• Has Skimlinks solved the problem publishers have with affiliates?

    As is often the case, a startup comes up with one idea and then quickly realises there is a better model. UK startup Skimbit started out with a decision-making tool with affiliate links, but has now realised the method used to aggregate those affiliates could be offered to other publishers. Similar schemes leave little room for editorial control, but it’s new Skimlinks off-shoot… Read More

  • Rock multiple monitors via the ViBook USB Adapter

    Having a multi-monitor workstation increases productivity dramatically and thanks to the ViBook USB, it’s now easier than ever. The $130 PC/Mac dongle simply plugs into a USB port and outputs up to 1680×1050 or 1600×1200 over VGA or DVI. This could be a great, but somewhat costly, solution for notebooks or towers alike. A heck of a lot easier than installing a new… Read More

  • Best of: Stupid Android Market comments by slightly stupid people


    One of the great things about Android Market is that you can see what everyone has to say about the applications they’ve downloaded. Very useful in figuring out if you should really download that app called “Alien Blood Bath” or just avoid it all together. The system, however, is slightly flawed. It appears that no one is really moderating these comments, and they usually end… Read More

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    Why we need to go digital this holiday

    What I’m about to say will anger a lot of CE manufacturers, but this has been the laziest year in consumer electronics to date and I’m recommending that rather than spending money on the boring stuff that has come out in 2008 we all spend our money on digital media – games, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and the like. And I don’t mean digital Blu-Ray and game disks, either. Read More

  • Flipping the Friendfeed funnel: Too many information channels forcing private information aggregators?

    Just as marketing requires multiple channels, information overload has led to multiple channels. IM, e-mail, twitter, Work twitter, wikis, Basecamp–all have different expectations and users. But when will the enterprise hit too many channels–all with important information? Friendfeed was the consumer answer–aggregate a public conversation across multiple silos. Only they made… Read More

  • Shock: Batman: Arkham Asylum will actually be good

    Continuing with the Batman-related good news, it looks like the upcoming game Batman: Arkham Asylum will actually be, dare I say, good. That a game based on a license doesn’t lick the bottom of the bucket of sucktitide (to paraphrase Christian from the WWE circa 2001) is shocking in and of itself, but that, according to Edge, it even has a chance of becoming an “excellent… Read More

  • Pull My Finger is back in the App Store, signifies new genre of Apps

    After being rejected by Apple for its obvious supposed “limited utility” back in September, the infamous Pull My Finger app has returned. According to its developer (via MacRumors), Apple informed him that his app would be the first of a “whole new genre of apps,” and that “more apps will follow that may have been previously not allowed.” Clearly, the real… Read More

  • Addonics $55 adapter turns any USB drive into a NAS

    Gone are the days of using expensive, noisy, bulky computers to serve media to our networks. Behold the Addonics NAS Adapter! This $55 doodad turns any USB drive into a network share accessible via SMB or FTP. But that’s not all! It also includes a BitTiorrent client, so you can download all those episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” directly to your USB drive while… Read More

  • Review: Quiksilver Opus jacket

    Quicksilver isn’t known for their technical wear outside of the water, but the Opus is one bitchin’ jacket with a couple nerdtastic components. It’s made from Schoeller fabric and Quiksilver’s own Quik Repel material; it’s water-resistant and shields the body from low temps and wind. I did a little bit of research into Schoeller and they seem to be pretty big in… Read More

  • Review: Samsung CLP-315 color laser printer


    Ask any geek of a certain age and predilection what they dreamt of back in high school and they’ll say, in order, a date to the prom and a color laser printer. Now that everyone with $100 and a pulse can get a fairly nice inkjet printer, Samsung is offering the CLP-315, a $184 color laser printer that is about as big as a standard all-in-one printer but with the added benefit of printing… Read More

  • Interview with Qik Co-Founder Bhaskar Roy: Competition, iPhone, and Android

    This morning I had the opportunity to have a chat with Bhaskar Roy, Co-Founder and VP of Product Management of Qik, a popular live video casting application available on most major mobile platforms. It’s not the first time we’ve interviewed him but, with competition at an all time high, I figured it was time to check back in. The interview was conducted over IM and later formatted… Read More

  • Rumor: Sony to debut an iPod Touch-like Walkman with OLED screen at CES

    Take an iPod Touch, swap out the LCD screen with an OLED screen, and you might just have Sony’s next Walkman. Sony Insider is reporting that we’ll apparently see a device with the following specs at CES this year: Capacities of 16GB and 32GB Three-inch WQVGA (480×320) OLED touchscreen Built-in Wi-Fi connection Click an artist’s name while a song is playing to view… Read More

  • Tech Layoffs Surge Past 100,000

    After a lull around Thanksgiving, December has seen some of the biggest layoffs in the tech industry yet since the economy entered its tailspin in the fall. Our Layoff Tracker is now past 100,000 lost jobs (109,629, as of this writing) across nearly 300 different technology and media companies both large and small. To put this in perspective, Citigroup alone announced 52,000 layoffs in… Read More

  • Man alive, 15 Xbox mods that are marginally impressive!

    Oh, lists. Nothing is quite as boring as the “Top 10 Who Cares of Current Year.” (Speaking of which, we’re wrapping up our own end-of-the-year lists right now. Look for them next week!) Speaking of lists, Unreality Magazine, which seems to be where lists go to die (“Most Soul Sucking Video Games,” “Best Movie Gunfights,” “Memorable Movie… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: Duck Duck GO, The Hybrid Search Engine

    It’s Elevator Pitch Friday, which means another startup has created a video that’s worth showing you. This week’s presentation comes from Duck Duck Go, a start-up that wants to make it easier for you to find what it is that you are looking for on the Internet. Duck Duck Go combines a search engine’s algorithmic search technology with Wikipedia’s user generated… Read More

  • JumpStart's Virtual World Teaches Kids While They're Busy Having Fun

    When it comes to educational software, the trick is to make kids think they’re just playing a traditional escapist game, while they’re really being surreptitiously fed facts and logic problems that put their brains to work. But while many games have done this for years, the technique hasn’t really made the jump to online virtual worlds – most of the kid-friendly… Read More

  • Free market: President Bush not too supportive of free national W-Fi

    Everyone hates President Bush for their own reason, but now us techies have a reason of our own: he refuses to endorse the FCC’s plan for free national Wi-Fi. Instead, Bush says that a government-mandated Wi-Fi scheme is a bad idea, and it’s one that goes against our “free market” thingamabob. Unfortunately, as Fast Company points out, there’s a reason why the… Read More

  • What happens to satellite radio when Howard Stern calls it quits?


    Flickr’d Sirius’ Howard Stern made a strange comment yesterday that’s causing people to freak out, speculating wildly till they pass out. Discussing his possible plans vis-à-vis [satellite] radio, Stern said, “This is my sawn song.” Now, what he was actually referring to was his aversion to returning to terrestrial (“regular”) radio, but it does raise… Read More

  • Capcom promotes Biohazard (Resident Evil) Degeneration with branded military food rations

    Capcom (or more precisely Sony Pictures) will start selling Biohazard Degeneration (Resident Evil Degeneration), a CGI movie based on the Resident Evil game series, in Japan on December 26. In order to promote sales of the DVD and Blu-ray of the movie, the company is also offering Miri Meshi, branded military food rations. The Japan-only rations are available since today and come in three… Read More

  • Estonia becomes first nation with mobile voting

    Estonia has become the world’s first nation to recognize mobile suffrage after passing legislation to allow its citizens the ability to cast their votes in the 2011 parliamentary elections with their cell phones. This is the second time Estonia has adopted such an innovative, pro-tech law, having given Estonians the ability to vote in the parliamentary elections over the Internet for… Read More

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