• Guy has had it up to here with UMPCs, builds his own

    Fed up with the state of UMPCs? Remember UMPCs, even? Before netbooks, there were UMPCs – basically keyboard-less netbooks. Well one enterprising individual wanted a UMPC so badly that he cannibalized his Acer Aspire One netbook. The forum post is in Spanish but from the looks of it, the device is a dual-boot setup running a stripped-down version of Vista Ultimate and Ubuntu Netbook… Read More

  • Is Search The Best User Interface For Mobile?

    Google has posted some more information about how search has been integrated into the first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1, which goes on sale October 22. Not surprisingly, search functionality pervades Android with an array of ways to query (just start typing, tap one of UI’s many search buttons, or press the G1’s dedicated search key). Dropdown suggestions are readily… Read More

  • Sony sayz PS3 & PSP are selling very well

    The looming – or is it already here? – economic crisis is going to hurt most CE companies this Christmas season. Sony is stating though that the company is on track with 30% better sales than originally thought and even with slow holiday sales, the PS3 will hit the expectations. That means the PS3 will sell 10 million units by March of ’09 with the PSP sales hitting… Read More

  • The Copyright Royalty Board Does Nothing. iTunes' Rates Remain The Same

    The Copyright Royalty Board has set rates that companies like Apple and Amazon must pay music publishers for each digital track they sell. And the rates, drum roll please, . . are the same as they were before: 9 cents per song. So everyone can breathe easy. iTunes won’t shut down! (Not that it ever was going to shut down, but it was a good story). Faced with an industry in… Read More

  • 1080p HDTV photo viewer acts as HDMI switcher too

    Here’s an interesting little device out of Hong Kong. It’s basically a memory card reader that hooks up to your HDTV, allowing you to see your own pores in glorious 1080p. However, it’s also got a built-in HDMI switching function so you can place it in between, say, your Blu-ray player and your TV and still just only lose one HDMI input. The HD-0310, as it’s called… Read More

  • Apple settles class-action suit against faulty power supplies

    If your power supply was fraying and, potentially, burninating, have we got a lawsuit for you. Head over to the class-action website for a list of serial codes and, if your power supply matches, you’re eligible for a replacement. The deadline is May 31, 2009. My power supply actually frayed like this and Apple replaced it a few weeks ago for free. Your first step should probably be a trip… Read More

  • Kevin Mitnick explains his travel ordeal on Off the Hook radio show

    Future NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Mitnick was on WBAI’s Off the Hook radio show last night, and he explained his travel horror when going from Bogotá to Atlanta. An MP3 version of the show was just posted to 2600’s Web site, which you can find here. Mr. Mitnick explains (in excruciating detail) what happened to him while he was detained. Pretty interesting, especially if… Read More

  • Nokia Tube: Quite svelte

    The new 5800 doesn’t look much like a tube but it is quite svelte. It’s smaller than the iPhone and even most touchscreen phones we’ve seen in a while. It’s most like the Palm Treo Pro in terms of size but it’s quite light. Read More

  • HTC has high hopes for the G1, like $18 billion high

    The excitement around the T-Mobile G1 is palpable (as is the skepticism), and HTC is planning on the Googlephone to contribute a huge amount to their bottom line. Over the next year, they’re hoping to ship $18 billion worth of the things, with a full $7 billion of that being in the rush and holiday season. That’s a lot of phones! They really could hit those targets, especially… Read More

  • Nokia's Comes With Music on the 5800: Nokia's attempt to out-iTunes iTunes

    Nokia announced their Comes With Music program last month, a media download offering with backing from Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, EMI, and Universal Music Group. The system, along with the Nokia Music Store, has about 5 million tracks currently available and Nokia has announced the Music PC client for easy downloads. You can drag CDs into the application for immediate ripping. Comes With… Read More

  • New denial of service attack permanently knocks machines offline

    As soon as this story hits Drudge be prepared for all sorts of Chicken Little-related doom and gloom predictions. This ominous photo illustrates the absolute terror we all face. ::cough:: A team of security researchers, an innocent-sounding catch-all description if there ever was one, have discovered a new type denial of service attack that not only does the usual damage, but it also appears to… Read More

  • What Will Happen to Lehman's Startup Orphans?

    As Lehman Brothers sells off its assets following its bankruptcy, there is still a big question as to what will happen to its venture arm and, more importantly, how any change in ownership will affect the companies in which Lehman Brothers Venture Partners holds a stake. Like many investment banks, Lehman got into venture investing in the mid-1990s to try to capture some of those venture returns. Read More

  • Rick ‘Rickroll’ Astley up for ‘best act ever’ award

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/k5MjofnH2t0OwH5ypw&related=1 Great news. Great, great news. Rick Astley of Rickrolling fame is up for the “Best Act Ever” award at the MTV Europe Music Awards this year. He’ll be competing against U2, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, and Tokio Hotel. I think we can all agree that not one of those acts can hold a candle to… Read More

  • Dipity 2.0: It's Like A Timeline View For FriendFeed (And It's Fun)

    Dipity, a timeline-based lifestreaming aggregator, has launched its 2.0 release to the public. The new release includes a variety of new social features that have turned Dipity into a viable alternative to FriendFeed and other lifestreaming services, as well as a replacement for standard RSS readers. Dipity revolves around powerful timelines built in AJAX, which intuitively display content… Read More

  • Where are all the Blu-ray TV show releases?

    The vast majority of TV shows produced over the last few years have been filmed in high definition. Even if the channel didn’t have a HD station at the time, the show was still probably shot in HD. So where are all the Blu-ray releases of these shows?  Think about it. The show was shot in HD, Blu-ray can hold a crap-ton of these episodes all on one disc and the Blu-ray format could use… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Japanese research institute showcases one ugly and one cute robot

    Japan’s NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) is also present at CEATEC 2008 and two of their robots caught my eye, apparently integral elements of their “CareBots Project”. The one you see on the left in the picture above is called Infanoid and is a humanoid that is supposed to resemble a 3-4 year old child (seriously). Infanoid features a… Read More

  • Electric Delorean on eBay, possible Flux Capacitor too

    So you could bid on this converted-to-electric Delorean like everyone else or you could use the Buy-It-Now option, which will get you – wait for it – a free Flux Capacitor. The current bidding is at around $16,000 and the Buy-It-Now price is set at $100,000. Keep in mind, though, that the Flux Capacitor allows you to time travel. The car itself is powered by 13 batteries running… Read More

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube released plus first hands-on

    [svgallery name=”tube”] Here are some initial shots of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube aka the first Symbian S60 touchscreen phone. The Tube is here, folks, and now it’s called the 5800 XpressMusic… clever marketing on Nokia’s part because they don’t want to draw direct comparisons to the iPhone and the XpressMusic line is quite popular in the low… Read More

  • T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl 8220 aka Flip pricing leaked

    It’s all rumor at this point, but the Pearl 8220 is said to be hitting T-Mobile stores on the 15th and the pricing is as follows: T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Pricing
    * New Activation 2 Year Contract $149.99 (after $50 MIR)
    * New Activation 1 Year Contract $199.99 (after $50 MIR)
    * Full Upgrade 2 Year Contract $167.99 (after $50 MIR)
    * Full Upgrade 1 Year Contract $217.99 (after $50 MIR)
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  • Take-Two isn't selling out to anyone

    This never-ending tango is finally over. Take-Two will be a lone wolf for the foreseeable future. “Take-Two’s Board of Directors and management have a clear mandate from stockholders to maximize value,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of the Board of Take-Two. “We are strongly positioned creatively, financially and competitively to benefit from the opportunities we see… Read More

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