• LG has sold 700,000 Prada phones

    That’s right, friends: LG has sold 700,000 Prada phones so far, surprising us all. I’m trying to get a little more information, but you can be sure that fashionistas everywhere are now rubbing their haptic touchscreens with glee, thankful that they didn’t buy that awful iPhone. LG sells 700,000 Prada phones [TelecomPaper with some janky $180 subscription service] Read More

  • The Apple Store success story, deconstructed

    Yes, we know that the Apple Store, as a concept, has been a success. But, prior to today, has anyone ever explored why, exactly, it works so well? Thank goodness for the New York Times! After all, these Times demand the Times. Some numbers for you to consider: • Twenty percent of Apple’s revenue comes from the Apple Store • Apple made $1.25B at the Apple Store in the fourth… Read More

  • Android in February? Prepare grains of salt now

    Google has booked not one, but two (!!!!!) booths at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February. That means that it’ll probably be showing off Android phones then, right? Maybe. Or maybe not. APC Magazine thinks that we’ll see some Android headsets on February 11th, but let’s all keep that in our back pockets until then. Read More

  • Uncle Walt loves the Dell XPS One

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 I assure you that right now the entire Dell marketing team is drunk and naked in Conference Room 223, celebrating this amazing review by Senor Mossberg. Why? Because at about 2:30 Mossberg says that the XPS One is as good or better than the iMac in terms of industrial design. Sure, he doesn’t recommend it over the… Read More

  • 2007 Had Its Share Of Internet Woes

    2007 definitely felt like it had its share of Internet woes. There was the mundane, such as Twitter’s frustrating downtime. And there were more dramatic moments, like when a truck slammed into a power transformer and brought down a significant part of the Internet. Through it all, Pingdom was there to quietly monitor when sites were live or not. Today they summarized the major incidents… Read More

  • Apple patent points to WGA-like functionality

    I don’t like to post patent applications but this one is fairly interesting. It seems Apple has something in the works to enable Windows Genuine Advantage capabilities into its OSes, ensuring you’re only using genuine Apple products and not pirating like a little weenus. And, like most patent applications, this one won’t see daylight. Think about it: the OS costs $129 and… Read More

  • Apple Tries To Patent A Way to Avoid Long Lines

    Already, people who own an iPhone belong to a certain club. But what if that club came with fringe benefits, like being able to avoid long lines at Starbucks and other stores? A recent patent application by Apple hints at a killer future feature that would let iPhone owners bypass long lines by placing orders at coffee shops and other retail outlets right from their phone. They would then… Read More

  • Apple rumored to launch UMPC AKA "The Sasquatch"

    SeekingAlpha has pieced together evidence of an upcoming Apple UMPC with that looks like an iPhone with not one by two home buttons on either side of the device. It is rumored to run on gumdrops and puppy whiskers and may cost $5 when it is finally launched at the Kingom of Arglebargle’s MacWorld Expo on the planet Flutterbutter. My strongest piece of evidence came from a trusted… Read More

  • Alienware no longer carrying Phantom Lapboard

    The ghost of Ponzi schemes past. I was doing a bit of research for the NYT on the Phantom Lapboard and I remembered that Alienware was supposed to carry it online. After trying to pry a photo out of Phantom itself, I emailed Alienware to ask if they had a photo. Their reply was fairly curt: Alienware does not carry the Phantom lapboard. There were plans a couple months ago, but from what I… Read More

  • iTunes video rentals coming

    Artist’s rendition of the new iTunes Movie Rental Service Don’t tell the guys who are trying to sell next gen DVDs, but the era of physical media is just about over. Witness the news that Apple will probably start renting Fox content over iTunes, ensuring you can watch all the latest and greatest and won’t have to run down to Ye Olde Blockbuster to drop the physical disc onto… Read More

  • Incesoft and mInfo Partnership in China

    Incesoft and mInfo announced today that they will collaborate to bring advanced conversational search to Chinese MSN instant messenger (IM) users. The companies will cooperate on both the technical and the marketing side to distribute the XiaoMing IM search robot to the land of dragons. “Currently there are over 80 million mobile instant messaging users in China. With this number… Read More

  • Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster

    The DRM-free music movement just gained a new convert from one of the major labels. Warner Music Group is now selling songs from its digital catalog (Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day) on Amazon’s DRM-free digital music store, joining EMI, Universal Music Group, and about 33,000 independent labels. That brings Amazon’s total digital music catalog up to 2.9 million songs. Read More

  • Did Alexander Graham Bell Steal Phone Technology

    A new book by author Seth Shulman entitled “The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret” argues that Bell stole ideas for the telephone from rival, Elisha Gray. By hiring clever lawyers and a corrupt patent examiner, Shulman makes the claim that Bell was able to examine patent documents Gray had filed which helped Bell perfect his telephone. Some of the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sky Passenger Edition

    Russia launches last three navigation satellites
    Airborne Internet raises important societal questions, allows porn surfing in coach
    Optimus not prime for shipping on time
    Crazy Guitar Hero Christmas lights mod
    Crumpler’s Regifting Day Read More

  • Hollywood to go bankrupt archiving films digitally

    Throughout the last century, the dominant method of film preservation was sticking the master reels into a temperature and humidity-controlled vault deep in the desert. This method ends up costing about a grand a year. Films stored on digital media, however, cost more than ten times as much to archive. And when the entire movie has been digitally created from start to finish (shot on digital… Read More

  • GPhone To Debut In February?

    Google powered phones could be debuted as soon as February, according to speculation by APC. It’s an interesting exercise in drawing the dots together to get to a completely unsupported conclusion, but there are some interesting facts APC has reported that are worth taking a look at: You can bet that if Google’s handset partners lift the covers on their Android phones during the… Read More

  • Reminder: Washington's "texting while driving" law goes into effect January 1

    If you live in the state of Washington, as I do, you’ve a scant six days left to legally drive whist text messaging, as a new law forbidding just that practice goes into effect on the first. Egads. Thankfully it’s a secondary violation, you can’t get pulled over for it, but really, we all know if a Washington state trooper sees you initiating a booty call at 60MPH on I-5… Read More

  • RIMs new Blackberries to rock slanty keys?

    I honestly couldn’t care less about this new patent filed by RIM regarding new Blackberry keyboards, but I know you addicts go nuts when we mention anything about them, so here you go. Merry late Xmas to you. Also, I’m not sure how useful this is, but it could actually be a decent design change. Until I’ve had one in my hands, it’s really hard to tell if this is just… Read More

  • Apple To Offer Fox Video Rentals On iTunes

    Apple is said to have signed a deal with 20th Century Fox that will see video rentals on iTunes.

    According to FT.com the deal will be officially announced at MacWorld on January 14. The same report also says that Apple is in talks with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount and Warner Bros along similar lines. Speculation of Apple offering video rentals via iTunes has been around for a long… Read More

  • 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

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