• Bandai Japan sells beer shampoo

    Bandai Japan today announced it will start selling beer shampoo (in beer bottles) December 1st [JP]. It’s about time somebody came up with this. The company is promoting the shampoo as part of its “One of the things everyone has been wanting to try for a long time at least once” series, which includes fake money bills that you can take a bath with [JP]. Bandai says one of… Read More

  • FanIQ Keeps Fans In The Game, Membership Jumps 2000% This Year

    FanIQ, a sports site that focuses more on entertaining its users than bogging them down with the stats and opinion pieces found on the likes of ESPN, has had a landmark year. The site launched in 2006, but hasn’t really hit its stride until now: since January, the site has grown by over 2000%, recently hitting as many as 2.4 million unique users and 1.5 million registered members. … Read More

  • Grand Theft Auto IV DLC: February 17, called The Lost and Damned

    The DLC for Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360 version) will be released on February 17. It’s entitled The Lost and Damned, which sounds a lot like a 70s cop movie. Rockstar hasn’t announced a price yet, but $15-$20 doesn’t seem out of the question. Dan Houser, the face of Rockstar these days, told USA Today that the expansion will star a guy named Johnny, who is a “very… Read More

  • Are you using Gmail themes?

    Google launched Gmail themes yesterday and, wow, are they hot. It’s nice to give the Web 2.0 email standard a makeover from the standard skin, but are you using them yet? Did you even know that the option was there under settings? (last tab) Check ’em out if you didn’t and sound off with the theme you’re rock’n in the comments. Me? Ninja. {democracy:44} Read More

  • Real Girls Media Picks Up Strategic Funding From Meredith

    Real Girls Media, a San Francisco-based online publishing company specializes in—you guessed it—social communities for women, has raised an undisclosed amount in funding led by Meredith Corporation, which took a minority stake in the company. RGM, which was founded in 2006, had previously raised $6 million in Series A funding from 3i and WaldenVC. The agreement adds Real Girls… Read More

  • IAB Reports U.S. Online Advertising Almost $5.9 Billion In The Third Quarter

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers just released their quarterly report on U.S. online advertising revenues. For the quarter, they estimate online advertising revenues were almost $5.9 billion ($5.865 billion, to be exact), which is an 11 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago and a 2 percent increase from the second quarter of 2008. If you look at the… Read More

  • Digital pen airpenMini makes digitization of handwritten text easy

    Japanese stationery company Pentel today unveiled its airpenMini [JP], a digital pen that uses a combination of ultrasound and infrared to record anything the user writes on a piece of paper in the built-in memory. The pen tip features a pressure-sensitive tip and 2BM of memory, enough to store written information written on 100 pages of A5 paper. All data can be transferred to computers… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 now shipping with 3.5mm headphone adapter

    HTC earned a lot of criticism, and rightfully so, for not including the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack rather opting for a mini-usb to headphone joke-of-a-plug in the G1. Thankfully, an adapter is now included with the Googlephone so users should be able to use quality ear buds rather than the OEM ‘phones. We just wish the cord wasn’t so fraking long. Read More

  • Mufin Opens Automated Music Recommendation Engine To The Public

    Mufin, a powerful music recommendation engine that actually works, has launched to the public. We last covered the site in early October, when it opened in a restricted private beta. The site, which uses technology created by the same organization that developed the now-ubiquitous MP3 file format, uses an advanced algorithm to ‘listen to’ songs and identify similar sounding… Read More

  • eMusic: 250 Million Songs Downloaded. iTunes: 5 Billion+

    Will the music subscription business ever grow beyond its current niche? It looks increasingly doubtful. Today, eMusic announced that since it launched its current music subscription service in 2003, customers have downloaded 250 million songs. Apple’s iTunes, by comparison, has sold more than 5 billion songs since it opened the iTunes Store in April, 2003. That makes eMusic one… Read More

  • Starbucks addict? Make a tie fighter.

    Some people make trash and others make Star Wars papercraft like Dan Winters from WIRED. It took – holy crap – 216 stirrers, 63 drink sleeves, 37 grande cups, 12 small sample cups, ten large 96oz coffee boxes, and one tall lid to construct the tie fighter. I’m thinking he could have bought a real tie fighter with as much cake he spent on Starbucks. Really sweet… Read More

  • Give Storm one more chance

    Love it or hate it, you have to give it to Dave Ciccone of Mobility Today: the boy knows how to video review a phone. His 29 minute opus is so thorough that I felt like I was in his pocket, nestled up against his car keys. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Web Space Edition

    Kingston bumps thumbdrive capacities to 64GB
    Space: Astronaut loses grip on tools, finds out it’s even worse than dropping your keys in a lake
    Review: Zlatoust Diver
    The thermometer gets a mother’s touch upgrade
    Nanoscaffolding regrows limbs, organs
    Contest: Win a copy of Target Limited Edition Shaun White Snowboarding for the Xbox 360 Read More

  • Samsung joins the 256GB SSD crowd


    Just a few months after letting loose their 128GB SSD, Samsung is joining Micron and Toshiba in the exclusive Quartergig Solid club in South _____shire (that’s for all the Austen fans). The new drive boasts read speeds up to 220MB/s and writes up to 200MB/s, which makes it half-faster than the Microns and way faster than the Toshibas. Expect to see these all over the place soon. Read More

  • Scottish glasses fill from the bottom while I fill from top

    If the river were lager and I were a duck, I’d buy a Trufill concept device designed for stadiums that can fill ten pints of beer in ten seconds and drink it all up. This amazing new concept uses magic and space technology to fill up glasses from the bottom up. How? I don’t know. No one knows. All we know is that we have to go visit FoodBev next week and if this amazing system is… Read More

  • MMS coming to iPhone 3G!!! OMG! WOW! *

    MMS is coming to the iPhone 3G! Buy stock in Apple! * Note: 3G only available in Finland and on the Telia network. This post does not in any way imply that Apple and/or AT&T will offer MMS support in the United States. This application only works on Telia’s network and it should not be suggested by the tone or wording of this post that you should be excited by the prospect of MMS… Read More

  • The Wind Cries Cloud Computing


    It’s no surprise what’s happened to the record business in the wake of the digital realignment of the media. Even transitional gambits such as Starbuck’s in-store sales of CDs are going the way of the record stores of yore. Apple is reportedly negotiating with the 3 other major labels to join EMI in banishing DRM, and Paul McCartney’s latest electronique collaboration… Read More

  • Apple TV 2.3 firmware now available

    Remember your Apple TV? That thing next to the TiVo? It’s ready for its upgrade. The improvements are very minor but it now supports third-party remote control learning and AirTunes streaming to other audio outputs including Airport Express speakers as well as other Apple TVs. You should be able to download the new firmware in Settings. Read More

  • Zune Pass now lets you keep 10 tracks per month


    Man, Zunes are getting to be sweeter deals by the minute. The prices just dropped, an update with free games and stuff just hit, and now the $15 Zune Pass that lets you listen to as much music as you want also lets you keep 10 tracks a month. If you’re looking to buy a new media player this holiday season, Zunes are looking better and better. Read More

  • Review: BlackBerry Storm for Verizon Wireless

    The ‘iPhone killer’ label (which I hate using – BTW) has been thrown around since the first touch-screen device hit the market after the original iPhone was launched last year. Unfortunately, nothing has been able to live up to the hype. Both consumers (you) and techies (us) have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Storm in the hopes that it would knock the iPhone down a… Read More

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