• Sony Style taking preorders for the W995a


    Got a hankering for a new Sony Ericsson phone, but don’t want to wait for September for the CS8 to come stateside? Well, you’re in luck, because their Sony Style retail site has just started taking preorders for the W995a, a 8-megapixel sharp shooter due to ship next month. Read More

  • Tokyo company offers mannequin robots for rent

    This may very well be the beginning of the end for all fashion models made of human flesh. Flower Robotics, a Tokyo-based robot development company, has started renting out robotic mannequins that are supposed to replace real models in fashion shows and other events. Read More

  • eBay Starts Stripping Skype Voice And Chat Buttons From Auction Listings

    In the past we’ve written about eBay’s Skype conundrum, or the trouble the former has had to successfully integrate the latter’s communication capabilities into the e-commerce giant’s web services. In the recent press release announcing that eBay plans to spin off Skype as a separate company and file for an IPO in 2010, eBay President & CEO John Donahoe admitted as… Read More

  • LG to roll out the LG-GD900 in 40 countries next month

    It was first shown to the general public back in February, and now LG gave us some more concrete info about their LG-GD900, which is – according to LG – the world’s first cell phone featuring a transparent keypad. The aptly (code-)named Crystal is due out in as much as 40 different countries starting next month already. Read More

  • The Trunk Club For Men: Never Shop For Clothes Again

    Most men hate to shop. It takes way too much time, we are out of our element, and we end up getting really dorky clothes because we feel like not buying something is an admission of failure. Online shopping is better, but most of us would rather browse through cameras, Web phones, and computers than shirts and chinos (at least I would). Enter the Trunk Club, a new way to shop online. The… Read More

  • beeTV Raises $8 Million For Stunning Personal TV Recommendation System

    The TV guide doesn’t know who you are, what your favorite movie genre is, what you’ve watched in the past, what your mood is, and so on. Because of that, it is incapable of providing you with any recommendations about what to watch on your TV, or which videos you’re likely going to enjoy consuming right now on your PC or even your mobile phone. With the sheer volume of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Miffed Edition

    Miffy DAP promises music, video, world peace
    All the iPhone rumors in one handy image
    E3 2009: Hands-on with Need For Speed: Shift Read More

  • One Vision For The New AOL: Redefine Online Content As Print Magazines Fail

    There’s lots of speculation on what the soon-to-be independent AOL should do to drive user and revenue growth, and stay relevant in a world dominated by Google, Microsoft and Facebook. New CEO Tim Armstrong says he’s taking some time to take input internally and create a plan. But some sources we’ve been talking to say that there’s a real push to remake AOL into an… Read More

  • my6sense Raises $2M for Digital Intuition, Native iPhone App Imminent

    my6sense is announcing it has raised $2 million in Series A financing from private investors. The company is pioneering ‘digital intuition‘, artificial intelligence designed to assist everyday users separate the signal from the noise. This is a problem that has grown in magnitudes of severity since the introduction of blogs and RSS into our lives, and compounded even further by… Read More

  • Covet.com Will Be Your Stylist And Personal Shopper In One

    Shopping for fashion on the web can be an overwhelming experience. Not only can you find an unlimited amount of clothing on the e-commerce sites of retailers like Nordstroms and Saks.com, but there are also plethora of web-based sites that offer deals for fashion, including Bluefly, Zappos and ShopBop. I love snagging great deals on designer and high-end clothes but simply don’t have… Read More

  • Intuit's Partner Platform Goes Multilingual With Federated Apps

    Intuit, the company that makes personal and small business software, has launched a new capability called “Federated Applications” that allows SaaS developers to write their applications using any programming language and cloud platform and connect them to the Intuit Partner Platform. Intuit’s Partner Platform provides a foundation for developers to build and deploy apps that… Read More

  • RingRevenue Raises $3.5 Million To "Track Calls Like Clicks" For Affiliate Networks

    RingRevenue, a pay-per-call platform designed for affiliate networks, has closed a $3.5 million funding round led by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, and Great Pacific Capital. The company is looking to tap into the huge volume of sales that occur via the telephone, helping affiliate networks and ad agencies track phone calls in much the same way online ad clicks are tracked. The… Read More

  • Mahalo's Case Of Mistaken Identity

    About 45 minutes ago I tried logging into Mahalo to stake a few claims for myself in the site’s revamped directory, which pays users for creating and maintaining their entries. This has proven far more difficult than it should be. In fact, it seems like Mahalo’s account system is totally broken. First, I attempted to create a new user name for myself. I decided to go with… Read More

  • E3 2009: Interview with Jonathan Wendel, AKA Fatal1ty

    Fatal1ty, the world’s most recognizable (and most frequently name-checked) pro gamer, took a little time out of his busy schedule giving stuff away for OCZ to have a little chat with us. His press shots have him mugging like a bro who just took you down in Halo and is ready for his close-up, but in reality he’s a pretty straightforward guy. That said, having an entire line of… Read More

  • E3 2009: Hands-on with New Super Mario Bros Wii

    Oh, to be young again and be playing Super Mario Bros for the first time. Not possible, unfortunately, but at least I can play New Super Mario Bros for the first time — and I just did. The new side-scrolling Wii Mario game was playable here at E3 and we spent a good amount of time checking it out. Watch closely and you can see Peter twice die on the first two things in the game that… Read More

  • E3 2009: Hands-on with Need For Speed: Shift

    The brutal yearly schedule for Need For Speed games has produced some excellent ones (Wanted) and some dogs (ProStreet). Need For Speed: Shift looks like a good one, although it’s far more sim-ish than the ones in the series I’ve enjoyed the most. I failed real hard at playing this thing, believe me, despite the promise of a BMW M3 if I played well enough. Greg did a little better… Read More

  • The Third Front

    Scott McNealy’s reappearance at JavaOne for the first time in the years since he handed control to Jonathan Schwartz had the feeling of a swan song. But there was also a steely purpose to his gate and demeanor, as he dismissed Schwartz with a hearty handclasp for his stewardship and extracted the slide clicker from his grasp with a note of baton-passing. The camera didn’t even… Read More

  • E3 2009: Hands-on with Red Steel 2

    Red Steel 2, which just got its first real gameplay debut yesterday, is now out in the open and being played by every Tom, Dick and Harry who passes by. Of course, we had to take a shot at it. I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by how it controlled, although I’ve never mastered the Wii shooter style. It helped that the guy in front of us was hopeless; why learn from my… Read More

  • … and now there's Final Fantasy XIV!

    So what do we make of Final Fantasy XIV? The game, which will be an MMO à la Final Fantasy XI, was announced at some point during Sony’s 18-and-a-half hour press conference at E3. The trailer is available online, but I haven’t yet figured out a way to grab it and put it here. Oh, well. Read More

  • Video: Comcast's 2,100-foot HD video wall

    If you’ve ever looked at your Comcast bill and thought, “That seems expensive!”, don’t worry. The company used some of your money it to put the biggest video wall I ever did see inside its corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. And can you really blame a company for using your money to build a giant TV? Read More

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