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  • Philadelphia Finally Getting WiFi Network

    Just heard some welcome news on NPR right now. The company setting up Philadelphia’s city-wide WiFi project has completed a 15-mile-wide test north of the city and word is that the system is ready to be deployed to all of Philadelphia. By Q3 of this year, the network should be setup so that anyone in Philadelphia city limits can acquire wireless Internet access for on the cheap. No price… Read More

  • London Calling (or anywhere else) On the Cheap

    Calling London or just about anywhere else internationally has always been pretty expensive. VoIP services, including Skype, have helped ease the pain of those massive ultra-long distance bills, but this just meant you were tethered to a computer. EQO Mobile could be the answer to affordable international long distance. This new service promises to reduce the costs of international calls by up… Read More

  • Extreme Gaming The Dell Way


    Back at CES, Dell released the XPS 710 H2C desktop, a high-end liquid-cooled gaming rig able to be loaded up with almost every performance part on the market at the time and overclocked at the factory. Today, they announced the availability of its successor, the XPS 720 H2C, again featuring the latest high-performance components. A 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700… Read More

  • Pandora Still Hates Foreigners, But Is Now on Sprint and Sonos

    Pandora, the U.S.’s favorite streaming music service, just launched two new products, Pandora for Sprint and Pandora for Sonos. Read More

  • Creative Unleashes 2MP Auto-focusing, Plug-N-Play Webcam

    I know it’s pretty difficult to get excited by a Webcam, so I forgive you for not reading this. But, on the off chance you’re actually shopping for one, you should maybe add the Creative Live! Cam Optia AF to your list; it became available today. Creative promises the $130 camera has a “true 2-megapixel sensor and Live! View technology for sharp, HD-resolution… Read More

  • Sanyo Wants You To Get Wet…

    …and still be able to capture all the video you want with its new Xacti E1 camcorder. The 8.3-ounce camera is completely sealed up so you can take it in the pool or pond (pond would be good for you) down to depths of up to 5 feet for as long as 30 minutes—plenty of time to capture just about any underwater activity your perverted mind heart desires. It uses AVC/H.264 video… Read More

  • T-Mobile Wing Review


    HTC, the manufacturer of T-Mobile’s new Wing smartphone, are like great session players. They blend into the background, laying down syncopation, a few horns, some cowbell, while the carriers — the Otis Reddings of this little analogy — take the spotlight. Don’t cry for HTC, though. They’re making good money by making other people shine. Take the Wing, for example. Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Supreme Court KSR Patent Ruling Requires Free Thinking

    took far less resource and time to develop than that. Without a doubt, the KSR v. Teleflex Supreme Court decision has changed the patent landscape that we at PatentMonkey.com operate in. Without delving into a position piece on the pro’s of IP ownership, we now ask the question, “So what does this all mean?” Read More

  • First Blu-ray Movie/Game Combo Coming From…John Woo


    This is the one and only time I wish I had a PS3. John Woo’s Stranglehold game will have a nice surprise for those willing to dish out $69.95. But before I go into details please allow me, dear readers, to bestow my love of Hong Kong movies upon thee. I’m a big fan of John Woo and I’m not talking about the crap he’s done in the States. Don’t get me wrong, Face… Read More

  • Dell: We've Got Your Ubuntu Right Here


    Via a leaked company e-mail (i.e. who knows if it’s true) Electronista reports that Dell has slated the 15.4-inch Inspiron E1505 laptop and the Dimension E520 and XPS 410 desktops to be available with Ubuntu Linux as an OS option. No mention of costs or component options, though Electronista speculates that they’ll be Intel-based systems only based on current processors for… Read More

  • Alltel Adds City ID Enhanced Caller ID Function: Identifies Unknown Numbers By City, State

    This is kinda neat if you find yourself often getting phone calls from parties unknown. Alltel is rolling out with City ID, an enhanced Caller ID service that attempts to identify all those pesky “unknown” phone numbers by city and state. That way, if you get a call from Some Dude and the number doesn’t show up, the phone will display the city and state of the incoming call. Read More

  • XM Up and Running Again

    Hot damn, the XM signal is back online! Now we can get back to not listening to Opie & Anthony, though I guess Oprah & Friends does have its fair share of hilarious moments, too. XM had been having signal problems for the last day or so. Users had been complaining that they weren’t able to tune in at full strength. XM’s contingency plan was to tell people to listen online. Read More

  • iPhone Will Be Available For Pre-Paid Users


    A leaked internal screen-shot from AT&T Rejoice! If you’ve been kicking yourself non-stop over the iPhone because you either have another carrier or you use Cingular as a pre-paid service, you need not worry anymore. Proof has risen from an internal AT&T computer screen-shot, which shows available tracking for the iPhone. Three options are listed: iPhone Hybrid Tracking… Read More

  • Zune *This Close* To Working on Windows Media Player 11

    The Microsoft Zune uses proprietary software to manage music, software that several folks out there in radio land don’t necessarily enjoy using. The ultimate goal is to be able to fully use the Zune with Windows Media Player 11 and, slowly but surely, indie coders are approaching this goal. A user on the Zunerama forums, ronaldmonster, is so, so close to getting WMP to recognize his Zune. Read More

  • Balance Concept: Part Luxury Cellphone, Part Smartphone

    It’s both a luxury cellphone and a smartphone, two devices that, apparently, have never been combined together effectively before. Called the Balance by designer Bence Bogar (Hungarian—be gentle), it acts as both a slider and and clamshell phone. When inside a pocket, it takes the form of a clamshell, protecting its two touch-sensitive screens. Whip it out and it slide it around to… Read More

  • World of Warcraft Patch 2.1.0 Out Now

    Just as I was talking to my friend about rolling a new Horde character on Burning Blade, out comes this new WoW patch. Dubbed “The Black Temple”, this 256MB patch will allow players to enter, well The Black Temple! Players can fight Illidan the Betrayer before realizing they have plenty of other goodies associated with this patch to check out. There’s a new PVP arena, new… Read More

  • Qwest Now Offering EV-DO Service

    Qwest users can now get some decent wireless Internet on the go. Using Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A network, Qwest is offering users over-priced wireless mobile broadband plans. For $69.99, you can get a paltry 500MB of data a month. According to the report, Qwest will offer a 600MB plan and an unlimited plan as well, which makes no sense considering that 500MB and 600MB aren’t that… Read More

  • SoundTech LightSnake iChat USB Headset and Mic: Does Apple Know About This?

    I’m sure you’ve heard of SoundTech before. It makes all sorts of audio-related cables and the like, the latest of which is the LightSnake iChat, a USB headset and mic that’s designed for everyday tasks like gaming and annoying your friends on Skype. A nice vanity feature here is “Live when Lit,” which causes the unit to flash wildy when it’s processing sound… Read More

  • A Friend Of The Devil Is A Friend Of Sirius

    Sirius will be adding a new station to its lineup consisting of only Grateful Dead tracks. Set to debut this summer, the station will feature classic tracks, new tunes, unreleased recordings, special shows hosted by members of the band, bootlegs, and of course, live sets. This is not the first time Sirius has given a band its own station. Elvis has his own station and so does Howard Stern. Read More

  • More Guitar Hero Encore Tracks Unveiled

    Can’t get enough Guitar Hero? Don’t worry! Activision realizes you’re not just a casual gamer and need more rockage. That’s why they’ll be releasing Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s sometime this year hopefully. A new tracklisting has been posted, showcasing some of the hits of the 1980s. Songs include: Read More