• Motorola Zante Pics Surface

    Do you remember the episode of The Simpsons where Moe opens up ‘Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag’? The impending release of the Motorola Zante aka Sidekick Slide gives me the same false impression of reality. Moe is still an old crotchety man regardless of the revamped restaurant and gimmick. No offense to Motorola, but they’re a year and a half too late to this party. I sort… Read More

  • Playaway All-In-One Audiobook Review

    No matter how cheap digital audio players have gotten, the idea of selling a disposable one-time-use one would still make most consumers shrug with ambivalence. After all, the great thing about a DAP is its flexibility–you load up what you want, when you want. You are’t a slave to album track orders, and loading up new music is astonishingly easy. So what could Playaway possibly… Read More

  • Nissan's Drunk Driving Prevention System

    Drunk driving—drink driving in the UK, I believe—was responsible for nearly 18,000 traffic deaths in the U.S. last year, according to MADD. So, if you can’t get people to cooperate, get the car to. Nissan has developed an in-car system that detects if a driver is intoxicated. If the system detects that you’re sloshed, the car refuses to start. Checks include: A… Read More

  • Rockstar Plays Scrooge: Grand Theft Auto IV Delayed Till Spring

    Don’t blame the heads of Sony and Microsoft’s game divisions for wanting to sleep in today; they just learned that Grand Theft Auto IV has been delayed until next spring, throwing off their respective holiday lineups. Take Two, the game’s publisher, which had the final say in the matter vis-à-vis Rockstar, delayed the game for “additional development time required… Read More

  • IDC: Mobile Phones Shipments Are Slowing

    This happens with just about every type of consumer electronics products: sales start out brisk, pick up as demand increases and then slow as the market saturates. Of course some companies probably never expect the gravy train to stop running, but it always does. So it comes as no surprise that mobile phone sales are starting to slow a bit. Research firm IDC is reporting this week that… Read More

  • Mobile Tour Guide

    Having been in Europe last month with my family I noticed that most visitors carried tour books. For decades these have been the handy-dandy way to get information, maps, directions and other factoids. But Allovisit, a Web travel guide Web site, thinks that is so 20th century. This service is offering tour information via a mobile handset, with versions in English and French for all the… Read More

  • Amp’d Get 25 Percent Stake in Prexar

    It is almost a done deal. Prexar Mobile will buy Amp’d Mobile, and in exchange the bankrupt MVNO will get a 25 percent stake in Prexar. A Delaware judge has approved United Systems Access (serving under PrexarMobile brand name) purchase of the Amp’d Mobile customers. As part of the cash and stock return Amp’d will be paid based on many of its many of its customers make… Read More

  • Bourne’s Mobile Conspiracy

    While many of Robert Ludlum’s best-selling novels about secret agent Jason Bourne were written before widespread adoption of mobile phones, the movie adaptations often have the spy who can’t remember his past relying heavily on his mobile. So it is fitting that now fans of the series can get in on the action with their handsets as well. Vivendi Games Mobile announced that The… Read More

  • Sky Sports Delivers Football to Mobile

    In Europe they take football – what we Americans know as soccer – as seriously as many Americans take football – what we Americans call football. So when U.K. satellite service Sky Sports announced that it plans to offer all of its 92 Barclays Premier League matches on mobile this is big news indeed! Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3 will be available via the Sky Mobile TV series as… Read More

  • Windows Media for iPhone from Glide Mobile

    Despite all the hype a few things have been missing from the iPhone… notably some support for Windows Media formats, but this week Glide Mobile announced that it would now offer new format support the iPhone including Windows Media Video and Audio. Among the formats supported for the iPhone: wmv, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .divx, .mov, .mp4 and .3gp. Glide supported audio formats for the iPhone… Read More

  • Google Phone Rumors Increase

    Well the genie is pretty much out of the bottle, the cat is out of the bag and the news about a Google mobile phone is all but confirmed. But despite the recent story in the Wall Street Journal we still have no solid confirmation. Of course this is just a replay of January when the Apple iPhone was all but released. What does this mean about the way secrets are kept? It is a good thing the boys… Read More

  • London Olympics May Feature Open Wireless Games

    Will the London 2012 Olympics embrace the mobile media? Could be. While many sporting organizations have banned use of mobile and digital reporting from venues – notably major rugby, football and cricket matches – the Olympics could be the turning point. So will the Olympics allow real time blogging and reporting via mobile? We reported recently that the Chinese officials are… Read More

  • Samsung Mobile Closing in on the Top

    This week Strategy Analytics reported that the Samsung overtook Motorola for the first time to become the world’s second largest handset vendor. Sales for the global mobile shipments also grew a modest 11 percent from year-over-year and reached 258 million units in Q2 2007. “Total global cell phone shipments have continued to slow down this year, but Samsung is speeding up,”… Read More

  • First Live Mobile Generated Artwork Collective Launched

    Imagine cellular phones serving as a digital canvas. That was how last week’s event in New York City has been described. Cellfish.com, an online mobile entertainment portal, conducted the first mobile generated live group blog in partnership with Betty K Mix Studio, a fusion painting workship, which gathered 24 painters from all over the world. Cellfish.com’s Fusion Art channel… Read More

  • Plaxo Prepares To Launch Pulse Social Network – Will Users Trust It?

    So Plaxo’s new social network, called Pulse (we wrote about it last month), is still extremely buggy. Robert Scoble and Matt Marshall say it launches properly on Monday, so hopefully they’ll have the kinks worked out by then. For now, it’s live but doesn’t really work. Plaxo has effectively turned itself into a social network. In terms of users, the biggest overlap will… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mystery Tin Edition

    Hands On With The Slim PSP, Star Wars Fans Pay Attention
    Altoid Mod: Built-In Rogue-like Video Game
    Hooks On Light Switches!
    Wall-Mounted Music Art: ‘On’
    B&W Zeppelin iPod Speaker: Could Be The Best Looking One Yet Read More

  • Docstoc Says Big Round Of Funding Coming; Counting Unhatched Chickens

    Here’s an interesting email that was forwarded to me this morning: Docstoc, a Los Angeles based startup that we wrote about in early July, says they are close to closing a “substantial” round of funding from a number of potential investors. There’s something to that saying that you shouldn’t count your chickens before they hatch, but the fear and caution genes… Read More

  • WebbAlert Day 2: This Show Rocks

    http://p.castfire.com/cHNHf/video/1822/webbalert_2007-08-03-032544.flv I stayed up until 2 AM again to watch the second WebbAlert show (embedded above). I stand by my words written twenty-four hours ago: this show is a winner. Some will comment below that I’m only giving the show a thumbs up in the hope for TechCrunch mentions (there was one today for our Amazon/Webvan story, for example). Read More

  • Vonage Beta Testing New Ambit VOIP Gateway

    Consumer VOIP service Vonage is beta testing a new, self-described “cool and sleek, yet simplistic and approachable” gateway device produced by Ambit. The device, an Ambit VDV21, includes a LCD screen that displays caller ID and voicemail notifications. The hope, Vonage says in an email, is that it will “inspire consumers to proudly display their Vonage router rather than hide… Read More

  • Find A Career Path With PayScale's GigZig

    Since 2002, PayScale has been providing compensation profiles for all sorts of jobs. Unlike Salary.com, they get their data through user submissions instead of company survey data. They encourage people to avoid specious entries by offering more targeted analysis to people providing more information, which in turn enhances the data they already have. Since launch they’ve collected over… Read More

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