• Sharp developing internal optical mobile phone wiring

    Sharp is not only committed to reducing power consumption in televisions, but also in mobile phones with internal optical wiring. Not only is power reduced but also the system can transmit data at 1.25Gbps. Currently the company is working to overcome so-called ‘glitches’ – instantaneous pulse signal that are generated when the clock signals are being switched, increasing… Read More

  • New XM Radio lineup leaked: No more classic hip-hop

    This is the new XM channel lineup, which includes the “best of” Sirius. (The Sirius lineup, featuring the “best of” XM, should be revealed today, too.) A quick look shows that the good electronic stations are gone (of course), but The Virus (Opie and Anthony and Ron and Fez) is still around on 202. It also looks like The Rhyme, the old school hip-hop channel, is gone… Read More

  • HTC MAX 4G: From Russia with WiMax

    Still fawning over the HTC Touch HD? Well, meet its bigger, badder brother: the HTC MAX 4G. Just announced today, HTC’s newest beast is the world’s first GSM/WiMax handset. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Aw man, a GSM/WiMax handset would be pretty much useless in the states”, you’re completely right – and HTC seems to agree. Like the Touch HD… Read More

  • Pharos take the wraps off Traveler 117 and 127

    Well, well, well. Looks like Velocity Mobile finally found someone to pick up their Windows Mobile devices. Today, Pharos introduced the Traveler 117 and Traveler 127 GPS smartphones. Each device hasn’t changed a whole lot since we first saw them at CTIA last year, but they’re now equipped with Pharos’s Smart Navigator software, which is specifically designed for Windows… Read More

  • The NXE hard drive install only marginally improves game loading time

    A round of applause for Eurogamer, which did the thankless task of testing out the NXE‘s HDD Install option and comparing it to normal method of playing games off the DVD. Several games of all shapes and sizes were checked, including Gears of War 2 (or should I say Gears of Bore, yuck), GTA IV and Halo 3, and found that, on average, you’re likely to shave a few seconds off your… Read More

  • NEC uses life-sized humanoid as ticket and payment terminal

    NEC has unveiled a special kind of ticket and e-money terminal yesterday at the iExpo exhibition [JP] (which ends tomorrow) in Tokyo. The Japanese company designed the terminal after a humanoid robot, targeting mainly amusement parks as potential buyers. All that users need to do is to choose a method of cash-free payment and then tap their cell phones on the robot’s left hand. The… Read More

  • Soocial's Web-to-Phone Contact Syncing In Public Beta, Works With Outlook And Blackberry

    When we came across contact management and synchronization service Soocial earlier this year, we said it made Plaxo look lame. The Holland-based startup is now waving the private beta phase goodbye and switching to public beta mode, which means you don’t have to wait any longer to try out the service. In essence, Soocial enables you to sync contacts (and contacts only) between your… Read More

  • One Billion Tweets Later: It's A Private Message

    Twitter has just passed the one-billion Tweet mark, according to the Tweet counter at GigaTweet. The counter is run by Popacular, a site that lists the most popular Websites on Twitter and Delicious. It is not clear when the counter started, but Twitter launched in July, 2006. Assuming the counter goes back that far, that would mean it took Twitter two years and three months to get to… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 to hit U.S. shelves on Black Friday for.. wait, how much?!

    At long last, Sony Ericsson has announced U.S availability of the Xperia X1. Because it’s definitely the best day to send people to the mall, they’ll be launching the handset on Black Friday (November 28th). With a Black Friday launch date, at least it’ll come in at a bargain price, right? Try $800 bucks. As of right now, the X1 is only planned to be up for sale as an… Read More

  • Touchscreen Samsung A867 Eternity leaks out

    Rumors have been swirling ’bout Samsung’s next touchscreen mobile phone and the details have emerged. While it isn’t an iPhone killer, the $99 price is rather sweet. You see, it has TV, GPS, 3MP camera, and auto-rotation for widescreen QWERTY keyboard. Overall, AT&T will not have any problem pushing the phone out of the door – unless the iPhone drops in price. Read More

  • Silverlite

    Google’s release of its Gmail Video service is noteworthy for several reasons. It is integrated into the Gmail console, adding voice and video services to the realtime console that is being built out around XMPP. It is remarkably easy to use; Dan Farber just called to test the service and I popped the window out and continued chatting with him while returning to this post. Several alerts… Read More

  • Eye-Fi wireless SD card gets bumped up to 4GB

    Everyone’s favorite wireless memory card is now available with four gigabytes of storage. The Eye-Fi Anniversary Edition has just been announced to commemorate one year of wireless photo slinging from the Mountain View, California-based company. The card is selling with an MSRP of $129.99 but Costco members can get it for $99 on Costco.com – not too bad for a 4GB SDHC card with… Read More

  • Get A Photorealistic Life-size Head Sculpture For $2,000

    The aptly named ThatsMyFace will take two photos of you head – one frontal and one profile, and a couple of hours late will have a full 3D model of your head. They’ll show you all kinds of fun stuff, like what you’ll look like at 60 or if you were a different race. They’ll also give you an “attractiveness rating” (I see Facebook App potential here). But by… Read More

  • Rumor: Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshot shenanigans

    With Windows Mobile 6.5 now pretty much a sure thing for 2009, the churn of the rumor mill is growing ever louder. Smartphone France has supposedly dug up some screenshots of the new operating system. As these shots will no doubt pop up week after week on forums around the intertubes until 6.5’s eventual release, we’ll go ahead and weigh in now: fake. Signs of Shenanigans: Start… Read More

  • BlacBerry 8900, which is a lot like the Bold, debuts in Germany

    Zee Germans get the first crack at the BlackBerry 8900, to which RIM has added the Curve moniker. It’s very similar to the BlackBerry Bold, but only has EDGE (instead of 3G). That, and its camera is one notch higher than the Cruve’s 2-megapixel one, coming in at 3.2 megapixels with flash. Fancy man. It’s scheduled to ship this month for €5 ($6.27) with a two-year contract. Read More

  • Black Friday CrunchDeals: Sam's Club Wii for $224 and it comes with a bunch of extras UPDATED

    Sam’s Club has a hella good Black Friday doorbuster item. For only $224, the discount warehouse is selling the Wii, two bonus Wiimotes, two bonus Nunchucks, Mario Super Sluggers, and King of Clubs Mini-Golf. Yeah, I know, good deal. You get all that for $25 less than a Wii alone. It might even be good enough to forgo post-turkey sleep and wait in line with soccer moms at 2:00am to… Read More

  • Meet Keiko, the newest (talking) robot for medical students

    Gifu University’s Graduate School of Medicine [JP] (located in central Japan) has developed a new “sick” robot, which is specifically geared towards medical students. Named Keiko (“practice” in Japanese), the robot is able to answer questions such as “How are you doing?”, i.e. by saying “I get tired easily lately”. The interactive… Read More

  • What's Happening in Europe? Check Out Happenr.

    If you are looking for something to do in Europe, check out Happenr, an events search engine that covers Germany, Ireland, Belgium, and the top 100 cities across the Continent. The site just launched after a year in development. It scours thousands of European tourism, town, and cultural sites to keep its events database up to date, and is available in English, German, and Dutch (events… Read More

  • Costco to sell the iPhone 3G for $149?

    A tech analyst is claiming that Costco is going to sell the Jesusphone for $149 starting in January. No other details were outlined so this statement is this will definitely be filed in the ‘Rumor’ category but even if the discount warehouse does drop the price by 50 bones, that alone would not justify cell phone end times. Read More

  • Yahoo Pop Launches To Show Hot Searches

    Yahoo’s top searches list and Google Trends are great if all you want is raw data on popular searches (possibly to figure out what content to create on your site). But Yahoo wants to do more with the data. Nicolas Scafuro, who leads the Yahoo Search Team for Latin America, says that his users want to know what’s popular, and they want to see it with pictures. They’ve… Read More

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