• Amazon Unbox Users Just Got Lazier

    TiVo users now have the power to download movies from Amazon via their TV rather than placing orders from a PC. The “Buy on TV’ feature does exactly what it claims to do. TiVo subscribers can rent or purchase movies from the comfort of their couch by using the TiVo remote control. As long as you have a Series2 or Series3 TiVo that has a broadband connection then you’ll never… Read More

  • Rumor: iPhone Firmware Upgrade Coming Soon

    Mobility Today seems to have the scoop on a list of features that will be fixed or added when the iPhone receives its first firmware upgrade. When that upgrade will show up is anyone’s guess. The list is quite extensive, but the tipster was really excited about a file browser: So anyway a FULL file browser is coming so you can browse just like windows mobile explorer only in the cool… Read More

  • World Of Warcraft Gets Simpsonized

    Found this on a random, late-night YouTube journey. It’s eight minutes of dorked out laughs with that Simpsons touch of humor. Marge and Bart end up playing together in an MMORPG that closely resembles WoW. Good laughs. Read More

  • TiVo Users Get Amazon Movies Direct From Box

    TiVo users will be able to purchase and download movies from Amazon via their set top boxes starting today. TiVo users have been able to purchase or rent movies from Amazon Unbox since March. Previously this required users to make the purchase on the Amazon website. From today, TiVo Series 2 and 3 users will now be able to browse and buy movies without having to use a computer. The NY Times… Read More

  • 217 Million People Play Online Games

    217 million people worldwide play online games, according to new figures released by comScore. The study took into account all sites that provide online or downloadable games but excluded gambling sites. The 217million users account for 28 percent of all people online. Yahoo! Games led the pack, attracting 53 million unique visitors. The fastest-growing Top 10 gaming property was the… Read More

  • Bay Partners Launches Facebook-Apps-Only Fund

    Here’s another indication of the importance of the new Facebook platform: Silicon Valley VC fund Bay Partners has earmarked millions of dollars for investments in startups creating applications for Facebook. The new program, called AppFactory, will be officially launched on Tuesday. Like the Charles River Ventures Quick Start program, the idea is to allow entrepreneurs to raise a… Read More

  • Thank You Readers and Sponsors

    It’s been a while since we’ve said thank you to our readers and sponsors for supporting the site. We’d also like to remind start-ups that there are a handful of demonstration spaces still available for our “August in July” party on July 27. August Capital’s fabulous back patio creates a great environment for networking and creating buzz. Interested… Read More

  • First Round Capital & Bay Partners Invests in Yapta

    More travel startup news tonight after Sidestep’s acquisition of TripUp: Yapta, one of the many Seattle-based travel startups (see Farecast and TripHub too), is announcing its second round of venture capital – $2.3 million from First Round Capital, Bay Partners and other investors. The company has now raised a total of $3 million. Yapta, which launched in May, has a unique approach… Read More

  • SideStep Acquires Travel Social Network TripUp

    Travel search company SideStep has acquired social networking site TripUp for an undisclosed sum. TripUp is a social network focused on travel and includes user-generated travel blogs, photos, videos, maps, and travel reviews. SideStep had previously acquired user generated hotel ratings site TravelPost.com in October 2006. I spoke with SideStep CEO Rob Solomon prior to the announcement. Read More

  • FatFreeCart: Two Carts for the Price of Free

    Online ecommerce was over $100 billion last year. That consists of everything from Amazon.com to the knick knacks people sell on eBay. Last year, PayPal processed about 6% of all online payments worldwide ($11.36 billion). 40% of those sales originated outside of eBay properties, which often requires some kind of online shopping cart to manage the transactions. PayPal has 133 million… Read More

  • AMD's Two TV-tuning Wonder Dongles

    AMD is going to turn your world upside down by transforming your PC into a home theater bursting with features. The introduction of two ATI TV Wonder USB dongles will convert your PC or laptop into a DVR for your HD content. The TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe gives you the ability to record your cable and local broadcasting while also boasting the ability to record QAM stations via ClearQAM tuning… Read More

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Leopard: Rounded Corners For the Win

    Leopard will soon be purring on a Mac near you, but I bet you didn’t know that its window corners are rounded. Nor did you know that the contextual menu (when you right-click something) has additional entries in it like “Automator” and “Send [picture] to Bluetooth device.” Did you know, smarty pants? APC Mag compiled a list of 10 things “you didn’t… Read More

  • Geek Trends: On Innovation


    Ever notice how the fancier electronics get, the less productive they become? Yea me too, and it’s a problem. Sure that 16,000 function cell phone/PDA/radiation detector/meteor deflector/oral hygiene device looks cool, but do you really need all of that crap? The answer is no, you don’t. And I’ll tell you why. Read More

  • Jason Mask + Bicycle Helmet = Better Breathing


    Industrial design and technology student Luke Pannell has designed a helmet that could help cyclists breath easier and look like some crazy geeked out Jason or a huge renob. Designed to filter out irritable particles that cause asthma sufferers and hay fever victims to veer into oncoming traffic because of a sneeze attack, the helmet dispenses of exhaled air through plastic tubes while a… Read More

  • Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning

    This is just a rumor at this point, and I haven’t confirmed it with the company (update: this is now confirmed, see below), but I’m hearing that Ning has closed a very large round of financing, led by Legg Mason – $44 million total on a $170 million pre-money valuation. That puts the current value of Ning at a healthy $214 million. The company previously raised an… Read More

  • Confirmed: Xbox 360 Slims Down This Fall

    Microsoft isn’t exactly having the ‘Best Week Ever’ but Dean Takahashi has confirmed that the rumored switch to 65nm processors codenamed “Falcon” will indeed be seen in the fall. The switch could possibly end the headaches caused by the RROD, which is costing MS $1 billion to reconcile with its die-hard fans. The leaner and meaner 65nm chipset will not only… Read More

  • Will PS3 Price Cuts Affect Microsoft and Nintendo?

    After Sony announced that they’d drop the price of the PS3 by a cool Ben Franklin, Microsoft is expected to follow in similar fashion according to Wedbush Morgan-analyst Michael Pachter. He predicts that Microsoft will drop the Elite from $479 to $399, the Premium from $399 to $349, and the Core from $299 to $249 in order to keep Sony from gaining any market share. If Microsoft were… Read More

  • Last.fm Inks Deal For Sony BMG Catalog

    Last.fm might be the rebel amongst online radio stations, but they just inked a global deal with Sony BMG that will bring a huge collection of popular artists like Avril Lavigne, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and The Boss to the Internet radio’s community as well as an extensive catalog of classic oldies. Last.fm’s fancy recommendation system will serve as a springboard… Read More

  • Who Needs Keys? SmartScan Biometric Scanning Opens Doors to Our Future

    Keys are so 20th century. Who has the time to reach into their pocket, choose the correct key, put it in the keyhole, turn the key and push the door open? I sure as hell don’t. That’s why, if I owned a house, I’d look at Kwikset’s SmartScan biometric scanning door opening solution. (Everything’s a solution these days.) With the mere swipe of your finger, the… Read More

  • Dude Plays World of Warcraft On iPhone

    It may say it’s in the 90s outside, but trust me when I say it’s cold. See, Hell froze over (and not in a Don Henley and The Eagles way) because some guy got World of Warcraft running on his iPhone. This mysterious video on YouTube shows a guy logging in with his character via the iPhone and messing around in Ironforge, all via his thumb and the phone of the millennium. But… Read More

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