• Brickhouse Head Leaves Yahoo

    Salim Ismail, who has led Yahoo Brickhouse since since March 2007, left the company today as part of broader layoffs at Yahoo. Layoff packages were being offered, he said, and he left voluntarily. Brickhouse is based in San Francisco and shares office space with Chad Dickerson’s Advanced Products Group, which creates new products based on market research (the distinction between the… Read More

  • 'Take Two' Apple TV update unhooked from its leash

    It’s here! Hot damn, it’s here! I don’t own an Apple TV but I saw one in an Apple store once. It looked so awesome. Anyway, the new update is here. Check for the Software Update option under the Settings menu. Once everything churns and wiggles, you’ll be able to rent iTunes movies and access Flickr and .Mac photostreams. Enjoy! Apple TV ‘Take Two’ update… Read More

  • Resellers say MacBook Air sales aren't as brisk as original MacBook

    [photopress:mmbbaa.jpg,full,center] “The people that are interested in [the MacBook Air] are not interested in buying it.” Not exactly what Apple wants to hear, you gotta figure. Analysts over at Piper Jaffray met with resellers yesterday, resellers that voiced a fair amount of concern over sales of the MacBook Air. Of the retailers present, 60 percent said demand for the MacBook… Read More

  • HD DVD group calls Netflix Blu-ray decision 'unfortunate'

    [photopress:hdgr.jpg,full,center] What’s the HD DVD Promotions Group’s response to Netflix’s decision to exclusively stock Blu-ray and BestBuy’s decision to “recommend” Blu-ray? … it’s unfortunate to see Netflix make the decision to only stock Blu-ray titles going forward. While the Best Buy announcement says they will recommend Blu-ray, at… Read More

  • Stream Your Music Collection to Anywhere with JukeFly

    If you like the idea of listening to your music collection on whichever computer you choose but aren’t satisfied with the plethora of music lockers out there (including the very nicely designed Anywhere.fm which was acquired by Imeem recently), check out the streaming music service JukeFly as an alternative. JukeFly looks a lot like Anywhere.fm but there’s a crucial difference… Read More

  • Brit arrested at gunpoint for deadly Philips MP3 player mistaken for gun

    Attention Police: We’re really getting tired of reminding you about this stuff, bit you should really pay attention this time. MP3 players are not guns. Please quit tasing, arresting, and otherwise antagonizing those of us with them. This is Darren Nixon, and it wasn’t really the police’s fault, as a woman called them suspecting he had a gun. But the cops should have been able… Read More

  • How a lost laptop could cost Best Buy $54 million

    [photopress:raelyn_2.jpg,full,left]This is a tale of poor customer service and aggravated lawsuits and lost laptops, all things we love. Raelyn Campbell is suing Best Buy for $54 million after the electronics lost a laptop she’d brought in for repairs. That seems very high, but Campbell believes that the money she’s asking for isn’t just about the lost laptop but rather for… Read More

  • The PlayStation generation arrives, makes its mark in World Rally Championship

    [photopress:llega.jpg,full,center] Interesting perspective in this article from Spain’s AS sports newspaper today. (I read AS and Marca for La Liga news.) A 22-year-old rally race car driver named Jari Matti Latvala won the 2008 Swedish Rally at the weekend. AS’s headline put it this way: “The PlayStation Generation Arrives.” Almost poetic, which is how AS… Read More

  • Does the $500 million Microsoft/Danger deal hint at a new phone platform coming out of Redmond?

    These Microsoft logo mashups are getting out of hand. Om Malik puts the Om in GigaOM so when he says, “The deal’s big sticker price is intriguing — leading me to believe that Microsoft wants to pull an Xbox on its mobile phone business,” I hit the lever on my office chair that makes it so it stays in the upright position, allowing me to give those words my full attention. Read More

  • Google and Nokia shack up after a few pints

    Looks like Google’s insistent caresses finally broke down Nokia’s defenses. And Google got some. Nokia’s been putting it off for a long time, but I think that Google’s just too much of a stud to refuse at this point. Nokia will be including Google search into a few select phones (the N96, N78, 6210 and 6220) before rolling it out to more. Probably a good idea since… Read More

  • Spore gets September 7 release date

    [photopress:spore.jpg,full,center]When it was first announced like 100 Internet years ago, Spore sounded exciting. A game with a revolutionary new form of AI that evolves as you play it looked to good to be true. And since it hasn’t ever made it to the buying public, many people have mentally relegated it to the vaporware bin. But now we have a launch date of September 7 to look forward… Read More

  • Yahoo's oneConnect: One Mobile App to Rule Them All

    Today at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, Yahoo announced a mobile app called oneConnect that will be available in the second quarter as part of the upcoming release of Yahoo Go 3.0. I have not seen a demo of this myself, but it sounds like a much-needed integration of messaging and social apps. OneConnect will pull together contacts from your mobile phone, Yahoo address book, and… Read More

  • Blom's oblique aerial navigation images: Like Doom for your GPS

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=blom.flv Saw a very cool demo of an upcoming technology by Blom. It’s basically oblique, rendered navigation in three dimensions. The company takes aerial pictures of an area and extrapolates the angles and shadows to make 3D buildings with all the features of the real buildings. It only works on PCs now, but their oblique photography is… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay does that European thing to the IFPI where you flick your two front teeth with your thumb

    The IFPI (basically the worldwide RIAA) must have been riding high when it got Denmark’s Tele2 ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay. However, according to the Pirate Bay blog, traffic is up about 12 percent in Denmark thanks to all the media hoopla surrounding the Tele2 fiasco. From the blog, So what has happened in Denmark now the past days? Actually, the number of visits from Denmark… Read More

  • Mobile Data Now: Google SMS for Businesses

    New Zealand startup Mobile Data Now is placing its bets on SMS, email, and IM as the preferred methods of retrieving information while on the go, at least until tolerable mobile web browsers become more ubiquitous. The company is using the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week to announce a product being described as Google SMS for businesses. With Google SMS, you can send Google a… Read More

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  • Name this SpinVox guy with a block for a head

    SpinVox gave me a doll with a block for a head that I will attempt to photograph in various compromising positions. I’d like the CG audience to name him. There will be no prize, but you can always caption our MWC sailing girls. For some insane reason, SpinVox made hundreds of these little guys and you can go to the website and sent a message and some interns will change the position of… Read More

  • Yahoo is to T-Mobile what Google is to Apple?

    Interesting that Yahoo and T-Mobile are linking up today (here’s the gist of their announcement at 3GSM): Yahoo! has today announced a partnership with T-Mobile to offer Yahoo!’s oneSearch to the operator’s European subscribers. Today’s announcement follows on from a deal in January this year to offer the Yahoo! mobile search tool to T-Mobile’s UK/European customers. Read More

  • Apple releases Aperture 2 with 100 features that should have been there before

    This news is slightly bittersweet for me, since I just switched to Adobe Lightroom last week, mainly due to the unbelievably sluggish performance of Aperture with even my modest library of images. Now, I don’t want to get into the usual debate over whether all of Apple’s “features” — of which there were 300 in Leopard and now 100 in just this one program &mdash… Read More

  • Whuh oh, here comes AOL's Open Mobile Platform

    Hmmm. AOL announced its Open Mobile Platform at the MWC in Barcelona and says it’ll be available this summer. It’ll provide developers “with ready access to the tools and source code they need to build and distribute applications across all major mobile device platforms and operating systems including BREW, Java, Linux, RIM, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.” The parts of… Read More

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