• Shinkansen bullet trains get wireless LAN with 2Mbps

    Japan is widely known as the nation with the world’s best broadband, and it knows how to live up to its reputation. Passengers on Shinkansen bullet trains will be able to access the web via wireless LAN starting March 14. Japan’s No. 1,2 and 3 telecommunications companies NTT, KDDI and SoftBank are among the companies that have launched the infrastructure. Read More

  • Be mad, Apple fans: RIM to sponsor U2's upcoming tour

    Oh. Your. God. If you’re standing, sit down. If you’re sitting down, stand up, then sit down again. Huge, huge news: U2, once Apple’s favorite band, has now signed a deal with Research in Motion, which will sponsor the band’s upcoming tour. It’s called the 360º Tour, and it starts its North American swing in September in Chicago. Read More

  • Quick Look: SanDisk ImageMate USB 2.0 reader/writer

    About two weeks ago SanDisk announced their refreshed ImageMate memory card readers and most times we’d pass right by it without a second thought, but these seemed different. The transfer speeds that SanDisk boasted seemed intriguing and the one-touch transfer button seemed like a novel idea, but it’s all a sham, folks. Well, we haven’t tested the transfer speeds yet, but… Read More

  • Thesixtyone Is Building a Digg For Indie Music

    The concept of building a Digg for music has been tried before (see Contrastream or iJigg), but a music streaming site called thesixtyone is the closest I’ve seen so far to getting the formula right. It features only about 50,000 tracks self-uploaded by indie artists and music labels, but visitors can listen to the full stream of each track and vote their favorites up the rankings… Read More

  • Blog from your Peek

    Now in addition to SMS and email messages, Peek users are going to be able to use WordPress from their handheld, which makes it more and more competitive with smart phone devices, but a hell of a lot cheaper on a monthly basis then most data plans. I still have trouble with the idea of carrying two different devices just so I can get email, but the more I read about the Peek, the more I wonder… Read More

  • Calling All Student Entrepreneurs: Highland Capital Wants You

    VC firm Highland Capital Partners is issuing a call for applicants for their 3rd annual “Summer@Highland” entrepreneurship program. Highland is trying to tap into the same early-stage, young talent pool as start-up incubators like Y Combinator and TechStars. Highland’s 10 week program is only open to enrolled graduate and undergraduate students or recent graduates (no later… Read More

  • Y Combinator's Voxli Targets Gamers With Browser-Based Group Voice Chat

    Voxli, a new Y Combinator startup launching today, is looking to make group voice chat as simple as possible. The service allows gamers and team members to visit a static persistent URL to join a group chat session, and features push-to-talk using a browser plugin. Voxli is available on Internet Explorer and Firefox (both Mac and Windows) with support for more browsers on the way. At… Read More

  • Mimi ear switch: Not what we need right now

    Some Japenese folks invented the “ear switch,” an in-ear device that uses light to trigger switches based on your facial expressions. You will be able to turn on room lights or swing your washing machine into action with a quick twitch of your mouth,” said its inventor, Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Osaka University. Read More

  • Japan plans to let robots and humans work hand in hand on the moon

    The Japanese government said Friday the nation should do everything it can to send a robot to the moon by 2020 followed by a human astronaut 10 years later in order to explore the moon’s natural resources. Japan, a country famously poor in natural resources, has a space development strategy task force in place that’s ready to execute the plans and is headed by the Prime Minister. Read More

  • How Time Flys

    As the Kindle/iPhone platform builds out, the possibility of pulling free content back from the abyss has sent tremors of hope through the media business community. Boxee’s continued struggle with Hulu suggests the content cartel has decided to double down on the hardball approach while they still can make it work. On the other side of the river, the technology companies are busy shoring… Read More

  • Early iPhone prototype up for auction

    A fella in Illinois has himself an iPhone protoype with an early beta OS and it’s up for sale on eBay if you’re into that sort of thing. In fact, he has two prototype iPhones for sale, but only one works and it has a matte plastic screen. The dud has a glass screen and doesn’t seem to offer much of anything save for spare parts at best. The working prototype appears to be able… Read More

  • Ooma looking good in this economy


    Ooma – the $250 VoIP box that lets you make free calls in the US (and that lets you call the US for free from international locales, an undocumented perk to be sure) – is getting more and more popular thanks to the downturn. With a new Chief Marketing Officer, Rich Buchanan, and a new price the system is now selling like cakes that are hot. The boxes are now sold at 1,300 stores and… Read More

  • Startup roundup: Seatwave, Mobya, Betavine, Scred, Wadja, Vipadia and others

    • Seatwave, the European based fan-to-fan ticket exchange, is now the official exchange for Gaymers Camden Crawl 2009, one of London’s best music festivals. The deal will mean fans will be able to get hold of tickets from other fans through Seatwave’s marketplace. Seatwave has also announced an exclusive ticketing partnership with MTV UK for their recently relaunched music… Read More

  • Video: Sports tech at the Boston Golf Expo

    I spent an afternoon at the Boston Golf Expo this weekend and found a few interesting technology-enhanced products and services for your perusal. Please enjoy with my compliments. Read More

  • You're probably paying too much for your cellphone

    A study is about to be released that says consumers are paying a hell of a lot more than they need to for cellphone access. The average person in San Diego—let’s assume the data can be extrapolated to the rest of the country—pays $3.02 per minute for cellphone service; removing outliers from the equation—people who pay for a ton of minutes but only use a few of… Read More

  • Seagate and AMD showing off SATA 3.0 and 6Gbps hard drives

    SATA 3.0 is about to bring the goods – and fast. Seagate and AMD partnered together to demo just what the hopeful revision will be capable of with a prototype Barracuda drive and AMD chipset. If Seagate gets its way. – you see, not all manufacturers are signed on just yet including Western Digital – SATA 3.0 will be a full 200% faster than the current generation while still… Read More

  • LG Viewty II gets stuck behind dirty glass, caught on camera

    Apparently the LG Viewty II was on display at Mobile World Congress and nobody noticed. Unfortunately absent from the convention was any sort of cloth that could be used for cleaning the glass in front of the phone. Read More

  • Atoms are, after all, the universal building block

    According to some, Intel is trying to focus its future business on their Atom processor, vying to get it included in anything that needs a CPU. Not servers, of course: Intel will keep pushing its Xeon CPUs for servers. Except for those instances where an Atom processor actually makes sense in a server… Read More

  • Circuit City's last product standing

    Here it is, friends: the last thing in the last Circuit City store in Robinson, PA. Actually, it wasn’t the last. The vultures had picked the place clean but Rob at BBG writes: As the day drew to a close, a fake hollow display camera supplied an endless cycle of excitement and disappointment. Read More

  • Wii MotionPlus ‘hiccups’ could delay release

    Potentially bad news for those of us patiently awaiting Nintendo’s MotionPlus peripheral for the Wii – it might be delayed. According to IGN Wii’s Nintendo Voice Chat podcast, “Nintendo is internally struggling with Wii MotionPlus, trying to figure out a few hiccups.” Read More

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