• The Manhattan Project

    Google Wave may be a big deal for Google, but it’s an even bigger deal for Microsoft. It forces Redmond to step up at the very time it would rather run silent and deep. Correct that: those owners of the crown jewels who’ve guided the aircraft carrier for decades would rather ignore the impact of these two brothers and a product manager who moved Down Under to build what may well… Read More

  • Konami announces Metal Gear Solid: Rising

    Who saw this coming? Konami—that is to see, Mr. Hideo Kojima himself—just announced Metal Gear Solid: Rising for the Xbox 360. That’s what all those little clues were about. Read More

  • Microsoft previews Project Natal [Update]

    Moments ago at E3, Microsoft showed off it’s upcoming motion sensing system. Project Natal – that’s codename – will work with every 360 when it launches and will be available on all the new systems. It has full body motion control by tracking 3D movement. Plus it recognizes voices, and totally immerses the players into the game. You can use your own gear like a… Read More

  • Kleiner Perkins-Backed Hara Unveils Software To Help Companies Reduce Carbon Footprint

    Hara, an startup that helps companies become more sustainable, has released a SaaS product, Hara Environmental and Energy Management (Hara EEM), that monitors and manages the natural resource consumption and environmental impact of companies and organizations. Funded in 2008 by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Hara’s software lets organizations monitor expenditures of energy… Read More

  • Now You Also Can Call Bing 411.

    Lost in all the excitement around today’s public preview launch of Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, was the subsequent launch of Bing 411. This is a direct swipe at another Google product, GOOG-411. Both are free and both use speech-to-text technology and voice recognition to completely automate directory assistance calls. GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) has been going for a while… Read More

  • Blown Cover: A Couple Ways To Stop Those Spymaster Invite DMs

    As we’ve relentlessly documented, the Twitter-based game Spymaster went from a private alpha, to insanely popular, to feeling a full rush of backlash in about 3 days. While a lot of users were upset with Spymaster tweets from their friends filling up their streams, even more annoying to some was the constant direct messages (DMs) from friends to join the service. Now there’s a… Read More

  • WatchDox Lets You Track And Control Document Sharing (Beta Invites)

    Sharing confidential documents within a business or between businesses can be risky—you never know who might leak a document or if your document is being shared with other employees. To solve this problem, startup Confidela has launched the beta of WatchDox, a SaaS product that allows a sender to control, restrict and track viewing, printing and forwarding of documents. We have 100 free… Read More

  • LIVE: Xbox 360 E3 2009 press conference

    We’re live at Microsoft’s Xbox 360 press conference at E3 in Los Angeles. Read More

  • Video: Eco Trip looks at what happens to your phone when you stop loving it

    [blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYGGh3gA%5D The day has finally come. That new phone you’ve been drooling over for months, hanging on each and every word of any blog post you can find about it.. it has arrived. You speed home from the store, tear apart the box, and start dabbling. It’s pure geek bliss. Six months later pics of the followup have leaked, or the next big thing has… Read More

  • New machine turns office waste into toilet paper – right in the office

    Tokyo-based Nakabayashi offers everything from bookbinding services, child car seats and office products. But the newest (and certainly coolest) product of the 2,000-man company is an in-office machine , which turns used copier paper into toilet rolls, right there in the office. Brillant. Read More

  • Qualcomm beefs up Snapdragon: Specs up, battery usage down

    Qualcomm made a big announcement in the progress of mobile chipsets today. They’re beefing up their SnapDragon line by a large margin to offer blazing processor speeds for the handsets that use them. The 45NM (We’re talking nano-meters) chipset technology will vastly improve process power and battery life, giving consumers hardware that is up to par with new mobile operating… Read More

  • Acer joins Open Handset Alliance, launching Android handsets in Q4

    The Open-Handset Alliance is opening the doors to its newest member: Acer Inc. Acer has been talking about pushing out Android for some time now – so this really just puts an official seal on the whole thing. We should expect to see the first fruits of the Acer/Android pairing hit store fronts in Q4 of this year. Read More

  • The Kindle DX gets a shipping date

    Ready to spend $489 on a Kindle DX? Well, if you are, the large-screen Kindle will be available on June 10, 2009 with pre-orders shipping first. We’re still holding out for the Kindle 9 XXXD. Read More

  • Netbook OS Jolicloud Prepares For Launch: Exclusive Screenshots To Whet Your Appetite

    Jolicloud, the custom OS designed and built specifically for netbooks, is quietly launching later this month in private alpha for a select number of early testers and people who put themselves on the waiting list. I had a long chat with founder Tariq Krim (of Netvibes fame) about the current status of Jolicloud and came away pretty impressed. You’ll need patience before you can give it… Read More

  • The Next Big Feature Of Xbox Live: Twitter!

    Microsoft has just announced that some new features are coming the Xbox 360 at E3. Facebook and Last.fm integration into the Xbox Live dashboard are two of them. The game Metal Gear Solid is another. But the one they seem to be touting the most right now? Twitter! Yes, it seems the software giant, who has made some nice moves in the gaming space has just as big of an obsession with Twitter… Read More

  • Hands-on with the official Verizon update for the Blackberry Storm

    Great news: The Blackberry Storm is finally usable. Most of our issues with the phone were resolved with the first official Verizon update for the Storm. It’s now a quality phone that’s worthy of the BlackBerry name. As of Sunday, May 31, the update is available via either directly from the support section of VZW.com or from an OTA download. We downloaded the update over the… Read More

  • MySpace Experimenting With Interactive Ads Powered By SocialMedia.com

    At this morning’s Conversational Marketing Summit in New York, SocialMedia.com CEO Seth Goldstein revealed that the advertising company had been working with MySpace to develop and deploy ‘Interaction Ads’ – an advertising product that can prompt a MySpace member for input and use that, along with MySpace’s social graph, to tailor the advertising shown to… Read More

  • Google Upgrades Custom Search Box On Blogger

    Google’s blog publishing platform, Blogger, is bringing its Custom Search Box gadget out of its beta version, also known as Blogger in Draft. The search gadget a blog’s readers search posts, web pages linked from the blog, other blogs on the blog roll, as well as pages on the shared links list. Google initially launched the gadget on its Blogger in Draft platform, which offers users… Read More

  • Edocr re-launches with fremium model, new features and API. Will it work?

    Edocr, a smaller competitor to other document sharing startups like DocStoc and Scribd, re-launches today with new features and an API, after a long time off-radar. Eschewing the publisher focus of Issuu, or the broad business focus on DocStoc, the boot-strapped Edocr focuses on corporates and enterprises. So for instance, companies can upload all their public-facing documents, whether they… Read More

  • Seatwave Scores $17 Million In Fourth Funding Round

    Seatwave, the UK-based upstart behind the eponymous marketplace for secondary tickets, has landed $17 million in Series D funding led by Accel Partners with Atlas Venture, Mangrove Capital Partners, Fidelity Ventures and Adinvest joining the round, writes Atlas partner Fred Destin on his blog. Recently named Europe’s fastest growing digital media company by investment bank GP… Read More

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