• JS-Kit Teams With Userplane In Widget Distribution Partnership

    Widget developer JS-Kit has joined with AOL’s Userplane in a widget cross-distribution partnership that should significantly increase the potential userbases for both companies. Both companies produce popular sets of widgets that can be easily implemented with a minimal amount of code. Among Userplane’s offerings are a popular Webchat widget (which allows for full featured… Read More

  • Smibs Launches Its Business Networking Tools In Private Beta

    Canadian startup Smibs Inc has released its business social network dubbed SmibsNet in a semi-private beta. SmibsNet, which we originally covered in June, is similar to LinkedIn, but is focused on completing projects rather than acting as an online resume. The network features an integrated application platform that includes Doorbell, a Highrise-like site that Smibs describes as… Read More

  • Friendfeed: The Little Engine that Could

    Update: Friendfeed today released support for its Beta Real-Time feature. The API adds the ability to fetch realtime streams based on the Home, Room, and Friends List updates as they occur. While Friends Lists offer a way to port social graph data of your Twitter Follows to the Friendfeed platform, co-founder Bret Taylor said that was not yet available through the API “though we should… Read More

  • Diamonds Are Forever, And Can Now Be Traded Online Too

    Who knew you could auction real diamonds much like you could sell your stamp collection on eBay? Well, not really, but pretty close. DODAQ has launched a demo version of what appears to be the first ever online diamond exchange, enabling professional traders to buy, sell and hold certified polished diamonds like stocks. The company offers a two-way auction for traders and facilitates… Read More

  • Brightstorm Raises $6 Million For Online Video Tutorials

    If high-school education is failing in the U.S., maybe Web video can help. Founded last April, Brightstorm is a Web video site that brings bright, talented teachers together with students who need some extra help. Backed by Korea’s KTB Ventures, which invested the entire $6 million in the startup’s A round, Brightstorm is launching today to the public. There are about 20 teachers… Read More

  • Zeemote to release controller SDK for BlackBerry

    Lets face it: By and large, gaming on mobile handsets sucks. Sure, no one’s expecting (or even desiring, perhaps) an experience along the lines of a couch-camping session – but even the simplest of games are hindered by, amongst other things, the lack of intuitive input methods. While we’re able to quickly rewire our noggins to play Tetris on a number pad, it just never… Read More

  • HP pumps out two GSM phones… but why?

    The HP Voice Messenger and the Data Messenger are two GSM fleet phones that look fairly staid. The Voice Messenger, show here: * Small and simple : Dial and type quickly with the simple and useful 20-key keypad. Text and email1,2 easily with intelligent predictive text that “learns” your words and style from messages and emails.
    * Smart and practical: Use email, phone… Read More

  • Zeemote to release controller SDK for BlackBerry

    Lets face it: By and large, gaming on mobile handsets sucks. Sure, no one’s expecting (or even desiring, perhaps) an experience along the lines of a couch-camping session – but even the simplest of games are hindered by, amongst other things, the lack of intuitive input methods. While we’re able to quickly rewire our noggins to play Tetris on a number pad, it just never… Read More

  • Got an HTC that needs a Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrade? Better do it quick!

    Been putting off that Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrade for your HTC 8525? You’ve only got about 9 days left. HTC has announced that they will be removing all Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrades from their site. For our US readers, the only devices you need to worry about are the AT&T 8525 (HTC Hermes) and the T-Mobile Dash (S621). As PhoneNews points out, neither of these handsets have been given… Read More

  • Sun Preps RIA Resurgence With New Java Release

    Sun is releasing a new version of client-side Java insipidly called SE 6 Update 10 that sets the groundwork for JavaFX, a major overhaul of the runtime environment that’s set to debut before the year’s end and will challenge other RIA platforms such as AIR, Silverlight, and Google Gears. Update 10 comes with two major consumer-facing improvements: a smaller footprint and… Read More

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