• Spansion suing Samsung over flash memory patents [Update]

    Smaller, lesser known (to Joe Blow consumer) tech companies have been known to take on the big guys with lawsuits that may or may not hold up in court, but this one seems to hold a bit of water. At least it appears that way based on the Reuters and WSJ reports on the matter. Spansion, an offshoot of AMD, is accusing Samsung and four of its U.S. subsidiaries of infringing on multiple patents… Read More

  • There won't be a Street Fighter IV arcade release in the U.S.

    Even though you can find imported stand-up arcade units of Street Fighter IV in the big cities, Capcom will not officially releasing it here. You all know why: arcades in the U.S. have been dead for several years—when was the last time you or someone you know said “let’s go to the arcade”?—so it’s not worth Capcom’s time to release it here. That… Read More

  • Wait, is that a MacBook Pro in this Vista ad?

    The above is a scan of some Windows Vista promotional material. But, is that an old MacBook Pro this perfect family is using? Now, Apple doesn’t have a monopoly on silver laptops chassis but wouldn’t it have been wiser to have something more distinctly PC? Read More

  • Facebook Rolls Out Verified App Program, Plus One Hell Of A Revenue Model For Themselves

    Facebook is launching its “Verified Apps” program today. The program was first announced over the summer at their F8 Developer Conference – Third party applications will be segmented into “Great Apps” (currently reserved for iLike and Causes), “Verified Apps” (trusted apps, just not the best of the best), and everything else. Facebook says they expect… Read More

  • Digital transition 90 days away. Are you and your family ready?

    The Digital Transition is mere months away and still, many have questions and misconceptions about the February 17, 2009 switch. It can be confusing but your family is relying on you to get it right. Follow the link for some frequently asked questions and answers. Read More

  • Multiply Gets $100M Valuation As Southeast Asian Media Conglomerate Buys 5% Stake

    Philippines-based media company ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation has paid $5 million for a 5% stake in Multiply, the media-centric social network with a userbase primarily composed of adults. The investment pegs Multiply’s valuation at $100 million, which is within range (though on the lower end) of our social network valuations based on past deals. ABS-CBN also has the right to… Read More

  • Ricoh ‘green’ sign debuts in Times Square on Dec 4

    Green, green, green! It’s the marketing word that makes you think you’re doing something to help this planet, and now it’ll be found at the crossroads of the world, Times Square. (Actually, Times Square is a hell hole, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t popular.) Yes, it’s that “green” Ricoh billboard we first talked about during the summer, but… Read More

  • G1 capable of multi-touch input? Looks like it.

    Whenever the G1 vs iPhone debate gets underway, iPhone purists are quick to flag the G1’s lack of multi-touch input support. Turns out, it might just be able to handle it after all -on the hardware end, at least. Whilst tearing his G1’s workings apart line-by-line, a crafty coder going by RyeBrye came across an interesting artifact. It seems the driver for the Synaptics… Read More

  • Hands on: Husqvarna Automower Solar Hybrid and some chain saws

    A couple weeks back I was privileged enough to chop down some wood in NYC’s Central Park thanks to Husqvarna and their easy to use and almost fool proof chain saws. I may be from Oregon, but I don’t think I’ve touched a chain saw in over 10 years. I also saw Husqvarna’s recently announced solar hybrid lawnmower. The Automower reminded me of a turtle with solar… Read More

  • Valve Complete Pack: Every Valve game ever for $99

    Buddy, if you thought the Orange Box was a bargain, have I got a deal for you. This is an excellent strategic move on Valve’s part, because consider the following: people who have not bought the Orange Box at this point likely have not because they’ve never even gotten started on the Valve Canon and are unlikely to spontaneously do so; it’s be like just deciding on a whim… Read More

  • Woman wants to replace her glass eye with a webcam

    Or something like that. This little news item is far more homegrown and far less momentous than the bionic eye we posted about some time ago, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. For one thing, the goal is different: this woman doesn’t want sight returned to her missing eye, she just wants to be able to take pictures out of it — which makes things a hell of a… Read More

  • Jinni Helps You Pick The Perfect Flick

    Movies are easier to access than ever, but many of us still struggle with the age old question, “What to watch?” The days of milling around Blockbuster may be gone for many people, but most cable boxes and online movie stores offer little in the way of movie recommendations. Jinni, a new startup launching today in private beta, is looking to help. The site has compiled an index… Read More

  • Do you use the condom?

    > May or may not be SFW, so proceed with caution. Pronto Condoms via BBG Read More

  • Kmart Black Friday ad round-up

    Wow, Kmart will be open from 7AM to 9PM on Thanksgiving Day, which should leave just enough time for employees to make the traditional super late-night Thanksgiving dinner with their families. The store’s ads are spread out across four circulars, so here are some of the better deals from each: Read More

  • Fring Trials Ads On Free Mobile Chat/VoIP Application

    Fring is trialing something it should have implemented long ago if it ever planned to make money: ads. Fring is essentially a mobile VoIP / chat service provider that works on the iPhone and any device running Windows Mobile or Symbian, with platform-agnostic technology that enables users to make free calls using the Fring service itself, Skype, Live Messenger, Google Talk, and other… Read More

  • Interview: Shaun White

    Here’s the interview I promised back on Friday with Shaun White. YouTube wasn’t keen on my 17-minute interview with the snow/skateboarding sensation so I had to move it to Blip and by that time it was around 8 PM. In short, Shaun White is a PC, doesn’t like the iPhone, loves his BlackBerry, is a big fan of iPods, and almost ate it during our interview at the CG office. Oh… Read More

  • The Ray from Quiksilver is eco-friendly and badass

    Being eco-friendly has been a hot topic for most companies this year and Quiksilver is no different. The Ray is a limited edition watch (1,000 unit run) hitting stores next month for $500, but why is it considered eco-friendly? Or to be more precise, an eco-conscious design? Many of its parts are 100 percent recycled: aluminum, mineral crystal, anti-allergy 316L stainless steel and solvent… Read More

  • Radio Shack’s Black Friday ad

    We’re admittedly a little late on the uptake for this one but in case you missed it, here are some good deals from Radio Shack’s leaked Black Friday ad: Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA lays off 10% of staff

    Citing “duplication of assignments”, Virgin Mobile USA has announced that they have laid off 45 employees from their New Jersey and California offices, which works out to about 10% of their workforce. This comes just months after Virgin Mobile purchased post-paid MVNO Helio for $39 million. The terms of that deal already entailed a whole lot of cuts to the Helio team, and… Read More

  • Tiny Bluetooth dongle easily updates your laptop

    In case your laptop was built pre-Bluetooth, this tiny dongle will bring your laptop into this era. It only costs $14.95 and supports Bluetooth v2 on XP and Vista without any drivers. While it probably doesn’t offer the range as full size dongles, it should offer enough range for in-room connectivity.  USB fever via gear diary Read More

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