• Gamestop PS3 and Wii Preorders

    Kotaku got the scoop on Gamestop poster announcing reserves for the PS3 and the Wii. According to the poster, customers can turn in $50 of used products to reserve one of the systems. Kotaku posits that this might be the only way to reserve systems through Gamestop, but I highly doubt it. More likely is that this is simply one of the promotions they’re offering. I’d be willing to… Read More

  • AOL to send movies to your TV

    AOL and Intel will reportedly announce next week that owners of the Intel Viiv powered Media Center PC will soon be able to send downloaded video to their plasma screen or LCD TVs. Michael Kanellos, editor at large of News.com, cited unnamed sources close to the companies in his post on the news. This is the logical next step in the world of big vendor movie downloads and AOL looks like… Read More

  • Citizendium: a more civilized Wikipedia?

    Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has announced that his new knowledge sharing wiki project called Citizendium will launch at the end of this month or earlier. The defining characteristic of the site is that topic experts will have final, enforceable authority to “resolve” controversy and kick out trolls. Citizendium will be a progressive fork of Wikipedia, allowing its own… Read More

  • Bordee Creates Message Boards for Any Domain Name

    Washington-based Bordee is preparing to launch a new free service, built with Ruby on Rails, that lets anyone create a topic-specific message board for any domain name. Bordee isn’t a new idea – there are lots of message board services out there. Google, Yahoo, Ezboard, Groupee and others have competing products. But I like the way Bordee is tweaking the message idea to create… Read More

  • Paint-on, apply directly to the wall. Paint-on, apply directly to the wall. Paint-on, apply directly to the wall.

    So you’ve got your high-def digital projector for your home theater. Cool. But projecting your hentai onto Mom’s wall paper just won’t cut it. For a real home-theater experience, you need a high-quality screen. They’re out there, but why not use real estate you already have? Like that wall? Goo Systems has developed a high-tech solution that allows you to watch your… Read More

  • IBM Thinkpad Explodes at LAX, Don't Let This Happen to You

    I fly quite a bit. I’m at the airport at least two days a month. I can say that I’m no longer scared of Terrorists. Even if they did start targeting airliners again, the odds of getting blown up is fairly remote. What really concerns me with air travel is laptops. These things are literally ticking (edit: Your laptop ticks? – Blake) time bombs that can apparently go off… Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Quick Look

    Here’s a quick video of the Gyration Gyrotransport in action. This $199 device will be out on Monday, September 18th. It’s extremely small and worked on both PC and Mac with absolutely no trouble – just plug it in and you’ve got an AIRMOUSE (!!!!). We’ll have a full review on Monday. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Massage Edition

    Nanobots and cameras attacked yesterday: Bathys Automatic Watches
    IGoGo: MP3 + Personal Massage = WTF!?
    Cornell Developing Bacteria Finding “Nano-Napkin”
    Flame Retardant Laptop Sleeves
    We Leika the Leica Line-Up
    Race to 2000 Update: 1500 Read More

  • Match.com for Families

    Friends For Families, a sort of match.com for families, quotes a study that says 25% of people claim that that they have no close personal friends. They aim to help families find other, compatible families to establish friendships. At its core it’s a match.com for families (without the dating and sex, I assume). It will officially launch on September 19. There is no free version of the… Read More

  • Chicago Board of Trade invests in Attention futures service ROOT

    Entrepreneur Seth Goldstein announced today that his company ROOT has received $1 million in funding from the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), a futures exchange founded in 1848. Bernard W. Dan, CEO of the Chicago Board of Trade, will join the board of directors at ROOT. ROOT is a commodities exchange for Internet- generated consumer leads. Today they provide a service that applies quality… Read More

  • Every Web 2.0 Company On One Page

    Go2Web20.net is a very nicely designed Flash page with logos and basic information for most web 2.0 companies. Click on a logo to see an overview of the company and links from blogs discussing it. It’s also sortable and searchable. Very nice. The only issue I have with it is that it’s loading a little slowly, possibly due to a very heavy page weight. Orli Yakuel (we find a lot of… Read More

  • IGoGo: MP3 + Personal Massage = WTF!?

    Wireless technology is still in it’s infancy. You can tell because there are still ideas people haven’t thought of yet, things that show up that make you go “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?” and wonder what people are thinking. The OSIM IGoGo is a perfect example. The IGoGo is a typical DAP that stores it’s music on MMC (no SD?). It’s got USB 1.1 (sigh), a small… Read More

  • T-Mobile Adds BlackBerry Pearl Early

    We like T-Mobile. They’re friendly, and they’ve been making great strides lately in coming to equity with Cingular in the cool-phones arena. Today, they’ve taken another step by adding the BlackBerry Pearl to their website as “available now”. They’ve been taking preorders for awhile, and started selling in-store, but this is the first time you can order one… Read More

  • Melitta Smart Brew: Coffee and Weather, Fresh Each Morning

    I love coffee. I love gadgets. I like coffee gadgets. There are several high-end, fancy-pants coffee makers in the world, but the Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew adds something more than sweet, sweet caffeine to your morning: a weather report. The Smart Brew features an LCD display on the side, which, besides coffee information and alarm settings, displays the weather forcast via SPOT technology (you… Read More

  • Yahoo! Messenger 3 Beta for OS X Out Now

    For us Mac users, Yahoo! Messenger has been a blessing and a curse. For years, Yahoo! added features to the Mac version prior to rolling them out to Windows users. Then, somewhere around the transition to OS X, Yahoo! changed gears. It’s been a couple of years since Mac users have had an update. Microsoft and AOL kept their messenging systems current, while Mac users lingered in the days… Read More

  • Will the Microsoft Zune Play Protected WMA Music?

    EFF thinks the Zune will not play protected WMA and WMV content, a move that, well, baffles us. According to the press release yesterday, Microsoft did not mention any protected WMA playback, but did mention unprotected WMA playback. Does this make sense? How will Microsoft even have the music store, the Zune Marketplace, without any sort of WMA protection? And since MS said the store will… Read More

  • Hands-Free Headsets Required for California Drivers by January 2008

    Governor Arnold is set to sign a bill today to outlaw drivers from talking on cell phones in cars unless they are using a headset or some other hands-free device. The law goes into action January 1, 2008, and will cost drivers $20 for a first time fine and $50 thereafter. Californians, you’ve got one year to get a phone that supports Bluetooth, get a headset, or get some kind of… Read More

  • The Microsoft Zune Has a Chinese Knockoff Already

    Oriphe Industrial Limited apparently saw the leaked Microsoft Zune photos a few months back and quickly went to work. And by work, we mean stealing Microsoft’s design. Their MP4 music player looks, well, pretty similar to the Zune, and plays AMW/MTV/MPEG/AVI video, JPEG photos, eBook text files, and MP3 music. Their MP3 music players play MP3/WMA/WAV and have FM radio recording, which… Read More

  • Sonos Teams with Real: Rhapsody in Your Livingroom

    Streaming music and video could finally invade the living rooms of mainstream America next year. With Apple’s iTV vaporware device coming to light early, it sort of sets the stage for all kinds of digital fun. Read More

  • Nodus Psyclone PSP Dock

    Designed for the PSP, the Nodus Psyclone dock actually looks like something you wouldn’t be ashamed to show around the house. There’s an integrated T-Amp, which improves sound quality for when you’re watching a UMD, listening to music, or viewing a movie off your memory stick. Because of the way the PSP is positioned inside the speakers, there’s practically no way you… Read More