• XtremeMac debuts Tango X2

    Yes, it’s another iPod dock. Is it necessary in an already over saturated marketplace? Probably not, but if you were a fan of the original Tango then the X2 just might be the perfect upgrade. The 2.1 speaker system offers ‘precision tuned high dynamic speakers’, tweets and a sub. An AM/FM radio is also included in this iteration. A blue LED display is placed behind the… Read More

  • VoxSwap language site launches, as FriendsAbroad adds features

    Privately-owned Voxswap, a person-to-person language learning site, launches today. The site features internal email, chat and forums to get people speaking to one another and allows users to personalise their profiles with video, pictures, tags and further information about themselves. Voxswap is hoping its extra linguistic-friendly features, such as a virtual keyboard which supports… Read More

  • Search Atheism On The Rise

    In Google we no longer trust. A new study from the University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future has found that a growing number of people no longer believe that search results are reliable and accurate. The survey found that only 51% of people trust information provided by search engines, down from 62% in 2006. Google, as the most popular search engine in the… Read More

  • Mumboe: Paradise For Lawyer Types

    Electronic agreements have greased the wheels of commerce, causing businesses to push a lot of digital paper these days. Several startups have popped up to help manage these contracts (mostly through eSignatures): EchoSign, DocuSign, VeriSign, Entrust, amongst others. And people are using them. DocuSign claims to have completed over 5 million eSignatures alone. Austin-based Mumboe… Read More

  • Facebook considers Ireland for Euro hub

    Following moves to set up a sales office in London, uber social network Facebook is considering Ireland as the location for its European hub. Apparently executives from the company have met providers of business and technology services in Ireland in recent weeks, according to the Irish Times newspaper, whose subscription firewall prevents us from seeing much more on this story. However, a lot… Read More

  • The Reg takes on the OLPC XO

    Ever a trustable resource, The Register has completed its full review of the OLPC XO laptop. The verdict? I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Actually, I do: they are pleased, but cautious and critical of several bits. The browser is lacking somewhat (though Opera has an XO port), the flat file browsing scheme (no folders or containers) is unintuitive for most people who have grown up… Read More

  • Nokia's 3310 Evolution hugs trees, does drum circles

    I wanted to write up this phone while at CES because it was simply the most practical-looking phone there, felt good in the hand, and looked sweet. It wasn’t sensational enough at the time, but now we know that Nokia is doing it green-style. They claim to be using “innovative bio-materials,” which sounds a little shady, but their charger is super-efficient and… Read More

  • EU May Regulate Text and Mobile Data Costs

    Mobile phone users in Europe are paying high costs to text message or use mobile Internet services outside their own country, the EU’s telecoms chief said today. This word comes just a few months after the EU regulated the cost mobile phone service providers could bill for roaming charges outside a customer’s country of origin. Last September the European Commission capped roaming… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #294

    I’ve had the opportunity to talk with some of the top talkers in the tech world. My all time favorite has to be Patrick Norton. I like him because he talks fast and because he’s got that compelling X-factor quality that can’t be easily explained or understood. I met up with him at the xTrain.com booth to talk about what to me seems like irrational disappointment in this… Read More

  • Steve Jobs is a mean, mean man

    http://qik.com/player.swf?streamname=30d766ebf3984b7bab34a4c9b4dbbc60&vid=8984&playback=false&polling=false&user=scobleizer&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous Poor Violet Blue! All she wanted to do was take a picture with Steve Jobs and his highness told her she was rude and blew her off. Just so you don’t think she tried to share some… Read More

  • Hear Text News on your iPhone with PimpMyNews

    A startup called PimpMyNews.com has launched a free news application that converts text news into spoken news for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Web-based service can be accessed through the iPhone’s or iPod Touch’s Safari browser. PimpMyNews uses the Internet to find the latest news and converts text into audio that can be listened to on the devices. Audio versions of the news can… Read More

  • YouPorn, We're Coming Up Behind You

    Now that I have your attention, Compete has released a list of the fastest-growing (and fastest-declining) sites of 2007. Some of the fastest growers include Veoh, LinkedIn, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Six Apart, and WordPress. Some of the notable sinkers are Bolt, Xanga, Netscape, and Autobytel. TechCrunch has the distinct honor of taking the No. 5 spot in the fastest-growing list, right… Read More

  • Fifth Generation Systems Takes $5.3 Million Series B

    Fifth Generation Systems, the company behind social homepage creator Zude has taken $5.3 million Series B in a round that includes Irwin Lieber and Barry Rubenstein of Wheatley Partners, Persistency Capital, and Gund Investment. Zude offers a “social webpage network” that allows users to create their own personalized webpage from modules that hold personal content or clips grabbed… Read More

  • Powerful Support For Flock. Wait, Nevermind.

    When Netscape announced they were shuttering their iconic Internet browser last month, they recommended to users that they consider moving over to Firefox: “We recommend that you download Mozilla Firefox and give it a try. We know you’ll enjoy it!” (they also gave instructions for migrating from Netscape to Firefox). That makes sense, since Mozilla spun out of Netscape… Read More

  • YouTube's Traffic Marches North, But The Long Tail Keeps Wagging

    New figures released by comScore show that Google’s (mostly YouTube) share of online video has continued to grow, rising to 31.3% of all online video’s viewed in the United States, up from 28.3% in September. Google maintained its dominance over its nearest competitor, Fox Interactive Media (FIM) who remained a distant second on 4.4%, up from 4.2% in September. Notably the top… Read More

  • Wii's Marble Mania makes you a better surgeon

    Regular Joes can use the Nintendo Wii to lose a couple of pounds, yes, but now it looks like doctors can also benefit from a couple of rounds of Marble Mania. A study found that surgeons who played games, specifically the aforementioned Marble Mania, scored as much as 50 percent higher on some little surgery simulator thing. The game is like the Monkey Ball series where you steer a ball around… Read More

  • BitTorrent Clients Are A Security Risk, RIAA Probably Ecstatic

    Popular BitTorrent clients uTorrent and the official BitTorrent client pose a security risk to users. According to a report at Torrentfreak, both clients are vulnerable to a remote denial-of-service attack due to the way they handle user-supplied data. Versions found to be vulnerable so far are the official BitTorrent 6.0 client, uTorrent 1.7.x, uTorrent 1.6.x and uTorrent 1.8-alpha-7834. The… Read More

  • KickApps Publishes API Kit, Adopts Facebook and OpenSocial Platform Standards

    KickApps, provider of “white label” social networking functionality for existing websites, has been making strides to open up its hosted platform to both web and application developers. Webmasters who want to integrate KickApps’ social networking features – such as user profiles, videos, photos, and blogs – typically use the company’s Affiliate Center, an… Read More

  • Fair Use in 2008: What it is, what it isn't

    [photopress:fairuseee.jpg,full,center] The ongoing “he said, she said” debate about copyright over at Bits is more or less what you’d expect: the stuffy lawyer type demonizing anything and everything that doesn’t grant media companies full and unfettered access to sell and re-sell you their junk, and a youngish, cool-looking guy pulling the old “man, what is… Read More

  • Kaltura Partners to Add Crowdsourced Video to Wikipedia

    Crowdsourcing video startup Kaltura is partnering with the Wikimedia Foundation to put its video-mashup technology on Wikipedia. The program, which is starting in beta today, will allow people to create collaborative videos on Wikipedia and other wikis. Kaltura’s video-editing technology allows multiple people to collaborate in creating a video. The addition will eventually make… Read More

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