• Amazon Forcing Name Change at Alexaholic

    Alexa junkies have been using Alexaholic for over a year now. It’s a much better and faster way of accessing Alexa site traffic data and trends than Alexa itself, and is an example of a small startup using Amazon’s own web service in a much better way than they do themselves. Alexaholic is now the no. 3 search result for Alexa on Google, after Alexa itself and Wikipedia’s… Read More

  • Identity Theft: Startup Fallout and Startup Opportunity

    The Internet has made identity theft trivially easy – a new report from Symantec says that for $14 you can obtain someone’s name, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, social security number, bank account (with password), and credit card information (with security code). At any given time, nearly 150,000 credit card numbers can be purchased online. When we celebrate and… Read More

  • Jellyfish/CTIA Smack Off

    on their site. The site offers a limited number of products at a deep discount. The Smack Auction reduces the price over time, but only until supplies run out. If you don’t buy before they’re out, you’re stuck. The key is to time it and buy just before you hit that magic, hidden number. The fine folks at Jellyfish are planning to offer phones and laptops at a considerable… Read More

  • The Case For High-End Audio: The Super Audio CD

    I’d say it’s a safe bet to say that most of us listen to music. We all enjoy our favorite artists and like to listen to music in the car, at work, or while just relaxing at home. But some of us are complete snobs and are picky about our music and audio. For those of you who share this trait, there’s the ostracized SACD and DVD-Audio formats. Exceptional quality and… Read More

  • Open Your PS3 and Wii


    At $14.95, you really can’t go wrong with this cute toolkit. It includes everything you need to open your Wii or 360 and then some including the 360 slimjim you need to pop the case. Seriously. The Internet thinks of everything. Read More

  • Scrapblog Offline, Preparing Relaunch

    If you’ve been waiting to see the new Scrapblog, demo’d last month at the We Media Conference in Miami, you only have to wait another day or so. The site is offline, and users have been emailed to expect the new version soon. This application hasn’t twittered yet, but it has a hardcore base of rabid users. That’s always a sign of good things down the road. Read More

  • Apple TV To Overtake TiVo, Netflix, and Jesus According To Analyst

    Saying that a device like Apple TV is going to overtake huge, pioneering companies like TiVo and Netflix is a pretty bold move. But here at the CG, we like bold moves. ThinkEquity analyst John Hoopes says that the Apple TV is “an ideal conduit for multiple services including DVR, paid-for content, gaming, or advertising.” Ok, quite true. The Apple TV can do a lot of fantastic things. Read More

  • SXSW Showdown: Dodgeball Vs. Twitter

    Now that South by Southwest 2007 has come to a close I finally have some minutes to write about the two most vaunted services of the show: Twitter and Dodgeball. With both services, users establish a friends list to whom messages are broadcast. Twitter allows you to update your status through IM, SMS or a web-based client. Dodgeball functions exclusively through SMS at this point. They each have… Read More

  • nVidia's Next Top of The Line GPU To Appear Next Week: Just an Overclocked 8800 GTX?

    Graphics card specialist nVidia will launch a host of new video cards next month, with what appears to be an overclocked 8800 GTX leading the charge. “Sources” said that nVidia will call its new top of the line card the 8800 Ultra and is intended to one-up AMD’s yet to be released Direct X 10 graphics card. (That card was supposedly to be unveiled last week, but AMD got cold… Read More

  • Zune-Fans in a Stream: Send Music To Another Zune

    We’ve all grown to love or hate the Zune in the last few months, but this here factoid may change your mind for the better if you’re apart of the latter group. The FM transmitter accessory for the Zune is meant to be used for your car stereo, but remember how the Zune has built in FM tuners? Has it clicked yet? You can tap into the frequency one Zune is transmitting via the FM… Read More

  • Kajeet: You Know, For Kids


    The Sanyo Katana – Could a kid step on it and break it? Mine almost did! I just got in a phone from an interesting MVNO, Kajeet. The service is aimed at kids and their parents and offers a few basic features that Mr. or Ms. Mom and Dad might like. Read More

  • HTC Ameo/Athena T-Mo Pricing Available for UK

    The Germans are paying roughly €500 for the Ameo/Athena and now the Brits will have to pay ₤120 depending on their airtime package, otherwise it will cost ₤430. It’s still running WinMo 5 though — bummer. Reports also indicate that HTC is expected to offer Ameo/Athena under a different moniker, Advantage X7500. Unlike Ameo/Athena, the X7500 will not be hog-tied to a… Read More

  • HTW (who?) Announces Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

    Here’s a little something for the solar power proponents in the CG audience. Chinese electronics manufacturer HTW announced the S116 Solar Mobile phone at CeBIT and it seems pretty promising. Unfortunately there wasn’t an actual working model or any model available for display. A 40 minute charge yields 20-25 minutes of talk time, but does anyone carry their phone where it can… Read More

  • Technovision's 205-inch LCD TV: How Big is Too Big?

    TV obsessives take note: the fine folks at Technovision unveiled a 205-inch Luxio LCD TV at CeBIT. (And to think people were drooling over 108-inch TVs at CES earlier this year.) You may well need to move into a bigger house just to be able to fit all 8.3 x 15 feet of the TV. The Italian manufacturer didn’t specify how much the TV would cost, but I’m gonna take a wild guess and… Read More

  • GrandCentral: Huh. Wow.

    I know I should be saving my Wows for Windows Vista, but I’m spending them all on GrandCentral. David Pogue talked about the service last week and I set up an account, just for kicks, to see how it worked. I didn’t really play with it until today and I’m really blown away. The service is fairly simple. You give it all of your phone numbers and it funnels calls through a… Read More

  • Sony Talks About Apple, Could Teach a Weeping Willow How to Cry, Cry, Cry

    Sir Howard Stringer, Esq. Ltd. III sat down with CEO Exchange last week and discussed how Sony fumbled the portable player market and his hopes that the PS3 makes it past the Wii onslaught and out of infamy. On digital players he said: In 1997 we were working with IBM on electronic music distribution and could have put this out five years earlier [than iPod]. But we couldn’t get our… Read More

  • Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Metalink Unveil Wireless HD IPTV Set-Top Box

    Some exciting news has come out of CeBIT this morning from Samsung, STMicoelectronics and Metalink. They’ve collaborated on a set-top box that they are hoping will revolutionize the way you watch TV. The SMT-H6155 will support HD TV based on the 802.11n wireless IPTV standard. HD video decoding is taken care of with the STMicroelectronics STi7109 chipset and multiple HD video streams… Read More

  • Go Against The Grain: The Sand Time Watch

    All hilarity aside, the Sand Time Watch from designer Pavel Balykin is one of the most stunning timepieces around. If you play a lot of Pictionary, Scatagories, or other board games where a timer is needed, then this watch would certainly fit into your wardrobe. The display features the time like a basic clock would, but when put into screensaver mode, the watch turns into a virtual sand… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat U101 and U201 DAPs Directly Encode MP3s

    Yes, we all know that the iPod is the undisputed king of DAPs, but that doesn’t mean companies shouldn’t be allowed to sink untold sums into R&D trying to dethrone it. What sets these tiny Gigabeats — the U101 and U201—apart from other “me, too” DAPs it the ability to encode directly into MP3 format from any audio source. Handy, yes, but hardly what… Read More

  • Netgear's EVA8000 Gains BitTorrent Support, Pricetag

    Rumors persist that Apple’s Apple TV will ship tomorrow, March 20, and while we’re excited to see what Apple can do to the American living room, there are some of us who are a little anxious about a few missing features from the device. DivX? Hardly. Read More

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