• Box of Applause is applause in a box

    Buy this “Box of Applause” and put it on your desk at work. Finish those spreadsheets early? Box of Applause. Get your co-worker fired? Box of Applause. Sneak out at noon on Friday? Box of Applause. It’s like a music box, but when you open it, you get a round of applause. Read More

  • Major Nelson: Microsoft already working on new Xbox 360 dashboard

    Major Nelson, whose military credentials I suspect, said on his thrilling podcast at the weekend the Microsoft is already hard at work creating the next version of the Xbox 360 dashboard. Don’t expect a silly name, like NXE, this time around, though. Read More

  • Wireless Xbox 360 mic coming this Fall

    Coming this Fall from Microsoft is a wireless mic that’s compatible with Lips, Guitar Hero Metallica, Rock Band 2, Disney Sing it: HSM 3, and the upcoming Lips: Number One Hits and The Beatles: Rock Band. My guess is the mic will launch just before or at the same time as The Beatles: RB, but what do I know? Look for the wireless mic to retail for $50. Read More

  • Activision ships Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for every platform known to man

    It’s almost Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (aka Megan Fox on an IMAX screen) time! Sadly, I missed the preview they held last night in NYC, which I’m extremely heartbroken over, but I’ll pay to see the movie regardless. Anyway, Activision is now shipping the game companion and I’m pretty excited to play it after having previewed it two months prior. Mostly… Read More

  • Intel and Nokia announce "long-term strategic partnership" for an open mobile computing platform

    Here are some notes from Intel’s “breaking news” conference call with Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Ultra Mobility Group and Kai Öistämö, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia. Intel and Nokia have formed a long-term strategic partnership to create an open standard for a new mobile computing platform built upon Linux-based… Read More

  • Flint, MI's biogas facility gets city approval; construction to begin soon

    Quick note for those four of you that are interested in the future of Flint, MI’s biogas facility: It has a green light. The city council voted 6-1 last night, paving the way for America’s first human waste to biogas facility. Eventually, the plant might produce biomethane, which could be used to fuel municipal vehicles such as city buses. The best part, for the Flint at least… Read More

  • 'GameBone' iPhone gamepad cooler than it sounds, doubles as battery extender

    Oh, I get it. Because it’s shaped like a bone. I was thinking of something else. Here’s the GameBone Pro, a gamepad for the iPhone and iPod touch. It connects via Bluetooth or 30-pin dock connector and features a built-in battery to provide a little extra juice to your device while gaming, plus a built-in speaker and headphone jack. Read More

  • Google Wants You To Become A Gmail Ninja. Or Look Like A Huge Nerd Trying.

    Gmail is far and away the best online email management system out there right now. But a lot of people still use it like a regular email service, never touching some of its power-features that can really help with email overload. So Google launched a new Tips area of the site today to serve as a reference point for how to become what it calls a “Gmail Ninja.” It breaks the tips… Read More

  • LinkedIn Turns Industry White Papers Into Ads

    Industry white papers, in general, are dull reading—unless you need a piece of information in one of them to do your job. Then you’ll pay almost anything (i.e. expense it) to get your hands on the white paper you need. Sometimes companies produce white papers and give them away for free, but they have a hard time finding the professionals who might be interested in whatever… Read More

  • SitePoint Spins Off Website Marketplace As Flippa, Upsets Users

    SitePoint, the popular marketplace where you can buy and sell entire websites, is turning its marketplace tab into a new standalone site called Flippa, and users are not happy. Having “outgrown its tab” on the information portal for web professionals, the marketplace is launching in public beta as Flippa. In the blog post announcing the launch, the company lists 10 new… Read More

  • Howard Stern not on the Sirius XM iPhone app because of ‘contractual rights thing’

    So how’s the Sirius XM iPhone app treating you? I hear good things! (Remember: I don’t have an iPhone, and I never will.) But here’s something that probably should be brought up: the lack of Howard Stern. He’s not my cup of tea, and my loyalties lie elsewhere, as you know, but to deny his show’s importance to Sirius XM is silly. Anyway, Mr. Stern explained… Read More

  • Pentax K-7 sensor to be updated before launch

    According to Amateur Photographer, Pentax plans to tweak the sensor in the upcoming K-7 before it hits retailers. They’ve held off on their review of a pre-production K-7 after learning from Pentax UK reps that the DSLR would get a modified sensor. We’ve contacted Pentax here in the US to verify this information. Read More

  • Ericsson preps Dynamic Discounts for developing markets, cheapskates

    Your cell phone company probably gives you free nights and weekends as part of your plan, to give you an incentive for calling when the strain on their network is low. It’s a great concept, but Ericsson’s looking to take it to the next level: instead of just giving you a break when you make an off-peak call, they’ll give you bigger discounts if the network load form where… Read More

  • TripIt Goes Pro, Launches Premium Flight Monitoring And Alerts

    TripIt is one of those great services that actually manages to make life easier — just submit your travel confirmation Emails, and the site generates a comprehensive itinerary. It’s made Michael’s list of products he can’t live without for two years running, and is quickly gaining fans among frequent travelers. That’s all well and good, but until now the… Read More

  • Ford, Nissan, Tesla all to get Energy Department loans

    The U.S. Government created a requirement that by 2020, the majority of cars sold here must get at least 35 miles per gallon. This requires a big commitment on the part of auto makers and so the Energy Department was authorized last year to lend $25 billion dollars. The first round of financing is expected to be announced today with Ford, Nissan, and Tesla getting all getting a sizable… Read More

  • onOne updates UI for DSLR remote control iPhone app

    The boys at onOne are still on track for a July release of their popular DSLR remote control app and with v1.1 comes a new UI. As you can see, controls have been moved around to make things a bit more accessible and user friendly. Other than a UI update and support for Nikon DSLRs, onOne is mum on what else we can expect from the update app. Read More

  • Breaking news: MySpace to axe 300 international staff and close at least 4 offices

    This is breaking now – we just got this official letter to the MySpace staff from one of our sources at MySpace in Europe. The official release follows, but here’s the gist: MySpace will be cutting 300 international staff and closing at least 4 offices outside the US, with those in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, and Spain coming under… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: VholdR Wearable Camcorder for $99

    What kind of lifestyle do you lead? If you answered, “EXTREME!” or “Slam a Dew!” or something along those lines, I’d like you to know that you can get a $229 wearable camcorder for just $99 today. Read More

  • JAJAH Connects 1 Billionth Call, Courtesy Of Yahoo Voice

    VoIP service provider JAJAH just recently turned three years old and is today announcing a more important milestone: according to the heavily-funded startup, the one billionth call connection on the JAJAH platform was made some time ago. Unsurprisingly, that call was actually made using Yahoo’s Voice service, which is powered by JAJAH after both companies forged a major partnership for… Read More

  • France, Spain and Italy offices likely to go in MySpace Euro shutdown

    Well, there’s not a great deal to add to the MySpace implosion going on right now. We already know MySpace International managing director Travis Katz is going even though, somewhat bizarrely, MySpace is refusing to comment or make any kind of official statement at all. My own attempts to offer MySpace an opportunity to comment on our story last week have also been rebuffed. Update… Read More

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