• Daily Crunch: Cozy Automagic Diner Edition

    iPod Speaker Goes Retro
    German Restaurant Boots Waitstaff, Goes Completely Automated
    Dorktastic Wedding Cakes
    Pictavision Teleprint Review
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  • Don't Be A Sucker: Avoiding Retail Trickery

    Seems there’s a new epidemic going around at big box retailers that involves bilking people out of $30. Sales reps at Best Buy and Circuit City have been telling digitally impotent customers that they’d be wise to pony up some extra dough for recovery CDs — CDs that would cost twice as much from the manufacturer and can’t be made by the customers themselves. Birdshit. Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Yahoo To KickStart Social Networking Efforts

    Yahoo is reported to be working on a new social networking service that matches college students to employers. Yahoo Kickstart give users profile pages which are focused on the user’s resume, LinkedIn style, as opposed to a Facebook or MySpace profile. Corporations and wannabe employers are then provided with groups that users can join, but with a catch: to join a group you need an… Read More

  • Fliqz Toolbar: Easily Upload And Embed Videos Anywhere

    White label video host Fliqz launched a toolbar (IE only) that lets you easily upload and embed video content anywhere embed code is accepted. It doesn’t require a registration and hosts the videos on Fliqz servers for free. It’s a sort of distributed YouTube. Getting a video up is simple. Just select the content from your computer and press upload. Once uploaded the toolbar will… Read More

  • NBC Bails on iTunes

    The New York Times is reporting that NBC will not renew its contract to distribute television shows via Apple’s iTunes service. The agreement was set to autorenew at the end of 2007, but includes a provision that allows NBC to terminate the agreement at the end of the first term with 90 days notice. Disagreements over pricing and DRM seem to be behind the decision. That means iTunes… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Art Of Office – Mac Users Pissed

    Here’s a strange new social site that we just got a tip on – ArtOfOffice is a Microsoft site that launched yesterday. It is a place for Mac users to upload artistic content made using Office applications. The community then shares, rates, remixes and discusses the content with other Mac users. See here and here for example content. As far as I can tell you don’t actually have… Read More

  • New Twitter Visualization Tools Coming: First Is Twitter Blocks

    The Twitter team must have had a Red Bull machine installed at the offices, because suddenly they’re launching new stuff left and right. They recently added search and Gmail import features to the service. And on Friday they are launching a new area of the site called “Explore” where they’ll list some of the tools people can use to interact with Twitter off the… Read More

  • PeekYou: Spock Has Competition

    PeekYou is a fairly new site that competes in a growingly crowded people search space. The site offers the standard features we’ve come to expect from people focused search sites. A general user profile includes tags, which are divided into three categories (life, work and school) for context, web links including social network profiles, bio and picture. PeekYou was founded by… Read More

  • DailyMotion Raises $34 Million; Another Copyright Infringing Success Story

    French social video site DailyMotion has raised a $34 million round from Advent Venture Partners LLP and AGF Private Equity, a division of Allianz AG. The new round comes on top of $9.5 million in previous financing from Atlas Ventures and Partech International. The round puts DailyMotion’s total financing beyond that of their competitors, even MetaCafe’s $45 million total financing. Read More

  • Spyware Firm Sues Over Being Labeled 'Spyware'

    If at first you don’t succeed in suing an anti-spyware maker for identifying your program as spyware, try, try again. Apparently adware/spyware peddler, Zango, didn’t like PCTools and Kaspersky Antivirus calling it like they see it. Read More

  • Syntax To Unveil Budget 65-Inch, LCoS 1080p HDTV

    Let me start by saying that I’m the proud owner for a 37-inch Olevia LCD HDTV. I love the thing. I got it brand new at Fry’s for under $600, including tax. That’s a fantastic deal, especially since the TV itself is kickass. But now I’m thinking upgrade, as Syntax is unveiling a 65-inch LCoS TV next week, and it promises to kickass as well. LCoS is a cousin to both DLP… Read More

  • First Zune 2, Zune Flash Pics Quite Possibly Leaked

    Oh, boy, the first pictures of the Zune 2. All credit to the Giz, if you couldn’t tell by the inconspicuous watermarkage. We can deduce from the one and only picture that there will be two models, a regular, hard drive-based model (80GB) and a 4/8GB flash-based model. AKA, exactly what you’d expect from a DAP/PMP in 2007. Take note, Apple. Supposedly, the photos have been… Read More

  • The PS2 Isn't Even Close To Dying

    I’m pretty sure this I’ve seen this thesis before, but who am I to argue with an Australian newspaper I’ve never heard of? The long and short of it is, the PS2 is a long ways away from tapping out. Sony likes to think the system has a good three to four years left, but developers are more likely to say that the number’s closer to two to three years. Either way, the… Read More

  • HP to Sell Red Hat Linux Boxen

    HP’s new dx2250 desktop — and AMD-based workstation — will come pre-loaded with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The PC, which will cost about $500, is currently available in Australia because, as we all know, kangaroos live there. Read More

  • To Everyone I've Ever Taken Cellphone Shopping: This Is Why

    The above image illustrates what I’ve been feeling for years now. And you’re all welcome. From XKCD [Good Comics] Read More

  • iPhone Unlocking Totally Legal, We Think

    Would you trust him to unlock your iPhone? Fact: it is legal to unlock your iPhone. Sorta. The AP—you may have heard of it—decided to see just how legal it is for Joe User to unlock his iPhone. As it turns out, so long as you’re unlocking the iPhone and there’s no money involved (unlike other organizations that wanted to charge a fee for the service), it seems… Read More

  • Sony's CONNECT Closing Before Dethroning iTunes

    Good for you, Sony. You get points for finally throwing in the towel on your CONNECT Music Service. Granted you stopped trying to patch it well over a year ago and it never really worked correctly in the first place but kudos to you for shutting it down by March of next year. That oughta give all those people who never used the service a chance to back up all the songs they never purchased. Read More

  • DesignMyRoom – Very Useful Tool For Virtual Interior Design

    DesignMyRoom launched this afternoon – It’s a new product from a company called Swatchbox Technologies that allows people to decorate a real room virtually via a photograph of the room and DesignMyRoom’s library of stuff. Previously the company, which has been around for 11 years, sold 2 million copies of desktop software that has similar functionality as the online tool. If… Read More

  • Pictavision Teleprint Review

    How many pictures are stored in your cell phone? It’s a rhetorical question, but I can speculate that there are a bunch. Camera phones aren’t new, but until recently the picture quality, well for lack of a better description, sucked. Three years ago I took a picture of Bill Cosby and not one single person who I showed it to could tell it was him. Still, I do take pictures with… Read More

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