• PS3 is THE best Blu-ray player on the market

    So back at CES, I went and bothered a few folks from the Blu-ray booth and asked which player was the best to have. Their answers didn’t really surprise me, but I figured I’d fill all of you in, too. Sorry about the week long delay. The peyote is just now starting to wear off. That was a crazy ride! Regardless of whether or not you play games, they told me that the PS3 was the… Read More

  • Good news for mobile startups as The Sun drives mass take-up of QR codes

    Startups offering Quick Response technologies and other services for mobile phones will be heartened by the news that The Sun – the UK’s biggest circulating newspaper – says its new mobile barcode service already has 11,000 users since its early December launch. Readers use a downloaded client application for a cameraphone to scan over the newspaper, thus triggering either a… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #295

    On Brief #295 is a gadget booth tour. We started at the Belkin booth where we learned about the Podcast Studio. It’s a stereo recorder that uses an iPod as the hard drive. Next I stop by Apple’s MacBook Air display. I’m considering selling my MacBook Pro and getting one. Finally, I stopped by the G-Technology booth. G Technology makes my favorite portable hard drive, the… Read More

  • Video: I'm a Night Elf pimp

    We can close YouTube now. This is the best video that will ever be uploaded to it. (It’s a parody of the recent WoW ad campaign, in case you’re lucky enough to have a life.) WoW Moviewatch: Belated pimp parody of WoW commercials [WoW Insider] Read More

  • Seitz' 160-megapixel camera may be overkill


    I believe this camera has appeared in a more limited fashion before, but now you can actually click a buy button, assuming you’ve got $44,000 burning a hole in your pocket. My guess is that it’s for product photography and large-format printing (think billboards), because size aside, its ISO is limited to 100-400 and at full resolution (7500×21250) it takes a full second… Read More

  • (Legitimate) unlocked iPhones not selling much in Europe

    Orange is selling “very, very few” unlocked iPhones (cost: 749 Euros, or £560) without a contract, according to Didier Lombard, the head of Orange’s parent company France Telecom. By regulation Apple had to offer both locked and unlocked versions – with the latter being more expensive. Apple will be pleased, since it gets a monthly income from iPhone buyers who… Read More

  • Lego gumball sorting machine

    Say you needed to sort gumballs by color. Say you were colorblind like Hickey or your sorting fingers were mangled in a thresher? What should you do? Well, the best solution is to build a Mindstorms NXT robot to sort your gumballs for you and, potentially, encourage you sort out your damn priorities, nerd. Sorry. Actually, I’m jealous of this guy simply because I always wanted to do… Read More

  • Rick Sammon's affordable all-purpose lighting kit for you DSLR types

    Usually I do what I can with the light that I have, and it turns out pretty well. But it’s not that rare that I look at a shot and think, “if only I could have corrected for that flash of sunlight, or mitigated the effect of those shadows.” Apparently pro photo guy Rick Sammon thought the same and like me is weak and doesn’t want to carry around 20 pounds of tripods… Read More

  • CTIA/FCC could outlaw cellular repeaters AKA "jammers"


    Got a note this morning from a concerned reader who is watching some carrier noise. Apparently some of the bigs are talking to the FCC about having cellular repeaters classed as “jammers” because they might interfere and oscillate with regular cell tower signals. tia complained to fcc about repeaters, said they were essentially jammers asked for them to be banned.
    but repeater… Read More

  • Slide Gets Their Huge Valuation And Raises $50 million

    Three months ago Slide founder Max Levchin assured us that, despite rumors, he wasn’t raising money, and hadn’t even updated his pitch deck. He sure got his act in gear in a hurry, it seems. Today Business Week and The NY Times are reporting that Slide has raised $50 million at a valuation north of half a billion. Three months ago when he officially wasn’t pitching a new… Read More

  • Turmoil at Joost as CTO sacked then hired by BBC on the same day

    Is Joost going to last the year? The P2P TV yesterday confirmed it had fired CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik, who then promptly turned up as a new hire at the BBC on the same day. He will be chief technical architect of the BBC Future Media and Technology Group, which is working on – guess what – the BBC iPlayer online TV project. A Joost spokesperson in the US told newteevee that Gulik… Read More

  • Xbox Live outage = Undertow

    For all of our troubles over the holidays, the Xbox team is bestowing upon all Gold and Silver members a free download of Undertow. That’s pretty weak sauce if you ask me. Granted, I won’t be throwing a fit and trying to sue Microsoft for $5 million, but a free game certainly doesn’t make me feel better about the situation. Beginning next Wednesday at 2:00 a.m. PST… Read More

  • Three impending phone-like devices from Toshiba

    Toshiba? More like, “I want these phone for me-ba!” Ho! Still got it. Here are some of the European phones from Toshiba that were discussed in a post from a month ago. There’s the G910, the G710, and the you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it G450, which looks more like a big thumb drive with buttons and a tiny OLED screen than a phone. Photos courtesy of PocketPCItalia.com. Read More

  • Le iPhone is selling well in le France

    Head of Orange France, Didier Lombard, said that the iPhone is selling “very well” (“tres well“) and that they sold about 100,000 (“one unnred tousind!“) in 2007. They have also sold very few iPhones without contract (“sans contract“). Lombard then ate some runny cheese and drank a glass of wine. France’s Orange Says IPhone Sales Better… Read More

  • The Macworld trade show in pictures

    [photopress:mw08tadess.jpg,full,center] I swear, this is the last Macworld 2008-related thing I’ll write about. Then we can all forget it ever happened. AppleInsider brought a camera, possibly more than one, to the show and snapped away. We had plenty of shots of the star of the show, the MacBook Air, but we didn’t strain ourselves to the point of photographing other… Read More

  • Smaato Receives Seed Money

    Smaato, a mobile ad-server technology company, has received $3.5 million in financing from international media, advertising, mobile and financial community investors. Silicon Valley based legal firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised on the funding and participated with an investment of its own. “We are convinced Smaato is at the fore front of this new marketing opportunity. Read More

  • Yahoo! rumoured to be buying FoxyTunes

    Yahoo! is in negotiations to buy Israel-based FoxyTunes, according to TechCrunch.com. The Firefox plugin allows users to control their favorite media players from the browser. Yahoo has made overtures towards shaking things up in music and last week launched a new, stripped down, easy-to-use web based MP3 player, which could well be integrated with a browser based player like Foxy Tunes. Read More

  • Sprint cutting jobs and closing stores

    Sprint announced today that it’ll be laying off 4,000 people and closing 125 of its stores in the hopes of saving $700 million to $800 million in labor costs for 2008. It’ll also close 4,000 of its stalls and kiosks normally found in retail stores (it currently has about 20,000). The stock fell almost 19% in light of the announcement. So is Sprint in trouble? Maybe, but new CEO… Read More

  • EditGrid Special Crunchies Release

    Online spreadsheet tool and Crunchies finalist EditGrid have released a range of new features to coincide with tonights Crunchies. In addition to adding new functions, the release incorporates integration to both consumer and enterprise applications. The Special Crunchies Release Features Mashup Function – The image function fetches live images/charts from other Web services into a… Read More

  • More and more tiny notebooks coming this year

    This is going to be an interesting year. A year when a whole bunch of Asus Eee-like 7- to 9-inch notebooks are going to start coming out of the woodwork. An Everex version is coming out in less than a week at Walmart stores and, of course, there’s the actual Eee itself that’s available now. But throughout the year, we’ll see even more options — some most recently… Read More

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