• TiVo Desktop Plus update automates video podcasts

    A new update to TiVo’s Desktop Plus software features the ability to subscribe to video content via RSS. TiVo’s touting the feature as Season Pass for web video, which is basically just a fancy way of saying that you can subscribe to a video podcast’s RSS feed and new episodes will be downloaded to the TiVo Desktop Plus software ($24.95 one-time fee) that runs on your PC and… Read More

  • Safari 3.1 available

    Apple just launched Safari 3.1 with CSS animation and faster JavaScript execution. You can also run HTML 5 video, which is an improved method for displaying embedded video. You can also use CSS Web Fonts for improved font rendering. Strangely enough, I just installed Firefox 3 beta and now I get two super-duper browsers in one day. Yay me. Check out some of the features at the Webkit blog. Read More

  • I Found Your Camera helps locate, return digital cameras, memory cards

    [photopress:foundurcam.jpg,full,center] People who have lost their digital camera need to know about Found Cameras and Orphan Pictures, more popularly known as I Found Your Camera. It’s a simple Blogger blog that people contact once they’ve found someone else’s camera. They send a unique photo to the site so that you, the owner, can easily identify it. There’s even… Read More

  • Isango raises $8 million for its 'travel experiences'

    UK travel startup Isango has raised $8 million led by Spark Ventures. Beringea contributed US$2.5m and the remaining US$1.5 million came from existing shareholders. Ranjan Singh, former MD of eBookers, is founder/CEO. Isango is aiming to build the largest repository of travel experiences and currently offers around 4,000 activities in nearly 60 countries. It works alongside travel… Read More

  • Instablogs Negotiating $3 Million Round

    Blog network/ citizen journalism site Instablogs is currently negotiating a $3 million round of funding, sources familiar with the deal have told TechCrunch. The India based Instablogs launched in October 2005 originally as a blog network. The site has changed over time to become predominantly a citizen journalism site that competes with services such as Newsvine, complete with mainstream… Read More

  • Getting plugged-in at Plugg

    This week I will be reporting from Plugg, the European conference focusing on Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 startups on March 19th in Brussels. As well as a speaker programme [disclosure: I will be chairing some discussions] there will be a “Startup Rally” featuring tech start-ups looking for early-stage funding and press/blogger attention. I’m just about to grab the Eurostar, but… Read More

  • AdMob Reports on Smartphone Market Share

    AdMob released a report today that tracks traffic percentages for Smartphones, trend data for the top five country markets and manufacturer market share trends. For every advertising request AdMob received in the month of February, AdMob analyzed information available in the user’s mobile browser. AdMob’s report includes percentages of Smartphone traffic worldwide. The… Read More

  • New shots, info on the LG Vu

    Touchscreen? Check. Live TV? Check. Video and MP3 playback? Check. We got some new shots of the LG Vu/CU920 with its fancy-sexy UI and cool styling. It also includes a 2-megapixel camera, full HTML web browser, and should drop on AT&T this year. How does the TV work? As far as we can tell it’s streaming live from AT&T’s servers, so it’s not exactly like that old black… Read More

  • Rumor: Beatles edition of Guitar Hero

    The other week when I interviewed the Huang brothers, creators of Guitar Hero, I did my best to glean any possible information on other band-specific versions of the popular game to no avail. I’m sorry, but I’m just not that big a fan of Aerosmith. I listened to them a lot back in the day (10+ years ago) and they’re just not that great. I’m positive that the only track… Read More

  • Yahoo's Three-Year Plan: Grow Revenues 73 Percent By Focusing on Display Ads, Mobile, and Better Search

    Today, Yahoo filed a presentation detailing its three-year financial plan that management gave to its board of directors in December, before Microsoft’s unsolicited bid. These rosy projections should be read in the context of that ongoing battle and Yahoo’s attempt to get a better price out of Microsoft. But this presentation also sheds some light on where exactly Yahoo sees… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 8GB iPhone for $249

    While perusing the AT&T wireless site for a replacement phone for my mom I saw that refurbed 8GB iPhones are going for $100 less than Apple’s refurbs. Would you pay $249 for an iPhone? I’m tempted, I really am. But then there’s always that asterisk. AT&T Read More

  • Intel to release six-core chips later this year

    I don’t know what I’d ever do with six cores but the option will be available to you, me, and everyone else by the end of the year. I actually think a six-core chip would be cool but there’s not much run-of-the-mill software out there that’d take advantage of all that simultaneous processing, unless I want to switch careers and become a CAD designer or work on Shrek 6… Read More

  • Third Release of LA MeetUp Tickets: Geek Goes Chic

    250 more tickets are now available for the Geek Goes Chic MeetUp in Los Angeles being held with PopSugar. Buy yours quick since these have been going fast. But remember we will will continue to release 250 tickets each week leading up to the event on April 10. Event Details: Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008 Time: 6:30 pm – midnight Venue: Vanguard, 6021 Hollywood Boulevard… Read More

  • MySI Mobile Launches in Time for March Madness

    Sports Illustrated (SI) Digital and Action Engine Corporation launched MySI Mobile, the beta version of a subscription-free, downloadable mobile application that delivers personalized sports content from SI.com. MySI Mobile allows users to select and track sports scores, find schedules and standings of favorite teams, view SI photos, read the latest sports news and set calendar alerts for… Read More

  • Taaz Gives Me A Reasonable Excuse To Post Pictures Of Angelina Jolie

    On the left is a picture of plain old Angelina Jolie. But on the right…well we’ve got Angelina after she’s been through the Taaz virtual makeover service. The service, which launches today, uses some of the same tricks as many of the Flash-based photo editing tools we’ve covered in the past. Taaz has added proprietary facial recognition software so that it can, for… Read More

  • The Web in Charts—Google vs. Microsoft-Yahoo vs. China

    Today more than ever, the Web is a global game. Below are charts from a new State of the Internet report from comScore that paints a picture of global competition on the Web. In 1996, two thirds of all people online (66 percent) lived in the U.S. By last October, that had completely flipped, with 77 percent of the online population living in the rest of the world and only 23 percent in the U.S. Read More

  • Drunk or Chemically Exposed Edition

    The best thing I saw all day…
    Review: Keychain Breathalyzer + Flashlight
    Microsoft to license Flash Lite for Windows Mobile
    Apple makes ‘Toxic Ten’ list: Lousy recycling program, possibly dangerous chemical found in headphones
    BigDog Robot: Imagine this thing coming at you through the woods Read More

  • Is WAYN on the block again?

    Back in January I had several very good leads telling me that WAYN, the social network for travelers was in talks with AOL about a $200m sale. A term sheet was said to be imminent. I called WAYN but they denied the whole thing and, via another channel, I heard they were a little put out by my ‘rumour-mongering’, as they saw it. In hindsight I must have been both premature, and… Read More

  • Is Meebo Worth Half a Slide?

    Investment banker Michael Montgomery has his chance to prove he’s still relevant in the tech banking world if this VentureBeat story is true. The rumor is that Meebo has hired Montgomery & Co. to represent them in a new fundraising round that may value the company at a cool $250 million. If they pull it off, they’ll set Meebo’s value at half of the $500 million Slide… Read More

  • Breaking: MySpace goes mobile

    Starting tomorrow, all you MySpace addicts can access MySpace Mobile from your handheld device. It’s been in Beta the last few months and I’ve dabbled with it here and there, but haven’t been all that impressed. If you’re wondering what you can do from the mobile site then keep on reading for details. Yeah, it’s super exciting. *snore* It’s so exciting… Read More

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