• Epson and Infineon present superior single-chip GPS receiver

    Germany’s top chipmaker Infineon and Seiko Epson today presented a new single-chip GPS receiver that boasts the highest sensitivity and smallest footprint on the market. The so-called XPOSYS chip will mainly be used in cell phones with built-in navigation functions. Read More

  • Verizon picks up Alltel's My Circle, redubs it "Friends and Family"

    Looks like Alltel’s finally beginning to rub off on Verizon, with the latter adopting one of the finest features of their new found property. Earlier this morning, Verizon announced that they’d be taking on Alltel’s My Circle option, but under the name “Friends and Family”. The new plan option will make its way to Verizon customers on February 15th, allowing any… Read More

  • Acer parties like it's 2003 with new DX650, X960 smartphones

    Somewhere in the heart of Mount Fuji, Acer’s crack team of designers are listening to Hail to the Thief and pounding back Zima because they have finally gotten the world’s attention. You see, Acer’s smartphone division has been completely forgotten within the company – someone tasked them with creating a touchscreen phone back in 2003 or so and then forgot to let them… Read More

  • Telenav turn-by-turn for Android coming in 2 weeks

    Were you disappointed by this mornings news that the other nuvifone wouldn’t be sportin’ the droid? So were we. Then we realized it wasn’t so much because we cared for the new nuvifone, but because we just wanted turn-by-turn navigation on an Android phone. Turns out, we don’t have much longer to wait. According to their new product page, we should be using… Read More

  • Garmin-Asus outs the latest and greatest nuvifone – the impressive G60 & cute M20

    In light of MWC next week, Garmin-Asus has made a full announcement about the upcoming nuvifone product line. Which, btw, isn’t nearly as fun as spy shots and rumors, but we’ll take it. The original G60 that we have been hearing about for nearly a year seems like it will finally be released and might be a solid contender judging by the specs. Garmin-Asus is announcing a new… Read More

  • Yammer Aims To Bring Microsharing Inside Corporate Firewalls

    Later today at the LA Twiistup event, the makers of Twitter-for-business application Yammer will announce a new, hosted version of its software that will enable companies to install it inside their corporate firewall. This was an inevitable move for the venture-backed startup to make if it wanted to expand its reach to larger companies who have security policies in place that would prevent… Read More

  • Pioneer ends US plasma TV output this April, axes 10,000 jobs worldwide

    After pulling the plug on LD production just last month and saying their TV business is practically dead, Pioneer today in Tokyo hold a press conference explaining the latter move in more detail [JP, PDF]. And the details aren’t pretty at all. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mario Herder Edition

    Contest: Win one of two Penguin United 24X DS Gaming Pouches
    Video: Super Mario Bros hacked to be playable with webcam
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  • Google Buys … A Paper Mill?

    Consider it a sign of the times when internet company Google acquires the buildings and premises of a mill site from a paper, packaging and forest products company that caters to the print industry. Today, Finland-based paper group Stora Enso has announced that Google is buying the buildings and most of the Summa Mill site, where production of paper was ceased last month in January 2008… Read More

  • Never need quarters for the laundromat again!

    If you’re looking for a greener solution for washing your clothes, or you want to be able to wash them in your home but don’t have a ton of space, there might be a solution out there after all. Enter the Wonder Wash, a portable, inexpensive, and fairly green alternative to the coin fed beasts at the corner laundromat. Read More

  • Worlds Collide: PS3 games, movies to be on the same disc

    It’s finally happening. You’ll finally be able to buy that crappy movie game at exactly the same time as you buy the movie. Sony announced recently that they’re pushing for (and developers are pushing for as well) movies and games bundled on the same disc. On the surface, this sounds like a good idea, but I’m not so sure. Read More

  • Facebook begins mobile blitz

    Facebook strategists clearly see the potential for growth in the mobile sector, seeing as 13% of their users log in from their phones. To some that number would have the appearance of success, but Facebook sees nowhere to go but up. They’ve begun talks with pretty much everyone in the business, and are hoping to bring more Facebook to more handsets, including Palm’s… Read More

  • Linux Can Now Access Silverlight; The Rat Race Between Silverlight and Adobe Flash Continues

    The open-source, Novell-sponsored Mono Project released Moonlight 1.0, which allows Linux desktop users to access Microsoft Silverlight content. Novell’s Moonlight also allows Linux users to access Windows multimedia content, including Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio and MP3 files (all supported through the Microsoft Media Pack). This is one of Microsoft’s first real… Read More

  • Honda's 360-degree look at ASIMO

    Honda’s ASIMO has conducted an orchestra and even served cocktails. Now Honda has added a 360° look at the technology in ASIMO that lets him do all of that. You can see it here. Read More

  • The AP Reveals Details of Facebook/ConnectU Settlement With Greatest Hack Ever

    This is almost too good to be true. The Associated Press has uncovered the details of the Facebook/ConnectU settlement using, of all things, copy and paste. After taking drastic preventative measures to keep the settlement confidential, including barring reporters from the courtroom and redacting portions of the documents, Facebook has been foiled by the most laughable lull in security… Read More

  • Video: Sir Richard Branson in drag – oh, and Virgin America lands in Boston

    Doug Aamoth reporting from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Today in the B terminal I saw some good-looking New England Patriots cheerleaders, a good-looking Maria Menounos, and then everything went all haywire when two guys in bumblebee tutus showed up followed by Richard Branson dressed like a patriotic psychiatrist’s wet dream. Read More

  • Tesla to actually be profitable in six months' time?

    Despite some early worries, bad press, and several crashed prototypes, it looks like Tesla isn’t going to go down in flames, zeppelin-like, a warning to those who would challenge big oil. No, actually it seems they may turn a profit by midyear, and they say they’re selling the $100K Roadster as fast as they can make them. Read More

  • Samsung delaying Android offering until late 2009


    If you were holding your breath until MWC to see if Samsung would drop its promised Android-based phone, you can exhale. It seems that the Samdroid will have to wait, as they’re still in negotiations with carriers and no hardware has been put forth. Shucks! It’s bad news for Samsung lovers, but there’s still a chance that HTC will give us a glimpse of the G2 (not this… Read More

  • Video: Super Mario Bros hacked to be playable with webcam

    Now this is what the Power Glove should have been like. It’s obviously not actually the game being played on an NES but the assets have been put into some freaky emulator. Head on through for the video, complete with strange music. Read More

  • Confusion surrounds LED light bulb lifetime ratings

    It was only a few days ago that the world was spinning extra fast on its axis with the news that scientists had developed these super-duper LED light bulbs. The light bulbs are supposed to last extra long, at around 100,000 hours. But what does that even mean? It turns out, since the filed of LED light bulbs is so new no one can say for sure what those 100,000 hours represent. Read More

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