• NEC Japan puts out ultra-light and "full flat" notebook

    NEC today announced a new notebook that will hit the Japanese market in the middle of next month and costs $1,600. The main selling point of the VersaPro UltraLite Type VC is its design (which NEC calls “full flat”) and weight: 868 grams. It measures 283×210×25~29.8mm. The notebook comes with a Celeron 723  CPU (1.2GHz), an Intel GS45 Express chipset, a 12.1-inch WXGA… Read More

  • Microsoft says PlayStation Home ‘feels like 2005 tech’

    What does Microsoft think of Sony’s PlayStation Home service? Xbox 360 group product manager Aaron Greenberg told Kotaku the following: “What Home to me feels like is Second Life for hardcore gamers. It doesn’t feel like it broadens the experience and invites people in. When they unveiled it, it seemed innovative. I think what’s happened is now here we are a couple of… Read More

  • South Korea to open the mobile floodgates, lift platform restrictions

    The Korea Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it would no longer require mobile device  manufacturers to include a S. Korea-only technology, Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI), in handsets after April 1, 2009. Why is this such a big deal? Well, prior to yesterday’s announcement, the mandatory inclusion of WIPI had effectively precluded numerous… Read More

  • Like An OpenID For Your Carbon Footprint – AMEE Secures Series A

    AMEE, a London based startup with an API which has the grand aim of measuring the world’s energy consumption – and therefore Carbon Footprint – has secured an undisclosed Series A financing from O’Reilly Alphatech Ventures, Union Square Ventures and UK-based Angel The Accelerator Group. AMME’s idea is pretty simple. Act as a neutral, open source aggregation… Read More

  • AT&T now offering iPhone at-home activation

    It seems that Apple has loosened its iron grip on the iPhone by letting AT&T not only sell the phone online, but also allowing consumers to self-activate it at home. Crazy, I know. Previously, the phone could purchased online, but you still had to trek to a AT&T or Apple location for activation. It actually works out well for gift giving. Good luck trying to activate on Christmas Day. Read More

  • The Dark Knight is the fastest selling Blu-ray disc in history

    As if there were any doubts, The Dark Knight is now the fastest selling Blu-ray disc in history. Warner Bros. sold some 600,000 copies of the movie on its first day of availability (Tuesday, Dec. 9), surpassing the previous record, Iron Man, by about 100,000 copies. A clever little analogy: The Dark Knight : Blu-ray :: Gladiator : DVD. Meaning, that The Dark Knight will be looked upon as… Read More

  • Layoffs At Last.FM Confirmed. Where Else Are Heads Rolling At CBS?

    Today, CBS Interactive is laying off people across several of its properties, I’ve confirmed with the company. CBS is not saying which divisions or how many people are affected. It is positioning the layoffs as part of the integration process it began six months ago when it bought CNET for $1.8 billion. But it is not just the CNET businesses that are being cut. I’ve also… Read More

  • It seems the latest Mac firmware doesn't fix the 4GB RAM issues

    Apple sent out new firmware yesterday that was suppose to fix a few items in the latest MacBook Pro. Early reports indicate that it doesn’t seem to fix the RAM issues though. James Kendrick, from jkOnTheRun, is indicating that his system still freezes and locks up with 4GB of RAM installed. Anyone else experiencing the same? Read More

  • Facebook Testing Even Simpler Sign Up; Closing The Gap With MySpace In The U.S.

    Just a couple of months ago Facebook redesigned its home page and changed its tagline to simplify new user signups. Now they’re testing an even simpler interface – instead of getting things started by asking for your name, email, password, sex and birthday, all you have to manage is your actual name. If conversions go up, expect this to be rolled out to everyone. Facebook is… Read More

  • Red/Silver, Black E71s caught on film

    More than a week after Nokia World 08, shots of two unreleased and unannounced E71 color variations that were lurking around the showroom floor have made their way out. How’d they manage to stay off the radar for so long? In the sprint of craziness that is a convention, it’s easy to dig so hard for the goods that you miss what was in your face the whole time. First of the duo is… Read More

  • The Sony lampshade that turns light into energy

    This is a rarity, something actually innovative from a major consumer electronics company. (Not merely “bigger” or “faster” than the previous widget, then.) It’s from Sony, and it’s a lampshade of sorts that captures its own lightbulb’s energy. We use “lampshade” in only the most general of terms. It’s loaded with dye-sensitized… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 24-inch LCD with webcam for $279

    Newegg.com has the 24-inch ASUS VK246H LCD monitor with a built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam for $279.99 when you use promo code EMCBCBBBA at checkout. Other specs include a 1920×1080 resolution, VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, two built-in 2W speakers, a quick 2ms response time, and 300 cd/m2 brightness. ASUS VK246H Black 24-inch HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor [Newegg.com] Read More

  • AT&T now offering iPhone at-home activation

    It seems that Apple has loosened its iron grip on the iPhone by letting AT&T not only sell the phone online, but also allowing consumers to self-activate it at home. Crazy, I know. Previously, the phone could purchased online, but you still had to trek to a AT&T or Apple location for activation. It actually works out well for gift giving. Good luck trying to activate on Christmas Day. Read More

  • Dell intros the OptiPlex 160 Tiny Desktop Computer; it's a nettop

    Dell is jumping into the world of tiny Intel Atom-powered desktops with the OptiPlex 160. There really isn’t anything fancy or special about this nettop. It lacks an optical drive but has the standard Atom CPU, Gigabit Ethernet, Wifi, and a trio of hard drive options including a 160GB HDD, 64GB SSD, or 20GB “Ultra Performance” drive. Prices start out $536 for the base… Read More

  • And now Epic Games denies that Gears of War 3 is in development

    Well! So Epic Games has denied, in the harshest terms, that it has already started working on Gears of War 3. “Total nonsense,” said Epic’s Mark Rein. Fair enough, sir. Fair enough. The rumor, which said that the game would be out by Christmas 2010 and have five-player co-op, originally started in the latest issue of EGM, no doubt a stunt to keep the magazine’s name… Read More

  • Twitter And HuffPo Take A Post-Election Breather

    After showing hockey-stick growth leading up to the U.S. Presidential Elections, Twitter took a breather in November. According to comScore, unique U.S. visitors to Twitter.com grew less than one percent sequentially from October to 1.466 million. U.S. pageviews declined more precipitously to 19.7 million, from 37.2 million in October (a 47 percent decline). These numbers suggest that about… Read More

  • Pantech gets back to the basics with $40 C630 for AT&T

    Looking out for all those crazies (read: the majority of people) who don’t seem to think that dropping a few hundred greenbacks for a phone is a good idea but still want their handset do to a few cool tricks, Pantech has announced the C630 candybar. For $30 after a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate, you’ll walk out with a bit of 3G, aGPS and AT&T Navigator, Bluetooth, a 1.3… Read More

  • New Hello Kitty point-and-shoot camera available in Japan (but not in pink)

    Tokyo-based Exemode is selling a new digital camera [JP] that has been designed with French design company Courrèges and Japanese toy giant Sanrio. The 5.17 million megapixel camera features the cutest cat in the universe, Hello Kitty. The device comes with the following specs: 4x digital zoom, CMOS sensor, one USB 1.1. port, 32MB of internal memory, compatibility to SD memory cards (up to… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Panasonic Blu-ray player and 6 titles for $209

    Blu-ray players are starting to take off thanks to killer deals like this one. Amazon is running a deal on the Panasonic DMP-BD35K with four Warner Blu-ray titles through December 13. But that alone isn’t good enough to be considered a CrunchDeal. Thankfully, Panasonic is throwing in Ratatouille and The Nightmare Before Christmas via a rebate which makes it worthwhile. Panasonic… Read More

  • iPhone hope? Pastebud bringing Copy and Paste between Safari and Mail

     
    Ladies and Germs, we have news. Copy and Paste might finally come to your iPhone. This clever method bypasses the App Store by utilizing two Javascript bookmarks and web services that don’t require any software installation. The service, dubbed Pastebud, is launching tomorrow and according to the video above, seems to work well. Perfect? Nope, but a hella big step forward. Read More

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