• The AudioFile: Can Apple Afford to Slacker?


    Radio gives you two important things: It keeps you from getting in a musical rut, and you don’t have to make any decisions about what to listen to next. Now that customizable Internet radio services like Last.fm and Slacker are all the rage, the time has never been better for Apple to let iPod users get a piece of the action. I smell an iPod + Slacker partnership now that Apple got… Read More

  • T-Mobile Keeps Spinning

    Thursday Team T-Mobile announced that its sponsor Deutsche Telekom had decided to continue to sponsor the team, despite a few problems during this year’s Tour De France – notably the doping cases. As part of the deal there will certainly be a few different faces on the T-Mobile team. T-Mobile said it had agreed with riders and management, and would contribute a portion of salary… Read More

  • Mobile Linux Group Expects Success in '08

    We’ve been following the happenings of the Mobile Linux Group closely, and it might not be long before we see some results. The six founding members of the LiMo Foundation, which includes Motorola, NEC, NTT, Docomo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone have conducted a recruiting drive that would put most college fraternities to shame. They’re brought over Aplix… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Acquires Ramcell

    Verizon Wireless has acquired rural mobile carrier Ramcell, which operates in Kentucky and Oregon using the TDMA standard,, the company announced yesterday. Subscribers and networks will be converted to CDMA by Verizon, while the networks will be upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A. This acquisition includes the Ramcell spectrum license, and covers about 300,000 people in the Clay and Madison… Read More

  • VOIP Startup Fring Raises $12 Million Series B

    Israeli-based VOIP start-up Fring has closed an estimated $12 million second round, led by US VC fund North Bridge Venture Partners. VenFin and previous investors Pitango, Veritas and Yossi Vardi also participated. If the investment estimate is accurate, it would be one of the larger rounds for a VOIP company. Fring is a mobile application for Windows and Symbian phones that uses VOIP to… Read More

  • Shocking News: People Hate Mobile Ads!

    According to a new GfK NOP survey commissioned by Pontis there is a deep level of dissatisfaction amongst the public with the way that mobile service providers are marketing their voice and data services. 64 percent of people who viewed mobile ads reported being annoyed, and 70 percent consider the marketing offers not to be relevant at how. What is really surprising is that a full 11… Read More

  • Artificial Life Launches 3G Poker Game, Signs Deal with Pocketnet


    Hong Kong based Artificial Life, a provider of mobile 3G games and applications, announced that it is all in. The company will release its first 3G Texas Hold’em poker gamer in the fourth quarter of this year, and will support most of the recent 3G handsets as well as many 2.5G mobile handsets. The 3G version will support single player and multi-player versions, where players can… Read More

  • U.K. Broadcasts Tune In to Mobile

    The major broadcasters in the U.K. are in the process of prepping their mobile portals, as a result of mobile operators offering flat-rate data tariffs. Thus the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV are all starting to ramp up their mobile strategies. Channel 4 hired former MTV executive Ben Lister to head its mobile business development, and ITV is also planning to develop new portals around specific… Read More

  • WSJ: Smart Phone Game is Smart Move for Game Publishers

    Smart-phone makers are facilitating new games by making it easier for content developers to refigure old games, while also creating new ones for the devices reports the Wall Street Journal Online. And it is good business sense to publish for the smart phones, especially given that the platforms have bigger screens and more memory to take advantage of the game technology. These devices may… Read More

  • Discovery Networks Launches Mobile-Only Content

    U.K. mobile subscribers on either Vodafone or Orange UK will soon be able to watch mobile-only content from Discovery Turbo and Animal Planet. Each of these Discovery Network channels is making available exclusive made-for-mobile content as part of part of the Sky Mobile package. These launches are part of the re-branding of Discovery Network’s factual and lifestyle mobile TV… Read More

  • Mobile Game Goes Massively Multiplayer

    Fighting a war in deep space is challenging enough without having a lot of competition. But sometimes a little – or in this case a lot – of competition can really make for a more engaging experience. That’s the hope with Space Wars, a new ad-supported massively multiplayer mobile game from Cellufun. This free mobile Internet game lets players battle for control of the galaxy… Read More

  • Polyphonic Ringtones RIP

    Music Media Watch has reported that the polyphonic ringtone is dead. While we didn’t even know it was sick, we felt we need to say a few words: The polyphonic ringtone had a good life. It allowed countless mobile phone users the ability to annoy fellow co-workers, movie patrons and just about anyone else that was around when the overly used Mozart tune, theme from Rocky or other… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Desert Mirages Edition

    The Neon Graveyard
    German-Engineered Backpack-Mounted Laser Cleaner Sounds Really Safe
    Boynq Alibi, Batteries Not Included Ring A Bell?
    Piss-Screen = Gaming Through Pissing
    Poisonous Frog-Inspired PC Mod Is Best Of The Bunch Read More

  • Google, Microsoft Storage News Falls Flat

    http://images.soapbox.msn.com/flash/soapbox1_1.swf Lots of storage news today from the big guys. Microsoft launched its Live.com online storage solution, called SkyDrive (predicted earlier this week after a Japanese press conference). And Google announced for-pay overflow storage on Gmail and Picasa. Both fell flat. Microsoft Live SkyDrive SkyDrive, which is demo’d in the video above, has… Read More

  • MyLiveSearch Misses Launch Date, But The New Logo Is Top Notch

    Some of you may remember our ridicule of the unlaunched Australian search engine MyLiveSearch back in May after a glowing but research-free Australian newspaper article about them. Being unlaunched is fine, but suggesting that Google is worried about them is a little over the top to say the least. Dubbing itself the “world’s first live search engine” it promises to show us… Read More

  • Universal Music To Test DRM-Free Downloads

    Universal Music Group will sell DRM-free music until January to test consumer demand for being able to do as we please with music that we legitimately purchase. The test tracks will be offered through many major music services with the notable exception of iTunes. Read More

  • MediaWhiz Latest Ad Network For Sale?

    MediaWhiz, a holding company for a number of advertising networks, may be shopping itself to private equity firms. We are hearing that they are looking for $400- $450 million, which is 2.5 – 3 times estimated 2007 revenues. MediaWhiz owns a number of ad networks, including two that are long time sponsors of this site (Text Link Ads and Auction Ads). Both were recently acquired by… Read More

  • Behind the Curtain: The Sordid World of Tech Trade Shows

    It’s very rare for us tech journalists/drunks to get a chance to let you, the reading public, get a glance behind the curtain to see the surfeit of riches we feast upon nightly. Case in point: every year, at all the big shows (CES, CTIA, all the huge shows where that tech folks love) two companies, Pepcom and Showstoppers, hold little sideshows where some of the exhibitors come to… Read More

  • Gaming Seat 'Best Car Game Accessory Ever Made'

    Racing fans in the UK should be pleased to hear that “the best car game accessory ever made” is now available for £239 ($477.05). The seat is made of “fully adjustable oval piping steel construction” and is compatible with all major gaming systems, including PCs. It does NOT include a steering wheel or pedals. You supply those yourself. This here’s just an… Read More

  • Nigerian Scammer and Spammer in the Slammer

    Dear Friend, Please this is important and very urgent i have an urgent transaction of US$20.6 million, used to transfer to your nominated account,I am Mr Abubaker Yaro. The Auditor, with Accounting Department of the BANQUE ATLANTIQUE-OUAGADOUGO BURKINA FASO. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited… Read More

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