• Stop with the 'Tattoo Designs' already

    This is more or less addressed at CE and/or CE-related companies. Stop making products with stupid tribal tattoo designs. It’s a fad that’s been long gone, like 10 years ago or something, and one that I hope never returns. I don’t even care what features this bag has, Case Logic. I remember back in the day when I exclusively bought your CD cases and no one else’s. Read More

  • Nikon D60 to replace D40x, still has a booty lens mount

    Nikon’s D40x, 10-megapixel version of the D40 released inexplicably only four months after the D40, is set to be replaced by the new D60 line. There aren’t a lot of details, but considering the price point and previous capabilities of their cameras along that line, you can probably expect a perfectly decent camera crippled by its lack of autofocus support for much of… Read More

  • PlayboyU: All Tease and No Action

    I was skeptical when Playboy launched its exclusive social network for college students in August called PlayboyU, mostly because Hef’s adult entertainment empire had chosen merely to brand a standard Ning website. While it’s questionable to me whether a corporate brand can ever sustain a large and active social network, it just didn’t seem like the company was trying very… Read More

  • Apple readying for iTunes Tagging-HD Radio push

    Announced back in September, iTunes Tagging is a way for listeners of HD Radio to take a song they’ve heard on the radio, mark it with the appropriate metadata (that’s then synced to your iPod), then download the song from the iTunes Store after connecting their iPod to their computer. I’ve completely make a mess of that sentence, but you know what I mean to say. Now… Read More

  • What is a Histogram, why do I need it?

    Over the last couple weeks I’ve been taking more photos and really immersing myself into the whole thing. It’s an area (DSLR) where I know very little, which is completely unacceptable from a geek’s perspective. I’m still reading and digesting this handy how to guide on histograms so I thought others could read along with me and the more advanced photogs in the crowd… Read More

  • Apple now third most valuable company: behind Microsoft, Google

    A minor update to Hickey’s “Apple shares hit $200” post from the other day: Apple is now the third most valuable technology company, right behind Microsoft and Google. Its market capitalization (yes, I had to look up what that means) is now around $174 billion, some $100 billion more than last year. And to think I got excited when Grandma sent me $50 for Christmas. Keep in… Read More

  • Ron Paul supporters plan rally in World of Warcraft

    Like World of Warcraft? Like Ron Paul? Happy day, then! On New Years Day, supporters of everyone’s favorite libertarian will march from Iron Forge to Stormwind on the Whisperwind server. Supporters have even formed a guild called RP Revolution, complete with their own Web site. I can see why people would be averse to politics “invading” their favorite games, but, right… Read More

  • Wal-Mart closes its online video store, HP's fault

    Oh, Wal-Mart. We love your low prices, your imported-from-China everything, but when it comes to online movie purchases, it seems you misstepped. Your HP-powered online movie store that launchedin February was supposed to, as Peter Ha might say, “change the game.” Only it didn’t; the game is the same. For HP, the brains behind the operation pulled the plug on the… Read More

  • Canceling Music Services 101

    Eliot Van Buskirk was sick — sick! — of paying for music download services. Now that Amazon is DRM-free and offers lots of music, he decided to cancel all of his music subscriptions. Yahoo was the easiest at about 1 minute but it took him 30 minutes to cancel Napster and 10 minutes to cancel Rhapsody. This reminds me of trying to cancel my XBox Live and MS SPOT subscriptions. Read More

  • SCO gets delisted

    Oh, how far the mighty have fallen. If you remember, SCO was patent trolling back in the day over UNIX and Linux. They sued a number of folks, including IBM, and then sunk into the muck of late, losing cash as it went. In short, they were suing everybody who looked at their code wrong, ensuring a steady stream of work for their in-house lawyers. Now, however, their hard work has paid off… Read More

  • Boston gets cellphone reception on T, thinks Yankees suck


    One of InSite’s cellular repeaters. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are now offering cellular reception in T tunnels in downtown Boston, ensuring that your once-quiet ride will be interrupted by the loud, nasal squawking of a died-in-the-wool Southie or the charming, JFK-esque inflection of a member of the New England gentry. A company called InSite installed and will maintain the… Read More

  • Women can't fly ships!

    Ignoring the crazy animation and gimpy storyline, feel free to fast forward for a bit of olde time 60s sexism. via BB Read More

  • Test driving Amazon's MP3 store


    So now that Warner Music is on Amazon, I thought it might be a good idea to give their download service a whirl. I’m a Mac man, so these screenshots are all OS X. However, the process should be the same for Windows. Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Research from Frank N. Magid associates has found that a majority of cell phone users don’t play mobile games. I know how ridiculous that sounds but the evidence is in. Over 80% of Internet users, ages 12 to 64, own a cell phone or PDA but only a little over 10% of this population played a mobile game… Read More

  • A Sad Milestone: AOL To Discontinue Netscape Browser Development

    Please observe a moment of silence for the Netscape browser. Netscape Navigator, the browser that launched the commercial Internet in October 1994, will die on February 1, 2008. AOL, which acquired Netscape in November 1998 for $4.2 billion, will announce today that they will discontinue development of the browser, currently on version 9. In an email exchange yesterday with Tom Drapeau… Read More

  • Need a Baby Name? Nymbler Has A Hunch About What You Might Like.

    Any parent knows how hard picking a name for a baby can be. The Web makes it easier to research names, but the majority of baby-naming sites simply overwhelm you with too many choices. You can check out the most popular baby names in the U.S., map those names around the world, look to celebrity baby names for inspiration, or even graph a given name’s popularity over time. My wife and… Read More

  • Here Comes The Google Mafia

    As Googlers get long in the tooth and their stock options fully vest, some are hanging up their employee badges and giving up the free food at the Google cafeteria to try their hand as venture capitalists and angel investors. (That is, if Facebook doesn’t nab them first). Just like the Paypal Mafia before them (Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, Max Levchin, Chad Hurley and Steve… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone makes AFI Significance List

    Each year the American Film Institute (AFI) votes on “moments of significance”. A 13 member jury (which includes film scholars, artists and critics) vote on seven events that affected “the world of moving image” over the past year. The iPhone made the list this year. AFI says the iPhone is a “symbol of the exploding on-demand culture.” The device, which… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Action! Edition

    Video: Syoban Action! Super Mario Bros. (as played if you’re tripping balls)
    Hairy DIY mouse responds to your caress
    MPillow: mood-setting part pillow, part speaker
    The Apple Store success story, deconstructed Read More

  • T-Mobile keeps on giving

    No disrespect to the original, but BHIC does a damn good job here. Give it a minute before you hit the jump for the one and only. Looking to switch carriers? T-mobile near the top of the list? Well, the deal just got sweeter because they’re waiving the $35 activation fee for n00bs until the end of the year. So scoot on over to your local store or check out the site. The Curve, Sidekick… Read More

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