• GPS System Helps Blind People Mosey Around Town

    An Italian company has developed a GPS system that helps blind people easily and safely get around town. Called Easy Walk, the system is comprised of a Symbian cellphone, a Bluetooth GPS receiver and special speech-to-text software. Not surprisingly, the developers at Il Village made Easy Walk simple to use: the user has only two buttons at his disposal, one of which gives the user’s… Read More

  • iMac To Get A Facelift?

    Rolling out of bed this morning, I accidentally tripped and hit my head on a desk. When I looked to see what I tripped over, my anger eased – it was just the latest Apple rumor. So the latest word is that the Apple is doing away with the 17-inch version of the iMac and is sprucing up the 20 and 24-inch models with a whole new design. It has been over 3 years since the last major… Read More

  • For Real, Apple TV Now Shipping


    Several users, including our own John Biggs, are reporting that their Apple TV orders have finally started shipping. The $299 media streaming device, which was first unveiled last summer, should have already been in people’s hands by now (indeed, some of us were getting quite antsy), but last-minute delays kept all of them at Steve Jobs’ house, which is apparently in Shenzen… Read More

  • EMoze: Push Email For Free

    Emoze is a dream come true for business folk out there who are still holding out and refusing to accept that corporate issued Blackberry. Emoze claims the free push email service will work on any mobile phone that has email functionality. It even works behind corporate firewalls, has military-grade encryption and its been designed to support all cellular and wireless networks. So how does it work? Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Central Station Edition

    Open Your PS3 and Wii
    GrandCentral: Huh. Wow.
    Go Against The Grain: The Sand Time Watch
    The Evolution of the Computer Mouse: As Exciting As It Sounds
    Laptop Horror Stories Entry #5: UMPC Train Pain Read More

  • Flixster Hits 10 million Registered Users

    You don’t see this every day. San Francisco based Flixster’s growth, which shot up late last year, shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. Joe Greenstein, Flixster’s CEO, told me by email that they now have ten million registered users and up to two million movie ratings completed daily (380+ million movie ratings to date). That’s a lot of (very valuable) user… Read More

  • GoPlan Takes on 37Signals

    Web design and programming firm WeBreakStuff just released a new project planning suite, GoPlan, similar to Basecamp and ActiveCollab. You use this stuff when you want to get a team organized around accomplishing project milestones – a lightweight Microsoft Project with collaboration built right in. The products have a lot of similarities. They’re all web based applications for… Read More

  • ThinkFree Apps to Get Bigger and Better

    ThinkFree CEO TJ Kang will be giving a presentation later today at Ajax World, talking about Ajax applications and the future of ThinkFree’s online document, spreadsheet, and presentation quick editors. In April, ThinkFree will be releasing new version of their Ajax architecture that will more accurately and efficiently handle uploaded documents, particularly… Read More

  • Wink Pulls Half An Odeo, Partially Liquidates

    Search engine startup Wink has offered to buy back stock from investors with remaining cash at a rate of fifty cents on the dollar, according to sources involved with the company. The company has raised two rounds of financing totaling $7 million to date. Our understanding is that some of the investors have elected to sell their stock back to the company under these terms. Wink’s… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Final Vote

    Ok, folks. We’re down to the wire here. These are our five entries emailed last week and today. Please read through them and pick the best one. We’ll hold open voting until noon EST tomorrow. 1. Flame On
    2. MacBook Hell
    3. Bloops
    4. Rock and Crunch
    5. UMPC Train Pain Vote after the jump. Read More

  • Best Travel Notebooks


    There has never been a better time to be a geek road warrior. Technologies exist today that seemed like the stuff of science fiction just a decade ago. Laptops in particular have seen a glorious augmentation of performance with a concurrent reduction of size. Good times. I recently found myself in this situation and, even in my position, it was an incredibly difficult situation. But given… Read More

  • Sony And Immersion Finish Legal Battle

    Remember a few years ago Sony got into some deep trouble with a company called Immersion over the rumble technology in the PS2’s controllers? Well after a long, long battle, the two companies have finally settled their differences. Immersion and Sony are now working together to incorporate Immersion’s vibration technology inside future Sony products, most likely including the… Read More

  • Ridiculous: One Digg Clone Takes Legal Action Against Another Digg Clone

    File this under “ridiculous.” Digg clone SuperGu has sent a cease & desist letter to (open source) Digg clone Pligg alleging a number of copyright infringements. Among the complaints: SuperGu is claiming ownership to ajax effects, sidebars, login boxes, “read more” links, navigation tabs, the expression “Powered by”, tags, the RSS icon and other common… Read More

  • EarthLink To Unveil WiFi Phone Beta


    EarthLink is expected to announce a beta test for Accton Technology Corp’s WiFi phone as early as tomorrow. Beta testing on the phone has been in the works on EarthLink’s municipal wireless network in Anaheim and it seems to be working very well. Like any WiFi phone, you’ll be able to make VoIP calls from your home network or on EarthLink’s Municipal WiFi network. As… 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 the rest at MobileCrunch… Read More

  • 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

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