• Phillips jumping into touchscreen phone race

    Looks like Phillips is looking to get a piece of the touchscreen phone action with the X800, says Chinese site CCID. Based on the pictures they’ve obtained it looks like the UI is a mishmash of Sony’s PSP/PS3/whatever else and Samsung’s Croix interface. Details are very scant with this one, but one picture suggests it will launch in Hong Kong under Vodafone. Read More

  • BT making a comeback in the mobile services world, makes me LMAO

    I find it quite laughable that BT is making its return to the mobile market with a “BlackBerry-style smart-phone” considering that device is the HTC Dash, which is a dinosaur here in the States. The service itself dubbed Total Broadband Anywhere seems akin to T-Mobile’s HotSpot@Home service. Actually, it is the same thing. The other device being rolled out with BT’s… Read More

  • External HDD coming for PS3 from Sony?

    Sony seems to be uncomfortable with the current HDD configuration of the PS3 or so it seems according to David Reeves, the SCEE head honcho. They did reduce the price of the PS3 by switching to a smaller capacity hard drive, but I don’t see anyone wanting to buy varying options from Sony if it were an option. I’ll gladly use one of my existing portables or buy a cheap 2.5-inch SATA… Read More

  • Wits and Wagers now on XBLA… plus a contest

    Have you every played Wits and Wagers? It’s basically a trivia game that involves betting. You’re asked a question and you write down an answer (all of them are numerical). You then place it on a board and bet on the answer you think is closest to the truth — even if its not yours. It’s kind of like poker… with trivia.
    That said, the game is coming to XBox Live… Read More

  • Rockstar releasing GTA IV patch for PS3 sometime today

    Soon after GTA IV launched it was rather apparent that all the bugs weren’t squashed for the PS3 and the only solution Rockstar could muster up was to re-install. Sometime today, if it hasn’t already happened, Sony and Rockstar will release a patch to help alleviate the stress being put on the servers. “reducing the loads on the servers at GameSpy and hopefully the… Read More

  • Pioneer drops a pair of high-end Blu-ray decks

    Pioneer’s launching more fun stuff today, including a pair of Blu-ray players for its home theater line. The Elite BDP-05FD and Pioneer BDP-51FD are both next-gen players with features that look great on paper, including HDMI 1.3, dedicated video and audio processors, and 1080p upconverting of regular DVDs. I have a 720p upconverting Pioneer player and it actually looks quite good. The… Read More

  • Pioneer's "absolute black" feature sounds sinister but effective

    The new KURO line of TVs from Pioneer have one thing in mind: blackness. I’m okay with that. They say that the new line of KUROs has blacks several times deeper than the last line, though at this point I start wondering whether we’re getting diminishing returns; one can only see so much black. I think it’s a “see for yourself” kind of thing, and I look forward to it. Read More

  • Twitter Starts Blacklisting Spammers

    You know you’ve made it as a communications medium when you start attracting spammers. On Twitter, the problem is getting bad enough that the service is starting to blacklist people who spam other members. There is already an unofficial site called The Twitter Blacklist that lists 329 known spammers on the service (see screen shot below). That has nothing to do with Twitter officially… Read More

  • T-Mo Europe launching the Diamond as the MDA Compact IV

    Everyone’s favorite classy phone is being redubbed as the MDA Compact IV and sold in Europe — it will come free with certain plans, just like we like it.
    Sadly they’re dropping the Diamond name and there is no mention of U.S. availability. Check out our recent HTC coverage here for full details on the diamond. Read More

  • Concept CD/MP3 DJ kit seems far from wikka-wikka-whack

    This concept device from Continuum is a dual MP3/CD player with tactile turntables and a full complement of DJ tweaks. While it’s not — and will probably never be — available, it’s a cool marriage of the mechanical and the electronic in a package about as big as your old boombox. However, if you’re looking for something that exists and is available now I just… Read More

  • Interview with the creator of an R2D2 impostor

    Don’t let the glossy outer shell and blue markings fool you — this is not the droid you’re looking for. In fact, it is a meticulously designed copy of R2D2 created by Chris James and is radio controlled and can play back R2D2 sound bites and hum the Star Wars theme. It cannot, however, save you in the event of a rebel attack. Sadly, this model is remote controlled and… Read More

  • Fora.TV Squeezes Another $2 Million Out of Hearst and Adobe, But Still Comes Up Short

    Web video for intellectuals is a hard sell. The videos on Fora.TV come from speeches given by intellectuals and business people. It competes with Big Think, which has a slightly different format. Will Hearst and Adobe Ventures believe in it enough to put another $2 million into Fora.TV, along with some other unnamed investors. Together, with the $2 million in seed capital they invested… Read More

  • Pope Will Text Message to Reach the Youth

    Pope Benedict XVI will text message thousands of young Catholics this July during World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney, Australia. It is hoped this will help the pontiff communicate better with a younger audience. It is estimated that 225,000 young Catholics will attend the World Youth Day that starts on July 15 and continues for six days. The Pope will send daily inspirational messages during the… Read More

  • Help stop Uwe Boll, get a pack of Stride gum

    I don’t see what the problem is with German director Uwe Boll, but it probably has something to do with the fact that I haven’t seen one of his movies. Apparently everyone hates him and thinks he should stop making movies based on video games. He’s even gone as far as proclaiming that he would stop making movies if 1 million people signed a petition. Fair enough. Well… Read More

  • Why are Xbox 360 HDDs so damn expensive?

    I’ve always wondered why the HDD for the Xbox 360 was so expensive and just assumed it was a proprietary matter because Microsoft likes to do that sort of thing, but I never bothered to look into it. My Elite has 120GB so I don’t ever need a new one. Anyway, MTV’s Patrick Klepek really wanted to know why a 120GB drive is $180, so he called up iSuppli and this is what he found. Read More

  • Xobni Acquires IP From Failed Web 1.0 Startup FireDrop

    This is an interesting story in light of the discussion yesterday about the fate of the intellectual property of failed startups. Email startup Xobni, which recently turned down a $20 million acquisition offer from Microsoft, says they have acquired the key patents around a product called Zaplets which originally launched in 2000. Zaplets was an email product that put synchronized… Read More

  • Clearwire and Sprint Nextel to Create New Company

    Clearwire and Sprint Nextel announced today that the two companies will collaborate to create a new telecommunications company with assets starting at $14.55 billion. The venture is to be called Clearwire and will receive a $3.2 billion investment from Intel, Google, Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. Sprint Nextel will control 51% of shares in the new company. Existing… Read More

  • Pioneer expanding KURO into projectors

    Pioneer announced this morning that they will be expanding their KURO initiative into projectors. The Elite KURO projector will be full HD (1080p) and features a wide lens shift capacity and support for HDMI 1.3. Only serious home theater buffs need apply next month since the projector will go for $9,000. Read More

  • Brando hanging Bluetooth headset and stylus: Like a marriage of fish, bicycle

    For those who find it difficult to separate their “writing on a screen time” from their “talking to humans” time, Brando has a $30 Bluetooth stylus that doubles as a phone headset. That’s right: you can tap away on whatever you use that still uses a touch screen while talking. Clearly whether to pull your stylus out of your device or buy a smaller headset is… Read More

  • Rumor: 3G iPhone expected to launch sooner rather than later

    Rumors have been swirling about the launch date of the 3G iPhone since yesterday and I wanted to give it some time to settle down before posting. As he did last year, BGR has his hands on an internal memo to AT&T employees forbidding them to take vacation or PL between June 15 and July 12 (my birthday in case anyone wants to know). This is leading everyone to believe that the iPhone could… Read More

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