• Mini Review: ‘Aurora Feint’ for iPhone/iPod Touch

    We got a request in last night from one of our readers to try out the free “Aurora Feint” game, available for the iPhone and iPod Touch in the new iTunes App Store. Hey, guess what? It’s an awesome game. It’s kind of like “Columns” meets your favorite RPG. Since I’ve only ever been hooked on “Everquest,” let’s say it’s like… Read More

  • SocialMedia Hires Savvian To Secure Its Series B Round

    SocialMedia, a popular advertising platform for social network applications, has hired boutique investment bank Savvian to help it raise a Series B round that will likely amount to around $20 million. Savvian is the same firm that was hired by Federated Media, another ad-serving company, to help it shop around for potential investors earlier this year (the company eventually raised $50… Read More

  • Google’s Android Developer Challenge weeds out losers by not playing fair

    An email that Google employee David McLaughlin accidentally sent to the public Android discussion group has fanned the fires of developer’s discontent. Yesterday, we posted about the developers working on the highly anticipated new mobile platform were getting impatient with Google’s release of an updated SDK. The accidental email was meant to be for a small group of finalists… Read More

  • BlogHer Inks Deal With NBC Universal, Raises $5 Million

    BlogHer, an online network of female bloggers, has announced a partnership with iVillage and Women@NBCU, a new content and marketing intiative by NBC Universal. The partnership includes a $5 million Series B round led by Peacock Equity (a fund run by NBC Universal and GE) along with previous investor Venrock Capital. iVillage, Oxygen.com, and BravoTV.com will also obtain access to… Read More

  • Sega E3 08: Alpha Protocol, Sonic Unleashed

    I’m not sure what it is about E3, but I’m slowly getting the itch to play me some RPGs and RTSs, but more on the latter later. Let’s rap about the former and first up is Obsidian’s (They created Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II The Sith Lords and Neverwinter Nights 2) Alpha Protocol, which is an RPG with a fair amount of action gameplay thrown in to keep… Read More

  • NPR Launches API That Serves Up 13 Years Of Content

    National Public Radio (NPR) has introduced an API that it says will allow developers to serve up mashups that include audio, images, and full text articles from the non-profit media organization’s archives that go as far back as 1995. You can access an overview of the new API here. The blurb we received about the release stated that the material available covers “nearly the full… Read More

  • iPhone App Store: Where is your god now, open source fanbois?

    Sure you only use Linux and GPL. Sure you’re down with LAMP and know Perl. Why, then, did you buy an iPhone? As Nik at TCIT points out, the App Store is so enmeshed in DRM and closed source policies that you basically cannot give away your software without Apple’s permission. Apple has wrapped the iPhone SDK in enough licensing, security controls and right management that it would… Read More

  • TiVo v9.4 sneaks into your box

    Word is out that TiVo is sending its summer update (ahead of schedule, yeah!) to TiVo HD and Series 3 DVRs. v9.4 gives you six new features, including the ability to play or delete a folder, browse the guide at any time, even while watching live TV, a recording or even downloading and easier access to closed captioning. The update should hit all machines by the end of the month. Zatz Not… Read More

  • GoGrid Releases API

    Cloud hosting service provider GoGrid has announced the release of its API. The REST-like Query interface is available to all GoGrid users, and includes some noteworthy features. The API allows user’s to programmatically control their GoGrid environment. This allows users to, for example, auto-scale the GoGrid instance in a timely and efficient manner. The API also enables users to… Read More

  • Exclusive: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for iPhone

    As far as we know and to THQ Wireless’ knowledge we’re the first with any sort of footage for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and here it is for all of you readers. It’s a very cool game and an ingenious way of using the touchscreen. The accelerometer is only used to switch gameplay from landscape to portrait at any time. It’s still a work in… Read More

  • Intel Beats 2Q Earnings but Investors Wary

    Intel‘s second quarter profits were up 25% from one year ago, with good guidance for the rest of the year, but remarkably the stock remained unchanged for the day. Net income for the quarter was $1.6 billion, while analysts forecasts were for $1.28 billion. They expects 3rd quarter revenue to fall between $10 billion and $10.6 billion, in contrast to analysts’ estimates of… Read More

  • Dell Latitude XT owners get free multitouch upgrade

    Here are Hans and Roy from Dell to tell you about the new multitouch firmware upgrade for the Latitude XT tablet PC. Hey relax, Roy, you’re doing fine, buddy. Just slow down a bit and watch those erratic hand motions there. Picture the entire internet naked or something. Hans, you’re doing a great job, pal. You can get the update on Dell’s site here – it’s about… Read More

  • NASA building new toilet, asks workers to ‘evacuate’

    Here’s a tidbit of information for your next dinner party. Apparently, you can’t make fake urine. Can’t be done! In light of this fact, NASA is asking its employees in Houston’s Johnson Space Center to share their pee pee in order to test out the magical, wonderful toilet that’s going into the new Orion space capsule. Toilets are a serious matter for NASA and… Read More

  • iRiver's all inclusive Lplayer

    iRiver has finally launched its “impressively small and sleek” Lplayer in the U.S., following the “multifunctional” digital player’s debut in Korea. The Lplayer features a 2-inch TFT LCD screen, and iRiver’s ‘D-Click’ navigation, which means you control the device by pressing on the outer edges of the screen, as well as 4 hours of video playback… Read More

  • Software detects food on photos and compiles individualized diet diaries

    According to yesterday’s print edition of the Nikkei, Japan’s largest business newspaper, researchers from Tokyo University developed proprietary software that can detect and quantify different kinds of food captured on photographs. The software analyzes colors and shapes to identify which type of food a person plans to eat. It’s also able to determine the size of bowls… Read More

  • Celio's Redfly unboxed

    Most of the CG team really likes Celio’s Redfly AKA the Foleo that wasn’t. It weighs two points, has a VGA out and two USB ports, and is, as Rob writes, a dumb terminal for a Windows Mobile cellphone. That’s right: it doesn’t have an OS. It connects to your phone and all the processing power comes from there. Oh, and it costs $500. Next. Read More

  • Acer ‘Aspire One’ now available in the US

    Acer’s new Aspire One netbook is now shipping in the US. Apparently Best Buy and Circuit City are supposed to have them, although I was unable to find them on either store’s website, so maybe they’re in-store items only. CDW has them, though, with the Linux-based model going for $379.99 and shipping in 1-3 days while the XP-based model costs only $20 more and features a… Read More

  • Samsung TL9 cameras to feature MP3, PMP functions

    The TL9 cameras from Samsung will feature portable media player functionality in the off chance that you want to listen to music or watch videos on the camera’s 2.7-inch screen. Yes, there is a headphone port and even “an external speaker boasting SRS 3D acoustic technology.” As far as using the TL9 as a camera, it shoots at up to 10 megapixels and features a 5x optical zoom. Read More

  • Samsung TL34HD: 14.7 megapixels, HD video

    Samsung has recently announced the TL34HD line of digital cameras, featuring 14.7-megapixel imaging, 720p HD video capture (H.264), 28mm wide-angle Schneider lens with 3.6x optical zoom, and 3-inch touchscreen LCD. They’ll be available in September with an MSRP of $329.95. The cameras will come in the two colors shown above and appear to be pretty portable, especially given the… Read More

  • Video: Hands-on with Soul Caliber 4, check out Darth Vader and Yoda

    Hey folks. I know some of you have been looking forward to SC4, so here’s a rather lengthy video for you to watch when you have some time. I tried to get the Namco folks to show me everything possible, but they were being a bit sheepish about it, so I got what I could. Also, there’s gameplay footage of the Apprentice from the upcoming Force Unleashed as well as Vader’s… Read More

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