• Journeys: A Virtual World Mashup With Real-World Destinations

    Most of today’s virtual worlds are set in mythical places, with landmarks that no newcomer would be familiar with. While this may suit most people just fine, it can be unsettling for those who have never been exposed to a virtual world. Today sees the launch of Journeys, a mashup that hopes to appeal to these users by leveraging Flickr and Yahoo Maps APIs to create what it calls a… Read More

  • PSA: Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for Blackjack II is now live

    MobileCrunch is reporting that the upgrade for the BJII is now live. Read More

  • Dailymotion, OLPC strike deal to introduce kids to the wonders of online video

    Dailymotion, sorta the YouTube of Europe, has inked a deal with the much-maligned OLPC folks to “explore collaborations involving Dailymotion’s technology and selected educational content to benefit underprivileged children globally.” Sounds important. Unnecessary snark aside, it actually sounds like one of those “good causes” I like so much. The deal is such that… Read More

  • Navigon 2200T GPS is cheap and comes with free real-time traffic updates 4 life

    It’s safe to say that now’s the time to purchase a GPS after Navigon’s announcement today. I can’t attest to Navigon’s UI or ease of use, but I’d be willing to take that gamble. The 2200T is not only economical at $229, but you’re getting real-time traffic updates for free. Besides that nugget of gold, the 2200T features a 3.5-inch screen… Read More

  • Back to School: Desktop PCs

    Before you go humping down to Best Buy to pick up a PC, let’s ask ourselves a few questions. The rise of desktop replacement laptops – laptops with full-sized processors, hard drives, and lots of memory – have essentially supplanted the desktop PC in dorm rooms every where. Why pay $500 for a big, noisy box when you can potentially drag your $700 laptop down the hall to watch… Read More

  • After a break, TiVo and DirecTV are back in cahoots

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, back it up… beep… beep… beep. So DirecTV and TiVo have run back into each other’s loving arms despite a pretty ugly separation back in 2005. Back in the day, you could get DirecTV service with the very-excellent TiVo interface loaded into a pretty powerful dual-tuner box. Then all hell broke loose as DirecTV abruptly announced that it would be making its own… Read More

  • iRobot has two new Roombas for your cleaning needs: One for pets, one for offices


    Sorta like this, but not really because iRobot still doesn’t have the proper photos up yet IRobot has a couple of new Roombas for you pet owners. Two, to be exact. There’s the Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot and the Professional Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot, both of which sound like a real hoot. The Pet Series has a few things that make cleaning up after your pets a little… Read More

  • Sony Japan rolls out 8 new Blu-ray recorders/players with new upscaling technology

    Sony Japan held a press conference today in Tokyo to unveil a total of 6 new Blu-ray recorders [JP] and 2 Blu-ray players [JP], which will become available in Nippon in the next few weeks (no word about markets outside Japan yet). 7 of these 8 models are equipped with Sony’s new CREAS chip, which upscales 8/10-bit TVs to 14-bit through SBMV (Super Bit Mapping for Video). First, the… Read More

  • New waterproof Xacti E2 camcorder from Sanyo

    The successor to the also-waterproof Xacti E1 that’s been out for about a year and a half, the Xacti E2 from Sanyo doubles its predecessor’s frame rate to 60 FPS and adds about an ounce of weight as well as a few new features under the hood. Read More

  • Xperia X1 SDK: It's like Windows Mobile's SDK but with panels

    I was about to eat some fiber today but I basically cleaned myself out after reading about the Xperia X1 SDK that enables programmers to add panels to their X1 and be “be spoilt for choice” in the ability to add and remove those panels at will. If you recall, the X1 runs Windows Mobile and has panels. These panels are ways of looking at information – you could have a… Read More

  • It Looks Like Yahoo Dislikes Internet Explorer Too

    Even though the drama surrounding Microsoft’s Yahoo acquisition has subsided, it looks like there’s still some bad blood. A tipster yesterday sent us a screen shot of Yahoo’s front page running on Internet Explorer with a Firefox recommendation sitting atop the page. “Yahoo recommends upgrading to the NEW safer, faster Firefox 3,” the ad says. Read More

  • Mozilla Fights Back With New Firefox Benchmarks

    The dust hasn’t even settled on Chrome’s release and already Mozilla is feeling the pressure. The company today released a series of benchmarks showing Firefox 3.1 will be faster than anything Google can muster with Chrome. Chrome is running V8, an open source Javascript engine, which Google claims, is faster than anything currently offered on the Web. And based on our tests… Read More

  • Nokia N96 now shipping: Who *doesn't* want one, really?

    The Nokia N96 is now shipping, for the before-subsidy (if you find any) price of 550 Euros, or about $794. An $800 cellphone? I guess that’s why Nokia is wisely calling it a “multimedia computer.” To be fair, just looking at the specs sorta makes me say, “iPhone, what’s that?” Built-in 5-megapixel camera and 16GB memory (expandable to 24GB with microSD… Read More

  • Jingle Networks Launches Voice Ad Network

    A few months ago, we wrote about Jingle Networks’ intention to start a voice ad network that would see companies that receive a high-volume of calls place ads during caller wait time. And according to the company, that service has launched today. Known for its 1-800-FREE-411 service, Jingle Networks’ voice ad network will allow any company with high call volume to insert audio… Read More

  • Japanese Kuma teddy bear phone comforts sick kids


    (video from DigInfo, Tokyo) Japan’s No. 4 cell phone carrier Willcom recently presented a very special kind of handset at the Good Design Expo 2008 in Tokyo (that ended last week). The company actually put one of their cell phones into a stuffed bear (handmade), which functions as a simplified handset: Each of the teddy’s legs and arms serves as a speed dial. It’s enough… Read More

  • iPhone Data Outage in the Northeast


    Are you feeling it? We’ve seen reports of just data and we’re waiting to hear back from AT&T. CrunchGear’s Peter Ha is not getting any data over 3G or EDGE while I am. Who knows. Quoth AT&T: “We are aware of the reports, and we are looking into it.” Read More

  • Buffer.me Brings Cool Design to YouTube Videos

    Designed and conceptualized by just one person, Buffer.me is the epitome of what can happen when a talented designer tries to do something to improve an experience that seems less appealing by the day. Buffer.me uses the YouTube API to populate the site with videos, but it totally changes the way you view them. As the company’s founder explained, Buffer.me aims at “giving the user… Read More

  • Miyamoto, other tech folk make Vanity Fair's New Establishment list


    Photo from Wired Vanity Fair, the fanciest trashy magazine there is, has publishedwhat is calls “The New Establishment,” a list of 100 of the top movers and shakers across all industries. It’s essentially a “who’s hot now” list, but since it’s Vanity Fair, all the Manhattan media types will be fawning over the ranking. Drudge has the full list in… Read More

  • Well then, Kevin Rose was right about that Apple event: What else is he right about? [Update]

    Oh, that Kevin Rose. Seems he was right about that whole September 9 Apple event thing, so now we’re a little more confident about his other predictions. Remember, iTunes 8 is supposed to be a true-to-life point release, and not nearly a bug fix or anything. Juciy rumors circulating the likes of Twitter and Tumblr (follow me if you want to be extra bored throughout the day!) suggest… Read More

  • MAPme Widget Tries to Best Google Maps

    MAPme announced today that it has released a Google Maps widget that will let users perform tasks that they are already capable of performing with the run-of-the-mill Google Maps application, but will let them embed the flash app as a widget anywhere they can edit HTML, which should make frustrated Google Maps users happy. According to the company, the MAPme widget is a pure flash object that… Read More

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