• Lenovo introduces Quick Start-powered S10e netbook for the eduction market

    Some suit in a Lenovo boardroom had a great idea that if the company slaps the letter ‘e’ onto the S10 netbook name, the world would be a better place. The S10e is therefore geared to the education crowd, touting the same exact specs of the original S10 netbook of an Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor, 4GB SSD or 160GB HDD, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 10.1 LCD display, but now comes equipped… Read More

  • Prince of Persia video shoot: Come back with me/to 1985

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1854745&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
    Prince of Persia Animation Reference 1985 from jordan mechner on Vimeo. Get out the tissues, gaming fans, because there won’t be a dry eye in your cubicle. What we see here is Jordan Mechner’s reference shots for the original… Read More

  • Microsoft announces ‘SPARKs Will Fly’ Windows Embedded developer competition with $15,000 prize

    Microsoft just announced a Windows Embedded developer competition here at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. It’s called the “SPARKs Will Fly” contest and will award a $15,000 cash prize to one lucky/brilliant Windows Embedded developer. It’s a push to get people to start (or keep) developing for Microsoft’s platform and it just may work, as the dev… Read More

  • Activision is working on DJ Hero


    Flickr’d Activision is hard at work at DJ Hero (may not be the final name), which, presumably, would bring the same sense of fun that Guitar Hero brings wannabe rock starts to wannabe DJs. (Never mind that we’re starting to see signs of Guitar Hero fatigue.) That’s what World Tour‘s project director, Brian Bright, told Joystiq. How would a DJ Hero game work? Well, it… Read More

  • Gene Simmons Axe guitar is a mitzvah

    Young Chiam is at it again. His new product, the Axe Guitar for Playstation looks just like his real axe bass and even has Gene’s face and autograph printed on the front. Double sets of buttons encourage schlepping all over the freboard and it is wireless and USB ready. Best of all it has a durable strum bar because if you don’t have a strum bar what do you have? Bupkus. Read More

  • HP killing MediaSmart TV and LCD TV biz

    Didja know that HP sold LCD TVs? Well, they used to at least as the models disappeared off its website a while ago and now Chris Lanier is reporting that the company is focusing on Media Center Extenders rather than the actual TV sets. Apparently Costco is going to handle the closeouts so watch out for some great deals on the decent LCDs. Read More

  • Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones in the land of poutine

    This morning, Canadian carrier giant Rogers announced that they’d managed to sell roughly 255,000 iPhones between its launch in July and the end of September. While 255,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the 6.9 iPhones pushed worldwide in the same window, it’s pretty significant in the battle for carrier supreme going on north of the border. With the two other big players… Read More

  • Bleacher Report Hunkers Down With $3.5 Million More

    Bleacher Report, a community publishing site for amateur sports writers, has raised $3.5 million in Series B funding from Hillsven Capital, Gordon Crawford, and SoftTech VC. Other participants in the round include Jacob Lodwick, founder of College Humor and Vimeo. The extra cash should help the San Francisco-based company retain its 13 employees during a period of flattening online ad… Read More

  • Sony kills off 4GB PSP Entertainment pack, blames success of Ratchet and Clank pack

    Hope you didn’t have your heart set on the PSP 4GB Entertainment Pack that Sony announced at the Leipzig Games Convention. That’s because the pack was just axed, the victim, strangely enough, of the overwhelming success of the Ratchet and Clank PSP pack. It seems Ratchet and Clank pack is selling so well that Sony and its retail partners—Best Buy, Wal-Mart… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Dash Express for only $200

    The Dash Express impressed us and now the traffic-intelligent GPS is only $200 on Amazon. There is still the $9.99 monthly subscription, but it’s a heck of a GPS unit for a great price. If you can get past the comically large casing, you gain a Yahoo local aware search powered by a great interface. Please note though, this deal is for today only so jump on this fast. Read More

  • Yamaha Japan presents new electric-hybrid bicycle (limited edition)

    Yamaha started selling a lithium-ion battery-powered electric bike in Japan in August (Panasonic followed up with its Vivi RX 10-S soon thereafter) and now presents the PAS CITY-C [JP]. The new Yamaha bike, which was manufactured in cooperation with Tokyo-based design company Plus Minus Zero, bike will be Japan-only. Read More

  • Authors, Publishers Settle With Google Over $125 Million Lawsuit

    The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, on behalf of a broad class of copyright holders, will join with Google to host a teleconference today to discuss a settlement agreement that would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book… Read More

  • Mac Mini to get NVIDIA mobo?

    The Mac Mini’s future is in question, but the latest rumor indicates that the cheapest Macintosh might get its motherboard from NVIDIA. Since the late-2008 MacBooks and MacBooks Pro sport the dedicated graphic GPUs, the rumor doesn’t seem to far off in left field. Having a Mac Mini equipped with decent graphic capabilities would give curious onlookers one more reason to jump… Read More

  • For one day only, Taco Bell will make your stomach hurt for free!

    Hey everybody – this is just a friendly reminder that, thanks to Jason Bartlett’s stolen base in Game 1 of the World Series, Taco Bell is giving away free tacos today. The only thing better than paying 69 cents for a taco which cost 9 cents to make is paying nothing for a taco which cost 9 cents to make. How to get your free taco:
    1) Stop by your local Taco Bell today between 2pm… Read More

  • Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Put Their Weight Behind Global Plan Against Online Speech Restriction (Updated)

    The Wall Street Journal reported today that Yahoo, Microsoft and Google have agreed upon a common set of principles to guide their business in countries that restrict free speech and expression. In the past, the three companies have been found themselves criticized by rights groups and the US Congress in the past for putting profit over principles and human rights, particularly with regards… Read More

  • Sony's music robot Rolly can now be controlled via Bluetooth

    Sony says it’s a music robot, others say it looks like a rolling turd: The new version of the Rolly, which was unveiled today [JP], can be controlled via Bluetooth, via a cell phone or PC (it’s even possible to control seven of the so-called SEP-50BTs at once). The new Rolly (still featuring 2GB of memory, two 1.2W speakers, USB 2.0) is out in Japan November 21 and costs $420. Read More

  • KDDI unveils winter/fall cell phone line-up (photo gallery)

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au yesterday unveiled new cell phones for its year-end sales campaign. Priced between $400 and $550, the first handsets will be sold in early November. Here is the complete line-up: Hitachi Wooo 63H
    (featuring a 3.1-inch OLED display) Read More

  • Zuora Raises Another $15 Million For Integrated Online Billing And Payment Solution

    Zuora, an SaaS startup that offers online services to manage and automate customer subscriptions and payments, has raised $15 million in a second round of funding from Shasta Ventures and Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Venturebeat reports. The company had previously raised $6.5 million from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Benchmark Capital (who also participated in this round), bringing… Read More

  • Live From New York, It's The Beet.TV Online Video Summit

    Today, I will be helping to moderate Beet.TV’s Online Video Summit from the NBC Studios in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. We’ll be streaming the event here live, all three hours of it. It starts at 9 AM ET. It will be broken into three parts. Here is the schedule: Online Video, a New Medium: How big and small publishers will successfully embrace online video in news… Read More

  • Sonos launches iPhone, iPod Touch app

    Those of you with Sonos equipment already filling your abode with the sweet tunes of your music library and an iPhone or iPod Touch should promptly hit up Apple’s App Store and download their free app now. It may or may not be available right this second, but it should make its way to the App Store sometime today. There are two other Sonos apps currently available but they want you to… Read More

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