• Oh, neat: Command & Conquer 4 requires a constant Internet connection, too

    Let’s make one thing clear: I wouldn’t play Command and Conquer 4 if it was the game on Earth. It’s just not “me.” So pardon my blase attitude while I drop this bombshell: the game uses the same stupid DRM that Ubisoft now uses, which I complained about on CNN. Add this to your list of games not to buy, then. Read More

  • August Capital Bets Big On Blippy

    Blippy is always fun to write about because so many people are enraged by its very existence. But all that rage apparently hasn’t stopped the company from getting lots of investor attention. In addition to landing a bevy of top tier angels and venture capitalists in their first round of financing, we’ve now heard that Blippy is preparing to close on a new round. August Capital… Read More

  • When's the next bus due? There's an app for that too

    [UK] You know how it is, you wait for a bus and then three arrive at once. Although NextBuses (iTunes link), a new iPhone app by London-based developer Malcolm Barclay, doesn’t quite solve this problem, it does promise to make it easier to know when the next bus is due and even, in some instances, tell you if it’s running on time. The app, which costs 59p, delivers departure… Read More

  • Tech world mourns the loss of Jerome York

    Jerome York – Jerry to the folks at Apple – joined the Apple board in 1997, the board that voted Steve Jobs back into the CEO position after a decade in the wilderness. York died of an aneurysm. Apple dedicated their entire front page to his memory: Jerry joined Apple’s Board in 1997 when most doubted the company’s future. He has been a pillar of financial and… Read More

  • With A New Widget, Google Further Turns Android Phones Into Buzz Machines

    With A New Widget, Google Further Turns Android Phones Into Buzz Machines

    Despite criticism, and an overall frustrating experience, Google is definitely not ready to give up on Buzz. The latest indication comes today by way of a new Android widget that makes it easier than ever to post updates to the service. The new Google Buzz widget for Android allows you to post text or photos to the service without having to launch any app on the device. And, if you choose, you… Read More

  • Yahoo to exclusively power search, ads for Telefónica España

    Yahoo will power search and related advertising on the ’emocion’ portal of Telefónica España, Spain’s largest operator network, the two companies announced this morning. The agreement builds on the mobile search partnership with O2 Germany launched in November 2009, as well as the larger agreement announced in October 2007 to provide consumers with Yahoo as the primary… Read More

  • Wiki-style business directory Brownbook hits 34 million listings

    [UK] Brownbook, the business directory, has integrated seed data for nearly 4 million businesses for several countries to fill up their pages and grow the site’s index to 34 million listings. A move that is clearly an investment on their part to reach new countries and increase activity where they already have coverage. Brownbook’s approach is quite different from many well known… Read More

  • Labotec Raises Funding For Crowd-Sourced Mobile App Development Venture

    Miami, Florida-based Labotec has landed a round of funding from Kima Ventures, a European early-stage investment fund founded by entrepreneurs and angel investors Jeremie Berrebi (Zlio, Net2One) and Square backer Xavier Niel (Free, Iliad). The VC firm thus joins Kipost and FS Ventures as investors of the crowd-sourced mobile app development venture. The size of the round remains undisclosed… Read More

  • Breakthrough? New spreadable electrode may pave way for cheaper LCDs

    A research team from Japan-based Mitsui Mining & Smelting and Tohoku University says it managed to develop a spreadable electrode that may lead to lower prices for LCD panels in the future. The key element of the technology are indium tin oxide particles of 5-10 nanometers in diameter (pictured) the team has created. Read More

  • Google Calendar's Smart Rescheduler Searches For The Best Meeting Times

    The only thing worse than company meetings is trying to schedule one. The more people who need to be at that meeting, the harder it is to find a time slot that works with everyone’s schedule. A new Google Calendar Labs feature called the Smart Rescheduler brings some search smarts to the problem. “Overnight, all the Google apps customers will get this,” says Google… Read More

  • Chad Hurley's Take From The Sale Of YouTube: $334 Million

    Chad Hurley's Take From The Sale Of YouTube: $334 Million

    You can learn all sorts of interesting tidbits from legal documents. For instance, in one of the legal briefs unsealed today in the YouTube-Viacom dispute, such as the amount of money YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley made from the $1.65 billion sale of the company to Google in 2006. His take: $334 million (based on the November, 13, 2006 closing price of Google’s stock). In other words… Read More

  • RunKeeper goes social

    I’ll let the video after the jump do most of the talking on this one but RunKeeper has improved its sharing service by building out a cool run sharing service that works like a social network for the preternaturally skinny yet surprisingly hungry. The system allows you to share runs with friends and/or strangers. You can turn off maps for privacy and selectively share runs with the world. Read More

  • I Wish I Knew How To Qwit Qwitter. Twitter Unfollow Notification Service Is Back.

    December 1, 2008. That was the last day I got a Qwitter notification. I don’t recall qwitting Qwitter, it simply stopped working for me. Until today. When it just puked in my email inbox. For those unaware, Qwitter is a service that emails you every time someone unfollows you on Twitter. It tells you their name, and the last tweet you sent that may have caused the unfollow. Naturally, when… Read More

  • YouTube Defense: Viacom "Secretly Uploaded" Content, And They Tried To Buy Us

    Earlier today, several previously sealed legal documents in the longstanding copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube by Viacom were made public. In conjunction with the public release of those documents, YouTube’s chief counsel Zahavah Levine wrote a blog post which reads more like a summary of a legal brief. In it, Levine outlines YouTube’s main defense against… Read More

  • Marcel's Quantum Kitchen puts the final nail in Syfy's coffin

    The big TV networks announced their upcoming shows this week and, well, Syfy is now dead to me and no amount of Stargate can restore my faith in the station. Let me introduce to you Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen, which will be just one of the new shows shown on the upcoming Thursday reality block. Zap2IT Zap2It, The docu-series by executive producers Kevin Dill and Mechelle Collins will… Read More

  • Confirmed: HTC will announce at least one device next week at CTIA

    The stars are all starting to align around the launch of the HTC Supersonic happening at CTIA. If yesterday’s report from the Wall Street Journal wasn’t enough for you, check out this line pulled directly from CTIA press materials: Read More

  • Read The Just-Unsealed Documents From The YouTube/Viacom Case Here

    Read The Just-Unsealed Documents From The YouTube/Viacom Case Here

    Today, YouTube and Viacom unsealed many of the documents related to their longstanding copyright litigation, in which Viacom has sued Google for $1 billion. Viacom alleges that YouTube willingly facilitated the distribution of copyrighted material, and used it to boost its own traffic (while hurting Viacom’s bottom line in the process). We’re embedding the documents, which… Read More

  • The NanoNote $99 open hardware computer thingie

    Here’s a fun diversion for your Thursday: the “Ben” 本 NanoNote laptop palmtop miniature computer netbook smartbook thingie! Described as a “full copyleft hardware” device, this thing isn’t going to win any performance competitions — it runs OpenWRT, which you normally find on hacked Linksys routers — but it does represent an interesting option… Read More

  • tweetBracket: A Dead Simple Way To Share Your March Madness Picks

    Every year, we come across dozens of new applications looking to capitalize on March Madness, when millions of basketball fans across the country try to predict the outcome of the heated 65-team NCAA tournament. One new app that’s launching today is called tweetBracket, which gives users an extremely easy way to share their picks with their Twitter followers. The application, while… Read More

  • Bad News: Android 2.1 update for the Motorola Droid has been delayed

    Bad news, everyone! Remember that Droid update that was supposed to hit today? The one that was supposed to bring Android 2.1 and all of its wonderful features? Yeah, erm, about that.. It’s been delayed. Read More

  • EMIEW2: Hitachi updates its cute humanoid robot

    We last blogged about EMIEW2, a two-legged robot made by Hitachi, in July 2008. The main selling point was (and still is) an array of 14 microphones integrated into his head, enabling him to identify three different human voices simultaneously. But up until now, EMIEW2 tended to easily fall over on bumpy surfaces, which isn’t really ideal for a humanoid that’s supposed to one day… Read More

  • Apple Director Jerome York Passes Away At Age 71

    In a brief statement, Apple has announced that one of the company’s board members, Jerome B. York, has passed away. The veteran auto-industry executive was hospitalized in serious condition after a burst brain aneurysm this morning, according to the WSJ, and he apparently died soon after. York was chairman, president and CEO of Harwinton Capital. A former CFO of IBM and Chrysler, and… Read More

  • Review: BugMe for iPhone

    I’m not a Getting Things Done kind of guy. I’ve never understood people who live and die by their Franklin Planners. I’ve never understood the huge proliferation of scheduling and reminder applications for the various computing platforms I’ve used over the years. I’ll reveal my secret at the end, but for now we’re going to take a look at BugMe, a… Read More

  • JBL makes slight changes to iPod dock lineup

    When you’ve been making iPod and iPhone docks since the beginning, what is there to do but tweak the design every once in a while? That’s JBL’s situation, and these “new” docks are pretty much what you had before, but no one would choose the old ones over the new ones. “Greater versatility and compatibility” is their way of saying “it… Read More

  • The JBL MS-8 in-car DSP finally gets an official release date and price

    It has been a long time coming, but the notorious JBL MS-8 is almost here. Car audio forums have been talking up this digital signal processor system since 2007 when it debuted in a BMW demo car. It reached vaporware status in the minds of many, but JBL finally went live with its April release date and price today. Read More

  • Copy and paste coming to Windows Phone 7 later down the road?

    Microsoft has taken a very Apple-esque approach to the development and launch of Windows Phone 7. Now, before anyone tears into me in the comments with some crazy knee-jerk response, think about it for a second. Developed in the utmost of secrecy? Check. Closed-wall app store? Check. Minimalist user interface? Check. Apple also has a tendency to speak out against things that their product… Read More

  • Square Now Being Used For Mobile Payments At Political Fundraisers

    Square Now Being Used For Mobile Payments At Political Fundraisers

    Jack Dorsey’s Square was unveiled last December as an innovative way to let people quickly and easily accept physical credit card payments from their mobile phone. Since then, Square, which has been in limited beta, has been used in a variety of use cases. E.g. philanthopic organization charity:water recently used Square at the SXSW festival to collect donations. Read More

  • Kindle for Mac now live and free

    It might be months after Kindle for Windows launched but the OS X app is finally ready for Mac users. Well, most Mac users. The computer must be an Intel chipset and running OS 10.5 or higher. But if that’s you, click through and download the 22MB file to start getting your ebook reading on. Read More

  • Videoplaza secures €3.5 million from leading Nordic VCs

    [Sweden] Stockholm-based Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has secured a €3.5 million funding round from leading Nordic VCs Creandum and Northzone Ventures. This follows seed investments of €80,000 and €420,000, bringing the total raised to-date to €4m. The company, which currently has a staff of 20 based in Sweden, the UK and France, will use the new capital to continue to… Read More

  • This Windows Phone 7 tablet concept toys with our hopes and dreams

    Windows Phone 7 has a gorgeous interface. Everyone can agree with that. But this concept shows that it even transfers to a 8-inch slate just fine. Plus it throws in a a built-in stand, two analog joysticks and a keyboard for good measure. We like. Click through for a quick demo video. Read More