• Two HD Everio camcorders from JVC on the way

      It’s confirmed: Two new high-definition hard drive-based camcorders are slated for release in Japan in February. The JVC Everio GZ-HD5 and GZ-HD6 will likely replace the GZ-HD7 and will be 40% smaller. The GZ-HD6 will record in 1080i and then upon playback will upscale the footage to 1080p when connected via HDMI. Cool, no? The GZ-HD5 will come with a 60GB hard drive and… Read More

  • YouTube + Digg + Obama = YouBama

    One reason we endorsed Barack Obama as our Democratic nominee for TechPresident earlier today is because he has made an effort to understand technology and create a comprehensive technology platform. Not only is he Web-savvy, so are his constituents. A site called YouBama that launched a few days ago is a case in point. Designed by two Stanford grad students, Christopher Pedregal and Eric… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #302

    We’ve made our way through most of our Macworld footage and now we’re back with fresh news about gadgets and tech. Nokia is planning to purchase Trolltech, a software company that could presumably extend the utility of Nokia hardware. PMA is the annual show dedicated to cool photo gear. One of the early announcements from PMA is that Lensbaby Lenses are now available for motion… Read More

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    Oh, you silly parodists! Always funny! via Wired Read More

  • NEWSFLASH: Text messaging is a huge rip off

    I was spoiled. The first phone that I had when this whole “texting” (as the kids call it) craze hit was a T-Mobile Sidekick, which included unlimited SMS messages with the data plan. Then somewhere along the lines, I fell off the wagon and switched to Sprint in order to get my hands on a Treo 650. Imagine my surprise when I got my first bill and found out I’d all of a sudden… Read More

  • Yes, 1 million iPhones have been unlocked (but that's OK for Apple)

    AP image Some here may doubt the veracity, or truthiness, of reports suggesting that somewhere out there lie 1.7 million inactivated iPhones, 1 million of which are said to be unlocked. Two well-placed analysts think that’s exactly what’s going on. They believe there are groups that buy iPhones in bulk, unlock them, then re-sell them to folks… Read More

  • T-Mobile Subscriptions near 1 Million Mark in 4Q

    T-Mobile USA added 951,000 subscriptions between October and December of 2007. This gives the country’s fourth largest mobile phone company a subscription customer base of 28.7 million. T-Mobile’s sales were up 14.6% over 2006 numbers. Shareholders of Deutsche Telekom AG, the T-Mobile parent company, were asking for the sale of T-Mobile USA last year. Chief Executive Rene… Read More

  • Ustream.TV Chosen to Live Stream the Republican National Convention

    For those of you without C-SPAN, the Republican National Convention will be streamed live over the Web, and Ustream.TV has been chosen to be the official provider of live video streaming technology. (No doubt, other live streaming services such as Justin.TV,, Blog.tv, or Mogulus will be used by journalists and bloggers covering the event as well). The announcement is being made right now… Read More

  • Tactile MP3 player: Control it with near-zero forethought

    [photopress:tactilemp3.jpg,full,center] Having lost my iPod nano last week, along with a host of other personal effects, I’ll presently be in the market for a new media player, one that doesn’t have to be an iPod. Though I realize I’ll never be able to buy this little player, the Tactile MP3, I do like its premise. There’s no display of any kind; you control the player… Read More

  • Over 25% of iPhones may be Unlocked

    Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks that over 25% of iPhones sold in the United States may have been unlocked. Sales numbers from Apple and AT&T revealed about 1.45 million phones were “missing in action” at the end of 2007. AT&T is thought to hold 480,000 handsets as inventory, leaving another 1 million phones, or 27%, that Sacconaghi said were unlocked so… Read More

  • Digg Nearly Triples Registered Users In a Year, Says Sleuth Programmer

    The last time Digg officially announced how many registered users it has was back in March when it passed the one-million mark. Now, programming sleuth John Graham-Cunning extracted registration dates from Digg user profile pages to come up with an estimate of 2.7 million registered Digg users. Some of the key inflection points came in June, 2006 when Digg expanded beyond technology to… Read More

  • Quo vadis, Qtrax?

    [photopress:qqtrax.jpg,full,center] Qtrax, ostensibly the first free and legal P2P service, went live yesterday to all sorts of questions. If there record labels didn’t sign any deals with the service, whose music would it be serving? Why would it make such a hullabaloo about its launch if the man behind the curtain was asleep? Will the source code for its main software component be… Read More

  • Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain

    It’s sadly clear that our current leaders have little understanding of technology and why it’s important to our economy and culture. That has to change. We’ve been interviewing 2008 presidential candidates for the last few months to get them to state, on record, their positions on ten key technology related issues (Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney… Read More

  • Turkish social network Yonja raises $12.5m

    What is it about Turkey? They are really getting into social networking. Turkish social network Yonja (whose logo actually looks Irish to me) has raised $12.5M in Series A funding from Greywolf Capital Partners and Tiger Global Management, reports PEWire. HQ’d in San Francisco, the firm is led by founder and CEO Kerim Baran, who was educated at Harvard and Siebel before launching Yonja. Read More

  • One Million Unlocked iPhones: Beautiful.

    According to a new report issued by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi, one million iPhones of the 3.75 million sold have been unlocked to run on non-official networks. A debate over Apple’s sales figures has raged this past week after it was revealed that AT&T had only activated 2 million iPhones, and only 315,000 iPhones had been purchased in Europe, leaving a gap of… Read More

  • It's Fair To Say That Germans Will Soon Have Zero Access To Online File Sharing Sites

    German owned yet globally popular file hosting site Rapidshare may be heading to the Deadpool after a German court found that it was liable for copyrighted files uploaded to the service. The German equivalent of the RIAA, GEMA took Rapidshare to court over hosting copyright infringing files and at a court hearing January 23, won. The court found that Rapidshare must take responsibility for… Read More

  • Go To Google Groups. Get Tricked Into Downloading Malware. Do Not Pass Go

    Above is a shot of one of many spam blog comments I’ve received lately with multiple links to pages on Google Groups. Spammers have always targeted Google products, and services such as Blogger have always been a favorite destination for spammers. Google Groups isn’t as well known as a spam platform, but after some investigation I found that it has become a leading destination… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Lego Collie Edition

    Building the Lego Millennium Falcon
    Cartridge prices on the rise as ink breaks the $1000 a barrel mark for the first time
    Weed vending machines in LA
    Life Begins at Fifty: Happy Birthday to LEGO
    Help-Key: Jailbreaking your 1.1.3 iPhone/Touch Read More

  • JVC may or may not have made a 1080/60p compact camcorder

    Judge for yourself – to call the translation ambiguous would be charitable. I assume we’ll find out more soon, but it appears that JVC has a camcorder that somehow outputs the 60i video in 60p; now, that sounds like horsefeathers to me but I also didn’t believe DV could look as good as it does on the HV20. This of course has a spinning hard drive in it up to 120GB, so… Read More

  • Samsung, Moto pull ahead of HTC in Windows Mobile market share

    This is the most confusing and segmented survey of the Windows Mobile market share I’ve ever read. Try and stay with me. In 2007, HTC was at the top of the heap with a market share of over 50 percent in the non-touchscreen, smartphone segment. Motorola is now numero uno with Samsung coming in second leaving HTC with less then 30 percent. Things aren’t all glum for HTC, though, as… Read More

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