• Samsung Digimax D103 Packed With Features

    Samsung is launching a feature-rich camera soon and those of you looking for an upgrade may want to take interest. Though no exact launch date or set price are available, the Digimax D103 is worth holding out for. This 10.1-megapixel behemoth comes with 3x optical/10x digital zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, PictBridge, 4cm macro (great for those close ups), nice looking movie recording capabilities… Read More

  • TomTom Releases New MapMaps

    Just in case you were planning to hit the open road with your TomTom in hand this holiday season, do yourself a favor and get the updated maps for US and Canadian customers the navigation company dropped today. The new maps feature 410,000 miles of new roads more than six million new household and business addresses, 500,000 new Points Of Interest, and improved road detailing for better… Read More

  • Cingular Goes For The Jawbone

    Cingular customers looking for a decent Bluetooth headset can now rejoice. Cingular announced today that it’ll be carrying Aliph’s Jawbone Bluetooth headset. It comes in a jet black, modern design and packs military-spec noise cancellation. Basically, they jacked some secrets from the US military to offer noise cancellation that adapts to your surroundings. So if you’re in… Read More

  • Arrington Hates the Netflix, Om Loves the Akimbo, What Do You Like?

    Looks like slow news day at the world of Web 2.0 blogs. Yesterday Mike broke up with Netflix — it was calling me last night asking me what to do and I was all like “Dude, move on. He’s just not into you.”— and Om is now in love with Akimbo, the video-on-demand service. Which ones do you guys use/like? [poll=9] Read More

  • Future Samsung Cellphones To Include Opera Mobile

    Good news for those of you who are loyal to Samsung. Opera announced today that they’ve partnered with Samsung Electronics so that all future cellphones include the mobile version of Opera’s web browser. Opera’s browser for mobile devices has unique technology that scales websites down to fit the user’s screen. You can then browse pages using the joypad on your… Read More

  • Inside the Wiimote Part Deux


    Anyone can cut a Wiimote into pieces. But can they interview the musically-named Benedetto Vigna about MEMS units? I don’t think so. That’s where we need the New York Times. Michel Marriott, the Ponce De Leon of controller exploration, discusses how Bluetooth, IR, and tiny accelerometers all work together to make Link ride around on a horse. He said the motion sensors, using… Read More

  • NBC.com Bulks Up Its Streams For The Holidays

    Those looking for one more way to avoid not talking to your family over the holidays should pop over to NBC.com. The network has added the first nine episodes of “Friday Night Lights” and the first seven of sitcom “30 Rock” to its site. And they are for the most part commercial-free; there’s just one ad before each episode. NBC has been streaming some of its… Read More

  • Traffic On Your Samsung

    Just released from Samsung is their new terrestrial Digital Media Broadcasting mobile phone, SPH-B5800, which features traffic updates every 5 minutes via TPEG as well as tourist spots and restaurants along your selected route. Sure you can have a GPS system and listen to the radio for updates but the B5800 will show you current traffic conditions by telling you whether it’s… Read More

  • Audiovox Buys Thomson's CE Accessories, RCA Brand

    I’ve had a pretty negative opinion of Audiovox’s products since high school when I witnessed a friend jam a piece of cardboard into his car’s Audiovox tape deck to get the player to work. It’s a silly thing I know, but still, it’s there. Another company I have similar feelings about is RCA, a once-great brand reduced to being slapped on seemingly bargain… Read More

  • Discount PS3s On The Horizon (If You're OK with Refurbs)

    Remember when it was hard to find a PS3? NotifyWire says those days might well be over. Due to many miscreants set on making a quick buck flipping the consoles on eBay or Craigslist and not making the sale, many shops are starting to see returns. What’s more, after the Xmas rush we’re currently experiencing, there will likely be more. In fact, a significant percentage of the PS3s… Read More

  • Wiimote Goes All Internal

    When I was about eleven years old, I received my first keyboard (the musical kind). It was a Casio SK-5, notable in that it could hold up to four digital samples, recorded via the on-board mic or from a handheld to the mic port. One of the first things I did was take it apart. I wanted to know how it worked. I didn’t know what was what, but it sparked a life-long love of seeing the guts… Read More

  • China Demands Standardized Cell Phone Chargers

    Thanks to a move by China, multi-adapter phone chargers might be obsolete in the near future. The country is demanding that its cell phone manufacturers switch to a standard input for recharging batteries in mobile handsets. It would be something similar to a USB port and would reduce electronic waste, since you wouldn’t be throwing out a charger every time you bought a new… Read More

  • The Futurist: That Most Wonderful Time of the Year or… A First Look at the 2007 CES


    In this very special episode of The Futurist, we take a myopic look into the future. Three weeks into the future, that is, to a land called Las Vegas and an event called CES — the annual tech orgy where PR people treat men’s mag product reviewers to lap dances, the smell of choco-fountains permeates the air of every corridor, and there is nary a blogger around without sore… Read More

  • Do Cameraphone Megapixels Really Add Up?

    . But are we really getting the megapielage we’re paying for? Al-Manazir thinks not. After receiving a Nokia N70 for review purposes, and running a few optical tests, the results were not good. The supposed 2-megapixel camera on the N70 actually output images at less than VGA quality. What’s more, the image was focused off-center, causing even more image degradation. The article… Read More

  • Crazy 3D Avatars From Gizmoz

    I first met Eyal Gever, the founder of Gizmoz, at the Israeli Web Tour conference in Palo Alto a couple of months ago. Later that day I saw Eyal again, at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. This time he was giving a demo (in the middle of a hallway) to a group of Fox Interactive folks, including their M&A team. I sat in on the demo, which went on for half an hour or more as the Fox… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sparky Edition

    Snoopy iPod Nano Kit: From The Peanut Gallery
    Spion Orbitor Electronic Listening Device for the Devious
    Solar Power in Her Purse
    Tiny Desk Heater For The Inherently Frigid
    iSkin Keyboard Protector Read More

  • New Blogger Out of Beta

    The new Blogger beta product, open to a limited number of users in August, is now live for all users. The key changes include the addition of tags, which Google has always called “labels,” and an option to create a private blog. You can also now sign into your blogger account using your Google credentials, and Google has made editing the template and posts significantly more… Read More

  • TechCrunch Readers Are Shallow

    Yesterday I wrote about some of the changes at top dating site Yahoo Personals, designed to make profile matching easier and faster. And I also dug into some of the new business model experiments being conducted by some of the younger startups out there. A good example is YesNoMayB, a South African startup that allows users to quickly scan photographs of potential mates and pick out the ones… Read More

  • I Wish Google Could Buy AllofMP3

    A number of record labels finally pulled the trigger and filed suit against Russian music site AllofMP3 today. The lawsuit was filed in New York. Given that AllofMP3 maintains that it complies with Russian law, it might not be a stretch to assume that AllofMP3 won’t be showing up for their day in (a U.S.) court. AllofMP3 is still in business, but under a triage of attacks. Their own… Read More

  • Rumor: MacBook Thin Specs Confirmed?

    , including the 1280×800 pixel resolution of the 12-inch widescreen display, the standard 1GB or RAM (expandable to 3), and 2.16 or 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo procs, among others. While we don’t think it does exist, we do concede it would kick much ass. Sadly, this would be Apple shooting itself in its foot, as the MacBook Thin would cannibilize its own MacBook sales. In addition, the… Read More