• MyMiniLife: Your Embeddable Virtual World

    MyMiniLife is a Flash based virtual world/social network. Users create and customize a character and then build out a virtual space, adding walls, floors, doors, windows, etc. Users can then add customized goods ranging from lamps to cannons to the space, and embed video or photo elements into items, or link to web pages (click on my moped in the embed for an example). Some users create… Read More

  • The Mysterious Wikiwix: Affiliated With Wikipedia?

    We got a tip today on a new search engine called Wikiwix. The site is new to me and there is very little information about it on the web (one post from about three hours ago is here). It is linked from the main Wikipedia search page, although I’m not sure when it was added. Like Wikiseek, a search engine unaffiliated wtih Wikipedia, Wikiwix searches only Wikipedia. The “contact… Read More

  • Sexual Innuendo And Poker Chips

    I do my best not to post actual commercials on CG, but it’s the weekend and this commercial is very silly. I’ve gotten a chance to use the product, The Original Poker Chip Customizer, a bit since the last time I wrote about it and it’s quite nice. And at $60 for the deluxe set, it’s reasonably priced as far as I can tell.
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  • Patent Monkey: Netflix Sued for Anti-Trust by Using Patents

    Dennis Dilbeck, a Netflix subscriber, filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Netflix controlled the online DVD rental market by leveraging fraudulently obtained patents making for an unusual patent-based anti-trust case filed earlier this year (recently made public) which is consistent with Blockbuster’s counter suit against Netflix. Dilbeck presents a case that Netflix withheld… Read More

  • Buzka: Social Bookmarking With a Business Function

    Perth, Western Australia based Buzka is a social bookmarking site with a business function. I caught up with Buzka team earlier this week and the first thing they said to me was Buzka was like De.licio.us. Whilst I felt like groaning, I soon discovered that whilst sharing features typical of the social bookmarking crowd, Buzka offers something different. Buzka comes with the usual trimmings. Read More

  • Music Licensing Online: YouLicense

    YouLicense aims to gain traction in the growing market for direct music licensing deals. An online music licensing marketplace, YouLicense enables artists and those seeking musical content to conduct business directly without the need to deal with music companies. Content is indexed and easily searchable. YouLicense provides standardized contracts so that both buyer and seller immediately know… Read More

  • LateNightShots: I'll Drink To That

    LateNightShots is an invite-only social networking site dedicated to Washington DC nightlife. Since launching a beta version in August 2006, the site now has over 10,000 members. LateNightShots adheres to a strict invite-only policy – members may only join the site after being recommended by an existing member. LateNightShots requires members to choose at least five of their favorite bars… Read More

  • SharedReviews Paid Opinions

    Most product review sites fall into one of two categories: professional or community driven. Sites like CNET Reviews and blogs like CrunchGear pay their staff to review the latest gadgets and give you an authoritative, and hopefully unbiased, opinion on what tech toys make the grade. Community driven sites like Epinions and Amazon rely on the kindness of strangers to post reviews, which… Read More

  • Google Licenses Technology for 3D Maps

    Google has licensed technology that will enable Google to map out 3-D versions of cities world wide. According to a Mercury News report, the technology was developed by a team of Stanford University students and was used to run a robotic car that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. Although Google is the market leader in mapping, to date it has lagged behind Microsoft’s Virtual Earth… Read More

  • Google Builds Team in Quest to Conquer China

    Rumored for some time, Google is now officially providing results for Chinese search engine Soso.com. Spotted first by Search Engine Journal, the Google logo is now present in Soso.com search results, and joins 163.com in Google’s quest to conquer China. It has been a difficult market for Google from the beginning. The ethical questions in relation to censorship caused Google to hold… Read More

  • Mobio Gives Us Gas

    We’ve written about Mobio on CG before (specifically here and here), but in case you’re not familiar, it’s a free collection of services and apps for mobile phones and devices for doing everything from reading RSS feeds to making dinner reservations to locating the nearest ATM. To the current collection—which installs from a quick download to you handset—Mobio adds… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay Moves Into Video Streaming

    The Pirate Bay, one of the largest and most controversial sites for downloading copyrighted materials via BitTorrent, confirmed today that they are preparing to launch a video streaming site. Some people are speculating that it will be YouTube without the DMCA take down notices, because those notices will simply be ignored. The service will likely launch at thevideobay.org. This has to send… Read More

  • OrgPlus Live: Org Charts Aren't Boring!

    It’s always a little weird when a stodgy-sounding task goes all Web 2.0. Case in point, creating organizational charts. Software vendor Human Concepts makes OrgPlus, the go-to app for such an activity and
    OrgPlus Live is the new Web-based version of said software. Don’t think you need org charts? Well, maybe it’s just that you don’t know any better. Of course some of… Read More

  • Apple Will Sell iPhone in 2,000 Stores: Get in Line Now

    When the iPhone debuts next month, consumers lucky enough to wait in line for one can do so at 2,000 fine retail locations. One of those analyst types from Bear Sterns just wrapped up a meeting with Apple and the company said that its iPhone will be available for purchase at its 181 retail stores and AT&T’s 1,840 stores. No other store will sell the phone, don’t you know. In… Read More

  • Polar Bears and the Art of Interface Design


    Try as they might, the animators couldn’t find and delete LazyEye.cpp from the render farm servers. Bill Higgins brings up quite a few interesting points in his article, “the Uncanny Valley of user interface design.” Read it before you read this. Essentially he’s saying that there is a “sweet spot” that user interfaces — be they desktop programs or… Read More

  • MixerCast: A Multimedia Player With A Revenue Model

    We’ve seen a lot of action around personal media players recently, driven by people’s desire to share their content with friends and family. Slide recently announced they’re creating over 200,000 slide shows/day, and newcomer Flektor is getting snatched up by MySpace. MixerCast is a similar embeddable flash media player that’s not only remixing all of your favorite… Read More

  • Game Content Under the Microscope: What Do You Think?


    We’ll be keeping this story high on the front page for a bit simply because it contains such an excellent set of thought-provoking questions. – JB Today concludes our week-long look at video game violence and content. Originally we hoped to include comments from other voices, and efforts were made to hear from Florida Attorney Jack Thompson and Senator Joseph Lieberman. But… Read More

  • Age of Empires III: Big in Japan?

    Age of Empires III is going to Asia, with a new expansion to be released this fall. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the popular real-time strategy game’s second expansion pack (and this is actually the first time an Age of Empires game has gotten a second expansion). This add-on also marks another first, namely the first time another developer beside Ensemble Studios is working… Read More

  • XM Tricks Subscribers, Says It Canceled Service When It Really Didn't

    XM Satellite Radio might have some ‘splaining to do. Reports suggest that angry fans who thought they had canceled the service in response to Opie & Anthony’s suspension are just getting their accounts suspended. Fans hang up thinking they’ve canceled XM only to find out later on that XM didn’t honor their request, instead putting their account on hold for so… Read More

  • OrgPlus Live: Organizational Charts For The Masses

    I know this is neither “gear” nor “gadget,” but I like telling you, the reader, about good software when I come across it. Software vendor Human Concepts makes OrgPlus, the go-to app for creating organizational charts. OrgPlus Live is the new Web-based version of said software. Don’t think you need org charts? Well, maybe it’s just that you don’t know… Read More

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