• Circuit City laying off corporate employees too

    Red shirt Circuit City workers aren’t the only employees getting the pink slip as a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch indicates that headquarter staffers will be laid-off too. The Circuit City local paper estimates that 500 – 800 people will be let go from the Richmond, VA home base and the remaining 1,000 white collared workers will be consolidated into one building. Does… Read More

  • Ballmer confirms WinMo 6.5 is on the way for 2009

    A few days ago, Motorola’s head of mobile slipped a mention of a previously unheard of Windows Mobile 6.5 into an interview with PC Mag. As could be expected, intertube dwellers began speculating immediately. Many chalked it up as a mistake, deciding it was either an accidental leak, or that he instead meant to say 6.1. While the former may be true, Steve Ballmer has just dispelled… Read More

  • Norway to Apple: Get rid of the iTunes DRM, or else

    Did you hear the news? “Norway” has a problem with the DRM used in iTunes, officially. The country’s consumer ombudsman, which sounds a government-subsidized version of Ask Asa, said the follow in his latest report: It’s a consumer’s right to transfer and play digital content bought and downloaded from the internet to the music device he himself chooses to use. Read More

  • The Internet As A Force In Politics: "Obama Would Not Have Won Without The Internet"

    New York Magazine’s John Heilemann is leading a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this morning on “The Web and Politics.” Joining him is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Arianna Huffington and Joe Trippi. The session jumped right off with Heilemann saying the Internet played a disruptive role in the 2008 election in the same way television played a disruptive role… Read More

  • Multi-touch for Windows 7 demo'd

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/microsoft/Multi_touch_for_Windows_7_demo_d’;
    digg_bgcolor = ‘#ff9900’;
    digg_skin = ‘compact’;
    digg_window = ‘new’; Windows 7 is getting a good amount of press, and I mean good press. It seems that people are looking forward to the next Windows incarnation and the app demo’d above shows off just what the… Read More

  • LG's Bluetooth TV lets you watch your pornography in complete privacy

    LG televisions just got a little more bestiality-friendly with the addition of stereo Bluetooth support. The system allows you to connect a Bluetooth headset to the TV and turn down the speaker volume, thereby ensuring the bleating, honking, and barking that makes up the wild soundtrack to your deepest dreams and desires is yours and yours alone – you, in this case, being me. Read More

  • Party's over: Craigslist cracking down on erotic services

    Did you hear the news? Craigslist is completely broken now, unless you use it for things like “finding apartments” or “selling stolen goods.” Why? The site has signed a deal with 40 state attorneys general to fight prostitution. From now on, anyone who wants to post an ad on the Erotic Services part of the site will be required to provide a telephone number and a… Read More

  • Elon Musk At Web 2.0: Cars, Space, Energy

    PayPal cofounder, SpaceX Founer and Tesla CEO Elon Musk takes the stage today at the Web 2.0 Summit to talk with John Battelle. What do space flights and electric cars have to do with Web 2.0? Absolutely nothing. Still, there will be lots to talk about. In September SpaceX put a Falcon rocket into Earth orbit, the first privately developed launch vehicle to reach earth orbit from the ground. Read More

  • ABI Research states the obvious: Blu-ray player prices are dropping

    Well lookie there, ABI Research has confirmed what we have been reporting for a while. It seems that *gasp* Blu-ray players are dropping for the holiday season to the $150-$200 range. We have already seen players that low (Sony BDP-S300 $142 with 4 movies) and Black Friday is sure to reveal more options. The only questions is wether these prices are going to stick around after the… Read More

  • Google sends out Android update RC30 – blocks 'jailbreak'

    While a significant chunk of G1 owners still await the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago, Google has already queued up another one. While people generally welcome updates with open arms, this ones got a few folks upset. Last week, an eagle-eyed tinkerer realized that you could gain root access to the G1 by using telnetd, essentially “jailbreaking” it. Now… Read More

  • Laptop Magazine fondles the Dell Mini 12 netbook

    Laptop got an early hands-on with Dell’s 12-inch Mini 12 netbook and found it to be a bit sluggish, with two-minute long boot times and four whole minutes before all the preloaded software got its act together. That’s fair, but I have no idea what Dell was thinking sending out a netbook with 1GB of RAM and Vista Home Basic, plus a pre-installed anti-virus program. I mean, what did… Read More

  • Honda’s experimental walking assist device, now with extra crotch support and built-in seat

    It’s a choice that most people "who are capable of walking and maneuvering on their own, but who can benefit from additional leg and body support while performing tasks” face every morning. What’s more important to me today, reducing the load on my leg muscles or not supporting my body weight almost entirely by my balls? Read More

  • Study: iPhones Twice As Reliable As BlackBerries

    The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds. SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans. The malfunction rate for iPhones after one year is 5.6 percent, compared to 11.2 percent for the Blackberry and 16.2 percent for… Read More

  • Mcor 3D printer threatens oragami artists everywhere

    Mcor Technologies, an Irish company founded in 2004, is rolling out their Matrix 3D printer.  What makes this 3D printer special, though, is that it uses plain old sheets of A4 paper to print your 3D models. “Loosely based on the LOM (Laminated Object Manufacture) method of rapid prototyping, A4 pages are glued together to form a 3D part”. Read More

  • Looks like Microsoft wants Windows 7 out the door in time for Christmas 2009

    Did you hear the news? Microsoft is looking to ship Windows 7, its Hail Mary of sorts, by mid-2009, with the goal of having it pre-installed on most machines by the holiday shopping season. So, come next Christmas, you could be using Windows 7! So that’s sorta neat. Read More

  • Circuit City scamming people on "liquidation" sales

    Circuit City is hurting right now and apparently that is justification for ripping people off under the umbrella of a liquidation sale. These so-called sales are within the 155 stores that are being shut down immediately, but a few reports have indicated that prices are being marked up and then receive a magic 10% off, resulting in a “sale.” In fact, these in-store prices are… Read More

  • MySpace CEO: Yeah, we'd like to make our own portable media player one day

    Did you hear the news? MySpace is thinking about creating its own portable media player! Reuters seems to think that such a player would be in competition with the iPod, which we all know is a lie: there’s the iPod WAY UP HERE, then everything else WAY DOWN THERE. If anything, the MySpace player would be in competition with Zune and Sansa—you know, the “other”… Read More

  • The future of cells phones by Ericsson

    Ericsson has big plans for cell phones – big plans. Ultimately by the 2012, the company sees 100+ Mbps connection with 12-20MP cameras as you can see by the chart above. Plus, your lowly phone will be able to record HD video and sport a 1GHz CPU. So in less than four years all this is suppose to happen, Ericsson? M’kay. The megapixal camera is within reason, and even the HD… Read More

  • Amazon Names Finalists For $100,000 Startup Challenge

    Amazon Web Services has just named the seven finalists for this year’s $100,000 Startup Challenge. The prize will go to the most innovative startup built on Amazon’s cloud-computing infrastructure. The winner will get $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and maybe even an investment from Amazon. The finalists are: Read More

  • Samsung overtakes Motorola as top US cellphone vender

    There was a time when the RAZR was king and HelloMOTO was all the rage. Sadly, Motorola hasn’t kept up with the time and is still living in that world while other venders, like Samsung, continue to innovate and produce quality handsets. Motorola’s US market share has dropped from 32.7% last year to a respectable 21.1% in ’08, while Samsung slightly overtook Moto with… Read More

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