• MetroPCS launches the Samsung Messager II

    Damn it, Samsung. Really? You’re carrying on with this “Messager” non-sense? Yeah, yeah, it’s a perfectly valid (if obsolete) synonym for “Messenger”, but so is “crier”. You probably wouldn’t call a phone the Samsung Crier, would you? Oh well; names aside, MetroPCS’ new Messsenger .. Massager .. Messager’s toting a slide out… Read More

  • Better Contact Management For Gmail

    Gmail made a tweak last night that brings better contact management to the service. When you click the “To:” or “CC:” links in front of each address field, a box pops up with your contact list. It is a simple change, but it saves you from having to go to another page to find a contact. Most of the time, Gmail users probably won’t use this feature because… Read More

  • Facebook Tweaks Design, Drops Rounded Corners

    Facebook has made a few subtle changes to its design, which a lot of users have been noticing for the past couple of hours (thanks for telling us, y’all) and tweeting about. The two most apparent tweaks: the blue header bar now covers the entire width of the screen and rounded corners have been dropped from the social network’s web pages. In addition, feedback on display ads has… Read More

  • Amazon Eyes Big Enterprise Budgets With Virtual Private Cloud Service

    Wanna extend your existing IT infrastructure to the cloud? Amazon can help. Amazon Web Services is today announcing the limited public beta of Virtual Private Cloud (aka Amazon VPC), a service that essentially makes it possible for customers to create their own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances to connect to their existing network over a secured VPN connection. That means Amazon… Read More

  • Massive Twitter Security Problem Not Resolved Just Yet

    Yesterday UK-based SEO specialist Dave Naylor made headlines by detailing a significant Twitter cross-site scripting vulnerability, which allowed him to insert JavaScript code into tweets simply by adding some code to the field where an application developer would normally link to a product website. There are all sorts of malicious things people could have done to exploit the bug, like… Read More

  • Zoho Launches Sign-In Integration With Google Apps

    Last summer, Zoho, a web-based software suite that includes document, project and invoicing management tools, integrated Google and Yahoo sign-ins, allowing users to sign into Zoho using a Google or Yahoo account. Today, Zoho is launching sign-in integration with Google Apps, letting users login to Zoho using their Google Apps credentials. When Zoho users try to login to Zoho, they’ll… Read More

  • Germany’s Version Of LastFM To Shut Shop

    German free music streaming service Roccatune has officially filed for insolvency. After weeks of silence on their situation, Roccatune CEO Constantin Thyssen has now announced the news on their company blog. He puts the blame for the insolvency on a failed round of financing. Read More

  • Zoho Launches Sign-In Integration With Google Apps

    Last summer, Zoho, a web-based software suite that includes document, project and invoicing management tools, integrated Google and Yahoo sign-ins, allowing users to sign into Zoho using a Google or Yahoo account. Today, Zoho is launching sign-in integration with Google Apps, letting users login to Zoho using their Google Apps credentials. When Zoho users try to login to Zoho, they’ll… Read More

  • Sony Japan announces 5 new Blu-ray recorder/HDD combos

    The flood of video recording devices coming out of Japan doesn’t want to end. Today Sony unveiled five Blu-ray recorders with built-in HDDs [JP] for the Japanese market, and one of them has a 2 TB HDD. Sony says they tried to focus especially on usability and design with these machines. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Paint My Chicken Coop Edition

    Eraser with built-in brush for eraser bits – absolutely brilliant
    EyeWriter: low-cost, open-source eye-based drawing system

    Wooden speakers with integrated digital clock Read More

  • Twitter's Golden Ratio (That No One Likes To Talk About)

    If you’re new to Twitter, life is easy. A notification comes in that someone is following you, and you probably follow them back. After all, you’re going to want some tweets in your stream. After a couple dozen of those, you may start using more discretion, looking over the person’s profile and their most recent tweets. But that gets old quickly as well, and inevitably you… Read More

  • It's A Meme! Get Photoshop Warmed Up And Win A Bing Tshirt

    It started off as an innocent marketing mistake: Microsoft photoshopped a black man out of a picture for their Polish website and replaced it with a white guy. They left the black guy’s hand in the photo, but whatever. and that monitor still isn’t plugged in to anything at all. Microsoft apologized and changed the Polish site to the original image. But it’s too late. Read More

  • New myTouch Android Commercial Stars Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Jackson & Jessie James

    T-Mobile will unveil “the largest product launch advertising campaign in T-Mobile history” for the Android myTouch tomorrow with a television, online, cinema, print and search advertising campaign. The stars? Whoopi Goldberg, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and TV personality/motorcycle maven Jessie James. Shocked? Me too. I can’t believe they didn’t ask me to… Read More

  • What Michael Birch Did after Selling Bebo and How He Thinks You Should Celebrate Your Birthday

    For all the billions of dollars created here, Silicon Valley is remarkably stingy when it comes to giving. I first wrote about this when I moved here in the great Web 1.0 Internet bubble. Back then, as companies went public all around us, one-third of households earning $100,000 or more gave $1,000 or less to charity—roughly half what the rest of the U.S. gave per dollar earned. And… Read More

  • Augmented reality: it's everywhere (in advertising)

    Condé Nast must be investing in augmented reality tech; there’s a nice, in-depth story on the stuff over at Wired. I kid, I kid — there are two. And I won’t disagree, it’s all very interesting, but I feel the same way about it as I do about 3D TV. Sure, it’s great when you see it and it’ll be awesome when it’s mainstream, but I’d prefer to… Read More

  • EyeWriter: low-cost, open-source eye-based drawing system

    Created as a tool for people suffering from full paralysis, this system is a pretty amazing piece of work. Its called the EyeWriter, and the project is led by a group of graffiti artists driven to help one of their own, Tony Quan, who is afflicted with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. I love this sort of grassroots innovation — and I wonder what they might get done if they had a lab and a… Read More

  • Microfridge keeps a single can cold, looks like crazy science


    This is the kind of device I would think to find in the Delorean from Back to the Future. Christopher Lloyd would look all crazy-eyed at you and say something like “They weren’t counting on this little puppy!” “What is it, a tactical nuke?” I’d ask, ever thinking of Starship Troopers. “Even better,” he’d say, eyes crazier than ever… Read More

  • Salesforce Opens Up Force.com Platform To Outside Partners

    Salesforce.com has continued to expand the capabilities of Force.com, its platform to build and deploy enterprise applications. The company recently rolled out Force.com Sites, which lets companies build and run their applications for internal use as well as for public use on Salesforce.com cloud computing platform. Today, Salesforce will be opening up an additional distribution channel off… Read More

  • OnOne's DSLR App for iPhone approved – go to it


    The very useful-looking DSLR Camera Remote app for iPhone has finally (finally) been updated to version 1.1. Those of you who haven’t been following along wouldn’t know that this is a major release, adding Nikon support to the mix. That’s great news for Nikon owners, obviously, but Canon shooters like myself also will find an improved interface, bugfixes, and new… Read More

  • Skygrid Furthers Partnerships For Real-Time News Widgets

    SkyGrid is slowly expanding its real-time financial news empire. The powerful business news aggregator, recently struck a deal with StockTwits, a popular site that lets you track real-time discussions about stock information on Twitter, to feature a live feed of real-time news. Tomorrow, SkyGrid will launch its real-time financial news widget on Zacks, an investment research site… Read More

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