CSR confirms: No iPhone 3G online sales, in-store activation a must

    Reader Steve has been chatting with Apple.com CSRs today – he’s already talked to two – and they’ve both confirmed my worst fears: you will not be able to order the IP3G online and it will only be available in stores and it will be activated in store, regardless. The transcript follows, CSR’s replies in bold. What does this mean? It means getting an unlocked… Read More

  • Have you upgraded your PS3 firmware to 2.4?

    Did it brick your PS3? Word on the Web is that some of your compatriots (you know, if PS3 owners were from one country while us Xbox 360 owners were from another) are experiencing various degrees of FUBAR after upgrading. Read More

  • AT&T will let us use our iPhones as Wi-Fi iPods


    Aww, gee. Thanks AT&T. “If the [original] device is not re-activated as a wireless phone after you’ve upgraded to iPhone 3G, it will still work as an iTunes player and can access Wi-Fi,” the spokesperson said. Read More

  • G4 reveals 11 Rock Band 2 tracks

    I rarely watch G4, but a handful of X-Play viewers noticed a partial track listing for RB2 the other night. Poster MasterAce from ScoreHero was clever enough to hit the Tivo and grab a screen shot of the 11 tracks that appeared on the show. True. I’m thinking that it’s a screencap from a Solo Tour. They’re probably streamlining the song selection system for Solo Tours to make… Read More

  • TeleNav contest winners!

    Thanks to everyone for entering. The following readers came closest to the winning price of $4.095: Eric, Sam, and Cory. You’ll be receiving an e-mail soon, guys. Thanks for playing. Read More

  • A little brain buzz might go a long way

    Researchers at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders in Bethesda, MD are studying the effects of a charging the brain using a 9V battery to improve learning. The MIT Technology Review reports that previous research has found that a steady electrical current can improve motor function, verbal fluency and even language learning. In Bethesda, neuroscientist Eric Wassermann is using… Read More

  • PLYmedia Said To Raise $6 Million From Greylock And Elron

    Web video startup PLYmedia recently raised a round of $6 million to $6.5 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. The funding has not yet been announced, but the investors are believed to be Greylock and Elron Electronic Industries, an Israeli holding company. (In fact, Elron already disclosed its investment in PLYmedia in the first quarter). Individual investors (who may… Read More

  • Nyko unveils media hub for PS3

    Today, Nyko announced a tiny little media hub for your PS3. What can said hub do for you? It adds three extra USB ports in addition to a memory card slot that supports SD and Memory Sticks. The Media Hub for PS3 should be available in August for $20. Read More

  • Sony to boost production of TVs with FED technology

    Field Emission Technologies, a Sony affiliate, is preparing to mass-produce a new kind of flat panel starting 2009. Sony owns 37.8 percent of the company. The so-called FEDs (field emission displays) offer higher picture quality than LCDs. Backlighting FEDs is not necessary so that they are said to be twice as energy-efficient as LCDs. While Sony’s first OLED-TV, the XEL-1, measures… Read More

  • Openmoko Neo Freerunner to launch July 4th

    Man, I loves me some Openmoko Neo Freerunner. Sure, it’s not the prettiest thing on the planet. Sure, a completely open source mobile device may be a bit ahead of the times for all but the most dedicated gadget geeks amongst us. But man oh man, have I been drooling about this for a while. For the uninitiated, Openmoko is a project aimed at creating a series of open source mobile phones. Read More

  • UTStarcom offloads its handset division

    We don’t really hear much about Audiovox UTStarcom these days. In all the time I’ve spent staring at other peoples phones, I’ve come across but a handful of UTStarcom handsets. Am I in the minority here? Regardless – someone out there thinks UTStarcom’s phones are worth a chunk of change. A group of private investors from AIG Investments has snatched up… Read More

  • Apple Confirms: No Online iPhone 3G Sales, In-Store Activation Only

    Reader Steve has been chatting with Apple.com CSRs today – he’s already talked to two – and they’ve both confirmed my worst fears: you will not be able to order the IP3G online and it will only be available in stores and it will be activated in-store, provided you wish to purchase it at contract prices (i.e. $199). What does this mean? It means getting an unlocked… Read More

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