• Bill and Steve's Excellent Adventure

    You remember that party you had a few months ago, where your buddy and his ex-girlfriend both showed up? You know, the ones that don’t ever get along, but they pretended to for your benefit? That’s what May 30 might look like, as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates take the stage together at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference. But they won’t be discussing a… Read More

  • Rumor: Confabb To Be Acquired By End Of Month

    We’re seeing some smart people create very targeted web applications and flipping them just a couple of months after launching. First was MyBlogLog, which launched in October 2006 and was acquired by Yahoo just three months later for a reported $10 million. Confabb may on an almost identical path. The company, which has created a social network around conferences, launched just three… Read More

  • IReader Uses Semantic Analysis to Summarize Linked Pages

    IReader 2.0 is a semantic analysis and link preview tool that launched today. Syntactica, the company behind iReader, hopes the browser plug-in will bring its technology back to life after a previous incarnation as a search engine was allegedly shut down by Google. If you’ve seen CoolIris, Browster or Snap then you’re familiar with the idea of a browser plug-in that provides… Read More

  • Treo 700wx Comes to Verizon, Finally

    , including support for DUN, a 1.3-Megapixel camera, 128MB of internal RAM (though you can only use 60), and support for full-sized SD cards. We still think that Palm was a little nuts for switching half their lineup to Windows Mobile, but it does have its fans, and in the end it’s partially responsible for keeping the company afloat. In addition, the enhancements Palm made to the OS on… Read More

  • Microsoft's VPC Goes Free

    If you’re looking to run a virtual computer on your computer, Microsoft is doing something unusual for itself: it’s hooking you up free. As of today, Virtual PC is free, but only for Windows users. This is in keeping with Microsoft’s virtualization scheme, which positions software like Virtual PC as test environments and ways to run virtual secure servers within one… Read More

  • Wiitube: Social Networking for the Nunchuck Set

    , so you know it’s got to be good. What’s it all about? What are the two best things in the world of technology today? Obviously it is the Nintendo Wii and Uploading Videos. So why not combine them? Oh, we did, and we got Wiitube! Clearly, niches must be filled, people. Niches must be filled! Site Read More

  • The Full XM+Sirius Announcement Call

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=2086083982842883267&hl=en Here is the entire XM+Sirius earnings call that went out yesterday along with all of the slides. Great stuff. Why does Mel Karmazin love “best-of-breed” so much? Thanks, EarningsCast! Read More

  • The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge


    Happy Mardi Gras everybody. I’ve pried myself away from our drunken debauchery for a moment to give you an update on our Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. First of all, let me make some clarifications. Only original workspace pictures will be accepted. With that in mind, please submit more than one picture of your workspace. Multiple shots will help to ensure authenticity and to give… Read More

  • Crook Uses Wiimote As A Weapon

    A crook in Nagoya, Japan was caught stealing an extra Wiimote in a Bic Camera store and was faced with two security guards blocking his escape route. Rather than drop the goods, throw his hands up, and surrender peacefully, the robber pulled a Wii Sports and smacked up the two guards with the Wiimote. The guards suffered broken bones and chest injuries, but that’s nothing compared to… Read More

  • Sling Media Developing Networking Equipment

    It seems that Sling Media is looking to break into the networking business. According to a recent forum post, Sling is working on an 85Mbps powerline networking adaptor called SlingLink Turbo. The device will be used in conjunction with Sling’s current line of Slingboxes and is set to be unveiled on February 27th. A bridge and switch combo is also being worked on by Sling and is expected… Read More

  • Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding, Bananaphone

    Mad4MobilePhones has a cute little article on some unique vintage cellphone kits that include a rotary phone, a banana, and a Zack Morris phone. Take the Bananaphone (pictured above) for instance. This plastic, yet realistic, fruit called Banokia hooks up to a cellphone as a hands free set so you can act extremely serious whilst walking down the street with a banana held up to your ear. The… Read More

  • SMS to be $67bn Industry by 2012

    A report from Portio Research is forecasting SMS revenues to reach $67 billion. The increase is mostly attributed to an expected increase in mobile subscriber base from 2.61 to 4.81 billion, sending 3.7 trillion messages. The Asian markets are expected to grow the fastest, comprising 50% of the subscriber base by 2008. SMS accounts for approximately 75-80% of carrier’s non-voice plan… Read More

  • Those Chinese Love Them Some Texting

    If you thought your high school girlfriend sent a lot of SMSs, wait ’till you see what China is predicting. The Xinhua news agency said Monday that it expects over 14 billion text messages to be sent during the Lunar New Year. Keep in mind, this is just during one week! China Unicom and China Mobile have both adjusted their networks to compensate for the increase in traffic. Plus, with… Read More

  • Running Over the Nokia N76 With a Limo

    The boys at MobileBurn ran over a Nokia N76 just to see what would happen. The result? Not a scratch and nary a crack. Pretty cool. Read More

  • TXTDrop.com: Free SMS


    In the spirit of AllCallsForFree or whatever that latest Iowa free international number is, TXTDrop is offering free SMS calls. No catch, just a little added tag at the end of the message advertising the service. There’s even an OS X widget and the mandatory Web 2.0 logo. Give it a go — while its still free. Web Page Read More

  • Union Square Ventures funds Adaptive Blue

    Semantic web Firefox plug-in provider Adaptive Blue announced today that the company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Union Square Ventures.  The company’s product, called Blue Organizer, is a tagging and search tool with an incredible array of features and a focus on parsing the semantic meaning of web pages it interacts with.  Union Square Ventures is most well… Read More

  • Wiiminder, Tabbed Browsing For The Wii

    The internet channel on the Wii always leaves me wanting more. Who browses the web with multiple windows open or from one site to another? That is so 2004! That’s where Wiiminder comes in and makes your porn web browsing somewhat enjoyable. Wiiminder Read More

  • 419 Scammers Find the Parrot is Deceased

    I’m not sure how many folks are falling for 419 scams anymore — there are plenty of other scams out there that are working considerably better right now — but one scambaiter got his scammers to act out the Dead Parrot sketch. Quite funny. 419 scammers tricked into re-creating Dead Parrot Sketch [BoingBoing] Read More

  • Palm on the Block, Nokia In the Running

    Like the late, great Compaq, Palm looks like it’s going to be subsumed by a bigger company in the next few days. Rumors abound regarding a possible purchase by Nokia, although Motorola is also in the running. What does that mean for us? Probably Symbian-based Treo-esque devices or, heaven forefend, Windows Mobile or Palm devices coming out of the Finnish giant. The only real precedent… Read More

  • 3X DVD Launched: Kinda HD, But Not

    3X DVD is a red-laser DVD standard that works on HD DVD players but uses standard DVD discs rather than the more expensive HD DVD disks. The discs, which are now available, offer AACS copy protection but transcode video to VC-1 or AVC and lower the resolution to 720p, not bad, but definitely not great. This sounds sort of like the VCD standard — popular with pirates but not with anyone else. Read More

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