• Mac goes green with new commercials

    Not content to pay lip-service to greenness from the sidelines, Apple has decided to sell its latest MacBook line as the “greenest family of notebooks,” a noble statement indeed. I’m totally OK with companies going green but heres hoping that Apple actually starts manufacturing locally now that it can essentially mill Macbooks out of one solid lump of aluminum it should be… Read More

  • Kisai Denshoku: Shinjuku hot nights


    The Kisai Denshoku is an homage to the lights and skyline of Shinjuku but personally I think this watch by Tokyoflash looks more like a little hibachi waiting for some shrimp and a nice flank of Kobe beef. The Denshoku costs $247.72 and is available in white or black. Read More

  • SnapAds: Survival Of The Fittest Meets Madison Avenue

    It’s rare to hear about genetics and advertising platforms in the same sentence, but new startup SnapAds has put together an ad service that effectively combines the theory of natural selection with banner ads – with very impressive results. The startup, which shares a number of founders with Weebly (though the two companies are unrelated), has created a system that… Read More

  • PlaySpan Raises $16.8 Million For Virtual-Goods Marketplace

    Who says raising money is hard these days? PlaySpan makes it look like child’s play. The startup, which was literally founded by a 5th grader, just raised $16.8 million in a series B round from existing investors Easton Capital Group, Menlo Ventures, Novel TMT Ventures, and STIC. PlaySpan was founded two years ago by Arjun Mehta, then in the 5th grade, and his father Karl Mehta, who is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Awkward Portrait Edition

    HTC expects to ship a million G1s by year’s end
    Excelsior! Windows XP-powered coffee maker
    Be on the lookout for Banjo-Kazooie and Street Fighter HD Remix this week
    Yubz Talk Mobile: Possibly the biggest telephone receiver for cell phones ever Read More

  • Amazon Kindle 2 Slated For "Early Q1"

    Update on the Kindle 2: It was scheduled to be released in October in time for this holiday season, but Bezos himself reportedly pulled the plug for last minute changes to the software. Our sources now say it’s tentatively scheduled to go on sale in “early next quarter.” The images that surfaced of the new Kindle in October are real – it’s a longer device but not… Read More

  • Thar she blooows! T-Mobi Dick – the White G1!

    We all knew the white G1 was lurking somewhere out there — but now it’s actually whitening T-Mo stores near you. Do you really need a link to prove it? I didn’t think so. Personally, I prefer the black one, but I also prefer the black iPhone and Black Dice. Anyway, if the color was the only reason you weren’t getting a G1, your time has come at last. No longer will… Read More

  • Was Ebay's BillMeLater Acquisition A Huge Blunder?

    When eBay paid $945 million for BillMeLater in October, we blinked. The business assigns credit at the point of sale to ecommerce customers who can’t use credit cards because they don’t have them, have maxed out credit limits, or choose not to. It charges fees much like a credit card – currently 19% interest. The credit markets were already a wreck in October, with… Read More

  • Blockbuster and 2Wire delivers the MediaPoint movie streaming player

    It wasn’t that long ago, that Blockbuster semi-announced plans to enter the crowded realm of movie streaming devices and sure enough, here is the device. The 2Wire manufactured device, dubbed MediaPoint, doesn’t require a Blockbuster subscription and for a limited time is “available for free with the advance rental of 25 first-run movies, TV shows, foreign or classic… Read More

  • Facebook: No Chat For You

    Some Facebook users are complaining that they are being banned from Facebook Chat for sending too many messages, when in fact they’ve sent few or no actual messages. The bug appears to be affecting Internet Explorer users. Dozens of other problems are being reported with chat as well, but this particular issue seems sort of ridiculous. Only your Facebook friends are on your chat list… Read More

  • Kyte Turns Video Channels Into Mobile Websites

    So far, Kyte has been focusing on getting mobile content (videos shot on a cell phone) onto the Web. For each publisher of mobile video, many of them rock stars and rappers, Kyte creates a branded video player they can put on their Websites. Now, with more media consumption happening right on many mobile handsets, Kyte is going the other way around and letting bands and brands turn their… Read More

  • Study: 18% of people can't tell if they're watching true HDTV content or not

    Well this is shocking news. Apparently some 18 percent of HDTV owners can’t tell the difference between high-def programming and standard-def programing when viewed on their screens. That’s what Leichtman Research Group concludes based on a survey of 1,302 households. That’s a telephone survey, mind you; there’s some controversy surrounding that type of poll these days. Read More

  • Program your TiVo from your cell phone

    I can’t watch TV without my TiVo, but the one thing I’m really lax about is actually programming the damn thing (Best Invention Ever: Season Pass). In an effort to strip away all my excuses for not finding new shows and movies to watch, TiVo is introducing a mobile site at m.tivo.com (warning: link may not be live yet) that will let subscribers with Internet-connected DVRs… Read More

  • Yet another RED announcement, this time Dec 3

    I know, I’m really taking the bait here, but they followed through big time on the last one. My insider says they’ve had “a little breakthrough” today. My guess: they’re moving the dates up. Jim says: “New announcement on Dec. 3rd. Everything has changed… just as we promised. :-)” Give me a break! Read More

  • White T-Mobile G1s finally start hitting the shelves

    A note for all of you budding handset manufacturers out there: if you want to release your device as quickly as possible, don’t make the case white. As far as we can tell from the T-Mobile G1, making white cases takes a whole month longer than making them in black or brown. While all three colors were announced at the same time, the white one has been unavailable since the launch of… Read More

  • HTC expects to ship a million G1s by year's end


    Revising their previous target of 600,000 HTC G1s shipped by the end of 2008, HTC CEO Peter Chou has disclosed that the company now expects to ship at least 1 million of the world’s first Android handset by year’s end. While it’s not quite as mind-boggling as the 1 million iPhone 3Gs Apple sold in just 3 days after launch, pushing one million handsets in 2 1/2 months is no… Read More

  • Samsung and Nokia: 2010 will be worse than 2009 for mobiles

    Although the market has more interesting phones and services than ever before, what with iPhone triumphant, Android ascendant, and data unlimited, the economic slump has curbed spending on what consumers perceive (probably correctly) as a luxury. For someone like moi, the newest smartphone is easily justifiable, but fewer people than expected, and probably even less next year, are making that… Read More

  • YouTube Goes Wide

    YouTube has apparently changed all videos on its site to play in widescreen format. Because most videos on the site were originally uploaded in a ratio closer to 4:3 (the standard size used on non-HD televisions), most videos are playing with horizontal black bars on the side. Some videos (like this one) are taking advantage of the full space, but are shrunk down to the normal size when… Read More

  • Alienware Black Friday: $200 off m17x gaming notebook


    Well, this is a great deal… if you were in the market for a gaming notebook, which I suspect not too many people are. Which is probably why Alienware is pushing them like they’re HD-DVD players in January of ’08. Still, a solid gaming machine is a good machine in most every aspect, so if you’re looking for something quick, well-equipeed, and likely heavy, they start… Read More

  • Nominate us for a Weblog Award? Please? Peter Ha will get rickets if we don't win

    Peter Ha is walking because of one thing: hope. And modern medicine. So two things, but the hope thing is much more interesting. That’s why I’m asking that you to nominate CG in one of the categories, I’d recommend best tech blog, in the 2008 Weblogs Award. But don’t do it for me, friends. Do it for Peter Ha. When Peter Ha was little he had an advanced case of rickets… Read More

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