• Panasonic D-Snap SD850N DAP: Yup, It Plays Music Alright

    If you look very closely, you’ll see that Pansonic has updated its D-Snap line of digital audio players. The new kid on the block is the SD850N, an SD card-based DAP that comes with a 1GB card thrown in for good measure. Just like its SD800 forefather, the 850N features noise canceling voodoo, which blocks out up to 83 percent of unwanted outside noise. Good, because when I’m… Read More

  • The Quest For The $400 Game

    With the success of Guitar Hero 2, it was only a matter of time before some publishers and developers went “Hey…what if we did the same concept with a whole band?!” Rock Band is that next step, which is set to drop in November of this year. The game will include a whole band setup using unique controllers for guitar, bass, and drums, as well as microphones for belting out… Read More

  • eMusic Launches Subscription-Based Plans

    I always liked eMusic. Though second banana to iTMS, it still has a good amount of music worth downloading and every song is DRM-free. Now eMusic is trying to launch a subscription service without DRM that will allow users to download a set number of tracks per month. These new plans are being called “Connoisseur Plans” and involve the user paying a set price each month for a… Read More

  • Sorry, Canada, No iPhone For You (Maybe): Blame Rogers

    Forget about getting your hands on the iPhone, Canada, because Rogers, your only GSM provider, just said any and all information on the iPhone’s availability on its network is pure speculation. (Remember, the iPhone is a GSM-only device.) Not only that, but analysts also said that Rogers might not even carry the iPhone at all if it doesn’t prove to be cost effective. That’s… Read More

  • HP Planning To Launch New PC Brand?

    Former CEO of Voodoo PC Rahul Sood was at a gaming event last night where he sparked a few rumors regarding HP. Sood says that by the end of 2007, HP will have launched a new brand of PCs with a completely new name. That’s right, not Compaq, not Voodoo, not HP, but rather a whole new entity! He went on to describe that the PCs will be in the “high-to-mid tier” of… Read More

  • Kodak EasyShare 5300: Don't Believe The Hype

    Though new to the world of desktop printing, Kodak still has an illustrious past with some excellent products. But its reputation could be going down the drain thanks to some recent claims the photo-centric company made. Over at Pop Photo, the boys put the Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-one to the test to see if could truly crank out 180 borderless color photos. It looks like Kodak got a… Read More

  • The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us

    Mark this down in the “Obvious” bin: more and more cell phones are using real names in recent years. It was only a few years ago that virtually every cell phone was identified by a serial number-esque stream of numbers and letters that, while I’m sure they made plenty of sense to a company’s on-hand staff of engineers and marketing pros, were more likely to leave… Read More

  • Intel Debuts Centrino Pro

    Today Intel announced its new Centrino Pro processor that utilizes the same vPro technology used on desktops. Aimed at the IT and business sector of computing, these new processors allow users to manage data wirelessly via WiFi without compromising security. Intel will be using draft-802.11n so that companies can take advantage of the increased wireless speeds. Says Intel: Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Coach Edition

    Free WiFi for PSP Owners
    Airlines Taking A Liking To WiFi
    FCC Calls to Say No Cellphones on Airplanes
    Viacom Videos Bored YouTube Viewers
    Verizon’s Unlimited Data Plan Not So Unlimited Read More

  • Rearden Commerce: Time For The Adults To Come In And Clean House

    Silicon Valley based Rearden Commerce is a company that I’ve spoken to a few times over the last year to hear what they were up to. They are well known in enterprise/business solutions circles, and in a few months they are going to put one very large footprint down in the consumer space as well. The best way to describe Rearden Commerce is “mashups for adults.” Like some… Read More

  • Well, Now We Have GodTube

    We wrote about the YouTube clones for pornography, so to even out our karma level we need to mention GodTube, a YouTube like Flash video sharing site focusing on using “technology to connect Christians for the purpose of encouraging and advancing the Gospel worldwide.” So when they say God, they specifically mean Jesus Christ and Christianity and not just any God that someone… Read More

  • Trash TechCrunch And Win A Free Pass To The Web 2.0 Expo

    We’ve gotten our hands on three free passes to the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on April 15-18, valued at $1,500 each. We traded these passes for excess advertising inventory on our sites, and our plan is to give them away to readers. I want to have some fun with giving these out. Last year we gave away a free pass to SXSW to the reader who had the best reason for going, but it turned… Read More

  • Flash-based Laptop for $30

    Very cool. Addonics is selling a $30 Compact Flash adapter that allows you to boot from any CF card just like a standard 2.5″ hard drive. The adapter comes in SATA and IDE and can use multiple flash cards at once. Clearly, you’d need a few hundred for some fat CF cards — $260 for 24GB — but the read and write speeds will be phenomenal. This will become extremely… Read More

  • Microsoft to Abolish DRM, Offer PlaysForDamnSure Program to OEMs for $25 per Unit, Sell Zunes in Red, Orange, Pink

    Sorry. That headline is misleading, as was the CNET headline we sourced this from. Only the red, orange, and pink news has any legs. No, Microsoft is not really planning to abolish DRM. Essentially, this is just Zune’s Jason Reindorp musing on the possibility of considering the idea of getting rid of all DRM on the Zune, as if it were Microsoft’s decision. In reality, Microsoft… Read More

  • Ikea Prefab Housing: The Instruction Manual is Four Pages Long

    While I’m not sure if they’re including a hex key and cheap screws with these houses, it’s an idea whose time has come. Looking around right now I notice almost 90% of our furniture is from Ikea and, if given the land mass, I’d build and install one of these BoKlok housing cubes in a second. Unfortunately, you don’t pick these up out in Elizabeth, New Jersey… Read More

  • Yahoo Alpha Search Launches Confusing Beta

    Yahoo Australia launched a new personalized search engine called Alpha today. Yahoo has another personalized search product called Yahoo Search Builder meant for customizing a Yahoo search engine for your site. A lot of people are calling Alpha a competitor to Google Coop, but it’s not. Yahoo Alpha is a meta search engine with a Netvibes look and feel, letting you type a search in one… Read More

  • Samsung SpinPoint S166 Hard Drives Don't Bring The Noise

    While sizes and speeds of hard drives always seem to be going up, it’s a little more rare to see a company doing something about the sound given off by the fast-spinning platters. Samsung’s SpinPoint S166 hard disk drive series, however, does address noise by using its proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies “to accelerate operational speed while reducing… Read More

  • Rumor: Free Zune With Music Subscription

    Zune-Online is positing that a new, flash-based Zune will soon be available for free with a Zune subscription. They really don’t have much overall information on the concept or actual device, so take it with a grain of salt. I’m not a big Zune fan, but I’ll admit I was excited back when it first launched. However, as we all know, the iPod juggernaut is a hard beast to break. Read More

  • Trap Gary Busey In Your TomTom

    I change the main ringtone on my phone about once a week, so I can completely understand why someone would want to change out the voice that daily tells them to “turn left” on their GPS device. TomTom gets this and, while other companies offer multiple voice options for GPS voices, the company seems to be going out of its way to get unique voice talents, which now includes actor… Read More

  • Laser TV: A Cheaper HDTV Technology That Actually Looks Better

    LCD and plasma may be all the rage when it comes to current HDTV implementations, but next year should see the emergence of laser TV—sort of an offshoot of DLP technology—, which has double the color range and costs manufacturers a lot less to produce. For us that means lower prices, or at least it should. From a performance standpoint, laser TV pretty much makes plasma and LCD… Read More

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