• Ooma Launches Free Consumer Phone Service

    An ambitious and long awaited new consumer VOIP startup – Ooma – launches on Thursday morning. Much like Vonage and the ill-fated SunRocket, Ooma allows consumers to use their normal phones to make and receive telephone calls, but at drastically reduced prices. Vonage provides unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada for a flat $25/month. Ooma, however, is using an innovative… Read More

  • Zattoo Is The Best Live P2P Television Platform Available Today

    With Microsoft getting into the Live P2P television game with Livestation, interest has been growing in the space. We covered a number of leading operators earlier this month. On that list was the European focused company Zattoo with a product that is currently only available in a number of European countries, and only then by invite. The folks at Zattoo were kind enough to offer me a 7-day… Read More

  • Free Consumer Phone Service from Ooma

    Thanks to mobile plans with thousands of free minutes, in-network calling options and even mobile VOIP options many consumers have ditched their traditional landlines. But Michael has posted over at sister site TechCrunch about VOIP startup Ooma and its new free consumer phone service. This service might just offer mobile phones a bit of competition. Ooma is using an innovative… Read More

  • Google Expands Print Ads Program, Non-Americans Not Wanted

    Google has announced the expansion of Google Print Ads. From today Google has expanded their newspaper advertising base from 50 papers to 225 newspapers representing 32 of the top 35 DMAs with a combined circulation of 30million readers. The lineup of newspaper companies participating is impressive; companies include E.W. Scripps, Freedom Communications, Hearst Newspapers, GateHouse Media… Read More

  • How to Get the Most Money Out of eBay Auctions

    eBay’s online marketplace raked in nearly $6 billion last year helping people sell nearly anything they’ve got, including a hocking a few iPhones. Savvy consumers often flock to the service, sniping for hard to get items or some deeper discounts than retail stores. Common sense says that markets prices goods appropriately, based on supply and demand. However some economists… Read More

  • Crunch it Over: Can Camphone Pics Equal Digital Theft?

    So here’s the debate: Now that cameraphones are quite literally everywhere, is it OK for people to use them as they see fit? In Japan, merchants are banding together to try and ban “digital shoplifting,” the act of using a camphone to snap a shot of content from a magazine or book. The offenders are apparently those who browse fashion magazines and take photos of hairstyles… Read More

  • Wii-Haters, You Have a Theme Song

    While the debate over which of the current game consoles is the best, the opinions of the masses make their way online, some more coherent than others. The Anti-Wii song is a good example of a well-thought-out argument with opinion and fact put to a catchy beat. If you’re part of the Wii Nation, we’ll be expecting your retorts. Nintendo Fanboys cover your ears – the… Read More

  • Scholastic Loses It Over Harry Potter/BitTorent Story

    It didn’t take long for Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, to send us a takedown notice for our post “The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent.” In an email yesterday, Mark S. Seidenfeld, an attorney for Scholastic, demanded that we “act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material or items claimed to be infringing” and… Read More

  • Limited-edition Nixon Lowdown SS

    Next to Duke Kahanamoku, Jack’s Surfboards is the name in surfing. Jack’s is turning 50 this year and to celebrate this grand occasion, Nixon has released a limited-edition Lowdown dubbed the “SS” featuring a gold-plated case and buckle custom engraved with “Jack’s Surfboards 50th Anniversary” on the caseback. Check out Jack’s for the… Read More

  • Rumor Smashed: Helio Doesn't Mess Around

    We may or may not see a new phone device from Helio this year, but rest assured what you see above is definitely not it in any way, shape or form a new Helio. It’s a terrible Photoshop job to begin with and anyone thinking it’s real has a screw loose. Look for a few changes in the coming weeks that will rock your world and 2008 will blow you out of the water. Helio isn’t… Read More

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    Why? I don’t know! But I’m sure we’ll have a blast. Facebook Group Read More

  • Plaxo Could Be the Open Facebook

    Plaxo recently launched a new 3.0 version that was more than just an AJAX face lift. Plaxo, once a notorious spammer, has grown beyond their core service of being the web’s address book. The new version not only synchronizes contact information, but also your information feeds, like Flickr, calendars, and adding new feeds every day through Plaxo Pulse. Today Plaxo is joining a host of… Read More

  • Apple To Hold iPhone Workshop on July 23

    Apple is holding a “confidential” and invite-only one day iPhone Tech Day Workshop, July 23, 2007 on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California for web developers, widget developers, web designers, and software engineers. The purpose of the workshop seems to be a sort of “iPhone 101″ for developers, and to help them optimize web applications for the iPhone. The event… Read More

  • Zonbu Green PC Debuts Today: Cheap Not Cheap

    The Zonbu PC makes its debut today and even though, once again, John hated on the idea, I like it. To a point. The Mac mini-sized PC ditches several conventions in order to bring its variable price down to as low as $99. It eschews a hard drive and instead comes with a 4GB flash drive. “Real” storage is all handled by Zonbu’s remote servers. You can buy anywhere from 25GB… Read More

  • Calling all Current/Former Best Buy/Circuit City/etc… TV department employees!

    Inspired by the intrepid reporting of The Consumerist, I am calling out all current and former employees of big box electronic stores who might be able to dish on the perhaps-nefarious selling practices used to trick customers in the TV department. We’ve all heard rumors of employees tinkering with the brightness or contrast settings to make certain sets shine, but is there anything… Read More

  • Peter Moore Quit to Be With His Family, Doesn't Mean Xbox is Dying

    This is Peter Moore playing DDR. We met once. He’s cool. The news of Peter Moore’s departure from Microsoft sent shock waves throughout the food service industry yesterday. But he didn’t leave because of the whole Xbox 360-falls-apart-as-soon-as-you-turn-it-on thing. No no, he left because he’s a family man at heart and wanted to spend more time with… Read More

  • Teenager Buys PS2, Gets Lotsa Cash

    eBay can be an interesting place. You never quite know what you’ll end up getting when placing a bid. This is the case of one British teen who bought a Playstation 2 off eBay, only to receive a package full of $90k worth of euros stacked inside. Talk about an awesome freak accident, considering the teenager only spent about $195 on the auction. But like all things good, a problem arose. Read More

  • Sony iPod Clock Radio: No Hate, Just a Solid Implementation

    Good ol’ Sony wants you to wake up to the gigabytes and gigabytes of white labels you’ve downloaded in order to get your day off to a fabulous start. To do that you’ll needs its latest clock radio, the ICF-C1iP. It should fit right into your daily routine of waking up at 6:30 a.m., putting on your makeup and doing your hair, then heading out the door to crack rocks all day long. Read More

  • Nokia's DVB-H Mobile TV Standard Gets EU Blessing, Market Poised to Finally Materialize

    Mobile TV is still FUBAR here, but over in Europe and Korea (especially Korea) it’s in much better shape. And now that the EU has backed a single standard for mobile TV there—one supported by Nokia—its prospects are looking better and better. The EU has given its blessing to DVB-H, which, while annoying proponents of other standards such as Qualcomm, should kick start the… Read More

  • Pioneer Kuro HDTVs Only Do 720p

    Wow. Pioneer is trying a little too hard to advertise its Kuro line of HDTVs. Pioneer’s plasmas are usually fine, so its “look how great they are!” is a little troubling. The Kuro line is split in two: the Kuro and the Elite Kuro. Both are available in 42-, 50- and 60-inch models, but none of them are 1080p. Hmmm… Strange, considering it’s 2007. Both models have… Read More

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