• Toshiba's tiny 8GB mp3 player is GyaO-tiful

    I’m not sure what’s up with the name, but this is a cool-looking little gadget. It’s from Toshiba (like this other little guy with a digital TV tuner inside) and it costs about $300. It costs the same as an 8GB iPod Touch, but it’s a little smaller (for good or ill) and obviously doesn’t sport the same touchy interface. It’s got wi-fi, runs a version of… Read More

  • Competitive eating, coming to a console near you

    [photopress:Kobayashi.jpg,full,left]Forget Madden 08, the sports game you should look forward to for your console will feature Major League Eating. No, really. Major League Eating is the governing body over sanctioned eating contests. You’ve seen them on ESPN 5, and soon you’ll be able to capture that excitement on your Xbox. Or PS3. Or, god help us, Wii. Mastiff Consumes Video… Read More

  • WSJ: Cut undersea Internet cables due to sharks with laser beams on their heads

    [photopress:lasers_20080206161421.ark.png,full,left]The cable cutting thing in the Middle East is odd enough as it is, but it takes the Wall Street Journal to make it weirder. It found an expert to claim that the cables could have been cut by sharks with laser beams on their heads, but it was unlikely. Then it upped the ante by including an artist’s rendition of said sharks with laser… Read More

  • Yahoo Launches Live – A Live Streaming Video Service

    Given all the chaos this week surrounding Microsoft’s bid to take over Yahoo, it’s not surprising that a new Yahoo product launch wouldn’t have an abundance of exuberance attached to it. Still, the only word anyone got that Yahoo Live has gone live is a three word post on Bradley Horowitz’s blog: “Live is live” (Horowitz is head of the Technology… Read More

  • Facebook Turns 1,500 Users Into Spanish Translation Slaves

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Facebook’s innovative approach to translating its site into various laguages – get the users to do all the work. Users can ask to translate bits of the site, which are then voted on by other users until a good localized version is created. Users have been hard at work translating Facebook into German, Spanish and French. Facebook says that… Read More

  • Archos TV+ is a lot like Apple TV (but Archos usually lets people tinker with its hardware)

    [photopress:archostvplus.jpg,full,center] It looks like the Archos TV+ came out in Europe before here, what with every British tech site having already given their first impression. The little device is a media server and comes with either an 80GB or 250GB hard drive. Wi-Fi takes care of the wireless streaming of music, movies, photos and the sort. If it sounds similar to the Apple TV… Read More

  • Mossburg: MacBook Air's SSD option isn't worth the price

    We all like the MacBook Air. Well, most of us. I don’t. But if you’re thinking of getting one, and waffling between the HDD and SSD drives, go with the HDD. And don’t take my word for it, take uncle Walt Mossburg’s. His crew ran a series of tests on a standard hard drive-based Air and on a solid state drive-based Air, and found the SSD doesn’t make that much… Read More

  • More Cloverfield for Cloverfield lovers

    [photopress:slushoRar_T.jpg,full,center] I have yet to see Cloverfield. I’m a huge JJ fan, I’m watching LOST tonight, but I was out of the country when the stuff went down, so I’m not clicking the link below. But if you want the backstory, and are really into being a geek, be my guest. Cloverfield’s Secret Japanese Origin [io9] Read More

  • This Week's Plaxo Merger Rumor: Google

    In the words of one Silicon Valley insider that I spoke with today, “Plaxo has been desperately, desperately, desperately trying to sell” for quite some time. Late last year they got serious and hired an investment bank, Revolution Partners, to help move things along. The rumor mill really got going when Revolution Partners started making their calls and sending out the… Read More

  • Shock: BestBuy will sell DTV converter boxes this month

    Flickr’d Y’all probably already know about the switch to all-digital TV next year, but for every one of you who do, how many don’t? 1? 2? 3?! Only God knows. But BestBuy knows something, too. Plenty of folks will be freaking out over the next few months trying to “fix” their TVs in time. The electronics chain is all too pleased… Read More

  • What is Buzz My Goat?

    [photopress:goatbuzz.jpg,full,center] I’m holding off judgement on Buzz My Goat. Sure it’s a silly name, but you’ll remember it. The site’s basic premise is that it’s a way to send your friends video greeting cards. And it’s not free: most cost between $2 and $3 to send. Why anyone would pay for this when YouTube and many others are free, I do not… Read More

  • Reed Hundt Invests in Facebook Ad-Platform Lookery

    It’s not a lot of money, but Lookery’s $900,000 seed round includes Reed Hundt, Charles River Ventures, and HT Ventures. That’s right, Reed Hundt. The former chairman of the FCC. He thinks there’s gold in Facebook ads, apparently, even though Lookery is a distant fourth compared to other social ad startups Slide, RockYou, and SocialMedia. Maybe even fifth, if… Read More

  • Gigabeat V81 gets upgrades; Why can't we have 1Seg here?

    [photopress:Toshiba_gigabeat_V81_1.jpg,full,center] Toshiba’s Gigabeat was the foundation of the first Zune. Microsoft picked Toshiba’s offering because they’re solid PMPs, and in Japan they’re quite popular. Our Japanese readers will be happy to hear that the V series is getting upgraded hotness, the V81. Gone is the paltry 4GB storage, doubled to 8GB. It will also… Read More

  • New Iron Man trailer

    In case you weren’t watching the Super Bowl. Read More

  • DOJ Launches Anti-Trust Probe Over Total Music

    The US Department of Justice has launched an anti-trust probe into Total Music, the proposed music service from Universal and Sony BMG. As we wrote in October 2007, Total Music would offer free music to end users by charging device manufactures or ISPs. The earlier figures mentioned $90 per device for access to Total Music, based on $5 per month over 18 months. According to The Register… Read More

  • Amazon Quietly Launches Product Ads; Secretly Wants to Become a Shopping Search Engine.

    Sometimes I think that Amazon secretly wants to get out of the physical retailing business. It gets much higher margins from selling digital goods, or from collecting an affiliate fee from any sales it directs to an third-party Amazon Merchant. Any time it can avoid shipping something, it makes more money (proportionately) than if it sold you the item itself. Now Amazon is making a move in… Read More

  • Assassin's Creed Nintendo DS gameplay demo

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=30335 I like AC as much as the next guy, but I’m not so sure I’d want to play it on my DS. It looks better than I expected, but it’s not really doing it for me. Yay or nay? Read More

  • Seamour Sheep: Um, a USB sheep lamp. Right.

    [photopress:seamours.jpg,full,center] As far as hardware goes, I enjoy writing about light-hearted nonsense perhaps more than anything else. Look at Seamour Sheep. Firstly, its name is the type of name you’d give a horse racing for the Triple Crown—great, in other words. It’s just a USB-powered lamp so don’t expect any miracles, but do expect to gain instant street cred… Read More

  • Guitar Rising: Like Guitar Hero but for real guitars

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x3sdgg Guitar Rising will do for your real guitar playing skills what Guitar Hero and Rock Band did for your fake guitar playing skills. It’s a game/lesson teacher (“lesson teacher” sounds vaguely sadomasochistic) that uses electric guitars—everything from MyFirstElectricGuitar to the double necked Gibson Jimmy Page used—instead of… Read More

  • Google, Microsoft, Verisign and IBM join OpenID

    Confirming my TechCrunch UK story in early January, Microsoft, Verisign, Google and IBM (I just missed out Microsoft) have all now formally announced they will be joining the OpenID foundation, taking seats as the organisation’s first corporate board members. The Foundation, formed 18 months ago, says it “will not dictate the technical direction of OpenID; instead it will help… Read More

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