• PatentMonkey: Nokia's Karaoke Ring Tones

    This week Nokia received a patent for more than just mere ringtones, but ringtones that can be modified with a secondary tone, or what they call “compound ring tones“. Oh yes, get all your friends to record singing to your favorite song as a way to know who’s calling. Details after the jump… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Flight Plan Edition

    Razer Upgrades Diamondback To 3G
    Qantas Upgrades Fleet, Now Includes Power and Wi-Fi
    Originally For iPod, iZap Battery Works Wonders On iPhone
    The AudioFile: The iPhone Is Eyeing Your Living Room
    iRiver Siren Digital Photo Frame Read More

  • Originally For iPod, iZap Battery Works Wonders On iPhone

    The iPhone’s battery life is already acceptable, but who wouldn’t want to squeeze even more talk time out of it? (Josh. Nah, he wouldn’t.) Battery specialist Zap’s $80 iZap battery, originally designed for the iPod, works swimmingly with the iPhone, dontcha know. Read More

  • How Much Is A Facebook User Worth? At Least $0.30

    People aren’t wasting any time trying to figure out how to monetize all those thousands of Facebook apps that have sprung up over the last couple of months. At least three advertising experiments have launched – the most promising, by far, is RockYou. fbExchange The first out the door was FBExchange, a copycat of the LinkExchange idea from the nineties. It was created by the… Read More

  • Impact Unlimited Takes The Boring Out Of Trade Shows, Conventions

    If you’ve ever been to a trade show or a convention, you probably noticed that the main way vendors try to get your attention is with giant signs, hot women and swag. These are all things I’m not opposed to, but with everyone doing the same thing, it’s hard to get noticed. Impact Unlimited specializes in giving companies an edge out on the floor using a host of unique… Read More

  • Dear Podtech: I'm Not Your VP Marketing

    So Podtech is apparently unhappy with the post I wrote last evening – What’s Really Going On With Podtech? First Podtech subsequeCEO John Furrier emailed me repeatedly this morning asking for changes, then later Robert Scoble wrote on Twitter that much of my post was incorrect. It may well be incorrect, but it is certainly what I believe to be true after the extensive research I did… Read More

  • iPhone Class Action Lawsuit

    A Cook County, Illinois resident has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T over the iPhone. Jose Trujillo is claiming that Apple and AT&T misled iPhone buyers by not clearly informing them that the iPhone battery was sealed, and could only be professionally replaced. According to the papers: Unknown to the Plaintiff, and undisclosed to the public, prior to purchase… Read More

  • Sony, Sky To Bring On-Demand Video To PSP

    UK PSP owners can look forward to on-demand video coming their way thanks to Sky. Details, the bread and butter of any story, are sort of, well, non-existent at the moment, but we do know that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky have joined forces, creating a company whose whole purpose, whose joie de vivre comes from giving you, o mighty consumer, top notch video. On-demand, no… Read More

  • MediaWhiz Buys Another Ad Startup, AuctionAds

    Performance marketing company MediaWhiz has snatched up eBay affiliate marketing service AuctionAds, which launched back in March. The price was not disclosed. AuctionAds is an advertising widget that serves contextually relevant eBay auctions based on tags supplied by the publisher. MediaWhiz had previously purchased another sensibly named advertising startup, TextLinkAds, last November… Read More

  • Zazzle Rumor: Big Hedge Fund Investment

    Here’s an unconfirmed but well sourced rumor: silicon valley based Zazzle will be closing a second round of financing in the $30 million range, at a $300+ million pre-money valuation. The round is expected to be led by an as-yet-unnamed hedge fund. Kleiner Perkins (which led the company’s $16 million Series A round in 2005, is supposedly also particpating in the round. Look for… Read More

  • Explosion In Mojave Desert Kills Two, Injures Four

    Sad news today as an explosion in the Mojave desert has claimed two lives and injured four others at the site of Richard Branson’s SpaceShipOne project. Engineers there were testing a spaceship motor when a flow of nitrous oxide was ignited, causing a large explosion. Scaled Composites, LLC, is the company that Branson has contracted with to head up the SpaceShipOne project. The six… Read More

  • Buffalo Wi-Fi Gamer Simplifies Online, Wireless Gaming

    Back in the day, I used to write about a lot of Buffalo gadgets that tended to be Japan-only. The Wi-Fi Gamer, however, will appear on our shores sometime in August. It’s a gaming-centric router-like device that tries to address a problem gamers no doubt have encountered: connecting to a Wi-Fi access point with a game console can be a royal pain in the behind. (I hope that last… Read More

  • Gears Of War Get Action Figured

    Many of you probably played with GI Joes and Transformers and whatever popular action figures were out at the time, so you’ll understand my dismay at the lack of quality action figures out in the market at the moment. They’re cheapo, lack the pizzazz of yesteryear or they’re just flat out too complicated to play with. The new Transformers are notorious for that. But a new wave… Read More

  • Wikia Acquires Distributed Web Crawler Grub

    Wikia has acquired the distributed web crawling engine Grub from Looksmart. Grub utlizes spare computing cycles on users’ computers to index the web, a similar concept to that used by SETI@home in the search for extraterrestrial life. Grub originally started in 2000 and was purchased in 2003 by LookSmart. Grub was shut in 2005 following some minor controversy over the closed source code… Read More

  • Razer Upgrades Diamondback To 3G

    Precision mousing for gamers just got a whole lot better thanks to Razer. The Diamondback has been updated with Razer’s third-generation IR sensor that uses five blades instead of four and it’s now ensconced in a new non-slip condom material that allows better response time because of its much improved tactile feel. Read More

  • Qantas Upgrades Fleet, Now Includes Power and Wi-Fi

    If the domestic U.S. airlines were as forward thinking as Qantas, we’d be so much better off. At least the geeks would be. Sure you can use SeatGuru to find out which seats have outlets or pull out your Maglite just to check, but wouldn’t it be easier if every seat in every class had power and Wi-Fi? Read More

  • EA Eats Crow, Says It Miscalculated Wii Popularity

    Yes, it’s always been fashionable to bash Electronic Arts, even before the whole “EA Spouse” thing rocked the Internet a few summers ago. But you need to respect a company when it admits to its mistakes, as EA did at its investors meeting yesterday. Its CEO said the company backed the “wrong horse” when it allocated most of its resources to support the PS3 and… Read More

  • SMS, She Is Dying

    Research firm Gartner is predicting that SMS will become obsolete or at the very least become insignificant by 2010. Duh. The report may only apply in Australia, but it isn’t very hard to see the correlation here in the U.S. Mobile e-mail is becoming more prevalent every day with Joe Shmoe picking up a BlackBerry or some other smartphone with e-mail capabilities. You may be led to… Read More

  • Profile Builder Launches Tonight At TechCrunch Meetup

    At tonight’s ninth TechCrunch meet-up, identity management service Profile Builder is launching and demoing their product on Profil.es. Profile Builder’s solution tackles the fragmentation of our online identity caused by the increasing number of services vying for our attention. With Profile Builder, you can create one profile to link together all of your bits of online identity… Read More

  • iRiver Siren Digital Photo Frame

    I was at Josh’s house the other day and noticed, quietly, that he has one of those digital photo frames. I mean, he’s cool to begin with, but now I know he’s, like, Fonzie cool. So now I look at iRiver’s new Siren digital photo frame with “Be Like Mike Josh” on my mind. Its 5.6-inch QVGA display, encased in old person-friendly mahogany, should do the trick… Read More

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