• Google reports holiday iPhone traffic-splosion

    ‘Twas the season for giving iPhones, apparently. Around Christmas, there was a surge in iPhone Google traffic that briefly put the device above all others, despite only having a 2% market share. Whether this was due to sons and daughters flexing their new Safari muscles, or to bored father-in-laws everywhere surreptitiously googling at the dinner table, I think we’ll never know. Read More

  • NBA 2 Go: Get Charged For What's Already On The Web

    The NBA has released a new subscription based mobile downloadable application, NBA 2 Go, for tracking teams and games right on your phone. The application is powered by Hands On Mobile. While the NBA already has a mobile site that provides live scoring, stats, and photos. However, the new application gives you a bit more content and customization that you get from their mobile site. But all… Read More

  • Apple's '08 Keynote leaked? Highly doubtful but check it out

    Looks like someone has gone to a lot of trouble to create a keynote outline and pass it off as real. Our take? Fakity Fake. There’s no mention of the MacBook “Air” and I feel like some of the features and hardware upgrades don’t jive, but what do I know? Click below or view the rest of this post to get the raw data and decide for yourself.

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  • Drobo gets a playmate

    Drobo, our favorite storage robot, now has a sidekick, the DroboShare. Couldn’t you have come up with a fancier name then that? Well, whatever. If you have a Drobo and need to share that content with others in your LAN then the DroboShare is the ideal accruement. It works with all operating systems including Home Media Centers and is the first NAS to support all major file systems, such… Read More

  • Microsoft re-releases Bluetooth mouse, now with more Apple

    Not sure if this is cynical ploy to convince Mac users to buy MS mice or just a bit of marketing pre-MacWorld, but I’m happy to report that Microsoft’s Notebook Mouse is now the Notebook Mouse for Mac. It’s basically the same Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 laser mouse they launched last year but this one comes in a sexy Mac-esque package. The white and silver design… Read More

  • iPhoneCam – use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi webcam

    I can’t decide whether this is useful or not. First, it must be said, it’s cool. Everyone wanted video chat with the iPhone despite the orientation of its camera, and some mirror-based products have addressed that problem. They’ve made this app so that there’s no configuration necessary, it’ll show right up in iChat or Skype. The question is whether iPhone owners… Read More

  • Fake Apple Keynote "Leaked" on Wikipedia

    What is Macworld without rampant speculation? This year, though, someone is going the extra mile and is using Wikipedia to spread what looks to be a fake outline for the Stevenote tomorrow. Many blogs and media are biting (see here and here), including people who should know better (Steve Rubel). At first glance, the notes seem plausible. Nothing too earth-shattering: a thin new MacBook, a… Read More

  • Rumor: Canon 5D Mark II at PMA?

    Some slightly shady sources have suggested that Canon will be rolling out the 5D Mark II soon, possibly at the PMA convention in a couple weeks. If only I could have stayed in Vegas! AVN then PMA! There’s nothing solid, but some unnamed Canon reps seem to think we’ll be getting a couple surprises at the show, which hopefully will include the long-awaited update to their… Read More

  • MacWorld 2008: Anticipation

    http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php?option=com_altcaster&task=altcastreminder&altcast_code=3b373b293e Alright, Macbois, get your Mac hats out and fire up your Duos because this is going to be a red hot one. What will it be? The Air? The WiBook? The ZunePod? We don’t know and neither does anyone else. But all we know is that Hickey and Peter Ha will be in place tomorrow at… Read More

  • CinematicTitanic = MST3K++

    Joel Hodgson and the rest of the MST3K crew are back and it looks like they’re better than ever. They’ve started a new movie-make-funning-of troupe called CinematicTitanic and they’re selling DVDs — and will soon sell downloads — of their episodes for about $15. I just picked up the first DVD, the The Oozing Brain and I look forward to laughing until I wet… Read More

  • Music industry finds new trophy wife in Amazon.com

    The music industry looks to be shifting its eggs, many or all, into the Amazon.com/Justin Timberlake basket. During the Super Bowl four years ago, Pepsi and iTunes teamed up to give away 100 million songs fueled by Green Day’s rendition of “I Fought The Law.” For this year’s Super Bowl, Pepsi and Amazon.com will be giving away one billion songs, fueled by whatever… Read More

  • Hey ChaCha, I Don't Like SMS Spam

    Twelve days ago ChaCha, a controversial search engine that uses humans to answer search queries, rolled out a mobile version of the service. Ask it anything via text message, and they’ll send you an answer in a few minutes. I tried the service once to test it, and haven’t used it since. But today I received a text message from them saying “Ever wish you could actually… Read More

  • Attn SimulScribe: Don't do crack, it's a ghetto drug

    SimulScribe, a provider of voicemail-to-text services, must be smoking the nasty because they just put out a press release that sounds like something out of a “Poor PR Tactics 101.” It seems Paul Giamatti got into an accident in a cab. He was standing next to a SimulScribe advertisement, looking sad. Then SimulScribe decided to give him and his family and the taxi driver whose cab… Read More

  • University students banned from Google and Wikipedia

    A lecturer from the University of Brighton has banned her students from researching their essays on Google and Wikipedia, dubbing the phenomenon ‘The University of Google’. Speaking to the Brighton Argus newspaper Professor Tara Brabazon said thousands of students across the country, including those at the universities of Brighton and Sussex, were churning out banal and mediocre… Read More

  • China Mobile wants nothing to do with iPhone

    iPhone? Not iPhone? China Mobile was all like “No thanks, Apple” in talks about bringing the Apple iPhone to China. No reason was given for the break in negotiations but Bloomberg suspects it was the 20 to 30 percent of data fees Apple asks for each iPhone subscription. This does not rule out “further cooperation” but who really cares? China has plenty if iPhone… Read More

  • Amazon And Pepsi To Offer Free Music

    Amazon.com and Pepsi have teamed up for a new free music cross promotion that will see Pepsi drinkers earn free music with Pepsi purchases. “Pepsi Stuff” is billed as a “massive collect-and-get program” where “consumers can download the most DRM-free MP3 music available anywhere.” In layman’s terms, drink lots of Pepsi, get DRM free music for free… Read More

  • A charming new Skype scam

    I hate it when people call or chat with me on Skype randomly. I know some people use this opportunity to share stories of their native lands and to brush up on their English, but I use it as opportunity to share pictures of the Lemon Party (don’t search for it. Trust me.) This, however, is a wonderful new method of getting attention by spamming thousands of accounts with fake spyware… Read More

  • Gigya Unveils Monetization Strategy: Distribution of Branded Widgets

    Widget distribution company Gigya has publicly launched a distribution service for branded widgets, a premium service for advertisers that complements WildFire, its free service for the distribution of non-branded widgets. As <a href="we described last April, WildFire helps to distribute widgets across the web by making it easy for users to install them on their social network profiles… Read More

  • Vista SP1 Release Candidate gets updated

    Another version of Vista’s Service Pack 1 is available today and, although it’s not the actual finished service pack, it apparently fixes “a number of bugs that testers encountered in previous prerelease versions of SP1.” It’s called “SP1 RC Refresh” and to get it to work, you’ll have to uninstall any previous service pack release candidates and… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #290

    Speculation about why Brief 289 ended so abruptly is worthy of a contest. I’m giving away something from my gadget closet to the most creative commenter on that episode. Sean Carruthers from The Lab with Leo Laporte and Lab Rats helped me out with some CES coverage. In Brief 290, he showed us a new iOmega Ego Drive, the Powermid, a Bluetooth headset for motor cycle helmets and the… Read More

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