• Vonage, Safe for Now, Needs Your Help


    Har dee har har It is rare for us to be nice to astroturfing efforts by major corporations, but as a happy Vonage user for a number of years, I’ll bite. Vonage was just granted a stay just as things looked bleak and can stay in business.The company, needless to say, is angry. They’re expressing that anger through a new site, FreeToCompete, which they’re using as a first step… Read More

  • AT&T Launches ExpressCard, USB AirCard, Road Warriors Tickled Pink

    AT&T/Cingular customers received a bundle of good news this morning with the introduction of the Option GT Max 3.6 Express and the much anticipated Sierra Wireless 875U USB AirCard for the 3G network. So, road warriors on the orange thingy network with empty ExpressCard slots can now do their business anywhere. AT&T currently offers no Mac support for the GT Max 3.6 or 875U, but… Read More

  • Scribd Rocking Along, Rumored Financing

    It looks like Y Combinator funded Scribd, a “YouTube for documents” is close to closing its first round of financing, possibly from Redpoint Ventures. Om says this is done; our sources say it will close next week. The rumored valuation of more than $10 million is very high, although the current trend is for entrepreneurs to take big money when it’s offered. We’ve… Read More

  • AKG K 701 Hands On: Sickest Headphones Ever


    Audiophile purists still harbor skepticism about headphones, despite the existence of some pretty amazing sets of cans. The AKG K 701 will convince nearly anyone that high-end headphones have truly arrived in terms of sound quality and transparency. Then there’s the luxurious comfort and nice included extras — not to mention a competitive price ($450) for this type of headphone. Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen BeoLab9 Loudspeakers: Marketed So Fancily, You'd Hardly Know They're Speakers

    These crazy looking things are the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab9 loudspeakers. Now, when you go to B&F’s Web site, you’ll notice that the copy reads like the speakers are some sort of United Nations program to save the world from certain doom. But they’re not. They’re just unique looking speakers. Yes, they have all the goodies to ensure they sound wonderful, but… Read More

  • Chirp, Chirp! Cricket Offers New Pay By Week Plan

    Looking for pay-as-you-go cellphone plan but none are all too appealing to you? Take a gander at Cricket wireless’ new weekly plan. Pay $18 a week and you’ll be given unlimited local and long distance calling privileges, which is not too shabby if you’re a big talker. In addition to the unlimited calling, you’ll also receive the ability to text and picture message as… Read More

  • LG Develops Black Magic DMB Phone

    Those crazy mobile manufacturers from SK have done it again. LG has announced that they’ve been developing a handset that will appeal to users’ senses of hearing, sight and touch through T-DMB. Sounds like black magic to me. Watching TV on your handset will be more interactive and you’ll feel like you’re really in the show or movie you’re watching. LG spokesman… Read More

  • Wii Availability Revisited

    Since the release of the Wii, it’s been near-impossible to find one at a local or online retailer. Now during the first month or three of a console launch, that’s understandable. But it’s almost May and it’s still hard as hell to find a Nintendo Wii in a store. Why is this? Shouldn’t Nintendo have bumped up production? Freakonomics has a nice article which… Read More

  • Buffalo Drops VoIP Speakerphone

    Buffalo’s latest VoIP speakerphone appeals to both business folks and your average chum. The BSKP-CU202/SV (could it get any longer?) has built in echo- and noise-canceling circuitry that should put any qualms about VoIP to rest. What’s even better is that you don’t need any drivers and it only needs to be plugged into a USB port and you’re ready to go. It’s just… Read More

  • Samsung Launches Symbian OS Smartphone

    Samsung announced a new Symbian OS smartphone, the SGH-i400, today at the S60 summit in Madrid, Spain. Whoa, wait a minute. A smartphone that’s both slim and stylish? No way! The i400 is exactly that because it’s equipped with S60 which offers an all-embracing language support system, enhanced downloadable applications, and multitasking features to boot. Read More

  • Breaking News: Japanese Scientists Set Internet Speed Record

    A group of Japanese researchers in the Internet2 consortium have set a new record for sending data over the Internet getting it up to a rate of 9.08Gbps with the help of tweaked-out protocols. PRON fans were eagerly awaiting the news outside and the cheers could be heard from miles away. The previous record of 7.67Gbps was set in December of last year. The data was sent across a… Read More

  • 80GB PS3 Is For Real, Dare We Say In the Wild?

    Lay the rumors to rest, as the truth has now been revealed! Here is a spy-shot of an 80GB Playstation 3 “in the wild” as they say. Before you go calling Photoshop and all that jazz, readers should note that the box contains a new model number for the device: 98004. With the 20GB PS3 laid to rest and the 60GB PS3 as the only lone version available currently, it makes sense for Sony… Read More

  • Voco Alarm Clock: Wake Up to the Sounds of a Charming Englishman

    Alarm clocks — save for Clocky — are generally annoying, boring things. Granted, this Voco clock isn’t exactly as thrilling as front row seats to The Police, but it does have an urbane English comedian telling you to wake up. Every 12 hours, you’ll hear Stephen Fry (of V For Vendetta fame) telling you to wake up with clever little Britishisms: “I’m so sorry… Read More

  • Apple Wants YOU To Be An iPhone Tech Support Rep.

    Starting next month, Apple will begin to train an army of representatives to handle the influx of tech support calls related to the iPhone. If you’re need of a job, then perhaps you should consider inquiring about Apple’s recent job posting that’s seeking a Senior iPhone Support Representative. What will your newfound position’s duties include? Well aside from… Read More

  • Verizon Officially Announces Blackberry 8830

    Been drooling over the Blackberry 8800 lately? Have no fear, kind Verizon user, as you’ll soon be getting your paws on the 8830 very, very soon. Verizon has officially announced that RIM’s Blackberry 8830 will become available to business users and on it’s website May 14th. Two weeks later on the 28th, it drops nationwide into the retail market. So what makes the 8830 so special? Read More

  • AT&T Hopes iPhone Will Make Loyal Customers of You All, Cackles Maniacally

    Many of probably don’t really give a damn who your cellphone provider is — you just go with the one that has the phone that you want or that’s most affordable. AT&T now hopes that the soon to be released iPhone will change all that. The phone giant knows that Apple fans are a loyal, rabid lot, and hopes that that same mentality will make loyal AT&T customers out of… Read More

  • This is the Year of the PS2, Not the Wii, PS3, or 360

    For all the hullabaloo surrounding the next-gen console war, and the Nintendo Wii in particular, Sony’s PS2 (yes, PlayStation 2, the one released here in 2000) will continue to outsell the Wii until 2009. Again, one of those analyst types has gone on record saying that Nintendo’s inability to produce enough Wii consoles will hurt its standing among “mass market”… Read More

  • WordPress Mobile Plugin Updated


    There are two types of people in this world: people who use WordPress and people who don’t. If you’re in the first group, you’re in luck. Andy Moore has released an updated WordPress Mobile plugin that allows readers to visit your site on a mobile phone or device with reduced browser capabilities. The plugin is quite well-constructed and immediately senses an incoming… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Lord of the LED Edition

    Shinshoku Watch: Look At The Pretty Lights
    Chameleon-like LED Clock Attracts Zombies
    X-Ray Business Cards
    LoTR Online: I Just Wet My Pants
    Rent The HAL-5 Exoskeleton For $590/mo Read More

  • Y Combinator's Unathorized European Clone

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Y Combinator can now consider itself twice flattered. Y Combinator’s funding methodology of investing a small amount of money across a wide array of young entrepreneurs has already inspired other programs, such as TechStars out of Colorado. And earlier this week, Y Combinator was cloned again, this time in Europe. YEurope (not affiliated with… Read More

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