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    TrekStor Vibez Hands On
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  • Piczo Announces Partnerships – Growth Still Strong

    San Francisco based Piczo, a social network for young teenagers, continues to add 35,000 new registered users per day, and claims 2 billion monthly page views. We first covered them back in September, where we compared them with the other major social networks. The UK continues to be Piczo’s biggest market, accounting for 40% of users and 50% of page views (see TechCrunch UK coverage of… Read More

  • Pixelotto you have to be in it to win it …

    Alex Tew was an overnight internet sensation with his first idea – The Million Dollar Homepage. Here was a really smart yet cheeky [sales and/or marketing] idea from a UK college student that made him a millionaire at a very young age. Why didn’t I think of it but like all good ideas they are obvious in hindsight. I have since had the pleasure to meet Alex on several occassions… Read More

  • Major Reorganization at Yahoo, COO Rosensweig To Leave

    News from today’s Yahoo executive meeting confirms our earlier story that the company is getting a major reorganization in terms of structure and management. The company said in a press release that they will now align themselves around three key customer segments: “audiences, advertisers, and publishers.” “The Internet is continuing to grow and evolve at a rapid pace… Read More

  • Bottletalk.com creates social network around wine

    Although its timing is entirely coincidental given all the chatter about the Threshers scam/viral/genius/etc, Bottletalk.com, a site based around the idea that people want to network socially around wine, launched its beta site this week. The site has been founded by husband and wife team Emma and Mark Goddard, along with co-founder David Percival. (By day Emma is a web publishing… Read More

  • Child's Play Charity: 'Tis the Season


    For those of you in a festive and/or generous mood, I wanted to give a quick update on the Child’s Play Charity organized by Penny Arcade. Child’s Play is a charity for the benefit of sick kiddies. It helps to provide them with much needed entertainment and diversion during their hospital stays. It has currently raised nearly $300,000 and is well on its way to this year’s… Read More

  • Sony Does Well, Sorta

    When I first purchased a Sony PSP, all I wanted to do was play classic PSOne games on it. Needless to say, I’ve been fairly disappointed since games like Final Fantasy VII and Xenogears never got ported over to the PSP. Fortunately, Sony has taken measures to change that by allowing users to download PSOne games off of the online PlayStation Store. Right now you can download Tekken 2… Read More

  • Threshers voucher goes down storm online

    Heather Hopkins over at Hitwise has a great analysis of the recent Stormhoek online voucher promotion with Thresher Wine. Hugh McLeod also has some great posts on why the voucher virus took hold and spread. Will others try and replicate this; of course they will but will they be as successful, I doubt it.  It was odd being on a pub crawl with Hugh getting frequent updates as the news spread. Read More

  • Wiimote Strap Fix


    Considering that people are launching their Wiimotes into their massively expensive TVs, it’s more than natural that one would want to develop a method for more definitely securing the Wiimote. Pretty easy fix actually. Just get yourself some braided fishing line, I’m going to recommend 15-pound test PowerPro over the SpiderLine recommended in the guide (trust me, I’m from… Read More

  • Belkin Cable-Free Hub: My Your Dongle Is Huge


    Engadget got its hands on the wireless fun that is the Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub and did a tight little testing summary. And sadly, while yesterday I was pretty psyched about picking one of these up, after reading this it sounds like it’s just one more piece of tech flotsam that needs time to mature. The upsides are that the hub is small, the setup was relatively painless and it does… Read More

  • Is Apple Going Gaming with HDTVs, iTunes Video Game Store?

    Nothing goes better with our lunch than a good Apple rumor and beer, and today we have both. This one comes from Apple Insider, who’s sources say that Cupertino is wading into the already-crowded gaming market. And it’s not just speculation, an analyst for Prudential, Jesse Tortora, has evidence that Apple has been hiring game designers. Sure, they might be for the already… Read More

  • New Microformat Icons

    For anyone involved in microformats, then this new set of icons designed and created by Wolfgang Bartelme on the behest of Chris Messina aka Factory Joe might be of interest. Download this set. Read More

  • TrekStor Vibez Hands On

    It’s very rare for an MP3 player to get my mark of approbation. The iPod gets it because it “just works” and the Zune, grudgingly, gets it because “it might work soon.” However, the TrekStor Vibez gets it for having the stones to not go with a milquetoast aesthetic. Read More

  • H2O Audio Releases Outdoors Case For iPod Nano, Chest-Hair Not Included

    If you’re the kind of guy or gal who likes to hit the trails instead of the pavement and has a boatload of chest-hair to show off that Brawniness inside you, then there is an iPod case for you. H2O Audio makes some decent cases for protecting your valuable electronics and the Outdoor Case for the iPod Nano is no exception. Though a bit costly at $40, this clear plastic case comes with… Read More

  • Bike Lock + USB Drive = Possible Smash Hit

    This company called Duck Image came up with a concept idea awhile back and is finally being brought to light. Those of you who are really protective and private will surely want to keep your data locked down, so what better tool to use than a bike lock? That’s exactly what this concept USB drive does. Like an old-school bike lock, where you have to twist three numbers to the correct… Read More

  • Yahoo Execs Meet To Discuss Major Shakeup

    Update – 6:15 pm: Yahoo released an official statement about the reorganization at approximately 5:45 p.m. The news confirms the resignation of COO Dan Rosensweig and elaborates on the company’s new business focus. Get more details from our update. Update – 5:11 pm: We are getting real-time updates from executives at the meeting. At least some of the rumors circulating… Read More

  • A new event is launching in February called Startup!

    A couple of months ago Philip Wilkinson from CrowdStorm blogged about something he termed the equity gap. “Speaking to everyone after the [Internet Peeps] dinner, the general feeling was that the VC networks are struggling to find good deals to invest their money and are also taking a cautionary approach to early stage business ventures. It was noted that the UK has a distinct lack… Read More

  • Update: Antec Nine Hundred Very Quiet

    So yesterday I mentioned a review from XYZ Computing on Antec’s Nine Hundred gaming desktop case. The big black box is loaded with three 120mm fans and one of Antec’s Big Boy 200mm fans, which the site reported, and in turn I did too, as being “not very quiet.” Well, now I’m starting to wonder if XYZ even turned the fans on. Three other reviews make it a point… Read More

  • CrunchGear Review: DS-Xtreme

    The DS-Xtreme is a 512MB cartridge that allows you to play game backups and music, and allows you to run hombrew applications on your Nintendo DS. It fits right into the cartridge slot of your Nintendo DS, and even has customizable colored LEDs to give your DS some extra pep. The DS-X is as simple as it claims to be, all you have to do is connect the it to your computer via USB then drag and… Read More

  • New Nonleathal Weapon Reconsiders the Thresholds "Nonlethal"


    Wired has a report up about a new nonlethal weapon developed by the air force over a 10 year period for a cost of $40 million. Dubbed the Active Denial System, or ADS for shorts, the new nonlethal was developed as a new means of crowd control. It works by producing a wavelength longer than an x-ray, but shorter than microwaves. The result is massive amounts of heat, so much that after… Read More

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