• TVCatchup on hold after broadcasters weigh in

    The big TV companies have put the hard word onto TV recording startup TVCatchup, which has had its service suspended after complaints from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel Five. TVCatchup launched in trial around October last year, allowing users to tag the shows they wanted recorded on a programme guide and share those copies with other members. Once you signed up you could use the TV… Read More

  • Xbox 360 gets RROD at Game Developers Conference

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fbbcnewstechnology%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F684352&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Here’s a Microsoft-owned Xbox 360 at the San Francisco Game Developers Conference that’s supposed to be demonstrating… Read More

  • Microsoft giving away Zunes

    Microsoft has reimplemented the Zune A Day contest in case anyone is interested. Oh, and the new Zune Arts commercial is stranger than ever. At least it’s a good song. Zune A Day Read More

  • Rumor: WiMax enabled Nokia tablet to be released in April

    It appears a new Nokia tablet is making the rounds in the rumor mill and this one comes WiMax-enabled. We’ll see what happens at CTIA in April. WiMax N810 Leaked, To Be Announced At CTIA? [via Into Mobile] Read More

  • Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April

    Solid state drive capacity and availability continues to grow with the announcement of Mtron’s 128GB 1.8-inch SSD. It’ll have maximum read/write speeds of 120MBps and 100MBps, respectively, and will be targeted at UMPC devices. It’s got a PATA interface, so it can replace most existing notebook hard drives pretty easily. And with the 6X speed bump and half the power… Read More

  • Putting startups on the map


    View Larger Map Ages ago I had the idea of putting startups on a Google map and allowing them to add their location and logo. But as is the way with these things I never got around to doing it, which is why I’m glad someone else did. Today I was emailed by Douglas De Jager, CEO of UK startup dotHomes, who obviously had the same thought and decided to create just such a map. I Twittered it… Read More

  • HD DVD in trouble??? Onkyo stops HD DVD production

    Okay you guys, listen up for a second. I’ve got some bad news. It’s been a long and winding road and we’ve all fought really hard, but it appears that HD DVD might actually be on its way out for real. We just got word that Onkyo has decided to stop making HD DVD players. I know you feel. I feel like I got punched in the gonads, too. Read More

  • Facebook improves account deletion

    The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office may be feeling a little more satisfied today. Last month it entered into discussions with Facebook about how users can maintain their privacy and control their data, in particular, deleting their data and acounts from the site. The talks were prompted last November when Channel 4 News detailed how Facebook was being investigated by the… Read More

  • Sony points finger at Microsoft and laughs [Update]


    Not that Sony needed to respond to Microsoft’s press release over the demise of HD DVD, but they did anyway. Dave Karraker, senior director fo corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment America, had this to say: “It’s unfortunate that Microsoft’s external HD-DVD drive will not enhance the experience at all for the gamer. Sony realizes that to truly… Read More

  • CNET Changes Quarterbacks: Dan Farber Takes Over As Editor In Chief

    Big news at CNET today – editor in chief Jai Singh is out, and Dan Farber, most recently the editor in chief of CNET-owned ZDNet, is taking over. In his new role, Dan will oversee the editorial content and user experience for CNET News. Dan has posted a brief note (and his last on that blog) about his new position on Between The Lines. Dan has been a tech journalist since 1981, so… Read More

  • Woman almost saves over free porn with dog photos

    Some people don’t like extra features on their phone — like free porn. Sandra Bamlet (which is a very sexy last name, by the way) found pornographic images of “couples having sex and several self-portraits of a naked man” (and even his — gasp! — genitals) while she was using her new phone to take photos of her dogs. The phone was purchased brand new for… Read More

  • Chumby available for purchase

    Chumby is officially available for $179.95 with free shipping. Run, nerds, run! Chumby Read More

  • Scribd Steps Up Its Game With iPaper

    Document sharing on the Web via embeddable Flash players keeps getting better all the time. Earlier this month I wrote about Issuu, a Denmark-based startup that does a really good job with image-heavy documents like magazines and photography books. Today, Scribd released a vastly improved upgrade to its document viewer, which it is now calling iPaper. Scribd streams the converted PDF… Read More

  • Apple slashes price on 1GB iPod Shuffle, introduces 2GB model


    We’re still waiting for the price cut on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but Apple cut the price of the Shuffle from $79 to $49 for the 1GB model. A 2GB model will be available later this month for $69. Product Page Read More

  • Samsung u550 launches on Verizon


    Is brown the new black? Apparently so. Today, Samsung launched the brown clamshell, SCH-u550, on the Verizon wireless network. It looks boring from the outside, but it doesn’t seem too bad if you’re looking for a phone with a few extras. I typically scoff at camera phones with anything less than 2-megapixels, but this whole Night Shot feature intrigues me even though the u550… Read More

  • Panasonic's AG-HMC151, like a tapeless DVX100

    Anyone who’s done some independent (and/or adult) film work will recognize the Panasonic AG-DVX100 alongside the staple Canon GL and XL series as a good choice for relatively high-quality digital cameras that won’t break the bank. Well, Panasonic’s announced a tapeless version of the AG-DVX100 called the AG-HMC151. It’s a 16:9 three-chip camera with a 28mm Leica… Read More

  • DoubleTwist: Put your things onto other things

    DVD Jon built a little web-based application that takes files from almost any device and puts them onto any other device or social network. It’s basically a big honking anti-DRM machine, allowing you to pop stuff out of iTunes and onto anything you’d like. It works by “playing” the music in the background and recording it as an MP3. It seems to only work on AAC DRMed… Read More

  • Vietnam Telecomp to be held this November

    Vietnam Posts & Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Adsale Exhibition Services (AES) will be holding the 12th International Exhibition in Vietnam on Telecommunications and Information Technology (Vietnam Telecomp 2008) in HoChiMinh City, SR Vietnam, November 26-29 of this year. Vietnam Telecomp is the most influential ICT event in Vietnam with strong support from the Vietnam government… Read More

  • HP prepping tiny notebooks in time for spring

    Looks like HP may have decided to jump on the UMPC bandwagon. Yippee. Hopefully it doesn’t have a keyboard and costs, like, $1200. Ha! Hold the phone, CNET’s Darius Chang says it’s “likely to be competitively priced, much like the ASUS Eee PC.” I’m listening… Oh man, it gets better! Someone on HP’s staff told Chang, “you won’t even… Read More

  • First Shot of National Unlimited Price War Fired by Verizon

    Verizon Wireless fired the first shot of what may become an unlimited calling plan price war in the United States today. Verizon is offering a national unlimited calling plan with no roaming or long-distance fees for $99.99 a month. While other carriers have what they call “unlimited” plans, Verizon is the first major carrier to make the deal nationwide. The plan is “likely… Read More

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