• The AudioFile: What's Really Killing Pop Music

    In a Wall Street Journal article earlier this week titled “Are Techology Limits in MP3s and iPods Ruining Music?”, writer Lee Gomes worries that recording engineers are mixing music for listening on crappy iPod earbuds, and that iPods are somehow technically limiting the quality of pop music. Hogwarsh! Much of today’s music may sound crappy, but it’s not because of iPods… Read More

  • Sidekick Slide To UK In October Before US Launch?

    T-Mobile’s United Kingdom site has the Sidekick Slide listed on the Coming Soon page as “Expected October”, for what it’s worth. Historically, new models in the Sidekick line have been launched in the United States before being offered elsewhere but it appears that our friends across the pond might get their mitts on the Slide first. That is, unless the private… Read More

  • Chris Alden Makes Himself Comfortable At Six Apart

    Chris Alden just took over as Chairman and CEO of blogging infrastructure startup Six Apart. Barak Berkowitz, CEO since 2004, steps down. Berkowitz will remain with the company as an advisor. Alden joined Six Apart a year ago as part of the acquisition of Rojo, a company he founded. Six Apart was founded in 2002 by husband and wife team Ben Trott and Mena G. Trott. Mena was the original CEO. Read More

  • California College Offers 'Learning From YouTube' Class

    Pitzer College in beautiful Claremont, California, is offering a YouTube class this semester. YouTube! According to the Associated Press, “About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly online, where they view YouTube content and post their comments. Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One class member, for instance, posted a 1:36-minute video… Read More

  • How To Get Your $100 Apple Store Credit

    Are you one of those early adopters who rushed into the iPhone hype with loving arms? Thought so. Lucky for you, Apple’s iPhone store credit program has gone live. Just head on over to this link and follow a 3-step process that is apparently easy as hell. Just pop in your iPhone’s serial number, you’ll get a text with a code, pop in the code and boom. You got $100 towards… Read More

  • Apple EU iPhone deal expected

    Now that Apple has summoned the UK press to a London briefing next Tuesday, it looks like the iPhone announcement is imminent. There are no other significant details about the event at its flagship Regent Street outlet, but I know the venue and it is only big enough for a medium-sized launch with about 200 people. This suggests it could just be the UK iPhone announcement alone, not the German… Read More

  • Nintendo DS Gets VoIP

    Whenever something cool needs to be designed for a console, it’s always up to the homebrew community to do it. Some excellent hardware hackers were able to custom design some software that enables to Nintendo DS to place VoIP calls via the internal WiFi and built-in microphone. You even get to dial on the DS’ touchpad. How sweet is that?? No idea how you load this stuff on here… Read More

  • About The Most Useless Thing A Wii Can Do

    Remember Winamp? You know, that program you used to use for playing back stolen MP3s off Napster. Well if you still use it and you own a Wii, you can now stream MP3s through your Wii. Why you’d want to do this, I have no idea. But I suppose if you’re still using Winamp, you’re the kind of dude who listens to 96Kbps MP3s of Pantera on his Xbox. For the win. New Winamp Will… Read More

  • Unreleased Dreamcast Zip Drive Shows Up On eBay For The Low, Low Price of $10K

    Those who followed the Dreamcast years ago know that Sega (via Imega) planned to release an external zip drive. It was to have been used for saving e-mails and other Internet content and, naturally, to back up game save data. But it never came out, consigned to the graveyard of unreleased video game peripherals like the SNES CD drive. However, one showed up on eBay recently. It’s… Read More

  • Virgin America and AirCell Head to the Friendly Skies

    As a frequent business traveler – actually a little less frequent these days – flying is seldom fun. I’m not the kind who likes to make small talk with the passengers around me, and watching the in-flight movie on a lousy six-inch 4×3 screen is not my idea of entertainment. And listening to other passengers talk turns even a short flight into an epic journey to the… Read More

  • Google Presently Powerpoint Clone Could Be Days Away

    Google’s long awaited Powerpoint clone could be days away from launching, according to a report at The Inquirer. The service is said to be called “Presently” and is based in part on code from Zenter and Tonic Systems, two companies Google acquired earlier this year. Presentations have long been the missing link in Google’s attempts to provide a full office suite… Read More

  • Docstoc Comes Through On That Financing

    I criticized Los Angeles based startup Docstoc in a post last month for pre-announcing a financing that hadn’t actually closed yet. At the time of that post, where I suggested that they may be counting their chickens before they hatched, they said: We are about to close another substantial round of financing from at least one, if not all, of the following investors 1) one of the… Read More

  • Google Launches Australian Election Site

    In what is claimed to be a world first (for Google), Google Australia has launched a dedicated Australian Election site. The Google 2007 Australian Federal Election site offers links to YouTube videos from Australian political parties, a Google Maps mashup that provides House of Representatives electoral information by seat, and “election gadgets” that provide previous statements… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Apple EU iPhone deal expected

    Now that Apple has summoned the UK press to a London briefing next Tuesday, it looks like the iPhone announcement is imminent. There are no other significant details about the event at its flagship Regent Street outlet, but I know the venue and it is only big enough for a medium-sized launch with about 200 people. This suggests it could just be the UK iPhone announcement alone, not the German… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: New Level Edition

    Mario Bros. Audition Tape
    Ice Cream Machine Gives More Ice Cream To Angry, Unhappy People
    Xynergi $28K Is For Professional Musicians, Not Joe Sixpack
    Back To School 2007: Geek Out Your Dorm Room
    The Futurist: Why Apple’s Good Products Are Bad For Innovation Read More

  • Review: Mobile Edge 'Boomer Esiason Foundation' Bags

    Just got done playing with a couple of new backpacks from Mobile Edge. They’re being sold in cooperation with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which “is commited to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.”  A generous 10% of each one sold goes to the charity itself, so let’s see what these souped-up tote bags are made of. Read More

  • Odeo (Formerly SonicMountain) Acquires FireAnt

    If you know who FireAnt is, you either love podcasts or you’re a long time reader of this blog. The company built up a cult following in 2005 and 2006 as the podcast directory and player, and competed head on with Evan Williams’ Odeo for mindshare and users. FireAnt’s assets were acquired by Odeo for $400,000, they companies will announce today. Not the old Odeo, but… Read More

  • Yahoo Makes Tiny Acquisition: BuzzTracker

    Yahoo has acquired news site BuzzTracker, a tiny news aggregation site, for somewhere between $2 – $5 million. Alan Warms, CEO of parent company Participate Media, will join Yahoo as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo News (a job with a bit of a revolving door, apparently). The price is lower than the $7 million that Fox paid for NewRoo, a similar service, in 2006. As lovely… Read More

  • Blyk comes out of the dark

    Blyk, the much anticipated ad-supported mobile network, is to reveal its colours soon. A press conference is scheduled for Monday 24th September. Announced earlier this year, Blyk will offer free calls to its audience of 16–24 year olds via targetted advertising on their phones. The launch is timed for the start of the new school term in the UK. The virtual operator is using the… Read More

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