• Marketers Realizing That Second Life Ain't Worth the Trouble

    Yeah… not exactly high-end shoppers Second Life may be headed toward a virtual market crash. Marketers and traditional retailers like the Aloft hotel chain are finding out that SL users don’t necessarily translate to real world customers. (Tell us something we didn’t know.) They’re also finding out that when SL users buy items for use in the online world… Read More

  • Healthline Gets $21 Million and Some New Friends

    Healthline has dipped it’s hand into a $21 million series B financing led by GE/NBC Universal’s Peacock Equity Fund, a joint venture between GE Commercial Finance’s Media, Communications and Entertainment business and NBC Universal. This is on top of their $14 million round last January. The round also includes smaller investments from Aetna Ventures, LLC, Kaiser… Read More

  • ION Audio Releases Two Snazzy Turntables

    iTTUSB05 If you’re not of the old guard of turntable enthusiasts and enjoy the atrocities of USB-powered turntables then ION has what you’re looking for. After all, vinyl has superior sound quality (if you’re into old and scratchy) and with these two, new models you can rip your favorites to MP3, so you can tote them around town. The iTTUSB05 and iTTUSB10 each come with EZ… Read More

  • Intel Goes Extreme!

    Laptop gamers are in for a real treat with the announcement of the Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile dual-core processor. Both cores will run at 2.6GHz while sporting energy-efficient features for both consumers and manufacturers. It also runs 28-percent more efficiently than previous mobile processors. And for the ultra-geek, the bus-ratio locks have been removed so you can unleash the beast… Read More

  • 68 iPhone Bugs That You Can Try at Home

    Who wants fully reproducible (à la the scientific method) iPhone bugs? Who wants 68 of them? The bugs range from the serious to the “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” None of them are deal breakers by any means, but it’s good to see people sniffing around the infallible iPhone looking for trouble. Besides, if Apple isn’t aware of the bugs, how can it… Read More

  • Billeo Bar for Paying Your Bills Online

    Paying your bills online has grown in popularity. It cuts out the delays and frustrations of mail and about three quarters of US households are doing it. Billeo is officially releasing to their bill pay toolbar to make managing these payments and even online shopping a little easier. The toolbar (IE, Firefox) stores your payment credentials, payment receipts, and reminds you when bills are… Read More

  • Judge Foils RIAA Scheme to Identify Select College Students

    Another setback for the RIAA, another win for the Slashdot crowd. A federal judge ruled that the music industry racket cannot demand discovery ex parte while determining the identity of “music thieves” at the College of William and Mary. This is partly because the judge felt the RIAA was citing the wrong law in its suit. In English that means the RIAA isn’t entitled to… Read More

  • FlickIM: Bored Startup Makes Awesome IM for the iPhone

    One of the first things stealth social internet startup Next3 did with their $1.6 million in financing was to buy every employee an iPhone. It made them painfully aware of the poor state of iPhone apps, particularly IM. So naturally, being hackers, they threw together their own in a week, dubbed FlickIM. FlickIM is an AIM only chat program for iPhone’s Safari browser. It lets you log in… Read More

  • Boom Goes the Dynamite: Gadgetbeach.tv

    Larry King, Chris Matthews, Wolf Blitzer, Jim Lehrer, Geraldo Rivera — when you think of hard-hitting news from trustworthy sources, these might be some of the names that come to mind (except Geraldo). Well get ready to add one more name to that list: Jessica. That’s right, she only needs one name. And who needs a last name when you’re ready to shake up the state of… Read More

  • Canadians Can Help You Upgrade To Vista, Eh

    Despite what others might say, over the weekend I broke down and upgraded to Windows Vista Ultimate. I hit a couple driver-related snags, but was able to recover no problem. However, while I’ve been testing systems for months now with the OS on it and I know my way around Vista, I was dreading the upgrade. That got me thinking: What would my dad do (who’s pretty tech savvy, but a… Read More

  • DisplayLink + LG, Sending Video Signals Over USB Like It's Going Out of Style

    Sending video monitor signals over USB? No, you’re not dreaming an unattainable dream, but looking at pics of the first monitor here in the U.S. that works over a USB cable. Powered by DisplayLink’s DL-160 chip, the Vista-certified LG L206WU works by connecting to any PC’s USB port. System side software sends the video to the display where the DisplayLink chip does all… Read More

  • Unreal Tournament III Is Hot For PS3

    Sony sure is doing its best to make me eat my words lately. Announced at E3 was the exclusive rights Sony has on Unreal Tournament III until 2008. Microsoft can’t make any claims to the game until then and that’s big shock. It gets even more tantalizing because you’ll be able to run user-generated content from the PC version on the PS3 like maps, skins and other mods. It… Read More

  • iPhone Battery Woes Continue, Status Icon Not Working Correctly

    More iPhone battery woes for your daily “iPhoNe SuxX” fix. It seems that the battery status indicator doesn’t accurately report how much juice the battery actually has left. For this people are calling for Jobs’ head. In fairness to Apple, the problem is just a software one, one that will be fixed in an upcoming software update. Just don’t ask when to look for… Read More

  • GetLeaflets: Must-Have iPhone App

    Mike Davidson, the CEO of Newsvine, and I were comparing iPhone stories over dinner and drinks tonight in Seattle. He showed me a beta version of GetLeaflets, a site launching today, and I was hooked. Just direct your iPhone browser to getleaflets.com and you’ll see a menu of icons very similar to the iPhone main menu. The site contains a directory of services: search, flickr, New… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Design That Didn't Make It, Seen for the First Time

    As Vince pointed out, the Xbox 360 is nearly two years old. That does not, however, negate my interest in looking at unreleased, official prototypes designed by the same team that designed the system proper. Like the GameCube before it, this rejected prototype has a snazzy handle, which would have made transporting to and fro’ all the more easy. (Did people actually lug their… Read More

  • Hand Gestures Eliminate TV Remote Control

    Australian engineers Dr. Prashan Premaratne and Quang Nguyen have created a controller with a built-in camera that recognizes simple hand gestures to turn the TV on or off and to change channels. It can also be used with eight different ‘gadgets’ around your home or wherever it is you choose to use it with (your children, perhaps). The two Aussies hope to have their wonderbox on… Read More

  • Oots Oots: Ministry of Sound MP085 DAP Announced

    Though the company is no stranger to the digital audio player market, I wouldn’t exactly expect Ministry of Sound’s latest MP3 player to be a smash hit. With a great name like MOSMP085, you can bet the clubbers are dying to rush out and buy one. The player features either 1GB or 2GB of storage and can playback MP3/WAV/WMA files and supports ID3 tags. You can also view pictures of… Read More

  • Gran Turismo 5 Trailer

    Very few video games hold my interest except for Tetris, Moto GP 3 and whatever FIFA game I have for my PS2. It’s no secret that I loathe the PS3 and I make it known if anyone asks my opinion on it or even if they don’t ask. It’s a terrible console, but it may have piqued my interest if for only 2 seconds. I’ve been a hardcore Gran Turismo fan since Day 1. I… Read More

  • Microsoft Zune DRM Cracked

    Perhaps you’ve heard of FairUse4WM and how it cracks Windows Media DRM restrictions? Up until recently, it was unsuccessful at stripping DRM from songs bought from the Zune Marketplace. Now with updated version 1.3, users are confirming that it will indeed remove the pesky rights management that comes with that low-quality song you paid a buck or 3943048 “points” for. Problem… Read More

  • Pretty Much The Greatest Application Ever

    I really don’t care how long this program has been around for, I just know it’s jawsome. Mr. T1 is a cross-platform application (yes, that means OS X, Windows, and ‘Nix) that is constantly monitoring your Internet connection. If and when you hit T1 speeds (1.5mbps), a random sound byte of Mr. T is triggered. Those of you with slower speeds will find that Mr. T1 also… Read More

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