• Latest HD DVD copy protection cracked, Transformers now on the loose

    This has nothing to do with DeCSS, but it takes me back I for one love the rat race between copy protection creators and copy protection breakers. Newly released Blu-ray and HD DVD discs have been shipping with the fourth-gen MKB copy protection. Slysoft’s AnyDVD software already works around this new copy protection scheme. As the world turns… Various message boarders were… Read More

  • Logitech + Skype = Videocalls

    Remember how on G.I. Joe, or M.A.S.K. or pretty much every rad cartoon how they had giant wall sized screens they’d use to make videocalls to each other? And how, even though they couldn’t find him, they always seemed to be able to dial-in Cobra Commander? They were using Skype. Read More

  • Y Europe's First Startup, Soup.io

    What we’ve called Y Combinator’s European clone, Y Europe, has let loose with their first startup, Soup.io. Soup.io is very low friction take on life streaming that serves as an aggregator for a lot of your public social media feeds. There are a lot of startups trying to do social aggregation (Spokeo, ProfileLinker, MyLifeBrand, Fuser). Paul Buchheit’s highly automated… Read More

  • LG BH200 combo HD DVD / Blu-ray player will be expensive

    Currently, Circuit City is listing LG’s much-anticipated BH200 combination Blu-ray / HD DVD / DVD player for $799.99. That’s an expensive player with a price reminiscent of the first HD DVD and Blu-ray players to hit the market. Sure, it can do 1080p, DVD upscaling and play both formats, but with Toshiba’s A2 HD DVD player going for $198 at Wal-Mart and the PS3 going for $399… Read More

  • Best Buy takes minority stake in Mydeo, launches video sharing

    UK video startup Mydeo has created a bespoke video sharing service for the giant US retailer Best Buy. Best Buy Video Sharing is a subscription-based service for users to upload their personal videos for storing, sharing on web sites and blogs. The service will be merchandised online and in Best Buy’s retail stores. Best Buy will also take a minority, equity stake in Mydeo, though… Read More

  • Bluetooth visor gizmo does calls, outputs to car stereo

    This is an interesting device and, as fate may have it, a device I’ve been waiting on for quite some time now. It’s basically a Bluetooth speakerphone that clips to your visor and outputs sound to your car’s stereo. You can use it for calls but, even better, you can use it for audio. So if your phone or MP3 player does Bluetooth, you can stream your tunes directly to your… Read More

  • D-Link Releases Xtreme N Gaming Router

    D-Link announced today that it has begun shipping the next increment of its Xtreme N Gaming Router. The DGL-4500 comes complete with GameFuel technology which is essentially a QoS system that is optimized for game traffic. The device uses the latest Draft 802.11n standard and promises wireless transfer speeds up to 300Mbps. It also supports Gigagabit ethernet, for those of you who can deal… Read More

  • Manhunt 2 launches tomorrow amid controversy

    How appropriate that Rockstar will be launching Manhunt 2 tomorrow during Halloween. The game has been under fire for months due to its extremely violent content. It was even banned in the UK and received an “Adults Only” rating from the ESRB originally, meaning Rockstar had to take some time to modify the title so it would receive a “Mature” rating instead. Says… Read More

  • Microsoft says Xbox 360 IPTV screens real, but not part of Fall Update

    Screens of an IPTV interface in the Xbox 360 Dashboard put people into a frenzy. Were these legitimate screen shots, or were they just the work of some lonely teen? Nope, they’re real. Just don’t expect them with the upcoming Fall Update. Microsoft admitted that the screens are real, but that its IPTV services will be rolled out after the Fall Update. On top of that, it’s up… Read More

  • Intense Debate's Commenting System Out Of Beta And Very Open

    The battle over blog comments is heating up even more with TechStar’s Intense Debate coming out of beta along with Disqus today. While we covered the service’s private beta previously, stepping out of beta is more than just opening up their sign ups. They’re opening up their entire commenting system as well. The new version will feature several enhancements to help… Read More

  • Google Phone announcement expected in next two weeks says WSJ

    The Google Phone has replaced the iPhone. What I mean by that is all the rumors, innuendo and general nonsense that surrounded the iPhone will now be transplanted to the Google Phone. Today’s rumor comes to us by way of the Wall Street Journal. Sometime in the next two weeks, so the rumor goes, Google will announce a suite of software and “services,” whatever those are… Read More

  • Nestoria to offer average house price data via API

    I hear from property search engine Nestoria that it is to launch a new feature via its API that allows developers to access metadata about the database. The upshot of this is that you’ll be able to check out what the average prices are for 1,2,3 or 4 bedroom flats and houses etc for all areas in the UK and Spain (the other market Nestoria operates in). Do the other property sites ofer… Read More

  • Back from the dead: Automan

    Wow. I completely forgot about this until Joel at BB posted it. I forget the entire story, but apparently Desi Arnaz, Jr. had robo powers and a little friend named Cursor who enjoyed frotteurism. Those were the days, huh? via BBG Read More

  • Happy Halloween From The Sick People at JibJab

    http://www.jibjab.com/v/208029Los Angeles based JibJab continues to expand its business beyond its traditional political satires. They’ve recently released a for-pay virtual greeting card business called Sendables that will appeal to many people (like me) with a slightly dark sense of humor. The video above is one of my favorites. I couldn’t stop laughing. Users get to send one or… Read More

  • Internet One Step Closer To Staying Tax Free

    The House of Representatives has passed legislation (402-0) extending the moratorium on state Internet access taxes for seven years out to 2014. The bill, set to expire Nov. 1st, has already passed through the Senate last Thursday, leaving final approval up to the President. While the House bill was three years longer than the body initially proposed, some senators called to permanently end… Read More

  • You could win $1,000,000 just by playing Halo 3

    Anyone fancying themselves as a professional cyberathlete should pack a bag filled with clothes, caffeine and an Xbox 360 controller and head out to Dallas. There, the Cyberathlete Professional League will host a Halo 3 competition from December 19th to 22nd. The top prize? A cool million bucks, which has already been deposited into a bank account for safekeeping. The best part is that… Read More

  • GTA IV box art revealed via spy photos

    Some crafty photographer managed to snap some shots of preproduction (note the RP rating) copies of Grand Theft Auto: IV for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The box art is in standard Rockstar fashion, showcasing characters from the GTA series. However, there isn’t much “oomph” to the GTA: IV packaging is there? Looks like some people standing around with guns. Big whoop. Where’s… Read More

  • Geek wants you to level his WoW character – sort of

    Are you a leatherworker? Doesn’t matter, because even if you can’t stitch a baseball cap together, you can always play a video game. One Queens resident in NYC is looking for someone to help him level his leatherworking in World of Warcraft from 356 to 375. The job pays $20 and if you get him the materials for the hawt epic lewtz, you get $40 of cold, hard cash out of the deal. Dorky? Read More

  • Facebook's Social Ad Network: What We (Think We) Know So Far

    Just as Google is preparing to take Facebook head-on with its own social-networking platform, it appears that Facebook is preparing to take on Google with its own social ad network. The announcement of what people are already calling SocialAds is expected next week on November 6 at New York’s ad:tech conference (a day after Google was originally supposed to announce a new set of open… Read More

  • Any golf-playing Trekkies out there? Here's your putter

    Now I’ve officially seen it all. The Golfsmith Star Trek Enterprise NCC-1701 costs $130 and there are only 1701 available, which is probably 1700 more than there are golfers who are big enough Star Trek fans to buy this and use it on the course. It actually looks like a decent putter thanks to the weight-balancing warp speed tube thingies. Maybe I’ll pick one up someday, if only… Read More

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