• Rumor: Apple's new portable outed at holiday party?


    Credit: Sonny T. Hung, the Hung Family, and the Pro-Bono Lawyers Guild of New York Ok, this rumor is a little odd, but I’ve gotten a few pings on it, so we’re going to try to put it together. Apple recently hosted a holiday party, likely a company party like most companies do. Apple invited a best-selling iTunes artist to perform, because Apple can do that. The artist (or… Read More

  • Google One-Ups Yahoo In Japan

    Google is set to sign a deal with Japan’s biggest mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo that will see Google become the default search provider to 48 million NTTDoCoMo customers. The deal will also see NTT DoCoMo switching to Google Apps for the provision of email to it customers. Japan is one of the few markets globally in which Yahoo is ahead of Google in search, holding 65.9% of the market… Read More

  • EU: Microsoft's Last Stand Against Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick

    As we reported December 20, the last hurdle to Google’s acquisition of Doubleclick now rests with the European Union after obtaining approval for the merger in the United States. One company petitioning against the acquisition is Microsoft. The NY Times has a copy of a leaked Microsoft document here (.doc) that details in dot points the case against the acquisition. One choice… Read More

  • New Asus Smartphone Impresses

    We love smartphones, and we love Asus, and when we heard Asus was going to start making smartphones, we got silly on ourselves, even if they are Windows Mobile based. But when we caught wind of this pretty hot design that Asus is using for its next phone, and read the decent specs, well, you don’t want to know what happened. It’s utilizing a handy flip-out QWERTY design that… Read More

  • Apple's stock briefly breaks $200 a share, still gaining overall

    Though it’s back down to $199.50, Apple’s stock was briefly over $200 a share earlier today, a first for the company. We’re expecting it to rise throughout the rest of the year, and to really ramp up the third week of January as it announces firsts in hardware and iPhone software at Macworld, which we’ll be at in force. And now, back to the infuriating rumors and… Read More

  • Casemod Coolness: Atari Laptop

    While I’m of the mind that most casemods are a waste of time and money, every once in awhile someone comes up with something that gets my attention, like this Atari 600XL laptop made by a clever German modder. It looks like an official product (he’s calling his the 1500XL), but it’s in fact a 600XL crammed into a convenient enclosure with an LCD. Not the most useful things in… Read More

  • ATI's new Radeon cards leaked; Gamers get silly

    Listen up, gamers. Normally this is Devin’s territory, but seeing as he’s still in the clink following a disastrous run in with Johnny Law after a few too many glasses of PowerNog™, it falls on my to cover this today. Also, my German isn’t so hot, so I’m trying to translate this with Google and getting nowhere. But here’s the gist of it: new Radeons are coming… Read More

  • Van crashes into TV studio during live newscast

    "Two people were injured, Michelle, and the weather made the rescue work all that much more — HAOOH!!" The look on this guy’s face is priceless. Ha! via Neatorama Read More

  • Comcast + TiVo finally in the wild, your upgrade coming soon?


    Credit: Steve Garfield CC BY-NC-SA It’s been over two years since Comcast announced that its DVR boxen would be getting the TiVo treatment, with nothing materializing yet. That is, of course, unless your name is Steve Garfield, of the Boston area, in which case your DVR is now a TiVo. Garfield is apparently the first customer in the country to get the upgrade, and things are going about… Read More

  • Taiwan scores big with handsets this year

    Mobile handset production in Taiwan is currently up 82 percent from last year and the first quarter of next year is forecast to see a 150 percent increase over the first quarter of 2007. This growth is thanks in large part to device manufacturer HTC’s popular handsets and a little upstart device called the "iPhone" (whatever that is). The value of devices shipped out of Taiwan… Read More

  • Crazy Guitar Hero Christmas lights mod

    What do you get when you mix Christmas lights, massively intelligent cubicle dwellers, Python, open source electronics, and a Guitar Hero controller? A crazy light show that I would call one of the coolest things I’ve seen all year. This is what tech is about — having fun with cool stuff without worrying about EULAs. Read More

  • Jim Clark Has The Miami Real-Estate Blues

    Five years ago, Jim Clark left the speculative bust of the tech industry for the speculative promise of the real estate industry. A founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and WebMD, the Web billionaire decided to build condos in Miami with former Excite@Home CEO Tom Jermoluk. Well, it looks like the two should have stuck to technology startups. Reports the NYTimes: The first two projects… Read More

  • OLPC project off to a good start in Peru

    The OLPC XO laptop seems to be a hit in Peru. The country placed the largest order for the machines (272,000) and it’s already enjoying success in many of the smaller rural villages. One village in particular, Arahuay, is featured in an Associated Press article published on Monday. It’s an interesting read about how the computers are being used in daily life and how positively… Read More

  • Chicago being sued for automobile cell phone ban

    An attorney who’s sued the city of Chicago over 100 times is at it again. This time he wants the city to stop ticketing people for talking on their cell phones while driving and he wants anyone who’s been ticketed to be paid back. The case may have legs, too. Read More

  • Optimus not prime for shipping on time

    Art Lebedev Studios was more than happy to take preorders for the Optimus Maximus keyboard (that we all thought would never see the light of day) but seems to have neglected to make the device’s firmware work well enough to justify the high price tag. The method by which the firmware gets upgraded also needs to be overhauled. Alas, she’s been delayed until the end of February. Read More

  • Ha ha work is funny

    http://www.glumbert.com/embed/baddayoffice glumbert – Bad Day at the Office Yeah, I know it’s stupid and probably staged, but I’m a sucker for office fighting. Read More

  • Airborne Internet raises important societal questions, allows porn surfing in coach


    Your next flight will look nothing like this. Ahh, holiday week. A time when journalists will brush off any old clinker and write it up in order to fill their word quota for the week. Take this AP story about airborne Internet. It begins with: Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn… Read More

  • Russia launches last three navigation satellites

    Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is just about complete, thanks to a late-night launch yesterday of the system’s three remaining satellites. GLONASS is similar to our GPS system here and will initially cover most of Russia and then, by 2009, the world. There are 24 satellites in all, with the purpose of giving the Russian military "exact bearings around… Read More

  • Radiohead To Promote Album With New Year's Eve Concert on Current TV

    You’ve got to hand it to those guys at Radiohead. Not only are they great musicians. They are great promoters who are at the forefront of figuring out how to use the culture of free music to sell CDs. On New Year’s Eve, just before their latest album In Rainbows goes on sale in stores on January 1, the band will broadcast a prerecorded concert of all the album’s tracks… Read More

  • Kwout, A Simple Quote Tool For Bloggers

    People who do a lot of copying of quotes from other sites are going to like Kwout, which launched yesterday. Use it to grab a quick quotation or other screen shot from a web site and embed it into a blog or other website (one click to Flickr and Tumblr). To grab a quote, just type a URL into the Kwout home page, or use the bookmarklet when on a web page. A new window pops up that allows you… Read More

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