• Logitech Introduces Pure-Fi iPod Stereos

    The Logitech Pure-Fi Dream Guess what? Logitech is now stepping up its line of iPod accessories with a whole new series of music systems called Pure-Fi. First up is the Pure-Fi Anywhere, which offers one touch shuffle and repeat, a remote, 2-inch Max-X drivers, and a 10-hour rechargeable battery. That sells for $150 and will be available this month along with the Logitech Pure-Fi Dream… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Makes Kids Go to Eleven

    Farhad at Salon’s Machinis wrote a great piece on the effect of Guitar Hero on the popularity of guitar music. In my humble opinion, playing Hero has as much to do with playing the guitar as pounding on a bucket has to do with playing the xylophone, but Farhad points out that … “Guitar Hero” instills two important guitar-playing fundamentals: sensitivity to rhythm as… Read More

  • Where's The Beef? EA Delays OS X Titles

    Months after EA and Jobs made love on the WWDC stage, consumers have yet to see any of the games that EA promised. Titles like Madden ’08 and Battlefield 2142 are supposed to be coming to OS X, but have yet to surface. Now things are getting fishy. Apparently EA is not commenting on OS X-related games and Apple is directing all calls and inquiries to EA. In all reality, EA is probably… Read More

  • Sony Releases Swarovski-studded Walkman

    As the iPod reigns dominant, the Walkman brand still continues to chug along. Sony today released limited edition Walkman E010s, each with removable caps that are covered in Swarovski crystals. You can get the player in pink, violet, black, blue or gold and in sizes of 1GB for $135, 2GB for $160, and 4GB for $212. Don’t go thinking you can just order one from Amazon Japan or something… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: AT&T Wireless Lockdown for iPhone?

    Recent news that Apple had applied for a means to disable recharging on a stolen device, we now have learned that Cingular conceived an even broader concept: shutting down a wireless device when out of a communication with a WiFi zone. Applicable to a number of devices beyond just cell phones, AT&T has patented a means to lock out stolen (or borrowed) wirelessly enabled gear… Read More

  • The Futurist: Today's Phone Companies = The New Ma Bell

    Considering that most people these days go through a cell phone in a time frame shorter than the human gestation period, it may be hard to believe that there was a time when phones were primarily an item you rented from the phone company. Every once in awhile, we hear about a Renter — typically an elderly person — whose adult children discover AT&T has been charging them as… Read More

  • Skype Suffers Major Outage

    Skype has suffered a major service outage that started from approximately 3am PST Thursday. Skype advised that their engineering team had determined that the downtime was due to a software issue, with the problem expected to be solved “within 12 to 24 hours.” The issue was serious enough to cause Skype to temporarily disable all downloads of the Skype client. Skpe has had a very… Read More

  • USAToday's Social Network Experiment May Not Be Paying Off

    When USAToday relaunched its site in March as a social network around news, I and others thought it was big news. They integrated Pluck’s new Social Media Suite, a group of social networking products that a number of high profile news sites have adopted. Overnight, USAToday went from being an old school news site to something much different. Readers could now create profiles, comment… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Squid Slayer Edition

    Dragon’s Lair for HD DVD Now Available
    AAA Launches Cellphone GPS App
    Xbox Live Arcade Heads To PCs By Year’s End
    Apple Is Done With AppleWorks
    Helio Officializes the Fin, Thinnest Flip in North America Read More

  • TwitKu: Single Interface For Twitter And Jaiku

    TwitKu is a new site that is sort of a Meebo (web instant messaging) for the Twitter and Jaiku “presence blogging” services. The site brings your Twitter and Jaiku accounts onto one screen and adds a posting interface that allows you to post just to one of the services, or to both. The benefit for many people that use both services religiously is obvious. Very simple and very… Read More

  • Google Lends Credibility To Sun StarOffice

    Google has officially begun distributing office suite and Microsoft Office competitor Sun StarOffice as part of the Google Pack. The proprietary office suite is based on the same code base as Open Office and was previously offered for $70. The move was first revealed August 11 but was officially announced August 15. Don Dodge, Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging… Read More

  • Most Useful iPhone Site Yet: Meebo

    Facebook may have the best looking iPhone site to date, but Meebo for the iPhone is more useful, as it brings instant messaging, finally, to that phone. ICQ, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and Jabber/Google are supported. Meebo took its time building the site, which is actually their first mobile application. There is no special URL, just go to meebo.com from an iPhone and the browser will load the… Read More

  • Kongregate Closes $5 Million Series A For Casual Gaming

    Casual gaming community Kongregate has closed a $5 million series A round led by Greylock today. This is on top of a $1 million angel round they raised from Reid Hoffman, Joe Kraus, Jeff Clavier and Richard Wolpert, among others. The casual gaming category consists of all those addictive online flash games that often distract you during your downtime (remember desktop tower defense?). James… Read More

  • Three Ways Startups Are Providing VOIP

    While the consumer “landline replacement” VOIP battles continue to wage (the cable companies now control over 70% of that market, and Vonage is still fighting), a number of nimble software-only startups are experimenting with their own services. All of them allow users to call normal, non-VOIP telephones at greatly reduced costs. These savings can be captured whether or not the… Read More

  • Google Removes Blog Showing Leaked Facebook Code

    FacebookSecrets, the blog that posted the accidentally released source code for the Facebook main index page, has been taken down. The blog was hosted on the Google-owned Blogger blog network and was removed pursuant to a DMCA take down notice from Facebook. A new blog (also on Blogger) has gone up that chronicles the back and forth between Google and the author (well, it’s one way… Read More

  • Bolt Joins The Deadpool

    Video sharing site Bolt has filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations. The site has been on borrowed time since an acquisition by GoFish failed August 1. Bolt.com was sued by Universal Music in October 2006 and owes Universal $10 million from that suit; the funds from the GoFish acquisition were to have been used to settle the $10 million with Universal. Bolt joins the TechCrunch Deadpool. Read More

  • Russian Court Finds AllofMP3 Legal

    A Russian court has found the former head of AllofMP3 not guilty of breaching copyright, a decision that finds the now shut AllofMP3 legal under Russian Law. EMI, NBC Universal and Time Warner took Denis Kvasov to court claiming that AllofMP3’s cheap prices breached copyright laws. AllofMP3 went offline July 2 following continued pressure from the US Government on Russia to shut the… Read More

  • Insane LAX Delays Cause by Single Faulty Network Card

    Over the weekend, almost 20,000 were stranded in terminals and aboard planes at LAX airport. That sucks. If you’ve ever been stuck at an airport, even for a few moments, you know how bad it gets. For a few hours, I’d start murdering jerks. It’s that bad there. That’s the news, but how did it happen? A single faulty NIC in a desktop terminal was sending crap data across… Read More

  • miDock Portfolio For Sirius Stiletto Due In October

    Polk Audio’s miDock Portfolio has been relatively successful as an iPod accessory — pretty good sound, pretty good value, pretty good looking — so Sirius Stiletto owners may be happy to hear that they’ll be able to get their own version in October for around $130. Read More

  • InFocus' New IN12 Ultraportable Projector

    Oh boy, I can’t wait for the next bi-monthly strategic planning meeting. That’s when I get to whip out my new InFocus IN12 mobile projector with “extraordinarily adjustable 1.4x zoom lens.” Read More

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