• eBuddy, The Swiss Army Knife For Instant Messaging, Is Now Available On Android

    The Netherlands-based eBuddy, which markets a comprehensive application that lets users handle multiple instant messaging accounts from the web or their mobile phones, is today releasing an application for the Android platform a couple months after Meebo made its similar product available on there (November 2008). The eBuddy application for Google’s open mobile OS is now available for… Read More

  • Toshiba to roll out world's first notebook with 512GB SSD

    SSDs are picking up steam in the computer market (although there were some bad news), and so it comes as no surprise that today Toshiba announced the world’s first laptop featuring their self-developed 512GB SSD [JP]. The Dynabook SS RX2/WAJ went on sale in Japan today already and costs $4,000. Read More

  • Twitter's Spectacularly Awful 24 Hours

    Twitter just went through an awful 24-hour stretch. It included taking away a feature some people loved, probably being misleading about it, getting a huge amount of backlash, halfway bringing the feature back, and getting railed by the press for it all — with bouts of downtime mixed in for good measure. This is hardly the first time Twitter has had everyone up in arms, and it won’t… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Monkey Noise Edition

    Cordotz: Dotz that go on your cordz
    2009: The year of the 3D film?
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  • PUMP Is A Great P2P Video Application, And Then Some

    File-sharing service VIPeers has released an upgraded version of it’s peer-to-peer media discovery and sharing tool PUMP, as reported on TechCrunch France. PUMP is touted as the “iTunes for video”, but it’s exactly much more than that and rather similar to apps like Miro and Joost. Update: and Vuze. Update: forgot to mention that you need an invite code to download… Read More

  • French startup lets you call people on Skype without needing Skype

    Now here’s something amazing. French telecoms startup Manifone has launched a service that lets you call Skype contacts directly, from any fixed line or mobile phone, with no Skype account, additional software, PC or handset required. They claim their Mani-Sky VoIP service is a first in the telecommunications industry, and by golly, I think they may be right. Mani-Sky assigns alias… Read More

  • IBM Unveils Real-Time Streaming In The Cloud

    Today, IBM rolled out the availability of its cloud computing software, called IBM System S, that enables massive amounts of data to be analyzed in real-time. System S is designed to help clients become more “real-world aware” by accessing live data and responding to changes across complex data systems. IBM, which is making System S available as a trial at no cost to help clients… Read More

  • This is why you don't arrest people for taking pictures UPDATE from REI

    Well, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t arrest curious passers-by with cameras, but this is a big one. Remember that poor Seattle guy who got arrested for snapping a picture of an open ATM at REI? Well, snarky local Seattle rag The Stranger put that forbidden photo (already widely broadcast) right on the cover of their latest issue. I’m guessing Officer Friendly… Read More

  • Ritz Camera: a lesson in clearance sales

    It’s amazing that we haven’t heard anything about the Ritz Camera fire sales after Circuit City’s failed attempt. That’s probably ’cause there are actually deals to be had at the closing stores. The company announced a while ago that nearly 50% of the stores will be closing and the sales would start shortly afterward. I happened to walk by my local store in Flint… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 firmware v2.76 update coming soon

    Flickr It’s not even worth posting, but Sony is pushing out firmware v2.76 for the PlayStation 3 sometime in the next week or so. Just wanted you to know. Hello, I just wanted to provide everyone with a head’s up that the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update (v.2.76) will be coming soon. This is a minor update that improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software. Read More

  • Verizon Wireless officially announces the HP Mini 1151NR netbook, available May 17

    Well, the rumors are true, Verizon Wireless will begin offering the HP Mini 1151NR on May 17 for $199.99 after a $50 MIR with a 2-year mobile broadband contract. Verizon also announced new mobile broadband pricing that’s still going to hit your checkbook pretty hard. For $40 a month you get 250MB of data per month, but if you go over you’ll end up paying 10 cents per MB over your… Read More

  • Google's Last MySpace Payment: $75 Million On June 20, 2010

    The landmark search advertising deal between Google and News Corp. is set to expire on June 30, 2010, just a little more than a year from now. The $900 million deal, announced in August 2006, has little chance of being renegotiated on similar terms, say sources close to the company. That means MySpace, which accounts for most of the revenue generated from the deal has just a year left figure… Read More

  • Review: Motorola Stature i9

    Nextel phones are notoriously ugly. The company has never worried much about the appearance of their phones, since they were mainly intended for the construction site. They were instead more concerned about a phone that was almost mil-spec in its toughness. The good news (at least for Nextel subscribers) is that they are starting to move away from this brick phone style design, and more towards… Read More

  • VTech moves from cordless phones to cordless music

    In the me-too world of wireless music streaming, it’s unusual to find a device that does something a little different. And while the latest offering from VTech doesn’t manage to add too many features to make itself stand out from the crowd, its $199 price tag ought to distance it somewhat. Read More

  • FriendFeed Enables People/Group Tracking

    While Twitter is busy removing features, or half removing them, or whatever — FriendFeed continues its relentless pace at adding new ones. The latest one today is small, but potentially very, very useful. Basically, you can now get emails/IMs/pop-up notifications from any group or individual user on FriendFeed. While it may not be so obvious at first, this is useful because you can… Read More

  • Get a grip on your DSi

    No matter the device Nintendo makes, there is always some company attempting to improve on it. Usually this is ill-advised, and that’s why licensed Nintendo products are always your safest bet. Sometimes though, you just have to take a chance, throw caution to the wind, and buy a DSi grip. Read More

  • Stuck On Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Or AOL? Gmail Just Made It Incredibly Easy To Switch

    Since launching back in 2004, Gmail has set the gold standard for webmail clients, offering a large amount of storage and a highly usable interface, free of charge. But for many people it has remained out of reach – no matter how appealing Gmail might be, they’ve racked up thousands of messages on other services that they simply can’t give up. Today, that changes. Gmail… Read More

  • Streamezzo raises €4 million for expansion

    French media is reporting that mobile startup Streamezzo has raised EUR 4 million in funding for its platform for mobile applications companaies to publish across several different mobile platforms. The funding round was led by Innovacam, along with participation from current investors Sofinnova Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, Qualcomm, NTEC and GET Valorisation. It plans to expand its… Read More

  • Contenture Wants To Fail Whale Your Ad Network

    The web is increasingly filling up with ads. Many sites, including this one, have a bunch of them all around with the hopes that you’ll find one relevant to you, and click on it. Of course, most of you don’t. And if you do, it may be by accident. As you can tell, I’m not exactly bullish on the model. But the problem is that there are few alternatives. Contenture is trying… Read More

  • Twitter's @Reply change sparks a revolt. Is Big Twitter watching?

    A couple of hours ago I registered my disappointment with Twitter’s latest change to the way @ replies work. (The short story is that now you won’t see conversations between someone you follow and someone they are @replying to, that you don’t follow – which substantially affects your ability to find new and interesting people to follow). Here’s what I tweeted: I… Read More

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