• Samsung dual player still dropping this month, even cheaper

    There’s a lot of confusion going around about Samsung’s dual player, BD-UP5000, and when it may actually hit retailers. Amazon says it won’t be here till next month, but Samsung is on record saying the player is shipping now and that we’ll see it before the end of the year. Well, you better get a move on, Samsung. The gift giving day is fast approaching and people… Read More

  • French "claim" iPhone "to gain voice recording," "disk mode," "glass of nice Bordeaux" in next update

    iPhon.fr claims that firmware 1.1.3 will offer a voice recorder and disk mode in the next iPhone update. The news is fairly nebulous and there is no second-hand confirmation of this in any of the major Mac sites, so let’s give this a 45% chance of happening at all and a 25% chance of this happening before Christmas. iPhone 1.1.3: Quid of the functionalities? [Babelfish translation] Read More

  • TechCrunch networking event tonight in Brighton

    Widgety Goodness, the first European conference on web widgets and applications, kicks off on Thursday December 6th at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. TechCrunch UK is media partner. After the conference TechCrunch UK will be hosting a FREE networking party for technology startups in the Brighton area. You need to grab a free ticket here. **Any tech person in Brighton is invited to attend… Read More

  • College Tonight Teams Up with Jangl, Hints at Upcoming Mobile Features

    College Tonight, the new social network for college students that recently went public through a reverse merger, has started to reveal the mobile features intended to make its service more “social” than Facebook and other traditional social networks. The company has announced a deal with click-to-call widget provider, and phone number obfuscater, Jangl that will 1) enable students… Read More

  • I Was Just Waving At My Phone

    As the phone becomes a data device, figuring out a better way to input data and interact with the phone will become crucial. Tiny keyboards are sub-optimal. Touch screens smudge up. Voice commands? Please. What about waving to your phone? That’s what Sony Ericsson is suggesting in a patent application filed today. It would use the phone’s camera to capture hand gestures… Read More

  • Tune in at 11am EST to talk about RapidRepair's Kindle disassembly – CANCELLED

    At 11am we’ll be talking to Aaron Vronko, co-founder of RapidRepair.com, a device repair shop. We’ll talk about his Kindle disassembly, what goes into this slim e-reader, and how easy it is to lose screws and parts when taking apart and putting back together electronic devices. My guess? Really easy. See you then! UPDATE: Operator11 (“The Web 2.0 Video Service that Sucks… Read More

  • Porn penalties skyrocket for internet service providers

    Two bills passed in the House yesterday concerning ISPs’ responsibilities for reporting child pornography. The first bill dictates that "ISPs would have to inform the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of the Internet identity and geographic location of suspected sex offenders and the time child pornography was downloaded." Read More

  • Dvorak drives a truck over the OLPC XO-1

    Now with free carrying case. How did I miss this? One of our favorite curmudgeons, John C. Dvorak, hits the nail right on the head with his assessment of the OLPC — send $200 of rice to poor countries, not a $200 computer. The inventors and backers of the OLPC project trust and believe in education as a way out of dire circumstances. Fine, but isn’t a laptop a bit useless if… Read More

  • Dust off your Hadukens and Rat-ta-tukens

    The fourth iteration of Street Fighter is coming, according to 1up.com.  It’ll likely be released for PS3, Xbox 360, and in the arcades (if you remember what those are). More details will be in the January issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly but what’s known know is that "the game’s graphics are polygonal but the gameplay is strictly 2D. There will be new moves… Read More

  • Pleo dies

    Ugobe, into your hands I commend my spirit. It is finished. This big nasty men at DVICE posted a video of them abusing and eventually killing their Pleo dinosaur. The video is horrible. They choke the wee guy, then hang him by his tail, and even slap him around. Just you wait. When it comes time for “the Big Change,” these boys will be the first against the wall. Note: We at… Read More

  • Customizable cup avoids that awkward 'is that my cup or yours?' party moment

    I just did some research and apparently a “party” is a “social gathering especially for pleasure or amusement.” And at these parties, people drink any number of drinks from any number of cups. What happens, though, when you set your cup down inadvertently next to someone else’s? How do you know what drink is yours? Designer Jaehyung Hong has the answer for… Read More

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    The Unreasonable Stance: Touchscreens are just a fad

    So you’ve got your iPhone and your iPod Touch and your Microsoft Surface, and maybe you’ve got yourself a little pink DS lite. What do these things have in common? Two things: they all share a trendy interface — the touchscreen — and they all will be forgotten in a few years’ time. The touchscreen is a minor blip on the giant radar of human interface devices, and… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson patent to amaze friends, family with bogus gesture-based controls

    Raise your finger if you think this patent is stupid. Dear Gadget Bloggers: Patents are ideas officially recorded by companies to ensure no one else gets them first. They are not “roadmaps” nor is there any proof that they will ever be implemented in any actual device at any time. Look for Apple’s patents for the iPod. I doubt there is anything that remotely resembles the… Read More

  • Sony finally gets it right with the latest PS3 commercial

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=140831 With a title like “Hand Drawn”, I immediately thought this to be another mind melting commercial from Sony for the PS3 console. I’m happy to report that I was completely wrong. Wow. This commercial actually makes sense. Not that the previous spots were incoherent in any way, but this one doesn’t require you to think… Read More

  • LinkedIn Turns On Its Own News Feeds (in Beta)

    Now that we are all having second thoughts about Facebook, maybe it is time to start logging in to LinkedIn again. I did that for the first time in a few weeks and was surprised to find a new widget on the lower right hand side of my home page called “News for You (Beta).” It appears to be a news feed informed by my profile, perhaps by the companies I’ve worked for. The… Read More

  • Word Perhect: That's not a typo and go try it out

    It doesn’t make any sense and it doesn’t really do anything useful, but I’ve been playing around with Word Perhect for the past half hour. I can’t do it justice by trying to explain it here except to say that it’s a hilarious online word processor that doesn’t actually do anything. It’s either the dumbest thing ever or a stroke of genius. Maybe a bit… Read More

  • Facebook says sorry, will let you opt out of Beacon data sharing program

    All our whining, for once, accomplished something. Facebook’s controversial Beacon feature can now be completely turned off by going into your privacy settings. (Beacon would announce on your news feed if you bought something from a partner site with minimal chance for you to opt out.) Someone can tell MoveOn.org to call off its attack dogs now. Mark Zuckerberg, the site’s… Read More

  • Operator11 is Dead to Me: Is There Anything Out There Similar to It?

    Way back last summer I wrote about and started using a service called Operator11 — don’t bother visiting because it’s down. It was a video chat system that let you run live shows in a Flash window. The “moderator” or director can show pre-recorded video and images. The real value was the live aspect, allowing you to invite friends to the show and click on… Read More

  • Hackers increasingly target Apple as it becomes more popular

    It used to be, back when I was in high school, that it was fashionable to hate Microsoft, or M$ as the company was known. Nowadays, Apple is increasingly the target of silly op-eds, message board rants and, it turns out, malicious hackers. Since October, F-Secure security researchers have found 100-150 variants of a Mac-targeting malware program; last year, only one or two of these programs… Read More

  • TripIt Adds Calendar Sync, Travel Confirmations

    Online travel organization startup (and TechCrunch 40 finalist) TripIt will today release some new features that aim to further simplify booking travel online. TripIt is a travel organizer that helps do-it-yourself travelers manage their travel plans. Travelers manage their travel itinerary with TripIt by forwarding their purchase confirmation emails to the service. TripIt automatically… Read More

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