• 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

  • Nokia Debuts Friend View Beta, A Location-Aware Microblogging Application

    Fresh out of Nokia Beta Labs comes Friend View, an experimental location and micro-blogging service which works both on mobile phones as well as on the web. To show your location, the Friend View application is using the built-in GPS or the network if there is no signal available (you can also set your location manually). When you turn on Friend View, it locates you as an avatar on a map and… Read More

  • Online Money Transfer Service iKobo Calls It Quits (Update)

    Atlanta, GA-based iKobo, a company that provides a worldwide money transfer service, is discontuining its operations, effective immediately. In an e-mail to its users, the company writes: We regret to inform you that iKobo is discontinuing services. Effective immediately, no further money transfers to your iKobo account will be allowed. Your card issued by Palm Desert National Bank will… 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 video… Read More

  • Adknowledge On Acquisition Spree, Buys Lookery's Advertising Business

    After announcing the acquisition of Adonomics earlier this week, Adknowledge lets us know that they’ve bought Lookery’s ad serving business to complement its other daughter company, Cubics (which it acquired in December 2007). The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. From the announcement: Lookery has been seeking a company to acquire its ad serving business that is able… Read More

  • Microsoft Probably Not Really Considering WebKit For IE

    Next to chanting ‘developers, developers, developers’ once again at a Sydney developer conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has stated that he thought the idea of using open source application framework WebKit as the rendering engine for Internet Explorer (and its mobile sister) was “interesting” and that the company “may look at that.” According to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: The Bicycle Thief Edition

    Geeky OS X pillows now have an official website: Throwboy
    The Claw Bike Storage device up for presale on Amazon
    Skooba’s Checkthrough TSA Checkpoint-friendly laptop bag now shipping
    Bike lock spews dye when would-be thieves try to snatch your ride
    Want: Repulsive electrostatic keychains Read More

  • Meet G-Dog, Japan's newest robotic dog

    Japanese robot maker HPI will start selling a four-legged robotic dog, the so-called G-Dog (what a name), later this month. The robo dog, which is powered by a 7.2V nickel metal hydride battery, features a total of nine servomotors and is largely made of aluminium. It’s sized at 375×135×190mm and weighs 570g.
    Users will be able to control the G-Dog wirelessly via a Playstation-like joypad. Read More

  • SEP-50BT: Sony adds a black model to its Rolly line-up, announces firmware for the first model (video)

    Sony announced they will not only sell a white and pink version of their new Rolly music robot (SEP-50BT), but also add a black model in the Japanese Sony Style store [JP]. The new Rolly will be sold in Japan for around $400 starting November 21. Sony also said (Japanese) owners of the first version will be able to get the new model’s Bluetooth functionality through a firmware update… Read More

  • Ultra-cute: Meet Bandai's new Baby Animal robots

    They are little pandas, ice bears, tigers and lions and they all are Japan’s newest toy robots. CCP, the company behind the so-called Baby Animals [JP], is part of the Bandai Namco Group, meaning an export of the robots outside Nippon is possible in the future (Bandai America brought the Mugen Pop Pop to the US, after all). Each of the robots is equipped with four sensors and two buttons. Read More

  • Seagate sees no money in flash memory


    Seagate are the hard drive guys. They make some of the best HDDs out there but they’ve never gotten into the SSD game. Why is that? Everybody’s doing it, right? Yes, says CEO Bill Watkins, but nobody’s making any money and nobody’s making anything that different from one another. Why get into a business where there’s no money or reputation to be made? He said… Read More

  • The saddest arcade in the world

    And it seems to me, you lived your life, like a Egghead in a mall. Never knowin’ who to cling to when same store sales began to fall. Read More

  • Review: Gears of War 2

    BODIES AS SHIELDS!!! This won’t be a complete review because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Like you, I’ve been waiting since I completed the first Gears of War, so instead, I’ll tell you what’s different. Cool? But I can tell you that it’s everything I could have ever hoped and dreamed for. The reviews that came out earlier this week were… Read More

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