• Amazon Askville Launches With Dungeons & Dragons Angle

    Want to become a Level 10 Blogging Advice expert? Then earn some Quest Coins and spend them on cool stuff at Amazon? Check out Amazon’s newest service, Askville. The site launched moments ago at 2 pm PST. This is a “questions & answer” site similar to Yahoo, Yedda, AnswerBag, the recently departed Google Answers and even the rarely mentioned Microsoft QnA. So what… Read More

  • Griffin Brings the Obnoxiousness of Disko to Nano

    , it’s a polycarbonate case to protect your svelte MP3 hardware. In most respects, it’s fairly typical, other than the “ring of bling,” a series of lights around the clickwheel that light up into patterns to force those with epilepsy into submission. Read More

  • DVD Media Quality Assurance 101

    DVD Media Quality Assurance 101


    If you’ve ever stood on the blank media aisle at Best Buy, wondering whether those expensive name brand DVD-Rs or are really better than the cheap ass ghetto nondescript blanks, then you’re probably not aware that most of blanks are actually made by a small group of manufacturers and rebranded by the big boys. Yea that was a long sentence. Anyway, digitalFAQ has compiled an… Read More

  • Cingular HSDPA to Get Effing Fast, 7.2Mbps fast

    A representative for Qualcomm stated recently that Cingular would be launching 7.2Mbps HSDPA in January. This purported bandwidth leap is nearly double the speed of current HSDPA, which tops out at 3.6Mbps, and about half the speed of HSDPA’s theoretical tops of 14.4Mbps. As the proud owner of a Samsung Blackjack, an HSDPA equipped device, I’m rather elated to the HSDPA… Read More

  • DS: "I Want To Be Like Wii!"

    DS: "I Want To Be Like Wii!"

    If you’ve been wishing your Nintendo DS was more like the Nintendo Wii, the DS motion card may be something to look into. The motion card plugs into the DS card slot and features a 3-axis accelerometer and single-axis gyroscope, turning your DS into a motion-sensing ‘Tenda. At the moment, there are only a few apps that support the motion-sensing card (DSaSketch, Sprout and Water… Read More

  • Don't Shoot the Webbys

    This week Nik Roope of Poke London assembled a great gaggle of Internet creatives and players. Billed as “Webby Night at the ICA”, the idea was to promote UK talent and enourage people to enter the internationally recognised Webby Awards (the deadline for entries is December 15th by the way). On Wednesday night at the Institute for Contemporary Art, some drinks were laid on and a… Read More

  • Sony Only Gets Out 197,000 PS3s

    Sony Only Gets Out 197,000 PS3s

    There’s no way that Sony will make its forecast for 1 million units in the U.S. this calendar year - NDP Group Before the PlayStation 3 was released on Nov. 17, Sony had promised the public 400,000 PS3 units on launch day. NDP Group has done some research, and as it turns out, Sony only got out 197,000 units on launch day. This explains all the crazed events that took place the week of… Read More

  • Google Not Giving Up On VoIP

    Google Not Giving Up On VoIP

    Just a few weeks after Google announced that they would pull the Click to Call service from Google Maps, Anthony J. Cataldo, chairman and CEO of VoIP, Inc., told CEOcast today that his company’s technology is still working with Google. Click to Call was pulled from Google Maps in late November because too many people were using it to prank local merchants. Cataldo does not mention this… Read More

  • Brando Adds USB, SD to Car FM Transmitter for MP3s

    , and we’re often into the new stuff they come up with, like the Car to USB FM Transmitter with LCD Display. It’s not unlike many other FM transmitters for MP3 players out there, it plugs into your cigarette lighter socket for power, and broadcasts your audio signal on any one of 15 predefined stations. What’s different is that in addition to the requisite mini-plug for… Read More

  • Turn Your TV On With Famicon Controller

    Turn Your TV On With Famicon Controller

    If you’re like most retro gamers out there, and your palms get sweaty every time you see something Nintendo, you may want to check out this Famicon controller that can be used for your TV. The retro controller’s D-pad lets you browse through channels, the start button lets you turn the TV on/off and the select button lets you change your input source. The retro remote is not… Read More

  • Wii Strap Resolved

    Wii Strap Resolved


    If you felt no compulsion to use the Wii Strap Fix from earlier this week, you might be OK anyway. Reports are streaming from Australia that the faulty straps have already been updated to new, thicker straps. This will presumably fix the problem, though it still couldn’t hurt to use some of that fishing line just to be safe. Just a thought. Nintendo improves Wii remote strap… Read More

  • BodyGard: 5-in-1 Paranoia in Your Pocket

    where Michael Douglas’s character is stuck in a taxi that has driven off a pier and is submerged underwater. As it quickly fills with water, he remembers a window knob someone had given him earlier, which he uses to crank a window open and escape. While carrying a window knob around is a wee bit impractical, the BodyGard fits in your pocket. The key fob is designed to remedy the… Read More

  • M2 Convert Winners: Day 04

    M2 Convert Winners: Day 04


    How exciting, I get to actually announce the Thursday winners punctually, not way into the afternoon. I’d like to thank M2 Convert for graciously donating copies of its popular file conversion tool. It makes converting files to iPod (there are also versions for Zune, PSP, Zen and Smartphones). Anyway, winners! Ten more for ya. They should be coming faster now. Here they are: Read More

  • Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music

    Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music


    Audio has been moving steadily toward higher fidelity and resolution as components become cheaper and more advanced. If it ain’t 24-bit and 192kHz, many people simply aren’t interested. But this week, I’m looking in the opposite direction: 8-bit music. A whole community of musicians use modified handheld gaming devices like Nintendo Game Boys and NES boxes as live… Read More

  • MERC Decides 108 Keys Are Not Enough

    When it comes to computer gear, there are really two schools of thought; the Apple school, which states that fewer buttons and streamlined interfaces are more elegant, thereby useful, and then there’s the Ideazon school, which states Holy Crappin’ Mary we need more buttons on this thing! While I count myself as a member of the former, I think it’s still worth looking at the… Read More

  • Inland Crams Three Devices Into One

    We love gadgets that solve two problems at the same time. We call that “convergence,” and it’s a wonderful thing. It’s especially interesting when a gadget solves not just two, but three problems. Meet Inland’s Aluminum Notebook Cooling Fan Pad with All-in-One Card Reader and USB Hub. It’s quite a title, but it’s quite a nifty piece of hardware, and… Read More

  • Web App Provides Virtual Fitness Support

    Web App Provides Virtual Fitness Support

    I put myself through graduate school teaching yoga and Spinning so health and fitness is a topic I know a little about. From what I’ve seen, this industry is one of the slower ones to adopt new technology, which is why I was so pleased to find Traineo. Now, I know that TechCrunch readers may not be the group that gets excited about personal fitness software but before you scream… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: In the Night Kitchen Edition

    Daily Crunch: In the Night Kitchen Edition

    Your Baby Wants Nipple Adapters
    WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud
    Battle Test: G-Tech Messenger Bag
    Flashlight + Slippers = WTF
    M-EKURDR, For Left-handed Freaks Read More

  • The Video Startup That May Never Launch

    This is a rumor that just won’t die: The major television networks are considering creating a new online video service joint venture to compete with YouTube. We first heard about this when the Google-Youtube acquisition news broke, and wrote briefly about it here (see last paragraph). Today, when we were digging for more information on the possible Metacafe acquisition, more rumors… Read More

  • Virtual Worlds, Real Potential – Imaginary Numbers?

    On Tuesday night I attended the The Music: Ally Debate Virtual Worlds, Real Potential event on the commercial potential of virtual worlds. Keynote talk was from Justin Bovington, CEO of Rivers Run Red, and panelists were: Barney Wragg, global head of digital, EMI Music Daniel Heaf, interactive editor, BBC Radio 1 Roo Reynolds, metaverse evangelist, IBM Labs Paul Van Gerven, founder, PVG… Read More