• Go ahead and buy the standalone Rock Band drums

    If you’re like me, you used to play drums all the time and then you lived in apartments during and after college so you stopped playing but then eventually you bought a house but for some reason never got another drum set and then you moved to Boston where you currently live in an apartment again but someone gave you Rock Band as a wedding present and you find that the drumming aspect of… Read More

  • Facebook's UK numbers are down. Meh.

    Yes, it is worth noting that Facebook’s user base in the UK actually dropped between December and January for the first time ever. It’s uniques dropped 5% to 8.5 million, while MySpace UK, in the No 2 slot, also dropped 5%, to 5 million and Bebo dropped only 2% to 4 million. But here’s the reality check, people: THAT WAS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. Facebook’s audience… Read More

  • Video: Eddie Izzard's Death Star Canteena reenacted with Legos

    I know this video is old, but chances are a few of you haven’t seen it. And even if you have seen it, it’s still funny, so deal with it. :) Darth Vader ‘Death By Tray’ Lego Video [Geekadelphia] Read More

  • Sony inks deal with Ensequence for interactive Blu-ray content

    Blu-ray’s biggest problem, for me, was the lack of online interactive content that was prevalent and great about HD DVD, but a new deal between Sony and Ensequence is putting that gripe to bed. A 10-year deal was struck to bring interactive features to Blu-ray discs, which entails bonus content, notifications about sequels, PIP and a slew of other goodies. 10 years, huh? Those are… Read More

  • Microsoft Bumps Online Storage To 5GB

    Microsoft has increased storage on Windows Live Skydrive to 5GB, up by a multiple of five from its previous limit of 1GB (the 1GB having doubled the original 500mb in October). Erick compared Skydrive to Gmail in an apples and oranges comparison last time; my Gmail account sits at 6.4gb today so Skydrive is still behind, having said that I’m not sure how many (average) people would… Read More

  • Digital Tattoo Interface: creepy concept that runs on blood

    Concepts are usually beyond me since I have enough real gadgetry to get me worked up, but once in a while I’ll come across a few things that catch my attention. The Polaroid concept from yesterday is something I’ve been raving about to friends and I hope it comes to fruition. The other happens to be this digital tattoo interface submitted by Jim Mielke for the Greener Design… Read More

  • Music video aggregator Musicbrigade shutters

    European News: Stockholm-based music video startup Musicbrigade has closed . It provided Channel 4’s music video content, reports PC. Started in 1999, Musicbrigade provided a video repertoire from the four major labels and others, allowing channel4.com users to access to thousands of videos plus rate videos and make shareable playlists. However, many labels now use other means… Read More

  • Use VNC and your iPhone as a touch pad

      Nice. This is an adaptation of VNsea called “Touchpad.app” that allows you to use your iPhone as a computer touchpad by leveraging VNC remote networking technology. I’d guess it’d work with an iPod Touch as well but mine’s not jailbroken and nobody on the source site seems to have tried it, so your mileage may vary. As a side note, there’s some… Read More

  • As 3i leave early stage VC, where next for startups?

    Confirming my story last month, 3i is indeed leaving early stage venture capital. The UK-based VC and buyouts house is merging its VC unit with its growth capital unit, confirms PEHub. The new focus for 3i’s venture chief Jo Taylor will be later stage technology, media and telecommunications and healthcare. The loss of 3i is a blow to European venture capital, though not unexpected… Read More

  • zzzPhone real but not running WinMo

    I did a piece for the NYT on the zzzPhone, an a la carte manufacturer that lets you pick and choose your functionality online and then makes your cellphone to order. I talked to the folks for the story and discovered that the phone doesn’t run Win Mo or Windows CE but a “windows-compatible” operating system that some are calling Symbian… Read More

  • Walt Mossberg reviews Lenovo ThinkPad X300

    Walt Mossberg took an early look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 about a week ago and promised a full review later. Later is now. He likes the MacBook Air competitor despite its limited storage options and high price tag, saying…
    “I can recommend the X300 for road warriors without hesitation, provided they can live with its two biggest downsides: a relatively paltry file-storage… Read More

  • Is Blyk on the blink for subscribers?

    European ad-funded startup MVNO Blyk may not be hitting the numbers. Media buyers – who were lined-up to buy the text and MMS ads sent to teens who were supposed to subscribe in return for Blyk’s (almost) free network – are worried the subscriber base is not looking so good. NMA reports that fewer than 30,000 people have signed up in the first five months. Given that most… Read More

  • Lost satellite phones aren't real, all of the castaways are really dead, go read a book

    Hate to spoil it for the battered fans of Lost, but those cool GPS satellite phones that the whoevers from the whatever on the good ship Howsyerfather are using to track each other on the island are not real. “No satellite phone handset that I am aware of has any form of touch screen available to the user,” said a spokesman for Globalstar Inc., a satellite phone network. Does any… Read More

  • GTA IV drunkenness to use dynamic physics engine

    So Grand Theft Auto IV is going to have a drinking mini-game wherein your character will stumble around more and more based on how much alcohol he consumers. Gee, I wonder if this is going to make it onto cable news channels in segments where some uptight lady from some civic organization who’s never played the game talks about how video games are bad for kids. Can’t wait. Read More

  • I Wanna Be The Guy speed run

    A great speed run of some kind of crazy 8-bit mash-up with few save points and even less overarching logic. My favorite is when the little guy ends up in Tetris. Game Page via Waxy via BB Read More

  • Dvorak: HD DVD was just Microsoft messing with Sony

    Oh John C. Dvorak, I could read your stuff all day long. And your weekly web show, Cranky Geeks, keeps me looking forward to Wednesdays now, if only to catch a fleeting glimpse of the crankiness that’ll undoubtedly ensue. Now the crankiness has spilled over into the HD DVD versus Blu-ray thing. The very thing that I, believe you me, am sick of writing about, hearing about, and reading… Read More

  • Microsoft making a big announcement at 11:30

    Today at 11:30 AM EST, Microsoft will make a “significant” company announcement via conference call with Ballmer, chief software architect Ray Ozzie, senior vice president of server and tools Bob Muglia and general counsel Brad Smith in tow. It’s not related to the Yahoo deal so we’ll have to wait and see what the big deal is. Microsoft to hold press call, not related… Read More

  • Akiiiiiiiirrrrrraaaaa live-action movie coming in 2009

    All I remember about Akiiiiiiiirrrrrraaaaa is some kid who kept on screaming “Akiiiiiiiirrrrrraaaaa” over and over again. Now, however, it will become a live-action movie set in New Manattan where people will yell “Akiiiiiiiirrrrrraaaaa” in new studio apartments while shopping at Dean and Deluuuuuuuucaaaaa. Ruairi Robinson directs with a script from Gary Whitta. It… Read More

  • Don't stifle leaks, kids

    Just a little cautionary tale for those who attempt to stifle leaks: it just isn’t worth it. A high-end bank, Bank Julius Baer (they’re next to the WaMu in downtown Brooklyn, across from the Chinese-Mexican food place) is a company that hides the assets of the ultra-rich in the Cayman Islands. No harm in that, right? Fun for everybody. Well, some documents were leaked to… Read More

  • Microsoft Sings a New Tune—Wants to Play Nice With Open-Source

    Wow, Ray Ozzie is really changing the culture at Microsoft. Or maybe it’s just been beaten down by anti-trust regulators in the EU. After years in denial, Redmond has finally decided to stop trying to fight open-source software. In a series of moves announced today aimed at making its products more interoperable with other software and the Web in general, Microsoft is releasing… Read More

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