• The zzzPhone is real, on its way soon

    I just got back from checking out the zzzPhone and I can say without a doubt that it’s real. It’s definitely not a scam, but the first generation ran into some problems with the manufacturer and they don’t work stateside. I’m told the newest generation is on its way very soon. Maybe within a month. The OS is still uncertain… Read More

  • Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?

    Facebook has taken steps to limit application spam numerous times in the past. One of the recent steps they took was to specifically limit the number of daily invitations that users could send out to others – going from a hard cap of 20/day to a variable rate that takes into account the rate of declines by recipients. All of these steps are designed to limit the barrage of messages that… Read More

  • Capazoo Blows $25+ Million, Heading To The DeadPool

    Canadian social networking site Capazoo has fired most of its staff and is heading to the Deadpool. We first wrote about Capazoo in December 2007 where we noted that it paid users to participate, but only if they paid a membership fee then referred other users in a classic pyramid scheme structure. According to local media reports, Capazoo fired its entire development team (60 people) late… Read More

  • Video: The Hiphone gets unboxed, reviewed

    Another day, another Apple knockoff. Meet the Hiphone, a clone from Hong Kong. It sure looks like an iPhone, and is packaged like an iPhone, but it apparently isn’t anything like the iPhone. I’ve used this phone before. It’s a quad-band GSM phone that comes unlocked, feel free to add your own SIM, but it’s got Satan’s touchscreen. Stick with the original, kids. Read More

  • Is your PC Card slot occupied? Didn't think so

    The Stash Card is a novel idea, but I wouldn’t keep anything valuable in it like the manufacturer suggests. The rest of the suggestions work out quite nicely. It’s only $8. Why not? Product Page [via jkontherun] Read More

  • Geek Squad to observe a moment of silence for Arthur C. Clarke tonight

    [photopress:2008_03_19T105500Z_01_NOOTR_RTRIDSP_2_SCIENCE_CLARKE_DEATH_DC_1.jpg,full,center] You read the headline right. How they’re related, with the exception of geek culture, I’m not sure. But apparently this is happening. 1917 – 2008 Yesterday, the worlds of science and science fiction lost one of their true visionaries, the inestimable Arthur C. Clarke, author of… Read More

  • XM-Sirius decision this month says ranking member of Senate Judiciary Committee

    [photopress:arlenxm.jpg,full,center] A decision, one way or the other, on the proposed XM-Sirus merger should be reached by the end of the month. So says Sen. Arlen Spector, the ranking [Republican] member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Pat Leahy is the chairman of the committee, it should be noted.) He made an appearance on the Howard Stern Show earlier today and tried to explain why… Read More

  • Gartner recommends iPhone for business users, fish food for fish

    Gartner Research, in a stunning reversal, says that the iPhone is great for business, at least when firmware 2.0 hits. Their reasoning? Well, Steve said it was so. “In its initial release, the iPhone was, with few exceptions, an Internet tablet with browser-based applications as its main offering, however, the release of firmware 2.0 changes that, enabling enterprises to develop local… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson warns of low phone demand, I warn of imminent Sony Ericsson bankruptcy

    Don’t slip in it. Sony Ericsson is blaming component shortages and slowing demand for problems in their sales channel. My take on this news? Demand for Sony Ericsson phones is slipping, not overall demand. SE dumped a polished turd and some minor turdlets at CTIA this year and their phones are complex enough to scare people away yet not powerful enough to gain business converts. Nokia… Read More

  • DLO's new StrapWrap is just what it sounds like

    [photopress:strapwrap.jpg,full,center] There are a few jokes in the tech blogging community on what DLO’s acronym stands for, as the company tends to focus on iPodish products, like skins, or “Docks, Like, Only”. But DLO is my favorite maker of iPod cases, and the latest edition, the StrapWrap, is pretty awesome. It’s a sleeve that you attach to the strap of your… Read More

  • Super-efficient micro-microchip could run on body heat and motion

    It’s a big day for hot chips. No, not them. Researchers at MIT have created a tiny chip that is so efficient (it uses 0.3 volts, half as much as Intel’s “Atom”) that it could conceivably be run on body heat or movement alone, eliminating the need for a battery in the case of, say, an encrypting unit for in-body electronics sharing information. Sounds overly specific… Read More

  • Apple: Do evil

    Wired has a long, long story about a strange, strange company: our favorites, Apple. The piece is actually quite good and offers a bit more than the average “iPod good, but they sell nothing else” line most reporters use when they basically can’t get anyone at Apple to talk to them. Leander Kahney does a good job of seeing Apple for what it really is: an intense… Read More

  • The random endorsement: George Foreman Grill

    [photopress:endorsement031908.jpg,full,right] We’re endorsing the George Foreman Grill today. This is how I spend my spring break. Before using the GFG, I didn’t know how to cook. After using the GFG, I still don’t know how to cook! Is that the fault of the grill, or the fault of my own faulty upbringing and complete lack of ambition? I’m gonna guess it’s my… Read More

  • Sharpcast (Finally) Releases SugarSync for Synchronization of Data Across Devices

    Sharpcast has been holding their heads down over the last four years working on a technology that promises to solve a basic need: that of accessing your files no matter which device you’re currently using. Today Sharpcast finally takes the lid off SugarSync, a consumer product that promises to automatically synchronize data across desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, and even… Read More

  • Street Fighter Movie cast revealed, no Jean-Claude in sight

    Like the new Hulk movie, the new Street Fighter movie is attempting to revitalize a pop culture franchise tainted in the movie industry by a less-than-stellar debut. I really doubt a movie based on a fighter can rise that much above the rest, but if it’s even nearly as awesome as Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, I’ll be satisfied. Check out the lineup: Kristin Kreuk plays Chun Li. Read More

  • Western Digital launches 640GB 3Gb/s HDDs

    [photopress:wd4000yr_inside.jpg,full,center] Western Digital has increased the size of its single platter for dual-platter drives to 320GB, giving these drives a total of 640GB. “That’s not a large capacity drive!” you say. And you’re right, but dual-platter drives aren’t about capacity, they’re about performance and price. Spinning at 7200RPM, the drives… Read More

  • Keep that receipt: GeForce 9800 GX2s have heat problems with some motherboards

    There was a big to-do yesterday with the release of the GeForce 9800 GX2, the dual-GPU supercard from Nvidia. Reviews were cautiously positive, but Bit-Tech had a mysterious problem: constant overheating. They did some testing and found that on some nForce 700 mobos (in their tests, the Asus Striker II), the placement of the nForce 200 chip made for a hot pocket of up to almost 200… Read More

  • Google Mobile Learns the Need For Speed, But Is Still Not Fast Enough

    There is nothing worse than waiting for a mobile browser to fire up on your mobile phone (especially if it’s AT&T). That is why mobile apps customized for your phone still tend to deliver a better experience than going through the browser. Anyone building mobile apps knows this. Cut out any unnecessary steps and lag time, and the usage of your mobile app will go up. The folks on… Read More

  • Life+Gear wants to keep you and yours safe during stormy weather

    [photopress:lifegear.png,full,pp_image] I think the folks in Dallas need some of the gadgets Life+Gear is offering. Their cornucopia of items is hand-crank powered and also includes a siren, NOAA alert, AM/FM radio and eye-blinding LEDs. Some of the devices include the aforementioned features as is in an all-in-one device while others disguise themselves as lanterns or tool kits. They’re… Read More

  • Video: Kronotron fake Transformers watch

    I wish I still had mine. I remember in the early ’90s you could actually get these for a dollar out of the vending machines by the front door or Toys ‘R’ Us. Well, you could try to. I always ended up with a sparkly My Little Pony sticker. My childhood sucked. This watch does transform into a robot, and is made by Takara, who Hasbro licensed the original Transformers from… Read More

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