• Last.fm turns on ad-supported free music model, a teaser towards subscriptions

    TechCrunch US has got the story on LastFM’s news business model (it appears to have been released on a US media schedule). The gist is that the CBS-owned service will now allow you to stream the full track of any song up to three times for free, in addition to the famed music-discovery service which streams related songs you might like in a random order. After the three plays a popup… Read More

  • New Sony camera PMA roundup

    No major announcements from Sony like “we’re going analog” or “everything is now left-handed” but there are a few respectable updates for their point-and-shoots. Now’s the time to buy the last generation, people! Unless you really need your camera to only take pictures when it detects a smile. Kind of creepy. Hit the link for the good stuff. Read More

  • EveryBlock Launches as Local News Aggregator for SF, NYC, and Chicago

    EveryBlock launches today as a geographically-filtered news and data aggregation service for San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago. The site attempts to answer one deceptively simple question: “What’s happening in my neighborhood?” For EveryBlock, it boils down to three types of information: geographically-relevant news and blog entries, civic information, and… Read More

  • Pentax's new Optio point-and-shoots are alive with the sound of megapixels

    If you’re in the market for a new pocket camera, you could do worse than a Pentax. My friend just bought one from the old generation and she likes it, but when she sees these she’ll be mad. Click the link below for the whole menagerie, in arbitrary order since there are no prices and some are better than others in different ways. All the cameras have USB 2.0 high speed interfaces… Read More

  • Kerpoof Helping Kids Connect Online, Create Together

    Kerpoof launched its set of picture, story, and movie creation tools for kids at the TechCrunch40 conference this past September. Since then, the company has been working to improve the functionality of these free browser-based products and, in particular, to transform Kerpoof into a platform for kids to communicate and collaborate with each other online. Kids can now create their own avatars… Read More

  • Super special clear body Pentax K20D, K200D

    You may or may not catch a glimpse of these at PMA. [photopress:2188184989_0175870938_b.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:2188972426_f21249a9c2_b.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:2188976838_a27f04dd21_b.jpg,thumb,pp_image] Read More

  • First hands on with Pentax K20D, K200D

    The wait is officially over, folks. Today marks a new chapter for Pentax and the big boys better pay attention. The K10D and K100D Super are being replaced today with the K20D and K200D. There have been significant changes from previous models and I think many will be surprised. Read More

  • Apple TV high-def movies are rental only, not for sale

    iPod Observer recently spoke with someone at Apple and was able to get a little more information about renting HD movies using the new Apple TV software. The basic gist is that HD movies can only be rented, not purchased. Standard definition movies can be purchased, but high-def movies can’t. The movies are streamed directly from Apple’s servers and displayed on your TV. Nothing… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships

    Burt Rutan and Richard Branson are doing their “deep pocketed space explorer” thing again. They’ve revealed the second version of their suborbital spacecraft, aptly called “SpaceShipTwo” and pictured above, presumably via a cell phone camera at the event. They also announced that the launch vehicle, “WhiteKnightTwo,” will be on an open… Read More

  • Video: Far Cry 2 opening sequence

    Here’s the opening for Far Cry 2. Looks pretty nice, huh? Apparently there will be a longer trailer coming soon but hopefully this can tide you over for a little while longer. Via Tom’s Hardware Read More

  • Vista SP1 on February 15th?

    Okay, grains of salt and all that good stuff but I came across an article on Neowin.net that linked to a DigiTimes article about the supply and demand of DRAM in 2008, wherein a spokesperson for a Taiwanese company called Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories made a passing comment about the “launch of an updated version of Microsoft Vista on February 15” and how it might help… Read More

  • Last.fm unleashes totally free music that artists get paid for

    It sounds like nonsense, but it’s true. Last.fm, the popular social network for music, has announced that starting now, all music on the site can be played by anyone, for free. The catch is that after playing it three times you will be notified of their subscription service, but I don’t think we need to look this particular gift horse in the mouth. They’ve got the big… Read More

  • Dell, Microsoft join (RED)

    Starting January 31 at Best Buy stores and Dell’s Website, you’ll be able to purchase a Dell machine with Windows Vista that’s been branded by (Product) RED. I can give you a bunch of statistics, but I won’t because you’ll ignore them. I will, however, tell you that with every purchase of a Dell product, Dell and Microsoft will contribute $50 to $80 to the… Read More

  • Southwest Airlines eyeing in-flight wireless access

    Why should American Airlines and Jet Blue have all the fun? Southwest is getting set to test in-flight Internet access as well. It’ll partner with Row 44, offering satellite-based access on four different aircraft sometime this summer. Passengers will have “full access to the Internet” over the “the highest bandwidth available to commercial airlines in the United… Read More

  • WinMo 6 upgrade for BlackJack out today

    Time to upgrade that dinosaur of an OS on your Samsung BlackJack to a less than tolerable version 6. That’s right, today at 5PM EST you’ll be able download the official upgrade, but don’t go there now because it still has version 5. Wait until 5PM EST, k? Don’t do it until 5 Read More

  • MPAA says 44% of movie losses due to piracy on college networks, number could be closer to 3%

    In 2005, the Motion Picture Association of America did a study where it claimed to find that college students account for 44% of the losses that the movie industry incurs, thanks to the illegal downloading of pirated films over high-speed campus networks. That figure is more like 15% due to a “human error,” according to the MPAA. That’s a pretty big difference. What’s… Read More

  • Gears of War DLC is no more

    There comes a time when all good things must come to an end. That time has come for Gears of War as Epic and Microsoft are packing up and moving on. The thought of zero new content may cause you to shed a tear and claim you have something in your eye, but you may take some solace in knowing that GOW 2 is coming later this year. Most of you waited years for Halo so I don’t see why you… Read More

  • Apple Co-Defendent SimulScribe Settles Visual Voicemail Patent Suit. Is Apple Next?

    Lost in all the news about Apple’s earnings yesterday was a development in the $360 million patent-infringement lawsuit against it and other co-defendants (including Skype, Comcast, and AT&T) by Klausner Technologies. One of the co-defendants, SimulScribe, settled. SimulScribe offers its own competing visual voicemail for Blackberries and Windows Mobile phones, which it just… Read More

  • Heads-up on EU startups

    I figured last year’s Le Web 3 was going to be the quintessential startup event for Europe, but there is a new kid on the block which could vie for the crown. The Plugg Conference will focus 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… Read More

  • Pentax K20D, K200D outed

    Pretty sure this is legit. Not sure how this individual acquired these images, but they certainly look real and there are some mumblings in the forum that specs for the K20D were leaked. They don’t seem to be much different than what we’ve previously covered. I wonder if we’ll see an announcement today or possibly tomorrow? [photopress:8c617379.jpg,thumb,pp_image] … Read More

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