• Our own Matt Burns on NCIS

    Marine? Nope. Sailor? Nope. Blogger: Matt Burns. That’s right: our own Matt Burns ended up on NCIS last night skewered on some rebar after jumping from a bridge. How did they end up with Matt Burns and blogger? We don’t rightly know, but they do consider him pond scum, which is an accurate depiction. Read More

  • Slow burn pays off for Reevoo as it signs new partners

    Back in December 2008 Reevoo looked like it was running out of time.The B2B customer reviews site hunkered down on staffing amid pressure from the downbeat economic climate in an attempt to play out both its venture investment and give its revenues time to power up. In March last year it secured an undisclosed round of investment from Banexi Venture Partners, the French leading venture… Read More

  • Hitachi TV watches YOU!

    How much energy do you think is wasted every day powering devices that aren’t actually being used? I’m not talking about stand-by power consumption, but actually on-and-in-use without a user there. I know a lot of people who turn their TVs on just as “background noise”, without ever actually looking at the screen. Hitachi’s cooking up a system to place TVs in… Read More

  • Foxconn to make and ship Apple tablet PC, says boy who cried wolf

    Blah, blah, blah. Apple tablet to come from here. Apple tablet going there. Apple tablet coming soon on the backs of unicorns. All the rumors are played out, but yet here’s another one, stating that sure ’nuff, the fabled Apple tablet is coming in the first quarter of 2010. We here go again. Read More

  • Panasonic unveils Lithium-Ion battery module and home fuel cell cogeneration facility


    Panasonic has on display at CEATEC a “1.5 kWh battery module [made] from 18650-type (18 mm in diameter x 65 mm in length) lithium-ion battery cells, which are widely used in laptop computers, to provide energy storage solutions for a wide range of environmentally friendly energy technologies.” String a couple of these suckers together to store the juice collected from the solar… Read More

  • A Conversation With Sergey Brin And Eric Schmidt

    Google co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Eric Schmidt are holding an audience this morning with a roomful of journalists in New York City. They talk about the Google Books settlement, antitrust scrutiny, Android, Chrome, innovations in search and the “evil room.” Below are my live notes (I’ve bolded parts for emphasis). Sergey Brin: We have had a number of interesting… Read More

  • Use Your Social Graph To Rent A Vacation Home With Second Porch

    There are a vast amount of sites, such as VRBO, that serve as a platform for owners to rent out their vacation homes to vacation goers. But the main drawback to these sites is the risk of renting your home to someone who you don’t know or have any personal connection with. Second Porch hopes to mitigate this problem with its Facebook app that lets owners create a free property listing… Read More

  • GetAFreelancer Hits 1 Million Users, Switches Name To Freelancer.com

    If the Internet has made one thing crystal clear, it’s that physical borders and geographical distance are no longer necessarily an absolute barrier for conducting business. More and more companies are getting accustomed to the idea of being able to do business with companies on the other side of the world using nothing but digital communication means, or to have entire business units… Read More

  • Live demo of Toshiba voice translation software

    Boy howdy could I use this thing at CEATEC today. Running on a Windows Mobile handheld, Toshiba has a real-time voice translation demonstration. It worked quite well. How much longer until we get the Star Trek universal translators? Video inside! Read More

  • Sony Flexible OLED display on display at CEATEC

    Sony, and just about everyone else, has been fooling around with OLEDs for quite some time, and they’re starting to come up with some pretty clever applications of the technology. Flexible OLEDs have been in the news this year, and Sony’s getting into that game, too. In this short video we see a 0.2mm thin OLED display being gently bent back and forth, while actively showing content… Read More

  • Rackspace Launches NoMoreServers.com To Tout Computing-As-A-Service

    When Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff launched his CRM platform in the cloud in 1999, he embarked on a “No Software” campaign to tout his “Software as a Service” agenda. Today, hosting service Rackspace is promoting a similar campaign with the launch of NoMoreServers.com, a site dedicated to the emergence of Computing-as-a-Service models (like hosting… Read More

  • Inspired By Google, Microsoft Adds Voice Command Feature To Bing Search

    It’s been almost a year since Google introduced a feature that allows iPhone owners to search the Web using voice commands, and now Microsoft is getting into the game, too. As announced on the Bing Search blog, Sprint Wireless’ brand new Samsung Intrepid phone now comes equipped with a fresh voice user interface from Tellme, a speech-recognition company that was acquired by MS in… Read More

  • Compuware Buys Gomez For $295 Million In Cash

    Compuware is acquiring Web app experience management solution provider Gomez for $295 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in November of 2009, following government approvals and the satisfaction of other customary conditions. Gomez employs 272 people around the world, most of which will be staying with Compuware after the transaction’s close, including its executive… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: More Fish Edition

    My friend, I have a Zune HD for you. Very nice price: Free!
    CEATEC: 3D B-Vision offers new twist on 3D imagery
    Fukitorimushi: Panasonic’s creepy cleaning robot (video) Read More

  • Dutch Music Rights Association Plans To Charge $32 Per Embedded YouTube Video

    Buma/Stemra, a Dutch collective rights society that represents the interests of copyright holders (some 19,000 composers, authors and publishers), is the topic of the day in the Dutch blogosphere and beyond. The association has managed to wield itself into the eye of the storm because of the introduction of new, exorbitantly high digital music licensing fees, and its stated willingness to… Read More

  • Kindle 2 goes to $259, International GSM version coming October 19

    This just in: the Kindle 2 is falling from $299 to $259 and they will be selling an international version with built-in AT&T SIM card for $279 on October 19. Quoth the suits: “Kindle has revolutionized the way we purchase and read books, by making it mobile, easy and intuitive,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T. “We are excited to… Read More

  • The Mountain Goats get a Colbert Bump and, interestingly, it creates a unique music marketing opportunity

    I was just watching the Colbert Report and on came the Mountain Goats aka John Darnielle, one of the best indie songwriters out there. The interesting part? The ColbertNation.com website is streaming his new album for 24 hours, a nice little window for the curious to visit and listen (and, if they’re horrible, horrible people, use a stream catcher to grab the music, but don’t… Read More

  • New Google Logo Celebrates The Barcode

    Google’s new logo is a barcode which, as far as we can tell, says “Google.” Today is the 57th anniversary of the first patent on the bar code. Inventors Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver filed the patent on October 1949, and it was granted, No. 2,612,994 (pdf), on October 7, 1952. The original patent was for a system that would encode data in circles (a bulls eye pattern)… Read More

  • Flo TV gets official announcement and pricing

    We’ve been watching the evolution of the Flo TV story with some interest; it may prove to be an interesting little gadget for compulsive TV-watchers. We heard the rumor, we broke the interface, we saw the box, and now we have it straight from the horse’s mouth: Flo TV is, as expected, a mobile TV device with a 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen and built-in stereo speakers, and… Read More

  • Reevoo's Hunkering Down Pays Off As It Signs New Partners

    Back in December 2008 Reevoo looked like it was running out of time. The UK-based B2B customer reviews site hunkered down on staffing amid pressure from the downbeat economic climate in an attempt to play out its investment from Banexi Venture Partners and Eden Ventures. Partner revenue was coming in but its crowd-sourced reviews were invisible on Google and it was, in my opinion… Read More

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