• Pinnacle Video Transfer makes analog-to-digital transfer super easy

    And it’s kind of sexy. Analog devices these days aren’t really getting the sleek design of all-digital devices like the shiny, candylike PMPs or what have you. So this little gadget might look a little out of place with its gleaming carapace besmirched by component cables. But in the end, the function is what matters: it takes whatever you stream into it via component or S-Video… Read More

  • Olevia's 120Hz HDTV makes me want to go to CES

    No bones about it. I’m not looking forward to CES. My schedule makes me want to vomit. I’m liable to snap at some PR rep from exhaustion or from them showing me the 100th iPod case that no one cares about. But if you show me something like a 1080p LCD then I may just perk up and take notice. Syntax-Brillian’s Olevia LCD line is getting a shake up at CES and will now be… Read More

  • Will Cominded ever launch anything?

    I’d just like to ask, is Cominded ever going to launch anything? The last time I asked the Web 2.0 development house late last year, they said things were still… in development. Then I emailed them a few days ago but got no reply. Who are Cominded? They are a startup created by London-based Paul Birch who happens to be the other brother of Michael Birch, head of Bebo. But unlike… Read More

  • Rock Band coming to Wii, don't hold your breath

    EA can continue to deny that Rock Band will be coming to the Wii, but we know the truth. We just don’t know when it will be showing up for the little white box. Harmonix said a wii bit ago that the Wiimote holds great promise and that they would love to bring the game to every platform. So what’s the hold up? Even PS2 owners are rocking out and you can’t deny the popularity… Read More

  • Nokia N810 quick look

    Just got the Nokia N810 tablet in for review and I’m going to pound the heck out of it next week at CES. I’m a huge fan of Maemo and the N-series tablet line so I’m really happy to be able to play with this little dreamboat. This model feels much more solid than the N800 and 770 and it seems there’s more attention to detail as evidenced by the sparse front control… Read More

  • Hi honey, I'm in a meeting. Can I call you later?

    Who hasn’t pulled this line once or twice and been caught in a dirty white lie? The significant other hears the game on in the background or your d-bag friends hooting at the strippers. It’s all happened to us at least once and that’s ok. Sometimes we need to fib about what we’re doing to get a little ‘alone time.’ It’s just the way things work… Read More

  • Rumor: Macs to ship with Blu-ray support

    Macworld 2008 is shaping up to be the hottest ticket this month. Quite possibly rivaling CES for press coverage. Why? Besides the announcement of a sub-notebook and/or multi-touch notebook, iTunes movie rentals, and HD video editing software we may see a shift in the format wars. Apple has remained quiet on the subject in terms of hardware by not picking one side of the other to support, though… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Tamron lens rebate program

    Anyone get a new DSLR over the holidays? Looking to fill that, otherwise, empty camera bag with a few more lenses? Of course you are. I know I am. Tamron has a pretty sweet rebate going on through the end of March. If you’re without a Pentax, Nikon, Canon or Sony then you’re out of luck. Nine lenses out of the Tamron lineup have been chosen and rebates range from $10 up to… Read More

  • Plaxo Flubs It

    News leaked prematurely today about a new Plaxo Pulse feature that allows users to match Facebook contacts to Pulse contacts, and then import contact data about the matches into Pulse. Plaxo has been testing the feature with a number of journalists and bloggers. It involves running a script against Facebook. You tell Plaxo your Facebook account credentials; Plaxo then goes in to Facebook, looks… Read More

  • Olympus wireless LS-10 recorder great for gigging musicians, that uncle who sings like Neil Young only worse

    The LS-10 from Olympus is a standard voice recorder with a trick up its sleeve. It supports an optional remote to activate it from afar and includes stereo playback and recording on one unit. It offers 24 bit/96kHz Linear PCM and a 1.8-inch LCD as well as a remote jack and 2GB of internal memory. It will be available in January 2008 for $399.99. And, because Olympus didn’t send an… Read More

  • Pre-show leak: LG.Philips LCD to show off highest resolution e-paper

    CES is coming, CES is coming! I ask: what’s the point of the show if companies leak what they’re going to show before Day One? LG.Philips, I’m referring to you right now. Word has it that LG.Philips LCD will show off a 14.3-inch E-Paper model with a 1280×800 resolution, which is the highest resolution of such a device. She’s able to display 16.7 million colors… Read More

  • EPA working closely with cellphone recycling partners

    It’s time to whip that old Nokia out of the closet and send it off to the recylcin’ barn because the EPA and some industry partners are ready to give you a little help. The EPA is working with AT&T, Best Buy, Dell, eBay’s Rethink initiative, HP, Intel, JVC, Lexmark, LG Electronics, Motorola, NEC Display, Nokia, Office Depot, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony… Read More

  • WGA strike update: Late night shows return, Hulu is still evil

    A quick update on the WGA strike, brought about by the technology that many of us here take for granted. (Reminder: Hulu is evil.) The late night comedy writers came back last night, with Leno and Conan O’Brien returning without WGA writers but with Letterman coming back with a fully decked out WGA staff; both Letterman and Conan have tremendous “Gangs of New York”-style… Read More

  • NetApp Buys Boston/Israeli Startup Onaro For $120 Million

    Only three days into 2008 and we’ve already seen two monster exits in Israel. Yesterday it was XIV with a $350M exit on a $3M investment. Today, Israeli financial media is reporting (here, in Hebrew) that Network Appliance purchased Onaro for $120M (although, Onaro’s official headquarters are in Boston). Onaro develops storage-management software that allows Storage Area Network… Read More

  • HP announces laptops, PCs, monitors, well in advance of CES

    The TX 2000 Whoa, there, Mr. Packard! HP has just launched two new laptops, the HP Pavilion tx2000 mdash; a $1,299 convertable tablet — and the Pavilion HDX series of notebooks the Blu Ray playback and 20-inch ultrabright display (about $1,999). The tx2000 is aimed at students and artists who need handwriting recognition and a nice touchscreen while the HDX is a monster gamer/meda… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #284

    John Biggs is right. 2007 was a dead year for gadgets. My Top 10 Gadget List for 2007 has some of my lifetime favorite innovations, but it would be a major challenge for me to create a list for ’07 that extends much further beyond 10. At any rate, my top 10 is pretty predictable for regular GBTV viewers because it’s stuff I talked about over and over throughout the… Read More

  • The Netflix Set-Top Box Will be a Hard Sell

    Today, Netflix took another step away from its reliance on the U.S. Postal Service by announcing a partnership with LG Electronics.  Netflix wants to stream videos over the Internet right to your TV.  Already, Netflix customers can stream movies directly to their PC.   This partnership extends the service to their TVs. LG will bake Netflix’s video streaming service right into a… Read More

  • Benchmark Europe Invests In UK Gambling Site. Prostitition, Drug and Gun Startups, Send in Your Business Plans.

    UK-based betNOW is announcing a round of financing from Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital Europe) this morning (Balderton has also invested in Bebo, Codemasters and Setanta). Balderton’s Tim Bunting is taking a board seat at the company. The size of the round is not being disclosed. I don’t know what surprises me more about this deal – the fact that a top tier… Read More

  • Veoh Adds Videos From Hulu

    Today, video Website Veoh.com is adding more videos from traditional TV networks, including NBC (The A-Team, The Office, Heroes), Fox (The Simpsons, Family Guy, 24), the Sci-Fi Channel (Battlestar Galactica), the USA Network (Monk), and FX (Damages). All of this new content comes from Hulu, the NBC-Fox joint venture. CBS content was already on the site through a previous deal, but now all… Read More

  • Nokia Siemens Acquires Apertio For €140m

    Telecommunications solutions supplier Nokia Siemens has acquired mobile network management provider Apertio For €140 million. Bristol, UK based Apertio provides customer management tools to mobile operators, as well as “convergence” tools that enable the delivery of multimedia content to handsets. Apertio’s “One” suite also caters to the growing Mobile… Read More

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