• Apple vs. The World: OS X or Vista?

    Apple vs. The World: OS X or Vista?


    Mash-up Courtesy of MacThemesForums Comparing OS X to Windows Vista is a correlation fraught with peril. There is so much to like in each operating system that picking a winner in each category was difficult and bound to get me flamed. What follows is a non-exhaustive examination of OS X Tiger and Vista. Clearly, Leopard is on its way and will change the game considerably, but since Steve… Read More

  • Wowee Dragonfly Hands-On. Verdict: Awesome!

    Wowee Dragonfly Hands-On. Verdict: Awesome!


    Some background: I tried to assemble and fly a model airplane once and only once. I was about 11, and after one attempt at lift-off, the thing crashed, never to fly again. So today, when I found a nice new Wowee Flytech Dragonfly (a supposedly easy-to-use Dragonfly-shaped RC flier) in the mail, it was my first attempt at model flight in many a year. And I was not disappointed. It… Read More

  • Steve Jobs To Labels: Set Your Music Free

    Steve Jobs To Labels: Set Your Music Free

    You probably can’t tell by the way Apple slaps FairPlay on millions of tracks a day, but apparantly Mr. Jobs is no fan of locked up songs. His gist: Since 90% of tunes are still sold in the essentially-unlocked CD format (that’s pronounced “see-dee”, for the digital generation), it doesn’t make sense to punish people who scoop up songs online. Ya think? Of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Comets On Fire Edition

    Daily Crunch: Comets On Fire Edition

    Apple vs. The World
    Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch
    Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit
    Review: ZuneOne’s Silicone Skin, Crystal Case
    Helio Jumps On The Music Downloading Bandwagon Read More

  • Google Embarrassed in Australia

    Reporters at a Sydney, Australia newspaper discovered an embarrassing flaw in Google’s Map product – Google recommends a 10.4 kilometer trip, across the harbor and back, to go the thirty steps from Google’s Sydney headquarters to a hotel located across the street. The suggested route would also include a AU$3 bridge toll. Any query for driving directions from areas east, south… Read More

  • Condé Nast Launches Flip

    Condé Nast can’t really be called a pure magazine publishing company any longer. They acquired Digg-clone Reddit last year, adding a user generated news site to their stable of offline and online magazines. And today they launched a social networking site aimed at teen girls called Flip. The majority of Flip is content created by users, called Flipbooks. It consists of customizable… Read More

  • Social Networking For Change(.org)

    Social Networking For Change(.org)

    Nonprofit social networking site Change.org is launching this morning and hopes to change the way the average person or activist interacts with nonprofits. The site focuses on getting users to issues they care about – ending hunger, stopping global warming, etc. Users can sound off on issues, but the site also recommends that these users donate their time and money to the causes they… Read More

  • Amazon Partners With Tivo; Steals Walmart's Thunder

    On the same day that Walmart launched a competing movie download service and then fell flat on their face over simple browser compatibility issues, Amazon announced an incredibly cool, long rumored new partnership with Tivo. After several months of rumors, Amazon and TiVo have partnered to make Amazon Unbox content available from user PCs to their broadband-connected TiVo units. The… Read More

  • Possible Snag in Google/Fox Renegotiations

    The renegotiations over Google’s $900 million advertising deal with Fox may have hit a snag, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. And that snag may be eBay. MySpace has been talking to eBay for several months about ways they could partner on what MySpace calls “peer commerce,” according to people familiar with the matter. The idea is to let MySpace users buy and sell items… Read More

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  • Apple's iPhone Confidentiality Letter to FCC Surfaces

    Apple's iPhone Confidentiality Letter to FCC Surfaces

    Here’s a delicious little find: A letter dating Oct. 12, 2006, requesting that the FCC refrain from releasing iPhone particulars to the public in hopes of preventing competitors from gaining “an unfair advantage.” Sadly the letter doesn’t really go into details on any of the information it seeks to keep from prying eyes. One can, however, gather a possible iPhone… Read More

  • Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit

    Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit

    Troy Hurtubise, famous for his bear-proof suits, recently made headlines for developing a Halo-inspired anti-ballistic suit. After spending $15,000 and several years developing the suit, Hurtubise had hoped to sell the design to some military hoping to protect its troops in hostile situations. Suit features include a head-guided laser pointer, the whole bullet deflection thing and a handy… Read More

  • Quieter Xbox 360s Coming Soon

    Quieter Xbox 360s Coming Soon


    I love my 360. It’s a great system and I feel confident that it will win the console war. There is a problem though. It’s the nosiest device in my room. When I’m sitting here playing Gears of War there are so many grinding sounds emitting from the unit that sometimes I wonder if it’s going to explode. Recognizing that there is a problem, Microsoft is taking steps… Read More

  • Helio Hits 70,000

    Helio Hits 70,000

    Everybody’s favorite MVNO Helio today announced that it had reached 70,000 subscribers, a pretty substantial number for a year old company. The results were released because Earthlink, Helio’s parent company in conjunction with SK Telecom, will tomorrow release its annual earnings report. Helio projects that it will reach 100k subscribers by the next quarter. And I certainly hope… Read More

  • Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch

    Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch

    Just finished a quick review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch at my watch porn site, WristWatchReview. This watch is made in Swizterland but was designed by John Patterson, surfer who hangs ten in Hawaii and wanted something that could survive the deepest depths and shark attacks. At $775, it’s fairly pricey but it’s quite handsome and comes with two removable straps… Read More

  • A Deeper Look at Wal-Mart's Digital Downloads Service

    Wal-Mart has landed what at first blush appears to be a solid punch to Apple’s gut, signing a deal with all six major movie studios for movie downloads, a feat the inventor of the marketplace couldn’t achieve. Apple landed the first contracts to sell movies over iTunes, but not all studios got on board. So how did Wal-Mart convince the hold-outs to join in the game? With… Read More

  • Apple Openly Supports Death of DRM

    Apple Openly Supports Death of DRM

    Steve Jobs has stepped up to the plate and written an open letter to the music industry in the fight against DRM. We wrote our thoughts on the eventual demise of DRM just last month. Bill Gates gave his own thoughts on DRM back in December. Despite Apple’s near monopoly on legal digital music sales, he discusses how they got to where they are now with DRM and options moving forward. Read More

  • snom 370 IP Business Phone

    snom 370 IP Business Phone


    VoIP is hot right now for a good reason. It drastically reduces the cost of telephony by allowing high-bandwidth voice communications to be conducted over the Internets rather than through telco routings with premium rates. The technology makes sense for everyone. Berlin-based snom technology AG has developed a VoIP phone that allows businesses to optimize its IP communications. The snom… Read More

  • WWDC: Apple Sets Date, We Speculate

    What’s next for Apple, one would ask? Now that AppleTV and iPhone have hit, where does a company go next? We have a feeling that it might have something to do with, you know, computers. Apple has announced that the 2007 WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) will be June 11-15 in San Francisco. Traditionally, Apple uses this venue to announce pro software upgrades and minor new… Read More

  • Review: ZuneOne's Silicone Skin, Crystal Case

    One thing we feel the Zune has over the competition (iPod) is its matte finish. What might seem like a minor design point was without a doubt meticulously poured over by marketing and design gurus for what must have seemed like minutes. They came up with a material that felt good but didn’t scratch too easily, like other competing products (iPod) tend to. Though it affords your Zune… Read More