• Daily Crunch: Domestic Duties Edition

    Reebok: Voltron Edition
    Blink Shot Saves Photos from Chronic Blinkers
    Vacuums that Really Suck!
    GDC 2007 — The Keynote: Sony Gets Its Groove On
    Alarm Clock, Piggy Bank Hybrid Read More

  • New AOL Email Beta Cannot Compete With Google, Yahoo

    A friend of mine at AOL emailed today to suggest I take a look at the new AOL email beta, called Cayman. An overview of the new features was published in late February on the AOL email blog, and the product itself was released last Friday. New and existing users can sign up for the beta at beta.webmail.aol.com. Cayman is admittedly a huge step up from the previous (effectively unusable)… Read More

  • CoRank Launches Twist on Social Bookmarking

    CoRank launches out of private beta this evening. It’s best described as a cross between Digg and Bluedot. It has a Digg-like user interface where users view stories, but by default you are only shown stories bookmarked by other users you’ve added as friends. To see the whole feature list, watch the tour, here. I like keeping track of stories bookmarked by my friends (which is why… Read More

  • Skype Rolls Out Skype Prime: Charge For Calls

    Skype rolled out Skype Prime this evening, a new service that lets people charge for Skype voice and video calls. Users set the fees they want to charge, on a per-minute or per-call basis. Skype charges the paying side via their Skype credit, and then pays the money out, minus a 30% fee, via paypal (Skype’s sister company). Like Ether, which launched last year (and charges just 15% or… Read More

  • Digg Hits 1 Million Registered Users

    Congratulations to Digg, which announced that they’ve had a million accounts registered at at the site (at least ten of which are mine :-) ). This is a 5x increase year over year – In March 2006 they had just 200,000 registered users. In March 2005, less than 50,000. Read More

  • Federated Media Raising More Money, Looking to Sell

    There’s a ton of interesting data included in a new MergerMarket interview with Federated Media Publishing COO Jason Weisberger. The report itself is proprietary research, although a copy was forwarded to us. The company, which sells advertising for a number of blogs and other websites (including TechCrunch), had revenues of $4.5 million in 2006, its first year in operation. Projections… Read More

  • Winerack Wisecracks: Booze + Boobs = Sharing Genius

    Some of you girls out there wish you had larger boobs. We know this, we’ve dated somewhere around 84 of you. Some of you also like to drink booze, even places you aren’t supposed to. We’ve dated you, too. If you’re a little of column A and a little of column B, we have the Winerack. It’s a black bra with sewn-in bladders for wine, beer, vodka, Jager, you name… Read More

  • Alarm Clock, Piggy Bank Hybrid

    I can’t get up in the morning to save my life and I’m terrible at keeping my spare change in one place. This, then, is the greatest alarm clock hybrid gadget my weary eyes have ever seen. The Banclock lacks the snooze button I’ve grown fond of, which actually leads to my demise in the morning. The only way to turn the alarm off is to feed it some change. So all you need to do… Read More

  • Harman Kardon Does Home Theater


    Home theater in a box systems are a dime a dozen and most lack the flexibility of a good component system, but for the price the newly announced HS 500 and HS 300 integrated home theater systems from Harman Kardon might be worth a look… and a listen. Available later this spring for $1,199 and $999 respectively, these systems feature a 5.1-channel receiver/DVD-Audio/Video player, five… Read More

  • Playstation Home Video Teaser

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=17559 Here’s a clip of Playstation Home in action, just for you. This is either the most amazing thing in the world or another misstep. I hope to the God of War that Sony gets this right and doesn’t make Second Life 1.5. [via Matt Hickey's Genius via Kotaku] Read More

  • OCZ Releases Water-Cooled RAM

    Heatsinks and spreaders are things of the past; OCZ has released memory modules with water-cooling. The core design element of OCZ’s Flex XLC Edition memory modules is the option of water-cooling. The water-cooled DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition 2GB memory kits are geared towards maximum efficiency at lower speeds. These 800MHz modules run at CAS 3-4-4 automatically if your motherboard… Read More

  • AllPeers Goes Open Source

    AllPeers launched with a bang but then struggled along with a whimper. That’s why today’s news that they are taking their source code open source (a popular move lately) is both a surrender as well as a glimmer of hope for the struggling startup. AllPeers is a great idea in theory. Users can create private P2P file sharing networks, away from the prying eyes of the RIAA and… Read More

  • GDC 2007 — The Keynote: Sony Gets Its Groove On


    Yarg. Such a busy morning after the lackluster start of GDC 2007. Everything was going down this morning. The keynote, meetings, general shenanigans. I rushed in early to catch demos of products from Emotiv (very cool and full impressions coming soon), AMD and others. Before I get to all of those in forthcoming posts, let me say a few words about the keynote that took place. Read More

  • Vacuums that Really Suck!


    If you’ve seen the ads for a Dyson vacuum you probably wonder if they really work as well the commercials suggest. Actually they do. And unlike those lame Hoovers, which look like something my grandparents would have thought looked old fashioned, the Dysons are about as geek chic as you can get. And now neat freaks (like me) have new reasons to celebrate. The company is introducing a… Read More

  • Palm to Release WiMAX Phone, Its Shareholders from Debtors Prison?


    Engadget is publishing rumor and innuendo regarding Palm’s efforts at creating an ultra-thin WiMAX phone that will run in the Sprint network. No other information, but this is valuable in that we’re definitely going to see a new breed of handset hit the streets in the next few months and if Palm doesn’t pull this off, they’re nigh on screwed. What say ye? Can Palm… Read More

  • Google Grabs Friendster Ad Deal

    The big social networks continue to side with Advertising networks to help monetize their sites. MySpace signed a $900 million deal with Google in August 2006, and Facebook countered by choosing Microsoft a couple of weeks later. This morning, Friendster announced a mult-year exclusive deal to work with Google on both search and keyword-targeted advertising. The financial terms are not… Read More

  • Rumor: Cingular/AT&T Leaks iPhone Price


    I’m taking this with a big old salt link, but it seems a cash register at a Cingular store in Redmond is spitting out coupons for $150 iPhones with a 2-year contract. Feasible? Unfeasible? Bull? I’m voting for #3, but it’s an interesting find. Read More

  • Turkey Says "No More YouTube"

    This is the site that appears when residents of Turkey attempt to go to YouTube, the popular video sharing site owned by Google. The text, translated to English, reads “Access to http://www.youtube.com site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court.” The reason for the ban: a video, which has now been taken… Read More

  • Speak Up Sonny! Grandma Can't Hear You!

    Senior citizens should either decide to go all out with electronics and learn how the VCR clock works or just abandon them altogether. But now, thanks to NTT DoCoMo, seniors won’t have to compromise giving up necessities like a cellphone in exchange for not having to learn. The Raku-Raku Phone is designed for elderly folks with hearing and vision problems. It comes with a “slow… Read More

  • Blink Shot Saves Photos from Chronic Blinkers

    As a guy who takes a lot of photographs — and I mean a lot — I love the idea behind this technology being developed by Canon: Blink Shot. Sounding like the name of a horrible band on MySpace, Blink Shot delays the actual firing of the shutter until the camera is sure that everyone in the frame has their eyes open. The technology is based on something similar to the face… Read More