• Microsoft Pays $50 Million for Exclusive GTA IV Content: Nothing Like Throwing Money at a Problem

    Time will tell whether or not Microsoft’s $50 million for exclusive GTA IV content will pay dividends. Reports currently circulating the Internet suggest that Microsoft emptied its coffers to the tune of $50 million so that Rockstar produces exclusive, downloadable content for the Xbox 360 version of the game. If that’s true, then the 360 version is certainly the one to go for. Read More

  • Nokia Releases Low-End Phones: Snooze-gasm

    I almost didn’t post this, but the Fone Fairy told me to. Nokia just launched three phones, the 6267, the 6121, and the 3500 Classic. These are really for mid-range users — they’re basically free phones — and will cost between $0 and $250, depending on carrier subsidies. The 6267, the clamshell, has 4GB of memory and 2-megapixel camera. It’s also got 3G. About… Read More

  • LG Sues Hitachi

    I really wanted to use the title “Big Trouble In Little China” but this showdown is taking place in both South Korea and the US. LG has filed suit in Texas against television-manufacturer Hitachi, claiming that the company is violating patents LG holds. LG is seeking the big bucks and an injunction to halt the sale and production of any television sets that violate patents. The… Read More

  • Pacific Rim Already Has iPhone Cases for You to Fawn Over

    Hoo boy, only 11 days until the iPhone’s launch. If you somehow snag an iPhone on launch day, you’ll probably want some sort protective case in order to protect your hot new toy. (‘Cause let’s be real: it’s just a toy for grown-ups.) Pacific Rim’s iShield should keep your Precious safe and sound from the horrors of everyday life. Though there’s no… Read More

  • Destiny Revealed: You Are Moron and We Will Steal Your Money

    Not sure why this bothers me so much, but it does. Above you see an website I found clicking through on another page and I felt I had to check it out. It’s some sort of horoscope service so I rolled through all the questions — age, sign, etc. Then, suddenly, it asks for my phone number and PIN. I then read the fine print: Read More

  • YouTube Releases Remixer, Mobile Site

    Sammy the Cat VS The Mantis! Big news for ‘Tube fans. Over the weekend, the world’s favorite video site released some cool features that are sure to please the masses. First up is the long-awaited version of YouTube mobile. No longer is Verizon the exclusive provider of YouTube videos, so anyone with a mobile phone can now enjoy the top videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, top videos… Read More

  • Jobs' iPhoneFolly


    Now it places the lotion in the basket. John Heilemann, who writes mostly about politics but likes to drop a turd into the tech punchbowl every now and again, wrote a fairly interesting profile of the man we call “Jobs.” We all know the story — nerd makes computer, nerd sells computer, jocks steal computer, nerd steals computer back. But Heilemann focuses on the reality… Read More

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the Sprint Mogul But Were Afraid to Ask

    Dear blogosphere: I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I’ve come across a few choice nuggets of wisdom. Example? Hire as many drunks as you can, ensuring that you can control your employees by inviting them to press events. Another tip? Unless you are really fun to watch, limit your video reviews to 2 minutes or less. Even my majestic visage is unacceptable in large doses. Read More

  • Microsoft Renames IPTV Service, Adds Features: Mediaroom, Now With Developer Support

    Microsoft just gave its budding IPTV service a shot in the arm and renamed it Mediaroom, which is surely the product of several months of extensive focus group testing. The name isn’t the only thing to change with this update to the service, as Redmond added the ability to share digital music and photos (isn’t that Windows Home Server’s job?) within the home and support… Read More

  • Palm Gandolf Specs Revealed


    The leaked specs on the Palm Gandolf reveal that some rumors are actually true. The Gandolf will be available in two versions; one running WinMo 6, while the other will run a new touch-screenless Palm OS. Code name Gandolf will be replaced by Treo 5XX and a rainbow of colors will be offered. A 2.4-inch QVGA screen will help navigate through the interwebs on a 3G network plus HSDPA. The… Read More

  • iPhone To Have Extensive Battery Life?

    Looks like Apple is really making a huge gamble on the iPhone. The Cupertino-based company just upped the ante on the iPhone by claiming its battery will provide up to eight hours of talk time. Previously, Apple said that the iPhone would only have around five hours of talk time, making this a welcome announcement to all potential owners. Jobs also says that the iPhone will get 24 hours of… Read More

  • Sidekick Users To Get MySpace App


    Talk about two years too late, but better late than never I suppose. T-Mobile Sidekick 3 and Sidekick ID users will finally have access to their spammed out MySpace accounts with a dedicated application. Users will be able to send messages, add friends, view profiles (wonder if all that custom CSS will show up), and more. Custom alerts and notifications will be available so you can find out… Read More

  • MyStrands Gets $25million Series B

    Music discovery platform MyStrands has closed a Series B round of $25million led by Antonio Asensio, CEO of Grupo Zeta, Spain’s third largest media group, along with existing investors Debaeque and Sequal. MyStrands delivers a product that although sharing similarities to Last.fm, also extends to the desktop with the inclusion of locally stored music in its recommendation… Read More

  • iRiver NV Portable GPS Navigator: Pretty on the Outside, Smart on the Inside

    The iRiver M10 that we spotted last week has bee made official and is now known as the iRiver NV. It’s a GPS receiver with a very LG Prada look about it (and a very LG enV name about it…). The 7-inch widescreen display trumps other GPS devices on the market. Built-in DMB support and out-of-the-box compatibility with popular video formats like Divx, Xvid and H.264 further help… Read More

  • Phone-Based Recruitment

    You can use a mobile phone to play games, take photos, even order lunch. But now you can use it as a tool to help search for employees. Head Resourcing, the U.K.’s fifth fastest growing company, has now become the first recruitment company to launch a mobile phone-based service. HEADMobile uses the AD360 mobile platform created by Rapid Mobile to give employers and potential employees a… Read More

  • Clusty Optimized for Mobile Devices

    The Web search site Clusty.com has been optimized for mobile devices, according to an announcement from Vivismo, a provider of search software and developer of the popular search site. Clusty Mobile (m.clusty.com) offers increased navigational capabilities and featured sources for the most common searches performed by mobile users. The search results are organized by relevant topics and… Read More

  • Quintura Gets Series A From Mangrove Capital Partners

    Visual-based search engine Quintura has taken Series A funding of “several million dollars” from Mangrove Capital Partners, an original seed investor in the company. The capital will be used to scale the Quintura affiliate model for site search and build a semantic web index using Quintura’s “neural networking techniques”. Quintura displays an interactive search… Read More

  • DHL Delivers Bay Area Mobile Campaign

    Ad firm Ogilvy has delivered a new mobile content ad campaign for international shipper DHL Ogilvy’s Digital Innovations Group is launching their ad effort as part of DHL’s “Customer Service in Back in Shipping” brand campaign, and includes such content as a DHL-provided five-day weather report that users can get delivered directly to their mobile phones. Another… Read More

  • Fox Picks BrightCove For Online Video

    Fox Entertainment Group have announced the selection of online video provider Brightcove as the single online distributor of Fox network television programs Starting immediately, Fox Broadcast Net, FX and Speed is available via ad-supported Internet video channels using Brightcove technology with more content to follow. Brightcove has existing agreements with CBS, Discovery, MTV Networks… Read More

  • ESPN Gives It Another Swing

    ESPN is taking another swing at the third screen, and the leading sports channel believes it is only a matter of time of “phone watching” becomes as common as phone calling. The New York Times today has a profile on ESPN’s latest move to the mobile space, including a look at new division that produces content specifically for the mobile platform. Sports is a natural it seems… Read More

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